I am the head ref at the new Eastside Paintball. There was a paintball field of the same name in Monroe before that has had many complaints. I am posting here to clarify this is not the same field and the new one is being processed by pbreview right now.
Eastside caters to private groups only, and is not the typical paintball field. However, all of our staff are customer service oriented and we focus on having a great time. Please check us out, and do not confuse us with the old East Side Paintball!
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Directions to the Field:
If you're coming east from 522 towards Duvall via NE Woodinville-Duvall Road, take a left a 203 and take a right at the SECOND "Cherry Valley" road. The 1st "Cherry Valley" is NE Cherry Valley Road. The one you want is a few miles down the road and is just plain old Cherry Valley Road.
One word sums up this field; Unprofessional
The field was a little hard to find, and the only thing to indicate the field's presence was a small sandwich board with "ESPB" on it. The field itself is down a semi-maintained dirt road which is loose in places; AWD a plus.
As the staff (and I use that term loosely as it consisted of aprox 6 kids, not one over the age of 21) got things ready over the course of the next 1/2 hour, not one took the time to introduce themselves or welcome the 8 or so of us who were standing around waiting for something to happen. In fact, the staff seemed more interested in talking and joking with each other rather than moving with any sense of urgency, being that they were behind schedule.
Since I had some gun tweaking to do beforehand I went to one of the guys to ask when they were going to set up the crono. Well, that was my intention before the kid cut me off mid-sentence and said I needed to go talk to someone else. I found someone else and was told that the crono was "stolen" last week, and there were no plans to have one available. We were about to leave, but then were told that someone was going to be bringing one later.
Once things got rolling, it went quite smoothly. Our private party ref was pleasant and courteous, albeit a little conceited when it came to his own paintball prowess; and he was not bashful about telling us about it either.
We played on 3 of the available fields, the speedball field, the "main" field and one unnamed narrow field. The speedball field spans a pretty steep downhill slope, so most of the game occurs at the top of the hill. The area is pretty clear of debris, and has numerous plywood/palette barricades for cover. I initially had my doubts about this field, but admit that it was probably the most fun of the three.
The "main" field was closer to classic woods ball; the field was pretty clear and open, with numerous trees and small bunkers. We spent most of our time on this field as many in the group were new.
The unnamed side field was of decent quality but obviously not as used and had fairly dense brush along one side - good for some classic low-crawling and flanking action.
While I was there, a 15 or so group of parents (5) and kids (10) under 15 years of age showed up for a private game. I was put off by the unprofessional attitude of their ref as he explained field safety and the rules of engagement. Again the immaturity showed as this ref also touted his own skills and bragged that he could take them all on single handed. I'm not sure what the business arrangement was with this group, but a couple hours later their time was up. The group had about 1/2 a case of paintballs left and their ref told them they could either keep the balls or shoot the balls into the surrounding woods. Jokingly or not, he told the kids that any leftover balls he would get to keep since he called "leftovers" that morning. Luckily one of the Dads got smart and sold the remaining balls to one of the Recreational walk-ons playing that day.
The environment of ESPB is not conducive for newbies as the staff did not seem very concerned about making sure renters knew how to operate their weapons. Even as an experienced player I was put off by their attitudes, but being that I went with a group it made it easier to ignore.
Definitely not the worst field I've ever played at but it has a long ways to go; the primary issue being the staff. It would have been nice to have at least one adult on staff to help maintain a bit of professionalism. If this is your first paintball experience, you might consider going somewhere else, like Splat Attack. The playfields themselves are in pretty good shape, and are fun. The prices are fairly competitive, with a base rental of $25 and cheap balls at $50 a case. The walk-on prices are high in my opinion, with a field fee of $15 and all-day compressed air at $5. Something is not right when you bring all your own equipment but only pay $5 less than the renters. I would probably be ok with $20/day in field costs if the staffing was better.
Field - 7 out of 10
Prices - 6 out of 10
Staff - 3 out of 10
Overall score - 4 out of 10
Last edited on Monday, August 13th, 2007 at 3:36 pm PST
DBS Indoor (great, but indoor so hard to compare), Old (alittle bit better than ESP, but not around anymore so it doesn't matter) and even Older Hole in the Wall (amzing, but again not around anymore so it doesn't matter)
Good Field. Prices are a bit expensive. Was mad that i had to pay $15 entry and $5 air fee. Also paint was $50/rec case, $60/competition case, $70/tourny case. Refs were good and very good at making calls and dealing with angry players. Only thing i didn't like was the time between games. We could have gotten several more games in if there wasn't a 15 minute break between each game. The actual fields are okay. They play alot of different games which make it kinda fun and interesting.
Overal the field was good, and i will go back. But, there is still room for improvement.
First really hard to find. If you don't have a car with AWD then it will be hard to get there. As I walked around I noticed that there where a lot of people coming out of games with barrel bags off. Its the first time for me that I have had to sit in the stageing area with my mask on hoping that i don't get hit. Something that concerned me and my friend was that when we went to pay the guy didn't even have us fill out a wavier and that made me think that would suck for them if i got hurt sitting in a stageing area watching and getting poped in the face. Out of all the fields that i have been to this one has to be the worst
Hard to find, don't use Map Quest, it will bring you to some guys house. Check out there website for directions.
As hard as it is to find, its well worth it. they have 3 fields, a big field with great cover, a small speedball like course, and a field were you have to capture a flag on a bridge in between two hills, \ _ / <- like that, BECARFUL YOU DON'T FALL INTO THE POND. one guy did and he was... a mud blob. They have great staff and refs who are willing to help you, and the people are great as well. They have ok prices, $18 field fee, free air with that, not sure about Co2, rentals are $25 comes with, Gun, Mask, full Co2, and field fee.
They sell paintballs, not sure on the prices, sorry.
There are a few bad things, they don't have any food or drinks up their so bring your own. There's no Pro-shop, the Crono is in the small course (don't know why), and the bathroom, is... a honey bucket (you do the math).
Other then that it is a great place to play, and have a party.
Well to be honest with you I was a bit disappointed after I went to this field. The drive is horrible, up a steep incline along a dirt road. Definitely not somewhere you want to drive a Corolla to and from, but the field was pretty easy to find.
The refs and people that work thee are really nice, big bonus points for this, these guys are cool if a bit unprofessional. They did a good job of getting everyone together to play, however it took forever for them to actually get a game going. I was in a game for about 15 minutes and then had to wait another 45-60 just to play again, absurd.
Fields were average, not bad but nothing really good either. They have a bunch of fields but I only played on two, one was just too small for the amount of people playing [25-30 people].
Prices were about average, you can BYOP and marker which is a big plus. However field paint is horrible, they use RPS stingers and the paint was definitely old.
Overall I had a pretty good time but I'll be looking around for better fields. 6/10
Last edited on Thursday, August 31st, 2006 at 8:02 pm PST
Forestfire - Smaller but the staff make it a great place to play
KC Crusaders - Great fields, spotty refs
Splat Attack Indoor - Small but fun
Hard to find but worth it.
Big - has a good variety of fields to play on.
Staff - Friendly, knowledgable, refs run games fairly
Gameplay - Played a decent variety of games
Prices - It's BYOP with your own marker. Paint prices on site are reasonable. All day air and field is $20.00.
Rest area - Plenty of picnic tables, some covered.
Chrono - There was no chrono check done.
Setup area - Could use a testing area for setting up and chronoing markers.
Scnario was amazing. Many pople showd up, rules were held up very well. The actual scenario gae was incrdible, with everything running very smoothly. Refs were incredible, paint was xpensive, fields were just like running into a real war zone. Sbsolutely perfect. Th shop didnt carry any parts though. Although i had no brak down, many pople did.
Great service and cheap fees. The paint is pretty inexpensive, and it doesn't always break. You have to pay for air separatly and the refs just slack off and don't check if you have paint on you. They have lots of fields but they aren't very contained (I was walking to a different field and i got shot like 10 times by some random guy).