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rathbaster Thursday, June 26th, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Camp Paintball (Kingston-My favorite 10/10), Ultimate Paintball (Whitman-Indoor,no comparison), Apache (Gone-Indoor but great in its time), Un-named field in Hanson (poor 5/10), Showtime (Freetown 9/10), P&L Bridgewater (8/10)
Review: Fox4 is a big field and is owned by the operators so it won't vanish (Like the old outdoor Ultimate Paintball) and is not on wetlands like Survival Southeast was.

Safety:
The first impression is that the refs take their work seriously. The briefing required everyone to come over and new briefings were held for each group. They clearly covered all the important things (masks, chrono issues, blind firing, bunkering, surrendering, gun hits, shooting the refs, and foul language) so I had no questions. That's a plus for completeness. They also require electros to have their rof on Semi. The only weird part was that they kept putting the chrono away in between games. (The chrono area is very well constructed and safe as well.)

Reffing:
The refing was fair and unbiased. Regulars were not favored over first timers or new comers. The older refs were clearly in charge and the youngest refs (kids) were defferential to the senior refs, they brought technical issues they did not have the authority to answer to the older refs. (I must say, the "short" refs were very proffessional in their behavior and very knowledgeable.)

I've seen the refs here usualy be very responsive to player interest. In one case, when all of the players seemed to want to revert to old fashioned flanking woodsball rather than paint hurling, they opened the boundaries to whole field in response and made the day even better.

The only complaints over the whole time I've used Fox4 are that their newer refs are sometimes sloppy (not paying enough attention and spreading out to keep an eye on things) and when a kid was "observing" (training?) he hung two barrel condoms around his neck and complained when people shot him. People aren't looking for two yellow spots on a guy in a paintball Jersey. He should have known better and had no cause to complain himself.

Fields:
Playing here is woodsball with cool games. They use a variety of objects (fake bombs, footballs and rubber chickens) for several variant games. Each game was long enough (15-30 minutes) for a lot of action. Down time between games was longer than I was used to, but the size of the fields and number of players were huge compared to other outdoor fields I've been to.

The fields themselves are well policed with bunkers in many locations. No neglect here, all bunkers are well maintained. Good terrain, ridges and brush for moving concealed. Could use a real fort, like a castle with ramparts. (I believe every paintball field should have one like Camp Paintball in Kingston.) Enough room in every game with 25 people per side that there were two games going on. The paint hurlers had the middle, us sneakers and snipers had the edges.

For those who like ballon fields, they've set up some tourney grade 'sup air fields. I like speedball once in a while but for me its not real paintball, just practice at communications and snap shooting.

Clientel:
The clientel was good and well behaved. The regulars are very cool and friendly. I came to trust them and admire their sportsmanship.

Prices:
Prices were reasonable for both field fee and paint. Air prices were also very good (they charged us 1/2 of the 9 oz fee for our 4 oz tanks). They allow BYOP with your own gear which is a plus, but they sell a wide variety of paint in the proshop. (I always prefer to support the field by buying their paint. The fact that they let me bring my own is usually enough for me to be attracted to their field.)

Food:
Food was available, a group of pleasent senior citizens came by and set up concessions. Prices were reasonable for a paintball field.

Downside:
Better shelter needed in the staging area.

Bonus:
They're open on Wednesdays in the summer! Great opprotunity when off from work to go and play midweek!

While not close enough to my house for weekly games, it is certainly a first rate field and well worth the trip.

Events:
Played in the July 19 Big Game. It was awesome. Well organized, point based scenario. Everything was clearly explained, rules covered etc. I saw few problems on the field and good sportmanship all around.

Pump Friendly:
As a pump player most of the time, I found that Fox4 was very friendly to pump players. The owners and staff (as well as the regulars) appreciate pumpers and I've always felt welcome on the field.

Note:
I edit my field reviews to keep them current to my current observations.
Last edited on Monday, September 29th, 2003 at 9:45 am PST
 

Review Comments
Audigit Wednesday, April 14th, 2004 | 9:38 pm PST
Thank you for the kind words. I like it when a guy does the followup relating to your initial impressions. We strive to maintain your standards.

audigit.
   

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