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CQB.Wardog Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: August 6th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I've been everywhere, man...
Directions
to the Field:
best bet is to go to the website, it's just outside a major mall, easy to find.
Review: If you're an experienced player, this place will frustrate you. Scratch that. If you think you know what you're doing, it will frustrate you that they don't do things the way you may think they need to be done. But taken as it's own experience, it's a good show. Check your expectations at the door, and just play.

The referees are quite good. We had two through the session, and both were on the ball as far as safety procedures went. It was a little troublesome that one didn't know how to use a hand-held chrony properly, but he knew what he was doing on the field which is more important to me. They kept an eye on safety first, and that ranks pretty high in my book.

Rules are designed for new players. No bunkering, but you are allowed to "bunker tap" to eliminate players. Our ref stopped the game when someone got shot, which interrupted the flow of the game but did help the new guys to get out of their positions once hit. It's not "normal" paintball, but it was helpful for them. It was also strange there was no breakout, you were allowed to start pre-set in your bunker.

The field itself is beaten up, but still relatively clean and free of debris. On a bunker tag run I accidentally broke a board off the bunker. Easy to fix, but it's what happens to 2x4 bunkers. Wood deteriorates with paint sludge, and someday I'll figure out why. It's on a back to front ground slant, and there's a wedge to make the field triangular. The design of the field makes it a shooter's paradise, but I found more than a few crawling lanes to play in. Someone with a 3 case budget can be king here.

Another treat was to play more than straight up elimination games. We played some center flag, a "presidents" game, and a game variation called "dodge ball" which was sort of odd but fun. I appreciate when staff actually mix it up like this, and it makes the games a lot more fun.

Pricing on walk on play is fair and competitive. $20 gets you in, and you can BYOP. They do sell $10 bags of 500, but it's a lower end Draxxus style. But to be honest, if you're a paint snob you're probably not going to like the location to begin with. The speedball isn't even sides, it's not flat, well groomed or clean. But what it is reminded me a lot of paintball a long time ago with the attitude of "just play." Free HPA fills all day, but they do not fill CO2.

I'm giving this a 7/10 rating. Taken as it's own location, it's a lot of fun. If you're good, or if you think you're good, bring a pump gun and play laid back. If you don't have one, play hopperball or half-a-hopperball. If you go there expecting high end inflatable bunkerball, you won't be happy here. Go, play and have fun without the attitude. You'll be happier if you check your high-end gun at the door.
 

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