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Tanuki Sunday, November 23rd, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Pev's -- has its own strengths, but I think I had more fun at Skyline
Review: NOTICE: My experience was only as a walk-on player. I don't know how this field is for serious players in tournament games.

The Good
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It's a family-run place, like others have said. The owners are friendly and easy to talk to.

All of the fields are unique and very well-designed! None of the fields are just boring woods, most involve lots of cover and varied terrain. There is even a castle to attack & defend. The design of their fields is the best aspect of Skyline. I have never been to a field where so much work is put into building terrain for the player.

All of the playfields are near to the staging area, so you never have to walk very far to get the game started.

Skyline doesn't take a mandated lunch break, so there is no 60-90 minutes of downtime like there is at Pev's. You leave for lunch when you want, and come right back and just resume play.

Right down the road is a McDonalds, so you can go to lunch and back in 30 or 40 minutes easily.

At the staging area there are squirt bottles and paper towels to clean paint off of your mask. This is a great idea and I wish other fields would do this.


The Bad
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Sometimes you get the feeling that the ref's just don't care. They are in no hurry to do anything and they are not as coordinated as they could be. A player was cheating (wiping off paint hits) and I couldn't even get him called out. He seemed to call himself out later.

The playfields are not consistently enclosed in netting. Stray balls are flying all over the place, including from the SpeedBall course INTO the parking lot. My car was parked most of a Sunday and took three hits on the hood and the windshield. Other cars had some hits too. That is NOT cool -- wear your mask almost everywhere you go -- walking around is not safe in most places.

Refs contradicting each other -- not very good communication between them over the start/end of games, or whether it is safe/not-safe to be wearing your mask at any given point. Refs don't carry walkie talkies, they just yell to each other -- very inefficient.

Very lax about using the chrono machines. You're supposed to but they don't check. They're relying on the players not to chrono their guns at 330 feet/sec. I think they ought to check those themselves like they do at Pev's.

No free water to drink -- no faucets or anything. There are soda & gatorade machines though.

They don't allow you to carry your extra paint in a bag or container unless you are WEARING it. I don't like this rule, I like to bring a container of paint and leave it next to the starting point and refill between rounds. I'd rather not have to wear 4 tubes on my back, but that's how they want you to do it at Skyline. They want you to leave it at the staging area (this is not convenient).

Overall
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You might be a little concerned with the sort of half-baked attempt at putting up netting, and inconsistent and confusing goggles usage. If Skyline would try a little harder at safety they would easily be the best field I've been to. Because of safety concerns and the lazy attitude of the refs, I'll have to give them a 7 out of 10.
 

Review Comments
peaspot Wednesday, March 10th, 2004 | 9:26 pm PST
Come on dude, If you have played that long ,than you know you should take water wherever you go.[common sense I thought] If you have all that experience, then you would know why EVERYONE carries their paint.[Oh, excuse me but I left my underwear over here.]As far as safety goes, [and of course with your experience,] maybe you assume some responsability for yourself and not just rely on your MOMMY!............P.S. The paint you "got" on your car, just upped the value of that piece of poop.If you were ever there you would know that NO ONE has ever been hit by the AirField,AirHead!MAYBE by the Town, but not AirField![Pro Shop is in the way,in case you haven't been there!]If you can be a better ref,then DO IT! MSP If you can't get to McDs inside of 3 minutes,then you are really lost.
Last edited on Wednesday, March 10th, 2004 at 9:32 pm PST
   

FlukeOccurance Monday, April 5th, 2004 | 9:23 pm PST
Unfortunately, at least Tanuki was making constructive comments - you are just outright flaming. ...I hope not all of Skyline's 'loyal' customers are as nasty as you, especially since I've heard Sue and Chris are very nice.
   

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