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CRAIGGER73 Sunday, October 5th, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
6 months
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
I preferred RLD games in Brooklyn Ontario (north of Whitby on Hwy 12) much better as they have awesome fields with dense brush, which makes it more like an actual war in the forest type feel. Their speedball arena isn't bad, and the fields are close to the clubhouse, so leaving equipment, paintballs, snacks, a towel, etc, in your car is easily accessible. I think the quality of field is better than Outback, but unless things have changed in the last year or two, RLD only has forest scenarios and a speedball field, and you are dedicated to a specific field all day, and told you can play speedball when it is available. However, they have camouflage rentals (which Outback doesn't) so if you need anything you forgot or don't have, they will rent it to you for a nominal charge.
Review: Outback Paintball in Newcastle is still fairly new, so i think by saying they have a lot of work to do would be quite fair. The guys running the place are great, and very friendly.

Each time we played, it had rained the day before, so the fields were all flooded. I have only ever played on the field where the delivery truck is with the big valley in the centre. This isn't a bad field, but it can get quite monotonous playing the same field/scenario every time. It makes for a long boring game when the middle of the field is flooded (a large pool of water encircled the car in the centre of the valley), so you had no choice but to go around each way. It all depended on who got where first. The side with the truck had some very well placed bunkers, and a lot of places to hide or scope out where your enemy was coming from. The other side had very little cover, and you were pretty much a sitting duck if you were asked to "stay back and protect the flag". Every time i was on that side, i would just run into the forest to the right (which isn't a huge area as the field limit is just yards off the path) and hope for the best (sniping people off. I'm a bigger guy, so i need all the cover/bunkers/trenches i can get!

The ride out on the tractor was quite novel. I found this to be a huge inconvenience as I wasn't prepared for it the first time. I was playing with a new bunch of people (friends, and friends of friends) so we quickly bonded. I wanted to bring a camera with me to take pictures after each session, and a group shot after the day was done. I left it in my truck, thinking that the fields werre close or adjoining. I also left my spare clothes, a towel, and some other stuff (lense cleaner/defogging solution) behind that i wish i would have had close by during game play. The next time I play (which is later on today), I plan on taking a gym bag on the tractor ride with me, with all the stuff I wanted to take with me last time.

Another issue was that i bought 500 paintballs, and had no where to keep them. I ended keeping them on me for one round, but made one heck of a noise running through the field. Let's just say they heard me coming! I think I'm going to leave space in the gym bag for extra paintballs next time!

As far as the equipment goes, they have very up-to-date markers. I had a conversation with one of the guys running the place the last time I played this field (May 2003), and he was saying he just purchased 20-40 new markers (can't remember exact figure) because of the large group that they had coming in after us (i think it was a college or university group). The paintballs were reasonably priced. The equipment truck carried snacks (chips and chocolate bars) and pop, so if hunger or thirst hit, you were covered.

One other issue is that all they rent is markers. That's it! No camouflage! A few of the guys in our group showed up wearing blue jeans expecting camouflage rentals. It made for a very uncomfortable day, and a dirty ride home (as the fields were still pretty wet).

Anyway, this location has great potential. Maybe if the road leading up to the field are had a parking lot off to the side, so that people who wanted toi bring their vehicles closer could do so. Also, they can make proper preparations so that when a rainstorm hits, the fileds don't flood. I have played at many fields after a hard night of raining, and they were mucky in places, or they pre-warned you not to go running down hills, but I have never seen a field closed for flooding, and I have been playing paintball (for fun) for 14 years. I am hoping that we will get to play on one of the other fields when we play today (not sure how many fields there actually are).

Outback Paintball desperately needs web presence, as between the last time I played, I forgot the exact location (a friend of a friend set the day up) so I had a hard time finding directions back there for today (October 5, 2003). Even a free "Yahoo Geocities" homepage or something, so they are on there. That would make them more accessible to potential players, and drive more business their way.

I will be writing another post shortly after we play (hopefully tonight) to see if this location has improved at all in the last 5 months. I have played many other fields closer to where I live, that are much better. One that stands out is Ultimate Adventures. Their playing field is in Campbellville/Milton area (Guelph Line, north of the 401) but their offices are located in Kleinburg. http://www.ultimatepaintball.ca/ They have 7 outdoor fields including a capture the hill, hostage, ghost town, hyperball, cross the bridge alive, and a forest scenario.

Hopefully the drive to Newcastle will be a fun one today!

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We just returned from Newcastle Outback at 8:30pm on October 5th. Wasn't impressed. The field was once again sub-par. The forest scenario was too small a field, not allowing for any type of strategic offence. By the time you came up with a plan or scoped out a place to park yourself, the other team was already advancing. When you started off, you could see the other team. I would say the field is 100 metres long if that.

The weather was cool, which provided very little fogging of the goggles, which was a plus.

However, the issues that were there last time were still there. The field wasn't very well maintained. The judges at one point took off in one of their runner cars to the main building area, and left the tractor driver in charge. He started a game for us with these words "okay guys... you are now gonna play an elmination game for 15 minutes... go out, take your sides, and shoot each other for 15 minutes. If you get shot, you're elminated. Okay... go". Really organized. Every field I have ever played had pre-thought-out games and great ideas for ways to keep the players from getting bored from monotony. This was obviously a way of wasting time and ammo, which helps out the fields bank account in the end. Doesn't make fora very happy group of guys holding guns though.

Anyway, If you want an organized, fun, paint splattering experience, that gives you "bang" for your buck, go to Ultimate Adventures in Campbellville. That place is awseome. They provide lunch, and have camouflage rentals.

This is most likely the last time I play at this location. My rating of 6 still remains, but I fell that this is being quite generous.
Last edited on Sunday, October 5th, 2003 at 6:46 pm PST
 

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