The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
September 18th, 2010
More than 5 years
Other Fields in the Area:
Fox Brothers, New Kent Paintball, and Command Decisions Wargames
Directions to the Field:
I wasn't driving, so I really have nothing that would help you find the field. I can warn you that there is very little signage for the field, because we had to turn around since we went past the turn; and the guy driving had been there before!
Just some quick back ground. I have been playing paintball for 10 years. I play in the woods 'outlaw' style, local fields, and 1000 scenarios.
I went up with my 3 brothers to play at the big game called 1st Manassas. 3 of us had never played there before, but 1 brother had been there a few moths ago.
The parking and prep area was nice, with clean buildings, and lots of tables and benches. The air fill stations where close, and they had the full 4500 and 3000 HPA fills. (some places are always running lower then the full fill)
Now for the gripes:
As soon as we bought paint I was disapointed. For $50 a case, I was getting the same extreme rage that I have at home for chrono testing. And I paid $32 per case! The paint was dimpled and lumping. As I was filling my pods, I drop tested it from 6 feet. No breaks. Tossed it at the ground, no breaks. Squeezed it between my thumb and finger, and finally, I could pop the ball. That tough paint! I warned my 3 brothers and freind to be prepaired to shoot the opfor several times to get a break, since the paint was stupid tough.
Once the game started, the paint proved to have horrible accuracy, not to mention that once you hit a guy, it would most likely bounce. Other players were complaing of the same problem. Between my self and brothers, we used a MINI, Tippmann A5, Prolite, Ego10 and Ego9. I always try and get the best paint, since it "works" the best. I can deal $60 a case paint, IF it is wicked good paint. Paying $50 for this stuff was insulting. I have never paid that much for such trashy paint! During a reload session, I had a cluster of 11 balls roll out of the bag all stuck together. I have never had this happen to me personally in 10 years of playing!
During the day I saw over and over again very poor reffing. The ref's were as a group not doing there jobs, and un-responsive to players that raised issues with them.
Letting a guy who just got shot yell the F word 5-6 times, even though 2 guys asked/reminded the ref who was 30 feet away that there was supposed to be no cussing.
letting players shoot through the out of bounds to hit players.
calling a player over to them to check his rate of fire, then when he was clear, tell him to walk over to another ref to resume play (3 opfor used the ref to maneuver around the guy) As soon as he stepped away from the ref, he got lit up. Not shot multiple times like it happens at a big games, but lit up. The ref right there didn't say a thing, and the 2nd ref 80" away told him "well, you're out now".
I would like to say that the ref that was checking the Union insertion point was nice, and would talk with you, The other refs seemed intimidated or ordered not to talk. I searched out a ref since the Rebels where camped right on top of our only respawn point and trapping us there for the final 20 minutes of the game. It was terrible situation, since anyone shot out was "spawn trapped". There where a lot of blue players that just left early since the refs didn't call the point captured, and push the Rebels 100" back like ever other game I've played.
We had some other issues, since out team likes to run the tape line deep into enemy territory. There were several big gaps in the out of bounds marking. Thanks to the freindly Reb's that called out to use that we were out of bounds, and allowed 1 of our guys to confirm that with out being shot. Good sports menship there!
I would conclude this review by saying that bad reffing is damaging to the players experience, as well as the field reputation. I personally didn't have any issues with any refs, since I play *clean*. The bad paint is a HUGE deal to me, since that effected every shot that I made. I do not ever plan on going out there again, unless there is a better paint choice.
Dispute: As a former referee with SplatBrothers, a major player in the SplatBrothers community for over 6 years, and a general paintball player of over 13 years it's obvious to see that your poor judgment of the ref staff is evident of the fact that your side got demolished that weekend. Not to mention the fact that nothing you mentioned is at all a violation of referee protocol. There is a lot of political involvement with the referee staff and management, the interactions you see on the field between any referee and any player is but a fraction of how situations are handled. If referee "A" confronts a player regarding a situation it is then immediately passed on to the head referee and/or to Ronn Stern himself.
Referees will always get a bad rep. for doing their job.