The RVA Solo tournament held at LQ Richmond
was actually my very first Laser Quest tournament. I looked forward to seeing
what this experience would bring and I’m really pleased to say I met some great
people and had a wonderful time.
Playing at this site gets me a step closer to
a hitting a significant milestone when I play my next arena, but at this point
I was simply appreciating the how impressive the arena in front of me was and
looking forward to the rest of the night. This LQ was built on another former
Ultrazone site and is also very distinctive as a result. I walked around taking
in the full scope of the maze even though the tournament would only be played
on the ground level.
I asked about the one souvenir I was most
interested in taking back with me…the magnet!
And as I adopted a spot at one of the tables I
started to meet the other players before the competition got underway.
The evening began with eight regular games
being played with the entire group. After each game we would rotate to the next
sequential pack so that nobody would play with the same pack twice for the
As I recognized I was in the presence of much
better players I adopted a strategy based on my own strengths. I know I am not
good at dogfighting, but I have always done well as a sniper, so I hung back
and took my shots while the more experienced players were distracted with each
other. However, this was just enough to keep my head above water. It was more
of a learning experience for me to be in midst of this kind of competition as
the only times I have played competitive Quest in the past were at multi-system
events like Armageddon. I learned a lot simply from observation and implementation.
At the end of the regular games the cumulative
scores were tallied and we were broken into groups to play in the ladder
ascensions leading towards the Triple Quest finals. I was not surprised to be
in the lowest group on the ladder, but for me this was simply about the
experience so I went in ready for whatever would happen playing a four-man
round against Aigis2000, The Hand and TrixR4Kids. Now, I’m not suggesting that
this was a spectacular showing, but I was pleased that by placing in the top
two of this game I was a wild card and got to advance to the next round.
Unfortunately, that’s as far as I made it in
the main comp, but I was actually heartened to have done that decently. I was a
rookie here and also glad that I would have a chance to play in the Rookie Double
Quest later in the night.
I’ll cut to the chase, I took second in the
rookie division behind Kristin (aka Lucky Charm) by a scant 29 points (heartbreaker!),
but I congratulate her on taking first. Between us the scores were 675 to 646,
so it was pretty close and resulted in me taking home a nicer souvenir than my
Now, to be honest, I really have no idea what
happened in the Triple Quest. I say that for two reasons…first, I was in this
part of the arena playing Rookie Double Quest while it was happening…
…and second, I am not sure I am reading the
spreadsheet correctly, so rather than report it incorrectly I’ll just refer to the
final results Travis announced.
First Place with 931 points – The Fiesta
Second place with 792 points - Juggernaut
Third place with 781 points – DJ Puppy
Congrats to them all. I especially shout out
DJ Puppy for playing through on an injured ankle which occurred in one of the
final three rounds.
The Fiesta takes home a belt worthy of a WWF
wrestler…I’m not quite sure the significance of giving belts as awards, but I
guess it makes as much sense as a trophy, lol! And the rest of us took home
some great memories and for me a bit more of an education about this facet of competitive
Laser Quest. For as many LQs as I’ve been to I generally only get as
competitive as playing the Ironman. Perhaps I’ll get to do that on my next
adventure which will mark another laser tag milestone. You see, LQ Richmond was
my 299th arena and my second to last LQ left to play in the United
States. That said, can you guess where I’m headed next? ;)