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shaneaus Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: August 22nd, 2009
Paintball
Experience:
Less than a month
Other Fields
in the Area:
None
Directions
to the Field:
North on 183 to 1431. West on 1431 towards Jonestown. After passing Nameless Rd. keep an eye out on the left. Turn left at the Texas Paintball sign at the bottom of the hill and follow the signs to the field.
Review: Myself, my two sons, and two of my older son's freinds played paintball for the first time at Texas Paintball two weeks ago and were immediately hooked.

I read everything I could about the different Austin area fields online prior to picking a field to go to for our first paintball experience. I chose Texas Paintball (even though their prices were reported to be higher) because of the selection of fields they had available.

First I will comment on their charges:
Yes, just like Xtreme Paintaball and some of the other fields you must buy the field's paint. But, Texas Paintball only sells really good paint - no crap. The low end is Zen and they also have Evil, Marbalizer, and one other I can't remember. I have spoken to some tournament airball players @ Texas Paintball who advised that on some fields their premium paint is Texas Paintball's low end paint.

I found Evil at Walmart for $30/1000 balls. At Texas Paintball Evil sells for about $80/2000 balls. So, yes the paint is a little more expensive at Texas Paintball than Walmart. (I'm stating this from memory and will update all the prices to exact amounts soon.) Probably more expensive than some other fields.

If you rent: $40 gets you all your equipment for all day play plus 500 balls. Some of the other fields charge you the same for 4 hours of play. If you bring 5 or more players the price goes down to $35/player. This is a great deal if you plan on staying all day.

No charge for tank refills.

They have a membership option for $135/annual. This reduces your field fee to $5.00 for all day and your paint reduces by $12 - $15/case. Since I pay for my own paint as well as my son's (and, sometimes thier freinds) I will probably take them up on this. I can get a membership and pay for all of thier paint and save $40.00 a weekend.

What is the BEST thing about Texas Paintball? The size! The fields are very large and one can really move around in them. I drove down to Stunt (Hill13) on Fitzhugh Rd. to check it out on last Saturday (a 45 minute drive). While the staff I spoke with on the phone were great and I have only heard good things.... My sons, his freinds, and I took one look at the size of the fields available for play (all with no visible shade) and we left. The fields were MUCH smaller - Hill 13's largest field wouldn't be any bigger than Texas Paintball's smallest. It didn't appear that there was any room to run between bunkers. If you like a much faster paced game without a lot of room I recommend going to Stunt Paintball. Someone, who answered the phone at Stunt Paintball stated "They (Texas Painball) hate us over there." I have spoken to the owner at Texas Paintball several times and I don't think he ever worries/considers what the other places think. He was that laid back. However, if you like larger playing fields - GO to Texas Paintball. I have not been to Extreme Paintball (the only other place in the Austin area with more than three fields) but, I plan on going in the next month.

The fields:
Normandy: Sandbag bunkers at the top of the hill, 1/3 of the group defend - 2/3'rds of the group aggress. Goal is for the aggressors to get one player to a smaller wooden bunker at the back of the hill. Pretty fun with some good players.
Trenches: Great field - one of my favorites. Play across a slope with various trenches. A good or sneaky player can move fast down the flanks... But, there isn't much cover on the flanks. I've played it about six-eight times and the outcome/winning tactic was never the same.
Hyperball: Large black plastic cylinders laid out similar to Airball. My second favorite.
Airball: enough said - regulation size field.
Mini - hyperball: like hyperball - but, the plastic cylinders are smaller in diameter. Makes it harder on the larger or grown-ups - easier on the kids/pre-teens. Fun and a little faster paced than Hyperball.
Crack House: an "L" shaped house with some plywood bunkers just outside the doors in small clearing with woods all around. Game play similar to Normandy - Attackers need to get one player to touch the house.
"Don't remember the name" - I'll update the name later - esentially some plywood bunkers spread out over a large semi-wooded area. This is where they normally play "capture the flag" - it's a pretty good setup, but I only played it once.
"California" - just a section of woods with some trails. Not recommended by the staff unless you want the feel of going to some random section of woods in the country and playing.

Texas Paintball has been around a VERY long time. The owner is there almost every weekend, is very involved, and will (if asked) address any concern. They have a maintenance shop and have repaired one of my son's guns already. My 10 year old forgot his hopper at home and they loaned him one of thiers for no fee. My 16 year old had a freind whose CO2 cannister nipple was damaged and they provided one of thiers to use at no cost.

The staff has been helpful, polite, and they listen to the group's overall input regarding which fields to play. They are quick on paint checks, face shield wipes, and very anal about safety. If your gun goes down or you have any problems they have a four wheeler that they will call from the shop to fix you up. The only complaints I have heard the last two weeks have been from Tourney players who don't like the surrender rules or the no automatic rule.

Bottom line: Their paint may be a little more expensive - But, you are paying for larger fields (and, the maintenance that comes with that) and a staff on Saturdays of about six-seven people. For me, my sons, and thier freinds - the extra money has been worth it. Someone posted about a ref who was a jerk - my advise - go speak to the owner about him/her. The refs have various experience - some a LOT - a few not so much. DUH! It just depends on the available hiring pool at the time.

People that play there tend to be a mix. Mainly, this is a rec ball location. I have played with Airball tourney players, dedicated woods ball/sim players, and rec ball players all at the same time. If you are a dedicated Airball Tournament player this is probably not the place to go. If you just want to have fun without feeling you are at a professional tournament - this is the place to go.

I'll check out some more of the competitors fields in the next few months and update this post. I'm looking forward to trying out Outlaw Paintball, Extreme Paintball, and Leander Paintball in the next few months.
Last edited on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 pm PST
 

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