I was fortunate enough to be able to get to be a part of the clean up day and soft opening, and from the experience I had it was unlike anything I've played before.
For one, the WMIA crew was awesome, I felt welcome and they really cared about our feedback and expirence while on the field. I think this soft opening will truly make the grand opening a much better day for everyone.
Secondly, the AO. Well there's not much to say, it's an elementary school! It really gives you a different feel while playing, something you don't get while at any other cqb facility or the woods. I'm sure that anyone who's been to a big op can easily relate to the feeling. In a way is almost creepy, it really looks like just a few weeks ago there were students walking the halls. It's great. The hallways and numerous classrooms require actual tactics to be used. This was my fist time actually clearing rooms the way it actually should be done, and it was a blast.
Last big thing I want to mention is the gameplay. Again the WMIA crew was great, we tested a good number of different game types and they all were great fun, and a few I had never played before. The biggest thing I noticed, is that tactics and team work played such and important role. Even with only 20-25 players on the field, it was hard to take rooms, move up, complete objectives. Those who worked together really made a difference, and those who prefer to lone wolf it will, for lack of a better term, be slaughtered. I think I've learned more in one day at Nims, than I had in any other one day in the previous 5-6 years I been playing. This is not the place for those that think they will run around racking up kill after kill. As Guinness said, "This will be a place to learn." Boy was he right.
My only criticism, while the place is a school, and it is 3 stories, it does feel much smaller than what you think it will be like in your head. This is not a place that will play 60+ people at a time very well. It sounds like the guys have a good plan in place to deal with the high numbers, so it should be alright, but personally I wouldn't allow more than 40 people on the field at a time. Even the 20-30 guys we had out there today made the movements challenging, and the firefights intense. Just from the WMIA group alone they were expecting around 60 players for the grand opening. Now that the word is out here on MIA, I wouldn't be surprised to see that number jump to 80-100 players.
I know that they were planning on trying to keep the place quiet for a bit so they could iron out any issues or quirks, before unleashing it to the larger crowd. So to be honest, for now I would recommend waiting a few weeks before attending your first game, let them get some good experience with the larger crowds and get settled in with finding the best game types and what not. I'm telling you right now that you will have a much better experience if you wait a few weeks or even a month, than you will if you try going right away. I know that the guys running the show will be more than capable of handling a decent crowd, but if it is going to be anything like what they are now expecting for the first few weeks, you will leave with a much more negative experience than the place deserves. It truly is a tremendous and unique place to learn, run by great people who want to provide a good experience for the player that will last. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great, fun and unique experience, but just give it some time, tune that gun just right, or wait for that piece of gear you ordered a month ago to arrive. I can pretty much garuntee it will be worth your wait.
PS: sorry for any grammatical/spelling errors or whatever, I'm an Aviation major, not English, and it's midnight, I'm tired. Goodnight or should I say good morning all!
Alex "Zinger" Ezinga
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That's alright, and actually I should probably amend one thing. I forgot to look at the schedule of events and didn't realize that after this Sunday, their next event isn't for another month. So if you've already been in contact with some of the WMIA guys and have been planning on attending for the past few weeks, then I'd still consider waiting, but that's up to you. However if you just found out about it within the past day or so and are planning on going out this weekend, I would highly recommend waiting for the next game or even the one after that.
It's a great place, but it will not suit 100 or so people very well.
Post by Prophet501 on Mar 16, 2015 21:21:41 GMT -5
This field sounds amazing. The idea of playing CQB in a school goes through my head every time I walk through my school. It just seems more fun than running through a maze of cover to shoot at people. I'll definitely be making the drive out sometime this spring.
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I would love to check this out. I will have to keep a eye out on the forums for it. Is there a Facebook page for it? ( I feel like that a stupid question now a days.)
I tried to register with the page and it said it was sending me the link but nothing yet..... Shit maybe I used the wrong email.
I just checked and it looks like you got your access figured out. And our facebook just seach West Michigan Airsoft and it should pop up. I would post the direct link but for whatever reason this computer doesn't want to do it. When I can get somewhere with a better computer I will add the link. Here is the link facebook