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Old 03-12-2013, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Battle Creek Paintball, West Milford, NJ

My thoughts (text version below):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AkxAhHYLHs

The rundown:

Full disclosure: My team, Zombie Defense Force, ran a big game at Battle Creek in October of 2012, and as a result, members of the team who worked that game. myself included, received a number of days of free play and paint. I want to have that in the open, lest there be any concern over a possible conflict of interest.

Safety is pretty good. Not the best, but it's not a place I have to worry about holes in the netting or something. No briefing, but daily chrono checks. Refs are generally on top of masks and barrel covers, some are better than others as far as attentiveness and paint checks, but nobody's taking a break for a smoke during the games or anything.

The fields are also good, and much better than they used to be. Some legit woods fields are open now, there are also some more hybrid fields, and in the last couple of years a nice speedball setup, if that's your thing. Between reopening fields that the previous owners didn't use, and adding a new field, there are now about twice as many actual fields as there were under the previous owners, and they are generally more built up and better maintained then they were.

I didn't mention this in the video, but the field has started running big games/scenarios (3 in the last 6 months or so), and while there are some growing pains associated with hosting 150+ players, the effort to attract more players through those games is admirable.

The price is on the higher end of the spectrum in the area, $35 for entry and air, BYOP. This is the same as On Target, less than Top Gun, and more than Long Live Paintball, Cousins Paintball (Manchester and Staten Island), and ABC Paintball, which are the main fields in the general area. So, higher side of the spectrum, but not unreasonable, especially for BYOP.

My problem is with the players, specifically one of the home teams. This is a group that like to stomp on the new players, does not calibrate their play (or paint expenditure) to their opponents, and does not split up to make the teams even. Not cool. And since they're a home team, they're buddy buddy with the refs, and nothing changes even when people point out the problem.
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