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5ftaway Thursday, July 17th, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Jack Frost - EXPENSIVE paint when I went, but that was a few years ago.
Review: I've played at Skirmish for both of their D-Day scenario games (2002 - 2003). Let me start by saying that they were a blast! Rushing the beach, fighting on the main battle line or while setting up an ambush deep in enemy territory, every minute was great. The scenario was well thought out, and you could easily choose your level of involvement. I highly recommend taking missions, as they usually attract the more serious players and put you in very interesting situations.

The judges were on the whole pretty good. I had a few times where players who were clearly hit would not go out, and since there were 1700 people the refs were too spread out to do much about it. That said, there were also times when refs would run into the middle of a blazing firefight to yank players that got tagged.

The main problem I found was the CO2 setup. Asinine is probably the best way to describe it. To get to the fill station you have to take a bus of walk five minutes on a dirt road. Once there they fill your tank quickly, and you walk or drive out.

Every single bus ride I took, at least one person's burst disc blew. This is where it seems almost sadistic - the repair shop is about as far away from the CO2 as possible. I had a tank blow a disc at the fill station. They told me to go to the repair shop, where the guy charged a dollar to replace the cap. I then took the bus back to the station, where they blew the disc again. I went back to the repair shop, where the guy replaced the disc again. He didn't charge me for the second time, mercifully. I went back to the fill station, got my CO2 filled, and took the bus back to the main area. Someone else's tank blew on the way back. Standing around the main area before the game, you would hear a tank go off on average once every five minutes, with one string of three that went off in less than a minute. [b]TEACH THOSE PEOPLE HOW TO FILL CO2!![/b] That is the main thing that needs improvement for next year. I know I will definitely be getting mine filled before I go, so as to reduce the chance of another wasted forty-five minutes of CO2 repair.

The paint was $100 a case if you bought less than twelve cases. The simple solution was to wait around the paint line until you had collected enough random people to buy more than twelve cases, which reduced the price to $75 a case.

On the whole, I give Skirmish an 8/10 for their D-Day scenarios. The CO2 problem needs to be addressed, and maybe hiring a more refs for the big games would be advisable, but other than that Skirmish did an excellent job delivering a fun scenario.
 

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