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 $15, you get admission, plus gun, air, and mask rental, 280 balls, and two souvenir pods, to Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park in Edwardsville, Illinois (a $38 value).
Bing Field hosts 35 acres of family-friendly combat spanning across seven fields of multichromatic glory. Sphere-shooting operations can be launched on any of the three wooded areas: World War II Field, Vietnam Field, and Frontier Field, the last of which features 15 single- and 2-story log cabins, a frontier fortress, and a hidden coonskin cap that confers 30 seconds of invincibility when worn. Merciless markers will enjoy the fast-paced action of the four speedball fields, where sliding from cover to cover and inscrutable tactical hand gestures are the order of the day.
Rental equipment consists of a semiautomatic Tippmann 98 Platinum Series gun, fog-resistant thermal-lens masks, optional chest and back protectors, and the cold reflexes of a mercenary painter. There is a concessions stand on-site to satisfy more natural cravings after the hunger for vengeance is sated, but players are free to bring their own victuals.
Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park
Buried in the woods, 15 single- and two-story log cabins line a path leading to a secluded frontier fortress. Masked combatants armed with Tippmann 98 paintball guns ponder the path's obstacles before slinking forward to meet their opponents. Along Bing Field Paintball & Airsoft Park's three wooded fields strewn across 35 acres, players sneak into sniping positions in the Frontier Field's two-story log cabins, the Vietnam Field's two-story guard tower, or our the newly designed World War II field that features several new two and three story buildings. Four speedball fields––air ball, barrel, concrete, and spool––accommodate paintball players on the other side of the wooded park. Paintball and airsoft packages grant visitors up to seven hours of play, which they can break up with refueling sessions spent scarfing down refreshments while gossiping about opponents' love lives at an onsite concessions stand.