|Yes, this web site is dedicated to a defunct game. So what... we love it!
Now, on with the introduction...
A few years ago, Hasbro produced a short-lived infrared tag game called Electronic Survivor Shot. I bought as many units as I could find. Unfortunately, Hasbro discontinued the line in 1990 and no longer has any Electronic Survivor Shot units. No one else knows where any are. If you have any information leading to the whereabouts of a cache of ESS guns of any size, please e-mail us.
Hasbro has released Laser Tag Team Ops:
- No headgear. The targets are on the gun.
- Range runs about 150' or so. Maybe.
- Interactive re-loading. The player is forced to actually cock the electronic gun to reload 10 shots at a time.
- The guns talk to each other. This is a cool feature, particularly during programmed games. The guns know when other guns are nearby, when they have been hit by this or that individual gun, and how many times. At the end of a game, the gun downloads all the information into the Master gun and then the Master gun does all the math, sending Critical Statistics back to each individual gun for personal review.
- The guns are not backward compatible with the original ESS guns, though I have been informed that the other new set, called Drones, will be. One thing these guns will do is instantly kill any Lazer Challenge Pro equipment within range of the "I'm here" signal. It was fun watching John's eyes as he turned on his target and suddenly was just dead.
- Heads Up Display. Yeah. No target on your head, but a speaker and a "Pepper's Ghost" reflection of three indicator lights: Someone in Range, Someone Just Hit You, and You Just Hit Someone. Not high on the new technology scale, but neat. The same information is displayed on the LCD panel on the back of the gun. I would rather use the panel, but it has no backlight, so it is completely useless at night.
- So... the final word. Not what I wanted out of the new stuff, but still a good starter kit. Sam's Wholesale sells the new starter kit (2 guns, 2 HUDs, and 2 three-channel walkie talkies) for about $50. Not a bad price.
What's Here Anyway?
After playing the game for a few years, we have learned a few things that we would like to share with other players of ESS. Including, but not limited to:
All that stuff they say about the game on the box and all the stuff we have found to the contrary.
The standard ESS guns are okay. Ours are better. From the simple paint job to the top secret mini-maglight modification, there are instructions for all sorts of helpful alterations.
Rules of Play
So you don't have to make all the mistakes and falls and stumbles we have made, we give a handy guide to some rules we use while playing.
Tales of the Infradead
Okay, sometimes rules do not eliminate all the problems of playing on public property or in parking garages or around cacti. We have collected some stories, not only from our local players, but from players around the country.
After all the hype, you are probably wondering what type of person it takes to play this game. Meet the players of Dublin, Georgia's one-and-only ESS team, Night Force, and find out how your team could be a part of this site, too.
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