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SE Tour Review: Battle Lakes (Kent)

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My battle buddy and I popped along to Battle lakes recently. We had heard many good things about the site and decided to check it out for the day. 

 

Varied woodland site. Not much in the way of CQB that we saw. Medium to Long engagement distances. Mostly flat with long gentle slopes. Water features. 

 

Positives:

 

Site aesthetic: It is a very beautiful site, flowers, sites and smells. Wonderful area. 

 

Parking: Lots of parking albeit on a slope. 

 

Marshaling: The head marshall were brilliant. The best I have ever seen. They are pretty hands off in the battle, but hands on in the briefing area. Everything was explained clearly and concisely. Apparently they were short handed on the day, but you wouldn't have known ** (See negatives). 

 

Clientele: General demeanor of the players is quite good, players are honest and take their hits. 

 

Shop: The shop was pretty good. Good choice of rifles and gear. They also sell customers second hand rifles which is nice to see. Nothing I was interested in unfortunately, though maybe that should be a plus point!

 

Safe Zone: Part of the safe zone was an actual proper building, the outdoor parts were very well built and you felt like you were actually safe. 

 

Food: Was free with the walk on fee and EXCELLENT. What seemed to be home made chilli was very good, they have veg options and hot dogs for people who booked ahead. Free chilled water from the water fountain. 

 

Negatives:

 

Medic Rule: Divisive but I am not too keen on the medic rule. Its needlessly complicated. Instead of being able to shuffle towards a friendly unless shot, my personal preference is to only allow people to stay put. The rule could be abused and for me was a little confusing in its implementation. This could well be me not listening closely enough though. 

 

**Unfortunately due to the lack of marshalls, large sections of the site were not used. So I cannot comment about the variety of the landscape in the site. What we did play on was good and fairly large. 

 

Conclusion:

 

Battle Lakes, don't change! Marshalls, don't leave! We had an excellent day even though it was sweltering temps. Although my battle buddy and I are going around all the sites one by one, we will definitely be back to check out the rest of the site. 

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I think there's already a feedback thread for this site, maybe a mod can merge it.

 

This site is the sister site to the Mall in Reading, my regular and that is why it's so brilliantly run.

 

I've been meaning to get to the Lakes this summer and you've prompted me to be more proactive about organising. 

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1 minute ago, Duff said:

I think there's already a feedback thread for this site, maybe a mod can merge it.

 

This site is the sister site to the Mall in Reading, my regular and that is why it's so brilliantly run.

 

I've been meaning to get to the Lakes this summer and you've prompted me to be more proactive about organising. 

 

 

I didn't know know whether to write a new thread about it or post in the existing one. I am hoping to do a little series of reviews of my findings in the South East. 

 

My battle buddy and I haven't been the Mall yet and have been meaning to for some time. We hear good things about the site, but bad about the marshaling. So hearing that Battle Lakes were run by the same people as the mall and got such a good impression of the marshaling at Battle Lakes was a pleasant surprise. 

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The marshalls at the Mall are paid to do their jobs. Anyone who has a problem witth their marshalling likely stems from a personal issue as they're very professional and safety orientated and a whole lot of fun. 

 

Thursday night's are best in my opinion mainly as there are fewer rentals than a Sunday. 

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1 minute ago, Duff said:

 

 

Thursday night's are best in my opinion mainly as there are fewer rentals than a Sunday. 

 

I have heard that a lot. It is a bit difficult for us as we are based in East and South London respectively. We will try and make the effort to go on a Thursday! 

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9 minutes ago, Asomodai said:

 

I have heard that a lot. It is a bit difficult for us as we are based in East and South London respectively. We will try and make the effort to go on a Thursday! 

 

Way easier to get from London to Berkshire on a weekday than a Sunday (unless you don't mind getting up at the crack.)

 

Hope to see you there. 

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I think i'm gonna try out battle lakes!

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I need to head here next month. 

 

What are game lengths and types like? 

 

Forgive my ignorance but what’s the medic rule?? 

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Medic rule is where when hit, you can call medic after and a teammate may revive you with a physical contact timer.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Duff said:

Medic rule is where when hit, you can call medic after and a teammate may revive you with a physical contact timer.

 

 

There is also a shuffle rule. People after 2 minutes can crawl or shuffle along the ground after being hit, but if hit again the person must stop. 

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28 minutes ago, Asomodai said:

There is also a shuffle rule. People after 2 minutes can crawl or shuffle along the ground after being hit, but if hit again the person must stop. 

Brilliant, must look like a load of tactical caterpillars wriggling around the site lol

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