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Know anybody you’d like to shoot with arrows?…Here’s your chance!
Corporate team building, stag and doe parties, a night out with friends…even date nights are perfect for a visit to Archery Addiction. We are the first to bring this exciting survival game to the Rochester area, and it’s fitting. Our athletes work hard during the week and play just as hard on the weekends and you should too!
The objective of the game is to “tag” members of the other team with your foam-tipped arrows. When an arrow hits a player the player is eliminated from the game. While removing members of the opposing team stacks the odds in your favor, your ultimate goal is to knock out the five centers on the spot-target located on the competitors’ side.
Ways to play
Keeping up with the score in a fast-paced game such as this is difficult, so a referee is present to keep track as much as possible. There are 3 basic criteria that we judge a win on: Whichever team eliminates all players on the opposing team. The team with the fewest hits on their home target. The team that takes out all of the spots on the opposing team’s home target first.
If you are hit on any part of the body by one of our foam-tipped arrows fired by another player you are “out”. A player can be disqualified if he or she breaks any of the game rules.
Playing The Game
To start the game, each player has a recurve bow made specifically for the game and a face mask to protect their eyes and face. The two teams are put on opposite sides of the playing field. Prior to the match, arrows are placed in the middle for retrieval. Additionally, of course, players are not allowed to cross this barrier to enter the opposing team’s territory. If you break this rule and encroach on enemy territory, you are automatically disqualified from the game. The arrows have foam tips for safety, and managing the inventory of your arrows is an important part of the overall game strategy. If you run out of arrows, your only hope in becoming a dominant player is either to catch an arrow shot by the other team, retrieve a missed shot, or have a teammate give you one of their arrows (good luck with that one).
In order to bring a player back into the game after he or she has been eliminated, you must hit an opposing team home target or catch an arrow mid-air from one of the opposing team members. Be careful, though, because missing the catch will mean you are eliminated, as well!
Each high-intensity game lasts only a maximum of seven minutes, and can include up to two game rounds. The game ends officially when one team has managed to eliminate all the players on the opposing team, or has hit all five opposing team home targets. The fast-paced speed of our games keeps players on their feet and moving at all times. Although the games are quick, the active pace is designed for high-energy players.
There are a few basic commands in our games that will be called by the referee in conjunction with a whistle blow:
“Archers to your marks!”:
When players hear this they should be alert and ready, with all playing gear on and arrows lined up in their team area.
With this call the round begins and players rush to center to grab the archery tag arrows.
When a referee yells this it can mean that an arrow has hit a player or that a player broke one of the game rules and has been disqualified from play. When a player gets called “out” they must step out or the arena and stand at the back of his or her home team base.
This signifies the current round is over and the next round will begin. When this call is made, move back to the starting position.
At this signal the game is over. The players should exit the arena and return all equipment to the checkout desk.
The official game equipment supplied is as follows: Facemasks, Bows or Slingbows, and Safe Foam-Tipped Arrows
What Should Players Wear?
There are no specific requirements, but players in athletic gear will have a distinct competitive advantage over players that wear more constricting clothing or unsecured footwear. Athletic shoes allow the quick movements you need to succeed in this fast-paced game. As with other active team-based games, gym shorts and comfortable athletic tee shirts are usually best.
Tactics and strategies
Utilizing the obstacles provided on the field is a large key to winning the game. Each layout may be different, but the barriers help block you from any incoming arrows and allow for good vantage points to shoot at other players and their home target.
Best ways to win
Always play to your team’s strengths! If you have more accurate shooters, go for the opposing team’s home target. If your teammates are quick and agile you may find catching incoming arrows the easiest way to help you defeat the opposing team.