|Everyone thinks that e-tape is the best when they start out.|
Thankfully, I've learned a thing or two since then. (2006)
It started with Laser Challenge gear, initially released with the "Team Force" sets by ToyMax in 1996. I got a set for my birthday just before moving from the east coast (New Hampshire) to Omaha, Nebraska. Starting over from scratch making friends, I found a few folks at school who had a few Nerf Blasters, Super Soakers, and Laser Challenge sets. We'd play every now and then, but it was nothing consistent. It wasn't until a few years later in 1999 when a friend and I rode our bikes to a store and purchased some more Laser Challenge gear, this time "Team Force 2000", with some money from mowing lawns. We started to build a little collection to have games with friends in the neighborhood. But again, it was nothing consistent, just impromptu games.
Later, as a high school freshman, I was asked by some upper classmen what I was doing one weekend and I had no plans. They were getting together a big laser tag game using the Laser Challenge gear, so I was more than excited to join them. We met at a lake with a paved path around it that runs for miles. On one side of the lake was the team assembled from my high school... about 30 players. On the opposite side of the lake, about 2 miles away, was another high school-assembled team of about the same size. We all had bikes, radios, and Laser Challenge Gear. When the dust had settled and our team was victorious, it was a whopping 6 hours later. This game of epic proportions had me itching to organize something of my own.
|The first of many: Independence Eve Blast #1|
|Over half a decade of laser tag at this park|
|Nothing like a good ol'fashioned run-and-gun|
|Season 3 and 4 saw the most exponential growth|
|Sundawg repairs a damaged V2 Sensor Vest|
|First game with Lazer Tag gear (2010)|
|LT Gear becomes a common sight in 2011's games|
|Midwest Laser Tag Association is born from OLCA (2012)|