Skirmish USA is really big in the media- paintballwise anyway. You always read about it in APG magazine and always hear about ungodly huge games there. There was even a movie filmed there in the 80's- Lou Ferrigno and Robert Carradine (Revenge of the Nerds guy). So when a friend of mine told me about his first major paintball experience at this big field, I thought I should pay him a visit. First impressions were pretty over my head. Because the area was so big and so many people were there. Not as many people as a big game like Invasion of Normandy but a lot more than I'm used to. The staff seemed to handle all the check-ins very well. They answerd all the questions I had because I was one of the few that had their own marker and the only "stock class" around for miles. This was a light weekend considering the NASCAR race was in town. So after the whole checking in evolution, it was off to the field. I was not prepared for this as I was lugging around 3 markers with me with all the paint and water I had brought with me. After about a 5 min walk into the woods we get to the "base camp". This was a very centralized area where there was the rental issue, chrono stations, pro shop, food, fill stations, locker area, and picnic area. After walking around for about 10min, I had realized that I had expected too much. Don't get me wrong though, this is an awesome woodsball area. There are many themes to all the different fields they had set-up. I had not played woodsball in at least 8 years so this was a total mind blast. Thier speedball was OK but you don't come here to play that type of game. I didn't get in too many games, because 1- there was a lot of walking in between fields and 2- to many new players talking about how to make the play that they were not ready when the game started. I left there with just a "check in the box" feeling. This place is the best place for scenario type games and is by far the best woods ball field I have ever been to. But it is also a kind of "tourist-y" kind of place with waaaay over priced paint for field paint only. Although safety is always on everybody's mind here, it is loosely enforced. 2 people nearly got their eye shot out from stray panitballs! I did have fun the whole time I was there. I would give this field an 8 out of 10 for woodsball, scenario players and newbies. I'd give it a 4 out of 10 for tourney and speedball players- they just aren't facilitated around that type of play here. So average is 6 with the benefit of doubt 7 of 10 is my rating! Awesome place to get started, OK place to check out, no place for tourney level players- the pace of the game here moves too slow.
Good review. I have been playign at Skirmish for 6 years now and I love it. I am curious though. Did you notice, or anyone point out, the newest field they are developing; "Urban Assault"? I saw them still building it while I was there last month. Thast one I CANT WAIT to play. Its supposed to be huge and very detailed as far as scenerio fields go. Better then their main attraction which is Tippmann castle.