Well my team and I just returned from the Spring Big Game at Splatter park. I have broken the review down into various categories. Let me make it clear that this was the first time we had ever played at splatter park and we were only there for the Big Game, never played their during open days.
Field- The field was decent, kind of like a bunch of seperate woodsball fields with the boundaries removed to make one big field. The container field was interesting but definetly needs a little more work. As for the rest of the field it's good but not great, somehow there is no underbrush and very little in the way of cover, lots of small trees and not alot to hide behind. They have bunkers, logs, pallets and pipe, the usual, however their placement lacks some planning, they leave alot of angles open which make them almost useless in some places. Camo is almost useless here, nothing to make it effective.
Safety\Rules- I made this into one section because i think it goes together. First of all a whole big group of people missed the safety briefing because nobody bothered to tell us it was going on, a ref came down and told us to get ready to get going, and 5 min later when we got to the site we were told the briefing was over 10 minutes before and the game was already underway. Next if you read splatterparks rules they state no full auto and no ramping. This rule went completely out the window for this game. My team left all our high powered markers at home and brought with us only our semi auto mech cockers and mags to find ourselves pitted against full auto a-5's and X-7s we were not expecting to meet. The chrono limit was basically a joke because nobody was monitoring it. One ref with 9 chronos, but the ref wasn't checking your speed, you checked it yourself then left, I asked the ref if he had to mark are guns or something as checked and was told we would be rechecked as we entered the field, however this never happened, the chrono was there but the refs were just waiving people past and onto the field. I would hope people would be honorable in setting their chronos but you can't trust anybody anymore and the field wasn't checking either.
Next something i really don't understand, i saw refs on the field wearing only riding goggles, basically only the eye protection of a paintball mask, no face shield, no ear protection nothing. This completely boggled my mind, 1200+ people shooting at each other and the REFS are not wearing the proper protective equipment, I did talk to sean the owner and the reason i was given was to give CPR if somebody needed it......a logical enough reason but i believe it sets a completely terrible example for young players.
Staff- The refs were plentiful but the only problem is most of them had no idea what was going on, we had to ask 4 different refs before we figured out what the situation was for reinsertion, Some of the refs obviously had some tendency towards favortism, i saw now less then three refs watch players get hit, wipe and continue playing on. I understand perfectly that honorably you should call yourself out when your hit, but to have a ref watching you wipe and play on and not do anything about it speaks to the quality of the ref.
Paint- Well the paint is cheaply priced, but you get what you pay for. Wreck is the right name for this stuff, it's terrible. It's dimpled and shaped like a football, the size ranges from .683-.688 from bag to bag, and wouldn't shoot straight to save your life, and this is coming out of an autococker with a hammerhead barrel. It also didn't break, you had to hit somebody 4 or 5 times before you could get one to break.
The Game- Well...we went down to splatter park expecting to be playing in a scenario paintball game, the way it was presented to us seemed to imply thats what was in store. We were wrong, the game was poorly organised and badly executed, the reinsertion was random and seemed at will of the refs, imagine trying to defend a position when the refs are dumping 50-100 enemy players on top of you at every reinsertion, it was impossible. There was no organization among the teams, no generals, it was basically 1000 people shoved into regulation woodsball fields and told winner take all, there was no room to maneuver, no tactics, it was basically huge waves of people smashing into each other.
Final Thoughts- We came away from this game sorely dissapointed. The field was fine, the paint was subpar and the scenario could have been better organized. However what really dissapointed me was the conversation we had with Sean, the guy who personally invited our team to come play, saying he wanted to get more scenario teams to play because he wanted to add the organized feel to the game. I went to talk to Sean, to ask him some questions about the things we saw, the breaking of the no full auto rule, the poor chrono checking and things like that. I was told "Scenario paintball is a very intimate game, players are honorable they help each other out, but thats not what i do here, at a scenario game you get 200-400 people, i get that here in one weekend. I'm more for the people who come down here spend 40 bucks for a case of paint and play." Basically the gist i got from the man was, I'm here for the almighty dollar, I'm going to jam as many people into this field as i can and to frack with everything else. It left me with a very sad feeling regarding the state of paintball, at least at this field.
I can't speak as to how the field is run during regular weekends and weekdays, but as for the Spring game, if your a woodsballer or scenario player, when it comes to the "Big Games" skip it. It's not worth your money or headache to try and fathom the cluster frack that is going on down there.