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RogueWatchmen Saturday, April 10th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: April 10th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Most fields are over an hour away from this field. The one field that was close by closed.
Directions
to the Field:
Exit I-64 exit, right at bottom, turn up Scary Creek Rd Approx 200 yards from the exit and follow the signs. It is out in the country.
Review: First off I' 30 Y/O and I've not been to the field since I gave up paintball about 8 years ago. Paintball is making traction finally in the area, so a few of us decided to get back into it. Overall the experience was pleasantly exhausting for our party of three adults. While the field has some stringent rules about bringing bags and other seemingly asinine things like returning to your car after entering people need to realize the reasoning. Reading many of the post here it seems this is a sticking point especially among the more seasoned players, and yes it is inconvenient. On a side note food and coolers for drinks are allowed, they will check to make sure youíre not A) bringing in your own paint, and B) will take a peek to make sure no one tried to take field equipment out. Nothing intrusive just a glance usually.

First off several issues have arisen over the years not included to a firearm being brought onto the property, and alcohol being in the player area. As any experienced player and an adult can tell you neither of these things mix well. A firearm has no need to be on a field (Even though I utilize the 2nd amendment to great effect, common sense people) as it can bring nothing good from it. For the drinking, I mean if U really need an explanation let just say drunken people make poor decisions like deciding to light up someone in the safe area or take of their mask mid game because itís not needed? Need I say more?

This field is run by a family, when I was there they had 4 people working, 3 at the counter/register, and 1 in the "referee" station. The staff I found was ready to help and very friendly. Jack who owns and refs was a bit flat, but doing the same thing 7 days a week nearly yearlong can do that to you over the years though. Oddly enough for having some strict rules in place they really are just a good bunch of people and it shows I think. What can I say, sometimes people ruin it for everyone else.

Ok, pricing I had me and the girlfriend I was paying for with our own equipment, I spent roughly $60 up front which was $11 per person for field fee, and 1000 rounds of the better paint, I went back later and gout another bag for $16. Can you buy it cheaper in a store like Durham's or Dicks? Sure, but fields make their money off things like selling paint, covering staffing, utilities, taxes, and I imagine liability insurance on a field is about as expensive as the malpractice insurance on a surgeon who consistently amputates the wrong leg...... So yes while it may seem expensive you can return for free within 2 weeks and have no field fee and each time you visit you have an addition 2 weeks to not pay again, if you go weekly you could not pay but one fee for your summer. CO2 is reasonable, itís slightly cheaper than Dicks in Charleston, and unlike Dicks when I asked them if my new tank was leaking they said yes. Dicks said there wasnít a problem. Was a slow leak, but still if someone asks do your job.

Prices from memory, but all this is listed on their site.

Paint: $15-$19 based on their 5 levels of paint quality
Field Fee: $11 w/ equipment, or $21 for the Tippmann 98 or $26 for a Piranha w/ electronic hopper?
Food and drinks: We brought ours, but they seemed to be around what you would expect to pay at your local gas station, possibly cheaper.

Experience varied on the field, allot had their own equipment, and the age range was varied, allot of High school/Collage age kids as one can imagine, but more importantly everyone just mingled as if they had all played before which made the experience much better considering the # of people that was there. There was a group that showed up later in the day with about 10 people that had little or no experience so Jack was good enough to let them play a game or 2 away from the more experienced people to get a feel. They did 2 short matches of about 10 min when we had a break so we alternated games for about 40 min but it wasnít a noticeable rotation since between games is a small break. It was good because anyone with a group of inexperienced players can get some field time to get at least little more familiar with the game. They were probably 9th grade age which hopefully will foster a few new avid players.

Sales of equipment is minimal I imagine since they carry a small selection of markers and acc. Again small staff and field so I'd be willing to say there isnít allot of call for sales.

Overall I'd say this is a good field, it's ran differently than I imagine people expect when they first get there, but if you understand the reasoning it doesnít seem so bad. If youíre looking for a field for your first time or just something different I suggest giving it a try. More importantly than anything else I found the atmosphere to be very appealing, I apologize for the long winded review, but with the fatigue and need to be thorough I did the best to be accurate.
 

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