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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.

Ditch the tie, go tactical for Father's Day.

Ditch the tie, and go tactical for Father's Day.
It's an experience you'll never forget.

My Dad, pretending to be superman in one of the awesome superman ties we bought him.

My Dad, pretending to be superman in one of the awesome superman ties we bought him.

You can look for a list of "Great Father's Day Gifts" or "Best Father's Day Gifts 2016" and most likely you're going to find just that - a gift, a thing, a nothing. That's why I hope you'll ditch the tie and do something with your Dad that you'll never forget.

Here's why:

There's two things that every Dad has going for him - courage and strength. Their unique strengths are reflected in each of us as we grow-up and become more like our fathers. In 2013, I lost my Dad. He was overcome by the enemy that we call cancer. It came out of nowhere and shattered our lives forever in less than 15 days. My Dad faced it bravely as a man of courage and strength. The week after my Dad's funeral in August of that year, my husband (Kevin), myself (Erin), my brother (Seth), and my bother-in-law (LanBone) all went on trip that we had already earlier that summer planned. We were all going to play laser tag with my Dad at Battlefield Colorado (I still have the voicemail from my Dad telling me the days off he would have). Contemplating if we should still go, we all decided to enjoy the experience in honor of my Dad. I'm so glad we did.

Dad - loving life. Apparently excited about worms.

Dad - loving life. Apparently excited about worms.

While on the "battlefield," I remember running around, and hearing the calls of "medic medic, man down, man down." At one point, my brother (who had tied a tree-branch to his head sensor saying it was "in honor of Dad's goofy nature") and I got pinned by the other team behind a few trees with the noises of the battlefield surrounding us. I can still remember thinking "Dad would have loved this."

Dad was the kind of person who always chose people and experiences over things.

Dad was the kind of person who always chose people and experiences over things. Although he wore a tie every day, his life was less white collar worker, but more of an adventurer. He would have loved to spend his time outdoors playing laser tag.

p.s. This is also the experience that inspired us (Erin and Kevin) to start BaseTactics. We wanted others to experience the fun of living life and running around that so often we forget.

BASETACTICS P90 - REVIEW FROM A LOCAL GUN INSTRUCTOR.

 
   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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Weapon Emulation Review By Firearms Instructor From gunstuffs.com

BASE TACTICS WEAPONS REVIEW

A Real-World Gun Instructor's Journey
into the Realm of High-Tech Battle Simulation

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BREN MK.II

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.