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CalifLove Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: March 13th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Davis Paintball Park, Capital Edge
Review: Safety -
Everyone around the park is pretty good about making sure everyone else is adhering to the barrel plug and mask down rules in areas off the field. This is a good thing.

Chrono stations are hit and miss, it could be that I am somewhat of a regular now and don't get asked to chrono but I don't see mandatory chrono checks happening very often at all which is somewhat concerning.

Hours of Operation
Seems to be pretty standard, 9a - 4p . I wish PB parks would go to 5p but this seems to be standard in the area or maybe the industry? The initial safety speech time seems to vary. When I first started going to this field I would come on time and they would have the speech right at 830 and have the first game start right at or very close to 845-9a. Lately it seems games are starting at 930 which obviously eats into the day right on the jump.

Rules
Rules are good and enforced well except for the above mentioned lack of chronoing

Services/Proshop
The guys at the proshop are typically very helpful, even if they don't know the gun you have very well they will offer to help. They keep a good amount of spare Orings, batteries and other misc items that you may need which is great. They are very into ION/Tippman guns so don't expect to have an expert DM or PE tech on-site.

They have a deal with a pizza guy from straw-hat who brings pizzas and sodas, the ice-cream man comes around 2pm as well and now Jamba Juice ladies come to sell premade jamba juice as well.

Refs
Most of the refs have been there a while from what I can tell. Some of the younger guys play a little too much and are not all that professional at times. Some of the guys obviously do not care about evening the teams which leads to a LOT of completely 1 sided games which pisses everyone off. Usually the regulars will figure out teams and switch accordingly but this should be done by the ref to ensure every game is as fair as possible from the start. This is one of my biggest problems with the jungle - you can have really great days and you can have really crappy days just based on who’s running the games that day.

Players
99% of the guys/gals that come to play come to have a good time, shoot people and keep it fun. There are that 1% of guys that take things way to seriously. Accidents happen from time to time - you will get shot when you’re walking off the field, you will get shot when you’re putting your barrel cover on and walking off...crap happens. It’s not always easy to tell when a player is in or out and better safe than sorry right?? I've seen way too many incidents with players getting overly upset about getting shot while they were already out and/or not getting let out.

Finally, pricing
The jungle to me is far to expensive -
As a self equipped player who does not use their expensive paint, you can expect to pay abput $46 to play with unlimited air fills. Their CHEAP paint is $40 but it really is cheap and I would never want to use it in my gun. I would say they get the rejected balls from Karnages’ lowest end line as their cheap field paint. I believe they sell Karnage Tear for $60 which blows me away - Xo Spectrum for $50 etc...Their paint is pretty much $10 -$15 over what you pay at other fields and that is already marked up $10-15 what you can get by buying at your local PB shop so you’re looking at paying $25 extra for paint just because you buy it at the Jungle - ripoff. I guess that it wouldn't be SO bad if you didn't already have to pay $30 just to get in the door.

I am hoping that enough people complain about pricing so that it gets a little better to the consumer. At the very least there shouldn’t be such a steep penalty or any at all for bringing your own paint.

One thing I did not mention is the complete lack of "real" air ball facilities. For some reason the staff at the Jungle feels it is not necessary to have a normal air ball field. They do have air bunkers they half inflate and set out on a bark covered dirt field. It's always a pretty half assed attempt at airball and by mid day the bunkers are heavily deflated. From time to time workers care and inflate but its pretty weak overall. It would be awesome if they would get an NPPL style field again complete with turf - I believe they used to have one but it was located in the boonies of the park and nobody knew about it thus it wasn't used!

Overall - Pricing aside, I have more good times at the Jungle than bad which is always a good thing. I think that pricing could be worked out to a point where it’s a little cheaper for customers. On good weather days you there is typically anywhere from 100-150 players which makes for awesome games when the right refs are working. The thing that keeps me coming back is the setting as "woods ball" like this isn't really avalible at any other bay area park as far as I know. I can say that I find myself wanting to play at Davis and CEPP more and more given pricing and ref concerns at the Jungle.

 

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