The Australasian Zone Operators Conference will be held in March 9th-11th2018 in Albury NSW in conjunction with the Zone Laser Tag Australasian Championships.
Zone operator conferences are highly valuable and motivational events for operators, and senior entertainment centre staff. Topics will include operational strategies, marketing, leagues and tournaments, a chance to learn from successful laser tag operators, and an update on Zone’s new products—Helios 2, Zone Laser Sports, Banksia, Helix Shooting Gallery and more.
Conferences also provide a unique opportunity to network with other operators, sharing business expertise, and giving you helpful contacts and friends with similar business interests. The conference is vital motivation and training for your role as a Zone owner, operator or senior manager. Don’t miss it!
Improving the game experience – lockout, friendly fire, good shot feedback and more…
The laser tag game is so much more than tag and deactivate. This is especially true when you have a dedicated competitive player-base. They notice every little detail, every timing, every light pattern and use it to their advantage.
Here at Zone we pride ourselves on providing the best game experience out there, which is why we have the largest competitive scene, the longest running competition, and the only true world’s competition.
This week we’ve updated some key game experience parameters on Helios Pro to increase the fun, fairness and competitive play-ability.
Here are some quotes from the patch notes:
Helios Lockout is a new method that has been made especially for this new generation of Pack technology, and this is the way it works: when pulling the trigger while deactivated, it will function as a regular shot – just without the result. This will mean that practically, if you fire half a second before being reactivated, you will have to wait half a second after reactivation (1 shot per second) before you may fire again. Unlike Nexus, this will scale with shot rate, so a 2 shot per second game will function differently than a 1 shot per second game.
“Tagged by Ally” and “Tagged Ally” now produce different Screens, sounds, and light patterns. This will give you a clear indication for when you’re gaining points, or not. This will also reset the GSF counter, detailed below.
An old favourite from Infusion is being brought back – Good Shot Feedback (GSF)! When Hit Recognition is enabled, you will ding when you tag a player. We’ve enhanced that by changing the sounds when you reach a certain level – 3 tags results in a “Well Done” sound, 5 results in a “Skilled” sound, 9 results in an “Excellent” sound, 11 results in an “Impressive” sound, 13 results in an “Awesome” sound, and finally – 15 tags will result in your pack saying “Zone God”.
Do you want to be left behind on an inferior product as this exciting sport grows into the mainstream, or do you want to use the product that players love? Contact us to find out how to join the growing world of competitive laser tag.
Zone Laser Tag (as the parent company P&C Micros) made a splash at AALARA tradeshow this year with the Australasian release of Bankisa. AALARA is Australia’s amusement industry conference and tradeshow, with manufacturers, industry figureheads and operators all in one place. Zone Laser Tag showed an extensive booth, with laser tag, accessories and Banksia.
AALARA saw two major product releases: Banksia Family Entertainment Management Software and Helios2. Both were received well, with interest across the amusement industry in Banksia and discussions with several operators on the potential of Helios2.
Although small, AALARA 2017 was a successful tradeshow for Zone Laser Tag as we seek to stamp our mark on the Australian laser tag scene and the amusement industry generally. For too long misinformation spread about the state of the industry in Australia as Zone has focused globally.
This year Zone is making a splash at the AALARA trade show with the Australasian release of Banksia Family Entertainment Management Software. Banksia FEMS is a Family Entertainment Management System designed to cater the growing needs of your business. Banksia is a fully integrated system that provides full control of your operations, meeting your precise requirements, without the thousands of dollars price tag.
While Zone is first and foremost a Laser Tag company, Management software is something we certainly specialise in. Our Laser Tag systems are reliable and ground-breaking, with many industry firsts being released by Zone. Banksia is not the first booking and management system Zone has produced. Nearly a decade ago, Acacia was bundled with Laser Tag installations and many sites still use it to this day.
Banksia in use at Darkzone Box Hill.
With Banksia, we have used our considerable industry experience to produce a system that meets the needs of small venues up to multi-attraction FEC installations. Banksia is modeled on modular design architecture, enabling you to purchase only the modules that your operation currently requires. Modules can be added at as your business grows and the demand to streamline your operations increases.
“We use the CIP arcade control system, and it is a vast improvement over our previous swipe card system. We have all the customisation we could possibly need at our fingertips”
– Ben Baker, Laserzone Lawnton.
Arcade controllers in Fun City Shepparton
Banksia has been in development for several years with successful worldwide beta testing ongoing for the past 18 months. Here at Zone, we feel it is time to release to the Australasian market. Visit us at booth 25 to see Banksia in action and try out the popular Arcade Management card system.
The Pickup Pad is a Zone exclusive arena device which players stand and use their touch screen Helios Pro phasers to interact with. The Pickup Pad is a bright and colourful arena device that draws and wows customers. Since its release last year, Zone has installed over 30 Pickup Pads worldwide.
But we’re not leaving it at that! The Pickup Pad is receiving exclusive Helios Pro game support with Survivor and Hot Potato recently released included in our list of 54 Pro games (check it out here).
Hot Potato is a hilarious game in which players access the Pickup Pad to grab the “Hot Potato”. The Hot Potato is going to explode, so you need to get rid of it by tagging another player. As long as player holds the hot potato, they will lose points. When it explodes, the player who is holding it will lose points and the person who first acquired the potato will gain them.