the old DMZ Field (1993-96), one in the Ottawa area, a couple in the Detroit area
This was my first trip to NTG (at Prudhommes Landing) and I must say that I had good experience overall.
The Good: Proshop & Staff: A decent size proshop considering the size of the field with what appeared to be a good selection of markers, gear and accessories. The proshop staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the products but the prices seemed to be slightly higher than your typical retail paintball store. The service was good and they let one of my friends borrow a part for the powerfeed on his 98 Custom that he had "misplaced". The staff was all around pretty helpful and friendly and no one I played with got any attitude......which was very refreshing. Also had a nice Chrony area.
Rentals: One of the members in our small band of players had to use the rental. Inspecting the gun, a Titan, I would say it was an average field rental gun. Meaning that it worked properly and appeared to be well maintained considering its extensive use. My friend using it complained that only about 1 out of 3 shots when where he aimed, but it worked throughout the game and he only had one problem which the staff quickly fixed for him during the game to ensure that he didn't miss any of the action. The rental mask he was originally given was a JT, I believe, and it looked to be in good condition. It had just been washed and the foam was still wet........He decided to go with a spare mask I had brought just because it was is perfect condition and dry. The field did not offer rental harnesses or extra tubes for those players with rentals, so if your renting be aware that the only paint you with be carrying on the field during actual game play is what is in your hopper.
Field: The Prudhommes big field is a decent size for 20-30 players with lots of cover, yet open enough to get a good shot at those trying to advance on your position or running from one source of cover to another. There are a variety of of interesting things on the field that are good for cover and visual "punch", such as: a few cars, a couple of buses, a small town with a couple of multiple level areas to snipe, lots of 55 gallon barrels, wooden barricades, shrubs, etc which make it different from other fields. The terrain is mostly grass with a swampy area available for the few brave enough to trudge through it. There also appeared be 2 other outdoor fields (one speedball with supp air) and an indoor field available. I did not have a chance to play on them, but they looked pretty cool. The field we played on was well maintained and clean. The refs were pretty friendly and stressed safety. They had water available for everyone playing to ensure everyone was hydrated and didn't have a meltdown in the 80 plus degree weather. They also boosted paint, air and other miscellaneous goodies available to buy right on the field so it eliminated the walking off to a staging area or the proshop to get paint if you ran out. This made games happen much quicker than a lot of fields I've played on. The games were all capture the flag, which was fine with me.
They also offer night games because which was good because in summer its not dark until 9 - 10 pm and at least one of their fields had lights!! Sounds good to me. I don't always like getting up at o' dark hundred to play every time.....nice to have the option to play later in the day.
The Bad & Ugly: The price. The price of paint was al little high, but I guess thats to be expected since I imagine that it the biggest source of income for field owners. We paid $160 (cdn) for a case and split it 3 ways, which lasted us all day. They were charging $10 (cdn) for a 20 oz CO2 refill, again a little pricey for CO2 if your dropping big bucks for paint. Proshop prices seemed a little high as well - $50 (cdn) for a regular 20 oz CO2 was one example I remember. The orginal staging area could also stand to have a few more picnic tables for everyone to asemble their gear.
Next the website. I had visited it weeks before playing and it was working okay. Three days before when we decided that NTG was where we wanted to play, a couple of us decided to visit the website to get the particulars - directions, prices, times, etc. It didn't work (all 3 days before) and when we did eventually get a hold of someone on the phone to talk to they didn't specify which field location they were playing on....they have 2 locations one in the Fonthill area and one at Pruhommes. We ended up being a little late because we when to the Fonthill first. Thank godness they aren't too far apart.
Overall: Good field on which we had a good time playing. I would definitely recommend.