||May 13th, 2007
|More than 5 years
to the Field:
||I went to play a big game at Flagswipe (outdoor), Pirahanastan, and had a ton of fun.
Here is what they have as a field "off website":
ISLAND ATTACK: A fresh water spring feeds the island's water and cuts off all angles of attack. Only a single bridge leads to safety or mayhem.
AXIS: The jumps off or starting point to many of our games including the crowd favorite attack and defend.
CHEMICAL FACTORY: This terrorist safe haven filled with 50-gallon drums and storage tanks, offers surprise around every corner.
"HELD HOSTAGE" THE BUS: Defeat the terrorist threat in this exciting scenario game, based on a full size bus that has been armored for the occasion.
EWOK VILLAGE: Nestled between AXIS and WEST POINT, Ewok Village boasts 4 buildings, the Bank, the Crematorium, Sheriff's office and the Barber Shop. Most actions, scenarios and conflicts are fought in and around this paintball player's paradise.
WEST POINT: Our signature field! 500 feet of trenches, an impregnable 100 foot tunnel complex, 1000 sandbags, pill boxes and firing slits. At the center in the communications bunker. This is the most challenging field we offer, storm the trenches and the games is yours.
HANOI HILTON: The highest point located just off the logging road. It slits east and west, with a 100-foot ravine. The view is amazing, control the top and win the game. Use your snipers wisely
HAMBURGER Hill: Attackers must climb 150 feet up while dodging pellets and waves of attackers from above.
SHRUBBERY: Cut off by 3 separate ravines this area requires stealth and cunning to navigate your way to the victory.
ALLIGATOR VALLEY: This narrow stripe of natural terrain, bounded by hills on either side, provide players with a taste of mother nature's finest obstacle.
I must say that this field is VAST! I started the game climbing impossible angles up an mountain hillside, around the entire field, down the other side, through rivers, mud, trenches, open fields, think dense brush... finally to come out the other side over an hour later... and having no seen anyone. This is how large the field is... great for sneaking around and getting behind people... a flankers dream. There are also many trenches, and buildings for defensive positing, and full action, full frontal, attacks. This field literally has it all... and is by far one of the largest playing areas I have been too.
I cannot possibly say enough about the field itself, the lay out, and game play, the size.... simply amazing!
As for the staff, the game I was at was seriously under staff. There where locations where I could not find a reff, as well as parts where the refs were simply not paying attention. There were instances where reffs would watch someone light people up, no mercy... and not take any action. The refs dedication was severely lacking. Safety in the means of masks, barrel condoms, etc.... were very well kept and enforced, but as for mercy rules, shooting hot, and over firing... a lot more can be done. My suggestion would be to use woodsball players to reff, to me it seemed that most refs where sponsored speedball teams just putting in there hours, although that may be good for a walk on game, for a scenario game it simply won't do.
I must also say that I only spent one day at this field, and had only been apart of a handful of experiences, I recommend people try the field out for themselves, they may find the reffing just fine... my standards can get very intense and demanding for the refs.
The layout of everything is pretty good. This place can easily hold games of players into the thousands, lots of staging area, and room for campers. The field it self as already mentioned is also very large. Flagswipe is equipped for mass quick filling of tanks, a good staging area with speakers and a mic for game announcements, and is quick and easy for everyone. The biggest problem with the staging is the distance from the parking to the game location. The walk is very long, all down a steep hill... very steep! Which means a nasty walk back to your car at the end of the day. The parking lot itself is also huge, so you will always find a spot. I would highly recommend getting personnel and gear transports to move people around.
I cannot comment on the field owners, as I have yet to have the privilege of meeting them directly, however a lot of the staff, the people behind the field, and the people that play there are great people. I would encourage everyone to go try this field, and have a great time. I am sure you'll make some good friends.
The location of the field is out in the middle of nowhere, down in a ravine... this is why it's so huge. It's not difficult to find, but print of a map to be safe.
The facilities include a trailer were staff equipment is kept, a front porch/stage, fill area, paint area, pick nick tables here and there, and portable toilets. It would be great if they could get some more seating area, and proper washroom facilities.
Paint prices are pretty decent at $100 a case of good quality paint... however the entrance fees are slightly high at $20 for gun owners, and $30 for rentals... however this only gives you 4 hour feild access. If this was a day pass and included fills the price would be worth the ability to play on, and see the size of the field. Currently, I would still encourage people to go, play this field, and make a great day of it. A field membership would be your best bet.
Here are details on prices "web site" -non-official, check location for details:
4 Hours of play, Semi-Auto Marker, Goggles,
100 Paintballs, Unlimited Air and Insurance.
Rental Group Rates
1-10 People $30
11-20 People $25
30 + People $20 Private
Rental Paintball Pricing
100 Paintballs for $10
500 Paintballs for $45
2000 Paintballs for $160
Camo Jackets $4
Ammo Pouch $2
Sniper Barrel $5
Paint Grenade $5
Tippmann A5 $10
10 Players 1000 Paintballs 4 Hour Field Pass
Unlimited Air, Insurance
Marker, Mask & Goggles
only $200 (tax inc.)
(*Deposit required 7 days prior to event )
Gun Owners Pricing
4 hour Field Pass, Unlimited Air, Insurance And
only $20 (tax inc.)
Gun Owners Paint Pricing
100 Paintballs for $7
500 Paintballs for $30
2000 paintballs for $100
Daily Membership Pricing
Half Day 9am-1pm
Half Day 12pm-4pm
Full Day 9am-4pm
Upgrade from the Standard Membership and you can live out your Rambo fantasies with any one of our new Upgrade Packages.
Warning! NOT for the feint of heart
300 Extra Premium Paintballs
Sniper Barrel Upgrade (shoots straighter and further)
Ammo Pouch (holds 200 Paintballs)
+ $ 30.00
500 Extra Premium Paintballs
Sniper Barrel Upgrade
+ $ 50.00
1000 Extra Premium Paintballs
Sniper Barrel Upgrade
Paint Grenade - Ka Boom
+ $ 100.00
Economy Paintball Pricing
100 Paintballs for $6
500 Paintballs for $25
2000 Paintballs for $80
(limited availability, no guarantees)
In the end, I give this field a 8/10, the walk to the cars is brutal, and the entrance prices are slightly more expensive than some places... however, the field is simply amazing, and worth trying it out. I recommend this field to anyone serious in woodsball.
Doubt gives this field two thumbs up.