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 $25, you get an individual paintball package that includes admission, a Piranha marker gun, mask, goggles, 300 rounds of paintballs, and unlimited air refills at Urban Assault in Cecil (a $50 value). This Groupon is valid at either the indoor facility on Laurel Hill Road or the outdoor facility on Cecil Sturgeon Road.
Boasting a 30,000-square-foot indoor facility and eight outdoor battlefields, Urban Assault equips acrylic assassins with the necessary provisions for defeating enemy contingents. Paint-hungry players strap on masks, load their muskets, and rally teammates with a spirited trumpet from a giant conch before heading out into their chosen war arena. Indoor scrums allow soldiers to hide behind and maneuver around barricades illuminated by black lights, developing strategy while fog machines and roaring music confuse the enemy and inspire impromptu dance parties among eliminated players. For a skirmish out in the open, generals can lead their squads through a variety of outdoor fields that showcase divergent terrains and naturally wooded combat zones. Peppered with camouflaged bulwarks and improvised wooden forts, outdoor arenas encourage pigment slingers to utilize the protection of trees and bushes while invading un-scouted terrain or secretly redecorating enemy hideouts.
A still figure stands silently behind a few thin trees. When he sees someone emerging from a long, metal tube several yards away, he takes aim with his marker, squeezes the trigger, and watches a blot of brightly colored paint materialize on his friend's shoulder. Such friend-turned-foe scenarios play out daily at Urban Assault, a paintball facility whose outdoor battlefields in Cecil attract players from all around the area. In the outdoor arenas, the surrounding wooded landscape adds variety of terrain and barricade possibilities, letting staffers add touches such as metal crawl tubes and other strategic bits of architecture that paintballers have come to depend on for cover. The competitors engage in open play on six such outdoor fields, each with unique features. The brains behind Urban Assault also offer special rates to large groups, military veterans, and members of the CIA's finger-painting brigade.