Dark Armies Paintball and Lasertag Arena

Paintball Frequently Asked Questions

DARK ARMIES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I've never done this before, how’s it work?

How many players do I need?

What are your normal business hours?

Can I just walk-in and play anytime?

Does the paint wash out of clothes and hair?

What should I wear?

What’s the temperature like?

How much notice do you need to schedule a session?

How big of a group do I need?

I’ve played before, do I have to go thru training again?

What if I am late and miss training?

What are the advantages of playing indoors?

When I drive to 2525 N Shadeland ave (our address) I do not see you.

How many paintballs will I use?

Can our group just play by ourselves? Can we have a private session?

Does it hurt?

 


I've never done this before, how’s it work?
Session times are “scheduled” by our customers. DARK ARMIES will schedule a session during our normal business with as few as 4 players. We request you schedule at least the day before although sometimes we can gear up with shorter notice. Once a session is “scheduled”, other players may join that now “scheduled” session. Session “scheduled” outside our normal business hours require a minimum of 10 guaranteed players.


How many players do I need?
To start a session, we suggest you have at least 4 players. If no one else joins your time session, we can divide you into two teams and you will have a great time.

Less than 4 players will require you to join a already scheduled session because you need players to shoot.

To schedule outside our normal business hours requires a minimum of 10 guaranteed players.

To have a private session, requires a certain number of players based on graph below.


What are your normal business hours?
Daily 10am to 9pm. Sunday and holidays 12pm to 5pm.

During these times, DARK ARMIES is staffed with office personnel only (to take reservations, give tours, answer phone calls). We do not keep a full staff of game referees and trainers on the clock waiting for customers to walk-in. PLEASE CALL TO MAKE RESERVATION. Games times can be schedules 24 hours a day with some restrictions.


Can I just walk-in and play anytime?
Sessions are scheduled by our customers. Once sessions are scheduled; employees are then scheduled to work that session. DARK ARMIES DOES NOT KEEP STAFF ON DUTY AT ALL HOURS ON THE CHANCE A GROUP MAY WALK-IN (this would just be too cost prohibited). Although customers can walk-in to the open sessions, the customer first needs to find out when those sessions are scheduled. Reservations are strongly suggested to guarantee your position plus the session fee is less with that reservation.

There are times that our arena is a scheduled for cleaning and maintenance. There might be a private session scheduled. Lots of police department’s use our arena to train. Any of the before mention reasons plus the necessity to scheduling employees would make our arena unavailable for public play. Please reserve your time or at least call before driving over to our facility to play. Your reservation guarantees that the arena is available.


Does the paint wash out of clothes and hair?
Actually there is no paint in a paintball. It is filled with an edible (although nasty tasting) fill that will wash out of your clothes and hair.


What should I wear?
DARK ARMIES suggest you wear one layer dark long-sleeved and long pants. Tennis shoes work best on our cement floors. It is also suggest that all male players wear a protective athletic cup when ever play any form of paintball.


What’s the temperature like?
The entire 40,000 square feet is located indoors. It is located in the basement. It stays very comfortable…cool in the summer and warm in the winter. This gives us perfect playing temperature for one layer of clothing.


How much notice do you need to schedule a session?
To receive reserved pricing, we would like at least 24 hours notice. WE DO NOT SUGGEST YOU WAIT THAT LONG! Preferred times are better scheduled with as much notice as possible. We actually can gear up on shorter notice sometimes. Please be understanding if you attempt to schedule with less than 24 hrs notice.


How big of a group do I need?
To start a session during our normal business hours we suggest you have at least 4 players. With just 4, we can divide you into teams of two and it will be a great time. Four players could also join a previously scheduled session. If you have less than 4 players, you will have to join a session that is already scheduled.

To schedule a session before or after our business hours, require a minimum of 10 players.


I’ve played before; do I have to go thru training again?
Yes, our insurance carriers insist that everyone go thru training each time. Our employees go thru training before they are allowed to participate.


What if I am late and miss training?
It is very important that everyone go thru training. It would be unfair to the players that were on time to hold training. Everyone is asked to be in the facility 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Being late may cause you to not be admitted to the time session or if the extra personnel are available , an additional training session carries a $25 extra charge.


What are the advantages of playing indoors?
We are never canceled due to weather. Outdoor fields often flood. If it rains the night before your event, outdoor fields often cancel the session with very short notice. Even if it is not canceled the field is often very muddy.

You will always want to wear long pants and long sleeves when playing any paintball. Playing outdoors in 80 or 90 degree heat with longs sleeves and pants is not only uncomfortable but could be dangerous due to heat exhaustion.
We can play anytime…day or night. Most outdoor fields do not play after dark


When I drive to 2525 N Shadeland Ave (our address) I do not see you.
The address 2525 N Shadeland Ave is for the entire complex. It is rather large.

The best way to find us is to turn east at the light in front of the 2525 N. Shadeland Ave building This is the light right before the interstate bridge and is directly in front of the Bob Evans. Behind the Bob Evans is a Hampton Inn. Behind the Hampton Inn is a large parking lot of school buses. Turn left just after those buses. When you come in that way, you will see DARK ARMIES on the side of the building. Keep our number handy for last minute directions.

Still having trouble? Call us at 317-353-1987 or use the Google Map on our Location Page.


How many paintballs will I use?
This is a difficult question to answer. Players usually get 50 paintballs in their initial standard package. After 20 years of being in business, the statistics show that about half of the DARK ARMIES' players don't buy more paint. Obviously about half of them do.

Don't confuse or let a member of your party confuse DARK ARMIES with a typical outdoor facility. Paintball use is a very small percentage in the indoor DARK ARMIES facility when compared to a typical outdoor facility. Most outdoor facilities require a high volume of paintball use. In an outdoor facility, you see an opponent at further distances and often launch lots of paintballs to "reach" your opponent. Often players will hide in bunkers and behind trees and lots of paintballs are wasted while attempting to hold that opponent down or to get a lucky shot to hit. Add in the wind and tree limbs and you've used hundreds to thousands of paintballs before you know it.

DARK ARMIES is indoors and is black lit. You see a player and get a shot or two off to eliminate him or he disappears into one of the buildings and you're hunting him again...or now he will be hunting you!!!

The writer of this is not an avid player and always uses a semi-automatic upgrade and it is not uncommon for me to use over 1000 paintballs per hour in an outdoor facility. I've never used 200 in two hours in the DARK ARMIES facility.

Everyone is a little different. Players that use an upgraded gun tend to shoot more paint than the average but even then it is not thousands like in the outdoor facility.


Can our group just play by ourselves? Can we have a private session?
DARK ARMIES game times are generally scheduled by our customers at their convenince. To start a session, when there is not one already scheduled during our normal business hours would require a minimum of 6 players. Outside our normal business hours requires a minimum of 10 players. (normal business hours) Starting a new session means that at the time the reservation is taken that your group would be the first and only ones in the session at that point. If no other customers are interested in your game time, DARK ARMIES will still run the session with just your group. With this small of a reservation, DARK ARMIES DOES NOT GUARANTEE that the session will be private. A private session requires a minimum number of reservations explained below.

Private sessions are available. There is no extra charge for this service but does require a minimum number of guaranteed paid reservations at game time. These initial reservations are as follows:

 
SUN
MON
TUE
WED
THU
FRI
SAT
BEFORE 6PM
22
15
15
15
15
15
33
AFTER 6PM
22
22
22
22
22
22
33

Does it hurt?
It does sting when you get hit by a paintball. If it didn’t sting it would actually be less fun. We have been in business at this same location since 1990 (over 25 years), if we were injuring people we would not still be in business.

DARK ARMIES paintball guns are adjusted to be at the low velocity range. It will still sting but about 25% lower than most outdoor field’s velocity.