Every year, the UKLTA organises Dropzone, our main anthology style event, usually over the late May Bank Holiday. Dropzone is a highlight of our social calendar but also a time when people try out 'different' things in a series of short games
The cost varies from year to year but is usually in the region of £60.
For insurance reasons, you must be a UKLTA member. This costs £5 for a single event or £10 for a year.
For many years, Dropzone was hosted at Harmer Green Scout camp. Since the loss of the site it has moved around a variety of outdoor locations throughout the UK.
All sites are accessible by car and we’re a friendly bunch, so if you need a lift from a nearby railway station or other place you can get to on public transport, that can be arranged. Please contact us in advance if you need a lift.
As socialising is a big part of Dropzome many players bring a tent. The schedule also allows enough time for players who want a more comfortable bed to stay at a nearby hotel.
If you would like some other arrangement (such as bringing a campervan) then please contact us. Several of our regular players bring a campervan so it is not uncommon.
What you should bring
As all our events are outdoors you need to be prepared for a physically active day in whichever season it takes place. Plan your meals and bring anything you need to prepare them. You will need to check what options are available for a specific event. Any given event may or may not be catered, provide access to a kitchen, or allow cooking fires. There is usually time at meal breaks to go out for a take-away should you wish.
Here are the common things you'll usually need to attend one of our events.
- A UKLTA compatible Laser-Tag gun and sensor. Loan equipment can be arranged, please contact the game organiser in advance if you need these.
- Costume appropriate to the event, which will have its own guide. If you are crewing a game normally you will be asked to bring 'blacks' which is a pair of plain black trousers/cargo pants and black top/sweater/hoodie, which may be accessorised with things such as badges/tabards provided by the organiser.
- Boots or tough outdoor shoes, ideally with ankle support. Don't skimp here, treat it like a day hiking. In everything but high summer it's best they're properly waterproof.
- A waterproof coat, even if it's just a folding packable one. This is the UK you know.
- Water in something you can carry. There is always somewhere on-site with water but you need a container and if you fill it in advance you won't forget.
- A snack you can carry. You may be more active than normal and run out of energy.
- Any medicine you routinely need, don't forget things like hayfever remedies.
- Torch and a loud whistle, as per our safety rules.
- (optionally) Knee pads. You may find yourself hiding for cover and knee pads can make this more comfortable. Pads designed for DIY work are a good option.
- (optionally) Gloves. Similarly you may be climbing through/over things like logs/bushes and light gloves are helpful. If it's cold they're essential.
- (optionally) Sunblock, sunglasses. While we play in the UK, sometimes we do have good weather.
- (optionally) A beanie, baseball cap or so on to attach your Laser-Tag sensor to. They can become tangled in hair and this makes it easier to put on and take off.
This is an example schedule for a weekend game. The specifics are likely to vary.
|Friday afternoon||Players begin arriving, setting up, and socialising|
|evening||Safety and game briefing followed by play|
|11pm-midnight||End of session 1. Retire for more socialising and/or sleep.|
|Saturday 9am||Briefings followed by play|
|11pm-midnight||Typically there is a large social bonfire somewhere on-site|
|Sunday 9am||Briefings followed by play|
|Sunday 12 noo||Lunch|
|6pm||Dinner, closing chat etc.|
|Monday 9am||People pack for departure|
|Monday noon||Everybody must be offsite|