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.
to serve you?
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
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
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
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
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
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.