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grimacium Sunday, July 5th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 28th, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Canobie, P&L, Fox4, Maynard Outdoor, GSP
Directions
to the Field:
Less than 2 hour drive from Boston-North or Southern NH up rt 95. Easy to find.
Review: My experience at Field 51 was during a BYOP open play day. Weather conditions were mild temp with drizzle to light rain.

Safety: I would give Field 51 the highest marks for safety. Safety and game rules briefing at the start of the day was thorough. Full headcount and barrel bag check was done before anyone could remove goggles and at the start and end of every game. Chrono station was enclosed on 3 sides. Only flaw I could find was a lack of netting at the entrance to the goggles on area. In theory someone could shoot up into the parking lot if they were playing with their marker while walking back up the path, however unlikely.

Hours: For walk on play the field opens at 11am and ends at 4pm. This is little later than some other fields but nice if you're not an early bird or have a bit of a drive to get there.

Staff: The owner Norm is a cool and friendly guy who you can tell really loves the game. He's was out on the field to run all of the games. The refs all did a good job too. No bad attitudes.

Players: For a rainy day their was a pretty good turnout. Something like 10 on 10 games most of the day, some more some less as the day went on. Maybe it was the rainy weather but the players there were all good sports. No bad attitudes, no overshooting, willing to help out with problems and chat it up. Great group of players as you could find. Even had some pump players besides myself.

Facilities: Proshop was stocked with the usual neccesities , paint, masks, pods, anti-fog, tippman parts, etc. I was told they would be expanding the proshop soon. No credit or checks so be sure to bring cash. Bathroom / changing area was a porta-potty. It is what it is. Staging area was tarped off with spools for tables. Most people brought ez-up tents and staged out of the back of their car/truck. Air was CO2 and 3K PSI HPA self fill station. Cleaning station with hose and good water pressure.

Food and drinks: Pack your own or there is a pizza place that delivers nearby.

Fields: That day I played on 3 fields. One plain woods, another woods with satellite dish and bunker, and a village with two towers, "spaceship", and a church. The two woods fields were heavily wooded with some thin spots and paths. The village has a good number of structures varying in size from small netted pallet bunkers, to spools, to larger huts and a church with a tower. Their were some muddy spots on all the courses and at the chrono station but I'd say that was a result of 2 weeks of nonstop rain. The village had some ankle bender ruts that could be leveled out and maybe mowed, but other than that the fields are very playable. No airball field or observation area.

Game types: More than just the typical capture the flag or elimination. Played different scenarios such as shoot the cowbell to disable satellite dish, attack/defend the church, protect the captain, color wheel game, etc. Some with respawn for one side or both. Some single elimination.

Overall: This is one of my favorite fields so far. They are still pretty new so I expect that they will keep improving and grow a pretty good player base. If you want to have fun playing woodsball this is the place. They are starting to cater to pump players as well with pump-only days. I'll definitely be back again.
Last edited on Sunday, July 5th, 2009 at 8:44 am PST
 

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