I've only played at TXPB and a field in Phoenix, AZ
I've only played paintball 3-4 times over the past 15yrs, 2-3 of those times at TXPB, so I consider myself a novice/beginner.
But, when my swim team wanted to go paintballing as a team-building activity, I knew the 45min-1hr drive up to TXPB would be worth it.
Only having actual experience with one other point of reference, I still must compliment TXPB on their fields. They have a solid variety of different fields-- speedball, hyperball, wooded fields, trenches, and a couple of attack/defend-the-base fields. Within a four hour session (with infrequent breaks), you may still not end up playing all of them.
They do a decent job of keeping up the fields (a few pods and parts strewn about a few fields), with little to no caved-in trenches or busted bunkers, and structures seem pretty solidly built.
Comparing pics to other area fields, I like the shade and cover that was present on most of the TXPB fields. There few that had limited shade were fine on a gorgeous Texas December day. :D I'll be headed back in a month or two, and will see how the warmer weather impacts my impression of the fields.
The few refs I've encountered there were young, but decent kids (not yet out of high school/college). They were eager to help, maintained a safe play environment, and answered any questions that we had.
Only once (several years ago) did we have a ref on a fairly slow business day that pulled what I thought was a pretty lame move. We had a decent sized group of beginners, all playing with rental guns. The ref apparently got bored with us, so he called his two buddies (that were apparently regulars at TXPB) to come out with their custom set-ups and tear us up. Understanding we didn't pay the extra fee for a private party that day, it still resulted in a quick way to turn a lot of guys off the sport, and really ended our day on a down note (whereas, we were having a good time prior to that).
Subsequent times, we paid for the private party fee to avoid this scenario, and it's definitely the way to go, though it seems a bit pricey ($75). The ref we had most recently, Josh, was a great kid that was back in town to work over the Christmas break. He was safe, reasonable about rules and managing our group, and did his best to accommodate our group of varied ages and skill levels and set up games that were well-balanced.
One additional note on private parties: the last two times I've gone there, I called about getting a private party (stating exactly that I wanted to reserve for a "private party"), and was told $35/player with no mention of the private party fee. This latest time, I specifically asked if the $75 fee was waived, and the person on the phone danced around the question without giving a firm yes/no. Both times, they sprung the charge on us when we got there. I didn't feel cheated, as it was advertised, but I did feel the person taking reservations should be more clear about it. (BTW, 25 or more players in your party does get the fee waived, from what I was told last time.)
Base rental equipment is BT-4 marker (used to be Tippman 98), mediocre masks, and a 4+1 pod/tank belt harness. You can upgrade to other markers, if you want. $30/person for 400 balls; $35/person for 500 balls.
My experience the last couple of times is that the first-timer guys go through 500 balls in very few games. First-timer girls and returning guys were able to stretch the 500 balls/person out to a good number of games.
They don't have much in the way of concession (just some candy bars, sodas, etc), but they do have a number of picnic tables in the staging area, and they allow you to bring in a cooler. They also have a grill, but I've never seen anybody use it.
Also, if the weather turns bad, they have a decent amount of space and seating in their building (that plays host to bathrooms, shop, concession, and proshop).
North on 183 to 1431. West on 1431 towards Jonestown. After passing Nameless Rd. keep an eye out on the left. Turn left at the Texas Paintball sign at the bottom of the hill and follow the signs to the field.
Myself, my two sons, and two of my older son's freinds played paintball for the first time at Texas Paintball two weeks ago and were immediately hooked.
I read everything I could about the different Austin area fields online prior to picking a field to go to for our first paintball experience. I chose Texas Paintball (even though their prices were reported to be higher) because of the selection of fields they had available.
First I will comment on their charges:
Yes, just like Xtreme Paintaball and some of the other fields you must buy the field's paint. But, Texas Paintball only sells really good paint - no crap. The low end is Zen and they also have Evil, Marbalizer, and one other I can't remember. I have spoken to some tournament airball players @ Texas Paintball who advised that on some fields their premium paint is Texas Paintball's low end paint.
I found Evil at Walmart for $30/1000 balls. At Texas Paintball Evil sells for about $80/2000 balls. So, yes the paint is a little more expensive at Texas Paintball than Walmart. (I'm stating this from memory and will update all the prices to exact amounts soon.) Probably more expensive than some other fields.
If you rent: $40 gets you all your equipment for all day play plus 500 balls. Some of the other fields charge you the same for 4 hours of play. If you bring 5 or more players the price goes down to $35/player. This is a great deal if you plan on staying all day.
No charge for tank refills.
They have a membership option for $135/annual. This reduces your field fee to $5.00 for all day and your paint reduces by $12 - $15/case. Since I pay for my own paint as well as my son's (and, sometimes thier freinds) I will probably take them up on this. I can get a membership and pay for all of thier paint and save $40.00 a weekend.
What is the BEST thing about Texas Paintball? The size! The fields are very large and one can really move around in them. I drove down to Stunt (Hill13) on Fitzhugh Rd. to check it out on last Saturday (a 45 minute drive). While the staff I spoke with on the phone were great and I have only heard good things.... My sons, his freinds, and I took one look at the size of the fields available for play (all with no visible shade) and we left. The fields were MUCH smaller - Hill 13's largest field wouldn't be any bigger than Texas Paintball's smallest. It didn't appear that there was any room to run between bunkers. If you like a much faster paced game without a lot of room I recommend going to Stunt Paintball. Someone, who answered the phone at Stunt Paintball stated "They (Texas Painball) hate us over there." I have spoken to the owner at Texas Paintball several times and I don't think he ever worries/considers what the other places think. He was that laid back. However, if you like larger playing fields - GO to Texas Paintball. I have not been to Extreme Paintball (the only other place in the Austin area with more than three fields) but, I plan on going in the next month.
Normandy: Sandbag bunkers at the top of the hill, 1/3 of the group defend - 2/3'rds of the group aggress. Goal is for the aggressors to get one player to a smaller wooden bunker at the back of the hill. Pretty fun with some good players.
Trenches: Great field - one of my favorites. Play across a slope with various trenches. A good or sneaky player can move fast down the flanks... But, there isn't much cover on the flanks. I've played it about six-eight times and the outcome/winning tactic was never the same.
Hyperball: Large black plastic cylinders laid out similar to Airball. My second favorite.
Airball: enough said - regulation size field.
Mini - hyperball: like hyperball - but, the plastic cylinders are smaller in diameter. Makes it harder on the larger or grown-ups - easier on the kids/pre-teens. Fun and a little faster paced than Hyperball.
Crack House: an "L" shaped house with some plywood bunkers just outside the doors in small clearing with woods all around. Game play similar to Normandy - Attackers need to get one player to touch the house.
"Don't remember the name" - I'll update the name later - esentially some plywood bunkers spread out over a large semi-wooded area. This is where they normally play "capture the flag" - it's a pretty good setup, but I only played it once.
"California" - just a section of woods with some trails. Not recommended by the staff unless you want the feel of going to some random section of woods in the country and playing.
Texas Paintball has been around a VERY long time. The owner is there almost every weekend, is very involved, and will (if asked) address any concern. They have a maintenance shop and have repaired one of my son's guns already. My 10 year old forgot his hopper at home and they loaned him one of thiers for no fee. My 16 year old had a freind whose CO2 cannister nipple was damaged and they provided one of thiers to use at no cost.
The staff has been helpful, polite, and they listen to the group's overall input regarding which fields to play. They are quick on paint checks, face shield wipes, and very anal about safety. If your gun goes down or you have any problems they have a four wheeler that they will call from the shop to fix you up. The only complaints I have heard the last two weeks have been from Tourney players who don't like the surrender rules or the no automatic rule.
Bottom line: Their paint may be a little more expensive - But, you are paying for larger fields (and, the maintenance that comes with that) and a staff on Saturdays of about six-seven people. For me, my sons, and thier freinds - the extra money has been worth it. Someone posted about a ref who was a jerk - my advise - go speak to the owner about him/her. The refs have various experience - some a LOT - a few not so much. DUH! It just depends on the available hiring pool at the time.
People that play there tend to be a mix. Mainly, this is a rec ball location. I have played with Airball tourney players, dedicated woods ball/sim players, and rec ball players all at the same time. If you are a dedicated Airball Tournament player this is probably not the place to go. If you just want to have fun without feeling you are at a professional tournament - this is the place to go.
I'll check out some more of the competitors fields in the next few months and update this post. I'm looking forward to trying out Outlaw Paintball, Extreme Paintball, and Leander Paintball in the next few months.
Last edited on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 pm PST
I haven't been to any other field in the area yet.
The field was alright. They contained semi-good fields such as hyper-ball and trenches, but the rest were near-unfinished and contained lots of thorns.
The price was pretty outrages- $21.00 just for 500 paintballs? Since I'm new I don't no what a reasonable price is, but their prices still seem way too much.
Saftey-over all saftey was reasonable. They had saftey nets everywhere and constantly remind you to keep your mask on. And they also restrict blind firing.
The good fields-
Hyperball- lots of tubes that provide fast paced action
Crack house- Its kinda like the alamo, you have to defend it and your oppenants can come at you from a full 360 radious
Trenches- lots of winding trenches that weave in and out and it provides both fast paced action and sniping action.
This is the only bad one, Califonia, it is unfinished and there is thorns in every corner.
The rest are alright
The staff are a bunch of highschool kids who don't seem like they care much, the only real paintball related thing they said was "keep your mask on"
They have concession stands, providing the basics at a reasonble price.
My last complaint is that they don't allow fully automatic paintball markers.
The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion on the comments page.
Period of Field Use:
Less than a month
July 14th, 2008
Other Fields in the Area:
Outlaw- Cheaper, better competition
Maximum- Cheaper, best competition, better airball.
I had never gone to a field and had a ref throw my gun on the ground, until i went to texas paintball. Apparently the ref thought i was ramping, and thought i over shot some kid, and for that reason i will never go to this field again. But other than that, its an alright field.
Safety- One of the safest fields i have ever been to, it seems to be the refs top priority.
Fields- Some great woodsball fields; however, the speedball isn't too great. Hyperball is a joke and airball is bad. There is no way you can dive on the speedball fields, not very much grass and alot of rocks.
Prices- The highest prices i have ever seen. Everything is over priced, $15 for 4 hours, pro shop is over priced, and most of all their paint. I can go to my local proshop and get a case of premium for $40, but at texas it's $78 a case!
Proshop- Really nice shop, somewhat over priced, but still good
Staff- Their alright, they work hard but tend not to know the first thing about paintball. One of the staff members tried to fill my hpa tank with co2. I then had to instruct him on how to fill my tank with air.
Refs- The ref i had was a jerk. He took my gun from me and chronoed it, which i didnt like at all. And later threw it. I just told their head staff but i know some people who would have started a fight over that kind of thing.
Players- mostly 10 year olds whose mommys can pay upwards of $300 for a party. But when it comes to tourney ballers, its crap. We played some weak team and wreaked their asses. They of course continued to talk trash at the staging area.
I would not go back to this field unless i was fully paid for AND that damn ref got fired. But they do have some great woodsball for that im giving it a 3.
this is the best paintball feild in the Austin area. it has i think 5 courses, which are really fun. the hugest down fall to thi place is price. to be honest, i would never attend this feild unless im invited to a birthday which will cover all expenses. you can have a great time and lpa or hill 13. though lpa is cheaper, hill 13 is the best, hands down. only 5 dollars more, and you can bring your own paint.
great place if you got the coin, but if not, stick with hill 13 or lpa.
Leander Paintball alliance- a small little place with two fields which are unregulated and run by kids under 16 with only woods or secnario play
Directions to the Field:
on 1431 towards jonestown with a big yellow sign saying "TEXAS PAINTBALL"
overall a great place.
Fields- they have 9 fields all of which I could tell are maintained, they had no trash and the bunkers were clean and all were in good condition. the fields are Normandy 1 and 2, airball, hyperball, mini hyperball, crackhouse, contact, speedball, and california.
Prices- You do have to use their paint but i can understand. alot of the stuff you get at walmart and academy is cheap, wont break, and is the consistency of toothpaste. They only carry top brands like EVIL, ALLSTAR, ZEN, and MARBILIZER.Playing at several fields overall the more grown up and mature players come to TP.
Food- They have a huge selection of gatoades, snacks, water, and they cook hotdogs and burgers there, they will even order a pizza for you if you want .
Ref's- They are all focused on saftey and having a good time. you nver wait for a group to finish playing a field because there are so many, so you play constantly. They will paintcheck every time you call it, radio for new equipment if yours is not working, and keep the peace well.
Field Store- They have a great selection from upgrades to factory parts. Hoppers and air systems and apparel they have it all. The markers they have now are all color INVERT MINI's, G3 MINI's, Ions, BT-4's, Tipmanns, and even a few Etecks's.
This place is a little pricier but the level of play and expirience is amazing .
All in all, it was a decent field. Not the best I've ever played, but not the worst.
For the most part the fields all feel very impromptu, with scrap plywood bunkers and rough settings. The good news is the fields are pretty large. We played 10x10 most of the day, and none of the courses felt cramped.
The fee was a bit high ($30, for 4 hours, rental, 200 rnds). I got a half case of medium quality paint for $40. The paint had not been rolled, and was badly dimpled. I don't think I had two rounds fire in the same direction all day. The mask they provided fogged so bad, it was like playing on a rainy day in a jungle mist. I swapped masks about an hour in to it, and did fine for the rest of the day.
Here's a description of the courses that we played (that I can adequately describe anyway.. I think I forgot one but, my goggles had fogged so bad I didn't see enough to describe it.)
D-Day: Challenging course, starting in a rocky ravine and running up hill to entrenched bunkers. Advancing cover is sparse, with a few derelict vehicles and scrub brush for cover. Attackers run up hill in to three sandbag bunkers. Heavy and accurate cover fire is required if you want to have a chance at success. If you like to dive for cover, I'd recommend gloves: I walked away with a palm full of primrose thorns.
Crackhouse: Good course. The building is pretty solid, with a nightmarish maze of passages. There are plenty of windows to fire from, but it lhas some blind spots which provides a nice sense of paranoia. Outside, is a wide field with the house in the center. There is plenty of cover, and some nice design elements including cars, barrels and heavy underbrush. Attacking teams can disperse without being seen by defenders. Would have liked to see the building be two story, or at least with a tower.My favorite course of the group.
California: This one felt a bit unfinished. Deep, and not very wide. It has lots of trees, and uneven terrain, and a couple of bunkers with commanding fields of fire pretty well ensuring a "dead zone". Everyone bunkered up, because attempting to advance tended to leave you wide open for extended periods of time. Fortunately, no one had paint that went in the intended direction more often than one shot in four.
Trenches: Not a bad course, but a bit small for the group. The trenches all ran up-down hill, so the upper ground definitely has an advantage. The trenches could have been deeper, but hey I've played courses where you had to crawl if you wanted cover in the trench. Both matches went the distance, and ended up ending without a decisve winner. This couse would be more fun as a capture the flag event, or if at least one trench connected the two sides of the field.
Airball: They have a course, but we didn't play. It looked to be in good shape, with a large number of well inflated (and clean) obstacles.
Bunkers: I don't remember the name, but they had a good mixed obstacle field. Not too crowded for 10x10. I don't remember too many details here... I was deep underwater for this course and could only see through the temporary streaks where condensation trickled down my lenses.
The ref was decent, and after pretty good about paintchecks. The shop was in good shape, and the help was friendly. The pro-shop appeared reasonably well stocked, with a pretty fair selection of markers. I didn't see the prices.
Safety was pretty strong, and mask discipline pretty well enforced. Due to the fogging, the ref allowed us to unmask on field after everyone set down thier markers. I saw a couple of other groups out there, and they all seemed to be following safety protocols. No wild kids anywhere.
It would have been nice if they had been a bit more pro-active about fixing the fogging issues (I was by no means the only one), but once I took matters in to my own hands things got better. The paint was pretty bad though. The paint wasn't outrageous, but it wasn't cheap. I expect when I'm paying that extra few bucks that mean the difference between a backyard game and pay field, they take the extra few minutes to tumble the paint.
I'm subtracting one point for the paint, one point for the fogging goggles/no attempt to fix it, and one point for mediocre improvements to some nice fields.
Number of fields: 8/10
Size of fields: 9/10
Variety of fields: 7/10
Design of fields: 8/8
Field improvements: 4/10
This comment is directed toward the owner(s) of Texas Paintball.
I live...not even 5 mins away from your field. However, I would rather drive 45+ mins out to Maximum/The Realm to save myself tons of money. With the AWESOME prices at Maximum/The Realm...I can play there 2 weekends in a row for the price of 1 of your sessions. Honestly...you are just plain crooks. If you were to lower your prices I would have no problem coming to your field...but I don't like to be ripped off. Charge reasonable prices...you will still make money and you might even give yourself a good name in the paintball community. Right now...you are nothing...NO ONE likes you. Make yourself liked...lower your prices...don't be crooks!!!
If anyone feels the same way...POST! Maybe they will read this and decide to change their ways and rip people off no longer!
Safety - On par with other fields. Mask must be worn when on the field at all times. They do make occasional exceptions when they require everyone to sock their guns and set them down for a 5 minute break.
Fields - They have a large variety of fields from Xball to trenches. Every field is set up nicely and even large groups dont crowd most fields.
Prices - This is the downside. The cost is very expensive. Cheap paint cost $80 a case and $15 for the field fee.
Staff - The refs are usually very good and help out newbies willingly when needed. The store staff is also fairly quick with service and very friendly. I've gone here a few times and each time they have been very helpful and even joke around with you.
Facilities - They offer snack and drinks for reasonable prices and have the cleanest restrooms of any field Ive been to.
Overall I gave this field an 8 because of the cost. The staff does make up for that somewhat though. I recommend this field for groups or newbies since they have a great staff.