While I was in Kansas I looked forward to the
opportunity to visit with my friends Miranda and Elaine and also return to play
some tag with them at Laser Trooper in Topeka. At Laser Trooper Kip and his
staff operate using a LaserMaxx product line that can only be played in a few
select locations and the last time I was here I enjoyed trying this system out in
their arena in the West Ridge Mall. Since then they have moved their arena…and
yet, they are still in the West Ridge Mall, now on the downstairs level.
We arrived on a quiet day so Miranda and I had
the whole arena to ourselves for a 1v1 game (Elaine sat this one out).
With this system there is no need to “suit up”
as the entire game is contained in the phaser with sensors down the front and on
both sides. So we just picked out our taggers, which are an interesting hybrid
between traditional and tactical laser tag…
…and we headed into the arena.
A simple space is transformed by a movable
arena that Kip plans to build upon and modify every season.
Trooper is such a rarity to get to play I will look forward to returning to see
what they do next.
I debated whether or not to count this site
again (making it my 301st arena) simply because it is the same arena
walls inside the same mall as it was the last time, but ultimately I decided that
I will count it as a new arena because the design, layout and specific location
(i.e. the suite address) have all changed. The general consensus of those I
have asked is the same. How ironic that (at last I knew) there are only five
places in the world where this specific system can be played and I’m now claiming
to have played it in two locations in Topeka, Kansas. It’s a judgement call
because everyone I know who has an arena count into the triple digits maintains
their list a little differently and I want to be consistent with my own
criteria, which is predominantly leaning towards only counting actual physical
location once…but going from upstairs to downstairs in the mall did give me
something to ponder.
In previous posts we have discussed the
various criteria that determine whether an arena is an entirely new site or a
modification of a previous version. The moment to pause on how to classify this
one got me thinking about the last time I shared my list. Actually, there are
two lists I keep. One is a list of all the arenas I have played which is
updated regularly and can be found here on my website…
However, my other list is one I was curious to
update and that is a system count list of how many arenas I’ve played using
each laser tag system. The last time I updated this list was about a year ago
when I played my 200th arena, so I was curious to see how the makeup
of my system count list has changed with the last 100 arenas I have played. So
let’s take a look…
Here is the system count list from when I
reached my first 200 arenas side by side with how it looks after 300 arenas.
So here’s what this data comparison tells me…
The systems I had already been playing the
most like Zone and Laserforce continued to stay highest on the list. Can this
be attributed to personal preference, proximity during my travels or overall
volume of sites available?
Laser Quest, not surprisingly, made the biggest
jump since I’ve been making a deliberate effort to play them all.
Final analysis of the results? I just play a CRAZY amount of laser tag! :)