Having the privilege of being a world traveler, I am able to see and play at all sorts of fields around the world. After experiencing Scary Creek, only one word comes to mind to describe this field: ANAL! (Before I go any further, I would like to apologize for this review to anyone who finds it offensive in anyway. I would just like to remind you that this is my own personal opinion and you might have another outlook in a different light and please, I am making my best attempts at professionalism, I only ask that you reply in-kind).
The good at that field were: The other players, the “free” locker rentals (lord knows they charge for everything else) and the way they turned the games, (strict time control during the games and the breaks).
I can only assume that the owners have opened the field for a business first basis and perhaps for the love of the game second. ANYONE in the business knows that trying to make a “real” profit from a paintball field is folly; therefore the pricing of the field and FPO paint makes it only naturally higher than other fields in the US of A for its size.
As for their local rules and policies, being an inquisitive person, I did ask the “WHY” question on a few of their policies and found their reasoning is that they should only cater to 10 to 13 yr old players (this is not saying that 99% of their participants have that age frame mentality in-which). Some of the most memorable rules:
1. Do not remove the tank off the marker (even if it is your own). REASON: The regulator might be unscrewed off the tank instead of the entire tank and regulator being removed from the marker.
2. Don’t remove the barrel to swab it on the field (glad I didn’t have any chops).
3. Don’t work on your marker anywhere other than the shop counter (I guess, they want to witness you breaking your own marker).
4. Hand carry all equipment into the shop/field. No bags allowed. Reason: (WV being a Concealed Carry state and one bonehead carried a pistol onto the field). Therefore customers could bring in weapons to the field house.
5. Once in the field house area, you are not allowed to return to your vehicle unless you’re leaving for the day. REASON: You might be going out to your car and drink alcoholic beverages.
Some of the other memorable experience was listening to the Ref council my son for ripping some paint on the practice stand. There were some noobs there and they made the statement of “oh he is shooting too fast for me, I don’t want to play with him”. The Ref informed my son that he would not be able to play with them because he scared them! (Turns out during the day they were in fact burning more paint faster than my son did).
The time there and with the lack of players, I only played on their village field. The games I did the majority was basic total elimination (vis-à-vis Search and Destroy a couple of times) and one Control the Tower/King of the Hill game. I will say there was little less type of plays that could have been played that day due to lack of customers.
The most remember-able and amusing occurrence was when the Ref was making up teams (each and every game play). One person switched sides during the break and on the head count for the next game he asked who switched sides? When no one fessed up, he declared his position as a major deity, whose word is law and when he says to do something you do it or leave the field! Not wanting to ruin the fun (if any) for my son, I decided not leave the field in my oh so unique way (Refer to: Bar Fighting 101/THE SUCKER PUNCH).
Another cheap shot at that persons Ref skills, he didn’t even leave his box to witness and or “referee” any of the games play. All in all, this person was nothing more than a glorified time keeper. The way they impress their local rules, one would think that there would be a couple of Refs out on the field to monitor the game? No such luck on this field. Fortunately the guy on the opposing team and I had the humor enough in us to shoot each other within their 20’ no shooting rule. That is what the other guy told me, no shooting each other within 20’ (please someone correct me if I am wrong on this). Also suggestion for Mr. Timekeeper, instead of making an unprofessional idiot of yourself (again my PERSONAL impression of you after your out-burst/temper tantrum), just choose someone to switch sides and be done with it!
Last but not least, is the rental masks; the double Velcro replacing the normal elastic strap on the mask has to be the tops in ANAL I have ever seen. I understand the owners want to keep people safe, however, there is going overboard. The Velcro was actually more of an hindrance than help.
Another suggestion, announce which field is going into play when you call for players. Big confusion as to which one of the two fields to go to.
One last cheap shot I have to make: It’s called a barrel CONDOM!
Out of all the fields I have played and visited, this one certainly does rate the lowest on the scale and I certainly will NOT be going back to that field again under current ownership.
Last edited on Friday, September 12th, 2008 at 10:27 am PST
Good Review. I completely agree, it IS a barrel condom. From the way your review sounds if this place made a few changes it would be great. I was thinking about heading over to Scary Creek but not after reading this review. Thanks for saving me tons of frustration.
A few caveats if I may:
I wish to retract the highest cost for paint, I have found other FPO's that do charge higher (In Kuwait, Dubai and in Europe and one place in Atlanta).
ALSO, if you are a new player, this would be a good place to start out at. For experinced players that can take the "pain" I would opt for other fields.