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foobar42 Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: June 14th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Skinny Joe's, Forest Fire, Doodle Bugs indoor (Everett), Doodle Bugs outdoor (Snohomish)
Directions
to the Field:
The field is pretty easy to get to. From I-5, take exit 212 and head west on highway 532 to Camano Island for about 20 minutes. No, you don’t need to take a ferry. Check the website for detailed directions.
Review: Field: The field is very new, they opened in May 2008 and put a lot of thought and hard work into it. The results speak for themselves. There is a big “castle”, “barracks”, and “great wall of Mad Dawg”. The field has plenty of bunkers, metal oil barrels, and natural cover, but not overgrown. The field is situated on a former Christmas tree farm, so tall pine trees offer plenty of cover from the sun or rain. It is also pretty dry, there are no muddy places or standing water. The ground is covered by pine needles for the most part.

The main course is pretty large, allowing a number of different games to be played. There is also a smaller “birthday” field that can be reserved for private groups of beginners. I hear they plan on adding a second castle on the main course.

Staging area: it is better described as a picnic area – plenty of covered tables and the area is nice and clean. You can pull up in your car pretty close to where the tables are. The check in/store booth is setup like a small store (Mad Dawg also has a flagship store in Stanwood) and is stocked with necessities (batteries, orings and such), some food items and drinks. Staff makes hot dogs for lunch for themselves and they also offer them to players for a nominal fee.

Staff: The staff team consists of super nice people that are passionate about the sport and they are trying harder to make sure everyone is having a great time. They constantly offer tips and advices to newer players, help with malfunctioning equipment, offer light repair services. They are always willing to listen to suggestions and try to implement suggested changes to the way the field is operated.
The refs are awesome. At least four of them on the field at all times. So any time you need a paint check, chances are there will be a ref nearby.

Safety: All non-rentals are required to chrono their markers at the start of the day (a ref watches you as you chrono). Barrel bag/mask rules are strictly enforced by refs and other players. Blind firing is prohibited and refs make sure this is not happening in case someone forgets. The field has an optional mercy kill rule, meaning that if you come near someone you offer them to surrender but if the opponent does anything other than raise their gun, you can shoot them.
Full auto firing mode is allowed, but players are asked to keep it under 12 bps.

Prices: The field fee is like everywhere else. However, their paint prices are great. They sell paint in all price ranges.
In my case, my preferred paint (Nelson Special Forces) is actually cheaper if I buy it at the field ($52) instead of buying at my usual store ($55). Mad Dawg also has a retail store and they can get good prices for on paint.
The field fee is cheaper with paint purchase - $20 vs $30. If you buy paint at the flagship store and bring it to the field, it counts as the paint purchase. All day air is $5, and they can fill up to 4500 psi.
Overall, the price of full days play with paint purchase is very competitive.

Other players: it seems that this field attracts people whose priority is to have a great time, not win no matter what. People play honorably, no name calling or anything like that was going on, I did not see anyone wipe or play on. I hope it stays that way. Folks that show up are very cool, I made a some new friends.

Verdict: if the field is near you or you don’t mind the drive to Camano Island and want to play in a pleasant atmosphere, this field is for you. I played at Mad Dawg field twice and this is the best field that I ever played at and I will keep coming back as I think it is the best one in the area. The field owners are open to our feedback and suggestions so we have the opportunity to shape how the field is going to evolve.

Things I liked: general laid-back atmosphere, nice staff, reasonable prices, 4500 psi refills, can use full auto.

What could be done better (not problems, just ideas to improve the field):
- provide water sprayer bottles in the staging area along with rags to wipe down equipment; I know, most people bring their own but some fields (Skinny Joe’s) provide that to customers.
- I wish the field was a little larger. It is not a small field at all, I am just craving for playing on a huge field in my area .
- Additional structures like trenches or pillboxes.
- Take photos and/or videos of games and post them on the site
- Web site needs work (often slow to load due to slide show with sound track loading, broken links).



 

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