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Bolter Sunday, March 16th, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Challenge Park (very professional presentation, one really nice field--Armageddon--but you wait FOREVER to play each game--30 min or so!)
Review: I've played Blast Camp since 1990. Why is it great? Simple: REAL BUILDINGS and varying scenarios. It is part of an old Air Force Nike missle base (yes we had air defense missile sites along Lake Michigan in the old days to shoot down Soviet bombers). It was the "control section" which was seperate from the "launch" section. The place has three long barracks buildings, a garage type building, various other buildings, radar towers, and that does not mention the many well-made bunkers, trench system (sometimes full of water) and other nice elements making this a very cool place to play.

If you are used to traditional capture the flag in the woods, this is a very different experience to some degree. We're talking full-on close quarters battle, shooting from room to room, down hallways, the works. It is VERY cool.

The games change enough during the day to keep things interesting. Some quasi-military scenarios like "Embassy" and "take the hill" are played. Also some more traditional two-flag amongst the buildings. Very little speedball during a typical open group game, but it can be played no problem if you prefer it. Many private groups like the field and the personal service.

Paint and field fees are well-priced, you must use field paint only. They rent Tippmann gear (mostly Pro-Lites as of last year). The refs are dedicated and all are avid players also. You never wait more than a few minutes between games, which is great since I only get to play several days a year now that I have my own little kiddies. On "imbalanced" games, where a scenario favors one side due to geography, they turn the game around (like in the Embassy game) so both teams have a chance to attack/defend in the scenario.

They periodically rebalance the teams as people enter and leave during the day. Teams are typically at least 25 per SIDE on a weekend, usually significantly more. They do a chrono in the morning and after lunch, and chrono people additionally as they come in new or someone says they might be shooting hot. You see a real mix of guys at the field (and girls), some real speedball guys with the bright jerseys and shiny guns, and guys like me from the old days who don't want anything shiny near them.

You really need to check out this field if you have not been here before. It is really something special. And very close to Chicago, takes me about an hour from the northwest suburbs and worth the drive.

Food is nothing to shout about, but I don't go for the food. If you really want lunch, you can go to the McD/BK 5 minutes away. For the "open group" there is no actual "lunch break" though they used to do it. What's nice about that is if you wanna play, you keep on playing, and eat lunch when it works for you and your friends.

The facilities are more primitive than Challenge Park, they have a porta-potti, but there is a roofed-in area for players in staging for rain/cold times. Decent parking except on REALLY busy days, get there early on the big game days.

Their big games are a lot of fun due to the large field and all of the interesting buildings and bunkers, trenches. The buildings have doors removed (for the most part) and all glass is removed from the windows for safety. Probably the closest thing to a civilian MOUT site out there.

Overall, a great mix of terran to play, do go there. I give it a 9 as the facilities could be better, but really a great field. Very unique in the entire nation. (Who else has all of the REAL buildings)?
 

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