Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take paintball arms against a sea of troubles with today's Groupon: for $20, you get six hours of paintball play and equipment rental at Extreme Paintball in Modesto (a $45 value).
Extreme Paintball's refs professionally oversee fast and fun paintball skirmishes on a massive battlefield littered with engaging obstacles. For six hours, paintballers become one with their markers, weaving around giant spools, barrels, and hills or hunkering down in forts to polish their 200 rounds and make plans for plastering opponents with paintball homages to Mark Rothko. A cadre of equipment safeguards fragile bodies as a flurry of semiautomatic fire sears rainbows onto the fog of war. Camouflage jump suits and padded chest protectors save human reset buttons from probing paint pellets, and safety masks and goggles augment faces and eyes with an extra layer of protection. Unlimited air is also included, as well as a two-pod pack for quick reloads during ambushes.
Extreme Paintball’s outdoor park spans fields fortified with pieces of giant corrugated tubing, sloped grounds, and inflatable obstacles. As players maneuver behind stacks of industrial spools, referees keep watchful eyes over the action to ensure players remain safe and demonstrate sportsmanship during each game.
The staff also facilitates a smooth transition to the playing fields by posting an FAQ page that covers topics such as field rules and which color paintballs are edible. Beyond the fields, Extreme Paintball encompasses a pro shop where a knowledgeable staff advises on gear from brands such as Empire Paintball and Tippmann.