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Ichikisu Sunday, November 4th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: September 8th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
No other field. Haven't tried the one near Moose Jaw as of yet but plan to.
Directions
to the Field:
You'll come up to a three lane intersection going north on Highway 6 and turn right. Take Etaples road off of Highway 6, about 20 kilometres north of Regina. At the intersection is an old gas station/ farm house on the northeast corner and you'll just notice the Paintball Paradise sign and Country-Style Wedding sign as well. Travel one mile east (1.6 kilometres) and you'll hit the first intersection. Turn left and at the intersection, you'll see a paintball paradise sign and country-style wedding signs again. Go about 1.3 kilometres north and you should see what looks like a gate and a bunch of signs with paintball team name and logo will be there. Take that road off and you're right into the parking lot of Paintball Paradise
Review: Ok first of all, getting to the field wasn't easy at first but it was decent road at first. Although when it rains, the road literally turns so liquidy that it's impossible to drive without a 4 x 4 or an SUV. However, these guys at the first are kind enough to let you park away from the field and you can pick up a ride from them to get to the field. Very, very nice.

Secondly, when you are at the field, to start playing you have to sign a waiver. I see no problem with this although they do have safety conscious in mind to a point. They then go through the safety rules with everyone in the group (unless you've been at the field many times, you'll know the rules by heart.) By signing the waiver forum and paying your walk-on fee, you've just paid for your insurance.

Thirdly, the refs are extremely friendly and know the fields very well. They do a good job keeping everyone from having to wait to start the next game while everyone is ready. I know a few of them personally and they try hard to accomodate everyone's interest and safety.

Fourthly, their maintanence and shop is very efficient. They have fairly decent rentals which are quite easy to fix when you are going through the safety rules as you're taught how to fix it. They have plenty of rentals in case one rental marker does not function correctly. Also, their filling station is very efficient, quick and pleasant.

Fifthly, as for chronographing, all their rentals have already been chronographed ahead of time but for personal markers (people bring their own markers to the field) the owner usually advises to chronograph before starting. However, he's not always around and is very busy so it's always best to chronograph your marker before you start your game. This is the only thing not regulated at the field.

Sixthly, no off-field paint is not allowed. Therefore, you have to buy paint from the field in order to play on the field. It's their way of making money which pays for all the air, insurance, rentals and such. It's seen as very irrespectful to bring off-field paint and not buy any from them. Although prices can be expensive, it pays for everything so you don't have to pay for air all the time as well. Air is unlimited but the paint is not. Prices are as follows: $35 for 500 (a bag of paint), $130 for 2000 (a box of paint) *I don't remember the prices for 100's or 50's as I don't buy in small quantities most of the time.*

Seventhly, the hours of operation are usually from 11am to as late as midnight in a few cases. It usually closes at 7pm if there aren't any bookings late into the night. So book your times in advance as they'll be opened during those times when people are sure they are going to be there.

Eightly, the variety of fields bring a vast opportunity for players to enjoy all kinds of games like scenario woodsball, capture the flag, straight elimination, Prisoner of War and such. Talk with the staff if you want to try a game if you've never tried it and want to try something different. They'll explain the rules on how the games work and the ref will be there to to help people better understand the game better.

Ninthly, the field has two forestry terrain, thick brush terrain, world war one trench terrain, urban terrain with forrestry and brush on the outside, an indoor arena, a field called Area 51, and last but not least a tire bunker terrain with a few skinny trees in places and a thick brush setting to the south. The sizes are all different and the amount of players is only limited by the size of the field in which a few tournaments I've played at the field used all of the fields when we had around 200 people the one time. Extremely fun so there's plenty of room for everyone to play.

Tenthly, most of the players that usually come to the field are players that know the rules (myself included), play with just about anyone, allow players new to the game to join us and make the teams even to help players understand the game better and to enjoy it. Because the staff is small at the field, the experienced players who regularily come to the field were asked kindly to help ensure people are following the rules and help the ones that don't understand them. We are all safety conscious so it's best to make sure everyone is safe and all the players are quite friendly.

Eleventhly, servicing is quite excellent. Unless you're an expert or very good at fixing your own marker(s) and such, the shop is more than willing to help you fix your marker if you don't know how to maintain, disassemble or fix your own marker. If your marker is out of service, they'll lend your a rental and if you need parts, they'll even order it for you or have it right there! So don't hesitate to ask if you're unsure of your marker's performance or function.

Twetvethly, they serve beverages there but as for food, people will have to bring their own. They allow off-field food without a problem as they encourage it. You're even welcome to barbeque your food out there with their barbeque as the picnic site. If you're having a birthday party or celebrating an event, this is a perfect way to have a party and bring your food in advance.

Thirteenthly, When you enter onto the field, you'll be required to pay a $15 or $10 walk-on fee for non-members. This pays for your insurance, rental marker, goggles and coveralls. Membership of $125 a year will reduce your cost of paint to a flat six cent per ball and eliminates the walk on fee. The membership is a yearly membership, not one of those monthly things. Ask for Les or Brenda and they'll be happy to help you getting a membership set up for you. It's perfect if you play on the field often, like myself.

Overall, the field is pretty good for my experience. I've enjoyed this field and have brought many people out to enjoy the game. This field is an excellent option compared to the Maxwell Amusement park in Regina although the drive to get to the field is the only disadvantage but it's worth it. It's also a good thing because you're spending time outdoors as well.

As for a rating, I give this place a 4.5 of 5. There are a few minor things they could work on but they'll get to it eventually. They are a great crew with a great field and great service giving you a great experience.
 

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