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jawshoouh Monday, September 27th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
3 years
Last There: June 26th, 2010
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Could be some, I'm not sure...I try to play here on a monthly basis, and have only played at Skirmish, PA and once at High Velocity (my review of HiVi here:
to the Field:
Review: Fields: Western Village is probably my favorite, followed in a close-second by The Village. The Crypt is also fun but only if you have a decent-sized group, as it's one of the larger fields. Nine fields in all, although two are very small (one is airball, one is speedball). 9/10

Game Customization: If you go with a private group, they let you make your own playing rules (like no gun-shots, elbows-to-knees only, surrender vs no surrender, etc.).10/10

Paint Quality: The price of the paint and the quality you get for it is fantastic. I've never had a ball break in my marker, I've never observed any paintballs with dimples in them out-of-the-bag, and the paint actually marks people you hit with paint rather than bouncing off them and doing nothing. 10/10

Price: Reasonably priced, at least compared to the other places I've played at (a smidge lower than playing at Skirmish, quite a bit lower than playing at High Velocity). Cases of paint are $70 each, or 100 paintballs for $7, 500 for $25, 1,000 for $45); $25 registration if you have your own gear (includes free air); $30 registration if you're renting (includes Tippmann 98 Custom, goggles + mask, and 50 paintballs)--$5 discount on registrations for groups of 20 or more--$5 for camo jumpsuit; $5 for harness + tubes that hold 200 paintballs. You can only use their field paint, but if you have any left over, you can bring it back (most of the time, it's been like this 100% of the time when I've played there) the next month or next few months and use it. I normally go through a case to a case-and-a-half, so for a single day, it cost me $125 (get the $5 discount because I go in groups of 20+ and normally I buy my own case and go halvsies on a second case with someone else). People who have come with me in the past who have had to rent end up spending approximately $70: $25 ($30 for registration but knock off $5 for the 20+ people discount), $10 for camo and harness/tube, and $35 for half a case of paint when they go halvsies with someone). 9/10

Safety: Emphasized often. "Goggles on, barrel plugs in" is pretty standard nowadays. Also made sure people with their own gear were chrono'd properly and moderately enforced after the fact (beginning of the day, there's normally a ref at the checkpoint before you go to the fields that checks your wriststrap for the "C" marking stating you've met their chrono spec, but as the day wears on, they tend not to check as often. 10/10

Services & Facilities: They make hamburgers and hotdogs that's decently-priced and drinks from vending machines, but to be perfectly honest, I wouldn't eat their food again with my enemy's mouth. I'm not sure what kind of mystery meat is in the burgers (maybe a mixture of the farm animals and wildlife in the area?), but for those with weaker gastrointestinal systems, you may find yourself in the bathroom shortly after digesting it. I highly recommend bringing your own lunch. There are plenty of tables to eat their food (or your food) at inside a covered building or outside at picnic tables dispersed throughout the parking area (which is nice for people who want to hang out by their cars, listen to some tunes, mingle with their group/other groups). Also there are plenty of trash cans around so people don't litter, although people do anyway.

Speaking of the covered building...used to be a few years ago, going into the bathroom/changing area was a daunting adventure, but sometime in early 2010, they renovated and have dare-I-say NICE bathroom facilities now. Stalls (with hooks on the inside of each door to hang a bag on) with indoor plumbing, working sinks, and paper towel dispensers. This may sound pretty common for most bathrooms, but as far as paintball facilities go, this beats any others that I've been to in the cleanliness department (at least early-morning to just before lunchtime, then human nature takes over). There are also two vending machines for ice cold drinks (bottled water and Powerade) and snacks and they usually have a free cooler with cool water nearby.

2/10 for the food, but 10/10 for the facilities. Being that I pack my own lunch now, I'm giving them a 10/10 for this one.

Staff/Refs: The staff there is excellent. It's normally pretty busy when I'm there and they seem to be able to manage the chaos quite well. Friendly and courteous has always been my experience with them. The refs are good at their jobs, too. They take safety to be the number one priority, but making sure we have fun was always a close second place. Granted, I've only played with walk-on's a handful of times and was lucky enough to not play with any unruly types, so I think we also made the refs' jobs easier, too. 10/10

Total: 68/70 (97%)

Summary: I try to play here once a month from September to June (July and August are just too hot). Maybe take a winter month or two off, depending on how cold it gets. But my core group and our friends/friends-of-friends who go here have always had a great time. Great staff, great service, and great ROI for what you spend to play.

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