This started as an early one’ we were on the way by 6:15am, we stopped at border town for lunch and were making good time until we hit A TON of road works which was ridiculous! Once we arrived we checked out the Laser Realm maze which is a very open maze with many base take locations. Just as we were at Hats, we were overwhelmed by everyone’s amazing timing and skill level and started adjusting. It was also good to finally meet Chook face to face.
Day 2 was my birthday, we found out we were close to another zone site in Geelong, so thought it would be worth a visit since it was fairly close. There maze was also open and had nice pillars around d the maze In various locations. It was apart of a Timezone, so along with laser tag there was many other arcade games etc..
Unfortunately, i got very unwell during the trip, so when ever I wasn’t playing I was sleeping.
Canberra was a great highlight meeting up with players we will be seeing at Nats as well as attending their quiz night and small after party !
In order of places visited here is where we went:
-Werribee (Laser Realm)
-Sunshine (Darkzone ‘Fun City)
-Melbourne (M9 ‘Crown’)
-Bendigo (Laserzone ‘The Zone’)
-Albury (Zone Laser Tag)
-Canberra (Zone 3)
Highlights of the trip (I wrote these in Mar 2013, so some bits were a bit hazy)
-Werribee. The Whole Competition was great, playing every match in the finals as a sub was exhausting but worth it! Noofa is always a highlight <3 The maze is also something I had never played in before, so open and so many shooter spots it was great. Also the first 6 base maze i’ve played in!
-Geelong. Finding it took us some time.. thats a highlight in itself. The maze is really open and immersive, defiantly not a comp maze. Unfortunately their bases were out of action but the elevator down to the arena was a cool idea!
-Sunshine. This maze was HUGE, it was the closest thing to an actual maze i have played in. Chook told us we should check this out on the way to Canberra and it was defiantly a good stop! So much art and effects all over the walls and everything. The standard game format had random intervals where score announcements were made, i think all bases could be shot twice.. having six of them that’s a huge amount of points! It was very easy to get lost and see no one for a few minutes in there. The staff were great and even had souvenirs for us to buy!
-Melbourne. Ive always wanted to play at the crown zone for some reason, The staff treated us great (because Azrael works at a M9 in Adelaide himself) This maze was also another open, immersive one apparently they used to have opening doors in the maze which have since been disabled, we also found the old terminator in a darkened corner which was also previously used. Me and Azrael had a 1v1 here which was amazing due to the openness we don’t get at home.
-Box Hill. This is the second time i’ve been here (less sick this time too!) They had the new RFID member tags on display, but weren’t allowed to sell them yet, which was a tease. They also had the new base control stations in there which wirelessly connect to packs in range and give out power-ups during the game, They are used in other upcoming game formats that we didn’t get to play unfortunately. Wraith was nice enough to join us here too which gave us time to talk about older zone related stuff.
-Bendigo. I’m going to say it right now, i HATE their bases. The slight ramps leading to under the base kill to kneel on. The screens are pretty awesome, allowing you to see whats going on in the other bases and outside your own. I would’ve loved to see how Nationals was played here a few years ago, with the upstairs bits overlooking the bases for some mega rageinfused denials. A major highlight was hanging out with the Bendigbros. EliteDude, UBeH8in, Jake and the rest.. being kicked out of Maccas car park for being too loud and stealing Azraels car for a second.. gold.
-Albury. After a ton of driving we were finally in NSW.. and the first thing we did is get out the car and play laser tag. The staff were great, and enthusiastic to play against us and talk to us about all laser tag subjects once we mentioned we’re Nats players. The maze is in a pretty big open space, and was designed by one of the workers. Lots of half height walls and sneaky grates always got me, and they also had covers they could slide on and off grates near bases which was handy for more competitive games, at the time we were talking about merging out teams together for Nats but we managed to find a few more Adeladieans. Fortunately they’re coming this year to Canberra still. A few other highlights were free key-chain laser guns *pew*pew* and Azrael showing them how a briefing is done in SA !
-Canberra. Our last stop, It was probs around 7pm when we rang them to try and sneak a game in before the next day.. We finally arrived later in the evening after crazy amounts of driving and saw the Nats arena for the first time, it was similar to home. A little less moment space then the others we had visited but the bases were like nothing I have ever seen, hanging over the walls allowing them to be shot from different directions. We also attended a Quiz nights to help fund-raise the Canberra Nats teams for accommodation / flights for Nats.. It was great fun even though we did terribly.. The party after was good fun though being able to socialize even more with the Canberra guys before our long journey back to Adelaide the next morning.
-The Way back. Azrael drove the whole way. Got pulled over by police, they said we need sum ov dem green P plates up and telling us how we’re wrong about SA driving laws.
… It was not very effective