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dexarco Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: January 26th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Fort Paintball - outdoor field.
Directions
to the Field:
south 121 until just about to hit 35. you'll have to u-turn right past the field.

or, if your coming from 35, hit 121 head north. it'll be on your right.
Review: I have been playing at this field for about 2-3 months. I go every Saturday, with a couple of friends and its been a blast for the most part.

How it is set up:

walk in the door there is the staging area, usually there is someone there to greet you and ask if you need anything. The first thing you'll notice is probably that the staging is huge. Lots of tables, unique choice of paints for the walls. its never hard to find a table. The floor is clean and they have drink and snack machines as well as numbers for pizza and theres a Wal-mart a min up the street if thats not good enough. Most players are willing to shift their stuff to accommodate players. I have never had a problem with any of the players.

Staff: friendly, helpful, and humoring. They will help you out with just about any dilemma you have. This customer service is fantastic. only problem maybe that all the people are busy and are not at the desk.

Prices: 20 bucks all day air and entry fee, choice of rental packages, 3 dollars for an air tank, paint is kinda pricey, but the quality of the paint is good. 55 dollars a case of 2000, standard price for good paint from what my research shows.

FPO: This field is a field paint only field. That means you must buy their paint, and you risk serious problems should you sneak non field paint on the field, you may regret it for the rest of your life.

Fields: The indoor fields are air conditioned. They are cold when you first walk on them, but after running around its not bad at all. The field set up is different week to week, and maybe even day to day. This adds a unique characteristic to this field. Field set up is usually pretty balanced, one time I don't think the cover was set up completely fair, but when your dealing with matching up 10-15 bunkers on a field perfectly with a squad of people and no instruments or makers, error is bound to happen. The turf on the field is nice, and is slide/dive friendly. I have bad knees and I can slide with no pads easy, it kinda hurts when I do it, but I will get pads eventually.

Play setup: After you are checked in, you are established with a level of experience. Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. If you are unsure, they will help you figure out what level you belong in. Here is the real cool thing. Say your a beginner, and your just wiping the floor with your opponents, you want a challenge. you can as a beginner step/play up to an intermediate or if your gutsy enough advanced level. However, you can not play down. This means the advanced players can not play with beginners unless the beginners want to play with them. Rounds are called for each level on a regular basis. so you will get to play, just depending on when you show up you may not be ready to go straight into play.

Pro shop: The pro shop is stocked with stuff from jerseys to gun parts. The prices may be negotiable, again the staff are willing to answer questions about equipment, or prices. I have not purchased anything, but my friend bought some arm pads. The pro shop extends all over the staging area, this prevents a mass of people huddling in an area. Weather it was intentional or not, its a good design.

Food: The only thing i have a problem with is that the machines are picky about the dollars they take. Snack machine and a soda machine stocked with soda, Gatorade, and monster. As stated before, numbers for pizza are availiable, and there is stuff all around 121 should you feel like something else.

Security: Cameras everywhere. I feel safe leaving my stuff on a table and playing a game. There are a ton of visible cameras around, they have probably every inch of the place on 3-4 different cameras. RF ID tags in the rental equipment, so the alarms go off if you walk too close to the door with the equipment, rather have them over sensitive than under sensitive.

and finally...the refs.

Refs: Refs are fair, and approachable. In game it may be a little hard to get a refs attention as they are watching for hits and violations. I have managed to get a paint check when I asked. They're not afraid to run in the middle of the firefight to check for hits, last time i went, there was a party for beginners...I think it was teachers against students, but the refs would run around with pods of paint and refill the players on both sides to keep the action going. I have never seen that. oh yea, and refs make it a point to say "Player is out, let him out" so that you don't get shot repeatedly, although i have a couple of times. Fair count, and they make sure both sides are in clear before the count begins.


This review is as objective as i can make it. I can not say that this review has no subjectivity to it. I do not work for the field however it doesn't seem like it would be a bad thing to do, the environment is friendly enough. I received no payment or compensation for this review. I will stand by my points made in this review. This field is good, but is not perfect, I give this 9 out of 10. The only downside to this field, is that it only has 2, I hope they expand. another field would add that much more to the mix.
 

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