Pevs/AG- Not as family friendly, heck of a learning curve for new guys. I have gotten seriously lost and it was dang scary because it was snowing and just getting colder, darker and quieter.
Location- You don't feel like you need a 4 wheel drive vehicle or mule to get there which is a huge plus compared to other fields that are located out in the sticks.
Staff- The staff is very helpful and safety conscious which is very good with the sometimes hoards of younger kids running around.
The moment that exemplifies the quality of the staff was when a 10 year old was dropped of for the day and was scared silly. The boy would sit in the back in just freak out he would get so scared. The ref we were with asked his fellow go on with our group (walk-ons) and he would help the kid. The ref asked the kid if he wanted to a 1 v 1 match and the kid said yes. so the ref (unknowingly to the kid) went out against the kid with an unloaded gun and showed the kid how to play and not to get shot, but still have fun. The kid was no longer scared after that and caught up with are group and ended up having a total blast.
Proshop- if you need it, there is a 90% chance they have got it.
Safety- I am so glad the refs actively checking the players chrono speed, as well as enforcing the mask at all times rule.
Fields- if you are use to urban combat or speed ball you will love it, no if and or buts about it.
Team Balance- good the refs actively keep the teams even by balancing the experienced with the inexperienced.
Price - It is a great deal to go on discount days or play in the evening when it is only 15$ instead of 25$ ( if you own all your own gear).
The drop your new 10 year old and his friends off and run syndrome-
This is the biggest con I have experienced. I have gone some days were I literally see groups of moms come in and drop of their 9,10,11 year olds sign them in and run. The parents and usually the kids think it will be great and they will have fun. They usually do. The problem comes when the kids after standing up and watching someone (or themselves) get shot 5+ times. This is when they all realize it can be kind of scary when you are getting shot by real rounds (not lasers) and that is also not like a video game. I can compare it to when in battle or other traumatizing situations people just seize up or break down. As an experienced player I know this is part of the learning curve and the kids just account to either more targets or decoys in the end.
In the end I feel bad for the kids who thought it was going to be the best thing in the world and then get shot several times at point blank or just full on laned, and go home never wanting to do it again. If you are going with a bunch of new kids and you don't know how they will react when there first match is being put in a fort and getting surrounded by 65+ die-hard players, I recommend a private party because then it is just their friends and they can play much more relaxed games then they would normally.
Woods ball- There aren't any REAL woods ball fields, but you will probably love the urban fields they have there. So just please don't be the guy that has showed up in a Ghili suit and then realized there is only 1 field with dense vegetation on it.
Misc.- These are only several small detractors that always pop up on the field.
1. The chrono station almost never has a ref at it and you need to go hunt one down
2.Over-booked fields. Sometimes the refs don't communicate and 2 separate parties wind up on the same field and the refs can't figure out who should walk to a different field.
All in all the best field I have ever been to and a great experience, as well as very new player friendly
Last edited on Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at 1:58 pm PST