Sunday, November 8, 2020

Raising Funds and Awareness Through Laser Tag

The very first Tag 4 A Cause Laser Tag 5K Challenge supporting the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research will continue to be an opportunity for fitness and fundraising through laser tag during the entire month of November! It got off to a great start and I was able to complete my personal 5K challenge while hosting an event with thanks to Apex Entertainment in Albany, NY.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and that made this a timely opportunity to encourage others to help make a difference by donating to the cause while pledging to laser tag the equivalent of 5K (or 3.1 miles) by tracking their own cumulative distance over the course of several games of laser tag. How many games would it take for me to get to 5K? We would soon find out! Wearing s purple ribbon on my laser tag pack I was ready to begin the challenge.

And I wasn’t alone in taking on this challenge. Although the games to complete the challenge would be played with public groups throughout a busy Saturday afternoon, I was met right at the start of the day by TJH (from the alternative punk band “Straight Edge Punks”) who was the first player to join me in taking on his own laser tag 5K challenge. Props to him for being the first!

We tracked our steps together through several games as I measured my own personal distance on my Fitbit (although you can use any fitness tracker or phone app as a pedometer) and within only three games we had hit the first milestone mark getting to 1K.


Various groups played throughout the day as the challenge continued.

This provided an excellent opportunity for raising awareness. Prior to each game I was able to let the players know that this is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and to symbolize this everyone was offered a free purple ribbon. They were also welcome to take a glow in the dark TiviachickLovesLaserTag.com wristband.


Games continued and before long I had hit the 2K mark.

And each step of the way I was live blogging and posting updates and awareness via social media. I shared my personal reasons for supporting this particular cause. My big brother, Guy, passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2012. I kept his photo on display so that people would know that this day I was there to laser tag in memory of my brother.


Every step of the way we got closer to the goal, keeping track of the cumulative distance on a display board in the lobby.

Closer and closer…

…arriving at the 4K mark playing alongside this group.

And a couple of games later I completed the challenge as I hit the 5K goal!




However, with a couple of hours remaining in the day I decided to see how much further I could go. As another member of the S.E.P. group joined the Tag 4 A Cause challenge a bit later in the day we had to keep it going so that he could reach his goal as well. After all, pledging to laser tag 5K and donating to the cause is how you earn one of these victory medals!


By the time the arena was ready to close I had completed 15 games and come within .03 miles of hitting the 7K mark…so close!!!! So even though the night was over I asked the game marshal to run one more partial game for the three of us who were still there, just to play long enough to cover that tiny bit of distance. So the 16th game only last a couple of minutes, but put me over the 7K mark and getting these two guys to the completion of their challenge goals as well.


This was an amazing opportunity to bring some attention to the pancreatic cancer research. One of the reasons that I selected the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research as the recipient of support from Tag 4 A Cause is because their website proudly affirms that “Thanks to separate funding to support administrative expenses, 100 percent of every donation goes directly to research.” (lustgarten.org)

And for the entire month of November I will continue to host the challenge online for anyone to complete in ANY laser tag arena on their own. Want to get involved and help make a difference during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month? Here’s how in three easy steps...


  1. Pledge to laser tag the distance of a 5K in the laser tag arena of your choice anytime during the month of November. It’s like a virtual run/walk fundraiser, only you laser tag instead and measure your own cumulative distance using a fitness tracker or phone app. It might take approximately 10-12 games to reach the equivalent of 5K (or 3.1 miles) and can be done all in one day or over multiple days at your own pace. Please share your results!
  2. Donate (suggested donation $20.00 or more) to the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research using my fundraiser page at https://events.lustgarten.org/fundraiser/3001017.100 percent of every donation goes directly to research!
  3. Claim your victory medal by submitting the confirmation number from your receipt to verify your donation using the online form found at https://www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com/laser-tag-5k-challenge-nov-2020 and celebrate your 5K achievement with this token of my thanks for your participation and donation. *Medals are available in limited quantities for the first 50 participants who donate and submit the form. Due to shipping costs, medals will only be sent to U.S. mailing addresses, but digital certificates will be emailed to participants outside of the U.S. 

 Once again, my thanks to Apex Entertainment in Albany for hosting me for this challenge. Together we are making a difference and I thank everyone who played a part in helping me launch the very first Tiviachick’s Tag 4 A Cause Laser Tag 5K Challenge!



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Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Join Me and Laser Tag 4 A Cause During Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Would you like to play some laser tag, support important research and earn a victory medal all while helping the fight against pancreatic cancer? You are invited to be part of the very first Tiviachick’s Tag 4 A Cause Laser Tag 5K Challenge, which is an opportunity for fitness and fundraising through laser tag to help make a difference during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.


Here’s how in three easy steps...

 

  1. Pledge to laser tag the distance of a 5K in ANY laser tag arena of your choice, anytime during the month of November. It’s like a virtual run/walk fundraiser, only you laser tag instead and measure your own cumulative distance using a fitness tracker or phone app. It might take approximately 10-12 games to reach the equivalent of 5K (or 3.1 miles) and can be done all in one day or over multiple days at your own pace. Please share your results!
  2. Donate to the Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research using my fundraiser page at https://events.lustgarten.org/fundraiser/3001017.100 percent of every donation goes directly to research!
  3. Claim your victory medal by submitting the confirmation number from your receipt to verify your donation using the online form found at https://www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com/laser-tag-5k-challenge-nov-2020 and celebrate your 5K achievement with this token of my thanks for your participation and donation. *Medals are available in limited quantities for the first 50 participants who donate and submit the form. Due to shipping costs, medals will only be sent to U.S. mailing addresses, but digital certificates will be emailed to participants outside of the U.S. 


Raising awareness for this research is important to me because I lost my brother, Guy, to pancreatic cancer in 2012. 

I will be completing my 5K at Apex Entertainment inside Crossgates Mall in Albany, NY on November 7th from 12:00-8:00. If you are nearby, stop in and play some laser tag. Apex Entertainment in both Albany and Syracuse will be offering all day laser tag for $77 (that’s all you can play for the price of only seven games) plus a game voucher that day for anyone who donates to the cause and participated in the challenge with me! Plus there will be door prizes and “new high score” prizes in Albany as well!

As always, remember safety first. If you are in a place where you are not currently able to play laser tag, please consider donating now and completing the challenge later. Of course I encourage you to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your social distance and play safely while you show support and patronage to your local laser tag business.

Thank you for helping to Tag 4 A Cause!

 


Comments or Questions?

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonforever.com

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween Achievement...Or Not

Time to earn the Laserforce Halloween achievement! Or, so I thought.


So I headed out for a few games, donning my cat mask as my costume, and ready to earn earn a little digital badge on my membership card for playing on Halloween. However, you’ll notice that this is not it...

 


This kitty is giving side eye because in spite of best intentions I could not make this happen today.

 


The trouble is that I learned once I got there that THIS is the actual achievement, which would require me to be playing at midnight just as the clock crosses over to the next day...ha!

 


With the current limited hours of operation this was just not going to be possible for me tonight. Honestly, this does not really matter to me all that much, however I figured I’d try for it anyhow since it is a rare one to obtain and it IS Halloween. 

 

So, I ended up getting an altogether different achievement to add to a collection which I was barely even aware I had racked up.

 


And even though it’s a smaller personal achievement than the 5Ks I’ve been doing the last few weeks, I did laser tag over a mile during the four games I played today.

 

Well, it was still a good time. And achievements were secondary to wishing the Fun Warehouse a happy 12th anniversary in business as I am told they actually opened right on Halloween. Congratulations!

 


I’m delighted that this laser tag location was able to reopen, as this is a FAR more impressive achievement (there really should be a digital badge for THIS). These days we really can’t take anything for granted with local businesses, so let me take a moment to remind you that local laser tag arenas (and all small businesses) need their customers and members now more than ever. If they are able to be open, I encourage you show them your support. Of course, play safely (wear a mask, wash your hands and keep your social distance), but please know that your patronage is important so that local arenas can continue to offer laser tag games in the future. Congrats to FWH for being part of the central New York community for 12 years!

 

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

OMG...Zone V3!

I have made some wonderful friends through laser tag and I’m delighted that, with the world being so well connected through technology, I can occasionally even make tag friends on different continents. One such wonderful soul in Australia was recently kind enough to connect me with a couple of Zone V3 packs for my personal collection for which I am deeply moved and appreciative! A parcel arrived at my house yesterday containing these amazing pieces of Zone history!

These packs are significant to me because they represent a very early stage in the history of one of my favorite brands. In a way, it’s similar to the appreciation I have for Photon in that, even though this version was retired over a decade before and about five tech generations ahead of the first laser tag I ever touched (which, incidentally, was Zone Infusion), it feels very familiar. And I believe that if you love the game and the gear that evolved from it, then it’s important to appreciate and honor where it all started.


For a historical reference, you can see the timeline of Zone development over time listed here on the Laser Tag Museum website.

http://www.lasertagmuseum.com/indoor-laser-tag/indoor-company/v-z/zone-laser-tag

These packs harken back to the early days of Zone’s history and I’m intrigued by some of the subtle differences between them (for example, the shoulder plastics are different).


Another knowledgeable friend speculated that one of the phasers which contains tri-color lights may actually be a V4 phaser, though the solid yellow color phaser and two solid color packs are unquestionably the earlier generation. However, this makes me wonder if the difference in shoulder plastics might similarly be attributed to using some V4 plastic design? I’m not certain, just hypothesizing about that. 

I was also excited to find that there were some extra “tag swag” goodies included from a few Australian tag sites as well.

 


There were two items I found particularly intriguing...






Thank you, my friend, for so generously sending these packs and goodies across the ocean to be treasured as part of my collection. Someday, when we are able to tag and travel once again, I hope to visit Australia and maybe we can play some laser tag with the latest version. But for right now, I hope you know how appreciative I am to be able to enjoy these artifacts of the game that we both enjoy so much!

 

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Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonforever.com

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Beam Me Up...Tag It Up

This week I took on the Badass Running Company’s “Beam Me Up 5K” virtual charity race as a laser tag challenge with my participation helping to support Feeding America to provide 40 meals for those in need. This is my third 5K challenge this month that I have completed in a laser tag arena instead of as a traditional run/walk and I love that these challenges are giving me a renewed purpose for going out to tag while also inspiring me with ways that I can make a difference as well (stay tuned).


Since last weekend I focused on the central NY arenas, I decided this week to head east, back to Apex Entertainment in Albany.

This arena is part of an FEC in a mall, so I took a seat and waited for other players to show up. Fortunately there was enough foot traffic that I was able to play pretty consistently with various groups throughout the day.

The first group of the day was made up of some young adult players who were there to celebrate their friend’s birthday. Happy birthday shout out to Kayla! It was a rocky start when one girl smacked into a wall, sagely noting afterwards “I guess this is why they say don’t run!” However, we restarted and even just the appropriate brisk walking got my distance goal started off strongly and my heart rate up. Laser tag is even better exercise when I’m paying attention to things like that. And with a novice group I just did this game for accuracy and to help Kayla find all the bases to get her a better birthday score.


Next game there was a bigger group and over the course of the afternoon there was a nice mix of games of varying sizes.

I haven’t had a favorite pack anywhere in quite awhile, but I think I’ve decided that this one just feels like “my pack”. ;)


My distances per game (in miles) were as follows:
.04 (that was the game that got restarted)
.34
.33
.35
.36
.25 (this game...less steps, but WAY more intense playing with some guys who came ready to play hard and even tagged Amira into the game! I played properly this time just to prove that Andrew wasn’t exaggerating when he told his co-workers that I could pull 98% accuracy)
.30
.35
.47 (the night was coming to an end soon so I really stepped up my pace that game)
.32

Total 3.11 miles


So to achieve 3.1 miles = 5K in an afternoon is a completely manageable goal and can be achieved even faster depending on the intensity of the game (or the focus on the goal).

When the day was done I felt the satisfaction of having gotten out to enjoy a few games of tag while knowing that part of my registration for the “Beam Me Up” challenge benefits a really worthwhile cause. How appropriate to achieve it using laser "beams", right? And since laser taggers love their hardware, it’s cool that many of these virtual challenges hook you up with some kind of achievement swag for completing the goal, like this glow in the dark medal.


Hmmm....laser tag...a donation for a great cause...while earning an achievement medal....

Anyone want to guess how those things might all tie together during the month of November? Well, as I said in the beginning...stay tuned!

 

Comments or Questions?

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com and www.photonforever.com