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*bandit* Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: November 22nd, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
SC VILLAGE, Conquest (old one off the 210?), Tombstone reball
Directions
to the Field:
Off the 5 fwy at Calgrove exit. easy to find. maybe 3 minutes or less after you exit the freeway. check website for directions
Review: I like this place a lot. The prices aren't bad at all. For players with your own gear...Half day/Full day = $22/$28 all day air included. Rental prices aren't bad either. Their website has all that info. The staff is very helpful and nice, they don't act like they'd rather be somewhere else and you're hassling them. We got to the field around 11am and the older guy gave us half day prices that were supposed to start at 1pm. The ref we had was Sean and another asian guy (I forgot his name, sorry). They were cool too. The people that were out playing that day were mostly all friendly people. A handful of regulars 8-10 that I could see, quite a bit of new people to the sport. Seemed like a 50/50 mix of honest players vs wipers or newbs that didn't know better. I'm not a big complainer about that anyway and the crowd will most likely vary. This was just my one time experience there.

Let me get to the things that will probably be constant:

SAFETY:
It's pretty lax. They only enforce goggles on while you're on the field and a game is in play. I saw almost everyone with goggle up while walking to the field and also at the staging areas of the fileds while rules were being explained. I understand it can get hot and uncomfortable but I'd rather not lose an eye. Barrel cover/blocks are required up until gameplay starts so I guess that's why they're pretty lenient with the goggles. But we all know there are people who love to "test" their markers before play begins. I just told my group to leave goggles on all the time unless we were at the parking lot, just to be safe. Accidents happen. The target range has 2 chronos for you to use and the refs double check you with hand-held chronos before your first game and then again after lunch. 280 fps max.

GAMES:
They had some good games. Fox and the hound, defend the city, seek and destroy. You are rewarded for winning some of the games with a bag of paint!! The turn-around between games is really good too. You're not gonna wait more than 10-15 minutes before you get to go to the next field (unless it's lunch time). Most of the games we played that day had either one or both sides with the ability to re-spawn after walking back to the starting area. I like that. I guess it SHOULD cut down on wiping since you can come back and not have to wait for the next game before you can play again.

FIELDS:
AIRBALL: looked to me to be good for 4-on-4 at the most. We did 3-on-2 and it was really nice.
SPEEDBALL: they have pics of it up on their website but I didn't get to play it or even see it and I forgot to ask if they even still had it. It looks like it would be fun, from the pics anyway.
LOWER FIELD: wooden bunkers, a tank, a submarine, and 2 or 3 tunnels. we had 25-35 people in our group that played here. It didn't seem overcrowded for that number of players.
UPPER FIELD: Has a "town" on one side and a giant hill that is in play. For the number of players in the group, it seemed a little crowded in the town. I think it's an ok field. they just need to keep players on the hill side from starting up the hill before the game starts.

REFS:
Good at explaining the rules. Good at getting games going with no long waits. They don't really go onto the field for paint checks and just watch from the sides. Not a big deal because the fields aren't that big. I DID hear someone ask for a paint check on another player multiple times but didn't get it then got mad when the ref called him (the accuser) out. That guy was understandably upset. Also didn't see them enforce the no blind fire rule enough. I think they did a good job for the most part.

SNACKS/FACILITIES:
chips,soda,water, hot dogs. You can also have pizza delivered. Their drinks are cold, the dogs are nothing special but not bad in any way. They hit the spot when you're starving. I didn't order one but they told someone else that the pizza wasn't the best. The field is maybe a quick 5-8 min drive away from a bunch of fast food spots anyway. taco bell, in-n-out, burger king, mcdonald's, jack in the box, wendy's, and carl's jr. are your choices. Didn't need to relieve myself so I didn't even look for a port-a-potty or restroom.

I gave it an 8. I don't give 10's because I haven't been to enough places to compare yet. Would have gotten a 9 but it needs more fields and the air fills were only up to 3000psi sometimes 2500(no biggie). I think the prices,prizes,and awesome staff make up for it a bit, so 8.75

also forgot to say it's b.y.o.p. but they also sell a box of stingerz for $50
Last edited on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 11:46 am PST
 

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