Frequently Asked Questions
Are you open?
We are open for public sessions from May through September each year. That means you can come in during weekend hours and play with others or book cheaper open play sessions. You can see session times on our Hours Page. We can book private events all year, though. Call us at 262.257.9300 or email email@example.com for information.
Are there age restrictions?
Our open play sessions are age 8 and up. We find this is the right age to start to grasp the complexity of our games and more importantly hold our equipment. We don’t have smaller plastic phasers. Our metal guns can be a bit large on some 6 or 7 year olds. For private events we may make exceptions.
What should I wear?
For this location we recommend dressing like you’re going on a hike. Don’t wear your best shoes and designer pants out here. We do mulch the field frequently and try to keep up but this is an outdoor activity. Things will get muddy. You may kneel to get cover. Dress comfortably and bring bug spray along with sunscreen. You’ll need it!
Do I need a group to play?
Nope! During our open season, you can come in with a group or you can also come in alone. Just join one of our open play sessions and you’ll play with anyone else in for that session time! From October through April, though, we are closed for public sessions which means you will have to book a private session with a group in order to play. Contact us at 262.257.9300 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
What is a ‘public open play’ session?
Everything we do is split into hour and a half blocks we call sessions. They include your briefing, gearing, and then about 5-8 missions during that time. During our open season, sessions work a bit like a movie play time. You can find session start times on our hours page or inquire by calling us at 262.257.9300. Find a session you would like to play in, make a reservation online or by calling, and then get in just beforehand. You’ll then be playing with anyone else that showed up for that session time. It could be anywhere from 4 to up to 40 people! If friends or family sign up separately but for the same time then don’t worry, you will be playing the same session. We don’t have groups waiting to play or anything like that. From October through April is considered off-season, and so we will not have public sessions available during that time. The only way to play off-season is a private event. You can contact us to book a private event by calling or emailing email@example.com.
Do I need to reserve ahead of time or can I walk in and play?
You do not absolutely have to make a reservation in order to play. We will accept walk-ins as long as there’s room in the session you want to join and we have staffing out on the field. That said, sessions do fill up or are locked out by large groups from time to time. In addition we may not have staffing on the field for days or times with no one reserved ahead of time, so we definitely recommend making a reservation if you can. It’s the only way to guarantee your spot. You can reserve by calling us at 262.257.9300 or booking online during open season. Unlike a restaurant where you might only wait 15-20 minutes for a spot if a session is full you might have to wait over an hour and a half to the next one. If you can’t make a reservation and have a decent drive in we definitely suggest at least giving us a call at 262.257.9300 to see if the session you’re driving in for has room or not. From October through April we do not have open play sessions so you cannot walk in and play during this time.
Will there be kids and adults playing together?
Public sessions can include any demographic age 8 and up all playing together. Our number one goal is for everyone to have fun, and to do that we split teams as fairly as possible. The easiest and best way to do this, we find, is to split all the larger groups in half, so you’re playing against some people from your group and with some from your group. Not only does this give some fun competitive opportunities within your group, it means that teams are evenly split. We would never have a team of 20 year olds against a team of 10 year olds, because we know that just wouldn’t work. On top of this we also even split anyone who’s more experienced or has come in a few times. Smaller groups of 2 or 3 may get to stay together. Overall, we do a great job creating an even team environment. We kept track of session scores for years and they came out incredibly close. On top of all that our mission based format keeps briefing to a minimum and incentivizes people to play with their team. We balance things knowing that some people will have fun just shooting and others will go full force toward an objective. Public open play is a massive part of what we do and it works very well. The reviews speak for themselves!
We’re new. Will we know what to do?
New players are perfectly welcome at CMP! Our games are balanced for new and veteran players alike. No matter your experience we know you’ll have an amazing time. Referees are with you the entire time. We start every session with a briefing that goes over how our equipment works. Then in the arena we explain how each and every mission works plus recap how they went afterwards. Referees are also a great resource if you need some helpful tips or direction during the games. Just find one of our yellow vests!
Are food or drinks available?
At this time we don’t have any food or drinks available for purchase. We do have some water for participants.
Can I bring my own food/drink?
We allow and even recommend bringing in your own drinks. If you have a group you can bring out coolers of drinks, and you can even put them over in our break area to have in between games. We have a very lax policy at this location with regard to food and parties. We’ve had a lot of players tailgate out in the field where we allow parking. Bring in your own coolers, some sandwiches, and chairs to stay a bit after your session. There’s plenty of room and we don’t mind! We will allow up to an hour after our last session of the day if anyone’s staying, but keep in mind we do have to get home after work, so we can’t stay forever. During the day you’re more than welcome to stay around for as long as you like.
What size events can you accommodate?
Believe it or not we’ve actually had events of more than 100 players at the same time! True story. You can view one event on our YouTube Page. With proper notice we can go have massive player counts here at CMP Lake Geneva, as our field has over 4 acres of playable space.
How do I get one of the special weapons?
As you can see in our Armory Page, we have plenty of different guns here at CMP Tactical. Most players, however, will get our standard SMG. It’s the most new player friendly. It’s also reliable, maneuverable, and pretty preferable for a lot of our veterans. That’s why it takes up most of our fleet. We will put many other special guns into play in each of our sessions. We spread them evenly across the two teams and put out more depending on how large the session is. A maxed out session will get all of our special guns. We don’t have any pay to win schemes or anything like that. To get one of these you just have to volunteer when our referee asks your team. That’s it! If you have a special event happening like a birthday or you’re the bachelor then let our referees know ahead of time and we just might be able to get you something special for that day.
Can I book a private event?
While we encourage most groups to play in an open play session during our open season we can definitely accommodate those that want a private event. You have two options to have our battlefield all to yourself. You can book your event before or after hours. We could book a private event any time we don’t have a public session listed on our Hours Page. Keep in mind the session would have to end before any of those start times. Your second option is to pay to lock-out what would normally be a public session. This requires payment for a specific number of players depending on the session time. From October through April the only way to play is to book a private event. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the private session you would like to set up with us.
I still have questions!
Email us at email@example.com with any other questions not covered and we’ll be happy to answer!