INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hit shows, based on a prophesized “zombie apocalypse,” now abound across major TV networks. But another group geared up on March 23rd to battle it out during a mock version of the end of days. White River Paintball, one of the largest paintball facilities in the country, played host to hundreds of paintball players last weekend during their annual Modern Warrior Aftermath paintball “scenario event.” Set on over 100 acres in the Indianapolis metro area, White River Paintball’s facility features a multitude of paintball props, scenes and “fields” ranging from an entire city with two-story towers to military trucks and ambulances to a real Sikorsky helicopter that saw action in Vietnam.
“Players come from all over the Midwest – and even farther sometimes – to play in our ‘scenario’ paintball events,” explains “scenario master” Darren Heil. “Players camp all weekend, play paintball, enjoy the camaraderie and live out their dreams of being Rambo. It’s not just for serious paintball players – we have average Joes out here and we even have players as young as 10 playing in this event. These events aren’t just for ‘hard-core’ paintball players, but kids too. We keep it safe and fun for everyone.”
Though some may view paintball events like these as re-enactments, Heil stresses that the outcome is not very important so long as everyone has a good time. “The theme for this event is based on a futuristic apocalypse of sorts, but it really only provides the framework for the event. As the organizer, we keep the game safe and fair. But, in the end, players on both the winning and losing side end up having a blast. That’s what it’s all about for us.”
Players do indeed travel from all over, with some driving over 10 hours from Minnesota to attend this event located in the heartland of the Midwest. When asking players whether they felt the event prepared them for a coming “zombie apocalypse,” most laughed and said that paintball simply gave them a great opportunity to release stress from their everyday life. Apparently, preparing for the “future” zombie apocalypse is more fun than most people thought.
White River Paintball holds three scenario paintball events each year, with the next event (based on the beach landings of Normandy during World War II) scheduled for July, 2013. More casual paintball players can partake in “open play” games held every weekend, or groups of 10 or more can come out to play privately at the facility any day of the week.
White River Paintball is open year round with packages starting at $32 per player, including full equipment rental. More information on all of White River Paintball’s paintball activities can be found at http://www.whiteriverpaintball.com/. You can also visit their Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.