Paintball is a lot like chess in that both require complex strategizing and both are almost impossible to win against autonomous robots. Defeat human opponents with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a day of open play, equipment rental, and 200 paintballs at Paintball Plex in Laotto (a $35 value). This Groupon is valid for open play Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
At Paintball Plex, players armed with semi-automatic Tippmann markers powered by complimentary all-day air dash around three outdoor fields spanning more than 12 acres or crouch beside air bunkers on a 38,000-square-foot indoor field. Myriad indoor and outdoor game scenarios give body-graffiti artists specific objectives as well as canvases for new Rorschach tests. During the No Man's Land scenario—a chaotic free-for-all to be the last man standing—agile players dive into trenches and foxholes, duck behind mounds, and hide in mazes and tunnels on the 2-acre WWII-inspired outdoor field. Provided safety goggles deflect incoming eye welts as sharpshooters return fire across the 300’x180’ speedball field that features high-grade athletic turf and long stretches of pudding moats.
Ample playtime—games run approximately every 10 minutes—might leave markers empty earlier than expected, so to prevent players from reloading with cherry tomatoes, Paintball Plex's pro shop can refill rental guns with extra ammunition ($15+).
If you've never been paintballing before, there's nothing more terrifying than seeing an extremely coordinated teenager with dozens of games under his belt sprinting toward you with a raised paintball gun. But that's not really a problem at Paintball Plex. The staff is careful to put players on teams that have the same amount of experience, ensuring that beginners play with other beginners instead of advanced snipers.
Colorful clashes unfold on outdoor speedball, hyperball, and scenario fields, including a two-acre WWII-style scenario field filled with foxholes, 2,000 sandbags, and a series of mazes and tunnels. These outdoor fields are open from spring through fall. When winter chills settle on the area, games move inside to Paintball Plex's 38,000-square-foot indoor field, where players duck behind giant inflatables while spectators look on from the viewing area. Players can use Paintball Plex's Tippmann semiautomatic guns or purchase their own gear inside the 3,000-square-foot pro shop.