Albany Paintball Emporium (Outdoor in Nassau)
First Prize Paintball
Mandatory safety lessons, but doesn't treat you like you're dumb. Bob (the owner) is a very nice guy, and when my friends and I got there, he explained all the fields, showed us the *intense* indoor field, and showed us where everything was. Safety speech before you got to play, and there were signs clearly showing where the lines were for firing and wearing your masks.
Basically, no matter what you want, you can play it here. They have an speed/X ball field next to the pro-shop. They have village(s) outside. They have a building inside. Their indoor facility has heat and air conditioning, as well as fog machines. They've got long maps, short maps, out in the open, and more wooded. Great variety. We didn't even get a chance to try everything in one day.
Hours of Operation:
Open late, which is great for me, because it takes me an hour and a half to get there. So even if I'm lazy and leave at noon, I still have time to play.
$21 for all day air and admission. Free for military guys, and free on Saturdays for civil service. Field paint is $65, $70 or $75. Pretty standard, from my experience. More expensive than what you could get online, but they have to make money some how.
They have refs around, but you're free to police yourselves if you want. We played by honesty rules, and most people were pretty good about calling themselves out. They have tons of scenarios and such, so you could conceivably do whatever you wanted. I had no issues with their rules.
The cleanest bathroom at a paintball field I've ever seen. It's actually a real toilet, with running water and everything. I was impressed.
They have some ice cream and drinks, and there was mention of food, but I didn't personally try anything.
They have a *ton* of parts here. It was like being at home and going to a legit paintball store, only with fields out back. I didn't really check out the prices, but if you bust something, I'm sure they could give you a replacement. One of the guys with me forgot his mask, and I'm pretty sure Bob let him use a rental mask for free. Again, Bob is a very nice guy.
I wasn't really sure who was working here and who wasn't, aside from the Ref (reffed a different game), and Bob, the owner, who was pretty much as nice as one could be.
A little light on the numbers, but we didn't make it to the field until almost 3:00. I'm sure we would have had better numbers if we showed up earlier. The ones that were there were pretty friendly, not elitist in the slightest, and by the end of the day, let us shoot their guns to see how they shot/felt (a lot had custom body work done. One guy had a legit M14 with a minimag board in it).
My skill level isn't the greatest, so I was getting shot up a lot. Most guys were nice enough to send a few rounds my way, but not light my newbie ass up. Much appreciated, if you guys read this.
I really don't have any complaints about this place. I would take a point off because they're so far away from both my home and my school, but that's not really fair. Well worth an hour and a half drive, and a leap and bound above and beyond the other fields I've been to.