I played paintball for the first time at Apocalypse games. Honestly, I didn't know what to expect. I came in the day before and talked to the owner of the field about what kinds of things I would need to wear / etc. He was patient and friendly while he explained everything I needed to know.
Myself and my little brother got there the next day as soon as it opened. We signed in at the pro shop and went to the field. The field had several parts and a staging area in the middle. We quickly got our rental guns and bought some paint. The day before I had been looking at the cheapest paint I could buy (walmart paint around 12 bucks) but I decided to see what the prices were at the field. We bought a pack of 500 for just 10 bucks. The actual paintball started a few minutes later. There were only a few people at the field so we played speedball us vs a few other people. The ref was nice and he explained the rules / how to play speedball. The course itself was pretty cool and well maintained. The rental guns were in good condition and unlimited co2 was included in admission. So we played speedball for about half an hour.
Within the hour, the place got full, fast. There were about fifty or so people that came within that hour and another ten that got there by the time it closed. Myself and my brother spent the rest of the time playing woodsball.
The forest is a really cool field. There is a ledge running up the middle and plenty of barricades. The modes you can play are capture the flag and elimination. There are so many places to hide that it's ridiculous. The field is big and so there was everything from the traditional firefight towards the middle to squad to squad battles to 1v1 to sniper battles going on in the sides of the field. The refs were always there and they were distributed evenly throughout the field. They were fair and surprisingly the players never cheated. Everyone was good natured and they called themselves out before the ref had to. There were no arguments and the refs were polite and very good about making sure everyone followed the rules.
There was also a swamp course which is amazing and a castle.
The castle is awesome because one team defends and one team attacks. The object for the attackers is to storm the castle. There is a road going through the middle of the field where the defenders can not cross. There is plenty of cover except when you start getting up to the castle where there is a no man's land. There is also a forested section which saw some of the most intense fighting between teams. The refs stand by both teams and walkie talkie each other if they think a person's been hit. The refs check you for paint without actually disturbing game play.
The paint was really cheap. The players were friendly. The field was great the turn around was great (we played forest and castle like 8 times each). The refs were polite and very understanding. Overall I'd give it a 10 even after going to several different fields.
I attribute my new paintball addiction to going to this place and I'll be back several times before the summer's done.
Last edited on Saturday, June 5th, 2010 at 6:26 pm PST