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Hmmmm sounds pretty poor mate, a complete waste of money :( what was the price for this shambles of a game day ??

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I can't say I've ever heard a good thing about that site. Whilst I wouldn't wish a bad day on anyone I'm not surprised by the review, look at who you get discount with for having site membership....

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It's run by special Airsoft supplies or is at least associated with them to my knowledge so I'm not surprised. Some guys came to my local and told us they'd paid for membership and stuff but never had their ukara and stuff supported despite regular phoning and emails etc.

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I went last sunday.
Firstly i would like to say this is no disrespect to any staff at this site. I did enjoy my day and i couldn't fault how f***ing lovely the staff and marshals were. I would like to return and i hope there are no hard feelings about this post. There are just rooms for improvement and then i would 100% consider being a regular player for sure. If this causes offence or concern any members of staff that may see this are free to contact me here to discuss.

 

In my opinion compared to the other local sites in and around berkshire. The day i went (and by the sounds of things other days since its been open aswell), was just run poorly and it was very boring......

  • Firstly the safety brief covered everything most safety briefs cover, however the lad that explained it was quiet as f*ck. If you werent close to him you couldnt hear him. This could be dangerous for new players or those that may not be familiar with the site. 
  • Getting your gun chrono'd was practically pointless. They read your reading and sent you on your way. No tag on your gun or anything. I saw and overheard two lads in the safe zone purposely not get chrono'd because no-one would have been able to tell if they had or hadnt..... This potentially allowed players with hot guns play without being caught. 
  • Game briefs were explained very poorly with no indication where certain areas marshals mentioned actually were. I spent a whole game trying to find where a flag was we had to capture. So no-one had an actual clue what they were doing half the time.
  • During game briefs (and i think this f*cked me off the most) players AND MARSHALS found it funny to shoot eachother. Now this happens nearly everywhere i go airsofting and i get it, its banter and it can be funny, but this site took the piss. People would be running around spraying eachother with high ROF guns, shotguns, and even launchers. While this is all shits and giggles there is a time and a place, and during a game brief where people are trying to listen, this was dangerous, stupid and overall annoying. 
  • On top of the stupidity during game briefs, someone (i honestly wasnt able to work out who, player or marshal) would set off firecracker bangers, these werent BFG's these were actual fireworks which were even louder than .12g blanks... thats saying something. At one occasion one went off next to someones foot which caused them to fall over aswell as burning their legs. Setting one or two off to scare people is funny, im not a grumpy ass hole i promise. But I dont think i need to explain how annoying and dangerous that was and how the marshalls would encourage it... Set a f*cking example. 

Moving onto game play

 

  • We played on the same "map" the entire day which was a pretty open woodland field with no features or anything other than a couple small huts and trenches. While this is great for long ranged combat it felt like we were being picked off by DMR's and snipers all day and those with AEG's and GBBR's had no proper combat most of the day.
  • Compared to the other fields this site had to offer i personally think this was the worst. When i questioned this with a marshal they explained it was because paintballers were also playing that day and they didnt want confusion. While i understand this, it doesnt take a genius to communicate with the paintball company so both airsofters and paintballers could play on other fields while still staying a good distance from eachother to avoid confusion. 
  • Hit taking was very good, i didnt once have to question myself whether my shots were falling short or people were cheating or simply not noticing that they were hit. It was a pleasant surprise. Marshals would also occasionally shoot players with their own pistols as a "hit checking" precaution and allowed players to get back into cover and continue playing. This meant everyone was playing fairly and honestly.
  • While this isnt really the sites fault they could have enforced this way more: DEAD PLAYERS DO NOT TALK. On so many occasions people who were dead would walk past me and whisper "theres 3 of them behind that bush they dont know youre here" or just give away information of enemy players positions. Ruins the fun. 
  • Team balancing was awful. They put all the rentals and young players on one team with a couple adults (me and my friends lmao) and then all the clearly experienced players with proper kit on the other, i dont need to explain who spent their day pinned in their regen point........ This lead to the majority of my team just walking back to the safe zone in the middle of a game. Even when mentioned to marshals there was no change.

 

  • The website says walk on is £20 and it includes a hotdog and you can get a pizza for £5 more. I chose pizza and wherever they ordered them for they were 8 short so people had to go without pizza and get food from the paintball kitchen to the same value. Kinda sucks....

 

  • Also, this might be petty but at the start of the day i needed my lipo's charged, gave them to the lad in the shop before i even signed in and got chrono'd and he just left them on the side and forgot about them for half the day.... so i had to use my SMG-8 in a woodland site for hours which you can imagine was wank. 

 

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Was there today seems something must have happened here as it would seem they've tightened up a few loose ends so to speak

On sign in every one was made to chrono and checked off a list when done

The guy giving the safety brief was a little quiet but there was around 80 people there so thats forgivable being I was at the back and managed to understand what was being said

People weren't shooting eachother during game briefs

We used all fields bar the bus which is understandable as there was so many of us

Played different games of varying lengths 

Everyone got their food and people played pretty fair

 

I also like the trading table and the little shop seemed reasonably priced at worst maybe a little expensive on the consumables ie ammo and pyros 

 

I had a good experience 

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Was there last Sunday and pretty good experience overall.

We were not required to chrono but we could if we wanted to.

Yeah, Matt was a bit quiet and sometimes people were talking while he was explaining a game.  (some younguns there)

 

Games were quite varied.  Rescue pilot, capture trench, statues, get VIP to castle and a couple attack/defend.

Not bad but did feel a few of the games lacked good objectives.  Attack and defend doesn't have any surprises when defenders have limited lives and attackers do not...

 

Have to say price is great at £20 (walkon) including a hotdog for lunch. (There were some leftover which could be had for £1)

Definitely a good day and will be returning asap

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On 7/9/2017 at 11:29 AM, Sacarathe said:

 

This is the site where a guy lost sight I believe?

No that was their site at Maidenhead,shut down because of that...always found Reading good if a bit inconsistent which depended on the players and marshals.

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Just played there at the weekend. Very friendly bunch of people and for an old git I had a lot of fun. Thanks to my son in law Les for making it a good day and cooking me lunch!

The new village is good and will be great when complete. Thanks to Mark who runs it all and is very good on price for every thing air soft.

I wish to say sorry again to the young lad that ran in front of me as I was shooting at one of the opposition that I accidentally shot oops. I changed masks after that as It was steaming up from the sides, still learning.

 

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Hi I played there on Sunday with over 70 others and the site now has a new village which is not yet complete but very good. The brambles are being cleared but being such a large site its a mammoth task.

We did use the 2 story castle which was a laugh and very impressive.

The estate that owns the land has harvested some of the trees so quite a few defensive barriers have been erected for game play.

I had a great day and would recommend it as a site which will get better and better.

Mark was giving out some ukara cards from a huge pile to players, it is a three month process.

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On 3/27/2018 at 12:26 PM, Duff said:

I'm really looking to do some woodland and this site is my nearest. Mixed reviews, fair enopugh. Will see what's what when I get booked in on a warmish day.

 

ALL sites have mixed reviews to be fair. Woodlands fun, not as fun as CQB but it required a different gameplay

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Just been,

1) no chrono at all for anyone!

2) Marshall’s were dreadful. Bad safety briefing, games not explained well and poorly thought out leading to uneven games. When feedback was offered the marshals became aggressive.

3) pizza was cold and like cardboard.

 

worst site I’ve been to.

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Was it you that was sent off site for being aggressive and in the marshals face yesterday Bobby?

As regards chrono some people were chronoed the HPA guns and a few that had not been through chrono before.

With a hundred and fifty people playing it is very hard to run perfect games always. The site could not use the Berlin wall or castle yesterday which is controlled by the paintball side due to maintenance and insurance issues. A couple of the games played were an experiment and did not go as expected with the aggressive and unexpected speed of some of the younger players completing the task before I even fired a shot!

As for the pizza being cold I have no answer for that I never eat take away food!

2 weeks ago all guns were chronoed with 3 people doing the chrono on all guns and only one hot gun!

A few weeks before that random chrono in game happened, again no hot guns.

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