Across the woodsball fields and speedball arena of Long Live Paintball, contenders dodge the colorful fire of their opponents as they leap over cable spools and post up behind a charred bus or towers of barrels. It's on these obstacle-ridden grounds that dye-slingers compete in elimination-style games or battle to complete a given mission, such as capturing the adversary's flag and using it to pick popcorn kernels out of their teeth. Admission rates range from simple entry fees for the fully equipped to all-day Gold packages that supply players with a marker, 500 paintballs, and all the other necessary provisions. Rentable chest protectors cushion trunks from crossfire, and disposable camo cuts down on the time players spend fusing their DNA with that of a tree. Although the field is generally first-come, first-serve, the staff can prepare for parties of 10 or more with an advanced reservation.
The nine outdoor paintball fields at Battle Creek Outdoor Paintball Fields turn players’ adventure fantasies into reality. Each has its own terrain, obstacles, and atmosphere to transport competitors into new worlds. In James Town, players can duck into the remains of abandoned buildings to take cover from incoming paint pellets like Jesse James once did, and they can climb the Junkyard's towers of tires or perch atop large spools to take aim at approaching opponents. Players must decide whether to be good or evil in The Fortress, either defending the fortress-like structure’s honor or attempting to conquer it and vanquish their opponents. Fantastic narratives aside, those seeking regulation-style play can face off in The Woods and Speedball fields.
Actor Jamie Hector has made a career playing bad guys: drug lord Marlo Stanfield on The Wire, criminal Benjamin “Knox” Washington in Heroes, and villain Lincoln DeNeuf in Max Payne. The real-life Jamie, however, has a much different agenda. As one of the three founders of Moving Mountains, he draws New York’s inner-city youth off the streets and into the theater in order to steer them away from negative influences, such as bullying, gangs, violence, and substance abuse. He and his team of industry mentors cultivate an ensemble of young performers, musicians, and writers who create original plays and short films that delve deep into their age group’s social issues while spreading strong positive messages. In Moving Mountains’ film studio, mentors train budding directors, photographers, and technicians to create and promote short films and promotional artwork with the aid of industry-standard equipment. The mentors and their most senior students also tackle social problems at the source by traveling to city schools to educate audiences on topics including bullying, sexting, and how to make good choices in education and personal relationships.
Five Towns Mini Golf, Batting Range & Wild West Target Paintball offers a lively outdoor haunt where patrons contend with themselves and the laws of physics in a trinity of sphere-based recreation. A labyrinth of brick-ensconced emerald corridors puts putting proficiency to the test in each 18-hole round of mini golf, where steady strokes prevail against shaky hands. Bold contours form breaks more difficult to read than a fossilized Dostoevsky anthology. Each guest also receives five batting-cage tokens, good for 50 hardball or 80 wiffle-ball pitches taken within Five Towns' circular batting range. Automatic pitchers fire baseball facsimiles at four different speeds, topping out at 80 miles per hour, and softball swingers can knock spheroids served up in three varieties of arced pitches or a blazing fast-pitch setting. Two-dimensional denizens of frontier lore populate the Wild West Target Paintball shooting area, where sharpshooters outdraw bandana-faced outlaws and paintballs add chromatic décor to the façades of a central saloon, jailhouse, and Buffalo Bill's freshly buffed fingernails.
Located inside the Poughkeepsie Galleria, Vendetta Paintball and Laser Combat challenges players to technologically advanced games of laser tag and paintball on a 22,000-square-foot indoor field. Designed to mimic live-action games of Call of Duty or Halo, Battlefield Live laser tag manufactures adrenaline with real-time hit feedback, realistic special effects, and equipment that can simulate 69 different weapons, ranging from AK-47s to banana-cream pies. The facility’s professional-grade indoor PSP paintball field lets gamers improve their hand-eye coordination while simultaneously turning rivals into walking tie-dyed targets.
Cousins Dean Del Prete and Paul Sattler started playing paintball for fun in 1986. Noticing a lack of places to play or find equipment, the pair took advantage of this business opportunity and founded Cousins Paintball the following year, creating a one-stop shop for players. They started out with the only paintball field on Long Island, and since then, they have grown to encompass 10 New York locations with scenario and speedball fields. Today, teams equipped with full mask and semiautomatic paint markers wander across their 20- to 80-acre spaces, searching for the opposing team's flag. Eco-friendly paint ensures trees do not suffer lasting damage, and themes such as hide-and-seek and cops and robbers add variety to a full day of games.
Obnoxious Paintball offers 25,000 square feet of indoor, climate-controlled splatter heaven, with an X-Ball field (110'x125') equipped with labyrinths of inflatable rubber bunkers for strategy and shelter. Chromatic warriors brandish the exclusive, all-metal Planet Eclipse ETEK3 AM paintball gun, its compressed air tank rapidly ejecting a barrage of kaleidoscopic paint spheres that eliminate opponents from the game after transforming each one into a flesh-and-blood Jackson Pollock piece. Players can bring their own artistic armor or rent masks and chest protectors for $5 each.