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theben Sunday, December 30th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: December 22nd, 2007
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I don't know
to the Field:
Mapquest gives better directions than the ones they send. The field is actually in Albrightsville not Jim Thorpe, thats their mailing address.
Review: Safety-They make it pretty clear your safety is dependant on you and you alone. They will not tell anyone to put on masks or plug/condomn their barrel.This is fine if it just their eyes going to be shot out but when they dont have their barrels covered in the dead box then other people get screwed over. I also saw many people have their masks off on the field in the middle of a game and the refs looke right at them and didnt care.

Fields-Everyone knows that the only reason to come to skirmish is their fields, and yes they are the coolest I have ever seen. I had the oportunity to play the castle and the pentagon. The pentagon is not very defensible because it has big doors on 6 sides with cover right up to the wall...which makes defending it a death sentence. The castle however, while having great cover for the attackers ,gives the defenders a chance so its pretty even and the successful defense really depends on how coehesive the group defending the castle is. Their wood fields are average.

Prices-In my opinion the only time this place is worth going to cost wise is on their half price days. They normaly charge $30 to get on the field and $100 per case. On their half price days they charge $15 to get on the field and $53 per case. Just as a side note on how they are over charging for their paint, I heard one of the refs say that Skirmish pays $15 dollars per case and then they have the balls to charge $100 dollars per case. I know that some of you are yelling at the screen "well it comes with all day play and all day air pass" well how many hours are you going to play? You will probably 5 hrs on a bad weather day maybe 7 on a good weather day. How many times are you going to charge youre tanks? With C02 maybe 2 times if youre trigger happy, if you have n2 you wont ever have to re-charge. So you can see that they arent doing you any favors by charging $ 30 to get on the field.

Proshop- Its is pretty good and from some of the things I saw they charge pretty fair prices.

Staff- The proshop staff were mediocre but not bad. The refs however were pathetic. Several people in my group constantly wiped but they didnt even have to with these refs. One time i was shooting around a corner and I got hit in the shoulder but I couldnt see if it broke or not, so after looking for 45 secs wether it had broke , I finally asked that had been just standing out of bounds watching me if i had been hit he mumbled that I had so raised my gun and stood up and promptly got shot in the head because of his mumbled response. This place has the worst inattentive refs I have ever seen.

Facilities-They have bathrooms that could use a cleaning or it might be easier just to burn the place down just to kill the biological waiste that has built up. They have a little stand for buying hotdogs, burgers etc...I would suggest bringing you own water because they dont have any drinking fountains, which for what they are charging they should have someone to wipe your butt.

Tips- I went in December and it was cold has hell. Which made the balls so brittle that my ACS failed the 3rd ball I shot. They were actually breaking in the hopper.
Bring lots of youre own c02 if you go in the cold because their c02 tank is outside wich of course froze up my tank, the lines, and broke the O-ring not to mention burned my hands.Dont bring your own E gun unless its over $400 dollars, otherwise just use their rentals.
Some people complain about the bad quality paint, its not really all that bad but in the cold they need a thicker skinned ball so it doesnt break in the hopper like it did on mine.
BRING YOUR OWN ANTI-FOG MASK, or rent one because their masks are impossible to see through. Even if you only play every once in a while a mask is more important than your gun, because if you cant see than you cant shoot, dont be cheap when it comes to buying a mask.

I will give this field a 6 out of 10 because it has cool fields and for no other reason.

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