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kragshot Saturday, February 6th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: February 6th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paradise Paintball - Moved and renamed

Northwest Paintball - Decent fields and services, but horrible overpriced paint

Ft. Lewis (pre-Dangerzone) - Excellent woodsball field, but not the original owner
Directions
to the Field:
If you're coming from the Bremerton direction, don't be confused by the place near the airport, before Belfair. That's not it. Keep going south until you go through Allen. You can take the first left past the town or drive on to the second. Either one will take you onto the Grapeview Loop Road which will get you there.
Review: Best field in the area, no contest. I've been playing here regularly for 2 years now and have yet to experience a bad day. I live 10 minutes from Northwest and 30 to Paradise, but I would still rather drive the hour to Master Blasters than to either of these fields. Blaster is always the consumate host and has been working hard to steadily expand the playing area on all the fields to keep things fresh and interesting. Another big plus for this place is that you have a CHOICE of paint. You're not locked into using whitebox grade that's touted as "above premium" and paying Marballizer prices. You usually have at least two decent brands to choose from and with enough notice, they can probably accomodate requests.

The first time I went to Master Blasters, I had to be talked into it by a buddy. As far as I was concerned, it was out in the boonies in what appeared to be someone's backyard. My initial impression was less than flattering. A hand painted sign off a dirt road directs you to the field. From the parking lot you can see the shop, staging area, and netting for the speedball courses. That's about where my opinion started to change.

The staging area has lots of picnic tables and benches for everyone to spread out on.

The obstacle course is packed with spools, concrete pipes, and assorted barricades.

The old "city" field or Trenton's Field as its now known, is made up of a few structures three cars, a truck, a boat, and even a hot tub.

So far, so good. The wooded field is just right. Big enough to spread out and maneuver, but small enough that getting lost isn't too much of a problem. It's nice and thick with trails running through it and the boundaries are well marked with bright yellow rope instead of the usual surveyors tape. Not the wide open clearing with a few scattered trees of the other places "woodsball" fields.

GW's Oil Depot is an interesting setup. A bunker made of 55 gallon drums is the center piece for a nasty game of attack and defend. Newer players, you gotta try this one. A few of the more experienced players or just the guys with "scary gear" get volunteered to defend the depot. Everyone else is on the attack. The only catch, is that they're not allowed to come after you. Go after them at your own pace and pick at them all you want, just keep an eye on the time and don't let them win by running out the clock.

The fields and amenities were good enough to make me happy about going, but the real thing that sets this place apart from the rest are the owner (Blaster) and the staff he has running things. The atmosphere is very friendly and they make a real effort to make sure everyone's having a good time. Brian usually refs the games himself, but even when he doesn't, they're very professional. The refs know their jobs and take it seriously (no wishy-washy teens on a power-trip).

This is a great place to play especially for families and new players. The typical players who ruin it for everyone else with their egos and attitudes don't last long if they show up at all. Their playing style (I'll show everyone how good I am by hammering the 12 year old who's shooting a rental) is not tolerated.

Not suprisingly, I've met regulars from as far away as Seattle and Port Townsend. I don't know of any other field that is worth the drive, but this one.
Last edited on Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 9:19 pm PST
 

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