Liberty Paintball, NY; Cousin's Paintball, Staten Island' Skirmish USA, PA; Fireball mountain, NJ
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Fields: I was fairly satisfied with most of the fields. Although there are only 7, each one has its own flavor. The trenches field is just a haven for head shots, the props were awesome for WWII & Air Force which included airplanes, jeeps, etc you can use for cover. The Castle field is humongous with many dead ends and alleys to ambush or infiltrate. Be careful going down to the pits after the rain though is it gets really muddy there. I played capture the flag and was allowed to respawn and that was extremely tiring! Nothing too special about the fields with the exception of the props. I quite enjoyed being able to go inside the plane and shoot from the windows.
The woods field was probably the least favored as it was too narrow. Having a battle and being sneaky was tough. It was basically a shoot out and winning was 50/50.
Rules: Hopper and marker shots do not count. Didn't really know about parts beyond knees or elbow though. Surrender rule was quoted at 15ft but I didn't even yell surrender. I just shot 1-2 from 10ft away as some of the members of the group were fond of turning and shooting.
Paint Quality: I found the paint to be mediocre for the price ($82 per case). If one bought the paint on-site it would be $100. We decided to stop by the off-site store (1-2 miles away) and bought it for $82 case. They were RPS premiums I believe.
Fortunately, no breaks in the bags but I didn't closely inspect the paint for any dimples.
I was using a .685 bore barrel with a Prophecy loader and I did not experience any barrel breaks. The paintballs shot fairly straight as I was able to get kills from 20-40 ft away. I was pleased by the fill as it was on the thicker side.
Price: I paid $25 for admission and air as I had my own gear. $82 for the case so the total hovered around $100. It is definitely one of the more expensive fields out there.
Safety: Emphasized often. "goggles on" and "barrel plugs" were heard many times after each game. Chrono was not reinforced but who could miss the bright pink tags on the markers.
Services & Facilities: I pack a light lunch (water/granola bars) because I'm there to play. I would rather just eat a little something than miss 30-60mins of play time for lunch. I was glad that our group felt the same way and kept playing throughout the day.
The fill station is a JOKE! One line for compressed air and CO2. At least designate which line is which so it could go a bit faster. At times it was extremely long to get air.
Another that was ridiculous was the fact that tanks had to be around 1000psi to be refilled! So if I had 2,000 left in my 45000 tank I had to play a few more games and risk running out of air in the middle of the game! The attendants gave some BS that filling that early is not good for their lines.
Parking What a small parking lot! We were fortunate to find one of the last spots. I don't know how the other cars were able to park. For the amount of people that were there, there must have been many cars out on the street.
Staff/Refs: Staff was OK. They were friendly and enforced the rules but many were unexperienced in the game or have not played at all. They responded fairly quickly to paint checks but being at the correct spots during critical times were so/so.
During the capture the flag game at the castle field, I was hit on the right side of my lens. I ran to the respawn area and told the ref I would wipe the lens with my own rag instead of his dirty one. I purposely wiped the area with the paint so I could still have good vision on the left side. I asked the ref to be rechecked and he took his rag to wipe the few splatter marks (2-3 drops)on the remaining good side of my lens!!! It basically left me with very limited vision.
Overall: It was a decent day. I had fun because the fields were good with great props. It was definitely something to experience ONCE. For the price and distance (tolls) I would recommend other fields like Liberty paintball. I had fun, but I don't think I will go there again. There are other places that are comparable and with more decent prices/accomodations.