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Laser Quest

So as you know I’ve been struggling recently to come up with anything to write about and as I mentioned the night before last my good friend Anthony suggested some topics that I could string together for the rest of the month to help me get myself back on track!

One of the suggestions was to write a post about Laser Quest.

I started playing LQ back when I was a young teenager, I’m sure I had played it before at friends birthday parties as I many of probably have, but around 16 was when I first started playing on a regular basis.

I used to attend the “Cardiac arrest” every Saturday morning (a 90 minute nonstop game) and the “manic 45” (a 45 minute nonstop game) every Monday night. After playing in these regularly I was encouraged to attend the Members nights that where held every Sunday. This is where players of all ages would attend and take part in competitive events, 1v1’s and game types that were not available to the general public.

What may surprise you to know is that despite being now well into my thirties, it was as recently as 3 years ago that I played in my last major tournament.

LQ is often thought of as a game for kids, anyone who has ever played in a tournament will let you know this really isn’t the case. Tournament LQ is vastly different from those birthday parties you might have attended in your younger years; it’s a lot faster, a lot more physical and a hell of a lot more competitive.

It’s also a great way to socialise, through playing LQ I have taken trips to France and Holland, made friends in both these countries, and had some fantastic times. Many of my friends have also travelled as far as Canada and the States to take part in events.

Whilst the tournaments may have been the main reason for taking these trips the social aspect is what made them worthwhile, that and the trophies!

Whilst the team that I played for and eventually captained cannot be called successful in comparison to some of the more established teams, we were the 2nd best team in Europe at one point.

Sadly, like me many of the players have now moved on, and got Jobs or commitments that prevent them from playing and the younger generation hasn’t really stepped up to take our places, add to that my local site closed down and its now probably been a good 2 years plus since I put a pack on.

Whilst I miss playing the game itself, it’s more the community that I miss most. Much as I still see many of the people that I played with and am in contact with a lot of them via Facebook and other mediums my yearly trips to the continent have become a thing of the past.

  1. Alan
    July 5, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    May be another ELC in Calais this October.

    • July 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      hmm, well october is always a tough one for my coz its Xmas! BUT im going for an office role atm so in the event that I get that and the ELC is on a weekend then it just might be possible for me to make it. keep me in the loop and ill let you know if Im around!

  2. July 5, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Fascinating! I love these glimpses of aspects of people that we’d never expect!

  3. Mashton
    July 6, 2012 at 12:29 am

    All about Trixxys Court yard games on the roof…. Epic

  1. March 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Dont stalk me in silence let me know your there!!

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