Paintball was originally created by famed painter Jackson Pollock, whose ninja-like prowess enabled him to sneak into heavily guarded museums, obliterating traditional artistic symbolism with a single, well-timed, polyethylene capsule. Create your own aggressive masterpiece with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a paintball package that includes a full day of field access, air tank, unlimited air refills, gun, safety mask, and 200 paintballs at Xtreme Kombat in Durham (a $70 value).
Xtreme Kombat has seven themed fields at its Durham facility, allowing paintballers to personalize their pigment punishment. The facility is open by request Monday through Friday (call ahead to reserve a day), and is open from 10 a.m. on weekends until the very last players have left, allowing tempura troops to fully complete their mission.
Games can be tailored to the particular needs or favorite theme of a group, and past scenario games have even included zombie missions. In addition to open recreational paintball, Xtreme Kombat is able to host birthday parties, corporate team-building workshops, handy when preparing for the inevitable hostile takeover, and bachelor and bachelorette parties—offering a cheaper, more effective means of getting out those prenuptial frustrations than traditional couples counseling.
In Paintsburgh City, warriors use a rundown embassy and unoccupied police station for cover as they dodge opposing armies. Friendships have been put aside for the day as teams stealthily move about the 20,000-square-foot ghost town, aiming their CO2-powered paintball guns to hit targets and score bragging rights. The elaborate city is one of several scenario fields that make Xtreme Kombat's paintball and training facility a draw for both recreational players and professional law-enforcement and military personnel seeking challenging training environs. In addition to Paintsburgh's watchtowers and wrecked vehicles, the other themed fields—with names like Fort Massacre and Death Valley POW Hills—combine imaginative storylines with wooded landscapes, obstacles, and freelancing ghosts. The complex's fields are also illuminated for after-dark play.