laser tag

Centre Daily Times writes Article about Outdoor Laser Tag in State College

Above: Player Tyler Williams follows a fellow team member into the center of the map hoping to outsmart an unsuspecting player on the other team. 

Above: Player Tyler Williams follows a fellow team member into the center of the map hoping to outsmart an unsuspecting player on the other team. 

BaseTactics is one of the newest things to do in State College, PA. Influenced by popular video games like Halo and Call of Duty, BaseTactics uses high-tech equipment to create what feels like a live action battlefield. 

On August 7th the local business celebrated a one year anniversary. All previous customers were sent invitations and welcomed to join the organization at the newly established State College "map." Offering a 75% discount on their services, each played from 11am-8pm for just $5. Attendees showed up with grills, coolers, lawn games, and more while awaiting a chance to play in the battlefield. 

BaseTactics owners created varying game simulations throughout the day; tactical games ranging from simple "Team Death Match" to more complicated missions like "Search and Destroy" challenged players to come up with new strategies and player specialties in order to win. 

More than 45 people made it out to the event. Weeks of planning culminated with a happy surprise when BaseTactics owners learned  a news article covered by the Centre Daily Times was published the weekend of the event.

3 Ways We Make Laser Tag Awesome!

We believe there are three things are essential to creating a meaningful experience for our customers:

HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT. Accurate. Feels. Real. Sounds Real. Looks Real. Unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

"The terrain for play made me feel like I was in a real battle and the equipment was beyond anything I've ever played with!" - Lianna N.

TEAMWORK ORIENTED. Guided, complex strategy simulations that make it fun for everyone. We vary our game simulations based on our assessment of players' abilities, needs, and wants often playing: Domination, Bomb the Base, Search and Destroy, Deathmatch, Free For All, and more.

So I've now played laser tag with Base Tactics 2 times and I plan on playing a lot more!! They have a lot of different game modes, 69 different weapons, and a pretty awesome map that is going to get even crazier!!  - Brandon T.

TACTICAL IMMERSION. Create a unique environment in realistic battle-zones like the woods or urban ruins settings.

I'm not going to lie, at first I was very skeptical (how can laser tag be fun for a 29 year old veteran) BOY WAS I WRONG!!!! This was the most fun I've had all summer I'm more upset I didn't play earlier...If you get the chance to even play one game do it! You'll never regret it. - Tyler W.


Earn $5 in Gameplay Credits By Booking in July


Planning on coming out to play before the end of July? Then you'll like this deal! We're wanting to introduce everyone to our online booking service. Online bookings made and played from now through July 31st, will receive $5 back in gameplay credits for every $20 spent when you arrive at your booking. Use it in the future how you want, gameplay credits are valid until 12/31/2016.

Coupon Terms And Conditions
Each coupon is identified by a Coupon Code. Coupon values are as specified on the coupon. Coupons are redeemable only as gameplay credit. No cash value. Cannot be used to purchase gift cards. In order to receive a coupon, coupon holder must use BaseTactics online booking program to book a drop-in play session scheduled from now through July 31, 2016 and attend the session booked. For every $20 in online booking, recipient will receive $5 of gameplay credits that can be redeemed at any BaseTactics events from August 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. All coupons expire 12/31/2016.


The biggest obstacle BaseTactics has to overcome on a daily basis is simply people's perception of the words "laser tag." Even when I hear it I think: "sweaty vest, dark room, pew-pew noises." That's because there's still too many laser tag owners today that are living in the 1980's. Sad thing is - there are hundreds of people that still pay them good money to play in a dark room with sweaty vests!

We think they just don't know what they're missing.

That's why we're not in the laser tag business - not really. We use the term, but just like the two images below are both called a "phone," they're not the same. Same words but neither describes the freedom and general industry overhaul that came with the mobile phone. 


In 2007, when Apple announced in a press release that Steve Jobs had re-invented the phone, the concept behind the word phone changed: "MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO - January 9th, 2007- Apple today introduced iPhone, combining three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet communications device with desktop-class email, Web browsing, searching and maps — into one small and lightweight handheld device." (See More at Apple Press Info).

The world didn't change because an invention had been created. The world changed because customers began to demand it. The "something new" in the market had all the things we were looking for and therefore we began to re-name the phone through our recommendations, reviews, words, and purchases.

BaseTactics (although nowhere near as cool as Apple) is offering a new revolutionary, high-tech option for a simple game we used to call laser tag. Every time one of our customers gets the chance to be immersed in our live action battlefield, they go home, tell their friends, and help re-define the industry. We  hope you'll listen up, because here's what they've got to say:

So ive now played laser tag with Base Tactics 2 times and I plan on playing alot more!! They have alot of different game modes, 69 different weapons, and a pretty awesome map that is going to get even crazier!! The owners/instructors are very nice, helpful, and understanding!!! This is a must do!!!! Btw the guns are awesome and extremely accurate!!!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Brandon Taylor on Sunday, June 12, 2016

This was absolutely amazing! Definitely not your typical Lasertag. With many many simulation assault rifles including snipers and a mystery box in which anything from a tommy gun to a pistol can be drawn, this is a must do experience. My friend and I are PSU alumni and we were visiting State College when came across this event looking for Lasertag and we had a blast! The instructors/owners/hosts were fabulous! Very friendly and explained the rules really easily. The terrain for play made me feel like I was in a real battle and the equipment was beyond anything I've ever played with! I'm only sorry I didn't wear camouflage and get some walkies for more strategic play, but my friend and I will be ready next time! (Haha you don't need any of those things to play, we just get competitive). Highly recommend! Can't say enough amazing this about this experience!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Lianna N on Sunday, May 29, 2016

I can not rave enough about this business and these people!!!!! They made my daughters birthday such a magical day! I loved how they worked with the kids and how they helped keep the game moving along at a perfect pace! If you do laser tag it with base tactics!!!! You will not be disappointed!!!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Teresa Dunham on Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just try it. I bet you will want to do it again.

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Michael Lesher on Saturday, April 23, 2016

Had a blast today with base tactics! Even though we only had six people playing it was still amazing! Highly recommended!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Joselyn Reichenbach on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Had a great time with my son. Not your typical lazer tag, this was so much fun!!! Great price, great staff, great way to spend a few hours. But just be careful where you park your car mine took fire (not really).. But I now have an inside joke with the staff!! Thanks guys for the great time!!!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Matthew Nolder on Saturday, April 16, 2016

At first I was like laser tag that's dumb, but then they showed us the guns and told us about all the programs there is. I would do this all day if I could, great event for everyone !!!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Cody Brooks on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Our youth group had them come this weekend. It was amazing. Every kid loved it. Keep up the great work

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Jeremiah Allen on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Thank you so much for coming to our family gathering. Everyone had such a blast! Can't wait for the next time!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Nicole Robinson Whitford on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I wasn't sure about this at first. Felt a little sceptic when I was watching others playing. Then when I played for the first time, I was hooked. Call it a date night if you want, but it is great fun you can have with your spouse, friends and family. Can't wait for the next event! Get ready to have a blast!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Di Anne Beiler on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Such an awesome experience. Basically like paintball without the mess and pain. Definitely want to do it again.

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Zach Royer on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Excellent time! Excellent equipment! Wonderful owners that run a top notch event!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Jeff Wolfe on Sunday, September 27, 2015

Amazing time good price and it's amazing all around!!

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Seth Murray on Friday, August 21, 2015

Phenomenal. By far the most fun I've had all year.

Posted on Facebook Reviews by Will Baylor on Thursday, August 20, 2015





   Above: Picture of real P90. Below: Equipment used in BaseTactics laser tag gaming system.


Above: Picture of real P90. Below: Equipment used in BaseTactics laser tag gaming system.


THE FN P90. 


This is my favorite gun Base Tactics has to offer.

Not only does it accurately simulate a P90, but it does so in in a gun that feels like the real thing. The current “hard bodies” that Base Tactics uses aren’t based on real weapons, but rather amalgamations of many types of firearms. This isn’t the case with the P90, since the manufacturer of the guns has actually copied the real P90’s size, weight and feel.

The P90 came into use in 1991 after five years of development. Designed and manufactured by FN, a Belgian company, it was to replace the then-current 9mm submachine guns. European police and military forces liked the 9mm parabellum round in handguns, but they needed a round with more velocity in a submachine gun. FN answered this call with the 5.7×28mm, which is essentially a .22 Hornet. That means a very fast, flat-shooting projectile that will meet the target at a significant distance, without causing excessive damage. Think of it like a rapier, compared to the 9mm’s broadsword.

They decided on a bullpup design for the gun itself, to allow for compact carry and maneuvering.

What I like most about playing with this gun, is that you can get a tight, shouldered grip on it, which increases your accuracy ten-fold compared to using a gun without a stock. The red-sot sight is perfectly elevated to allow rapid sight and target acquisition, which really counts when clearing small or short-range areas of that rascally enemy. If you’re not used to the slope of the grip, your wrist can start to get sore after a couple rounds of playing, but you quickly forget about it as you take out target after target.

As far as the simulation itself: they really did an excellent job capturing the essence of FN’s prize creation. The P90 is a select fire weapon, which means it can be fired in semi-automatic (one shot per trigger pull) or full-automatic. The magazine has the real-life capacity of 50 rounds and takes 4 seconds to reload, which is also just like the real thing. In full-automatic, it fires at the “maximum” rate, which is about 800 rounds per minute. The real P90 fires at...



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I figured I would begin this Blog with a hidden gem I discovered recently while playing at one of Base Tactic’s open plays in Lewisburg. The scenario we played involved being issued a random weapon at the start of the game. My weapon was the Bren Light Machine Gun. Having grown up in the age of the M16 and the M249 SAW, I had my reservations about using a gun that was almost eighty years old. Turns out, I had nothing to worry about.

The Bren was developed by the British in 1937 as a replacement for the famous Lewis Machine Gun. The idea was that the Lewis was too heavy for the new squad tactics in the days before World War II and despite its twenty-year reign, was still prone to jamming, took too long to reload and had no way to change out the barrel once it over-heated. The Bren was the solution to all this.

Based almost entirely off of the Czechoslovakian ZB vz. 26, the Bren took advantage of Eastern Europe’s formidable firearms engineering. By the start of WWII, a second model of Bren was introduced and quickly made such an impression that the Brits wouldn’t fully replace it until the 1980’s... FOLLOW THIS LINK TO READ MORE OF THIS REVIEW. 

Halo Reach Event - Same Laser Tag Tech as BaseTactics

Halo Reach fans in the Vancouver area got the experience of a lifetime when Xbox used the latest in laser tag technology to create a fully immersive, live action Halo Reach Event. Check out how Xbox uses the same tech BaseTactics does to create a live action video game on the streets of Toronto in this YouTube Video.