Sunday, June 2, 2024

From Tactical Tag to Tiaras

Typically when I add a laser tag stop before or after a pageant event I end up looking like a completely out-of-place newbie player who didn’t know how to dress properly for laser tag…today was no exception. :)


My friend (and Miss Finger Lakes sister) Vicky was competing for the title of Mrs. New York and I wanted to support her, so I made the drive to Rochester, figuring I could start the day by checking out an outdoor arena I had not been able to visit previously and then I would continue on to the pageant venue afterwards. That’s why I showed up on a tactical field looking like this!



I arrived at the Clubhouse in Greece, NY, looking forward to starting my day with a couple of missions. I smiled when I noticed a familiar face on their vinyl banner out front. 



Do I spy Zach? I sure do!



Timing was perfect that I could play the first session of the day with enough time to get back before the start of the pageant, so when they opened the outdoor activities at noon I was ready.


This was a gorgeous day for checking out their outdoor field. I was joined by local players Emma, Sean and Kevin. It was also a wonderful surprise that the game master was Kimmie who I remembered from ages ago when she worked at my first laser tag home, Fun Junction. :)


The field was well sized for this group with a militaristic theme and a well-balanced design.





I positioned myself for strategic shots…




…however, something seemed a bit off. The first game was…a draw? No shots landed by either team? It’s been a few months since I played using Battle Company gear, but still…could my aim really be THAT off? We played three five-minute games and I am embarrassed to say it took me until game three to realize what was happening. 


Notice anything?



That’s right, I had been placed on the blue team and completely failed to notice that my tagger was lit up red! Facepalm! That’s why I wasn’t tagging my opponents and they weren’t tagging me either…we were inadvertently playing on the same team!


Well, it happens. I blame myself for not realizing this sooner, but for what it’s worth, we still had an awesome game…just call it a Whose Line Is It Anyway round where everything is made up and the points don’t matter, lol! But had we actually been playing properly these guys were putting up a good challenge and I still worked up a sweat. 


Tag at the Clubhouse was a great way to kick off my day. So glad I had this group joining me for the session! It was still a good time for sure. We could have replayed the game, however I had to get back on the road.


Next stop…tiara time!


Vicky did great and I am delighted to say she is now the new Mrs. New York American.



The outgoing Miss New York for America Strong also happens to be one of my former pageant girls, so I had two ladies (ironically both named Victoria) to be cheering for today.



And as it happens the pageant venue was practically just down the road from Lasertron, so I headed over, but timing didn’t work out for me to get into a game, so instead I enjoyed the second best reason for visiting Lasertron…peanut butter gelato!



And THAT is how you make the most out of a day trip to Rochester. :)


Oh, and one more important thing…




Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

and https://tiviachick.wixsite.com/photonforever

Friday, May 17, 2024

Talking U.S. Nationals with Jason Elias

With Zone U.S. Nationals coming up (and looking to be quite competitive this year) it’s a good time to chat with tournament organizer Jason Elias on this week’s episode of Laser Unfocused Tag Talk!


ON SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/show/0xzXT3aqGa2edIlXpcaJBS


ON APPLE PODCASTS:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laser-unfocused-tag-talk-with-tivia/id1632442213


ON YOUTUBE:

https://youtu.be/oHlxOSfgIcE?si=y5kgAoCjVl-E5qhF


Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

and https://tiviachick.wixsite.com/photonforever

Friday, May 3, 2024

Tales From the Tech Side

This week on Laser Unfocused Tag Talk we hear about the early days of Photon from the perspective of Eric Kimminau, former lead tech at Photon home base in Dallas, TX. Enjoy these tales from the tech side!


ON SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/show/0xzXT3aqGa2edIlXpcaJBS


ON APPLE PODCASTS:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laser-unfocused-tag-talk-with-tivia/id1632442213


ON YOUTUBE:

https://youtu.be/yemBnQToIn0?si=mvRAHXVZehFDyfC_



Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

and https://tiviachick.wixsite.com/photonforever

Friday, April 19, 2024

Podcast Live: Laser Tag Operator Perspectives

I call this one “podcast live” as this week on Laser Unfocused Tag Talk we share the panel I moderated at this year’s Amusement Expo International called Laser Tag Operator Perspectives with guest panelists Jenna Boyo, Jarett Waite and Bronwyn Caster.

ON SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/show/0xzXT3aqGa2edIlXpcaJBS


ON APPLE PODCASTS:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laser-unfocused-tag-talk-with-tivia/id1632442213


ON YOUTUBE:

https://youtu.be/8V-s3CcM3Ns?si=xrW9HNs3g-t6rXBO



Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

and https://tiviachick.wixsite.com/photonforever

Friday, April 5, 2024

Industry Pros at AEI

This week on Laser Unfocused Tag Talk we hear from the laser tag industry professionals direct from the trade show floor during the recent Amusement Expo International held in Las Vegas.


ON SPOTIFY:

https://open.spotify.com/show/0xzXT3aqGa2edIlXpcaJBS


ON APPLE PODCASTS:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/laser-unfocused-tag-talk-with-tivia/id1632442213


ON YOUTUBE:

https://youtu.be/rzrpvOuRZPg?si=SDZIQrp5OLFGPQnP



Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Websites: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

and https://tiviachick.wixsite.com/photonforever

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Wristbands Rock!

I am now officially a member at Game On Social Hub, using my new membership name “Tivia Travels”. 

What makes this membership different from my others? Something cool…rather than logging in with a membership card, I received this GOSH branded wristband with an RFID chip embedded in it so I can easily carry my membership right on my arm. The only thing better than tag swag is functional tag swag!



I held my wristband up to the reader at their membership terminal and set up my member info.



Can I just say, wristbands rock! This is a really clever and convenient way to keep my membership easily available and prevent the constant loss of cards (it happens all the time) while also promoting the business (the logo is always right in front of you). It’s a smart idea that feels like a cool perk while just making good sense all the way around.


I used my wristband to check out all the achievements I could try to complete before heading in to my first game as “Tivia Travels”. Ready? Let’s go!



I’m was joined by Scuba and Reason along with a couple other players who happened to pick the most fitting pack names for this weekend. That first game was simply about breaking in the membership and seeing what I could accomplish right out of the gate. The answer is 14 achievements…someone tell me if that’s any kind of record! ;)



We returned to the member terminal to see what exactly I had achieved. Not too shabby!



The kicker is I missed this one by only one percentage point, getting 89% accuracy instead of 90%. Careless on my part.



Well, now that I had my first game in as a member at this site, the rest of the games we played were just great fun. I love this arena and the experiences I had here this entire trip. 



This is a great place to enjoy food, fun, friends and of course…laser tag!




Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Website: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com

Tagging Through Baton Rouge

Our next stop was to Main Event in Baton Rouge.


This was a different Delta Strike experience, as we got to play using Evolution packs. We suited up in the vesting area.



Then set out for the arena. The space had all the typical hallmarks I have come to expect when I played at Main Event.





There were some mirrors where we could take advantage of reflections to tag from interesting angles.



Scuba found the angles for hitting some targets from the upper level.



And then we chased each other for player tags all throughout.



Nice game!



And when we were done we enjoyed something a little out of the box…a PB and J bacon burger followed by a clever little dessert they called a mason jar cheesecake.  These did not last long!



This turned out to be a great way to round out this tag trip to Baton Rouge. :)



Comments or Questions? 

Contact: Tivia@tiviachickloveslasertag.com 

Website: www.tiviachickloveslasertag.com