Picasso Lake: comparable to Triage (but very sandy)
Skirmish: In another League than Triage
Updated Review (original review at bottom)
Team combat (formerly Triage) has taken a step in the wrong direction. The refs, the fields, the equipment are sub par, however it is very inexpensive: $25.00 to play, free air/CO2, and bring your own paint. There was no CO2 available at the fields so everyone had to trade in their tanks and used compressed air, a fine solution if the air compressor didn't stop working. Also, the tanks they loaned for the compressed air looked like ordinary CO2 tanks that shouldn't be rated for the higher pressures of compressed air. The staff could not address simple gun problems and maintenance usually resulting with the players borrowing tools and parts from each other to solve their problems. After starting an hour late (which involved the paintball field bus needing a push start and solving the CO2 dilemma) we played for about 5 hours but only used 4 fields, Throughout the day many of the players (lots of A5 users) would run out of a air towards the end of each and every round. If they were in luck and the compressor was working they might have the tank partly filled.
A quick positive note I think they let us play later because of the late start. I also didn't have to contend with the Team Combat staff member named Colt, his attitude of superiority had always been annoying, but he was also the most mature and knowledgeable staff member I have delt with... aside from the men I believe were the pb field owners.
Triage's best selling point is its location, 5 minutes from my house, turnpike 276, or interstate 95. The field judges were very involved and the pro shop has everything a newbie would need to get started. For more firepower a Fireball mountain paintball store is 2minutes down the road and stocks many of the higher priced markers. The fields I played on (June 03) are all fairly small... almost speedball fields. The tent city/tarp city is very enjoyable, and the D-Day field with the mock troop transport boats is a clever idea and well executed. Their rental masks are the nicest I've seen (they still look new) and their Tippman 98 rental worked well for my friend. I'd also like to add Triage is pretty cheap if you bring your own gun.
My first big complaint is that all the fields are fairly small and your first encounter with an opponent is usually within 5-10 seconds of the round's start. The other drawback are the structures. The fort/castle is rather small and doesn't have the same panache as similar structures at skirmish. The oil drum shields need to be welded together or weighted down. I'd also like to see some sort of drainage system for the trenches and fox holes (but I have that complaint about everyone's pb fields). I've been told they have many more fields in development and lots of military surplus vehicles on the way so there is a good chance my complaints will be rectified soon.
Last edited on Sunday, May 28th, 2006 at 5:16 pm PST