Posted 31 December 2007 - 04:06 PM
I give two thumbs up for Bear Creek. The field isn't large, but it lends itself to several fun game types. I really liked the attack and defend series where the defenders had the top ridge to hold and attackers (that can reincarnate) are tasked with taking the ridge. I was planning on getting some video, but due to the hectic situation I ditched this effort as I had qloader issues which started in the first game as I was using paint from PBJ the previous day. I'll have to verify the name of the paint, but it was brittle and caused a ball to break right at the pod mouth not even before I finished my 1st pod / which flowed all the way through the feed tube, longbow attachment and out the barrel. Boo.. Complete tear down and cleaning missing 2 games. The games at Bear Creek are roughly 10 minutes long with a 5 to 10 minute break between a set of two. Needless to say I dumped that paint. I got the pod cleaned as well only to switch to ink'd from PBJ stash and continued to have balls break in the qloader pods. So, two pods were down and I didn't have time to clean them as I didn't want to miss anymore games. This made things interesting especially in the attack/defend game where I was down to about 50 rounds against the reincarnated attackers, but we held on to win. I can't say ink'd is going to work for me, so now PBJ doesn't offer any paint I want.. Boo.. As far as cost effective paint goes a fresh case of Karnage Tear picked up from the Bump proshop in Millbrae is about the only thing that has worked near flawless with my setup. If I can find a source for marbs locally or find some way of getting them shipped in good shape I think those would do quite well in my setup from all that I've heard/read..
Back to Bear Creek though.. The terrain is interesting. There is one field on a slope with multiple terrace levels in general. Games are played side to side or from bottom to top of the hill. There isn't too much natural cover as it is more bunker oriented. The games are fast, but in some situations I wished a strict time limit was not used adhered to as a game that might come to full conclusion naturally in 12 minutes is forced a bit with it ending in 10. Set time limits work great for attack/defend, but there were some other games that I wanted to play a minute or two longer as they were just getting good in terms of field strategy and movement.
It was great to meet up with Stuntman and Cadillac, but also some folks from Lockdown were there (Devilman) and a few others.
The only problem with Bear Creek is that you never know who might show up, so if 15 people don't show up then there is no PB that day and you drive home. That is the one of the good things about Paintball Jungle is that usually there are people there. Even on Saturday with heavy overcast and some light drizzle a good number showed up. I'll be going back to Bear Creek again though for sure..