In order, best (#1) to worst.
Fox 4 #5
Boston Painttball indoor - good speedball, but will not rate against outdoor fields.
Directions to the Field:
follow your GPS because the directions are hard to follow, even from mapquest.
My rating system is as follows:
Safety = max of 25pts. This is most important.
Fields = max of 25pts. This is why we go back to a field.
Prices = max of 15pts. Paint/entrance prices vary, but no one said this game was cheep.
Refs/Staff = max of 10pts. They keep us safe, but tend to be similar at all fields.
Staging Area = max of 10pts. Tend to be similar but key factors like shade affect the day.
Pro shop = max of 5pts. Typically not a full store, but should have the basics and a tech.
Rules = max of 5pts. Tend to be similar, but an odd blind fire rule can ruin a day.
Food = max of 5pts. Not part of the game, but a factor at any sports park.
Totaling 100 points, which will determine my overall rating for the field. Average being 50% of any point value.
SAFETY = 11 of 25pts
Some other posts talked about lax safey and I did not find that to be true for the most part. They were attentive to masks and barrell bags and tried to help players get off the field without getting hit after being out. I do however think they could be better about chronographing guns. On an 85 degree day one chrono in the morning is not sufficient, I myself was shooting 310fps by afternoon when I checked it on my own, and the guy who shot me from 100ft or so and broke skin all three times turned ot to be shooting just over 400fps. THAT'S DANGEROUS!!!!!!! This was a busy day at the begining of the season. I hope this will improve. Canobie is the only field I know that makes you chrono every time you go onto the field. So overall safety was average.
FIELDS = 20 of 25pts.
Their fields are well mantained and well designed. The five woodsball fields are cleared of brush fairly well and have many bunkers and buildings. This is not a cheep woodsball field where they just tape off an area of woods and give it a name. Castle Anthrax, The Octogon, and The Bridge are well built up and maintained. Look at the pics on their website. Fields are also a great size for even a 60 person game, and boundrys are well defined. there is also one speedball field that we played on. It was nicely maintained with good turf.
PRICING = 10 of 15 pts.
Pricing is a little better than average. $20 for entrance and air for gun owners, and $45 to rent. The renters in my group each split a case of paint, giving them each 1500 rounds (500 with rental and 1000out of the case). That ends up just undr $70 a person and should last the day.
Refs/Staff = 6 of 10 pts
The staff made sure our party of 15 got our order in for pizza delivery, They offered us private games on the smaller fields if we wanted, they took a few pics to post on the website and emailed me the hi-res photos that week.
There were some inexperienced refs on the field but that's to be expected at the begining of a season. One in particular called the game when a player had grabbed the flag and thrown it off the bridge when he was hit. Myself and two teammates protested and he calld the game live again while we were standing in the open. We were of course imediatly pummeld with paint. THANKS for that ref!! I felt it my duty to tell him he needs to make quick decisive and LOUD calls. Overall though the whole staff was above average.
Staging area = 5 of 10 pts.
The staging are was great, pleanty of tables and tents for some shade.
Proshop = 4 of 5pts.
the proshop was well stocked and well organized. The air fill was self serve after a tank inspection and the 4500psi was giving full pressure.
Rules = 2.5 of 5pts
Not much to tell here, the blindfire rules are the same as anywhere (keep your head behind your gun).
The game rules are typical attack and defend or capture the flag, and are explained well before the game.
Food = 2 of 5pts
There is no food onsite which is not the case at many other fields. They do make a large pizza order for noontime and are good about asking everyone if they want any. But be sure to bring your own drinks. This was the only real disapointment at this field, therefore I have to give a below average rating.
overall the field scores 60.5 points of 100. This gives a mathmatical rating of a 6, but after the great day we had with a group of both newbies and experienced players I have to round up to a overall score of a 7. Thats well above average.
My friends and I are trying as many local fields as possible this summer so I hesitate to rate this one yet but will say that I will definatly be going back. It's worth the extra drive past Canobie.
When reading know that all my acounts are truthfull and as accurate as I can be, and that my opinion and ratings on individual fields may change as I visit other fields or make return trips.
Last edited on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 1:35 pm PST
Your rating system is odd and somewhat inaccurate. I have read several of your reviews on local fields after seeing one for FOX4 that I thought was slanted. Now I see you have a screwed up system. You give AG a 5-10 for staging,when you say its GREAT, and I agree but that would be a 10, not a 5. And you give PNL a 6-10 for stagging. Anyone whose been there can tell you those tables are old and scattered all over. More like a 5, average or below. You seem to want to do a good job reviewing these fields, but then you half ass the parts of the review that are uninteresting to you. Start over and think a little.
If you take a moment to look back at my review where I clearly state "Average being 50% of any point value" and, "think a little" about what this statement means you may understand why my point values are the way they are. If you still think a great staging area should recieve a score of 10, then what do you propose when I play at a park that has an excellent staging area? Do they also recieve a score of 10? Or maybe you would have me score a 12 out of 10?
As far as my opinion on the two fields you question. I find that AG has newer tables in insufficent amounts. My last experience there had my group of thirteen on two tables. PNL's tables are without a doubt older and more spread out but there is always pleanty of room even on the busy days.
If you think my system is inaccurate or screwed up, I invite you to post your own. See thats the beauty of a personal review, you don't have to agree because it's MY REVIEW.