Paintball Atlanta's original field in Powder Springs (much better woods fields than current field)
I've been playing for over 15 years and first started playing at Paintball Atlanta. Accordingly, I have fond memories of Paintball Atlanta and their staff. In order to adequately explain my rating and comments I think it would be worth describing the Paintball Atlanta of old... The Powder Springs field was a great woods field with towers, sandbags and awesome forts. The refs were older (nearly all over 16, most in their 20's) and the crowds were manageable. The prices were a slight bit higher than other fields, but the experience was excellent.
The best part of paintball Atlanta are the owners, both owners are superb individuals, fair, knowledgable and wonderful people. This, unfortunately is almost the only good thing that currently remains of Paintball Atlanta.
Current Field Review:
Ownership - owners are great, friendly and knowledgable.
Fields - Mounds are the best I've played on - grassy hills and great field. Woods field with black house in middle is pretty good as well. Other fields are just ok.
Daily fees: A year's pass is reasonable as is the daily fee of $10 if you have your own marker.
Regulating Paintball Guns: The field will ensure that every marker is operating below 300fps - they have mandatory checks throughout the day that don't get in the way of playing time, but ensure that you aren't black and blue at the end of the day!
Refs - young, inexperienced and gabby. I had refs telling me where other opponents were and telling others that you were not allowed to stand still (good advice for some, but just wrong). They were rarely available for paint checks and lacked the experience and age to make sound decisions.
Fields - other than the mounds, most fields felt undeveloped. Since Paintball Atlanta's fields are mostly woods fields, one would expect a bit of attention paid to detail on these fields. Two of the four woods fields I played on had no sign of work - they were just open woods bound off by rope borders. Compared to Paintball Atlanta's old field, I'd rate the woods a "1".
Prices - "when in Rome..." Alpharetta, GA is one of the wealthiest areas in northern georgia and Paintball Atlanta knows it. Their ball prices are high. Although the quality of the paintballs is excellent, the prices are a bit ridiculous. As mentioned above, a year's pass is reasonable as is the daily fee of $10 if you have your own marker.
Age of players: (very subjective evaluation here) - as an older fella' I enjoy competing against seasoned players that are capable of putting just as much "hurt" on me as I can dish out. Paintball Atlanta's average age has to fall below 16 years old. The last weekend I attended I averaged 3 eliminations a game (using a rental) and was only eliminated once (by a shot in the back of the head from my own teammate in speedball). I am not John Rambo, so if I can play all day on a field with 30+ team members on either side - there has to be something wrong!!! There were only 8 of nearly 70+ people there that were over the age of 16!!!
All in all - not a great experience, but probably great if you are wealthy and young or just like shooting up younger players ... not much of a challenge if you ask me.
Arkenstone - Better fields and Cheaper Prices = Way Better then Paintball ATL
American Paintball Club - Best New Field Around WAY BETTER than Paintball ATL
Wildfire - Sweet Airball field but nothing much else.....even w/ Paintball ATL
Regulator's Outpost - More variety....Much better than Paintball ATL
well let me start off by saying that paintball atlanta has its place in the paintball community b/c it offers a environment for newbies to come and play and get into the game......i played my first game here when i was like 12 or 13 and they must've done SOMETHING right b/c now, years later i love paintball and i'm addicted. They have alot of fields to chose from and i have to say the hyperball field is pretty tight.........BUT
1st Problem..........I really have a problem when some fat little 10 year old is telling me what to do........seriously......the refs at paintball atlanta........half of them are so young mommy still has to change their diapers and then they smart off like you are the one who knows nothing.......besides that most of the older refs that work the shop are pretty cool and nice
2nd Problem........can you say EXPENSIVE.........the paint prices are HORRIBLE......with how many rounds i shoot off in a day i can hardly get out of their without them getting at least $95 or more of my money
3rd Problem........lots of the fields are kinda alike.......not a big difference.........unlike Arkenstone which has assortment (THE CASTLE........yeah shawty)........
this field is ok all around but it is better as a learning place......i find it too expensive to play regularly here and it is crawling with newbies.......which can be fun sometimes (insert evil chuckle here.....muahahaa).....ok place that is kinda fun but not as good as any other field. By far the worst i've been to around atlanta. I seriously doubt i will ever return here.
Last edited on Friday, February 11th, 2005 at 7:39 am PST
1. Nice fields, they have a good number of them
2. All the fields that you play on have plenty of bunkers and trees to shoot from so you don't get hit at the very beginning unless you go crazy and run out during hyper or speedball.
3. They have everything you need just in case something on your gun blows or if your renting a gun.
4. They make sure everyone is shoot under 300 fps (i think that it) so no one kills anyone
5. There are always people there so you don't have to worry about teams being too small.
6. They sell food......(just had to do it)
1. They require you to buy their paint. RPS Premium Pink/Purple with white fill.
2. Paintballs are $7 for 100, $30 for 500, and $117 for 2000. (You can go to their store on Wedsdays and get a case (2000) for $80 though.))
3. If your unlucky they will put Angels, WGP, and other Autocockers on you.
4. Some refs are really mean to you if your not really good.
It's a reall nice field, the best I've been at. I recommend going there but it could use some improvement but what doesn't. Try to get on the team with Angels and WGPs though.
Last edited on Sunday, January 18th, 2004 at 2:34 pm PST
arkenstone; I like the castle here! It is a great place to play woods ball!
This place is great awesome field s and a brand new airball field, everyone here is nice and this place has great customer service, if you are a beginner at paintball this is the place you should go, its were i first went, All the people are nice about it if you ask them a question they will answers nicely , i think this is the best paintball field you kind find in georgia, it goes from woodball to air ball i go to this place at least every other weekend, also the retail store is great me and my dad have purchased many things from them like an impulse, dye autococker, and an e blade, I would recommend this place to any one.
Last edited on Sunday, March 30th, 2003 at 9:43 am PST
Arkenstone, Regulator's Outpost - both are superior to Paintball Atlanta
There was a time long long ago that I played exclusively at Paintball Atlanta's field because I didn't know any better. I endured the MANY yellow jacket nests that dotted their fields, endured the throngs of pre-teen kids with angels, and basically played the best I could under those conditions.
Seriously, these folks really need to spend more time walking their fields during the warmer months hunting the bees that plague their fields. There was one month last year or so when I played four weekends in a row. Each time we played, either myself or one of my team mates we're stung by yellow jackets. This one time, a third of our team we're stung from someone kicking a nest in our homebase bunker just off the break.
Ok, so the bees suck but what else? Well, if I was twelve I'd probably love the field because of the huge amounts of kids that play here but if you are 25+ I'd suggest you play elsewhere. Nothing is as annoying as having 5 or 6 children bunched up behind one dogwood and not laying any support fire. Or advancing... I can only assume that so many kids play here due to the fact that its right in suburbia soccer-mom land.
So what's good about this field? Well for one thing the Blackhearts play here and they are a stand up scenario team. Another good thing is that there is a decent amount of land here and the Mounds field is probably one of my favorite fields in Georgia. There's just something about grassy hills in the open sunlight...
But then I found Arkenstone and I haven't been back to Paintball Atlanta since.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 25th, 2003 at 12:25 pm PST
i would definatly recomend the field there customer service is great if your gun breaks down they will fix it for free and even though they dont have that many speed ball and hyperball fields its fun to play woods ball every once in a while but they are making more of a variety of fields it is the best place i have ever played and will never play at another field highly recomended for newer players or experienced players
Smaller speedball type of fields, misc open field play, unofficial.
These guys are first class. Helpful, not arrogant or snooty. First timers all the way up to experienced players will have fun here. Several fields from mounds to speedball to heavily wooded/obstacles larger fields, there is plenty here to appeal to everyone.
Saturdays and Sundays can get crowded fromlate morning on, but never so much that you can't get into a nice sized open group without having to be in a traffic jam on the fields. Field paint is RPS premiums and will run you $30 for a bag of 500 or a small discount by the case. (tip: buy from one of the Paintball Atlanta stores on Wednesdays and save 25%). Plenty of good quality gear to rent if you are a newbie and don't have your own marker.
Only 15 min north of metro Atlanta, but you feel as if you are in the middle of the mountains. Great way to spend a few hours on the weekend or drop the kids off while you shop at Northpoint.
Last edited on Tuesday, March 11th, 2003 at 5:47 pm PST