Paintball is like a production of Hamlet: it's exciting, demanding, and by the end everyone has pretend-died. Take paintball arms against a sea of troubles with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one admission to a full day of paintball play with equipment, 200 paintballs, and unlimited air refills at QuickShot Paintball in Shamong, New Jersey (a $40 value). Please note that the speedball field is only open on weekends and that the pro shop and all fields will be closed July 14–17. Groupon holders should call ahead for availability and check QuickShot Paintball’s calendar for closures and special events.
QuickShot Paintball equips chroma-combatants with up-to-date gear and five varied fields—four arborous woodsball fields and one grassy speedball field. On forested battlegrounds, warriors can weave between barked sculptures while launching 200 vibrant pellets at opponents and pallid clouds. Private groups of at least 10 may engage in a special skirmish of choice, such as capture the flag or elimination. Facility-provided gear—including an electronic paintball loader and protective antifog goggles—helps ensure that battles run smoothly and safely, like a marathoner on ice.
Unlike scuba divers and inner tubes for ants, players’ guns are unlikely to run out of air thanks to an on-site air room that speedily fills hungry tanks. Because pigment-slingers generally emerge from combat covered in dirt and paint, it is advised to dress in appropriate clothing, such as old jeans or a paint-by-numbers tuxedo.
In 2003, QuickShot Paintball set up its base camp in the back of a food mart; since then, its headquarters has grown to feature six playing fields and a fully loaded pro shop. After choosing a game format such as capture the flag, elimination, or scenario play, you can deploy your team to any of five woodsball fields. Obstacles and hiding spots are scattered throughout the arenas; on the Pond field, for example, teams can dart past a number of water features. Meanwhile, inflatable bunkers are speckled throughout the regulation speedball field, which has brightly colored grass thanks to its special irrigation system and regular shower of green paintballs. After matches, players can retire to the pro shop to check out a full stock of markers, equipment, and tactical apparel.