Thursday, April 13, 2006
Monday, April 3, 2006
originally published in the April 2006 issue of Action Pursuit Games
I crouched quietly behind a series of fallen trees, watching patiently as the enemy players moved into positions at the bottom of the hill. I gripped my Tippmann A5 tightly and looked across to see my teammates in similar positions. We knew the woods like the back of our hand; every bunker was mapped out and all the angles were covered. We were in the position to strike.
We stood up and began to fire. Paintballs came down on the enemy like torrential rain. The sounds of our A5s were like the thunder of the storm. Markers and hands rose up out of bunkers and players walked off the field. At the end, we were left standing and no opposition remained. The "Tippinators" were victorious.
Nestled in the picturesque countryside near Halifax, Canada, a battle-worn speedball field rests peacefully in the early morning shadows of towering elm trees and native oaks. The stained inflatable bunkers and trampled grass of Mersey Road Paintball projects a striking visual contrast to the serene backdrop of the untainted Nova Scotia landscape; yet, the speedball field somehow seems perfectly suited to exist alongside some of Mother Nature's finest work.