-I don't usually head out to PA to play paintball, I'm located in the NYC/Long Island/North NJ area.
-Closest is EMR, which is an excellent field.
Directions to the Field:
Get a GPS, it's in the middle of nowhere. It is suppose to be a fun day after all. If not, it's a little confusing to find.
I haven't written any reviews in a while so I'm going to write for a few fields. The reason I went to this field was for the recent Intercollegiate paintball game held by extremegoers.org. It was set up big game style with no tanks, just red and blue with a few objectives at different times of the day to score points.
I went there with my own equipment, and this field by far is the worst when it comes down to having personal gear. With rental gear, this place is perfect, they take care of you 100%.
Parking - Parking was simple enough, to make ample space, they flag you to a spot when you enter. 10/10 for doing their job
Registration/Waiver Process - Also simple enough. Go to register, pay money. Friendly Staff. 10/10
Rental equipment: They have a giant fleet of 98s for rentals, 98s as everyone knows always work. They have camo jumpsuits and pod packs for rent ($7 for the suit and $2 for the podback). They also have vests available. Rental masks seem average (yes they do vary field to field, I've seen downright terrible to clean as a whistle.) 8/10
Food: They have a stand with food and also some guy with an ATV with a cooler on the back that drives around for those who want something to drink. Priced fairly for a business. 8/10
Proshop: They don't have a real proshop, its just a trailer with some playing essentials like podpacks, gloves, some hats.
Gearing up/Getting paint and air - Pricing is done pretty high unless you get a group, $100 a case. $30 entry. Ouch. I got in for free do to extremegoers.org and $80 a case with my group.
THIS is my biggest dissatisfaction by far. Unlike most fields, where you would expect the chrono and air to be near where you set down your stuff, the air fill and chrono is literally 1/4 of a mile away, if not more.
The registration area where you pay your admission and paint and get your rental camo and pods is completely different from where the air pumps and rental guns are seperate by that 1/4+ mile stretch of road. There are only two air pumps that I'm aware of at Skirmish, the registration area where you pay and the chrono/rental gun pickup/air pump area. Bring a bigger tank if you got one.
Why they would make the chrono station/air fill station that far is beyond me.
If your gun takes a crap, prepare to walk at least 1/2 a mile to get another gun if you have personal equipment. If you only have one gun on you...well you're going to have a bad day. 5/10 if you have your own equipment. 8/10 if you do. I had one gun crap out plus I saw a few others having to take that "hike" back to their cars to get working equipment/tools.
Fields: The fields are vast and huge. Well balanced. Very small amount of areas where it's suicidal to run out. They take care of the fields very well. It rained the night before and there wasn't any signs of the fields being extremely soggy. I didn't play the fields in sections as big game style allows you to walk everywhere. But I was satisfied by the amount of cover there was. It never felt like there was an imbalance of cover unlike some other fields I went to.
Conclusion: If you have never paintballed or only rent, this is a wonderful experience. If you bring your own equipment, make sure and double check everything 100% the night before because if your gun takes a crap, prepare for a long walk.
I'll give this place a 7/10. I'm thinking they make their money mostly from rentals, so they don't worry about non renters, hence the unfriendly setup. If they changed it and moved the chrono station closer like every other field does, it would be perfect.
Last edited on Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 12:33 am PST