Danger Zone in Lewis/McCord and Forest Fire in Lake Stevens.
Directions to the Field:
Directions can be found at the field's website, emeraldcityhobbies.com
I've always seen TPS on the way to Ocean Shores, but never stopped. A few weeks ago, I went down for a birthday my friend was having at the field and figured I'd share my thoughts.
FIELD/S: TPS has three fields. A large hyperball field, a small "urban" field and an airball field. Before I go any further, I should point out that this is not a woodsball field, nor is it a hyperball field. It's just a big open field in the middle of a quarry that the owner has turned into a place for people to play. I say "hyperball" because the fields have traits that lean towards the hyperball style. The large field is made up of large mounds of grass covered dirt, stacks of tires, small bunkers, a watchtower and a large house in the middle. The smaller "urban" field, is just that. A mess of plywood houses, piping and cars to play with. These are the two fields I played on. They also have a small airball field that you can rent out if your team needs a place to drill, but we could't use that. Both fields we used were fun, but because they are out in the open, your paintballs will be getting blown around quite a bit due to wind. And good luck keeping the sun out of your eyes. With little tree cover for the fields, you'll be fighting the sun as much as you'll be fighting your friends.
STAFF: The reffs we had for the day were professional, dispite their age (they were all under age 14). I found them very helpful and polite and even got to talk some "paintball nerd" talk with the oldest. The guy who I'm assuming is the owner, spends most of his time behind the counter at the pro shop, but takes the time to talk with you and look over your gear when you show up.
FACILITIES: The field has plenty of parking, with a bunch of overturned wooden spools to stage your gear. If you bring a lot of gear and tools for your game, you'll find yourself running out of room with just one spool. Lots of portable bathrooms, so no problems there. The field also has a small stash of parts, pods and other gear in case you need something.
PRICES: If you know your paintball fields, you know that most fields charge about the same for paint, air and field fees. The cool part about TPS is the fact that their prices are a little lower then everywhere else. I got a case of Draxxus paint, all day air and my field fee for $50. Thats a deal.
GAMES: This may have been because my group was a birthday party, but I found that TPS's grab-bag of games is pretty weak. We were there from 11:00 in the morning until 5:00 that evening and we only played three or four scenarios. I don't know what it's like for a Saturday game, but I hope they change it up more because I don't like playing center flag push and team deathmatch all day.
So there you go. Is this field worth the drive from Seattle? Probably not. Is this the field you want to spend your one-Saturday-game-a-month on? Nah. But if you do go for a party, for their D-Day game or for a tournament, you'll still have a great time and it won't cost you a fortune.
Last edited on Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at 10:58 pm PST
On Hwy 8 right before the Exit to Hwy 12 and Elma, WA
I played in California in the early nineties and then in Arizona in the late nineties- this field is comparable to both. The mock themes are good and put the player into the situation. My son just recently started playing and was at the DDay game (which happens to be the last one) and he loved it. The smoke, noise, and amt. of players helped put him into a 'real' game. He can't wait to go to the Corn Maze with the team from TPS. They definitely are professional in their interactions with players. They provide more than enough referees to keep the games safe and free of player disagreements. Although my son is young I felt sure that he would be fine mixed with the different ages on the field because of the professionalism of the referees.
I would recommend this field and/or this team for games. They do team building for companies, birthday parties, and other events in which they will travel to you. Good group to work with- these guys/gals are an upstanding honest bunch.
I heard they are revamping their field for the upcoming season....I can't wait to play in the new themes.
A few in the Shelton area but most are up towards the seattle/tacoma area.
Directions to the Field:
ELMA PAINTBALL IS EASY TO FIND & CLOSE TO EVERYONE. CENTRALLY LOCATED JUST MINUTES FROM OLYMPIA, ABERDEEN, SHELTON & CENTRALIA ON SOUTH UNION RD & HWY 8 IN ELMA. If you are headed W. on Hwy 8 you must turn Left on S. Union Rd. and cross the E. bound traffic of Hwy 8, you take the immediate right turning through a steel gate and traveling through the gravel pit and then you will see the ample parking area.
Emerald City Hobbies has an AWESOME paintball park located just outside Elma Washington.
Prices are as follows:
Paint starting at 35.00 a case ABSOLUTELY NO MONSTER BALL
All day air is 10.00 for Co2 and HPA
There is NO FIELD FEE
So technically if you come with a full tank of air and your own paint you could pay NOTHING unless you need to fill up with air again.
They have an awesome field set-up with the D-day field as stated in the other reviews, they have a "rolling hills" field with 5 flags to play capture the flag. They have a nice Speedball field that is open on sundays and an AWESOME CITY FIELD that is known as "Broth Worth". The city field is ever expanding as is the D-day Field.
They hold up to 4 D-day tournaments a year as well as the Smoking Gunz 3 man tourneys and some other tourneys.
The staff are ALWAYS willing to help get your gun back up and running when it fails. They have a full pro shop with numerous markers and everything you need to get started from jerseys to barrels to rain slickers when it rains.
This field is the premier PB park in washington state and is why I call it home.
I went to this field for my first time playing paintball and didn't know what to expect. We got there and rented our equipment ($10) got all day air ($10) and brought our own paint. We played on 2 of their fields (urban and capture the flag) and had a blast. After 2 or 3 rounds we would exit the field and check our gear, reload, get air. The rounds lasted from 5 - 10 min each with the 8 people that were there. The referee also manned the pro shop in between the games and was very knowledgeable. I had a problem with my marker and he showed me how to fix it and we were off again. I hated it when I had to leave and would definitely go back.
The other people who showed up, had at least $500 invested in paintball gear and were pretty intimidating but they were split up by the referee to make fair teams. So don't feel like you and your newbie friends are are going to be pummeled like we thought.
They had everything that we needed and more. The paint that the pro shop had was cheaper than the stuff I bought from WalMart. 2000 balls = $35 (TPS)... Walmart was $38. The pro shop also had candy and drinks. Air was $10 all day or .37 an oz.
I can't wait for the D-Day reenactment which has several boats with drop down fronts (made out of plywood) and a beach with fortifications at the top of a berm. They were saying that they get 100 people on each side and go at it. Too bad it only happens once a year.
Danger zone at FT.lewis. DZ is better for woodsball, but far, far inferior for Speedball.
I've been to this feild three-four times in the past ten months, and have had nothing but good experences. Staff is always friendly, and the prices ain't bad. Paint is usually good, and the air fills are pretty much self-serve, but they're idiot proofed, so all is good.
The feild is pretty heavily geared towards speedball and tourny ballers, but they have a very nice D-Day field. It gets pretty old pretty quick, but it is there. They also run fairly large scenario D-Day games every six or so months, including smoke, but the player cap means it's a regional-type game, not much bigger. no prob.
They're big on saftey, With the usual breifs, and the standard barrel-plug in, mask down- deal.
I figure they rate about a 9 out of 10- good, not perfect, but bloody good either way. Personally, i'd like to see more woodsball fields there, but other than that, man, it's a damned good field.
EDIT- 2/14/08- Seems that their store in olympia is closed. It's been shut down for near about a week now...
Last edited on Thursday, February 14th, 2008 at 2:58 pm PST
I began playing at TPS about a year ago, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Everytime I play, I love the field, and the sport itself even more.
First up: These guys mean business. Safety is priority number one. With an influx of newcomers to the sport, TPS wants to make sure that no one is scared away by reckless and unsafe behavior. Growth and recognition is the only thing that is going to make this sport become more mainstream, and TPS aims to do that one customer at a time, by being safe and friendly.
The staff is superb. The referees are friendly and are always willing to help out newcomers and make sure everyone is having a good time. TPS itself sponsor several tourney teams, and they are often seen at the field, lending a hand, playing, and giving advice to newbies.
The on-site proshop is very nice. They have practically everything you'd need to get started in paintball, right then and there, and it's all decently priced. Paint itself may be a tad expensive, with Rec-Grade selling for about $45, going up from there for higher grades. But it's reasonable.
The field itself is nicely done, with 3 fields of play, including a SupAirball field, and Tire field (Woodsball-ish), and the enormous D-Day field, complete with trenches, tank barriers, landing craft and German bunkers. And they are constantly expanding as well. Last I was told, they're going to be revamping their D-Day field to include a smaller scale Berlin, complete with tightly-packed city streets. That will make scenario games much more interesting, forcing Allies into a mad dash up the beachhead, and into some CQC situations in the mock-Berlin behind the sea-wall.
TPS sanctions away matches too. Most recently, they sanctioned the Rutledge Cornmaze game, which was a BLAST! It had all the perks of the TPS field, as well as the freshness of ther cornmaze itself.
On-site, they have benches, work tables, ample parking, restrooms, running water, electricity, some snacks (But some excellent resturants down the highway), and high netting to protect spectators from stray paintballs.
All in all, TPS is a Grade-A field, which is why I have claimed it as my home field.
This was the first field I went to and will be the only one I go to. The Staff are really nice. The Refs keep a good eye on the players when they are playing. Safety is number one! They make it VERY clear to be safe. The hours: The field opens at 10:00 and closes at dusk. You can go early and watch the team practice which is pretty cool. The pro shop is not all that big but there is a lot of stuff in there! Everything is a bit overpriced though...
Paint costs $40-80$ for a case. There is not much food there I.E. just some snaky kinda food. But there is resturants a mile away.
None, other than the back woods of family property.
When I came home on leave my nephews mentioned to me that there will be a fun event after Christmas day to play. I must have driven past there several times and never thought of going but I am glad that I have and look forward to going again when I come home. The place was a little tricky at first to find, and you get the feeling like you must of went the wrong way. Once you get to the area, it has plenty of parking space and it wasn't trashy there like other places.
I had a comment on the barrel condoms, and yes safety is paramount and you can't take that stuff lightly. We were dumb enough and forgot to bring them and they help us on getting some and we were on our way. Also I really liked that they had everything there to offer, paintballs supplies to air. I enjoyed that everybody had the integrity while playing and still had a fun time. Its probably better since I been there last but there was a lack organization, the games were very simple. I can probably blame my nephew for this one, but I was under the impression that if you either shoot Santa or his reindeer you get a prize. I shot Santa but his reindeer got me and the only thing I got was bragging rights with myself, HA HA oh well.
I give this place an 8 out of 10 just for the sole reason because it was the first place I have gone to in the area. The hours, only if it were an all day thing. At the time the place had nothing to offer, something that they only have that is. From all the places its getting kind of repetitive. Over all this place has potential and I can't wait when I go on leave to see what this place has improved.
TPS is the reason I started playing paintball, my son and I started going out there and we got hooked mainly do to the good treatment we got there. We asked questions about, markers, gear, strategy ,and got good input. They took the time to show us and explain to us many factors about paintball, the guys out there are vary serious about the sport and safety is the number 1 rule. Alot of competitive play as well as good ole family rec ball can be found here, the refs are cool and helpful. The huge D-Day field is impressive. All around fun place to play.
I have played at this field a couple of times, and I have also done a few other games not at this field, but hosted on location by the field owner with their refs and everything. I first played there a year or so ago, to play a 3-man beginner tournament, we took pretty much third or fourth from last, but had a great time. the refs were good, they made sure everybody chronoed all the time, the paint was good, but a little bit overpriced, but hey, that can be expected from a field/store with no local competition. in august I think, I went and did the d-day scenario game and that was also pretty fun. it was a new field so they had to work out a few kinks as they went along, but it worked out. I also went to a game hosted by tps(the cornmaze) with a couple friends, and it was great, you don't get to play paintball in a cornmaze very often. overall a great field setup run by some great people, who definitely know what they're doing.