Hearing a cacophony of three-shots burst into the air but unable to see where it's coming from, a player decides to force his foes to reveal their positions by waiting patiently in the roots of an uprooted tree. Such natural cover lies throughout the backwoods field at Valley City Paintball, where combatants traverse terrain from wooded hills to a creek bed to stacks of fallen timber. The referees maintain safe conditions for all levels of players, showing guests a safety video and leading a field briefing before supervising games such as Defend the Tree and two-team Card Collector with re-spawn. Overseen by veteran Brian Gunkelman––who served four years in the 82nd Airborne and currently continues service through the Ohio Air National Guard––Valley City's team members allow up to 28 players on the field at a time. They also encourage visitors to take advantage of the natural cover, whether by wearing ghillie suits or painting a watercolor still life during the thick of battle.
At Synergy Woods, visitors can take their fun in two forms: vertical and horizontal. The former refers to the epicenter and highest point of the property, the Summit. Towering 50 feet in the air, this ropes course might be best described as an upright obstacle course, complete with three stories' worth of planks, bridges, and beams to traverse. A 600-foot zipline tethers the Summit to Synergy Woods' horizontal elements—five paintball fields. Spread across 35 acres, the fields host marker-wielding marauders as they storm wooden structures, crawl across grassy clearings, and tiptoe through wooded areas filled with manmade obstacles, including fences and enemy fighters holding very still.
Spools can do more than just hold long lengths of rope or wire. Stacked atop each other and scattered around the field at Battlegrounds Paintball, players duck behind the giant spools to avoid getting splattered or keep the opponent in their sights. It's just one of the settings where guests wage colorful warfare on one another here: in the urban scenario field, players run up and down a bi-level bunker, another perfect spot for hiding or stopping to disguise themselves with a false mustache.
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Your hands wrap around the grip of a Tippmann marker. Multicolored spheres fly past you, spattering the trees and cutting air inches from your mask. Through the foliage, you can see half a plane buried nose-first in a clearing, one of many obstacles concealing potential foes. At SplatterPark, this good-natured combat sprawls across the adrenaline-soaked turf of 12 outdoor fields and 40 wooded and open acres adjacent to a lake.
Warriors battle through capture-the-flag, base-defense, and other scenarios in themed arenas with adventurous names including Fort Buckeye, Snake Pit, and Dark Forest. Each field is suited to at least three types of play, but only the regular type of physics, and shouts of camaraderie echo off paint-flecked cover such as a broken-down school bus and a wooden-slat fort. SplatterPark also offers zombie-themed hayride shoots, in which a trailer is custom-fitted with 32 paintball guns, allowing participants to shoot live zombie targets. Prior to the hunt, visitors can test their skills on a target range.
The arena's surreal terrain was featured in the intense combat of Greg Hastings' Tournament Paintball, a video game from Activision, but the real park caters to players of all abilities and ages. At an onsite café, hot dogs and energy drinks refuel warriors and allow them to tell if their nemeses are actually target dummies with no appetite.