There a mapquest map on pbnation on where to play part of the forum.all you have to do is drag the map to find some fields near you.I dont know when they updated it last or if the fields are still there.you can also try some of the other big pb forums regional forums to see what fields players like and dont like. if you have the money and a car and some free time you have to hit up one of emr castle games. it a very large castle with 800-1000 defenders vs everybody else. if you have a group or know some friends there a bunkhouses at emr. most of them get pre renter every year by teams. if your lucky you can toss in some cash with one of the teams for a bunk spot. if not there free camping onsite. (no showers or power) just a flat field. but there are places close by to get a warm shower. there also some local motels near emr too if you dont want to ruff it. for a set up mask is number one. one that fogs up will end a good day of trying to play.also if it hurts to wear it then it no fun ether.most of us here on the board will tell you if your going to play mostly woods ball a tippman or a clone of one is going to be the best bang for your buck there easy to fix and hard to break. im going to get flamed for this but for both woods and first time smart parts marker for the price an ion is not a bad first time marker.there now called eNVy by gog paintball.
when you jump from renting to buying check to see what gas your field has.and if it cheaper for c02 or hpa. a lot of fields now have all you can fill hpa for all day price. in colder weather hpa runs better then c02. one thing that you should walk into a pb store and also try in what your going to use to carry paintball and air tank. some people like tac vest where the airtank on there back and have a remote line. some people like small and light and go with a 2 or 3 pod pack holder on one hip. some people like redz belts as there hard to fall down/off during a game. we season players call that dead meat when a player ends up between bunkers with there pants around there ankles.your local army store will be the best buy for first time clothing and boots. here a tip lock your phone and wallet up in your car and get a small bag or case that you can put a lock on it. depending on how far the parking lot is from the tables. 90 percent of players will look out for each other but there still those players that will steal anything that not watched.ie bags or case of paint and gear.
you see a lot of stolen gear threads on a lot of pb forums where a player put there gear down and had to use the rest room and when they got back to there table there gear was gone.a marker stand made from some glued pvc pipe and a computer lock or small bike chain if you go to a big field event can save your gear from walking off. the last thing that make or break your day is bad paint. as paint is mostly made from the same stuff Jello is what temp and moisture and its age will give you paint that can be soft and dimpled to paint that so hard (monster balls) that you can walk over the paint and it wont pop.(there a good video (watch out for the f bombs). in the video.
good paintball stores will let you open the box and look for scrambled paint before you walk out. a few leakers and you have to rub all the paint down with a paper towel.