Founder: Ray Schaffer and Brian Fuery
Date Established: August 17, 1999
Date Closed: November 1, 2006
Number of Locations: 11
Brian Fuery - Co-Founder and President
Ray Schaffer - Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Doug McBride - Vice President
First Location: 121 N. 5th Street, Grand Forks, ND 58303
Equipment: Looking back, the equipment Stunner produced was truly revolutionary for its time. From the Stunner advertisement; “Stunner is the only system based upon a software architecture which makes it extremely flexible.” This was incredibly evident for their equipment, which had the possibility of 24 different types of power up and 8 different game types.
When Stunner came out with Version 3.0 the upgrades were incredibly evident. The vests were equipped with 20 bright RGB LED’s which could produce almost any color imaginable. The phasers were given precision infrared laser mounting which eliminated alignment issues. The battery packs that were equipped had twice the original capacity as well. Each vest also contains 21 infrared sensors. At each sensor is an almost blindingly bright white LED and a vibrator. When a player is tagged the LED and vibrator turn on. This allows the player to not only know that they were hit, but also allows them so see where they were hit.
Stunner also produced fantastic arena support equipment. They would automatically track and record diagnostics on the packs during the game with a handheld wireless (RF) touch screen game controller. This controller practically ran all aspects of the game.
History: Though his Holoz location in Modesto, California had died off, Brian Fuery's passion for laser tag had not. Brian partnered up with Ray Schaeffer and together they developed the most technologically advanced laser tag system for its time. Stunner’s software was remarkable and truly was alien technology in comparison to what other companies were producing at the time. As the company was shutting down Ray and Brian were unusually kind to their operators, sending them to other manufacturers like Zone Systems or LaserTron.