If the Hundred Years' War had been fought with paintballs instead of rifles, it might still be happening, but it'd be so colorful that no one would mind. Experience your own vibrant battlefield with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a Mercenary package of 500 paintballs and equipment rental at Action Paintball in Winter Haven (a $35 value).
The trigger-happy staff at Action Paintball outfits sharpshooters with all the gear necessary to unleash a fury of flamboyant colors on unsuspecting opponents and live to tell their tales of triumph. Grizzled veterans and projectile graffitists debrief first-time players on battlefield rules while they suit up with chest protectors and antifog air masks. Brigades of 10 or more will have a host to guide them through a variety of game scenario options, from team melees to all-out guerilla conflicts. After a short overview of safety protocols and Geneva Conventions standards for paint-based warfare, players are set loose with pod packs, air tanks, and marker guns into a vast complex of three scenario fields. Littered with improvised sandbag shelters and abandoned military vehicles, these battle-ravaged grounds exude silent promises of the colorful carnage to come. An outdoor service area accessible from all fields provides unlimited air replenishments, even in the delicious heat of battle or the event of a peaceful, paint-less resolution.
Players running low on colorful ammo can add 100 balls to their stockpile ($5 extra), and those yearning for some well-earned R & R can grab some MREs from the outdoor barbecue grill and cool off at a shaded table in the staging area. An on-site shop offers repair services and technical support for misfiring markers and field-ravaged Humvees.
Three sprawling fields and one exciting game—this is what brings people together at Action Paintball's & Laser Tag's 2.5-acre facility. Teams of paintballers do battle during games of Capture the Flag, ducking behind piles of sandbags and into empty barrels to hide from their enemies. Climbing atop an abandoned military vehicle gives players a good vantage point from which to spot approaching opponents and fool them by faking the call of their spirit animals. Meanwhile, picnic tables and a refreshment stand offer respite from the dusty battlegrounds.
1715 7th St. SW
Winter Haven, Florida 33880