Virtual Reality Arcade Guide
Exploring VR Gaming
An experience like no other! Virtual Reality (VR) immerses you into a world of gaming that’s so real, you may have a hard time coming back to reality.
VR Background & History
The best way to understand VR is to break it down into two parts. The definition of virtual is slightly ambiguous: think about it as something that doesn’t physically exist yet appears to. Reality, of course, is what actually exists. Combining the two basically means “seeming-reality.” VR gives us the ability to explore worlds that we might never get a chance to see in real life.
The idea of VR dates back to the 1800s, when artists began creating panoramic paintings to make the observer feel like they were completely immersed in the art. The goal was to fill the observer’s entire field of vision with the painting. Around 1930, the first flight simulator was created to allow pilots to practice their skills in an environment that felt similar to flying a real plane. In 1935, Stanley G. Weinbaum’s science fiction short story “Pygmalion’s Spectacles” effectively predicted modern-day VR technology. He wrote about a pair of goggles that allow the wearer to experience an entirely different world—including not only holographics, but different tastes and smells. Since then, small but critical advances in technology have allowed us to build on Weinbaum’s idea.
Fast forward to the 1980s, when NASA began working on VR concepts. The industry took a giant leap forward in 2007 when Google got involved. In 2014, Facebook bought VR headset manufacturer Oculus and Sony announced their idea for a virtual reality project. Enter VR gaming...
First Person VR Gaming
VR gaming offers the user a fully immersive, first-person perspective of game action. Think about playing your favorite video game, but then literally being dropped into that world as your own character. It’s that other-worldly sensation that sets VR apart from any other form of gaming.
At Nomads, you can escape into a number of worlds—from the soccer pitch and being a chef at a 5-star restaurant to deep space and more.
We’ll use the “Creed Boxing” world to offer a sample of what it’s like. For anyone who loves the “Rocky” and “Creed” spinoffs, you’ll get to test your pugilist skills as Adonis Creed, going up against storied characters in the “Rocky” realm, including Clubber Lang, Viktor Drago, Danny Wheeler, and more.
Once you slip the VR headset on, you’re Adonis Creed—in the ring, under the lights, surrounded by crowd noise. You face off against your opponent throwing every punch you’ve ever seen in a real fight. Uppercuts, hooks, haymakers, and blocks are all part of your repertoire. You’ll also get tagged (VR bonus: you won’t get hurt, but you will lose points). What makes it so real is that the game is designed to track and respond to your movements. If you throw too many punches and tire yourself out, the virtual ref will force you to take a time-out. Once you’re in Adonis’s world, you’re completely immersed. You experience a whole new world, one punch at a time.
Immerse yourself and your friends in a whole range of new worlds at Nomads Adventure Quest!
Indoor Mini Golf Guide
Raise Your Mini Golf Game
Take your short game to the next level with this mini golf guide provided by Nomads Adventure Quest!
Mini Golf History
Miniature golf, also known as mini golf, mini-putt, crazy golf or putt-putt, is an offshoot of the sport of golf. In this case, it’s focused solely on putting, with shots typically spaced within 10 yards from the tee to the cup.
It should come as no surprise that the first recorded game of mini golf took place in Scotland, the cradle of golf. While the first, rudimentary shorter courses with artificial surfaces began to show up in Europe in the early part of the 20th century, mini golf debuted in the U.S. in Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1961.
Mini Golf Course Setup and Rules
Unlike standard golf, you need no special equipment or training to play mini golf—just show up, grab a supplied putter and ball, and have a blast with your family and friends.
Like standard golf, most mini golf courses have 18 holes. Every course also features unique, fun variations that make every hole different. You’ll also find obstacles on the course that offer fun challenges. They might be anything from a series of rocks to a windmill to trees to just about anything else. At Nomads Adventure Quest, players find themselves winding their way through a stone-age maze, complete with dinosaurs, cavemen and black lights that make every decoration glow in the dark!
The rules are simple. You move from numbered hole to hole in order, using your putter to get the ball from the tee to the cup in the shortest number of strokes. The player with the lowest number of strokes for the whole course wins. It’s that simple, making it easy for players of any age to participate.
Quick Tips for a Better Mini Golf Game
Here are some tips that can help you and your fellow players up your games.
Mini Golf Etiquette
Mini Golf Strategy
Try a new twist on an old favorite and take your mini golf game to a whole new level. Check out Mini Golf at Nomads Adventure Quest!
Laser Tag Guide
Laser Tag History
Laser tag dates back to the late 1970s, when the U.S. Army began performing strategic combat exercises with infrared lasers. For us non-military folks, the games may well have started when the Star Trek Electronic Phaser Guns came out at about the same time. Almost as soon as they were introduced, people began using them for simulated combat.
Eventually, those games evolved into laser tag, which uses infrared devices for indoor and outdoor close quarter, role-playing combat.
How to Play Laser Tag
Laser tag requires at least two players, but you can have up to 15 players at Nomads.
At the start of a match, each team gets aligned on opposite sides of the laser tag arena. Typically, you’ll take a few minutes to strategize and plan before the match starts. A match generally lasts anywhere from a few minutes to over 15 minutes and even longer, depending on the size of the teams and what you’ve agreed to up front.
In terms of execution, every player wears a vest with sensors on the front and back and gets a laser tag gun that’s connected to the vest. You shoot at the other team’s players by aiming your gun at the sensors on their vests and pressing the trigger on your gun. When a player is hit, they can’t be shot at or shoot at other players for several seconds. You also have a limited number of lives—usually between three and five—so you can end up out of the game.
As far as scoring goes, you want to shoot as many of your opponents as possible. Every sensor hit means scores a point. The points at the end are totaled and each player’s total points are added to their team’s score. At the end of the match, the team with the most points wins.
Laser Tag Equipment
One of the great things about laser tag—aside from the fact that it’s simply a blast to play—is that it doesn’t require a ton of equipment. As described above, all you’ll need are the vests with sensors and infra-red guns. Also, you should wear closed-toed shoes for safety. That’s about it!
Laser Tag Rules
Laser tag rules and regulations are all about putting safety first and making sure everyone is on a level playing field, with the same advantages and disadvantages. In general, players shouldn’t:
Laser Tag Strategy
There are some laser tag strategies you can use to get an edge and increase your chances of success. Here are just a few:
The language of Laser Tag
Like every sport, laser tag has terms all its own. Here’s a brief list:
Are you ready to have fun at the speed of light? Check out Laser Tag at Nomads!
Duckpin Bowling Guide
The History of Duckpin Bowling
Duckpin bowling, a variation of standard bowling, is believed to have originated in Baltimore, Maryland at Diamond Alleys—a bowling, billiards, and pool hall—around the early 1900s.
At the turn of the century, bowling leagues typically operated only during the winter months. In the summer, many centers closed down. However, a few centers—including Diamond Alleys—remained open during the spring and summer. Instead of traditional tenpin, Diamond Alleys used smaller six-inch balls for modified games like “cocked-hat,” which used only the 1, 7, and 10 pins, and “five back,” using the 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 pins.
Diamond Alleys’ manager Frank Van Sant came up with the idea of fashioning standard tenpins into smaller pins to conform to the six-inch ball. He gathered a group of players to try out his new set and it was an immediate hit at Diamond Alleys. One man noted that anytime someone knocked the pins over, it looked like “a flock of flying ducks,” thus coining the term “duckpin.”
A half-century later, in 1953, submarine designer Ken Sherman developed an automatic pinsetter for duckpin bowling that made transitions between games more seamless and, therefore, more convenient and fun, which ultimately led to its popularity throughout the country.
Duckpin Bowling Rules & Scoring
The rules of duckpin bowling are similar to standard tenpin bowling. Duckpin uses ten pins (remember, slightly smaller) and a smaller bowling ball without finger holes. Each player has three chances to knock down as many pins as they can—in theory, all ten pins in three tries. Here are the basics of scoring:
In duckpin bowling, the higher your score, the better.
Duckpin Bowling Tips & Tricks
Nomads Adventure Quest is the perfect place to play duckpin bowling, whether you’re looking to perfect your skills independently or just have fun with family and friends. It’s appropriate for all ages and simple to learn, which makes it a great sport to play. Here are some tips and tricks that can help you perfect your game:
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