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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | From the Hardcore Side - 05/19/00
   

From the Hardcore Side
There are people who play Quake, and then there are people who live and breathe it. In "From the Hardcore Side", a new semi-regular feature at PQ, Pappy-R brings all his hardcore gaming experience to you and talks about what's going on in the hardcore scene today.
  — by Pappy-R


PapLAN Aftermath
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It started for the staff and myself months before in details organizing and planning. The real work hit the night before the event as we all showed up at Sizzlin' Charlie's around 8 pm on Thursday night. All the staff machines, network goodies and the new PIII 550 w/256 RAM server donated by NT System Pros were there. It was work, so I won't bore you with anything about that - our success was clear by 2 am. We had a room waiting to be abused by some serious gamers. New power was installed for the event as well. All we had to do now was be back in the morning for me to do PQ news and the rest of the staff to get everything up and running before the guests arrived.

Arrive they did - and since I had made opening day a Friday, it was a constant trickle of players filling the spots. The 4v4 tourney was first up, and I considered it a warm-up for the more grueling tourneys. A quick single elimination tourney until the winning team of xeno's: Charger, Dy-Syng, emplate and Julios took it to the end. A great battle was fought by second place KillerInstincts (ki): Smokey, Oogly, Brood and MadBilly. But it was xeno that walked away with the GameSpy swag packs. The ki guys did get mousepads, so it wasn't too bad.

With the 4v4 tourney having moved along well, we started up the 2v2 tourney. This was for more prizes and was a full double elimination tournament, so we had to get it moving along for time's sake. This is one of my personal favourite play types, and the action throughout the tourney was superb. I knew I'd invited the right players when I saw some of these guys kickin' it. We had to carry the last few games over till morning, with the heavy games still to come.

Saturday morning saw the players start to wind in around 10 am to rejoin the fray. The top five teams still in the action were AK's J0sh and Soulja, 2 HornyMen's Spoid, Sybek and Niall, xeno3 with emplate and Ronin, xeno2 with Famine and Julios and going into the morning undefeated, and xeno1 with Charger and Dy-Syng. They all got right down to business, and soon it was xeno2 and xeno1 locking horns. Xeno2 had taken the long way around to the finals with xeno1 still sitting undefeated. There was only one final game and xeno1 took it home with a score of 45 to 40. I have to say, this one could've gone either way throughout, and it was sweet watching it with most of the players up in the spectator lounge on the big screen. All Quake demos should be seen on a big screen - what a rush!
Sploid wins da mouse..DOH! He already had one.

So there I was handing out more goodies. A copy of SoF and a Q3A shirt to the winners, and a GameSpy swag pack each to the second place team. Actually, it's pretty cool to be able to give good prizes away to players.

Now it was time for some random acts of prizes. With all the players' names in a hat from the 1v1 tourney setup, I announced we'd draw for the Razer mouse. When I drew the name, almost everyone broke up. I pulled Sploid's name and he was the only one who HAD a Razer at the event. Word on the street is that he sold it for 20 bucks more than I payed for it, so there ya go.

The 1v1 tourney moved along at a frantic pace, and this is where an experienced group of players makes the difference. I didn't have to chase people to get their games going in any tournaments. They got their details and setup their games on an empty server as quick as they could. Flawless is all I can say, and thanks guys, you all helped make it run smooth as golden.

In some of the earlier matches, the scores were...ummm, a bit uneven. The top players going for broke were separated from the pack, and you knew who would be in it for the long haul. People must have settled in though, because losing that second match was something a few players put off with a vengeance. Here's how it bore out in the end, just so I don't ramble here:

First: Dy-Syng (ASUS GeForce DDR)
Second: emplate (PQ Jacket)
Runners up: Julios, Sploid and MadBilly

The last official duty of mine was to draw for the prize people had been drooling about for weeks. Graeme Devine had seen to it that I got an autographed version of a Quake III Tin version to give away. People were trying to touch it for two days, and late Friday night I caught two players outright worshipping it. Anyways, time for the draw, and the lucky winner was ki.NewYork. Oddly, I never saw the tin after we took pics of it.

The tournaments were done after dinner, leaving lots of time for random acts of rail, so games popped up all over the room. Counter Strike, Q3CTF, and Unreal Tourney all saw the light of day during the night. A few had departed after the tournaments, but around 11 pm, it was like a horn blew. Most of the players left just stood, stretched and started packing. I was assured by all that they had a great time, and wanted to be on the list for the next one. Well guys, I had a great time, and there WILL be a next one. Thank you all, and the first PQ LAN event in Canada was a success. Now there are more pics, demos and stuff for you on the following pages.

  — Pappy-R


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