The stealthiest way for paintball teams to communicate is through hand signals, such as pointing in the direction of the enemy and giving a defeated teammate bunny ears. Let your trigger finger speak for you with today’s Groupon to Blastcamp Paintball in Hobart, Indiana. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get a paintball outing for two (a $99.98 value)
- For $68, you get a paintball outing for four (a $199.96 value)
- For $119, you get a paintball outing for eight (a $399.92 value)
All packages include the following for each player (a $49.99 value/person): * Walk-on field admission * Equipment rental with a Tippmann 98 custom semiautomatic marker, 150-round hopper, CO2 tank, and safety mask * Unlimited air refills * 500 paintballs
Stationed on the grounds of a decommissioned Cold War missile base, Blastcamp Paintball’s fields and 15 military buildings boast the splattered echoes of games past. Duos, foursomes, and octets load up with a full arsenal before heading out to the fields for scenarios in close quarters, as well as woods engagements and fast-paced speedball. Fifteen military buildings dot the landscape, including a mess hall, barracks, and satellite towers, which host strategic meetings and midbattle naps. After attempting to match participant skill levels and ages evenly, trained referees keep a vigilant watch over each game, ensuring the safety of all players and fair gamesmanship. Blastcamp Paintball’s fields have special rules designed to keep kids aged 10–13 playing safely, including strict rules of engagement and a dress code of head-to-foot pillows filled with Kevlar. While their children expel excess energy, parents can watch and cheer from the sidelines.
During the Cold War, anything could happen. The US military's response to this reality was to ring every major metropolitan area with defensive missile bases that could launch Nike antiaircraft supersonic missiles at any time. The goal was to make attacking the United States so costly that the Soviets would not dare try. One of the roughly 20 bases defending the Chicago area was Nike Missile Base C-47, a 14-acre site built between 1954 and 1956. Surrounded by 8-foot-tall cyclone fences, the base housed three underground concrete bunkers, three launchers, five radar towers, a fallout shelter, and day barracks.
Today, the Cold War is safely tucked in the nation's memory, but much of C-47 still remains. However, instead of military personnel coming and going throughout their 24-hour shifts, it's paintball and Airsoft players who creep along the 10 sprawling fields, simulating the warfare that luckily never occurred on the base. The terrain includes many of the original features—such as a mess hall, army barracks, and satellite towers, which host strategic meetings and midbattle naps. Referees enforce special safety rules for minors to keep games safe and organized.