At the recently renovated Glory Paintball facility, players become friendly combatants in realistic and urban environments that reflect current U.S. Marine training facilities?gripping paint-filled "guns" and "grenades" as they stalk the splattered field, looking for fresh targets. Party and retreat packages at the military owned and operated paintball station make it easy to organize a fun-filled day full of pulse-revving rivalry and mid-battle patty cake. Staff members also lead combat training programs onsite.
Diving behind a stack of paint-splattered tires on the speedball field, the player catches his breath before unleashing fire on an opponent, who peeks out from behind a wooden spool. Next, they weave through brush-lined trails and take aim from lean-tos on the castle course or crawl through the tubes that throng the hyperball field. Before they commence these bouts on one of Brazos Splat Games' five fields, however, guests shield themselves in protective goggles and ready their semiautomatic markers in the netted staging area. Trained referees oversee 15- to 30-minute games that rotate through a variety of scenarios including Capture the Flag, Elimination, and Name That Rembrandt.
Tank's Paintball Park has hosted chromatic combatants in the Houston area for more than 17 years. It recently added a Sugarland paintball complex, which covers 29 acres of woodland. There's even a central creek, which can act as a strategic border or a place for cheaters looking to wash paint from their clothes. Casual players can take advantage of rental equipment for open games, and there are buckets of field paint to help keep veteran players' markers topped off. The field also offers SplatMaster games, which employ special, low-impact markers so kids up to the age of 12 can explore the sport.
"The Zombie Apocalypse has hit," bellows TX Zombie Hunt, "and you are recruited." Luckily, this isn't a matter of life or death, just a matter of zapping the undead with 100 rounds of zombie-killing serum from the back of a tractor-pulled trailer. As the trailer weaves through the dark woods, the hunt is on. Passengers will move through thick fog filled with strobe lights and blood-soaked zombies before taking their shot. Back at the headquarters, youngsters can get in on the action in the Kids Zone, which includes a spooky jumping house and a face painter.
It takes all of your wits to dodge paintballs while still gaining on your competitors, so the last thing you should be worrying about is where your next footstep will fall. That’s why Xplosive Indoor Paintball Arena negates the dangers of clod-filled fields and sock-soaking streams with an indoor paintball arena designed to keep players focused on the game rather than their surroundings or on-looking spirits of the forest. Each arena admission comes with all the equipment and air refills needed for play, with à la carte options available for those who already own their own gear. Outside the arena, TVs broadcast the news and paintball tips, and concession-stand staff members dish out snacks for those regaining their strength for another bout.
Paintball Bonanza Houston pits roving teams of weekend warriors against each other across five distinct outdoor fields. Competitive combatants can skulk across the frontline with their own paintball gun and garb or arm themselves with a rental marker and suit up in Paintball Bonanza's protective masks, goggles, and pasta colanders. Opposing forces compete in Capture the Flag or square off in elimination rounds, both of which typically last 10–15 minutes and are conducted at different fields throughout the day. Eliminated players can regroup with some shade and ice water in the fields' netted elimination zones and luxury foxholes. Along with munitions, Paintball Bonanza rents out camouflage clothes and body armor to protect and conceal bodies throughout a day in the combat zone.
Paintball Bonanza requires all players to complete a release form before they compete. Loose-fitting clothing is recommended, and should be able to cover arms, legs, and capturable flags.