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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Former Player Donates Rare Photon Items

Brad Lewis, also known by his player name RoMeR, is a former player of the original Photon in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Lewis has generously donated a number of unique Photon items that the Laser Tag Museum didn't have.

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- a membership card holder
- RoMeR's personal perpetual pass
- a Photon wallet
- Photon bumper stickers
- a Photon Gamma Warrior pin
- a Photon Alpha Warrior pin
- a Photon matchbook
- Photon clink tokens
- a Photon pen and pencil
- a Photon cup
- Sales literature from Photon's first store in Dallas.

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STARTROOPER Makes Amazing Donation to Museum

Beijing, China – The first laser tag company to focus on the market in China has donated a rare prototype StarTrooper laser tag pack as well as their latest production version of equipment known as the StarTrooper X10.

Twin brothers Pers and Mikael Widing opened the first commercial laser tag facility in China back in 2002 with equipment created by themselves.  The StarTrooper Beijing location is still operating after 10 years and shows no signs of slowing down.  During the visit to the facility, the customers were laughing and having a wonderful time playing with the StarTrooper X-10 product.

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The X-10 is the first truly multilingual laser tag product in the world where one player can be playing in a pack that speaks and interacts with arena devices in English while during the same game, another player can have a pack that responds in Chinese.

Another first for the industry was introduced in the StarTrooper version 1 product with a completely removable interior lining of the pack that can be washed and replaced thereby reducing odor build up on the laser tag pack.  This concept was developed back in 2002.

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Both laser tag packs donated were prewired to accept AC current so that the laser tag packs would glow and light up while in the display case.  Pers and Mikael are engineers by training and wiring the laser tag packs for the museum display cases ensured the best possible viewing for the visitors.

The Laser Tag Museum is proud to display the StarTrooper products for the world to see in Louisville, KY.  The Laser Tag Museum is extremely grateful of the generosity of Pers and Mikael Widing and the StarTrooper brand.

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Creator of Laser Tag Visits Museum

The father of laser tag, George Carter, made a trip to the Midwest this week and made a stop in LouiPhoton Logosville, KY. On Saturday, George came to Lazer Blaze to visit the Laser Tag Museum. While he was there, Ryan McQuillen, Eexcutive Director of the ILTA, was able to chat with him about the history of our industry. Mr. Carter’s unique perspective on where laser tag has gone since then and where it could be going was fascinating.

Greator of Laser Tag Visits MuseumAs George walked the hall housing the displays we discussed in detail some of the myths regarding Photon (there was not, in fact, a “kill card” in existence) and how the original name he wanted to use he was talked out of by attorneys (Laser Tag).

Mr. Carter has been kind enough over recent years to donate some of his personal collection and he was pleased to see it on display for the generation of today to enjoy.

The Laser Tag Museum again thanks Mr. Carter for all of his many contributions to the museum and to the industry and we look forward to displaying more of his collection in the future.

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Time Capsule of Literature Donated by Former Owner

Andras Uhlyarik, former owner of Laser Chaser, has donated a giant box of literature dating from 1996-2001of over 25 different laser tag companies

There were documents, flyers, brochures and some items we've never seen before including:

Historical Literature- Proof of the first outdoor laser tag system

- A waiver from Holoz laser games

- Little known systems like Laser Reality and Laser Sport

- Literature from Laserdrome

It will take us time to sort through this literature, but we will be displaying it all through the Laser Tag Museum. In the meantime, the ILTA wants to thank Mr. Uhlyarik for the sizeable and impressive donation.

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Delta Strike Donates Pack, Posters, and More

Doug Willems and Shane Zimmerman of Delta Strike International donated several items to the ILTA’s Laser Tag Museum this past week.

The pack donated was an older Delta Strike vest with their classic style phaser. Also included was one of their older gaming program handheld device and an arena target. Showcasing Delta Strike’s marketing, Shane also included three trade show banners from the company’s display.

Special thanks to Delta Strike for the great donations! They will make a fine addition to the museum and add an impressive look to the company’s display area.

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Rare Lazer Zone of Canada (Pre-LaserRunner) Items Donated

Charles Peklenk, classic laser tag player, has continued to donate more items to the Laser Tag Museum.

In the past Charles has contributed several Star Laser Force items however, this time, he included sales literature for a company called Lazer Zone.

Those familiar with laser tag history will remember this was the first line of products to later evolve into the current Lazer Runner equipment. The Lazer Zone items donated included a sales brochure, a marketing postcard, and an example of a Lazer Zone inflatable arena.

Of the items donated he also included a Photon tri-fold brochure that was displayed in the lobbies of Photon facilities.

The Laser Tag Museum wishes to continue thanks to Charles for his impressive and historical donations to the museum.

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If you have any items you'd consider donating to the Laser Tag Museum please contact us let us know what you'd like to donate for display.

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Rare Star Laser Force Items Donated

Over the past few months, the ILTA has been in contact with Charles Peklenk, an avid player of classic laser tag systems such as Photon, Lazer Zone, and Star Laser Force. Charles has been providing the ILTA with great information on the history of these systems and the facilities that utilized the now-retired equipment. After a series of emails Charles decided to donate some very rare laser tag memorabilia to the Laser Tag Museum.

cpdon1The rarest items donated were from a system called "Star Laser Force." This system was brought to our attention when a technology driven online journalist wrote that it may have pre-dated Photon as the earliest laser tag system. While we debunked the controversy HERE, Star Laser Force is still one of the rarest and oldest systems in our industry.

Charles was an avid player at Star Laser Force when it opened and had actually saved his old Player ID Member Card and a buy-one-get-one-free pass which included the Star Laser Force Logo: soon to be put on display in our Laser Tag Museum. Included with that was a tri-fold brochure showcasing images of players, concept art, a map of the facility location, a coupon, tournament information, and back-story on the game. One item sent via email was an old photocopy of a poster that was hung in the offices of the Star Laser Force facility.


cpdon4He had also saved a number of articles that were photocopied from old entertainment magazines and newspapers during that time. One of those articles had a really great image of the Star Laser Force packs and phaser. Often Photon and Star Laser Force were mentioned and compared in these articles.

As the history of laser tag continues to unfold the contributions and information provided by Charles Peklenk will not be forgotten. The ILTA is very grateful for his donations and contributions to the preservation of these rare and fascinating items.

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Steradian Technologies Donates First Outdoor Products to Museum

Steradian Technologies, based out of Lafayette, Indiana, donated several of their outdoor laser tag equipment models to the Laser Tag Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

This impressive donation can be seen in the images below.

The items donated include two operational manuals, a Gamer Controller, a Scorpion II Laser Grenade, Eclipse models 260, 300, 310, and 405, a laser hopper, and an S-7 model phaser and headband. Jenny Richardson, part of the sales team for Steradian said, “We wanted to give the people viewing the equipment an idea of how our product has progressed over the years.” Visitors can see how the Eclipse unit has evolved from model to model.

Steradian Donation 1Steradian Technologies has been producing outdoor laser tag gear since 1999 and has a considerable market share in the outdoor laser tag industry. They supply several equipment pieces that can help change game scenarios. Steradian even hosts an annual outdoor laser tag event called TagCon in Lafayette, Indiana. The ILTA even attended the 2010 TagCon, which you can see the photos from HERE.

The ILTA thanks Steradian Technologies for their donation to the outdoor portion of our Laser Tag Museum. Visitors can see the museum at Lazer Blaze at 4121 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40207.

These are the first outdoor products ever donated to the Laser Tag Museum.

A side note on Steradian’s company name, a steradian is a unit of solid angular measure. Infrared LED's typically measure their power output in milliwatts per steradian.

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Pete Schwartz with Pursuit Zone Donates Rare Items

Over the past three years, Pete Schwartz with Pursuit Zone.com has donated a good number of rare laser tag items that he has acquired while working and selling for various companies through the yearsSome of the items donated were:arbottle

  • 1994 Windsor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon labeled for distribution by Actual Reality
  • Laser Storm Stock Certificate
  • Xavier Institute jacket from the x-men themed laser tag arenas, created for a trade show
  • Laser Chaser Pack
  • Variety of Sales Literature from various companies

In the past, Pete Schwartz has worked for a number of laser tag companies, such as Laser Storm and Zone Systems, and has previously been an independent sales representative for  for Laser Trek, Laser Chaser, and Actual Reality.

Today Pete is active with his new company Pursuite Zone, selling used laser tag equipment and more.

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Media Vision Donates Prototype Equipment

Tom Appleton, owner of Media Vision Inc., donated the prototype of their Plazma Force Laser Tag equipment to the Laser Tag Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Media Vision first introduced their laser tag equipment to the market in 2007, offering a unique design and chordless phaser. Media Vision got their start by offering Phazer Zone Paintless Paintball systems and then moved into the laser tag manufacturing.

Media Vision also won The Best New Product Award from IAAPA in 2010 for their digital black-light printing designs for laser tag arenas.medvisionpack

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George Carter III Donates Rare Photon Items

The Laser Tag Museum has received a very generous donation from George "Creator" Carter consisting of unique and extremely rare items

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  • - Photon original Operations Manual (complete with dot matrix print outs)
  • - T-Shirt from the first ever Intergalactic Tournament (This will be held in high regards and a unique display will be created for it)
  • - 2 other Photon T-Shirts
  • - Newspaper articles from Springfield, OH (Nov 9, 1986), Dallas Times Herald (April 5, 1986), Fort Worth Star Telegram (March 12, 1986),
  • - Arizona Republic Magazine (Sep 16, 1984)
  • - Star tabloid magazine (Feb 11, 1986)
  • - Offbeat Magazine from Ottawa, ONT (March 1986)
  • - Sports Illustrated Magazine (Feb 3, 1986)
  • - Photon Corporate Marketing Kit
  • - Starbase Field drawings (for a 12 player system dated 1988)
  • - CD with Photon sound files

And lastly, George donated his membership/press card from Photon Japan that was presented to him when he attended the grand opening.

In the next few weeks we will try to scan a lot of this material and post it here on BeamSport. We will be displaying these items in the museum display cases being renovated this month.

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Laser Tag Operators Donate Packs, Videos, and More

Our laser tag museum has some pretty impressive items on display, but did you know that some of our most interesting donations have come from operators?

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February 11, 2011 - Craig Whisman, Owner, Q-Zar Duluth, GA - This long time ILTA facility member donated over 60 impossible to find video and audio tapes of Q-Zar Marketing as well as a red and a green Q-Zar pack..

Steve Damicus, former Owner of Lazer Xtreme, Thornton, CO - Steve donated two Actual Reality packs and phasers.

Eric Johns, Owner, Laser Storm of Westminster, CO - Eric has donated very rare and nearly impossible to find conceptual drawings and posters from the now defunct Laser Storm Corporation.

Dave Hennis with Laser X/Country Club Lanes in Sacramento, CA donated an Intersphere pack.

Ryan Grey from the Party Dome in Odessa, MO donated Laser Mania packs

Eddie Mitchell with Hickory Dickory Dock in Hickory, NC donated two Q-Tag posters and several Q-2000 phasers and Q-Zar signs

The ILTA would also like to thank our anonymous donors who helped contribute by donating two Photon Packs as well as the original business plan from Photon Kennilworth, NJ written in 1986, a Laser Quest pack, and Stunner v1 laser tag pack and phaser.

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Rare IQ and Q-tag Items Donated

Energize Laser Tag out of Tomball, TX, donated some rare items from the latter days of Q-Zar to the museum, including an IQ phaser, Q-Tag phasers, and boxes of spare plastics for the IQ packs.1QPhasor1

Q-Zar was one of the largest franchises in laser tag history in the 1990's. In the last years before going bankrupt, Q-Zar created two systems, the IQ and Q-Tag.

 

IQ was a new style of vest and phaser from the company's popular design. Stepping away from the motocross vest mold, the pack was dramatically updated. You can see the initial design on the right, though the system was never ever installed in a commercial venue.  Only prototypes of the IQ packs were ever made.

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This makes the IQ one of the rarest laser tag packs in existence.

The Q-Tag system was designed specifically with children in mind, taking the initial mold of the Q-Zar phaser and scaling it down to accomodate younger players.

JR Robles, president and owner of Energize Laser Tag was contacted by the museum and during the initial call, he felt he did not have anything of value.  Nearly a year later, JR sent an email stating that he had found several boxes of items on the top shelf in a warehouse.  Those boxes contained parts and pieces as well as the one prototype IQ phaser.

JR graciously donated everything he had regarding the IQ system and the Q-Tag phaser.  The ILTA was able to put the items on display instead of being lost forever in the rubbish.

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Laserforce International Donates Rare Pack

Len Kelly, creator of the Laserforce laser tag system, donated an extremely rare item to the Laser Tag Museum: MK1 Laserforce pack.

The Laserforce opened for their first game in Australia in April 8, 1988.

Laserforce has the distinction of running the longest existing laser tag facility in the world and has been contributing to the laser tag industry from the start. The MK1 was their first generation of equipment and is a staple in our illustrious history.

The donation has been placed in the Museum and has added to the catalogue of history provided.

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*Edited April 29, 2013 - replaced the sentence "Laserforce is the oldest laser tag manufacturer in the world and has been contributing to the laser tag industry from the start." with the historically accurate "Laserforce has the distinction of running the longest existing laser tag facility in the world and has been contributing to the laser tag industry from the start."

*Edited October 28, 2013 - replaced the sentence "The Laserforce product debuted in Australia in January, 1988." with the historically accurate "The Laserforce opened for their first game in Australia in April 8, 1988."

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