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  • Writer's pictureRolf Graf

Team building laser tag games at Bangkok Siam Square

Beunite organized a high adrenaline indulging team building event "Laser games" for Hitachi on 9th October 2017.  The client, Hitachi Singapore visited Bangkok for a three-day conference and team building event.

Laser tag games with Hitachit at Bangkok Siam Square
Laser tag games with Hitachit at Bangkok Siam Square

This one-hour team building event "Laser tag game" was organized to fit the group's schedule, who visited  floating market in the morning and proceeded to Siam Niramit after the event for the evening program. Laser tag is a team building game played with guns which fire infrared beams. The event venue is conveniently located in the basement of Novotel Siam hotel.

The 52 Hitachi delegates arrived at 3 p.m. and the delegates were split into 4 groups and each team had to come up with a team name:

  • Team Big Bang (Red)

  • Team Suicide squad (Green)

  • Team bang bang bang (Yellow)

  • Team Amazing (Blue)

  • Each player was handed out a an illuminated, infrared-sensitive vest. The lights on the vest indicated the different teams, red, green, yellow and blue.

Delegates from Hitachi Singapore posing for a group picture at Siam Laser game center.
Delegates from Hitachi Singapore posing for a group picture at Siam Laser game center.

The laser tag game rules:

For the first game, the team with the most points was the winning team. The player who successfully shot another player received 200 points, while if he/she got shot, 50 points were deducted. Points from each individual player were added and the team score was published on the large screen in front of the playground.

With the gun, team members shot other players from the opposing teams. When a player was shot, the lights on the vest went off and the person was incapable of playing for 5 seconds, until the light went on again and shooting continued.

Strategic plans

Before the teams entered the playground, they were asked to make their strategic plans. The playground was dark with many obstacles and hiding places, perfect for these kinds of strategic games.

The game and winning team

The first game lasted 12 minutes and after a fun but tiring battle the teams gathered in front of the big screen to look at their scores. Frantic cheers broke out when the red team was announced the winning team.

The next game was played in a slightly different format. If a player was hit 15 times, he/she was out of the game. No team was was completely eliminated. Again, the red team (Big Bang) was winning team with more than 1,000 points ahead.

Delegates from Hitachi Singapore during the laser game combat.
Delegates from Hitachi Singapore during the laser game combat.

The showdown

Then it was time to spice it up a bit. I (the facilitator) asked the green, yellow and blue team if they wanted to merge and fight the red team in the final battle. Thunderous cheers broke out, the audience was so emotional and I got goose bums.

One team member from the red team didn't want to play and handed the vest over to me. So I joined the game. I was speechless. It was so much fun, so exiting, so emotional. We (the red team) went straight to the end of the hall, where there were large obstacles and perfect to hide. We hid and shot, while the other three teams attacked. So we had a slight advantage. About 6 minutes into the game, I was shot 15 times and my lights went off so I walked out a bit disappointed, but still all pumped up and happy at the same time.

We (the red team) were outnumbered in the end and lost all our players before time was up. The red team was happy having won two games and the other teams were happy beating the red team in the final battle.

There are many other ways to play these games and we have yet to check them all out.

  • Protect the VIP – The team with the VIP must hide and conceal them for a set length of time while the opposing team tries to eliminate the VIP within the given time limit.

  • Stealth or Invisibility matches – Where the lights indicating a player's target sensors are deactivated.

  • Base-centric matches – where a team must defend a base while simultaneously attacking the opponent's base. Many prominent laser tag game systems, including LASERTRON, LaserBlast and Zone utilize this game format.

  • "Borg" matches – where players on a team share a pool of commonly held resources.

  • Juggernaut matches - One player is allocated as the 'juggernaut' and gains points for staying as the juggernaut. Other players attempt to eliminate this player and thus become the juggernaut themselves. Similar to Domination-style games.

  • Elimination matches – where a player is eliminated if tagged a certain number of times.

  • Domination matches – where a player gains points for possessing a field target for certain lengths of time.

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