This was my first scenario game and Battlefront made it very memorable.
The field is really good and offers many different types of terrain. Very naturalized with minimum clearing of the playing fields other than the clearing around the buildings. This makes for really fun woodsball play as there is tons of bush to hide and ambush in. Only complaint is the abundance of some really wet areas. Of course it was spring in Ohio, so what can you really do about that? Will update later in the year when we go back in the summer. In addition to the great woods area is a "village" made up of ruins from a destroyed gunpowder factory. Some additional added on buildings make it an interesting field. Their is also a "tube" field.
As for safety, this field is pretty good. All markers have to be chronoed and tagged with a zip tie. Not sure if this is mandatory on other fields, but was the first I encountered it. If they aren't doing it, they should as it reduced the accusations of shooting hot. I would also say there werent enough refs, but from my understanding, they had gotten stood up by some people that said they would be there, so they were shorthanded. Maybe due to this, there didnt seem to be a real strict policy on barrel covers. Also, with the lack of refs, there seemed to be some honesty issues, but you get those everywhere.
Regarding the food, I brought my own, but they had a "cafe" and it seemed to have decent looking food. Also had a couple of machines stocking Gatorade. I didnt have problems with them "going down".
There was a trailer onsite selling equipment and helping out with repairs. These guys were great and helped me fix my remote line by selling me a REASONABLY priced o-ring. Unlike another park that gaffed my brother for $3.00 for one. I can't thank these guys enough.
The prices were reasonable, my only complaint was that on the Pre-reg, I only saw the option for tournament grade paint. When we showed up, they had field grade paint and others offered. Not a huge big deal, but it did add to our overall costs and considering the distance from home and gas prices, we could have used the extra money.
As for the rules, as mentioned, this was a scenario event. The rules were explained more or less prior to the game on their web forum, so it shouldnt have been a surprise to the informed. Personally, we enjoyed the added elements as it gave specific objectives and made it more interesting. Personally, I get tired of just running towards the opposing team and unloading my marker. My only rules complaints that BF had any control over regarded the shortage of refs, respawning rules(hard to explain in a short review) and maybe a skewing of the points value. However, with this being the first scenario hosted by the ARC Troopers, I think it went exceptionally well and we will be returning. My only other complaint had to do with lazy players, their fear of getting shot and lack of creativity or problem solving skills. But the field can't fix that.
Overall, I would give this field a 9.5/10 for scenario play. I have not gone here for open play, so I can't comment on that yet, but will update later when I do. Happy hunting.
I recently pre-registered for a game and they have fixed the issues surrounding paint choices on the website. Additionally, preregistration for some scenarios will allow you to choose the side you wish to play on as well as register your whole team at once.
The ARC Troopers will be hosting the World of War game again on April 18 2009. There will be plenty of refs this year. They are addressing these concerns especially the respawning issue and points skew from last year. They've added lots of new elements and this game will be one for the books.
Latest News on this one... Greg Hastings is going to be there, confirmed.
Last edited on Saturday, December 6th, 2008 at 2:07 pm PST