I am not from PA so I do not know, but I have played in the Painted Forest in Lynchburg,VA. That is an awesome field.
Directions to the Field:
well, they should give more concise directions. The place is in the middle of nowhere but it is not impossible to find.
I was there for the famous invasion of Normandy this past summer 07. My friend (a paintball and invasion of Normandy veteran of many years) convinced me to go. It was an experience, at least an expensive one. I was on the America side, even though I would have much rather been on the German side (Fuer den Vaterland!) (besides there would have been more targets to shoot)
Anyway, I was appalled about the apparent lack of care or concern for safety on the field, particularly with the placement of outlying field boundaries in the form of string tied across trees or clothes lines. They were poorly marked and drooped too far down. I am not a tall person and I severely closed lined myself, causing a a nice bloody slice on my neck. Fortunately, it was a superficial wound, but it hurt like heck. I was among many that day who closed lined themselves. With the amount of people there 4500 + players paying 200 to 300 dollars or more to play (not including transportation) one would think that the field owners would clearly mark the field barriers and enforce the rules. For that price, they should have had more water sources there too. They had about 6 water barrels on the back of a pick up truck for 3 days of playing for more than 4500 people. Come on. give us some more water for pete's sake, you already took too much of our money. It does not take much to fill up a barrel with hose water and put it on a back of a truck.
I did not bother to try the food,it looked like your typical greasy fairground selection.
I severely doubted the integrity of wooden structures on the field (the Tippmann castle, the smaller towns etc.) The years of paint and weathering have made the inside of these structures (especially stairs) slippery and dangerous. With all the money they make from players like us, they should re-invest that into the upkeep and maintainence of the field therefore improving the safety and the overall experience. (it makes business sense anyways, happy customers mean return business)
Honestly, if a field can boast having the largest played paintball game in the world, then they should also boast the best services, reasonable paint prices, adequate facilities (camping places, water supply etc.) annd competent refs, and empathetic field owners. In fairness not all of the refs were bad.
By the way, the rules for the ION game sucked. I was sold on the idea that there would be medics that would punch your card when you were hit. Well when we arrived we were told " No medics." How can you have a scenario game without medics and have it still be a scenario game? It just felt like one big free for all, it did not matter if you got hit, you would just wipe it off anyway. It did not feel like a true paintball game.
At least air was free, and the cover charge payed for a gun rental. The repair services seemed decent.
I was amazed by the size of the field(s) and the mass of players
Overall, I am glad I went. I saw the best and the worst (mostly the worst) of paintball on this field. I doubt I will return unless the service matches the price. I hope Skirmish paintball reads this review and others like it so that it makes some much needed improvements.
Last edited on Saturday, April 5th, 2008 at 4:58 am PST