"Lasertag With Swords" Means Pretend Jedi Can Finally Keep Score

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As the tagline for the Kickstarter video says: “How is this not a thing yet?”

This post originally appeared on Kotaku UK.

Sabertron is a set of foam swords with built in scoring, adding a video game element to the age old pass time of ‘hitting people’. It’s now 150% funded with 19 days left. (Thanks Geekologie)

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Sensors in the hilt communicate between swords, differentiating between blade and body hits and even allow for a range of game modes:

ONE HIT TO WIN IT

Self explanatory. Land one successful body hit, and you win.

COUNTDOWN

Land three hits to win.

METERED DAMAGE

The stronger the blow, the more damage your opponent takes.

ETERNAL STRUGGLE

Identical to Countdown, only you can earn health back over the passage of time, or by blocking several blows.

HOPELESS

The name says it all. Identical to Eternal Struggle, only you can earn health back more quickly, and with even fewer blocks. Also, the lower your health gets, the less damage you’ll take.

At the moment it’s only one-on-one fights but multiplayer’s promised along with shields and armour “around the corner”.


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In college all the nerdy kids would meet up on the grassy knoll at my school and fence with foam axes, staffs, swords and the like. I was always kind of intrigued (being a deep down nerd myself.)

Finally I got up the nerve and asked if I could join in. They were very nice and soon handed me a foam axe, while the dude i was fighting got a foamy staff.

Within 3 seconds i was doubled over in pain. Turns out "Wrapped in foam" =\= "Painless nut shots"