Battlefield friendships are some of the most enduring, second only to the bonds shared by shipwrecked sailors and survivors of Willy Wonka's nightmarish factory tours. Solidify your acquaintanceships with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a rental starter package including a full day of play, rental equipment and air fills, and 200 paintballs at Fox 4 Paintball in Upton (a $50 value). Open play runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Adrenaline and jocular exhilaration flood Fox 4 Paintball's sprawling, 34-acre field, a verdant wonderland carefully overseen by veteran staff. Show off an inner warrior as strong as Sylvester Stallone's man-corset when armed to the teeth with a semi-automatic paintball gun, mask, and ammo pouch laden with 200 rounds of colorful ordnance. A full day of play, fueled by unlimited compressed-air refills and trips to the snack shack limited by your pocket change, scatters jubilant warriors across Fox's wooded Valhalla and multitude of colorfully-spattered bunkers and obstacles. Warriors with fearsome appetites may replenish combative reserves with food and drinks brought from home after cathartic combat and strenuously competitive fetal-positioning.
Fox 4 Paintball
A player crouches and duck walks toward the base of an uprooted tree, stepping judiciously to avoid crunching the fallen leaves and pine needles that might give his position away. In the dense woods, an opponent could be mere feet away, perhaps lurking behind a nearby rock wall. Fox 4 Paintball's 34 acres span both wooded terrain and fields designed with inflated bunkers. In addition to supervising the grounds' public play, referees oversee special mission-based scenario games, which are designed after action films such as Ice Station Zebra and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Beyond the fields, Fox 4's facilities encompass a snack stand and picnic tables where players can enjoy any refreshment they bring, barring alcoholic beverages and whole roasted mastodons.
159 Milford St.
Upton, Massachusetts 01568