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Timekeeper Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
3 months
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pendleton is closest i think
Review: The details:

The field here are well designed to create some epic choke points and allow use of strategy and skill, and are balanced for the most part. And they have plenty to keep you from getting bored. Air pumps are available about 30 feet from the field entrance and picnic tables. CO2 may be a little further next to the registration window. A snack bar is also available.

Your base of operations will have to be set up either in your vehicle, in the dirt parking lot or on one of the canopied wood picnic tables, next to a nice soothing air pump generator. Not particularly scenic or relaxing but we're talking about paintballing, not golfing.

review:

First of all, if you show up for a saturday day game (not as a part of a private group), you will not find a lack of people to play with. In fact, you will probably suffer the opposite. There are plenty of fields to play on (although without a private group you do not get to chose which), more than enough to keep everyone busy and happy, but with the limited number of referees you may see on some days 80 people playing a single match on a single field that was never meant for such traffic.

On night games however, you're less likely to have this problem, and fewer people generally show up. In fact, on friday nights you risk being the only person who shows up.

Rental gear there makes the experience a little worse than if you brought your own. Rental price is not that bad, 15$ for all the equipment u need. (guns that you really don't want to be stuck with, however). Admission price is 25$, a little higher than most would like to pay. CO2 fills are 5 bucks per fill and Air is 10$ for all day. I know they can afford to hire more referees and have more simultaneous games, as paintball park upkeep is relately low, and admissions are pretty high.

Referees do their job, (less than enthusiastically but it gets done), however there should be a few more to allow for more games going on simultaneously on busy days, so that the paintballer can take a break and start back up on his/her own time, instead of on the ref's time. And also to relieve traffic and avoid 80 player mass-warfare. These refs are not tournament quality and most hits rely on each person to call themself out, or else they could easily wipe it off and continue. Once matches start they are largely self-governed, without the ref's help. Some refs seem like they have never paintballed in their life, asking the players for help with their jobs.

Teams are seperated into ribbons and no ribbons (bright orange or pink tape), but i would like to see it seperated into two seperate colored tapes, so that newcomers can be easily spotted and assigned their team.

Summary:

Great woodsball fields. I would like to see more refs doing more games for the walk-on players, quantity would probably make up for quality. More simultaneous games would be nice, so that players can be given a choice as to what fields to play and when.
 

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