This course was not too bad, for only a very few people. The course size 's are very small and for teams or 5 or so. The problem I have is the managment of the course was extremely poor. This place is basically ran with teenage kid's who were no too organized and the course can be over ran with walk on's. The day I had played there were 20 people on each team for a total of 40 and we played on the courses that were made for only a total of 10. Second, there were on ly 2 small course's that were very average and my experience was not that great and have decided not to return. They also ran out of air mid-day.
I play at operation paintball nearly every weekend. It is by far my Favorite place to play paintball. The prices at the field are very competitive with others in the area! The field is very well taken care of. Many other posts have commented on the Air-ball field not being properly secured however they have made great improvement to this by the use of new stakes. The other fields are very nice and well maintained. Hamburger hill is a top vs. bottom field. The Urban field is by far the most popular field at Operation Paintball. It is very large with many cars, small houses and a very large 2 story house in the center. It is a very fun course. The other field they have is the Bridge field. This is yet another fun field. This field it more wooded with trees bushes and even a large tree-house. The staff is extremely nice and easy to talk to! They are very good at fixing gun problems with all markers. The ref’s are also very nice and eager to help you with problems. Another post said that they do not enforce the rules very well, however it is my opinion that they do extremely well for the amount of people they have to deal with. They do their best to inshore that every one is having a good time and is safe. They explain the rules very well and very clearly to everyone who goes. These are the reasons I choose to play at Operation Paintball. And you will never find a nicer owner. She is a very nice lady who helps a lot of us out at the field. All in all this is the greatest field that I have played at, and that is the reason that I continue to play week after week! Keep up the good work
I have had the opportunity to play at OP 4 times in the past 6 months. I am just taking up paintball with some friends and this one is located by our houses so its the field of choice. Here is the criteria on which i judged this field; types of fields, field size, layout, and customer service.
Types of fields: They have 4 fields there: hamburger hill, city, airball, jungle. I liked this mixture. Hamburger hill is actually a top vs. bottom field with the slope being pretty big. The city is pretty big with the usual cars everywhere. There is only one building and it has an upstairs which you can go up. (I don't recommend it though kinda a sitting target up there). Some one in a previous post noted that the bunkers in airball are not staked down. That is a painful lesson to learn.
Field size: overall the field sizes were great when the teams were small they made the field boundaries smaller. When the teams were bigger the field size was bigger. They limit the size so that you cant do any flanking movements which make the head on game style pretty boring after a while.
Layout: Field locations are all pretty close to the staging areas. There is a pretty sizable steep walk up hill to city and jungle fields. It would help if they had air stations near those two fields.
Customer Service - This is where this field is lacking. For the most part the refs are great there are a couple that play favorites with field regulars. But there are a couple of refs that just plain SUCK. They let you know in briefings to keep language to PG-13 level because of the kids. Personally I got a "official warning" for saying "damn"! who would give a F#$% about the word "damn?" Apparently this fat-farm ref does and being 16 and on a powertrip makes him feel Godly. The owners are really cool. That kinda offsets their sometimes idiotic employees. You just get the feeling that they don't care about working as much as talking to their friends about PB while on the job. Dont get me wrong, SOME of the refs are REALLY cool and like working there and have fun with the costomers. Others just plain SUCK
Recently i went to OP for a friends b-day. When we got there i was run over the rules and they were explained very well and clearly by a ref who knew what he was doing. good job. after that things started going down hill. i walked up to hambuger to witness a man disobey the 15 foot rule and shoot a girl in the back of the head 3 times. now bunkering doesnt bother me, when im on a field were bunkering is aloud, but this made me alittle uneasy. but any way we got about 3 games off in 2 hour. ..... wait i thought your supossed to get more games than that. we went down to air ball after that. Now i was think sweet air ball. wrong. doing 20 vs 20 with no back bunkers (again this is odd) ok thats fine i can run up front, play smart. me and a team mate slide into our bunker and.... it rolled away. the air ball field was not even staked down. they put a cinder block behind the bunk the game after that. that is weak. after that we went up to urban for the last reacarnation game of the day. bad. one side start station was in the open and a person just got in the house and shot everyone up. I was strongly dissapointed in this field and was looking forward to playing on it in nwps. but now im iffy. Jeffs a great guy but i think he should disapline his refs to at least stack down the bunkers properly. thats my 2 cents
This is a great field. I have been playing here for a year now. The workers and refs are great here. They have a crazy amount of fields here too. 5 fields. Urban, air, jungle, hamburger hill, and the bridge. The Urban is the most popular. they got like 3 trucks, big bunker in mid and a lot of spools, snakes, and smaller bunkers to hide in.
The people that work here are awesome. Im friends wit a lot of em. They are a good bunch of people. the walk ons are regulars there too. they are a good bunch of people also
Its not to expensive either. 60 bux for paint. I got a discount a few timez cuz i didnt have too much money. but they gave it to me n e wayz
go here if ur in tha area...got to newbs and pros
Well, I think I would have a very different opinion of this game had I left at 5:15 and not played in the "final battle". That thing was just lame. I had a normal amount of welts prior to that game. [B]Keep in mind when you look at the pictures below that probably 90% of the welts were born DURING the last game... which lasted all of 20 minutes maybe... [/B] 8 hours of strong play, ruined by the poor decision of a few--well, more than a few. So yeah, as you look at the welts, consider them the results of a mere 20 minutes or so (max) of play...
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This guy took a couple extra shots trying to make it to the deadbox.
Very sexy.... Same guy.
Still the same guy... like a freakin topographical map on his back....
Cigar burns? Nah...those'd be welts.
Yeah, CO2 + 70* + overshooting + severe lack of chrono monitoring = dark, dark purple. This dude's pasty complexion certainly emphasises the brilliant color too. Seriously, the dude looks like he's got 5 nipples...
I'm too sexy for my shirt... so sexy it HURTS....
I took a few in the back on the way out myself. That pink paint you see is STILL on my elbow... 2 days later. I dunno what they put in there but it doesn't seem to wash off my skin.
I'm thinking this guy could smoke a cigarette through that whole...
Dunno who this guy is. But he got lit up just like the rest of us.
What the heck... is that a pump gun? Nice paintjob on the Halo TSA Hopper. Nice paintjob on the shirt too. I think this is the same guy from the forearm shot and the "I'm too sexy" shot, but I'm not positive.
And finally one more random overshot dude.
So yeah. There's my late night pics and commentary, on display for your amusement. The owner of the field is a dude named Jeff who plays for Cartel. I guess their a pretty good pro team... not that many of you care. He's got a thing or two to learn about planning a scenario game. His facilities are great and I firmly beleive that he could run an amazing game there if he really wanted to dedicate some time to planning. Lots of potential, not enough execution. There's another game in the begining of June... a Scarface theme... I'll have to think on that one.
Jeff did email me back and said they are making changes. We'll see.
Last edited on Thursday, April 15th, 2004 at 12:33 pm PST
KC Crusaders-I think I like KC's field set up better
Compound Paintball-CP has the best speedball field, period!
My (newbish) buddy and I attended the RED DAWN event and this was our first scenario experience. At the end of the day we came to some conclusions about how we felt about the whole thing.
*First big scenario event held at OP. That explains away some, but by no means all, of the things that happened.
*Surrender Rule. Talked about before the game but never made it onto the field. I thought this was paintball, not BLOODSPORT. The worst example of this was when the Russians made it into the Wolverine camp and began to collect prizes and then a group of Wolv's pop up not 10 ft. away and open up at point blank range. Where was the surrender rule? Where were the ref's? I'm glad some of the Rus gave back as good as they got.
*300fps limit. C'mon, are you kidding me? There was so much paint flying so fast and plenty of Co2 users and OP doesn't see the need for a safety margin? Anyone heard of SPIKING? FPS should have been limited to 260-280 max.
*Lack of leadership. At least on the Russian side. With the generals being indestructable and a regen point, Nick should have been leading every mission and having a commander stay at the base for base defense instead of holing up inside the base. His ability for regen was a resource we sorely needed out in the field. To his credit he seemed to figure this out the last half of the day after some of the players were ready to overthrow him and elect a new general.
*Lack of Ref's/Reffing. I'm not sure how many ref's there were but it didn't seem like enough. They were hard to find and were usually found in a group WAY off to the side having some kind of discussion("You go out there." "No, you go out there." "No way, not me, man! I could get hurt out there.") Must have been quite a discussion for them not to hear us SCREAMING for paintchecks.
*Overshooting/Hot Shooting. Lots of that. So many of us have so many nasty welts to prove it.
*Wiping/Cheating/Playing On. Went on all day and was standard practice by the end of the day when the last 10 Russians were backed up behind a truck taking on the entire Wolverine force. The game should have been called way before it got to that point but the ref's were off somewhere else. I think they got scared off by players threats off being shot themselves for not being willing to do paintchecks.
Next time I think we'll stick closer to home for our PB games.
I thought the mix of fields was great. played the scenerio there Red dawn and thought for a first time running that type of game it was pretty good. plenty of prizes won two. the chronoing did leave out a huge safety factor but I also think that as a player you should also be responsible player and keep your own stuff in check. Air staion was good fills to 4500 no problem paint was O.K. for recplay. ref I think were overwhelmed but they did theyr best. I recomend this field and would play there again. never been there in the rain but I can see where that would be a problem.
10 out of ten cause I have only been there once and it was a beautifuyll day sunny day.
My most recent experience at Operation PB was at their Red Dawn scenario game on April 10th. While excited for a large scenario game, the games organization was horrible and left a bad taste in my mouth an my group of 20 teammates.
First of all, we were never notified that we had to use only field paint until two days before the event and after purchasing our own paint. Then we were never told we could use our own paint if we paid and extra $30 until after we bought BLAZE field paint ($55 a case - HORRIBLE PRICE!) and were refused a refund by the Operation PB staff. Nice customer service!
Upon arrival, we noticed the start of the many problems to come, Parking. There were four 10 to 13 year olds organizing parking and it was so bad that once your vehicle was parked, you could not leave and were stuck in Graham from 8:00am to 6:30pm. So much for leaving for an emergency.
Next, teams broke up into their respective sides, Wolverines and Russians. Jeff, the field owner, did a great job organizing his team with high-end seasoned players with DM4's and chrono's over 375. Basically, it was an absolutely slaughter. The Russian side was filled with 150 Tippman "weekend warrior" owners that were getting picked off like flys.
Next, the REF's. - It was so dangerous because of the lack of training by the refs. You call for a paintcheck and the ref just stands and stairs at you while you take another four rounds in your back. Also, give the ref's pocket chrono's. So many players were turning up their markers well past 300fps. When an Impulse is nailing you from 100 yards and leaving a welt, their is an issue. (Of course I was the one shooting the Impulse)
Lets not forget the prizes. OPB offered some great prizes for missions. Unfortunately, the setup up of the missions for both sides was so poor, it was almost impossible to to get to the prizes. It was like walking into a a parking lot of COPS waiving a gun. The only prize (with exception of the raffle drawing) that I saw given away was a bag of 500 rounds of BLAZE (dimple filled) paintballs.
Lastly, the great OPB staff. So well trained that they set off a large explosion on an 80 degree day in a dry field and caused a brush fire. Real smart guys. I guess when you employee the cast of "Saved by the Bell", you cannot expect to much. When you go to get air, you wait in line for the "air boy" to quit talking to his friends and screwing around to get a fill. Great training Jeff!
Oh, I cannot forget thanking OPB for having two "Honey Buckets" for 300+ people to use. Not like there were any lines or anything. Plus the great scented small of crap that filled the air.
The positives about OPB are the fields. They are well setup with great bunkers and good trenching and good tree cover.
All and all, the poor staff and the lack of communication ruined this event and makes me more concerned about playing at this establishment in the future. If you want to get hurt or inflict pain on a minor or watch a great brush fire, head to Operation Paintball.
KC's- doesnt have as many courses.
Patriot- Still has grass, and good refs
Your local neighbor hood- As long as you dont destroy anyones house/car its great!
This place has one really good advantage to most fields, they have lots of variety. With 4 fields ranging in size and difficulty, you would be hard pressed to get bored in a day! Their Airball field is large although it favors one side a bit. The food their is ordered pizza, which tastes great, but will give ya a gut ache after running for an hour or so. The shop itself was fully equiped with parts, rental guns, paint, etc. which is always helpful. Another plus about this place is that with so many fields, it would be easy to play non stop all day.
Pros: LOTS of variety, Good tasting food, reasonable prices, awesome special events.
Cons: NOT ENOUGH PARKING, refs are in their own world, all the fields are mudpits, I came wearing tennis shoes, I left wishing I brought boots!
ALL in all this place is great for variety, and easy on newbies. I give it a 7