Combat simulations are like productions of Hamlet: they’re exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take up arms against a sea of troubles with today’s Groupon to Jericho Airsoft Park in Lake Elsinore. Choose from the following options:
- For $12, you get all-day admission for one (a $25 value).
- For $27, you get an airsoft-outing package for one (a $55 value).
- For $50, you get an airsoft-outing package for two (a $110 value).
- For $99, you get an airsoft-outing package for four (a $220 value).<p>
Each package includes: * All-day admission. * Full-metal AEG airsoft rifle. * 1,000 high-quality BBs. * Rental mask and BDU jacket.<p>
With authentic military vehicles rumbling along paths that scissor through four intricate scenario fields, Jericho Airsoft Park immerses BB-packing battalions in authentic, close-quarter, military-simulation combat. Before jumping into the fields for organized, rule-enforced games, each player with the package option gets outfitted with all safety gear and weaponry for a full day’s worth of battle. In Babylon, assailants duck through doorways and scamper through alleys in a Middle Eastern urban arena. Creeks carve through the banks and berms that dapple the outskirts of a tribal jungle village in the Recon Ruins, where remains of an ancient civilization spark curiosities with the mysterious remnants of houses, tombs, and hidden rumpus rooms. Players crawl through twisted tunnels in the Trenches field, and at Firebase, a brave few must defend their valley’s bunkers from a swarm of enemies who surround the hilltops and besiege positions with frightening chorus-line chants of “MMMBop.” Though not included in the value of this Groupon, a snack bar is available to refresh spent players with cold drinks, cool AC, and slideshows of action on the fields. Before playing, all airsoft soldiers must sign a waiver to release liability and concede that dogs make better swimming companions than cats.
Jericho Airsoft Park
At first glance, the area looks abandoned. A trickling creek makes the only noise, carving past the trees and empty buildings that fill an ancient tribal village. But the airsoft player isn't fooled. He knows his opponent is out there somewhere, lurking behind a tree-trunk or camouflaged within some tall grass. It doesn't take long for a small, plastic BB to come whizzing over his right shoulder. The competition is on.
Setting is everything at Jericho Airsoft Park. Its four themed airsoft fields—including the Recon Ruins field described above—transport players into combat trenches, military bases, and uninhabited jungles. The outdoor terrain sets the stage for games of close-quarter, simulation combat. Friendly battles unfold amid the bunkers of the military-themed Firebase and within the twisted tunnels of the Trenches field, the park's largest competition area. But despite their appearance, these outdoor areas are not ungoverned wastelands. All players must wear safety gear and adhere to a strict set of rules, including calling every hit and giving nearby opponents the opportunity to surrender.
Occasionally, the rumbling sounds of authentic military vehicles also fill the park, and they take players from field to field. Other special events occur throughout the year. On Halloween, for example, the cries of the undead spill over bunkers and hilltops as players battle zombies, who everyone knows can only be defeated by tiny, plastic orbs.