Too Much Tag Nearly Killed Me…Let’s Do It Again!

Just kidding…there’s no such thing as too much tag. However, after returning from my most recent (and amazing) tag travels I have too many stories to write up all at once, so I’ll be gradually adding posts over the next few days. Let me just give you a quick overview of why I am so tired this week! On Thursday I woke up before the sun at 2:30 AM to get ready to leave for the airport to fly to Philadelphia and then make a connecting flight to Atlanta. As soon as I got into my car I looked down at my phone to see a notice that the Atlanta flight had been cancelled. But all I could do was press onward with faith and optimism that I would somehow end up where I needed to be and that happened tim

From Tiaras to Tactical Tag

What, doesn’t everyone dress like this when they’re going to play outdoor tactical laser tag, lol? I was in Corning, NY this weekend even though I had originally I had planned to be laser tagging on the other side of the country. But my plans changed for a very good reason…one of our local titleholders from the Miss Finger Lakes/Upstate New York program became Miss New York and will now be advancing to the Miss America Pageant! Congratulations Lauren! So, the homecoming/crowning of her local successor was planned for this weekend in Corning. When I was asked to be there to help and run the sound equipment for this celebration I knew that it was more important for me to be here so I cancelled

Playing in the League with “Game of Groans”

This past weekend a new league got underway in Syracuse and I am really looking forward to playing again. The teams did not start to assemble until we arrived for the first night because we weren’t certain until then whether we’d be playing with three-man or four-man teams, but my spirits were boosted when I saw a post online earlier that afternoon from T-Cow calling for “DIBS ON TIVIA” because it’s always nice to be wanted first for a team. Then once we got there, Axman and I decided to team up as well since we had very similar thoughts about how we hoped to see things go. The final addition was Saiyan Prince once we were told we’d go with teams of four. And that’s how we formed our new tea

Parker Lewis CAN Lose at Laser Tag (According to Corin Nemec)

Who besides me remembers a little bit of 90s television nostalgia called "Parker Lewis Can't Lose"? It was a show that aired from 1990-1993 starring Corin Nemec. Well, as the internet never forgets anything, there are still a couple of publicity pieces about this actor floating around that reference him "playing professional laser tag". This is a term that I vehemently dislike because there is no such thing as "professional laser tag". I challenge anyone to show me they are actually getting paid to play this game because that is what defines something as being "professional". Anything short of that is simply an "enthusiast". However, the claim was too interesting to ignore, so I had to check

Armageddon Day 4

By this point in the tournament we knew that the Force results were not going to change the order, so there was no particular pressure for anything to happen but fun with this system. So, it was back to Syracuse for the final day of Armageddon 2019. A few games of SM5 are way more tiring by Day 4, but we powered through. We started out with a win right out of the gate. That was a nice start to this system. However, the next game was a heartbreaker lost by the narrowest margin of only 300 points. Sigh... The tournament t-shirts had arrived by the end so we all took our souvenirs and got ready to go home and rest. I want to sincerely thank RNT for organizing this and Kelly for all her hard wor

Armageddon Day 3

Armageddon Day 3 took us to Ultrazone in Bensalem, PA and it was a little nostalgic, reminding me of the last time I was here with my AATB/Ascendance team. Sigh...good memories. Now I would hope to make more memories with a new team. This time when it came time to play it felt considerably different. As the only "Zone player" on our team this was the system I was to take more of a lead with, but for as many Zone sites as I have played I realized it has been quite a while since I've actually played the tournament format. So this was both a rare treat and a chance to rack my brain for something beyond "Elmo, Elmo, Elmo!" (shout out to RivalBlue, Diz, Razz, Threl and Bubblez with that one...mis

The Day I Deliberately Played No Laser Tag (aka Armageddon Day 2)

Yep, you read that right. And here’s why… Day two of Armageddon started for me at 3:00 AM when I set out for Syracuse to get on the bus that would take us to Lasertron in Rochester. Sigh...although I think this is a really impressive facility I can't say that competitive Tron has ever been my forte. That’s putting it mildly…it’s really my least favorite system in tournament competition. I understand the areas of laser tag that I'm good at, but I also recognize my weaknesses and competitive Tron is definitely one of them. Fortunately, I am on a team with some strong Lasertron players. And since I didn't sit out at all in yesterday's games (as we are fielding a nine person team, but can only p

Armageddon 2019 - Day 1

The first day of the Armageddon 2019 tournament took place beginning right here in my own backyard…that is to say at my own home site in Syracuse. However, it really feels like the whole thing is basically in my backyard because all the sites are relatively nearby in upstate New York in Pennsylvania locations where I have played many times before. This time I’m playing as part of Team Purple Nurple. Even though I’m really not wild about the team name, I am very happy to be playing with this awesome group of teammates. Day one of the event began with Q-Zar. Now, I’ll just put it upfront and say our team was the underdog today, so I’m not going to dwell on total results. I am going to say that

Do Colliding Photons Make a "Big Bang"?

With this year’s Armageddon tournament about to begin we’re all going to be out there playing a lot of Q-Zar, Storm, Lasertron, Zone, Laser Quest and Laserforce over the next few days. But something is missing from that list. Maybe “Bert” aka Brian Posehn from the Big Bang Theory can remind us about the granddaddy of them all with a scientific explanation… Thanks for reminding us that Photon came first and paved the way for all the laser tag we enjoy. And I’ll be sure to update you on the latest from Team Purple Nurple (and no, I did NOT choose that name) and all the rest. Best of luck everyone! Comments or Questions? Contact: Websites: www.tiviachicklovesla

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