Most sports grow out of a simple formula—ball plus stick, ball plus kick, or car plus explosion. Obtain the necessary integers with today's Groupon to Galveston Island Paintball in Galveston. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two hours of paintballing for two, during the day or night, including entry, air, gun, mask, and 250 paintballs each (a $50 value).
- For $70, you get two hours of paintballing for six, during the day or night, including entry, air, gun, mask, and 250 paintballs each (a $150 value).
A $10 fee applies if opting to bring your own paintballs.
Hunters battle for command of new outdoor terrain each month at Galveston Island Paintball's hyperball and airball fields. Before gathering to hear the ref recite the rules of play and pledge allegiance to an artist's smock strung up on a flagpole, players gear up with masks, paintball rifles, canisters of C02, and 250 paint rounds per person. Game times may vary from 5 to 40 minutes depending upon each team's experience and coordination, although constant re-configuration of the bunkers obliterates home-field advantage for regular challengers. Feet charge over springy bermuda grass to leap behind inflatable forts and enormous wooden spools, and fall in slow motion amid a hail of colorful droplets onto the fast-paced fields. Bodies sweat it out on sun-soaked ground, or creep through the deep shadows pooling around floodlit plains with a schedule that hosts games after sundown. Dress with the expectation of flying pigment on the field and flying suds afterwards; paint washes out, but may stain white fibers or jerseys sewn from albino sea sponges.
Galveston Island Paintball
As twilight falls over the battlefield, the inflatable bunkers and forts starting to fade in the darkness; the soldiers don't relent. The field's lights come on, suddenly illuminating the flat bermuda grass, and snipers continue battering their opponents. At Galveston Island Paintball, referees oversee skirmishes at two venues—the aforementioned X-ball field, which staffers reorganize on a monthly basis, or a rec-ball arena equipped with forts and spools. Catering to all levels of players, weekend drop-in sessions host a variety of action-packed scenarios as spectators watch from afar, supporting the war effort by drawing posters of old men angrily pointing at things. Outside the battles, an onsite shop equips with brand-name gear and occasional two-day clinics impart tips for safety, equipment maintenance, and playing fairly.