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Univern72 Monday, October 4th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: October 3rd, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
None, first time playing in LA
Review: Note that I could not play due to a hurt foot, I only accompanied my rental friends. I did watch all of their games, though.

Safety:
Safety was enforced somewhat oddly. The field I usually played at had a rule such that on the staging area side of the netting, barrel covers are required and on the field side of the netting, goggles are required. This field requires you to have your barrel plug on until immediately before the game starts and put it back on immediately after the game ends. Lots of people had their masks off between games. Seems like an accident waiting to happen to me, but maybe that's more normal than I realize. The ref we had chronoed us at the beginning of the day, but we never had to chrono again. I also am not sure he chronoed players who came later, but I may have just not noticed.

Fields:
Upper field: This field is on a hill such that one side starts low and the other side starts high, which means it may not be balanced. It's fairly narrow and littered with wooden shacks. Some places in this field seem really hard to shoot other people out of because they weren't flankable. Overall, this field looked okay.
Lower field: This field is also on a hill. It had a bunch of wooden bunkers, including a wooden tank and submarine. The middle of the field was a claustrophobic bunch of houses. It looked like nobody wanted to go in there and get shot up close. I'd say this field was okay as well.
Hyperball: This field was flat, fortunately. I'm no expert, but it seemed like fairly standard speedball to me. It looked solid. Only complaint is the netting above the field is fairly low, my head almost touched it in a number of places.
Airball: Another flat field. The layout wasn't symmetric and it was fairly small. It looked fun just because I like airball, but if you're big on xball-style paintball, then this will probably be a bit underwhelming.

Hours:
Field says on it's website it has a 9-12 session and a 1-4 session, but we definitely didn't start playing until 10. Fortunately, my friends played all day so it wasn't an issue, but it's something to keep in mind. Also note that there weren't many players until about 1.

Prices:
Prices here are great for rentals and self-equipped. I think it's the cheapest in the area, especially if you get their patch for $5 off admission. Rentals are especially cheap. Field is BYOP, even rentals are BYOP but they come with a good amount of paint already. Paint is $50/case for DXS Triumph. Note that all-day air comes with admission, so if you play stock-class you might be out of luck in avoiding air fees.

Rules:
There is no surrender rule here. I saw a number of people get bunkered. Max FPS here is 280. They played a number of games like attack/defend, center-flag CTF, and some other things. They all generally boiled down to elimination before objectives, though.

Rentals:
Standard 98Cs. The bolt didn't always cycle back when shooting, but they were ready to fix the problems my friends encountered.

Refs:
I only saw two refs. One was friendly, but only reffed a few of the games. The other (Kyle?) had a pretty vicious sense of humor. One of my friends who had never played before started crying a bit when she got lit up early in the day and he made fun of her for it. The other regulars gave him crap for it, but no one, especially not a ref, should make fun of a rental player. I was sitting on the sidelines with him most of the day and he didn't really seem to be paying much attention to the game. When someone would call for a paintcheck, he'd do it, but apparently at one point during a game he took my (same) friend's gun and started shooting at another player on the field. I think he knew the other player, but that's ridiculously unprofessional. During another game, he got shot (probably intentionally) by some player and got seriously upset. Instead of reffing the game, he takes some other player's gun and aims it at some regulars on the sidelines accusing them of shooting him. Whoever shot him probably wasn't very mature, but he wasn't very mature for just dealing with it either. I got the feeling that the refs weren't exactly thrilled to be reffing. I'd recommend you ask for a different ref if you get that same guy.

Players:
My rental friends got lit up a lot by the regulars. There weren't any other rental players until about 1pm, but fortunately my friends got to play some 2v2 games without the more experienced players. I'm guessing they just didn't have enough people to split into two good groups. I'm not sure the regulars there would be my kind of friends, but they seemed nice enough.

Facilities:
Has exactly one portopotty. I don't believe they had a proshop, but we didn't really have any gun problems that weren't easily remedied.

Food:
Pretty average price. We brought our own food though.

Overall:
Pretty average field. The thing that makes this field stand out is the great prices. If you're strapped for cash, this is a solid field. I don't know other fields in the area, so others might be better though.
 

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