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Whisperwolf Saturday, November 1st, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: June 14th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Accurate Paintball (NJ), Skirmish (PA), West Point (NY), Liberty (NY), Hornet's Nest (NY) & Strategy Plus (CT)
Review: This is my favorite field to play. I mostly go for their scenario games. The last one that I went to was a Halo themed game (Aliens vs Humans) and it was a lot of fun. Their western themed games are also very enjoyable. The reason that I like playing at Strategy plus is their combination of great refs, excellent terrain, fun themed scenario play, and quality of players they draw.

Many of their refs get right in the action to make good calls. I've seen refs on their stomach in the middle of a skirmish making calls. They're usually close by for paint checks and don't hover giving away your position. The regular ref staff is experienced and knowledgeable. For the larger scenarios, the additional ref staff seems to come from the Strategy Plus Factory (Speedball) Teams. I've had the chance to talk with a few of them and they ref very well. ... better than the additional ref staff most other fields call in for a big game. Speaking of speedball, they do have 2 speedball feilds. In fact they just set up a NPPL spec field. They also do airsoft games. (I'm mostly a scenario/woodsball paintball guy so I can't really comment too much on the other stuff)

As far as terrain goes it's hilly and craggy. Brush and tree cover vary from thin in some spots to thick in others while never being totally overgrown or leaving you wide open in a field. What that means is there are tons of places to sneak around while using natural cover (be it thick laurel bushes or rock outcroppings). Comparatively, Strategy Plus is definitely more hilly than the other fields mentioned above except for West Point and it is larger than all of them excepting Skirmish. There are several multiple-building MOUT style settings including a western town and an area with several buildings and a CQB shoot house. The mixture of natural terrain with the added bunkers and structures make the gameplay at Strategy Plus very exciting.

Their scenarios are fun to be a part of. For the WWII buffs, they have a German vs Allied series called War of Attrition and a Russian vs German series called Russian Front. They've held various western frontier themed games based on the movie Tomestone, the Deadwood series and the "Man With No Name" movies. While, this year's Halloween game was based on the movie "30 days of Night", past years' games were based on the Gears of War and Silent Hill video Games. For Christmas the field holds a Santa vs The Grinch charity game. Other great games from the past year that were not part of an annual series included games based on the Halo 3 X-box game, the Battle Royale Movie and the Hitman movie. Chrispy (the field owner and manager) and his staff do a great job incorporating elements from the specific themes into the game play, whether by prop or mission. Many of the players and teams who attend become regulars and have fun getting into the games' character roles -to the point of dressing in costume and bringing some props of their own! Even if you don't personally care for roleplaying, the roleplaying that surrounds you really puts you in the game. These games attract players who are out there to have fun. That's what keeps bringing me back and I'm sure it's the same for many others. I'm sure because I've asked... the first timers and the regulars. I've been playing Strategy Plus for almost 2 years now. The crowd of players that are attracted to the field are not looking to lie and cheat their way to a win. Usually there's a good crowd who are there to have a good time and share their stories afterward.

The staff always seem to want honest feedback so they can tweek the next game to continually make it better. When you speak with them about the game they are very friendly (a few other reviewers mentioned feeling like part of the family). When you give feedback (whether about something you like or didn't about the game) you know your being listened to. The people running the games are players. They now how to run a game that the players enjoy. People come to one game and they keep wanting to come back. I've met people who've traveled from points as far as south Jersey, western PA, northeast NY, Massachusetts and New Hampshire who keep comming back. I ranked it 9 because a perfect 10 is unattainable.
Last edited on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 at 1:43 am PST
 

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