Several months ago I signed on through KickStarter to support the Skirmos Laser Tag development. This is an Open-Source system being developed by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, so it's been lots of fun seeing Skirmos take shape. From the design of the blaster to product features, the evolution of this system over the last few months has been fun to watch!
Today, the Mark I made it's debut on YouTube. After a successful run on Kickstarter, they managed to include even more features than originally projected, so it's a nice treat to be getting a little more than what I bargained for! While the aesthetic design has evolved from a FAMAS-looking design to something a bit more Master Chief worthy, the system seems much more polished and easy to use. Even the prototype in the video using a 3D-Printed shell seems like all is going well.
The addition of a Weaver Rail system along the top carry rail will be especially useful for mounting optics. As I was reminded at the Halloween Game I did with the MLTA a few weeks ago, trying to aim a blaster covered with bright LED lights can be difficult at night, so having targeting optics will be a must. The clear shells of Skirmos mean team Identification will be easier than ever, so I'm interested to see how that plays out with our group. I'm also excited to see and hear what these blasters are performing like. The Full-auto feature is blazingly fast and the sound effects are spot-on! Still, I'm most looking forward to the Open-Source nature of how this system works and the potential it might have.