International Laser Tag Day

Tonight I enjoyed playing laser tag on International Laser Tag Day with a group of French foreign exchange students in Albany...truly international! Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the opening of the first Photon center near Dallas, TX. The credit goes to George Carter III, inventor of Photon, for creating the original game from which the laser tag industry evolved. Stay tuned to this blog for an upcoming interview with the father of Photon as George Carter talks with me about his latest laser tag innovation. But in the meantime... Happy International Laser Tag Day! Comments or questions? Contact: tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonf

Tournament Time!

The final stop on my weekend journey was Laserforce at Jungle Rapids in Wilmington, NC and (spoiler alert) it ended with me taking first place in the tournament taking place that evening! :) My time here started with some exploration of their site. When I arrived I explained that I was visiting from out of state and Donna at the front counter remembered me calling ahead a couple of weeks ago to book my spot in the tournament. She said "oh, you're the one who I spoke to from New York" and the entire staff really went above and beyond to make my visit pleasant. They honored my Laserforce membership card from Syracuse to get me the member pricing discounts on some tag rounds for practice. And K

Planet Fun

Sometimes timing my visits out is tricky. While I try to play during the afternoon and evening to ensure there will be plenty of other players, sometimes that isn't possible. So when I rolled into Planet Fun in Shallotte, NC first thing in the morning they had barely opened and I was the first and only customer at that hour. When I explained that I was a laser tag blogger just passing through and that I'd be happy if I could just do a one on one with an employee in order to experience their arena Leah was very helpful. She said Chance was in the laser tag area, however he turned down the opportunity to play against me, so Leah stepped in. She said she doesn't usually run laser tag so she's l

Top Score Ever? (at least here)

I want to thank Wonderworks in Myrtle Beach, SC for being very accommodating to me when I explained to them that I am a blogger only here to play some laser tag. Kayla walked me upstairs to the arena. At this Wonderworks they run Lasertron solo free for all. It was clearly a popular attraction with a long line waiting to get into a game. While standing in line I watched the monitor and saw their high scores of the day. I always use that as my minimum goal whenever I play Tron and so I was surprised to see that all I would have to beat was 2370 for top score of the day. Now, the game was only five minutes and there were no bases, so scoring was a bit different. However inside of that five mi

Tag Fails

I'll take responsibility for not vetting these sites better, but all indications were that I'd be able to play two more centers in the area. Unfortunately that wasn't the case here. Although there were a couple of red flags I took the still active website for Surfs Up at face value when I read "now reopened". They were in actuality "now shut down." When I dug a little deeper I understood and was skeptical that the second location would be closed as well. From the outside on a Saturday afternoon it sure looked like Extreme Laser Tag was under the same management and they appeared closed too. Now their Facebook shows activity as recently as January and I did not actually check to see if the pl

Playing Zone at The Fun Warehouse

I made a deliberate point to visit the Fun Warehouse in Myrtle Beach mostly because of their name. It's ironic because my local Force center back home is also called the Fun Warehouse. This place was full of people when I walked through the door. Everything about this center was top notch and impressive. They have lots of other activities from skating to go carts in a really fun atmosphere. Although to my mind the best part was finding couches in the back right next to the laser tag entrance. :) At this center they run Zone Rift (with vest that work very well with good, visible beams) in a nice two level arena with gears as their theme. An employee named Jay noticed my Photon hat and started

Frames N Games was a (Hyper) Blast!

Frames n Games in Pooler, GA was also a combo of bowling, arcade and laser tag with a grille, but when I walked in the loud music and flashing lights gave off a completely different vibe. This was more like walking into a club and it was packed with people. While waiting for my game of tag I killed some time with a 5D movie. That was a little trippy with a space adventure happening in 3D as the chairs moved and wind blows in your face. It also gave me a chance to rest and recharge before playing as this was my fifth arena in one day! So back to tag. I ended up playing with a really fun group. While waiting to get into a game I chatted with one guy from Chicago who goes to school in Seattle a

The Clubhouse

The Clubhouse in Statesboro, GA is an impressive sports bar, family center, bowling, mini golf and laser tag facility...a real showpiece facility. This is how you do amusements for all ages. They run Rift. I could tell I was tired from my travels because my game was not as sharp as usual. I won, but it was not my best showing and I knew I could feel that I was starting to drag. However it was a fun round in an arena with a nice use of the space. Mild gripe about the aesthetic...these walls are everywhere! I see them in so many arenas it's ridiculous. I would so much rather play somewhere with a more creative theme like they had on the outside of the arena. These walls are just so played out

Star Castle

This was one of the strangest games of Tron I've ever played. I visited Star Castle in Savannah, GA. As you can imaging there was a heavily implemented castle theme. They even have a dragon. There was a castle outline painted on walls around the typical tube structure of a Tron arena. A couple of bridges gave a tiny bit of height. Then there was a recharge station that only activated after you stood in front for about 3 seconds...that seemed like way too long a lag to re-activate. There were no older players so they sent me in with a group of kids so obviously I did not play hard at all. Actually, what I did was call out multiple times "be careful, your shoelaces are untied" because they ALL

Jumping Jacks Staff Rocks!

Although this is predominantly a kids center, I had a great time tagging with the staff of Jumping Jacks in Savannah, GA. When I first walked in it was a little quiet, which ended up being ideal for me to get a better game with the staff. Kendria took me back to the arena where Anton said he was training a new employee so the timing was perfect. I sat in the briefing room getting amped up by the familiar audio rack while waiting for a game with Anton and Konner, Annalynn and me with Deliah acting as gamemaster. The arena was small, but appropriate to their typical clientele. It was well designed for its size. Considering it was just the four of us it was a pretty good game! The guys fought h

Tagging the Rest of the East Coast Starting with Florida

I started my southern state tag excursion on the opposite end of the east coast about 1000 miles from home. This trip will allow me to play in four states. After flying into Florida on Friday morning my first stop was to Adventure Landing in Jacksonville, FL. This is a medium sized arena where they operate Laser Runner as one feature of a nice park with mini golf and go carts. It's a two level arena and by far the nicest arena I've seen for Laser Runner. It was decked out (pun intended) with a pirate's quest theme. This was really more of a kids place, however it was the only site in the area. It's ok, I figured as much when I saw that it was Runner. So I played it really lightly just enjoyi

Tag Swag...and Some In Progress

A quieter night, but still worth the trip to tag in order to make some headway on a project I have in the works. I'm in the process of designing some custom laser tag themed fabric and I needed a model for the player silhouettes, so shout out to Nate for helping me with a few pics between games to give me profile shots to work from that will accurately depict a player in the game. For all the photos I take I realized most of mine look like Charlie's Angels rather than what you might look like while actually playing laser tag. Why am I doing this? Well, I credit Katt for getting my gears spinning. She's my LLR rep and a couple months back she wrote me a note saying "now we just need some lase

SM5 or...

I am tempering my public opinions about playing SM5 nights and editing this post. Let's just put it this way... If it's after 9PM on a Sunday and I have to work the next day I am smart enough to know that my time may be better spent not picking up this "Gecko"... ...but staying home and chilling with this gecko instead. As D- would say "Dig it if you can"...and if you've been to one of these nights I'm pretty sure you get it. ;) Comments or questions? Contact: tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonforever.com Blog: tiviachickloveslasertag.blogspot.com

Memberships...GO!!!

For months I have been looking forward to ZG having their new membership system up and running and I'm pleased to say that (other than employee test memberships) I got the first active public membership last night and it was definitely worth the wait. Although I technically have similar cards from three other Zone sites, they were tournament tick cards so I haven't had an active site membership for Zone since back in my first days of playing. Although to some people it might not mean more than having a personal code name on the screen (and right on the phaser too), for me it's really cool to see some stats on my playing, which will be more valuable to know as I play more and more with my car

Birthday Tag

Because I had a commitment to help run sound for an event in Clifton Park last night I thought that celebrating my birthday was going to have to be postponed, but instead I had a great time visiting the smaller laser tag center in the Albany area that I hardly ever get to because I'm usually at ZG when I do get out to the Capital Region. But since Spare Time was so close by my friend Stephanie and I decided to check it out. To be honest, the fact that they had food was also a determining factor...quesadillas and lava cake were the PERFECT birthday treats. Steph had not played laser tag in a very long time, so it was kind of like a first for her. This center runs Zone using Rift so we went in

Freedom Leggings with a Half Hour To Spare

To me this pair of leggings represents my freedom to choose my place in the laser tag community without pressure to play in any particular spot. Sound a little bizarre? Welcome to how my mind works. :) Let's review what has happened recently and maybe that will make more sense... Since December I have been playing tag somewhere every week as usual, even though I have not kept up very well with my blogging. I have most often been frequenting Zone sites in both Syracuse and Albany, checking out new places (like my excursion to the little center in Ithaca) and planning my next big laser tag trips...I kid you not, had it not been Spring break I was seriously about to hop on a plane to North Caro

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