Laser Tag Museum News and Updates

Updated with our latest items for the museum, and our relentless quest to document the history of laser tag.
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Trip to Pompeii with X-RAID Unearths Rare Laser Warrior Pack

What are the odds? We say that all the time at the Laser Tag Museum.

After spending time visiting the city of Pompei with X-Raid Laser Games, the Curator asked the X-Raid team, "Have any of you guys ever heard of a laser tag system called Laser Warrior? They were an Italian laser game company from the mid nineties."

The X-Raid team turned to each other and immediately began conversing, in Italian of course. After what seemed like forever they turned back to the Curator and simply said, "Let us make some phone calls." So after some more heart pounding suspense and thirty minutes of relentless phone calling, Mr. Lorenzo Ribaldii said, "I think we might know somebody, who knows somebody, who might have a Laser Warrior pack in a closet somewhere in Northern Italy." 

Nearly six months later a box arrives with the only known Laser Warrior in existence. Not only that put the pack is in amazing condition for being over twenty years old. What are the odds right?

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The Laser Tag Museum cannot express enough gratitude to the X-Raid team for their dedication and persistence of getting one of the rarest packs to the Laser Tag Museum.  Check out X-RAID Laser Games at their website at http://www.lasergame-xraid.com/

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Tactical Section Expands With this Markston Prototype

Pat Holmes, President of Zone China, has just donated another prototype to the Laser Tag Museum. This Markston prototype was developed by Pat Holmes in conjuction with Greg Smith. Greg is a leading tactical expert from Australia and contributed a lot of experience to the project. 

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to extend its gratitude to Pat Holmes and Greg Smith for allowing this prototype to find a new home. 

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Dave Jackson, of Laser Edge and Laserforce Rep, Donated Time Capsule

 Dave Jackson, the legendary owner of Laser Edge in Clinton Township, Michigan, and former National Sales Director for Laserforce International, was doing some in house cleaning when he came across this wealth of materials. These materials include a vast amount of sales literature and marketing materials from several different laser tag manufacturers all from the mid 1990's. 

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The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Dave for thinking of us when he came across these materials and for going the extra mile to preserve these artifacts by shipping them to the Laser Tag Museum without hesitation. The industry needs people like Dave to help save the history of laser tag and its changing market.

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Pat Holmes Donates Unique HELIOS PRO Prototype

Pat Holmes, one of the most innovative pioneers in the laser tag industry, was kind enough to donate this one of a kind Helios Pro Prototype. This specific Helios Pro Prototype was used to debut the system for Zone Laser Tag at IAAPA in 2013. At that trade show the Curator and Pat Holmes negotiated the terms of donating the pack to the Museum. Pat gave his word that he would donate the prototype when the system had been in production for a couple of years.

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This prototype marked a new high for Zone Laser Tag with a numuber of features Zone had never had on other systems. For example this phaser actually has a fully interactive touch screen display that allows players to see their statistics as well as display pictures of the tagging player on the screen. As a prototype, the phaser was developed in a unique yellow color to signify that it was not going to be the production color.

The Laser Tag Museum would like to thank Pat Holmes for donating this incredible pack.  Pat has donated other rare prototypes and unique items to the Laser Tag Museum and we thank him for his continued support.

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LaserVenture - From Down Under to On Display

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Serendipity Smiles on the Laser Tag Museum.

Sitting down at a recent laser tag operator conference, a conversation lead to a donation.  The Curator was in Brisbane, Australia for a five day visit and sat down next to Mr. Jason Watkins during a meeting of operators attending a laser tag conference.  Jason is the manager of Garden City Lanes in Toowoomba, QLD which is currently a bowling facility that is being converting into a fun center.

The conversation with Jason was suprisingly shocking when he stated "Did you know I was the Australaisa distributor for LaserVenture?".  Well no, no I did not.  Jason went on further to state that he knew that the Laser Tag Museum was looking for a LaserVenture pack to place on display.

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Jason actually drove 2.5 hours back to his home to gather up the LaserVenture items and returned the next day.  He had two LaserVenture version 1 packs, a base unit, the charging system, the transceivers and the documentation.  Jason had purchased the items to serve as the distributor for LaserVenture but after several years and no interest, he decided that the items would look better in the Laser Tag Museum.

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We thank Jason for his incredible donation and for the 5 hours of driving that he underwent to gather these items out of storage so that they could be on display for the 100,000+ visitors to appreciate.

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