With the Atlanta skyline as their backdrop, players at Dosser Works Paintball fire rounds of pigment on four outdoor fields, each covered to keep out inclement weather and the sun’s judgmental glare. Experienced paintball players run these facilities, and they channel their knowledge of the game by supervising safety and regularly changing field layouts and game scenarios. Themed competitions and night games play out on two tournament-size fields, an astroturf-covered speedball field dotted with air bunkers, and a post-apocalyptic warzone where competitors dive and shoot from behind mounds of tires, sandbags, and an authentic burned-out Ford Windstar. A sniper tower between the speedball and dirt fields lets players take aim and give constructive haircut critiques to those below. The play area at Dosser Works Paintball has expanded to include two new fields called "The Back Lands" with two airplanes, a derelict van, two mountains connected by a bridge, topped with flag towers.
AirSoft Depot lets gun toters loose on an expansive, tree-lined field to challenge their reflexes and ignite their adrenaline glands in free-form shooting games. Plywood forts, rusty barrels, and bright orange traffic cones act as safe cover during shootouts as players duck and roll through each blockade to achieve their missions. AirSoft Depot's home base stocks an assortment of imitation firearms ready to be rented, loaded with ammo, and cocked with a punny catch phrase, or airsoft gun owners can bestow their armaments on the center's seasoned techs, who repair and upgrade most brands.
Longing for a realistic playland where airsoft players could get lost in their imagination and the game?s intricate military strategy, SS Airsoft owners Steve and Patti designed their own fully equipped, one-stop airsoft facility. Disabled army jeeps, stacks of old tires, and wooden crates populate the 14,000-square-foot indoor battlefield, giving players plenty of ground and obstacles to navigate. Also scattered throughout the arena is an army-green operations tent where players prep and plan, a briefing room, and an armory stocked with all the latest airsoft guns and equipment.
Completing the experience, staffers can alter the arena's environment, covering the field of play in various degrees of ominous fog and changing the lighting conditions, as well as rearranging the playing field's buildings and obstacles on a regular basis. Large groups can book the party room, which resembles an old bomb shelter and has prime views of the battlefield, and players can stock up at an onsite retail shop stocked with all the necessary guns, ammo, tactical gear, and motivation-providing drill sergeants.
AirSport is a fast-paced, high-octane game that combines airsoft, dodgeball, and other sports. Each adrenaline-fueled match proves that a little coordination and communication can lead to a rich gaming environment. During matches, players dive behind an ever-changing array of barricades, firing off rounds of plastic BBs from air rifles. With rifles at ease, players also use their hands and feet as they apply traditional sports skills such as kicking, throwing, and running to capture flags.
Together, the Snellville indoor field and the Conyers outdoor field make up the paintballer’s paradise known as Wildfire Paintball Games. Within Snellville’s warehouse-like space, gunrunners dive behind walls of corrugated pipes. Overhead netting prevents errant paintballs from splattering the ceiling, and large bunkers akin to oversized beanbags offer temporary cover to players who need to tie their shoes or quickly finish a book report. At Conyers, ramshackle huts and fort-like edifices give snipers a spot to target their opponents. A forested area provides camouflage, and the speedball arena’s regulation-style obstacles stand tall on the grass field as players duck and run.
Snaking through paint-splattered trees, the marksman kneels behind a wooden cable spool, carefully lining up a shot as an opponent clambers uphill past a row of paintball-ridden boards. Little does the marksman know that, from the second-level of a nearby wooden structure, another player points a marker in his direction and laughs a maniacal laugh. Such scenes have unfolded since 1998 at Carnage Paintball, which began hosting refereed bouts as Club Paintball in 1994. Open-play sessions commence every Saturday and Sunday, and weekdays only accommodates private parties and group outings.