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spudcrazy Thursday, March 25th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: August 25th, 2008
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Review: This is a bit old, but I thought I would share (I will be returning this weekend). This is taken directly off my team webpage:

Much to my surprise, on my visit to my in-law's house, my wife allowed me to bring my paintball gear, so I did. Here's my review of Pentagon Paintball, Fairview, PA.

Pentagon Paintball is about 15 minutes from my in-law's house in Erie, PA. It is located just off of Rt. 98 in Fairview, PA. They are very unique in that they have a once a year “insurance” fee, which is really their field fee of $15, then after that, every Sunday walk-on play is FREE. However, it is a field paint only field and HPA is $1 for every 1000psi. But again the uniqueness of the field, they offer an HPA card for $39.99 which is also good for the year for unlimited air fills. If you play often, this is a total screamer of a deal. Paint prices range from $39.98/case for white box, to about $65.98/case for their premium. I bought their mid-grade paint, which was about $55/case, however, it was as good as any premium paint I have ever bought. All paint was a regional brand of JT.

The field itself is relatively small compared to what I am used to, but it plays large. As far as I know, they only have five, maybe six fields. One “woods” field (which I will describe later), two X-ball style fields, one air field, and one rather large and elaborate Fort field. They also have what they call an Arena field, which is a tiny X-ball style field, meant for one-on-one or two-on-two grudge matches; this was quite popular.

The pro-shop and field opens at 11 o'clock and not a minute beforehand. Registration is quick, especially if you've already played there before, you just buy paint and you're set. It's a short walk thru the parking lot to the field staging area. I was quite surprised and a bit concerned that there is no safety briefing or regulated chronoing, however, virtually everyone self-chrono'd and safety didn't seem to be a concern all day. The rules were strictly enforced and there were large signs indicating barrel condoms and goggle areas. There was one instance that a player thought another was shooting hot, so the ref had everyone shoot over the chrono before advancing to the next game, those with high markers were forced to re-set and rechrono.

Games moved along very rapidly. They were played in sets then you returned to the staging area. When a game was finished, you switched sides and played a second game. There was NO waiting in between games. As soon as the first one was called, you switched. Upon return to the staging area, you had about five minutes to reload then you were off to play another game. Since the games moved along so quickly, I had no problem sitting out a game or two, to take a break.

Teams were split as you took the field. Every other person went to the opposite side. I found it interesting that no one cared if they were playing against or with their buddies. It made for a great and diverse day since the teams were NEVER the same. Also, I have NEVER played paintball when there has been such a high level of sportsmanship. I don't know why, but I was glad to see it; not a single unsportsmanship event all day. One guy kind of overshot a younger kid during a bunker move. After shooting him, he went out of his way to apologize and actually called himself out. I wish there was that kind of sportsmanship everywhere. One note, since teams were reformed at every game set, there was no armbands to indicate who was on what side. For the most part this wasn't a problem (all games were elimination except the woods “capture and defend game). Until near the end of the game, especially if you came up on the opposing teams six, then you just had to shoot whoever you saw unless there was NO doubt that the players you were facing were on your side. However, it was never a problem, because it was just more people to shoot at!!!!

Now on to the playing… As most fields were of the speedball type, there isn't much to say about them. However, OMM would have been proud of “this” old man, because I did us proud. For the most part, I played middle, but when the games got stagnate, I ran for the front (all speed games were elimination). During one of the airball games, it was 4 of “us” left against 2 of “them”. “They” were heavy duty speedballers and we only had myself, one speedballer (who, ironically, was playing back barking orders), and two noobs. After low crawling up through the snake, I managed to take out one of the opponents completely on the other side of the field, which left one guy in the back Aztec holding the rest of us down. I knew if I put enough paint on the bunker, I could pop out and do a run through. I gathered my breath and took a run for it. I got him. However, he knew I was coming because he could hear all the paint hitting his bunker. I got him first, but he responded with about a half of pod of paint on me, I expected nothing less. It was awesome.

Pentagon Paintballs newest field, the Fort, was reminiscent of Splatbrothers, just a bit. They had a small trench system, tons of material bunkers, four two-story towers, two small buildings of rooms, and two ground level crow's nests. As with OMM style, I sat in the back to scope out the situation, then in Spud-style, I took off for the front. I partnered up with the one and only pump player, that was a clone of Aegis; fast & furious!!! We would basically own all four games played on this field, with the late exception of one game. Since they were elimination, two speedballers and about 4 young guns decide to camp out in one of the towers, very rarely ever even shooting their maker. Needless to say, when we finally rushed their last stronghold, we were outgunned. No harm, no foul, it was still a blast.

Lastly, I will mention the “woodsball” field that fell into the playing rotation. Woodsball was just a glorious name for a giant non-prickly thicket. The field would be set up in a “V” shape, with the legs of the “V” being about 8 foot wide open grass lined with bunkers. On one side of the “V”, in the alley-way was another three sided crow's nest. The inner part of the “V” was brush, with the widest part being loose woods with a castle at the back. This game was an assault & attack, with the flag hanging in the castle. The defending team started in the castle, while the attack team started at the point of the “V”. We defended first. Since the majority of the noobs and young guns wanted to stay in the castle, I decided to B-line it in the thicket. The attack team immediately took up positions along the alley-way and in the crow's nest. One attacker started in through the thicket, but I must have scared him out. Fortunately for me, he didn't bother attacking and just took a position in the crow's nest. Myself, along with one other guy traversed arms and legs through what appeared to be a varmint track. We ended up sneaking passed and behind the crow's nest. Having to keep the guy with me from screaming from excitement, we popped out and took out about 7 OPFOR all at once. Since we were getting shot at, we immediately headed for the other leg of the “V”, along with some of the defenders that were originally holding off the crow's nest. Since there was no armband tape, when we got to the other leg there was a bit of confusion about who was who. All the OPFOR had their backs to us, but then again, the remainder of the defenders that were holding that side of the “V” took us as enemy as well. Just then, one of the speedballers said, “hey OMM, what do we do?”, with that, I said, shoot anyone that moves until you stop taking paint, so that's precisely what we did. There were a few holdouts, but they made it a point to scream “WE'RE DEFENDERS”. With that, we totally won the game. I was delighted by the kudos; after all, this is what OMM does the best, right? Be sneaky.

The next game found us attacking the castle. In fear they would incorporate my plan, I told anyone that was will to crawl, to get into the thicket. Much to my surprise, the other side sent no one in the bush, so we immediately headed for the flag. The defenders kept no less than eight defenders in the fort. We did a one-by-one rush, knowing we would get eliminated, but not before we eliminated one, two, or three of them first. We figured it would weed them out. The plan worked. The four of us that headed through the bush got taken out, but that allowed our side to decimate the remainder of the defenders and take the flag.

All in all, I had a blast. I went through a case of paint in about 4 hours, however, in those four hours I PLAYED fifteen games and sat out two. They really move you along. I feel I did pretty decent at the “speedball” thing, but I was sore as can be for a week and I still need to work on shooting with both hands.

In conclusion, if anyone is up Erie, PA way, God forbid, you definitely should play this field, regardless how you feel about speedball or small fields. The player sportsmanship was as high as I have ever seen it, and you get to sling a lot of paint… I will be bringing my paintball gear as part of my regular “in-law” packing, from now on.



 

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