Newcastle Paintball: Years ago it was still better.
Lindsay Paintball: (Before it got shut down) Much better
Directions to the Field:
Pretty hard to get there from my area, look up directions on the website.
Safety: They had the basics covered quite well throughout the day, masks on well before the feild, masks off only after you were well away from the playing area. Barrels condoms and plugs were strictly enforced which was nice. The only problem we encountered was some hot headed wanna-be-special-ops dude waving a scenario marker in front of the newbies faces with his hand on the trigger and with no barrel block. (in my opinion he should have been thrown out but they knew the guy well enough that he was able to stay. thumbs down) Other than this safety was great.
Fields: This is where I was very disapointed in my Camp-X encounter. The first field had nothing in the way of structered bunkers, it was simply brush piled up and logs piled up, sure it helped with the scenario field realistic feel but cover was non-existant and the spray was brutal. I like the idea of keeping it natural but I think that they really could put some effort into the forest field by creating bunkers, trenches, towers or just a anything to hide behind other than trees and brush. The second feild, which I thought was the worst of the two, was the most poorly laid out field I have ever played in during my 6 years of regular play. You've basically got ditches and dunes to hide behind all the way up the field. While you're in these ditches and dunes you have zero cover from the sides and the new kids who went in there was simutaneously picked off by the smarter kids who took to the edges in the bushes. The other problem was the sand, it got everywhere, I dont know how many people slipped and jammed their markers into the ground, nothing like a pile of sand in your gun to ruin your day and your marker. If you chose to go up the sides you were then subject to getting absolutely destroyed by these rose bush type thorny plants that cut the heck out of everyone that tried to advance that way. Overall that field doesn't provide too many chances to move up or move around, essentially it's a big game of "who can camp the longest."
Prices: No complaints here, I used x-ball broze (great paint) for the whole day and at the end of it all my wallet wasn't on fire. Check the fields website for prices on paint and air. I believe Air was free for the day (unless I just didn't pay) and C02 was about 5 bucks for a 12oz. (I could be wrong)
Services/proshop: This is my second beef of this rating. My first impression of the guys in the pro-shop was sheer lack of knowledge. I don't mean to be of offense to these guys or their characters because they were very nice people, they just didn't seem to know what was going on half the time. As soon as the crowd of people showed up to paintball, they were moving our group from spot to spot constantly to make way for other groups, often we were moved back to the exact same spot we started out it. The guys at the rentals took forever to count money and if they had a calculator im sure this problem could have been avoided. The most annoying part of the day though was the fact that they had a lot of trouble moving around our group and the other groups that were around, two thumbs down.
Refs: Three words, NEED MORE REFS. The forest field was absolutely massive and they had about 3 refs trying to enforce the rules for well over 50 players. This hot headed group of scenario players were often shot out numerous times and they would simply move 100 yards, turn around, and then get back in the game. I'm not sure where half the refs were for most of the game because they sure weren't present in the large brawls of 20+ people. On the smaller field the refs seemed to have a better grasp on things but they still weren't present with the large groups of player that were moving around. The had 1 or 2 refs standing at the main base on either side and paint checks were no existent. (sometimes players were almost ready to shoot the refs to get their attention, they seemed to be in la-la-land half the time)
Players: I came with a great group of cops who were brand new to the sport. They seemed to enjoy themselves until the group of 10 or so wanna-be-army sergeants decided to ruin the day for most of us and others. These guys seemed to be well known because they often would fill up their own tanks of air. (just an observation) To put it bluntly, these characters were a bunch of completely and total idiots. They wiped, cheated, bullied, shouted commands and worst of all came back in the game half the time after being shot. The one was shot out, came back in, shot one of our players, and was shot again, this time though he wiped and continued to shoot my friend numerous times up the neck. Ruined the day for my friend, who left the field after that.
Facilities: No problems here, lots of BBQ'd food and drinks to keep everyone happy, and a couple of thunderboxes that were pretty clean to get rid of that food. A good bit of tents to keep everyone dry and seated. A well laid out staging area for a lower budget paintball field (no insult intended)