Clearing an indoor room alone

When good laser tag strategy tells you to do bad things…

At some point in playing you’ll occasionally find yourself without allies an in a situation where you’ll need to walk into a room you’re pretty certain is filled with enemies and try to be all Matrix-like and take them all out. This is an incredibly difficult tactic to accomplish and you’re literally choosing to walk into an ambush. Let’s start with some of the reasons that you might want to do this: (hint: if you can avoid it, good laser tag strategy says you probably should!) Continue reading

How to aim better, or: “I’m not hitting anything!”

If you’re regularly missing folks that you’re aiming at on the field then there’s one easy answer to your problems: you need to use the scope. All of the laser tag guns on our field have a real red-dot scope. All you need to do to hit someone is look through the scope, put the dot on your opponent, and press the trigger. Now, that said, there are a few small tricks you can use to really drive your accuracy up. Continue reading

Video games, paintball, airsoft, and laser tag: Improving your game.

Not everything works both ways and today we’d like to give you a great example. Laser tag is a great choice if you want to improve your play in other areas, but what helps you improve your tactical laser tag skills? Continue reading

What’s the best gear I can buy? What does an advanced kit look like?

I’d like to get this out of the way right off the bat: nothing you can buy will improve your tactical laser tag game. There’s a few things you can buy that will help make playing your best at laser tag easier, but nothing will, by itself, make you a better player.

…but again, there are a few things that will help you show off your best laser tag game with less effort and in more circumstances. In roughly the order that I would prioritize them, the items below can be really helpful. Continue reading

Work together and win!

I don’t think that anyone ever thinks that trying to fight your way across the battlefield alone is the best of all options, yet most people wander across the laser tag field with little to no coordination with their teammates, especially after the first 5 minutes when everyone has died once or twice. Why is this? Well, frankly, it’s a tough skill to learn. Fortunately, though, it is a basic skill, so no matter your skill level you can always work on it. Continue reading

What’s the difference between “strategy” and “tactics?”

Strategy and tactics are often used interchangeably, which is actually an error. Although they are related, they do refer to different things.

Strategy is the approach taken overall in a battle. Strategies include rushing, turtling and camping, multi-prong attacks, etc. A strategy is the general approach to a conflict and while it may dictate what individuals on the battlefield will do it doesn’t, as a rule, tell them how to do it.

Tactics, on the other hand, are the specific actions you take on the field as an individual or as a small group to achieve the goals of the overall strategy. Will you use a pin and flank maneuver or two separate attacks? What pieces of cover will you choose to hide behind? How do you use that cover and, if necessary, leave it? What roles will the people on your team fill? When five opponents come barreling down the trail how will you ambush them? These are all tactical considerations and are generally solved on the fly, usually with the training or skills that the individuals involved have learned.

So in general, strategies are how you win the battle and tactics are how you solve the problems that you run into while executing the strategy. Which is more important? Well, both, really. I’m fond of saying, “a bad strategy executed perfectly will usually beat a perfect strategy executed badly.” In general a good strategy will help you win but tactics will keep you alive on the path to victory. They both rely on each other quite a bit.