#Challenge on ETG.
#Challenge on Quakenet.
Monday, May 18, 1998
BIG thanks to all those ppl who are suggesting various strategies for getting a team together to go over to NZ. What I've done is to create a page where the main suggestions can get flushed out. What you can see there after one day is the skeleton (minus a few bones). It's called the NZ PLAN - and it's in the new Features section. It's the collective wisdom of everyone who has so far emailed, talked or posted a message about it (that I have seen or heard :-?). Have a look and see what you think so far.
Finally, remember that other project I mentioned a few days back - our History? Well, that's up too. Once again it's a very potted history, but I'll be looking to add some interesting stories to it over the next few months. There are still some grand tales to tell!
Sunday, May 17, 1998
And Scott "Rincewind" White, self-described as "Herr Rincenfruber, Tourney Nazi, AGN", added: "Naturally, I can see the result being similar to that of the Bledisole Cup -that is, the Silver Fern triumphing".
Well, well, fighting words indeed :-). The Kiwis are offering to provide accomodation, and Rincewind mentioned the possibility of helping with travel - I'll find out more about that. The immediate question would appear to be, assuming those logistical problems were sorted out, who should go?
The AGN LAN looks pretty interesting, with ValHallen telling me that "as of yesterday, we will have Reptile, Blue, Goddess, KillCreek and Zoid here for the event... ...we are awaiting a reply from Thresh and id software at the moment". All details are up on the AGN site (http://www.uwd.co.nz/agn) and anyone can register there. Or email with reactions =)
Saturday, May 16, 1998
Speaking of foreign lands, exchanged emails with ZoSo, a Kiwi Quaker who also produces one of the best interviews pages I've seen. You can check out ZoSo's Q&A here. You'll find interviews ranging from: 'Abaddon'.. founder of 'NZ Quakenews', to the BR2 champs leader 'Orange9mm', to NZ's current top deathmatcher.. 'Immortal', or maybe you prefer to read up on 'M'o'D'.. the godfather muffin, or 'CB'.. one of the original online Quakers, and finally you might care to check out the "ever present 'rkm'". I wonder what they think when they hear the nick "Bro". In NZ, a "Bro" is usually a large Maori bloke with lots of tattoos . Tell you something else plain freaky, ZoSo's Clan, 'Hades' Orphans', also contains the legendary Immortal and some guy named Hoon ;) Yep, my namesake (and he's one of the top 10 Players in NZ). :-?
Still on New Zealand news, the big A Gaming Nation LAN has announced that Reptile has confirmed his desire to be at AGN. So who's going to pay to fly him out? Well, AGN may well get sponsorship for that - they already have got a subsidised travel deal with NZ's Tranz Scenic Rail, Tranz Metro and the Interislander ferry. I wouldn't put it past them to get support from Air New Zealand. What's this mean to you? Well, AGN have also been talking to Zoid, Killcreek and others from the US. What about getting an Aussie team together? The date is sometime in September. I'll find out more.
Finally, this is slightly old news from sCarys, but if you didn't see it...
Friday, May 15, 1998
Got Bitchy's profile up, in the Players section :-) Also, I've interviewed Bro about what's been going on in the USA. I'll post that tomorrow night, but here's a sneek peek: BRO: "I'd hazard a guess that the average Aus quaker is a better RL fighter, and a worse LG fighter than the average US Quaker ".
Q: How much are the Season 2 playoffs of the AMD Professional Gamers' League worth? A: $65,000 in cash and prizes. The finals are due to be held at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Atlanta, USA, during May 28-30. Apparently they're also going to do an "All-Star game", featuring eight all-time great Quake Players. I wonder if that includes Bezerka and Borg :-) (Blues/ sCarys/ ZDNNews)
For a fresh perspective, check out the Clanring Big12 league for a look at large-scale US QW Clan tourney stuff. (sCarys)
Friday night yay! Friday night is good for going out, having some fun with your mates, which is why the servers are often a little less crowded. At least until after 11 or so, when those gamers who were temporarily afflicted with "A Life" generally come to their senses and jump back on. The early hours of the morning can sometimes be magic =)
Thursday, May 14, 1998
As for Malby, he was already remembering his TS days with fondness:
Mohicans for the final of the NSW/ACT tourney. We woulda won though =]".
Speaking of the Mohicans, that Clan is back in business with a revamped website. Hopefully we'll see more of them =). And just btw, the thought occured to me that if we'd seen any more Malby-like moves then we could have ended up with The Tormented Ockers or The Ash Souls :?
Wednesday, May 13, 1998
Added a couple of button links essential to any one interested in Player-type stuff - the Tormented Souls' Duel Rankings, and a site-in-the-making called Demos Down Under (DDU). Now if you put these two sites together, you'd get "Top Ranked Duel Demos Down Unda". Getting top players to record demos and post 'em is not easy, so good luck to the new demo producers.
Something else I saw today worth mentioning was an article titled: "Online Gaming? Still Sucks". Couple of interesting things in there. First, that the top 20 percent of game titles in the market (such as Quake and Quake II) supposedly account for 80 percent of the sales. Second, that the player base is static, if not shrinking. That's tough news for the swag of new FPS shooter titles due out this year. What's more, when a bunch of industry experts at last week's Computer Game Developers Conference were asked if anyone in online games was making any money, "several people yelled out "Nope!" while the rest looked at the floor". Thanks Blues.
I wonder if John Carmack was there, or whether he was out in his Ferrari ripping along at 200kph with the wind blowing his thin straggly hair all around, with a Miss USA in the passenger seat. Actually, we all know he was in his office working, as usual.
Tuesday, May 12, 1998
Meantime, has been scouting around some Kiwi sites, such as A Gaming Nation (AGN), which is a huge Kiwi LAN event under preparation, and NZ Quakenews, which is run by Abbadon. About the same time, a Kiwi contact named Arial emailed me to say that he had been struck down by A Life, and was unable to continue to pursue the Challenge thing in New Zealand. He suggested I email Abaddon and told me some bloke called GreySeer was apparently doing the same thing. So, between Grey and myself we should be able to get some Kiwis interested. Surely the chance to put on an All Black skin and go bash the Green and Gold would be too tempting to resist?
Telstra rang me today to say they needed to create a new account (meaning, new salesperson?) and so I had to fax them more information. On being asked if this would delay the 20th May installation date, I was told "it shouldn't, if we can get provisioning to create a job for it in time". Sounds ... er... worrying.
Finally, I was looking at the site and thinking - it looks really ... basic. Oh well, never mind. The point is to get the games happening, maybe then I'll worry about more graphics and stuff.
Saturday, May 9, 1998
Crazy Daisy had to take a rain check on playing against those Americans for the moment. Really sorry about that, and we hope to see her back later. After looking round for a female player who could replace her (not easy), we asked . She said she'd love to have a go :-)
Been waiting a while now for Telstra to install the ISDN connection. Rang them up on Friday and they told that the line will be installed on Wednesay the 20th of May. Hrmmmm.
Meantime, Ozy, our partner in the US, is on holiday next week and we'll have to wait and see if he's been successful in locating an ISP there with ISDN that we can dial straight into with an international call, one which has a fast connection to his servers. In any case, the first test is coming up soon :)