Well, I have been to Sgt. Splatter once, this was a long time ago... so some changes may have been made to this field.
Me and a few friends went off to Toronto one day to try out Sgt. Splatter.
When we got there we were both hungry and early, so we walked down the road to find a place to eat. The location of this field is amazing, everything is in walking distance, and it's perfect. Unfortunately on our visit the phones were out for some reason so debit/credit was not accepted making our walk a little longer... to where they could take it.
Well, we arrive at the location and went inside. First thing you notice is the staging area downstairs... little small tables around the pillars... these pillars are holding up the second floor, another staging area, where they have pick nick tables. So, we went and put our gear down up stairs... which is lucky for us cause in no time people were on the floors all over the place... not enough staging area. A recommendation to the field, limit the number of players during a given period of time, or build up your second floor slightly larger.
Now we have our gear down, and we work our way back downstairs to pay, get air, and get paint... so we pay, and when I was asked for money I must have said "WHAT?" like 4 times. First they said I was restricted to 4 hours unless I decided to pay $5 more bucks. (So $5 gets your 4 hours, $10 for all day... those are generally the costs for outdoor fields I play at... with lots of room, not small indoor fields). However, this was not the problem, the cost of paint is almost unconceivable. They wanted $160 for one case.... wow, I would expect two cases for that amount. The paint was nothing special... $160, I almost just walked out. The most I ever paid for paint previous to that was $120, this was $40 more... and it was indoor, not even an outdoor field. I would hate to be a renter... they had to pay $240 for a case!! WOW what a cash grab! So now I have to crony... well apparently my marker didn't crony that low... 240??? WTF? So, after some adjustment they finally let me go in.
So with the costs unbelievably high we decided to play it cheap and quick... only 4 hours, and splitting up cases giving us minimal paint.
So, now time to go on the field. Well, something positive. I almost forgot all about the costs once I stepped foot through the doors. Looking through the windows from stagging onto the field does not do it justice. The field is pretty amazing. There are a TON of buildings, very urban. One half of the field has an "L" shaped two story building that is pretty large. Now, I am a total outdoors person, so to stay this field looked great is truly saying something.
So walking in the first thing you notice is the ground... it's some type of sand, which is different. Unfortunately in this case different is a bad thing... a very bad thing. The sand gets everywhere, it mixes with the paint, gets sticky, all over you and your gear. In my case I had gotten sand in my gun which ended up scratching and wreaking a bolt. It also is harder to run in sand.
During the game, I though I was having a very amazing game. I was eliminating handfuls of people at a time, every shot hit, and I was always front line, yet never got shot. I though I was on my game until I ended up eliminating 42 people in two games... about 18 of them mercies. Thats when I realized that the people we were playing with just sucked. A lot were younger kinds, a lot of renters... now that I don't have a problem with I generally like to help out new people to the game, but this place was a total newb hangout. With that said, this would be a great place for first timers to rent (if they can afford it here).
Now, nothing is wrong with that, except when you mix it with the next:
The reffing: When we were out there we only had one reff that day. There was 25-35 people on each team... and only one ref. Worst yet, all he did was stand in the center. There was another "reff", but he had a camera and didn't do much. So, this reff in the center didn't move one bit. Never went into the building to check for cheaters, and moved so rarely to check for paint checks... if they were in the immediate vicinity.
The personal attitude I got, was that they charged a lot, shoved a lot of people into the field at once, and just let them have at it. Too many people were not informed of mercy rules, just hid in buildings, cheated, wiped, and were never called. That didn't matter, Sgt. Splatters was making money...
The field rules but safety ahead of everything, during my visit, I did not see them enforced very well.
They also have a very great pro-shop. I didn't spend much time it (wanted to get my entire 4 hours on the field), but I have been told it is pretty amazing.
I try not to be harsh at all, most of my reviews are positive reviews... I must have had a bad day, or came at the wrong time. Also, for those of you that seem to love to dispute... these are all facts, these are what happened on this date... changes may have been made, or things may/should be different. I encourage everyone to try new fields and find out for them selfs. Call the field for details and costs ahead of time, also ask about attendance.
I also admit my biasness in the fact I play woodsball and this is an indoor field. However, I have done a review on Paintball Nation but had a better experience there. This is just my experience for my day.
In the end, my rating will be a 6.5/10, my personal experience was bad... but this field has some potential, and seems to be the favorite of some people.
Doubt unfortunately does not give this field any thumbs up.
Last edited on Monday, July 16th, 2007 at 8:04 pm PST