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.
UT Champs, from right (And rank!) Dozer, [xeno]Dy-Syng,
most of the gamers got settled, the first tournaments got
kicking and a UT 1 on 1 was top of the list. My clan mate
DY-Syng showed up for the event and I was surprised to see
him sign up for the UT tourney. When I asked him about this,
"a shooter's a shooter" was the reply. I've not been to great
a fan of UT, and most know it, but there was some severe head
to head action being laid down and that's all it takes to
get my blood up. Round and round they went with multiple rockets
flying everywhere till the top few were lined up to grab their
well deserved prizes.
Time for some Quake III juice now, and I was in my glory.
Redleader, the tourney co-ordinator made sure I was part of
the show, and passed all things by me for approval. He was
doing a good job on his own and I think he just felt the pressure
of having some old guy watching his every move. I later found
out they were mostly Tribes players, and Quake III, although
not new to them, wasn't second nature as it is with yours
truly. The 1 on 1 tourney ran along fine and I don't think
I heard any complaints amidst the heated action. Actually
there was more tourneys going on than I could keep track of.
There was a Starcraft tournament, several Tribes smack downs,
and there could have been a checkers beatdown for all I knew.
I was there for the Quaking and we all knew it. The Q3A 1
vs 1 came down to pretty much what I figured from watching
the tourney progress; [xeno]Dy-Syng took first to a grudging
ki.MadBilly and FonFon and his "pile o' computer" pulling
in for third.
cleaned up scooping 3 video cards and a Razer Mouse.
fun, fun or FFA time was at hand and Quake III was first up.
The matches were fast, frenzied and full of the now familiar
calls of "impressive" and "excellent" from the in-game announcer.
Your winner - [xeno]Dy-Syng. Quake 2 free for all was the
last match of Fragtopia, and was a winner take all in one
massive fragathon in Q2DM8. The winner was again [xeno]Dy-Syng.
Is anyone seeing a trend here? Dy-Syng was the cause for the
staff to come up with the "one tourney win per player" rule
for the next event.
So how does this all work out with my last Hardcore Side piece
on the PapLAN,
and the previous piece to that, Running
a LAN Event. Yes there was a theme and moral to all these
pieces running back to back. The Fragtopia event was ready
to hold 200 players, and grabbed about 60. PapLAN was to hold
40 and grabbed 30. Both events had well laid out networks,
tournaments, venues and a load of prizes. The biggest problem
was in guaranteed attendance. Both events had staff running
for the gamers for two days to make sure they had all they
could want. Both events had satisfied gamers. The lesson here
I think, and I could be wrong, is that the first one in a
series will be shy of your expectations. But I do believe
that making the effort, to make sure it's a success for the
crowd you get and getting the word out, will make the next
event in a series a success.
like to take a moment here to thank the staff and players
at Fragtopia. The staff was dedicated, tireless and they deserve
some attention. My personal "hats off" to Kingpin, Marauder,
Dopper, Redleader, Skotos (you Tribes nut!), Nolman, Praetorian
and Mr. E Mahn. Get ready to kick it up in 2001 guys, and
count on me.
Now what treats do I have for you today? Demos of course,
and this time it's Defiant's
Demos that has them for you. Head over to see what went
down in fast 'n furious Q3A action.
time we'll take a look at some of the top clans in North America.
Till then, practice hard, and I'll see you on the servers.
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