Danger Zone in Lewis/McCord and Forest Fire in Lake Stevens.
Directions to the Field:
Directions can be found at the field's website, emeraldcityhobbies.com
I've always seen TPS on the way to Ocean Shores, but never stopped. A few weeks ago, I went down for a birthday my friend was having at the field and figured I'd share my thoughts.
FIELD/S: TPS has three fields. A large hyperball field, a small "urban" field and an airball field. Before I go any further, I should point out that this is not a woodsball field, nor is it a hyperball field. It's just a big open field in the middle of a quarry that the owner has turned into a place for people to play. I say "hyperball" because the fields have traits that lean towards the hyperball style. The large field is made up of large mounds of grass covered dirt, stacks of tires, small bunkers, a watchtower and a large house in the middle. The smaller "urban" field, is just that. A mess of plywood houses, piping and cars to play with. These are the two fields I played on. They also have a small airball field that you can rent out if your team needs a place to drill, but we could't use that. Both fields we used were fun, but because they are out in the open, your paintballs will be getting blown around quite a bit due to wind. And good luck keeping the sun out of your eyes. With little tree cover for the fields, you'll be fighting the sun as much as you'll be fighting your friends.
STAFF: The reffs we had for the day were professional, dispite their age (they were all under age 14). I found them very helpful and polite and even got to talk some "paintball nerd" talk with the oldest. The guy who I'm assuming is the owner, spends most of his time behind the counter at the pro shop, but takes the time to talk with you and look over your gear when you show up.
FACILITIES: The field has plenty of parking, with a bunch of overturned wooden spools to stage your gear. If you bring a lot of gear and tools for your game, you'll find yourself running out of room with just one spool. Lots of portable bathrooms, so no problems there. The field also has a small stash of parts, pods and other gear in case you need something.
PRICES: If you know your paintball fields, you know that most fields charge about the same for paint, air and field fees. The cool part about TPS is the fact that their prices are a little lower then everywhere else. I got a case of Draxxus paint, all day air and my field fee for $50. Thats a deal.
GAMES: This may have been because my group was a birthday party, but I found that TPS's grab-bag of games is pretty weak. We were there from 11:00 in the morning until 5:00 that evening and we only played three or four scenarios. I don't know what it's like for a Saturday game, but I hope they change it up more because I don't like playing center flag push and team deathmatch all day.
So there you go. Is this field worth the drive from Seattle? Probably not. Is this the field you want to spend your one-Saturday-game-a-month on? Nah. But if you do go for a party, for their D-Day game or for a tournament, you'll still have a great time and it won't cost you a fortune.
Last edited on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 10:58 pm PST