The latest evolution of laser tag may be a return to more primitive weaponry, as Archery Tag is gaining traction as a new team combat sport.
This is a brilliant concept. The official Archery Tag website describes the game as “similar to dodgeball with our bows and patented foam-tipped arrows.” It’s like an archery 3D field course on steroids, where the targets move, attack and shoot back at you.
Unlike laser tag or paintball, in Archery Tag you can actually see and dodge the arrows coming at you, hence the similarity to dodgeball.
You’ve got to be fast, fit and accurate as you run in and out of cover and try to draw a bow to aim and hit your opponents…and not get arrowed by them in the process.
Of course the arrows are safe, regulation foam-tipped arrows and the bows look to be of lower poundage than hunting or even archery competition bows.
Here’s how the game is played:
Two teams, consisting of 5 players each playing opposite one another, are separated by a ‘safe zone.’ Each team also has what we call a ‘5-Spot Knockout Target.’ There are two objectives: 1) to tag the opponents, and 2) to knock out the five discs of the opposing team’s target. You eliminate a player by tagging him or her with an arrow, or by catching his or her arrow. The 5-Spot Targets work to save a ‘life’ of one of the players. A ‘tagged’ player can be called back into the game when a target spot is knocked out or when a teammate catches an arrow.
This fast action video is put out by Archery Sports. Follow them on Facebook to see all sorts of news and updates on Archery Tag in Australia and elsewhere.
Admit it, you really want to play this. I know I do.