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Akallabeth Sunday, January 27th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: January 26th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
6 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Wizard Land - G.A.S. has more fields, players, refs, and thus higher prices than Wizard Land, but I enjoy both.
Directions
to the Field:
(see the address above and get a Google map)
Review: Safety:

There is at least one ref for every game, and they make sure that barrel plugs/condoms are used, and that face masks are on. Also, there is good netting around the 3 speedball fields.

Fields:

Since I'm a rec player, those are the fields I'll focus on. However, I'll mention the speedball field basics.

3 speedball fields:
-Tubes- A good sized plastic tube field, it is completely surrounded by nets and is in good maintainence. It is also surrounded by lights for night play.
-Airball- I can't describe much about it besides that it's a field with inflatable bunkers that is in good condition and surrounded by netting. It is also surrounded by lights.
-Xball- This is a new field at G.A.S. It has netting on at least 2 sides, and is in great shape. I do not know if this field has lights.

3 recball fields:
-Village- This is a large field of wooden structures, perhaps 15 or 20 of which are single story structures. The central feature is a set of 5 two story structures which are connected by walkways. It is a fun field to play on and is in good shape (though I noticed a couple places where wall boards were either missing or had disintegrated somewhat).
-Woodsball/Fort- This field is pretty large, and consists of many small bunkers/walls (made out of wood or sandbags) surrounding a fort-structure that is in a wide treeline along the Red River. I probably enjoyed this field the most, since there were trees and undergrowth to play around and in. The biggest flaw that I see with it is that the fort structure is more like a maze with a platform to watch over it, rather than a proper fort. The reason that I'd call it more of a maze is due both to the many walls subdividing the interior of the fort, and also due to the lack of windows/firing ports in the walls. This lack of firing ports means that the main reason to try and hold the fort is to keep it from being occupied by the enemy, and not for any great defensive advantage. But like I said, it is still a fun field to play on.
-Spools- This field is essentially an open area widely scattered with individual spools and bunkers made of spools, and lies between the Village and Woodsball/Fort fields. I have not played it, and from what I've heard it is primarily played when a large group wishes to use the Village, Spool, and Woodsball/Fort fields for one large game. Probably the greatest problem with this field is the distance between spools (30-40 feet?) and the lack of tall obstacles.

Hours: I'm not sure on these, except that somewhere between 4 and 5 PM, "Outlaw" play is allowed, meaning that ramping and automatic fire is permitted up to a bps limit of 15 or so.

Prices:
Entry + air or CO2 = $18 + tax

2 grades of Paint (don't remember brands)
$45 per case and $65 per case

Rentals available: Tippman 98s with aluminum HPA tanks and Vforce (I think) masks. All equipment seemed to be in either good or excellent condition, and I did not notice anyone having a problem with their equipment.

Rules:
None that are unusual, except that you can bring your own paint.

Services/Proshop:
Some equipment can be purchased here, and some parts can be purchased here. I can't cite any examples, though. However, there isn't a large store. Also, some snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.

Staff:
Chris and James run the field, and are assisted by a fair number of young paintball enthusiasts. They're great guys (James gave me a free CO2 refill near the end of the day while knowing I had only paid for the entry fee) and run this field quite well. They care about what players think about the field, and are working to improve it. (Apparently they acquired this field, formerly the Red River field, less than a year ago. I haven't heard anything but good about how much they have improved the facility.)

Players:
The people that I've met here are great to play with, and aren't cheaters or unsportsmanlike. Each time I have played here, there have been roughly 20 or 30 individuals playing at any given time. I expect that more people play on days when the temperature is above 45 degrees, or when it isn't on the borderline between fog and a drizzle. I just haven't been one of those people.

Conclusion:
This is a great facility with great prices. Though I'd like to see the Woodsball/Fort field changed slightly, I have enjoyed coming here every time, and would recommend it to anyone who wishes to make the drive.

(9.5/10)
 

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