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GoggleBoy Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: May 18th, 2008
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Just went the once. To be honest, I don't particularly remember it, so I'll not say anything.
Once, a number of years back. At the time, I thought the variety of fields was fantastic, though no one field stood out. About all I can say, given the time lapse.
BigShots (now Tactical, though I have not been there in its current incarnation):
Enjoyed it thoroughly, despite the small turn out for the day I was there.
Review: First, a brief history. TPG was the first field I ever played on, though it was under different managment when I first played, back at the start of high school. I'd go a couple times a year, due to lack of finances, mostly with a friend as his mother's company would organise work trips. This past sunday was the first time I've been back in about a year or so and I have to say that there hasn't been any dramatic changes to the field itself. That said, there have been a few note worthy alterations.

The Staff:
At one point, the staff carried radios and air-horns. Generally they wore some sort of uniform identifying them as refs; At one point that was a highly visible yellow shirt that, ironicaly, had cross hairs on it. Several refs were on the field at all times, ranging about to keep an eye on us. I am disappointed to say that this has changed.

Perhaps my recent experience was an oddity, but there was a single ref on the field the entire day, and he rarely left the entrance to the neutral zone. I personally did not witness any cheating and the ref was usually quite quick to run over for a called paint check, so it wasn't a _huge_ issue. However, the lack of signalling devices was. It's difficult to hear a guy yelling from across field in the middle of a fire fight.

All in all, however, I would not say this is a hinderance. They are just as safety conscious as I remember, strictly enforcing chronoing, live gun and mask rules. It would just be nice to have another ref or two out there.

Customer Service:
Now while they may have only had a single ref on the field at any given time, they did have a number of them sitting in the booth. This meant relatively quick service, usually presented with a minimum of hassle. Customer service is always taxing, particularly when it's hot outside. The staff seemed pleasant and relaxed. Also, I should note that when it turned out I was missing a part vital to the working of my cyclone, one of the refs gladly lent me the part for the day. A nice touch.

Field Craft:
As I said, the field hasn't changed much in recent years, excepting the addition of a 'helicopter' and one or two bunkers since last I played. Sadly I only got to play with the additions once or twice, due to a smaller group; my fault for choosing to go on a sunday. TPG suffers from the same problem it always has; lack of vegetation. Well... perhaps not 'problem'. I like the field as it is, finding the more open field less claustophobic, but have a few bushes to scrabble through would be nice.

The Firebase/Embassy is, as I recall, as much a death trap as it always was. Defending it is a pain but thrilling when one pulls it off, as is attacking it. The route up the right side of the field to the Beaver Dam is a choke point that saw some of the thickest fighting on Sunday, but is exhilirating none-the-less. My only complaint would be the degraded netting on the windows of the Firebase, but that only is raised because I was forced to stand in the window as a living shield in order to protect my President's precious little noggin. Which reminds me; I still need to 'thank' him for surrendering after I sacrificed my ribs.

At $30 for rental fees, it's not bad. I remember when it was $25, but that was a while back. And $10 for a hundred rounds is more than fair. My one gripe when it comes to pricing is that, barring a membership, a case is $160. But gunowners pay $8 a hundred, so 2000 rounds works out to the same price. One would think purchasing a case would be marginally cheaper as an incentive. Of course, that could just be the Scrooge in me. For gunowner fees, I'd say its acceptable. $10 and $3 and you've got your air for the day.

As a whole, I would have to say I thoroughly enjoy TPG. Now, this could be bias as it was my first love. Err, field. But the clincher would have to be their policy of letting players bring back paint for play the next day out. A definte plus. I would strongly recommend checking out the field, though I do hope they throw some more refs on in larger games.

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