The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
October 18th, 2008
More than 5 years
Other Fields in the Area:
Boston Paintball Indoor
(as of 10/28/08)
- Self equipped full day package, including lunch and a case of Diablo Heat: $60
- Self equipped full day package, including lunch and TWO cases of Diablo Heat: $90
- Self equipped half day package, a cases of Diablo Heat: $45
- Self equipped full day entry and air: $25
- Self equipped half day entry and air: $15
- Rental full day package with lunch and 500 paintballs: $45
- Rental half day package with 500 paintballs: $30
- Rental full day package with lunch and 1000 paintballs: $60
- Rental half day package with 1000 paintballs: $45.
- 2000 round case of Diablo Heat: $60
- 1000 round half case of Diablo Heat: $35
- 500 round bag of Diablo Heat: $20
- 250 round bag of Diablo Heat: $13
- Jumpsuit Rental: $5
- Paint Grenade: $6
Games run from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Half day packages run from either 9:30 to 12:00 or from 12:00 to 3:30. The gates open at 8 AM. Iíd recommend showing up around 9 AM in order to get your rental gear (if renting) or chrono your marker (if not renting). They generally break for lunch, though if there are a lot of people the speedball field may stay open for lunch.
Friendly Fire has one large woodsball field. The field consists of a village thatís approximately 150 feet by 200 feet and boarders the speedball field (there are nets in between), surrounded on three sides by woods. The woods on the edges of the field contain six individual forts spaced out along the edges of the field. There are a fiew small streams with bridges, though none are more than a foot deep or more than six feet across at the widest point. The total field area is 14 acres. A not-to-scale field map can be found at http://www.friendlyfire-paintball.com/version3/images/map.ht m.
All of the forts are 4+ wall, single story structures made of plywood, board, and cut logs. There are also several 4-sided buildings in the village that feature windows and multiple doors. Most of the forts have a couple 1- or 2-walled bunkers set around them that can be used effectively by both attackers and defenders. Some of the smaller bunkers are just piles of logs or stones. They also have two gutted helicopters on the field that are used as bunkers.
The field mostly free of hazards. There arenít any dangerous outcroppings, cliffs, swamps, or any other natural terrain thatís likely for a player to break an ankle on.
The field is large enough that you can play some good games that involve sneaking around or flanking if thatís your style, but itís still small enough that you canít get lost.
===Woodsball Game types===
In general, all of the Friendly Fire games have a 20 minute time limit and are ďfull fieldĒ, meaning you can use the entire 14 acres during the game. The time limit gives players enough time to go around the whole field to flank the oposition and still have time to shoot when they get there, while preventing games from turning into a slow stalemate.
Each day starts out with two attack/defend games, where one team will have to defend a flag in the village, while the other team will start at a random fort and have 15 to 20 minutes to get to the flag.
Thatís generally followed by several ďcapture the flagĒ style games where each team starts at one of the forts with a flag, and needs to capture the other teams flag while defending their own. Usually there will be one game where each team starts with a flag and has to simply deliver their flag to the other teamís base. Occasionally they also run a centerflag game where you need to grab the flag in the middle and deliver it to the enemy base.
Right before lunch they run a game called ďfootlageĒ. Itís basically a centerflag game played just within the village. Since both teams are limited to the village, you start out within shooting rage of the other team. This ends up playing a lot like a speedball, just with different shapped bunkers.
The afternoon usually contains a special attack/defend game based around Tower Fort. In this game, one team has to stay near Tower Fort while the other team has to deliver a ďbombĒ to the fort. In the past they have used an old ammo box and a bomb, but the last time I was there it was a large beach ball. Iíve only seen the defenders win this once, but itís always a fun game. Iíve somehow never ended up on the attacking side of this one.
There is usually also a ďInvasion of NormandyĒ game in the afternoon where one team is limited to a fort at the top of a hill and the other team has to clear them out. Generally the defenders win this, but itís still a fun and challenging game.
The last game of the day is usually a copy of footlage, but with required bunker moves. About every ~5 minutes during the game, the refs will blow a wistle/horn, and at that point EVERYONE needs to move to a new bunker. While this sounds strange, in practice it doesnít seem to make a difference because most people move more often that than anyways. The game plays out a lot like footlage.
The speedball field is a relatively small airball field appropriate for 3 man teams. Generally there is a home and two back bunkers on each side, a snake thatís close to the staging area, and either another snake or a few dorritos on the other side, and a few bunkers scattered in the middle. The speedball field is generally only used if there are enough players that are interested. Iíve seen days where there was a line for speedball, and Iíve seen days where they didnít even setup the speedball field. If youíre looking JUST to play speedball, Iíd recommend going to Friendly Fire on a Sunday when there are usually more people, or go to a field like Maynard or Fox4 that has a bigger speedball crowd.
Personally Iíve never played on the speedball field at Friendly Fire, so I canít give a good review of it. The field itself is just sand with airball bunkers. Iíve actually seen someone have sand coming out of their barrel after crawling down the snake, and I donít want to subject any of my guns to that kind of punishment.
===Food and Drink===
The burgers are one of the best tings about Friendly Fire. When you initially register, you have the option to buy lunch for $5 (itís included in most of the all-day packages) When you purchase, you need to tell them which kind of lunch you want. Lunch consists of either two slices of pizza, two hot dogs, or the best angus hamburger or cheesburger youíve ever eaten. All are served with a soda or bottled water, and gator aid is available for $1 extra. They also sell sodas for $1, gatoraid for $2, and occasionally have homemade brownies or other small snacks for $1.
Games stop in the middle of the day for lunch. In general, you can grab a burger or hot dogs early as they are cooked right there by the Friendly Fire staff. The pizza is delivered from a local shop, so you need to wait until that arrives if youíre having pizza.
- On the woodsball fields, gun hits donít count.
- Chrono limit is 280 fps.
- Barrel tagging counts.
- If you get within 10 feet of another player, you have to offer them a surrender, but they do NOT have to take it. Personally I dislike this rule. When you offer someone a surrender, it gives them the initiative. Boston Paintballís approach of making surrenders required works much better.
The field staff is friendly and helpful. The refs run a great safety orientation at the beginning of the day and right after lunch (for people only playing a half day, from lunch to close). They do a good job of explaining the special rules for each woodsball game in the staging area, and then again out on the field before each game starts.
Friendly fire runs a series of 3-man speedball tournaments each year. Last year they also ran I scenario game. The scenario game they did was well run and had plenty of missions to keep everyone busy. If they run another scenario game, I will definately attend.
I canít comment about the tournaments because I havenít been to one at this field.
===Paint and Gas===
Field paint is Diablo Heat, with better paint available for self equipped players for extra money. Self equipped players can bring their own paint. Players with high end guns will find the paint harder than you would like (it bounces more of other players), but thatís needed in order to allow good operation in blowbacks that are rougher on paint.
Rental guns are Model 98s with gravity feed hoppers, 47ci 3k HPA tanks, and a 2-pod pouch.
Unlimited HPA fills are included with the price of entry. There is an extra $2 fee for all-day CO2. They usually only fill up to 3k psi for HPA.
Friendly Fire does not have an attached proshop. They do sell some items such as barrel bags, masks, and tanks, but they donít have a wide selection. If youíre after something specific, Iíd recommend checking out one of the other stores in the area. Fox4 is only a few miles from Friendly Fire and has a full proshop.
If youíre in eastern or central Massachusetts, Iíd highly recommend checking out Friendly Fire for woodsball. If youíre a hardcore speedballer, you may not like their speedball field, but you should come by to at least give footlage a try. Personally I think that Friendly Fire is the best woodsball field in the area. The staff is friendly, the field is well layed out, and the prices are reasonable.
Last edited on Saturday, November 1st, 2008 at 4:48 pm PST