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eddiev2241 Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: April 16th, 2011
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Xadrenaline Grapevine - Alright
DFW Adventure Park - Decent
DFWPro - The Best
Directions
to the Field:
Off of 820 and Jacksboro Highway in West Fort Worth
Review: Safety - As a father of four boys, safety is high on my list. The refs were good about telling people to keep masks on, but that was about the extent of it (though that is super important). They never checked the Chrono on our guns (we did it including turning one of our parties guns down from 325 or so). A couple of the shots I took felt like they were fast. They never talked about a surrender rule (I guess since we were in the experienced group they figured we wanted point blank run throughs). They never mentioned that people shouldn't put paintballs that fall on the ground back in thier hopper. I watched it happen several times in front of the staff and they never said a word... even for rental guns. Overall it was alright, but could have been better.

Fields - We played 4 fields in the 6 hours we were there. 2 woods and 2 Hyperball types. Basically, the hyperballs are hyperballs - ok if you like that. The woods courses were waaaaay too short for the size of our teams. In both you could see the opponents (and hit them) off the break. We probably has 20-25 people a side and everyone had to double and sometimes triple up in bunkers because there just wasn't enough.The fields were decent enough (a Castle field and a hyper ball field surrounded on one side with trees), but they definately would have been more enjoyable if they were longer and were played with less people per side. I love big teams when you have room to work, but not on this small of fields.

Prices - They were very fair prices. Admission and all day air for like $25 and very nice paint for $50 flat for 2000. A few dimples in the balls, but overall flew straight and broke really well.

Refs - I was a little disappointed in the refs. We consistently got 2 refs with the game but it seemed like they disappeared once they started the game. Could have used more refs and ones who were willing to step in and do paint checks in the field instead of from the sidelines. They would then blow the whistle at the end of the game, but not make sure that everyone actually stopped. On multiple games the time ran out, they blew the whistle, people would stand up to put on barrel bags and then be blasted. Never heard the refs say anything to anyone about this.

Players - There were a lot. And they were varied wildly in age and skill. Apperently they were all deaf or just didn't care or have paintball respect for others though. As mentioned above, it was dangerous to stand up after time was called. You could also count on being shot at least 4 or 5 more times from multiple players when you called yourself out and put your gun in the air. I have a really loud voice and make a big demonstration of getting my gun in the air. However, I have welts on my side from getting hit with my gun in the air.

Overall - We had a good time, it is paintball after all. However, I would have liked to see bigger fields, smaller groups, and a little more referee involvement in games. I'd consider going back, but it is far from being my favorite.
 

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