Paintball combines the philosophies from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War with anecdotes from Jackson Pollock’s autobiography, I Will Fight Your Painting. Hone combat aesthetics with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a paintball package for two at Paintball Jungle in American Canyon (a $116 total value). The package includes the following for each player:
- A field admission (a $20 value)
- A paintball-gun rental (a $15 value)
- An air-tank rental (a $10 value)
- An air fill (a $5 value)
- 200 paintballs (an $8 value)<p>
Paintball Jungle is open for games on Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Squads of goggled players fan out into the brush of Paintball Jungle’s 35-acre eucalyptus grove, caught in an eternal struggle to seize the enemy’s flag while dodging a hailstorm of splattering spheroids. Two-person armies suit up with a full complement of rental gear before deploying to one of the varied arenas and fields that include structures, eight forts, three teepee villages, speedball courts, and various bunkers. Shooters choose between semiautomatic Tippmann 98 Custom markers and tournament-style Pirahna markers with double-finger triggers. The jungle-ball arena’s numerous fields are dotted with wooden fort structures perfect for planning team strategy and building unit cohesion with mid-game trust falls. Beginner games are held all day to give newcomers a level playing field, introducing them to the popular game modes of capture the flag, speedball, and elimination.