Best thing about this field: The grounds are GREAT!
Great place to come if you have a sizable group with you to play 4v4 or better, and some of those people have some decent experience playing paintball.
The Woodsball field space here is HUGE, with many varied environments for some real variety in the type of action available.
Worst thing about this field: Horrible management. I have been to two consecutive scenario days here - Nov 2007 Operation Mercury, and Feb 2008 Invasion.
I was critical the first time, talking at length with my friends (I came in a group of 12, mostly with our own equipment) afterwards about ways in which the day could have been improved. Two words kept popping up; Organization and Planning. It's simple - and all-day scenario game can be broken down into a bunch of 30-45 minute scenarios. With generals who sign-up in advance, and someone with some sense of event planning, it could be great.
Instead, this past weekend was an absolute disaster! I had not thought it possible to do WORSE than the event in November, but the management at Hotshots in Loxahatchee has done it.
Safety is non-existent. There were organized teams shooting 25bps or greater from the X-Ball field into the spawn area, camping and there waiting for the Chinese team to step into the fire zone. And it's one thing for the refs to not be present on the field during this and many other grotesque and flagrant saftey violations. But in this particular incident, the refs WERE present - and did nothing whatsoever.
These same groups were firing ropes of paintballs through thick brush, showing that not only was there no attempt made at initially chronographing the participants, but as the day went on, no one had any concern for whether basic safety protocols were in place. I heard of multiple injuries due to overshooting throughout the day Saturday.
As for the "scenario" aspect: I was present and playing from 11am (the beginning) until 4pm, on the Chinese team. I only knew of two missions all day: #1 Capture 4 items (The President, a briefcase, and two other things I cannot recall). I was told about that mission after it had already been failed. #2 Escort the General to the White House. I was actually in a large group moving through the area labeled "Ft. Bragg" on the map. I watched the General charging along the perimeter of the x-ball field (No Man's Land) towards the woods that bordered both No Man's Land and Ft. Bragg. While his charge was heroic, it wasn't very tactically sound given his VIP status. Be that as it may, the mission was fun, and had a clearly defined beginning and end (my team lost, presumably because of a reckless lack of self-preservation on the General's part). That was the last "mission" I heard about.
Something involving a Spec-Ops insertion of American forces apparently resulted in the American general blowing a gasket, and then it seems both generals wet themselves and quit altogether.
I left in the mass exodus that followed, around 4 pm on an All-Day scenario game.
I will not attend another scenario at this location by this management team, and I recommend avoiding it to anyone who may be curious.
Rating avg: 3
Design: 8 (nice fields)
Condition: 8 (no maintenance whatsoever)
Value: 2 (free but has no conveniences like air, chairs, shelter, etc.)
Safety: 0 (that's right - zilch, nada, nichts)
Scenario: 1 (someone thought of roles for two teams.)
Management: 2 (A sponsor was on-site, as was a caterer. Refs were hired, but not equipped, trained, nor supervised)
Service: 2 (The air-fill girl is fast, polite, competent. The cashiers handled the crowd well.)
P.S. It seems there is a pattern of negative reviews getting disputed here. I will say that I have no reason to write what I have above other than as a paying customer, I an entitled to express my opinion of the experiences I've had.
Of course, if you're 15 and getting your $7/hour from this field, or if you are one of the culprits behind the negative experience I've described above, then try next time to be a part of the solution instead of the problem, and save your flames for someone who's not telling the absolute truth.
Last edited on Thursday, February 28th, 2008 at 8:20 am PST
If you were at the last game you know that it was poorly organized. I spoke with them today and I'm their new scenario coordinator... If you would like to join the next game re-post to this comment and I'll discount your play at the next game. I've coordinated games in Massachusetts and personally guarantee that the next game will be 100 times better. I played on the Chinese team too... so I understand...