Have some fun with your friends by recreationally hunting other humans (a sport made popular by Mel Brooks's Blazing Saddles) with today's Groupon: $20 gets you entry, a full day of play, rental equipment (semi-auto paintball marker, hopper, face mask, goggles), and free CO2 and N2 refills (a $30 value), as well as 200 paintballs (a $12.80 value) at Poco Loco Paintball in New Hanover. Your Groupon is good for Sundays in October and November, and Saturdays and Sundays from December on. Fulfill fantasies of expertly evading crossfire as you infiltrate enemy territory and annihilate the opposition faster than Reverend Johnson threatened to leave town after discovering that the sheriff has been murdered. Or just spatter strangers with neon splotches. Poco Loco is designed with both novices and expert players in mind, so you don't need years of mercenary training or a Blu-ray copy of Blazing Saddles to try it out.
Poco Loco's varied playing fields incorporate structures such as tanks, giant rocks, huts, a castle, and a helicopter so you can duck under, behind, and into the perfect spot to defend your territory and advance on the enemy. Whether you anticipate the thrill of the fall leaves crunching under your stalking feet or the blank canvas of snow on which to paint your enemies red, yellow, and green, Poco Loco's friendly staff and expert referees will make sure you play safe and have fun.
Though you can't bring your own paintballs, you can purchase extra paint from Poco Loco when you arrive; or you can take down the entire opposing team with four strategically placed paintballs and laugh maniacally while you use your 196 remaining paintballs recreating Monet's Water Lilies in the grass. Show-up times are 8:45 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 10:45 a.m., and play lasts until 4 p.m. each day. Reserve your spot at least five days in advance and start practicing your aim.
Though Paintball Review users would have preferred the price you'll get with today's Groupon, they love Poco Loco field setups:
- ...loved the different terrain...if you need exercise this is the field for you with a lot of small hills...great structures...didn't think I would like the little huts but I sat for like 30 minutes working one bunker for 5 kills from one hut... – barrettshawn
- Final note is the reffing was very well done, in addition to keeping the safety level high they also kepts [sic] the games rolling along. They had over a hundred players there when I went and everything ran smoothly, from purchasing paint to the layout for lunch. – dynaman
- Poco Loco is a great spot because of it's [sic] VARIETY! Speedball, woodsball, good scenario game location and a decent practice area for target practice. Woodsball rocks because they have several types of games from "storm / defend the castle", "black sabre (helicopter) attack / defend", "urban assault village", to several "capture the flags" games in a great wooded area with excellent natural coverage. – NewIdentity
A Rainbow of Alternative Uses
In recent years, paintball has far and away become the most popular shooting-based sport, outpacing both slingshot marbles and law enforcement-LARP. But paintballs have other uses besides simulated war games. What else can you accomplish with a loaded paintball gun?
- Decorate a nursery
- Mark local hummingbirds to track mating and migration seasons
- Make the Statue of Liberty look like The Joker to totally wake people up
- Get kicked out of Best Buy
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