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.
LAN's are life kids. Well to a hardcore gamer anyway. The
gathering of gamers for the ultimate low ping battle for prizes
and bragging rights is fundamental. Since I now attend these
fragathons as Pappy from the "big fuzzy", my bragging rights
are restricted to saying I went. Those that have been to recent
events that I have been to can attest to my lack of playtime.
Pity me not though, because this is my job, and like so many
have said, it's a dream job. The one question I get at events
is, "how do I get a job like yours?" Well, first you'd have
to kill me. Now let's get into the smack-by-smack of one of
my recent adventures, Fragtopia.
use of a hard drive we've ever seen.
mere three days before the event, I finalized my plans to
attend the event in Orangeville, Ontario, just an hour outside
Toronto. The organizers assured me that I would have the needed
Internet feed from the event so that my faithful news mongers
in the PQ community could still get their daily dose. An old
clan mate from my Q2 clan offered, nay, insisted, on being
my transport to the event. Cheers to you J0sh of the new clan
[f8]. So off we went on Friday, the night before the event.
That meant an extra night's stay at the Nor-Peel Motel, which
was just plain bad news. Sorry but the thing was shoddy, and
I couldn't even call home to say g'night to the little one.
Normally I sleep on pillows, but at the Nor-Peel it was wafer
thin slabs of something about as soft as Hellchick's heart
in a 1 on 1. No comfort there.
day was a treat for a few reasons, and one was being able
to leave the motel for a couple dozen hours. Up I got like
a shot, and went to wake the [F8] boys in the next hole...errr
room. Bang, bang, they were up like shot from guns, and had
their comps packed up from the little LAN they had setup in
their rooms. We even managed to get to the curling arena early,
which is something considering the 9 am starting time for
this festival of frags.
first clue that you're in the right spot for a LAN event is
when you see a door helped open by way of an old hard drive
jammed in as a doorstop so you could load your equipment easily.
A line of players had already gathered with comps scattered
around the lobby while people waited to register, so I settled
in to wait my turn. Here's a tip: whenever possible, wear
your PlanetQuake jacket. As I sat quietly waiting, whispers
reached the guys at the registration desk and I noticed I
was being pointed at until one of the organizers walked up
to me with a cheery "Pappy?" That's it, and I was whisked
past the players and into an area at the front of the huge
curling rink. No ice here, just a long line of tables, cables
and cords for the players to hook up and get nasty.
comp was brought in and connected to the Internet with a cable
modem and the LAN network. I then met some of the guys behind
the event. I sat beside and got to enjoy the company of Kingpin,
the Fragtopia President. I then got into the morning PQ news
while players filled seats and cranked up their comps. I never
stop being amazed at what you see for comps at a big LAN event,
and FonFon has to win the prize for freakiest comp. His weapon
of choice (and I really wish I had a pic for ya) was a pile
of parts on the table. Wires connected this piece and that
piece, and when it was kickin', so was he. The staff made
their way to me for introductions and I got to meet some very
dedicated gamers. These guys just wanted to help people have
fun - now that's a LAN staff.
saw some players I knew and got to meet plenty more as they
all dropped by to say hello. By the
way, this was NOT a Quake only crowd. There were some intense
UT, Half-Life Counterstrike and Tribes players all playing their
choice of shooters. As a matter of fact, a good number of the
Tribes clan, Team
Canada, showed up to lay it down. This was a treat for me
having not had the time to check out Tribes to this point. This
was like seeing any Quake for the first time and seeing it being
played by a Thresh or Fatality class player. These guys were
hot. I later bought a copy of Tribes to feel the expansive play
style for myself.
guys showed me what Tribes was all about.
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