I've only played paintball twice, and I'm hooked. Been looking at reviews and talking to people about what equipment to buy. I've played both times at Paintball Adventures, so I honestly can't compare with other places, but I will say this. I had a blast both times and am planning another visit very soon. Experiences were a bit different both times. The first time, it was with a bunch of coworkers, so we had our spots booked in advance and there was a ref working that day just to accomodate us novices, so it was really fun. We even got challenged by some hardcore ballers later in the day and saw how crazy (in a good way) it can get out there. Always, though, the refs were adamant about safety on and off the field. The second time, after not being able to talk some of my coworkers into going again (wimps!) it was just me and a couple friends who got together. We integrated right away with the main group of players, so we were up against some pretty staggering odds, with our basic rental gear and all. Still, you have to just get in there and have fun. All the players, even the experienced players with the crazy tricked-out markers, were nice and took the time to answer basic questions. The only thing I'd change is that it would be nice if there were more refs to split the groups up a bit. I remember one scenario where we had over 40 players. It gets kind-of confusing with that many people running around with no team communication. BUT, that's just a good sign that they're doing something right -- that they have so many loyal customers means there may be a chance of expansion in the future (I hope). Anyway, I'll be back for sure!!!