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Published October 10th 2013
Under freeways and on rooftops, attack your enemy at dusk
Some time ago I brought to weekend notes the adventures of Gingers Ninjas (myself and four friends) in our first experience of Tech Assaults Laser Tag. We were somewhat unprepared for the strategies and tactics required to succeed in the Domination Tournament, the opportunity to be involved in a real life video game scenario, requiring the team to achieve territory control, complete with military style weapons. Despite the stiff competition of regular gamers however, we were able to achieve a respectable result and had a fun, physical night out.
Picture yourself in Battle at Rooftop Laser Skirmish
The team at Tech Assault true to their word, have been hard at work developing new formats at some exciting locations for their superior brand of laser skirmish gaming, aimed at providing awesome experiences for gamers and general adventurers alike.
Taking the real life gaming experience to locations across Melbourne that look like Cityscape backdrops from actual games, your unique night out could involve attacking the enemy under freeways or on rooftops as the sun goes down.
It was easy enough to get caught up in combat mode with the battle props provided in the cleverly disguised Northcote Indoor Sports Centre. It's an entirely different experience engaging in Tech Assaults' special brand of video game inspired combat simulation, as night descends and you are on a rooftop in Melbourne's CBD, surrounded by the lights of the city.
ou will need to complete objectives and eliminate the opposition. To win you will need accuracy, strategy, team work and communication.
The season will begin Saturday 12th October and will be held on one Saturday a month in the warmer months. Future sessions include: Nov 9th, Dec 14th, Jan 11th, Feb 8th and Mar 8th.
Rooftop Laser Skirmish is held at Discovery Melbourne Hostel Rooftop, 167 Franklin Street, Melbourne CBD.
Private sessions for parties or team building are available for afternoon session bookings, or public session tickets can be purchased for $20 per person ($18 for students). Public Sessions are held 6-9pm, with the evening split into three hour long sessions: 6pm-7pm, 7pm-8pm and 8pm-9pm. Each session will consist of 2 teams of 6 players (although you don't need to form a team before hand - individuals welcome).
The most recent addition to the Tech Assault offerings is their Backlot Map in Southbank, which, just like a modern game urban landscape backdrop, has you fighting in an outdoor tournament style arena under the freeway.
Tech Assault will also be participating in Pop up Playgrounds 'This is a Door' Festival held in St Kilda in November, it is a month long festival of games, play and participatory performance presented by Melbourne's new games designers and playful companies. The 29th November until 1st of December will be a whole weekend dedicated to new games and playful experiences at the This is a Door All Day Play Room at Theatre Works.
Tech Assault will be running a special experimental live action game on this weekend called Mech Combat. The idea is to build your own robot out of recycled materials and have the Tech Assault team equip it with custom electronics to engage in combat with other Mechs.