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-Diggler- Sunday, April 20th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: April 19th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pev's @ AG & Hogback
Directions
to the Field:
Just Google it or use Yahoo maps, they're dead-on.
Review: Our group (PaintballGeex.com) has been to Warplay now twice over the last couple of months and we have to say that this is how a paintball field should be! After playing at a couple of other fields in Northern VA, which are also fun places to play at, we’ve come to the conclusion that WarPlay just seems to know how to get everyone out on the field fast in the morning and keep the action going all day long!

The games are more than just capture the flag or elimination, they’re scenario based and are designed to force you to work as a team during game play. Each game is at least 20 minutes long and you can re-spawn after being taken out. The plus side to this is that you’re playing a lot and firing quite a bit paint; the down side is that you’re firing quite a bit of paint and you have to learn how to manage your ammunition, which is hard to do seeing as you can fire at full-auto at this field. Personally, full-auto is a lot of fun, but you really have to watch your paint supply or bring extra paint and stow it in the safe zone.

The staff is pretty knowledgeable and very responsive to player hits. They have many referees on the field during game play and each one focuses on small sections of players, allowing them to see more hits and respond to each player for paint checks. This past Saturday there were a few younger players on the field and they kept removing their masks during game play; the referees appear to be trained to pay special attention to these players and caught them every-time. Safety is the first and foremost thought on all of their minds!
Note: When you’re hit and called out of the game, make sure that the referee in the re-spawn area looks you completely over for any additional hits, because if you miss any and go back out, the next referee will most likely see it and call you out. It happened to me once and was some what frustrating, but they do warn you about it in the safety briefing.

The fields – the only thing that I can say is “WOW,” nice work. WarPlay’s motto: “Not all Paintball Fields are Created Equal”actually lives up to its billing. They have actual structures and wood-pile bunkers, not old pallets or aluminum siding to hide behind. There are two war time fields to play on; the first field that you’ll encounter is modeled after a WWII setting. You have the Germans defending their camp (flag) and the Allies trying to break through their defenses to capture and return it to their base. Although this is a capture the flag type game, the field is designed with natural “choke points,” as you’re limited to only two possible entry points into the German’s encampment. Team work and good communication is the only way to win this game.
The second scenario field is “Khe Sahn,” a Vietnam War setting. This game pits each team in an all out, “Storm the Command Post” type scenario. The goal here is to ring the bell - Sounds easy, not really. You have to get around the snipers in the command tower, the snipers in the open VC tunnel system and if you get that far, you still have to battle the hoards of players that are within the command post walls.
The two teams get to play both sides of each scenario, to kind of balance things out and there are different strategies to both sides of each battle.
There is also a third field, King of the Hill, which is pretty much what the title describes. WarPlay also experiments with new games and scenarios and seems to be open to new suggestions from their customers, which is a refreshing concept.

The folks at WarPlay appear to pride themselves on the positive experience that their customers will have at their field. They try to get in as many games as possible, but will not rush you if you’re not ready – even to go as far as walking the parking lot to make sure that everyone who is going to play the game, is out on the field.

The owner’s/operators of this field have been there both times that we’ve played there and are always walking among the players and talking to them.
Pricing is the best I’ve seen so far and the “pay at the end of the day” plan actually works out great. There are no long lines in the morning, trying to get your equipment and pay, which can severely cut into game time first thing.

In the end – WarPlay is a very relaxed paintball field with little or no stress, at least not until the first shots ring out. The staff there is wonderful and experienced and the fields are top notch – they live up to their motto and more.
The only improvement that I can think of – expand. This field is going to get very busy this year and I suspect they’re going to see record crowds this spring and summer! We've made WarPlay our paintball home and have purchased the Warrior's club memebership! Thanks Torr, from all of us at PaintballGeex.com

Note to all new players: - If you bring your own paint, bring 2 cases - you'll go through 1 case by lunchtime. Also, opt for the all day air, you'll refill your tank at least 5 times in a visit.
Last edited on Sunday, April 20th, 2008 at 7:07 pm PST
 

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