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Laser combat: much safer than you’d expect

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For those who have yet to experience a tactical laser combat session, or to allow their kids to try it, there may be concerns regarding the safety of the game.  Visualizing lasers coming from guns and being aimed at someone’s eyes can be disconcerting, but that’s so far from reality.  It’s important to understand how laser combat works, so any fears regarding safety issues are alleviated.

One concern some people seem to have is that the weapons used in laser combat are actual lasers, which couldn’t be further from the truth.  “Although our armory is comprised of sophisticated, realistic weapons, the “ammo” is just infrared light,” said Huckbody.  “It’s the same signal sent out by your television remote, which is as safe as it gets.  It’s just invisible light.”

“Possibly the worst thing that could happen during laser combat at our facility is that someone breaks the rules of engagement and runs into another player,” said Doug Huckbody, owner of Battle House.  “We have a minimum of two Field Marshals present for each gaming session who act as referees, making sure the rules of engagement are followed.  Their primary responsibility is to promote and maintain a safe environment for all players.

When laser combat enthusiasts come to participate in their favorite mission scenarios, they don’t need to bring anything.  “We provide everything each player needs,” said Huckbody.  “There’s no need for protective gear, special eyewear, helmets, or anything like that.  It’s just a matter of showing up in comfortable clothing and being ready to play.”

Parents frequently ask if it’s safe to drop off their kids for a gaming session and then go run errands for the 1 hour, 45 minute time period.  “Every mission is supervised and the mission scenarios are very structured,” said Huckbody.  “Parents are welcome to stay, join in the battle, and watch their kids, or they can leave and come back later.”  For more information, please contact:

 

Battle House Laser Combat

28039 W Northpointe Pkwy  Unit 4

Lake Barrington, IL 60010

815-900-9003

www.battlehouselasercombat.com

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