Paintball Gold Coast
Paintball Gold Coast is a terrific outdoor adventure activity that you may find challenging on both a mental and physical level.
The basic game of Paintball, also known as Skirmish, consists of two opposing teams, each with the objective of capturing the other's flag and returning to home base, while at the same time protecting their own flag.
Various game scenarios may be played in the 2-hour session time. These include 'Blow the Bridge', 'Defence of the Forts' and 'Terminator', and depending upon the number and expertise of players, each game generally lasts for 20-30 minutes.
You'll find it exhilarating matching your wits and skills against the opposing team, in an effort to win the game and declare victory.
In some versions of the game, players are eliminated once they are visibly marked by a ball. Under the Gold Coast paintball rules, however, you simply call 'hit'; raise your marker above your head; move back 30 paces; then continue to play.
This means you don't miss out on any action during the relatively short playing session.
The action happens in an outdoor recreation area in the Gold Coast Hinterland, with lots of trees, dense undergrowth and waterways - which become very important to you as you dart, dodge and duck from the enemy!
The battlefield' is a terrific set-up, with forts, villages and bridges dotting the landscape to make your manouevres more interesting.
They even have real army tanks, a combat helicopter, and military vehicles (sourced through the Gold Coast War Museum, owned by the same proprietor), to make the action as realistic as possible!
All equipment is provided by Skirmish HQ and includes the marker (your gas-powered paintgun), goggles for eye protection, and paintballs - which is actually a bit of a misnomer...
Paintballs are actually gelatin capsules containing liquid vegetable food colouring. They're non-toxic, water-soluble and biodegradable, so not only cause no harm to the environment, but are easily washed from clothing.
So who can play?
Individuals or small groups (aged 15 years and over) will be assigned to a team ... or you can put together a group of 20 or more and arrange your own private session.
This adventure activity is relatively competitive and, depending on what you're wearing and where you're hit, a ball can hurt for a few seconds after hitting your body.
It may even cause bruising and for these reasons, the larger percentage of players tends to be male.
However, females are more than welcome to join in, and more than hold their own in this game.
The equipment and rules will be explained to all players, and you'll be briefed with your mission and given time to prepare tactics before the start of play.
Referees follow the action closely to check that rules are being followed.
You'll find Gold Coast paintball to be an adrenaline-boosting game and great outdoor exercise. It will provide a good work-out, and is just a fun adventure activity to do with your mates...
and if you've got enough 'petrol in your tank' when the playing session is over, you can relax with the rest of your team at the local pub and reflect on the action of the day!
Or, if you'd like to play a similar game without paintballs, you may wish to check out laser skirmish, which uses harmless, infrared laser beams and electronically records body 'hits'.
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