A trip to the paintball field is the only way to treat an itchy trigger finger, outside of expensive rash creams or firing a water gun carved from a cactus. Scratch the itch for vengeance with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get a paintball package with field time at Death Valley Paintball in Strasbourg (a $35 value). The package includes:
- 250 paintballs
- Tippmann 98 marker
- Compressed nitrogen tank (48 ci)<p>
Death Valley Paintball furnishes stealthy opponents with six themed paintball environments for tactical colour slinging. After gearing up in coveralls, a safety mask, and a pellet-firing nitrogen tank, each visitor is released onto the outdoor battlefields to exploit the natural landscape’s strategic potential in addition to various obstacles and strewn objects. During 15- to 30-minute competition sessions, pellets whiz by at up to 300 feet per second while opposing forces find cover behind bushes and fire from alongside a gutted RV. Players can also try their luck with trench warfare from within nearly 2,000 feet of dugout sunk three feet deep, ideal concealment for snipers taking a break to plant next season’s crop of paintball seeds.
Gunslingers who run out of ammo can reload with extra paintballs or nitrogen for an additional cost. Two on-site propane stations are available for players who choose to bring along their own grillable sustenance such as hot dogs, hamburgers, or soup-can skewers.
Death Valley Paintball
Of Death Valley Paintball's six outdoor fields, the largest is Area 51.50, named for the replica UFO javelined into the ground. The objective of the game: get a medical kit from a neutral part of the field, get it into an ambulance, then rescue the downed extraterrestrial and escort it back to the ambulance. The play of this field often looks like a shot out of The X-Files, with up to 50 players holding position behind overturned vehicles and stacks of tires.
This specificity of play characterizes each of Death Valley's fields, where the terrain design enhances the combat of the 15- to 30-minute games. For example, the Trench Warfare field's nearly 2,000 feet of dugout sunk 3 feet deep gives ideal concealment for snipers taking a break to plant next season's crop of paintball seeds. In addition to the playing fields, a fully automated target challenges marksmen with 15 pop-up targets that alternate between enemies and civilians. Between games, two on-site propane stations offer fuel for players who bring along their own grillable sustenance, such as hot dogs, hamburgers, or soup-can skewers.