Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it’s exciting and 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 a paintball outing at Fox Brother’s Paintball Park in Virginia Beach (a $44 total value). The outing includes:
- All-day field access and unlimited air, rental gun, and facemask (a $35 value)
- 300 paintball rounds (a $9 value)<p>
Fox Brother’s fuels all-day paint-blasting excursions with more than 20 acres dedicated to both woodsball and speedball fields. The woodsball field’s obstacles—makeshift forts, bunkers, two towers, and roaming packs of hungry velociraptors—allow frenemies to take cover as they engage in war games such as capture the flag, attack and defend, and elimination. Players can crawl on their bellies over rocks and dash between bunkers with the whiz of small paint-filled capsules humming past their ears, then open fire, tucking, rolling, and shouting in slow motion, their enemies, best friends, or co-workers decimated in splatters of color. The fields are open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round, rain or shine, and can accommodate almost any team format, so combatants should double-bag their feet during stormy weather to prevent trench foot and soggy shoelaces and grab today’s Groupon to explore the thin red line where war games meet high-velocity paint tag.
Fox Brother’s Paintball Park
Inside a spacious playing field you sit with your back against a wall, acutely aware of all movement around as you take a breath with finger resting on trigger. It’s been a clean fight so far—you’ve climbed over towers, passed submarines and helicopters, and sought refuge inside bunkers—and you have the flag in sight. You make a run for it but you feel something crash into your leg as red residue spills onto your clothing. Another shot is fired, and a blue blotch explodes across your protective eyewear. The entire experience disproves the fallacy that paint can't get more exciting than when a grandmother has you cover her walls with it and rewards you with sugarless candy.
On the woodsball field, games of capture the flag, attack-and-defend, and elimination allow for entertainment and strategic planning. Over at the Sup’Air field, speed is key as the speedball field accommodates any format including three man, five man, and one man with four invisible friends. The paintball park also hosts parties on the woodsball field during the week and a smaller, private field during normal business hours.