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BackInAction Monday, July 13th, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: July 12th, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
The Land Paintball
Hell Survivors
Directions
to the Field:
See website, though they could put up a few signs on the side roads.
Review: Just played this past Sunday with 4 others (we all had our own equipment, ions, minis, vibes, etc.). We were just walk-ons interested in some fun rec ball. We had a blast. Refs provided quick turn-around on games and we moved from field to field often. Free lunch (2 hot dogs, chips and water) and a case of paint and 2 fills (though it might as well be free fills as they never asked for the fill tickets) for $50 ($40 for members). We probably played 12-14 games. Had our group had less downtime between games I'm sure we could have played more. Often the ref's were pushing us to go out again, but we were still resting, refills, etc. I loved that. Nothing worst than fields that have refs that don't push the players onto the field resulting in excessive down time.

My only real complaint is the field paint is way too hard/tick shelled. As it bounces way too often. It shoots great, but it doesn't break. I, and many others, at the field noticed this. I could take a ball throw it hard at the top of a staging area table (knee high table) and the ball would bounce up, hit the ceiling of the shelter (12-14' off the ground) and land without breaking. I've been told that Wrek Elite (brand name of the field paint) is just a private label version of RP Premium. I haven't used RP Premium in some time, so I'm not if RPP has the same issues.

Splatter park is primarily a private group type field (that's where the money is in this sport). There were easily 200+ players at the field on Sunday, probably 80% of those were in private groups of various sizes. Each with their own pavilion and ref(s). The remaining 15-30 (varied throughout the day) walk-ons played on other fields in one group. Though at times we did mix in with small private groups (if invited by them, I guess). I'm told there are far more walk-ons on Saturday than Sunday.

We played different games, elimination, respawn (touch your base and you are back in, timed center-flag game), center flag, attack/defend time limit, medic/rescue, etc. The only game variation I would avoid is zombie. 2-3 players start as Zombies and if they hit you, you become a zombie (after returning to their base). The only way to kill a zombie is a head shot. Which is just about impossible unless you bull rush a zombie with 2-3 players and light him up very aggressively. After ~10 mins on the field I realized the game was down right silly, so I walked off.

We played on all types of fields, air ball (2-4 games), mound field (like the old Pittsburgh NPPL fields), cargo container field (that was fun, but it took some time to really understand how to play on the field) and 2-4 different woodsball fields. They also have a pipe-ball field, but we never played on it.

I had to drive my nephew back to a friends after the day and he wouldn't stop talking the entire 60 min drive. He's probably still talking about it now.
Last edited on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 7:52 am PST
 

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