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Mootho Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: December 4th, 2010
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Ballbuters
Review: This is classic woodsball, with large trees, big fields, and rolling terrain. There are also a number of scenario fields, like the “Airport,” “Bunker Hill,” the “Island,” and the “Village” that provide for a wide variety of games and play-styles. There is a speedball field, but we didn’t play it. As a walk on player, I was able to join a group and had a good day. The field paint was Visible Impact, which apparently is Wal-Mart brand, but seemed to be decent enough for rec-ball; 10$ for 500. Field fee was 10$ A 20$ fee to use your own paint.

Pros: Great fields. Large, mature hardwoods, rolling terrain, good for fire and maneuver play. The scenario fields also provided for interesting and varied games. Staff were very helpful, and facilitated a good day of playing. We were encouraged to take paint with us on to the field so we didn’t have to trek back between games, and they do have a CO2 fill station in a netted off area out on the fields.

Cons: Very poorly run logistically. When I arrived, I was met by (literally!) a 10-year-old who was “running” the desk. All other staff were out with parties. To his credit, he did his best, but I felt very awkward having to conduct a transaction with someone who I am sure has yet to master basic math. The facilities are very primitive. The building is a ramshackle old trailer redolent with the stink of decaying paintballs, and was indeed without power. I had to write down my credit card number on the back of the release waver. The bathroom was wherever you wished to whip it out. I am not sure what any ladies who happened to be playing would do… There was no HPA, only CO2, and there were no plans to have the compressor repaired anytime soon. Apparently, the clientele of this field are group parties and such for whom the difference between the two doesn’t matter, and who rely on the rental guns. One party had Spyders, A5s, etc, with HPA bottles, who had to rent guns because of the unavailability of air. The chrono “station” is simply the yellow Hand Held Sports Chrono that you hang from your muzzle. Safety seemed to be better than described by other reviews here, but could be better. I found myself filling the role of unofficial safety officer, as I occasionally had to remind everyone to plug their guns before removing their masks. Apparently, the use of the safety catch on the marker is one of the approved safety techniques. All day CO2 was 10$, which seemed high to me. There were only 2 refs, and one of those was assigned to a private party. I guess that’s why Mr. 4th grader was running the shop.

All in all, I had a good day in spite of the cons I have mentioned here. (But a bad day playing paintball is better than a good day doing a lot of other mundane things…) In a way, this felt like a large-scale Outlaw ball operation in a buddy’s back yard, but one where you had to pay. The fields are big and nice for great woodsball. But paintball fields should have basic minimums, like electricity, a credit card reader, and HPA. The prices were a little high for what you get. So bottom line: Pretty good for play, but don’t expect much in the way of facilities.
 

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