Occasionally I am asked how I got started
traveling to laser tag arenas all across the country and the short version of
the answer is that it began with my interest in tournaments and seeking out
more competitive opportunities because there weren’t all that many happening close to my home.
So, on this particular weekend I planned my trip around two events happening on
back to back nights, the first being the Friday Frenzy Tournament going on at EZ
Air in Reno, NV.
This was a nice, casual kind of event for the
players who came out for their AYCP night. Throughout the course of the evening
the top five individual high scores were continuously tracked and updated on a
white dry erase board and anytime someone beat an existing score their name
would be added and bump the scores on the list accordingly.
This is really a very smart way to turn a typical
weekend night into something more. The evening started out slowly with only a
handful of players competing in the beginning, but by the later hours groups
ranging from 16-20 players participated. This meant not only the variety of
participants changing throughout the event, but also an increased chance for a
higher score as the night went on due to larger numbers of players in the
I have played at EZ Air in the past. They use
Cyber Blast equipment and have a good number of additional targets scattered
throughout the single level, space-themed arena.
I have learned in the past that those targets
mean BIG extra points so I try to never circle through an area without aiming
for them and of course taking the base three times is a priority too.
Between rounds game master Braden showed me the
variety of game formats they have available at EZ Air. Some of these I am
familiar with from previous Cyber Blast sites, however others appear to have
been customized (or at least re-named) for this site, such as Rare Air named
for their Saturday night AYCP…or maybe it’s the other way around!
I enjoyed revisiting a few of these formats,
particularly Domination. Even though I’ve played it on just about every other
laser tag system at this point, I really enjoy how uniquely different the game
plays with Cyber Blast. In fact, I am told one of their regular players, Steven,
comes in during quiet hours just to play it by himself for good exercise in the
But as for this night’s event, when it came
down to it the highest scores understandably came out of the most populated
games, so those who played in the final few rounds bounced a few of the early
scores off the board and made a difference. Those were also the games where the
margin between the top and bottom scores seemed to be the widest. For the
majority of the event my scores bounced around the 14-15,000 range but by the
final hour I was able to bump that up to 19,200 which secured my first place
position for the night.
I appreciated the bag of tag swag I was
awarded for winning…you know that tag swag goodies are always my favorite
souvenirs to bring back! Congratulations also to the others who made it onto
the top five leaderboard.
The timing of this event could not have been
more perfect because as soon as everything was done I changed my clothes and
headed right back to the airport to catch a flight just after midnight to take
me off to Denver for another unique laser tag event. I’m so glad that EZ Air
hosted this contest on a weekend where it worked out for me to return to Reno. Many
thanks for another great experience and a lot of fun!