What’s the difference between laser tag, laser skirmish and laser combat?
Absolutely nothing! Our sport is relatively new and suffers from a bit of an identity crisis; in the United States and Canada, the activity is primarily described as “Laser Tag”. It”s known as “Laser Skirmish” in Australia, and “Laser Combat” in Europe and the UK. While the activity is known by many different names, it remains the same sport, simply labeled differently according to regional preferences. At Adventure Sports HQ, we believe the important thing is to spread awareness of the sport regardless of semantics. Laser tag, laser skirmish, laser combat; whatever you call it, the fact remains that it”s a revolutionary new form of entertainment that will continue to rapidly gain popularity around the world.
How long have you been in business?
Adventure Sports HQ has been building equipment since 2004. Some of our team members have been involved with laser tag for over 30 years!
Do you use real lasers?
Absolutely not! Harmless infrared light is sent back and forth between taggers via the same infrared emitters used in 90 percent of all remote controls, making Adventure Sports HQ laser tag/laser skirmish/laser combat as dangerous as changing the channel.
Can I play outdoors?
Yes, the range of Adventure Sports HQ’s equipment is well-suited for outdoor use. The taggers can shoot up to 2,000 feet at night! The quality and durability of the equipment allows battle in any type of outdoor event or environment. Whether indoors or outdoors, Adventure Sports HQ equipment is the perfect fit.
What do I wear?
We strongly encourage durable, long legged pants or clothing. Laser tag/laser skirmish/laser combat is played both indoors and outdoors in our corporate fields. Due to the nature of the sport, players tend to slide, crawl, jump and hide in all types of terrain and conditions. Players are advised to wear tennis shoes or boots when playing to protect their feet. Your field may reserve the right to deny players from participating in an event if their attire is not suitable for playing conditions.
How does the equipment work?
The equipment uses infrared light to emit a coded signal (beam), similar to the technology used by common TV remote controls. The signal is received by one of the four sensors and is processed through the onboard computer. Based on the data encoded in the signal, the tagger takes damage, replenishes ammo or performs any number of functions.
How do I hit someone?
Each tagger has its own tactical scope that is carefully aligned for maximum accuracy. Most taggers have a 40mm scope with a red dot in the middle for sighting. Some of the long-range taggers have powerful tactical telescopic scopes, allowing for accurate shots from hundreds of yards away.
How do I get eliminated from play?
Each player has health points, ranging from 1 to 999. Each time a player is shot by another tagger, they lose a certain number of health points. When a player reaches 0 health, they are eliminated from play and their tagger is automatically deactivated.
How can I tell if I have been hit?
The hit lights on your tagger will blink several times and the tagger will make a loud “Ouch!” sound. You will also see a hit indication on your tagger’s LCD.
How many people can play?
We recommend at least six players for an outing or game, but it really cranks up with ten or more people. Our equipment can accommodate games with up to 200 players at once, so the more the merrier!
What happens when I’ve lost all my hit points?
The tagger then goes into deactivation mode (DEAC) and the unit screams “Medic, Medic! Man down, Man down!” While your tagger is in DEAC mode, you can’t shoot or be shot. To rejoin the game, you must be reactivated, either by a team medic or by a referee, depending on the type of game being run.
How old do I have to be to play?
Most fields will only allow players that are eight years old and up due to safety and insurance liabilities. Please contact your local field for more information.
How is Adventure Sports HQ laser tag/laser skirmish/laser combat different from indoor laser tag?
Our game is completely different in play and strategy from traditional indoor laser tag. Indoor laser tag is geared more for players 6-14 year in age and is usually played in a small, confined black light facility with lots of music and pulsating light. Our games are usually played in much bigger areas similar to popular video games, such as Halo, Counterstrike, Call of Duty and others. Our equipment is very precise, requiring players to aim at their target. By focusing on team-based objectives instead of the individual scoring of traditional indoor laser tag, we provide a game that is far more challenging and entertaining.
How heavy are the taggers?
The taggers range from four pounds to nine pounds depending on the unit. Many of our taggers feature collapsible stocks for balance and comfortable use.
Do the taggers make noise?
Each tagger has both sci-fi noises and real modern day military sounds. Every time you shoot, reload, get hit or deactivate the tagger, a readily identifiable sound can be heard.
How long does a typical game last?
The typical length of a game is 20-30 minutes followed by a 5-10 minute break. Since we use light instead of consumable ammo, games can be started in seconds rather than minutes. This makes for a rapid and fun play style and environment.
What is a typical type of mission?
The typical mission is objective based. For example, a scenario might play out like this: the other team has captured one of your players and you need to rescue him/her. You might need to battle to a specific point and recapture your player or eliminate the opposing team to win the scenario. Either way, teams will have to outthink the opposition.
Do you have different types of missions?
Yes, we have over 20 types of missions to play. They range from rescue to escort to simple elimination runs.
Do I have to put down a deposit to book a party or event?
While this policy will vary from field to field, most sites will require a deposit to secure a booking. Contact your local field for more information.
What is Variable programmable game-play setting and features?
Variable program game play gives you the field owner the ability to control all the parameters of the game, mission or event. In this industry one wrong setting can mean the difference between success and failure. By having a fully digital program signal Adventure Sports HQ equipment allows you the flexibility to control every variable of the game while using a simple user-friendly interface that lets you program hundreds of taggers in seconds.
The following are a few of the features that can be programmed in a few short button presses:
- Zone ID
- Team ID
- Muzzle Flash
- Friendly Fire
- Life/ Health Points
- Unlimited Lips
- Rounds Per Clip
- Number of Clips
- Fire Selector Mode
- Time Between Reloads
- Damage Per Round
- Rate of Fire
- Hit Delay
- Barrel Overheat
- Death Delay
- Game Length in Minutes
- Many, Many, Others
The above features all allow you to customize every game to your personal preferences. Every mission will have different settings and parameters. When you find your favorite settings sweet spots all you have to do is use save setting and it will stay permanently in memory till you go in and change it. Our system is so advanced that you can even save multiple game settings in the tagger concurrently allowing you to have several favorite game modes stored up at one time. This is the number one area potential field owners make purchasing errors. Find out what the system can truly do or what is cant do as many manufacturers? cases may be.
Beware wolves in sheep’s clothing that woo you with marketing and videos sell you gear and forget they ever did business with you. Those companies exist and strike on a daily basis. Our equipment is so advanced we can program 100 taggers fully in less than 2 minutes!
Where do we play Adventure Sports HQ laser tag/laser skirmish/laser combat?
See our worldwide sites list.
What are Variable-range tagger settings?
Variable range simply means is that you can dial up the distance that you can shoot or dial it up if you need more range. This is critical. With other companies you cannot change the range of their equipment without adding some cumbersome add on piece that falls off constantly and has to be tracked. Adventure Sports HQ equipment deals with range change in the software. We can be full range outdoors one second and be indoors with no bounce shooting fifty feet in the other. This is another reason why everyone purchases our equipment. It is truly adaptable and what you see is all you get, like other manufacturers.
What is true indoor play so you can have real close quarter combat?
Adventure Sports HQ taggers can truly play indoors without any infrared bounce. Yes we mean zero. The other manufacturers beam can’t change the strength so they are always at full power. Meaning when indoors they take a beam meant for 500 feet in bright sunlight and fire it indoors. The beam ricochets everywhere and you experience bounce. Bounce destroys any indoor games or any potential for close quarter combat. We met this challenge head on and whipped it for our field owners. Needless to say it has been a total win-win for our company.
What is IFF: Friend of Foe detection system?
Friendly fire turned off means a player on the same tam cannot hit their team-mates. This is very important in tight close battles and younger players mixed with older players. This is the biggest complaint in Laser tag / Laser Skirmish / Laser Combat. This is the number one reason to buy our equipment. We are the only equipment in the world that can turn friendly fire on/off.
What is Tagger Cloning?
Tagger cloning is a unique feature offered by Adventure Sports HQ in its equipment. It allows any tagger to be used with a master key to edit and change settings and clone other taggers. This is also another feature that is worth buying the system by itself. Most equipment requires feature changes to be done at the individual tagger level by inserting a key and going though each system setting manually. These take lots of time and even more makes your players irritated. All data is transmitted over the infrared link so no cables are required. The cloning function is also used to assign Team IDs and to synchronize the global parameters on each tagger.
What is True-near miss digital detection system?
Near miss detection system separates the wannabe system from true professional systems. A near miss is when a player is close enough to be in proximity of hitting a player. It allows the player to experience as close to the actual combat experience without real bullets. The rush of moving across and area and know that you were a half step from buying the farm is priceless. This truly makes the experience realistic and life like. Any system that has to explain why it doesn’t have near miss technology simply doesn’t possess the technology to do so. Put plainly all major military simulation systems have near miss technology so why should yours not have it. Players love it. It is a must have!
What is Dual Zone Concurrent Game Play?
Dual zone game play simply means playing 2 battlefields simultaneously within close proximity. Unlike paintball and other sports laser taggers uses light not a true projectile. Light travels very far and ultra fast. In the past field owners had to put great distances between fields or erect a very costly fully enclosed wall system to block the light. At present Adventure Sports HQ is the only manufacturer who has this unique dual zone technology. At Adventure Sports HQ we realize that space is money. Many events such as fairs and indoor arenas don’t offer huge areas to play. Without this technology field owners leave thousands on the table every day. If the system does not have dual field capability you should think long and hard. A few dollars saved will cost you thousands in the very near future.
What is Full Self-diagnostic System?
An internal self-diagnostic system is a must for new advanced systems. A self-diagnostic system checks everything internally and tells you whether the equipment is full functional or not. Most equipment on the market today does not have a self-diagnostic system. Usually it is a player telling you his gun doesn?t fire after playing with it for an hour. Generating a refund or a very unhappy player that tells everyone how bad your equipment is. Adventure Sports equipment has a complete self-diagnostic system telling you what does and doesn?t work saving you hours of troubleshooting and thousands of dollars of lost potential revenue from upset players.
What is Dual Color Software Enabled Muzzle Flash?
This feature allows each individual teams to fire a separate muzzle flash color. The muzzle flash is what a player see when a player is firing a tagger at them. This actually gives you the ability to have night or low light level games. It allows players to see if they are being attacked by the other team. It also if fully software programmable and only can be switched by cloning or a marshal switching his team color. A player does not have the ability to switch his own team color. This is another small benefit of a truly digital tagger. This is a small example how Adventure Sports laser games makes it field owners head and tails over their closest competition. Little differences add up and are one of the many keys to your field success!
What is Independent Tagger Scoring?
Independent tagger scoring is a unique feature in Adventure Sports laser game equipment that allows you to see who hit or near missed you last. At the end of a game it gives you several parameters to see how well you played. Several of the parameters are how many times and who hit you. How much medical, ammo, flag stations and time extensions you used during the games. How many rounds you fired and how long you were in the game to name just a few. This is important because it lets your player have feedback on the game they just played. Maybe their friend had the handle Rambo and lets him see how many times he was hit by Rambo and allowing him to look on his friend?s tagger to see how many time he paid him back!
What is a Built in LCD Battery Meter With Low Power Audio Alarm?
It is easy to ensure that 10 or even 15 taggers are charged but when you have 30 or more tagger charging is your biggest headache. Adventure Sports equipment has a build in batter meter what allow you within a few seconds to visually check on the taggers LCD screen the batteries health and life. If a tagger is running critically low on power the tagger will begin to beep to get a marshals attention for a battery charge or a player equipment swap out. This is very important because the nature of this equipment on low battery power is very fickle. Generally only seasoned operators can notice the symptoms of a low battery on older equipment. When batteries start to die sensor can take self-hits and players can play many games without realizing that their tagger cannot hit another opponent or there range has dwindled significantly. This alone has caused many players to not return and rebook or play again. Clearly another reason why it is important for field owners to make the right purchase decision
What is True Digital Referee Master Control Tagger?
The referee master controller is a must have for any system. If the system you are looking at purchasing does not offer it, walk away fast. The master controller is both a safety device and a referee control utility. This master controller device enables a referee to reset any setting in the touch of the button. It has the awesome ability to reset players, pause players, deactivate players, restore ammunition, and check sensors all during play. This device even has the range of a normal tagger allowing you to use fewer marshals on your battlefield allowing a higher profit margin. In safety situations you can deactivate a player before he gets into that dangerous situation. Our referee master control tagger even gives you the ability to download scores from individual taggers and print them through a small portable computer or printer. This is one of the main advantages of a truly digital system. One piece of equipment that has the power to increase profitability, player satisfaction and give you total control over your battlefield, all within a few button presses. Priceless!