If the Hundred Years' War had been fought with paintballs instead of rifles, it might still be happening, but it'd be so colorful that no one would mind. Experience your own vibrant battlefield with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a day of paintball that includes a marker, 500 paintballs, all-day compressed air, and safety equipment at Paintball Asylum (a $40 value).
Paintball Asylum equips paint-slingers with all the gear needed to tackle a 40-acre wooded playing field landmarked with castles, forts, and villages, or one of its three professional-grade turf fields. Before hitting the battlegrounds, the adventure begins at the shop, where the Asylum's techs outfit each player with his or her weapon for the day––a Tippmann 98 custom paintball marker or a box of 64 Crayolas. Visitors then strap themselves with 500 paintballs, a refillable 3,000-psi steel air tank, a 200-round paintball hopper, and a barrel bag. To prevent injury, sharpshooters don chest protectors that guard torsos from paintball tickle squads, and goggles that shield eyes.
While on the wooden playing field, watch your flank when sneaking past buildings, scrambling across bridges, or ducking behind cars totaled by a hailstorm of paint. Players and their trusted allies can stage an assault on a series of castles, including one positioned in the middle of an island that can only be reached by passing two bridges over the creek. The turfed fields, on the other hand, are designed for fast-paced games that emulate pro tournaments organized by two different professional leagues.
All players must sign a waiver that can be downloaded and completed before the visit. All players under 18 must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
Paintball Asylum's more than 40 acres of playing fields beckon competitors to duck and dive behind bunkers or dart through buildings. Visitors paint opponents' chest canvases with acrylic bullets on two turf air-ball fields, playing high-speed games that resemble professional teams or replays of pickup games on fast-forward. The village field challenges players as they skulk over two bridges, through several buildings, and around three cars. Meanwhile, 20 acres of wooded fields scattered with bunkers offer an expansive space to reign victorious over an opposing team and act out the last scene of Hamlet in the shade of an oak tree. A fully stocked pro shop arms players with acrylic artillery, and teams can swing by Paintball Asylum for tournaments, clinics, and scenario games hosted throughout the year.