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DeathWaits4U Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: July 21st, 2007
6 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pev's (It takes .5 hour for me to get to Pev's and 1.5 hours to get to WarPlay, and I now consider WarPlay my "home" field. What does that tell you in terms of a comparison?)
to the Field:
I'm lazy, so read the other reviews for directions. P.S. If you live near the bottom of the Beltway, I-95 is actually quicker / shorter than the 66/29/3 route.
Review: I won’t rehash what other recent reviewers have written about WarPlay, because they’ve done an excellent job describing the field and the WarPlay experience. Based on my short experience playing at Pev’s and some fields in Florida, WarPlay is absolutely top-notch. For what they’re worth, here are my thoughts… If you don’t like my review or what I imply or say about Pev’s or other fields in the area, then feel free to dispute.

The folks at WarPlay must be sick of seeing me, because I’ve been there practically every Saturday for the last 2 months. I’ve been there enough that I’m getting to know the owners and staff: Tor, Gunny, Rhonda, Sammy, Junior, et al. I point that out because it means I’ve played the same scenarios there again and again. However, each time, the “same” scenario is new, different, challenging, and fun. That’s a testament to the staff and the variety of players at WarPlay.

At any paintball field, the make-up of the field is very important—but the staff are critical. Play on an excellent field, but with less than stellar staff, and you’re not likely to have such a great time. The good news is that WarPlay’s fields are extremely well thought-out, laid-out, and constructed. The great news is that the WarPlay owners and staff are superb. They take pride in their business and actively want players to have a good time. Even though some of the refs are young(er), they’re all extremely professional, competent, and friendly.

Even though they allow bunkering and full-auto at WarPlay, safety is their first concern (and fun is a close second). I’ve seen the WarPlay staff take some major hits to get people safely out of the “King of the Hill” bunker. In terms of getting bunkered in a structure, as the WarPlay staff say, “if you don’t want to be that guy, don’t be that guy.”

I played there recently against a team of 10 or so well-seasoned players. Gunny leveled the teams by having some 25 - 30 relative noobs (blue team) play against the 10 (red team). I was on the blue team, and even though we significantly out-numbered the red team, we got our butts kicked repeatedly by them. I’m not necessarily out to win, so I had a great time watching our team throw bodies at a team that had well-executed strategies. The amount of paint we threw at the red team (and they threw back at us) was unbelievable. It was an absolute blast regardless of who won.

At the end of the day, you will be exhausted, paintless, and satisfied. If you're a noob or experienced player, you WILL have fun at WarPlay.

Some of the WarPlay reviews whine a little about the $10 fee to use your own paint. WarPlay doesn’t sell white box, but what they do sell is at near white box prices. I was buying their Spectrum XO (highly rated, BTW) which was, if I remember correctly, $40 or $45 a case at WarPlay. I challenge anyone to buy that same paint at that price. Unless you’re buying 8,000 or more rounds with free shipping, you’re not likely to beat the WarPlay price. Plus, WarPlay is a business. Let these guys have some margin—some of which obviously goes back into their fields.

So here’s the rub. WarPlay is an “intimate” experience. The more people realize how great this place is, the more people will come. Which translates into WarPlay expanding their fields and having more staff. Which could impact the intimacy of the experience. I want WarPlay and the owners to be successful, but the last thing I want to see is this place turn into a Pev’s. That’s a challenge for the WarPlay owners as their business grows.

One last thing for players at WarPlay. WarPlay is very clean and free of trash. To help WarPlay from turning into a Pev’s, please pick up your friggin’ trash! Pev’s is so trashed that I want to get a tetanus shot each time I play there. WarPlay is clean when you get there, so pick up your trash and put it into any one of the number of trash bins they have before you leave. I’d rather the WarPlay staff spend time cleaning the A-5 rentals at the end of the day than picking up our trash. It’s not a dump, so please respect their property and future players.

Review Comments
Lopez17 Monday, August 6th, 2007 | 7:57 am PST
I meant to post earlier but, excellent review! It's very articulate and gets to the point. Thanks!
Last edited on Monday, August 6th, 2007 at 7:59 am PST

Jmoney4life Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 | 1:59 pm PST
Excellent review, I was curious, have you been to skyline paintball before? If so, how does it compare to WarPlay?

Lopez17 Saturday, August 25th, 2007 | 7:03 am PST
There's no comparison. Warplay is better than Skyline. Skyline, like Pevs, has diverse concept/woodsball fields, however the play, scenario and stylistic concepts put Warplay ahead.

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