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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | QuakeCon 2002
   

QuakeCon 2002 Diary: IceStorm
Through Rose Colored Glasses They Came
  — by IceStorm



Here's a Story

QuakeCon. More then myth, more then legend. This is what stories are made from. The people, the action, the glitter. It all comes out on this magical weekend. Once a year people from all walks of life gather together to what is now called QuakeCon. If you attended, you got to see full force what large lan events can do to one's senses. At times it can be almost overwhelming to someone unaccustomed to this type of frontal attack. But to the veterans, oh those shifty vet's....it's much more. You'll hear stories for months to come, but nothing can prepare you for...."THE 'CON".

I've been to many large lan events in my time. Some are fun, some are boring, some seem to last forever. But this year I took it upon myself to make this more then any of it's predecessors. I forced myself to be in the party, with the fun. Seeing everything I could see and meeting everyone that I could. I met people that I swore were hippies from the 60's (actually some were!), and I met some punk rockers from the 80's (they're still freaky to me). I even met an angel called Honi that willing feed me (don't feed the IceStorm's) beer and brownies. Ah, but there was the lights and the sounds. When they turned off the lights, thats when everything got bright!

During my stint of wandering about, I actually met people that I've talked to for years.I got to meet the one and only Hellchick (and she is cheeky too) and interupt her as she was trying her best to play some RtCW. She was getting her butt handed to her at this time so I figured it was best to just grab a shot and run like hell. Her score at this moment? 2-9.
Hellchick jammin' on the Xbox

After a bit more wandering I stopped by the Linksys table and checked out some of their goodies like some of the wireless networking gear. It was a nice set up and they gave me a ball that would flash when you bounced it. I tried it a few times and the ball went crazy. I think it ran away from me as I never saw it again. So on I went to the VIA section with the nice new motherboard set up for their new chip coming out. It was pretty, if you like different color motherboard. All this was set up right next to the Doom III theater. Want to talk about being loud? Mercy it was. Right around the corner from VIA in the Activision section, I ran into the crew from Threewave. So I grabbed them for some chat. My first question was of course:

IceStorm: When do we see 1.7 or 2.0?
Casey: Well, 2.0 is really only in the thought stages right now. We're looking at version 1.7 to come out after the next Point Release from id software as it will probably change some of the code.
IceStorm: Lets talk a bit about the spam from the Capture Strike mode in Threewave. What gives man, can't you allow the admin to configure this if they want to?
Kafka: Well, if you notice that the spam part of the round really only lasts for the first few moments. So if you don't like the rockets from hell, just hang back for a minute and it dies down.
Casey: And it also depends on what map you're playing. The smaller levels seems to increase the intensity of the spam. But I like it, it's part of the mode.
IceStorm: Ok, so who's the monkey responsible for Q3WXS1?
Scancode: Um, that would be me.
IceStorm: The reason why I ask is because A)it's popularity B)I'm sick of playing it constantly!
Scancode: Well it's basically a goof type of map. The 'XS' means eXtra Silly. Dekard asked me to put his little picture in it, so thats why you see it there. But I'm the one that made the level.
Scancode, Kafka, and Casey
IceStorm: Ok, so whats the future looking like? How's Zoid feel about the direction you're going? And outside of this, what's your favorite mod?
Casey: Well, map wise we're looking at the community right now. But just looking at the moment. Nothing solid yet. As for Zoid, he really likes it. He's impressed with how far CTF has come.
Scancode: The mod? I'm really fond of RA3. Again, I like the game play and the speed of it all.
Kafka: Our immediate future lies within the next few hours where we are driving half way down to Houston to pick up some of our Threewave shirts!
IceStorm: Well drive safe and beware of the Texas State police. They like pretty boys like you!
My encounter with this bunch of guys really started my day going. Casey is a goof ball, but Kafka tried to throw me off the balcony. Now I'm not saying I didn't deserve it, but hey! And someone took a picture of it too!

So after this I began to just mosey around. Nothing in particular, but just looking. I caught up with Brent over at the Bawls and we chatted it up about lan events and how Bawls has really caught on. He pointed to the fact that if you looked at the tops of all the computers in the BYOC area, they were covered in a sea of blue bottles. And this was only 2pm in the afternoon. These people were already wired for sound.

More to come!

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