I generally try to play woods ball, so the only other fields that I’ve been to have been people’s homes. Woods ball is a lot slower and easier for me to play. I’m a fairly big guy and even getting into paintball was some what of a challenge for me. But now that I’m into it, I’m stuck for good. Like I had mentioned before, I generally play in people’s woods, however there was one time I went with a group of people to the now closed Chase Paintball. That was a horror-story and a half. Chase was dark, slimy, and unregulated; a terrible place to play in my opinion. That’s the only other professional field that I’ve played at, if you considered Chase to be “Professional”.
Directions to the Field:
From Columbia City, take US 30 toward Fort Wayne.
Turn Left at the stop-light at 30 and 205.
Follow 205 through Churubusco and beyond.
Turn right before the Gas Station before 205 meets State Road 3.
I was anxious to give this place a great review the first time I had played because I had a blast the very first time. However, I decided that one trip alone shouldn’t decide my whole outlook, and now that I’ve been there three times now, I feel that my review is more fair, than say someone who’s only visited once, and maybe had a bad experience.
For the first time I went, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to go or not. I had heard enough about the Plex to know it was a speed-ball field. So I was pretty upset that my friend had dragged me into it. It was a “buy-one-get-one-free” day, so I didn’t have to pay for anything except the paint that my friend split with me. So twenty bucks for a day of paintball wasn’t bad. I soon found out that they required Compressed air, and all I had was Co2. I started to worry, before one of the nice girls behind the counter mentioned that they rented them for free, as long as there was some compensation exchanged, i.e. a driver’s license. So that was a relief, knowing I wouldn’t have to spend $150 dollars on an a new compressed air tank. As soon as I got it, I attached it to my remote line and went to go chrono. After failing twice, the ref told me to head out to the tech’s station, where he replaced the tank with a different one, got my gun to fire, and simply told me to ask for a different tank. Then with the new tank all aggravation had I built up with trying to get my gun to work had gone into my game, and I had loads of fun that day. It was a great first experience.
So the second time I go there, I know what’s going on, I have my previously purchased condom and am ready to play. The Plex was having a promotion event going on with one of the local radio stations and had advertised 98 cents for a day of play. I was pretty excited about that, but found that it came with a lot of ifs, ands, and buts. It was 98 cents per game, and a 98 cent rental fee for equipment, but you couldn’t use your own gun. It was a little aggravating that when I though I had known how the place did their business. We decided to leave, waiting for the promo to be over. Upon returning, there was another split case of paint, as well as an entry fee on my part, the rest of the day went alright. The field was different from the last time, focusing on castles and tanks, rather than having the large “X” in the center of the arena. Again, I had a good time then too. Lots of kids had stuck around after the promo, and it was too fun playing with them and their crazy strategies, most of the watching them get pegged was the most fun.
The third and most recent time was the second day of 2009, I had to fill out another safety flier, and was soon hit with the entire bill for a case of paint and admission. I hadn’t realized how much I couldn’t really afford to play here by myself until that moment. It was a shocker, but I still had lots of fun that day, everything went down the same way it had the last two times, minus the promo day. It was fun, and some people from the local paintball shop were lighting up the field. Me with my little Tippmann 98 Custom with a Cyclone feed and double trigger couldn’t even hope to compete with them. Generally they were split up, because it was obvious they’d rape with all of them on one team. The team division is sometimes a little swanky. The most obvious time would’ve been the second day, where it was jersey’s and camo versus anyone under the age of thirteen. That game was hilarious, but another swanky team division placed me in the firing line of some decent players on my third visit.
So over all, from my past three experiences at the Paintball Plex, I’m going to end up giving it a solid nine because of the way the teams are some times split up. The more regulars seem to have a way to influence the refs, but generally, when I was with a group of my friends, we were split up. I suppose many times teams of two or three people would ask not to be split up, which I can understand. Other than the bit of issues with the team division that I’ve personally experienced, many of the refs are funny, fair, and pretty cool guys. Their music selection isn’t that terrible either. (Thriller, Pepper, and Cotton-eyed Joe, to name a few). The tech that was able to point out it was the tanks fault, not my own was probably one of my best friends that day, and even after we’d been there a few times, people still were nice and greeted us, making sure we understood all the rules and regulations. Their show-room is impressive, their bathrooms are, well, actual bathrooms, and I’ve not had any concession stand food yet, but it was pretty popular during the promo event, or so I heard.
A well deserved nine, if there was something I would change about it, it would have to be the required purchase of their paint. If I could bring my own paint on, I would’ve shown up a few more times, and more than likely bought more paint from them if my other ran out. I know several people that wish they could b.y.o.p. But that’s something that I’ve gotten used to, so if Mike was looking for some suggestions, that would be about my only one. The place is really great.
Last edited on Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 1:19 pm PST