Paintball is a lot like chess in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Prepare for a paint-splattered singularity with today's Groupon: for $20, you get an all-day open-play package, which includes all equipment, 500 rounds of paintballs, two air refills, an upgrade barrel rental, and a two-pod pack rental at Paintball Kingdom (a $40 total value) in Marshville. Open play is on Saturdays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and the first and third Sundays of each month 2 p.m.–6 p.m.
Spanning 15 acres of wooded terrain, Paintball Kingdom descends into all-out paintball warfare across six novel playing fields. Under the watchful eye of referee crews, paintball pupils belly-crawl, dive, and dodge fluorescent projectiles in splatter-heavy battle scenarios. The indoor field, borrowed by military and local law enforcement for training and comedic buddy-cop scenarios, pits gunners against armed foes in a fast-paced, close-range shootout as players skirt around indoor obstacles. Paintball Kingdom encompasses an assortment of other battle theaters, including an assault field with a frontier-style fort, and town field, an urban combat zone complete with 35-foot square castle, huge tank, and a jalopy car burned up in a tragic solar-flare encounter.
Paintball Kingdom touts a fully stocked pro-shop with high-pressure air-fill stations to ensure long-lasting play, as each weapon-wielder gets an air card valid for two air fills. Players also get a Tippmann semiautomatic paintball-gun rental, featuring an upgraded barrel for quieter, more accurate shooting. Most ammunition paint is machine-washable, ensuring no kaleidoscopic splotches linger on jeans or Elmer Fudd masks, although lighter-colored clothing may retain discoloration.
Rolling hills and wooded terrain define Paintball Kingdom's 15 acres—but there's little time to relax and take in the tranquil scenery. Competition is always raging across five theaters of paintball battle. A castle stands at the center of the town field's abandoned vehicles and buildings, while the assault field surrounds players with sand bags, wire reels, and wooden walls that provide ample cover. An indoor field, takes games to an area filled with ammo crates and chemical barrels. Regardless of the chosen field, there's always one person who doesn't get covered in paint: the referee, who ensures fair play and the absence of finger paints for surreptitious hand-to-hand combat.
2407 Ansonville Rd.
Marshville, North Carolina 28103