Saturday, 15 June 2013

Exclusive interview with Tek Recon, pics and more!


 
Wow, where do I start?? The beginning is usually a good place...


Tek Recon CEO Brad Pedersen & I rock the Hammerhead & Havok


Ok so as promised, below is an interview with Tek Recons Todd Anderson - whom I had the pleasure to spend most of the day with. I shared much of your feedback directly to him, and he noted it down on his "List of important notes". You can find out some background on Tek Recon [here]
 
I have to say, there is something special about this team, they were so personable, down to earth and so friendly - a good laugh to be around. They were so passionate about this product, and I could see it every time they spoke about it to potential Distributors and Retail Representatives. Enjoy:
 



 

 
^Above is the pledge package many of you will be receiving in the next 30 days - before general retail release which is marked for August. So! what comes in the Hammerhead Battle Pack? let me give you the run down:

2x Hammer Head Blasters
30x NRG pcs
2x NRG Cartridges
2x Exploding Tek Targets
2x Smart Phone Mounts
1x QR (Quick Response) GPS flag
MSRP: $49.99


The Quick Response (QR) GPS Flag
Exploding Tek Target

One of the POS (Point of Sale) units you should keep an eye out for in August!

These are a brilliant idea, mini POS for 25x NRG rounds that can be grabbed quickly at till points in case you need them and haven't got time to lose your place in the queue - or plain want to grab them as an add on sale before you leave the store. Handy, very handy! These will retail for $4.99 per pack.
 
 
These are the rounds/ammo that the Tek Recon blasters will be using. On average you will get several 1,000 uses out of each round, before any sign of deterioration starts to show. Given the name of NRG - No Mess, Reusable, Gamesafe, they give a massive edge over say foam ammo because they give an ammo capacity never seen before. Performance wise, you know when the round hits you, there is a noticeable tag when it hits the target. Range wise, it is the main component of reaching the said ranges of up to 75 feet. This is realistically achievable, IF gamers set the Calibration switch to 'Distance'. More on how this works later because it is THIS Calibration Switch that is the game changer!

Contents:
1x Hammer Head Blaster
15x NRG pcs
1x Smart Phone Mount
MSRP: $19.99
 

(difficulty with YouTube right now, will upload my videos later)
Tek Recon Hammer Head - check out Urban Taggers E3 Expo coverage
 
 
Hammer Head refill Cartridge MSRP: $4.99
 
 
Loading these Cartridges are very easy, very straight forward and very quick. In battle you could carry 8 of these Cartridges for every 1x CS-18 Nerf clip. That payload is mind-blowing for any Nerf battle gamer or HvZ player to say the least.
 
 
There is an ambidextrous Cartridge release which allows rapid reload 
Boom - quick switch and good to go!
Tip from Brad Pedersen - You can add NRG rounds to the handle for extra grip!
 
  
Contents:
1x Havok Blaster
36x NRG pcs
1x NRG Cartridge
1x Smart Phone Mount
MSRP: $34.99
 
 
(difficulty with YouTube right now, will upload my videos later)
This I guess is the flagship Blaster of the Tek Recon range. First off, I have to say this, you instantly feel the quality. It is a real hefty Blaster. There are literally no faux bolts or screw heads on the blaster. In fact it is full of Allen key bolts and screws, with real Phillips screws. I managed to take a brief shot of the internals, but the pics have not come off good enough to share them. I'm not entirely sure if this can be opened - I guess Mod community it's down to you to have a crack ;)
 
The mechanism, from what I could see, or understand - seemed to work on a series of sliding flat plate mechanisms. Kind of like how a Swiss Army Knife is stacked on top of each other. You get me folks? What I can confirm is that the mechanism is built for rapid fire. Full. Auto. Fire
 
Let your imagination run wild as to what is in store for all us TRibe back at camp. Get excited.
 
 
Real Recoil:
 
This has many people thinking that it is a gimmick, but I can assure you that the recoil is linked to the trigger mechanism. The Cartridge feed is part of the mechanism, as the recoil action chambers the next round. Unlike the Nerf Maverick, Strongarm blasters, you can't manually prime the blaster. You don't need to do that. This is where Tek Recon come in to their own, for supplying Stock blasters that genuinely offer us gamers the opportunity to dual wield without hassle of priming tricks.
 
Whether you dual wield or rock solo, you get a quality feel, a real feel of knowing you have an impressive product in your hands.
 
 
The Stock is very solid, very sturdy and adjustable for a variety of users. I match this to the Nerf Raider Stock - it's flawless and I'm glad that the Havok packs it. Oh did I mention.... it's removable??

Say HELLO to my little friend! How smexy would it be to dual wield this! :D
Pocket breaks it down John Woo style - my new man crush right now :D
 
 
Alright, what's next? The Game Changer at the Flip of a Switch!
"All hail MegaTekron!"

- Well, kinda :P

Whilst Nerf blasters have a lot of awesome tech in their mechanics and look, Tek Recon are winning over a lot of the Nerf Internet Community. From the aesthetics of the blasters, and after having a long play around and many a demo, for me I believe Optimus 'Nerf' Prime has met a respectable opponent. Let me tell you more about this Game Changing Calibration Switch:
 
This mechanism is on both the Hammer Head and the Havok. In the pic it is currently Calibrated to maximum 'Distance'. This effectively creates a Long Shot style rifle/pistol. Making use of the pump-action, you can pull off (after getting used to handling the blasters) effective, accurate, consistent long range pot shots. I was pretty stunned at how this little dude that flips the competition on it's head.
 
Simply put, the Havok turns into a long range rifle, the Hammer Head turns into an affective long range sidearm blaster. In the situation where you are low on ammo, this is an ideal way of conserving ammo and making every round count.
 
The blasters are both hardwired in semi-auto mode, I have to make that clear. But when you slide on over to the 'Rapid' Calibration, it's total....
 
 
-  ...Scarface moment :D
 
You can completely switch up your game style, adapt to the moment/situation. If you are required to play a Support role, 'Distance' is your friend. But if the situation requires you to form a Close Quarter Battle unit, then sliding over to the 'Rapid' changes both the Havok and the Hammer Head into complete beasts. The hail of fire you can lay down is awesome, and the Havok with it's massive capacity makes every user a potential threat on the battle field. Suited best to the trigger, you can match any stock full-auto/slam-fire Nerf blaster hands down.
 
I personally found myself using the Calibration Switch as an "all or nothing" measure - the slider in the middle just left me wanting. Once the rest of the TRibe get their hands on their pledge and retail release, you will understand what I mean better :)

SPEAKING of performance, I asked what the range nerfs would be for different territories like Hasbro products. Once the laughing stopped, they said that there will be absolutely no range nerf - why should gamers have any less experience than others playing with Tek Recon? It just wouldn't make sense when it came to tournaments. Mmmmmmh TOURNAMENTS xD  -- AWESOME :D
 
 
Tek Recon Havok refill Cartridge MSRP: $14.99

These folk at Tek Recon really did their homework. These Cartridges are really something special. The fact that you can pack your Havok with max capacity of 72 rounds you are something of a non stop blasting machine :) Hitting the battlefield vs any Nerf player - you can make fast work of a number of gamers and have ammo left to spare. If you start stacking these cartridges... then man, throw a bandana on and Rambo it up!! Knowing that you have such a massive capacity at your disposal with a reload of seconds (just flip the clip) and the fighting does not stop. Major kudos to the team for this, they let fans play longer without any painful downtime, or need to carry the latest molle5000.


The Smart Phone Cradle:

The cradle! There has been a lot of worry and rightful concern when it comes to popping in your Smartphone. Insurance or not, you don't want to be risking damage every time. Todd advised that Tek Recon will be recommending the TRibe make use of a protective casing when using their phones in battle (we all use something to that affect anyway). More on this later, but here is the unit:

Once the teeth are locked in on the cradle, the smartphone is locked in place securely. You really have to apply a deal of pressure to undo the locked teeth in either way.
 
The difference between the Nerf AR cradle and Tek Recon is that the Nerf unit offers a very solid - but limited smartphone fitting. The Tek Recon unit is put together in a smart way that it offers much the same protection but allows a wider fitting of smartphone (iPhone up to Galaxy S4!!!).
 
 
I highlighted the fact fans had an issue with dropping the blaster with a smartphone in them. Todd put his own iPhone in the cradle, mounted it on the Hammer Head and dropped the unit. The Blaster itself is weighted, it landed safely with the iPhone intact. Fans should note they are in process of adding claws on the sides of the cradle to further protect and secure the smartphone.
 
 
The Free downloadable App:
 
The Tek Recon App will not be something you can use with Nerf blasters, for the simple reason that there it requires hammer that mimics human input. What's on show? We get powerups, scopes, sound effects, and game types, ability to take in battle snaps, track top world player rankings, and more. 
 
There will be a main central game server, that hosts preselected timed games (15mins, 20mins,+++). Once players are in the lobby, selected which teams they will be on (they will be able to handle up to 50 players), they are all thrown in to the game. It should be noted, that once the gamers are in, no one can join later. Is that going to be a massive problem...? Perhaps if a friend turns up late and is locked out. So what happens? Everyone drops out of the game, and recreate a fresh game? Should a game be idle, I understand the server will drop the game itself which is a good thing for gamers to avoid lag and latency.
 
Battery drain is simply down to your smartphone using 3g/WiFi/4g and what ever other processes you might have running. Pretty much everything is server side, which is a brilliant idea. Once the game launches, it is all server side so no worry as mentioned of the Host dropping, or such related issues.
 
Game types:
CTF
Isolation
Team Supremacy
 
(difficulty with YouTube right now, will upload my videos later)
 
This is very much part of the Tek Recon gaming experience, and I have to say that this adds something special. So what do you get?
 

You also get the option to take in battle snaps at 2 simple finger taps. You can get powerups from Drone Strike (1shot kill - takes the player clean out of the game), Medic (resurrects Droned players), Comms Hacker (listen to enemy strategy), GPS-Hacker (interrupt enemy GPS - block Nukes, Scope zoom in your direction, etc), and a number of other quirky game changers. Players must carefully pick their Powerup, and use their skills wisely. Twists no blaster games have had to date.

IF you do not see a Powerup you want to see, get straight to Tek Recons FB page, and let them know what you want to see, or even your ideas. These folks are bang on feedback, and are taking everything into consideration to help mould and create a product for fans by fans!


Additional accessories and fun stuff:
 
This was really fun to shoot at - would you buy one? Let them know on FB!

Clear frame Tek Vision


Other Accessories? According to Todd, there is a lot in the works for Year 2. Whilst I can't say what those are, we are in for a treat from Scopes, Holsters, TacVests, and Slings (apparently there IS a way to add them - I can't see where!)



I have to say that I am impressed with how much thought has gone into the product and services available thru the App.

I did discuss the opportunity of an official Tek Recon tournament, there are plans in the works, but folks if you want it to happen - get on their FB page and TELL them!!!

No company right now is providing us with any kind of official tournament, we have so much power, and they are willing to listen to what we want. Lets make it happen! Keep the feedback coming in, I am passing the feedback directly to them, so the floor is yours folks!

44 comments:

  1. .....gee. Please tone that fanboyism down. I know you're excited, but you're trying to get some information reported, too. It's hard to see through all that emotion.

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    1. I get what you are saying, but I don't think that's a fair comment. A lot of fans are excited to see what happens with this, and even non fans I know are excited to see how Hasbro hits back with their own innovation. It's time to step up the game, be interesting to see that myself speaking too.

      MLD I think you did a fine job, and it would be worrisome if you were dry and unanimated at such a launch invite.

      Fanboyism or not, you have a personality - keep it!

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    2. Fine, fine, maybe I should acknowledge that yes, much useful information about the Tek Recon has been shared. Thank you, MLD for the coverage.

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    3. Dude... this is a blog, he can fanboy all he wants.

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    4. Chun calm down bro, it's a blaster blog, and he tells it how it is. He hates on stuff he doesn't like and how he would like to see it changed. If he is fired up, I trust his opinion.

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  2. When is this coming to Italy man??

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  3. Great interview, a lot of worry on my side for my phone put to rest. I'm glad to see they are further advancing the cradle. I'm glad we see cross platform gaming. This is phenomenal. Why you ask? Well goodbye exclusivity of iPhone vs Android!

    Bravo Tek Recon!

    I'm very interested in the tournament side. I'm real glad we see a company by fans for fans!

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  4. great work. thanks. keep it up. I want this.

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  5. Power up idea is something neat. I love the idea of Nukes and Medics. Players are now important for their chosen perks.

    That changes gameplay completely. Fuck yeah Tek Recon - I'M PROUD TO BE PART OF THE NEXT GEN TAKE MY DAMN MONEY ALREADY

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    1. I hear you bro, this is the shit man :D

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  6. the app perks are interesting, no more ctf or vip or siege fort. even if you do that, players can switch their perks and you don't know who is the medic, who is the nuker, who is the jammer. man this changes everything.

    I don't know what to say for another perk, its not a computer game, its real. I think they the important bases covered...

    what about this? level up the perks? medic lv2, medic lv3, etc? give each perk an extra res in game? and you can have world famous ranked medics, nukers, jammers etc? right?

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    1. I like very much this idea. do this tekreon, I want to be best medic xD

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    2. This is a mint idea mate. Kind of like COD level perk system. This needs to be pretty tight to avoid abuse.

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    3. Hey guys! That is a really great idea - we love the idea of enhancing the app to make for more advanced game play. We're definitely looking into creating level perks. Keep letting us know more of your ideas to make Tek Recon better!

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  7. THAT SWITCH IS THE BOMB MAN :D

    sorry for the caps, but fuck yeah!! I wanted to come back to blasters and HvZ, but didn't want Nerf - this is a sweet option. I'm sold, how can I pledge money?

    BTW the Perk system sounds awesome man.

    You could get a ghillie suit Perk or something right? to help you dodge nukes? or a passive that you can pick up at certain levels that has a % chance to dodge it. YEP PASSIVES and make them mad crazy hard to pick up.

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    1. Unfortunately the Kickstarter campaign has ended, so you can't pledge money anymore. But according to Tek Recon these should reach stores in August :)

      Anyway, just an interesting note, the blaster designs in the POS graphic is different from the final blaster designs. Early iterations?

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    2. Bummed I missed this too man, I got $500 burning my pocket waiting to go on this stuff! August? That's waaaaaaaaay too far away.

      Good job on this man, i'm sold! The App thing is really interesting I have to say that. I don't know if my friends would get in to it.

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  8. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like you can remove the smart phone cradle.

    Thank god.

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    1. Yeah you can remove it man - am I glad!

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    1. MLD confirmed it, but yeah I'm glad these guys are so smart. It's true what MLD says - they are real gamers making things for us gamers man, they think just like us.

      I know everyone was going to butcher this thing off cus they didn't want the App thing, but man, the way you tell it, it sounds fucking awesome

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    2. Hello Sir, are you the CEO MLD spoke to? Could I ask when his will come to Germany?

      MFG

      Karl

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    3. Hey Karl, hang tight, we will get release dates in 2014 - I will let you know as soon as I do :)

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  10. want those tek vision so bad, they look sick. and fuck yeah those blasters are awesome, that switch seals the deal for me. cu nerf

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  11. "
    Hey folks join the rest of the TRibe on the suggestions of Power Ups for the Tek Recon App - one of the ideas is a Perk/Passive system for gamers as they level up.

    You could have a level2, 3, 4, 5 Medic, that can res more gamers in a radius, or multiple gamers down. How about a % chance to self res as a passive skill, that increases at certain levels?

    How about a GPS Jammer level system that can affect multiple enemy radars as the player levels up? and a passive that gives you a % chance to avoid being comms hacked or radar jammed?

    A decent idea is a Dodge Skill Passive at certain levels with a % chance to dodge a Nuke Perk. I'm loving that idea! Cmon lets hear your thoughts!

    The option to level up multiple Classes, so you can play different roles if you have too many classes chosen and need to mix it up?"

    I have to say that these options sound awesome. Me and all my friends would definitely switch on over to this system and blasters because we play Halo and CoD pretty much every night. If we can do this with our blasters, like you know, BE the players, hells yeah!

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    1. TorrentofDarts16 June 2013 at 19:16

      this is pretty sick ^^ I want to try this.

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    1. What is it you don't like about Tek Recon Kyle? Be good to hear man

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    2. I feel like tech reckon is a limited idea that can only be taken so far. I also think that the core of this is in the app, and nerf is doing this same thing so technically tech reckon is just another option and on the flip side nerf is clearly winning when it comes to blasters. Also I think tech recon is rising too quickly in the community and when they finally get a foot hold the community will expect something new, they won't have anything as they're just started and people will lose faith. I reckon nerf got wind of this as they have not countered with a new release. I don't hate tech recon , I just don't think they'll get that foot hold that nerf has.

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  13. Bro they're releasing new stuff next year!

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  14. Just checked this out and damn it looks great. I'm tired of running around with kids stuff, these TekRecons look really grown up and I'm looking forward to this. When will it be available in Fort Texas man? I'm having trouble buying some on the Kickstarter. Any help?

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    1. Unfortunately the KickStarter Campaign has ended - but they will be available for retail in August - so keep your eyes peeled! For up-to-date information check out our facebook page www.facebook.com/tekrecon THANKS!

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  15. I gotta say, it was a bit iffy for me, but this looks really good here. Thanks for this review, i'm sold, and looking forward to picking them up man. Good job

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  16. I got to say that i'm impressed with the interview man. You seem to pick up the good stuff everywhere!

    I was on the fence, about the rounds and generally the mechanism. It all sounds really solid and like a real contender to blaster fans.

    How do I get in on the Kickstarter?

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  17. This post makes me very sad. All my Nerf... is looking to become obsolete. Dammit.

    Honestly, I've been wishing for a clip-in-the-grip blaster for ages, aaand here comes the Hammerhead.

    If they aren't already working on this, I have one thing that will pretty much guarantee me buying one of these. A. Proper. Shotgun. Not like a RC or BB that shoots two darts (or NRG rounds in this case) at once, but a proper one. Preferably with break-action and some sort of shell system (one that actually has a purpose, not the pretty much aesthetic shells of some Buzzbee products). That would make my day.

    To sum that up...

    GG WP, Tek Recon and SHOTGUN PLZ!

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    1. I am in the same boat as you! I have wanted a grip-magazine blaster for so long. This has sold it to me, and the whole capacity is truly a game changer. No more checking 35 clip drums or carry a ton of cs-clips.

      I would love to see a shotgun... that would be insane!

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    2. You guys are still gonna like nerf right? I feel like nerf is gonna get killed by tech recon and I don't want that to happen.

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    3. The Shotgun is great idea! we'll definitely keep that in mind during our development for year 2. Keep the ideas coming! We love getting feedback!

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    4. Hey Kyle me and my friends are looking to ditch Nerf for more grown up better looking stuff, yeah we will quit Nerf man

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    5. Hey Tek Recon you rock guys, I want to see more tacticool stuff, more accessories, pin point sight! holster!

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  18. is there plans for different coloured ammo? i'm red/green colourblind so wouldnt actually be able to see the ammo - have the same problem facing vortex discs in HvZ.

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    1. As of right now we just have the 1 colour - orange. This is the make them as visible as possible!

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  19. I would love to see a full auto blaster and a sniper, this stuff is insane

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  20. Hi Tek Recon I would love to see accessories please, like holsters and slings.

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