a few links Pocket Esq had linked to Urban Taggers, a popular Australian-based blog. He had great resources on the Nerf News side of things (maybe a little TOO great) but for Laser Tag news, I was pretty much his lone contributor. Pocket is still one of the only major bloggers I've worked with who had an interest in Laser Tag, so it was always fun talking with him about that stuff. He took great interest in my reshelling projects like the LTX DMR and LTX EF5. Without that support early on, there wouldn't have been much to build off of. I owe much of this blog's early success to the support he gave.
Lazer Tag Augmented Reality system (LTAR). Among the images in a slideshow, there was a Vortex Blaster that popped up that I hadn't seen before. Somehow, by looking for Laser Tag news, Tactical Tag managed to get famous for being the first to spread the word about the Vortex Pyragon. Even after over two years of this post, it's still actually in the Top 10 for pageviews on this blog.
Elite Longshot", which is confused to-this-day as a real Hasbro product, was finished in time for it's first matchup against the then-new Retaliator. The 75 foot range claims that the Elite series was boasting would be put to the test against an Elite-painted Longshot that I had designed to look and perform like the rumors were telling us. I ended up building a second one earlier this year, but there's still plenty of misinformed YouBook and FaceTube fans who cry out at this false hope of a blaster. Not exactly the best press!
Still, in the grand scheme of things, it's never really just been one or two posts that have brought Tactical Tag this far. There are currently 870 posts that have been made since the blog was started that span 44 months. So, as the New Year closes in and those pageviews steadily climb, I just thought I'd take a look back at the progress this blog has made so far. It's still admittedly a little blog compared to some. There's no sponsorship, no official endorsement, no fancy web designer or custom domain name. Just a blog about stuff I like. I've picked up some readers who have turned into great friends, so it's been a rewarding run so far!