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DangerMan Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: March 26th, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I play predominantly in Delaware. Woods fields with make-shift speedball. Sometimes dedicated sup air fields.

These fields are very unique, creative use of landscape with some being standard and others being above standard. None of the fields are so wide open that you need to run hard to find the other team in battle.
Review: TYPICAL SMALL OPERATION HICCUPS
For starters, I'm six hours from this facility. I was visiting Pittsburgh and brought my gear to play one day of paintball on my visit. I researched a day before deciding on this particular field. The determining factor was BYOP. I called ahead and was instructed that there was 'open-play' on Saturday. The lady whom answered was the field operators mother. She even suggested I stop at local Wal-Mart for paint. When I arrived on Saturday, my GPS took me to their indoor facility. It was mobbed and it was NOT BYOP at the indoor facility. The inside had good signage regarding prices of services but no mention of the out-door fields up the road. I found out ALL OF this out the hard way when I attempted to pay.

The attendant was polite and explained BYOP is only on their outdoor field. And at the time they were not set up for Credit Card transactions. Fortunate for them I had cash otherwise I would have left for my second field choice. Being a half-an-hour away I would have been miffed. Instead the cost was $25 for the day since I had my own gear and paint this turned out to be a good deal. Not bad for a 11:-00 to 6:00 day.

With some basic instructions on how to get to the outdoor fields I drove about three miles total. Upon arrival I saw a nicely laid out speed-ball course down hill from staging. There were six on six playing. This was a closed group and as I was the only walk-on for the day I had to get permission. They allowed me to play. I was the ringer and the losing team picked me up. However like any bachelor party situation they Kamikaze'd a lot and I was cancelled out the first game. The second game a field operator/regular was put on the other team and he and I battled it out the next game. He took advantage of knowing the facilities field lay out and after paint-checking him twice with bounces I lost my bearing on a pop-up and took one more undesirable out. My point is that there was and effort to balance team play.

New for 2011 they had a trailer in addition to a tent and many covered picnic tables for bad weather. In the trailer they had their own compressed air system accommodating 4500 tanks. I never had to wait for refills. But again, I was the ONLY walk-on and only player in need of compressed air.

THE FIELDS
There is a vast difference in fields which is a refreshing change from large flat fields and trees.

SPEEDBALL
This is a ribbed tube field. Well laid out with your standard center castle, kegs in the corners etc... I have a video on Youtube of myself playing on it at the end of my day if you want a glimpse of it. http://youtu.be/cp_K4uNIm-g?hd=1

THE PIT (or trenches and mounds)
Aside from the large speedball field there was a nearby field I called the pit. It's a pit with many many burms overgrown with reed grass. You could play the valleys or risk running up over one for a birds eye few and shot, but also making yourself and easy target. All of these burms were in a recessed area giving the entire field a charm not usually present in small tight game play.

NORMANDY
Next was a field named Normandy. It's your typical up hill battle where the top team is on defense with a large three sided fort for making a last stand. Directly in front of it at the ridge is a platform tower for the ultimate defensive shooting position which was more like an offensive position because all players coming up hill are abundantly aware of its threatening reach. Defensive players are instructed that they cannot attack over the ridge. I've got a good in-game video on YouTube if you'd like to see it in action: http://youtu.be/xKGa4MdBhWA?hd=1

DOWNED HELICOPTER
Now we get to your more traditional woodsball setting. But to Urban Assault's credit they built bunkers everywhere which can offer both offensive and defensive positions from any angle during the game. The field is somewhat squared with each team starting at opposing corners. One side does have a considerable advantage with more bunkers.

SAFETY
I can only speak for the one ref I encountered. He was very capable and friendly but having played on fields that always have two refs, I found this a problem only because as the day wore on, more parties arrived and this mean players had to wait for his availability. This is NOT entirely true. The manager would help in instances but the jockeying around did bother some players.

Overall, the facility appears to be on the threshold of being a great place to play but held back by either growing pains or lack of foresight. They admitted the turned away customers this day for not having Credit Card payment set up. They explained to me that it was the beginning of the season and that was the reason for staffing issues.

I really liked the positive behavior of the staff knowing it is clearly a family business with some employees. But I can't make a review based on what I guess they will do. I can only review what I experienced. To that end I've been candid about the positives and negatives.

RENTAL MARKERS
I don't think any one on PBReview cares about rentals but I must discuss this. The markers looked like Piranha's with small 140 round hoppers.

PAINT
BYOP for out-door play was great. It's hard to find any field that does this these days. Couple that benefit with some decent fields and that makes for a great cost effective day out at paintball. However if you run out of paint, they charge $80 per box. In Delaware it's $60 and even that is high. So if you were playing indoor with $80 boxes of paint, I don't know if this would be so positive a review.

Bottom line. Considering the price for BYOP and replay value of the fields, I can't knock this place. Like all paintball fields, it has it's flaws but any seasoned veteran player looking to visit this place can only complain if they are looking for things to complain about.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 11:31 pm PST
 

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