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ZechChrome Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: September 16th, 2012
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Hotshots Paintball
Directions
to the Field:
Located on a church camp, very hard to find.
Review: Before the actual review --

I can confirm this field is open and operational as of 9/16/12. I have seen some reviews saying it closed down, but it was open yesterday. No worries about going to a field that is closed. It seems like people are saying that there is more than one field, but this was not the case when I went. Only one field located in the woods. No x-ball, just woodsball.

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Finding the field --

With that being said, finding the field was incredibly difficult. It is located on a church camp, through some back roads, and basically in the swamps/woods. We had to call the place several times to get directions, because it was so difficult to find.

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When we got there --

There is only one field. It is woodsball, with a few "bunkers" made of wood and plywood. There is a shop, but do not expect to have any repairs done there. I took two markers I own there for repairs, and they told me I would have to go to the shop they own, which is not located on site, but far away. They can sell you stuff, but not repair anything.

They have benchs and tents, and port-a-johns. Food is available.

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Playing on the field --

I took with me two friends, who were new to paintball, so they had rental gear. One of them, named Logan, had his gun jam up 4 times in the first game. I eventually just gave him my gun and walked off, because I felt bad and wanted him to enjoy it. I went and replaced it again, and that gun jammed too. They use Tippman's with compressed air.

NOTE*

This is in florida, so humidity and weather are a factor you need to be aware of. Paint will swell and deform, it might rain, and heat also plays a factor. This was why the gun kept jamming, because of the humidity and rain.

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Staff --

My two friends were not given any kind of safety tutorial, I had to wait for a very long time while the staff inside the store talked and joked around, ignoring me, and the ref's looked and acted like teenage boys who were just there to boss people around. No one was helpful, no one made you feel welcome. Not impressed.

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My experience --

We went there, and within the first 10 minutes of getting there, it started to completely downpour rain on us. I felt awful for my friends, who were just wearing a t-shirt and shorts. Since the field is the woods, it was incredibly muddy and miserable. It was like playing in a lake, the water levels were constantly well above my sneakers, which is not fun at all. I know I can't judge the field based on the weather, but it just left me with an overall bad vibe from the place.

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About the staff --

They really did try to help with the rain problem. They set up motors and tried to siphon off the rain, but you'd think that if it happens often enough that they have motors for it, they would do something a little more pro-active in stopping rain from people enjoying it. The refs all had walkie-talkies to speak from across the field, and made sure that your barrel cover was always on when you walked off the field.

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More description --

There is only one field, as I said. It is woodsball, and it is very small. There are really only 3 main paths you can take, and one side of the field is EXTREMELY easy to defend. One side has a tower, bunkers, shelter and walls for you to camp at, while the other side gets screwed over with a few log barriers. It is extremely unfair, and difficult to win if you are on the bad side.

If someone gets out, because of the way the field is set up, the ref's have to COMPLETELY stop the game, and wait for the person to walk entirely off the field before it can resume. This is incredibly annoying.

They do have a chrono, but it is located on the field. The refs will not let you go out and test/chrono your gun while a game is going on, which is also incredibly annoying and inconvenient. This means you have about a 2-minute window in which to do whatever you need to before the game starts, and then you better get off the field, or the refs will yell at you, which they seem to enjoy doing, especially to the newer kids I played with.

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Wrap-up ----

Plain and simple, I will not be back to this field. The refs are untrained and rude, they have no way to repair your gun if anything happens, the chrono is badly placed, only one field which is unfair, and the far-away location makes it difficult to get to, and unworthy to make the trip since it is such bad quality.

I was not impressed at all with aspect of the field, staff, waiting area, rentals, or location. Call me snooty, but if I'm going to be paying 30$ to play at a field, I expect quality, which was not given at this field.

I felt bad for my friends, who were put in a miserable experience with paintball because I chose this field. I will be lucky if I can convince either one of them to come back and play with me, even at a different field.

I understand they did the best with what they had, but it was not enough for me. DO NOT come on a day that it rains, you will be extremely sorry you did. I was ready to ask for a refund and go another day, because it was such poor playing conditions. How can you play and enjoy paintball when you can't see anything, your gun keeps jamming, and water is flooding past your ankles?

Plain answer -- you can't.
Last edited on Sunday, September 16th, 2012 at 8:04 am PST
 

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