Cornish Estate at North Gate

Location: Cold Spring, NY
Size: ~2 acres
Battles: Frozen Fury 2013

Access: C-

The parking lot, if you can call it that, is an abysmal little dirt clearing capable of holding 3 vehicles, which is exactly the number we packed into it during Frozen Fury 2013. Although the trail to the estate is not terribly far it is very steep.

Atmosphere: A+

This place just feels awesome – multiple levels, large dark rooms, a huge open courtyard with skate ramps, remote stairways, and secret passages – it’s got its all. The first time I fought here it had just rained so water was dripping through cracks in the roof into several of the dark warehouse rooms; totally eerie.

Author’s Bias: B+

I will be the first to admit that I am a woods war junkie, and as such, I tend to be biased towards more natural battlegrounds. With that being said, I really like this battlefield. What can I say, I’m a huge fan of dark hallways, creaking stairwells, and broken windows. Could it be better? Yes, the court yard could definitely stand to have a few mobstacles or barricades, and  you have to seriously watch out for broken glass on the floor, but that doesn’t take away too much from my overall impression. The only serious setback, in my opinion, is the lack of water, which brings us to the next point.

Water Access: D

Breakneck Brook flows right between several buildings of the Cornish Estate.

Replayability: B-

Initial play is a lot of fun purely due to the atmosphere of the battlefield. Unfortunately, sooner or later (and most likely sooner) teams will encounter bottleneck situations which will result in standoffs and a great decrease in playability. To decrease the likelihood of standoffs it is recommended that teams start spread out across the factory, and not in any of the connected interior rooms. The factory lends itself well to one hit scores, outposts, and any zombie/vampire/infected type game, but is not a good choice for soakfests, one hit kills, or standard capture the flag type games.


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