Laser Tag for Newbies: Tips, Tricks, and Strategies
Laser Tag Is for Everyone
Laser Tag can be such a rush, and yet so many people—particularly adults who work 9 to 5 jobs like myself—initially resist it. Fear of the unknown has to be one of the reasons, and yet once you're in the dark, it can actually be quite a cool experience. So here's my guide for those of you considering playing Laser Tag (or those of you forced to play due to corporate pressure as I initially was).
Colors and Layers: What to Wear for Laser Tag
- Wear dark-colored clothes. Light colors will make you stand out and turn you into an easier target. (Hopefully, your dandruff won't show up as tiny little flakes in the UV lights!)
- Wear comfortable shoes. Ladies, that means no sandals and definitely no heels! Sneakers are your best bet, although boots will also work well, especially if they are dark colors.
- Dress in layers. This is important if you are like me and feel like you're in the Arctic when you walk past the frozen meats section at the grocery store. The laser tag arena can be cold initially, but it does get VERY hot as you start running (oops—did I say running; I meant walking) around. Those of you who naturally have good insulation can skip this step.
- Hydrate! You will sweat a lot, and the last thing you need is to fall over or feel ill in the middle of a game. Drink water before you go and bring a bottle of water with you if you have one.
- Please wear deodorant! This is the most important tip, especially for the guys. Did I mention you will sweat? Because you will.
Laser Tag Strategies: Defensive Techniques
- Learn the layout quickly. It helps to know the spots that offer a good vantage point but also give you some cover at the same time. Remember, though: Safe can be boring. So if you haven't really seen anyone after 30 seconds, MOVE!
- Upper levels are good for shooting down at unsuspecting questers. Again, this can get boring after a while, but I find it's a good way for me to catch my breath for a minute. Full disclosure: I do not exercise, so I am not the fittest person on Earth.
- Walk like a crab, i.e. sideways. It should give you the greatest protection. Don't forget to keep moving. Just standing in one place looking around is a sure way to get tagged by more experienced players.
- If you see someone taking aim and you cannot duck, try to turn sideways. They have less of a chance of hitting your sensors if you are not facing them full on.
Shoot to Win: Tips on Attacking
- This is mean—this is REALLY mean—but sometimes desperate situations call for desperate measures. If you think you suck and are out with your co-workers or, worse, your boss and co-workers, and you do not want to be publicly embarrassed by a low score, go after little kids. They are your salvation. Did I mention this is really mean?
- I've found that rapidly firing in the general direction of someone's sensors is better than taking the time to aim perfectly. I don't think it matters.
- Try to hold and shoot your laser gun like they shoot machine guns in the movies, turning sideways so your face is turned to your left or right shoulder and aiming in that direction. This makes you feel like you're in an action movie. It also makes you less of a target while giving you better aim. It's a win-win.
Finally: Have fun! Sure, you could win tons of points by just crouching in a corner or going after little kids, but the thrill you get from tagging a more worthy opponent (like the last game's high scorer) or an annoying coworker is far more satisfying. For when the one great Scorer comes for us all, young grasshopper, he writes not whether you won or lost, but how you played the game.