A Pappy Kind
Pappy tells us a tale of LANs, friends, Christmas, and killing
those close to you for t-shirts. It's enough to jerk a tear...
night before Christmas, and all through the house...no wait,
wrong intro. Anyways, we thought we'd give you a little taste
of Christmas Quake action for this festive season. Since I was
the only one to have a regular Quake based Christmas LAN, I
was elected. The subjects for this little tale of fragging and
holiday cheer are some of the boys from my clan, Rolling Thunder,
boys of Rolling Thunder
This year the crowd was a little slim due to the flu going
around and some members already having gone home for the holidays.
They were missed. This year was a special one though due to
some swag that PlanetQuake and GameSpy contributed for prizes,
and we'd all like to say thanks for the goodies.
pappy-R, and Kovy -- "what th'f*** you lookin' at?"
So let's meet my little "rocket powered elves of destruction".
You can see Rolling Thunder in the above pic from left to
right: J0sh, V-thrax, Kovy, T-Bone and yours truly. My Santa
looking buddy, Borg, is the steady hand behind the camera
and you'll meet him in a minute. This years party was held
at the home of QUE,
our home servers and local ISP. BTW, drop by and say hi. T-Bone
runs the ISP and did an outstanding job of playing host to
a bunch like us. We had a sweet set of servers at our disposal
and I just love the admin for them (heheh).
Now for some play by play stuff. As soon as I arrived I shuddered
knowing that our newest member J0sh was already waiting for
me to arrive. He and his buddies (wanna be RT members...spoink!)
Soulja, Master P and Mystical were wanting a piece of Pappy's
LAN record and taunts of "I'm gonna own you" were aimed at
my back as we brought "Pappy's Portable LAN" in through the
doors. I explained that I didn't play Pokemon and that if
they were referring to Quake, it wasn't Christmas quite yet.
J0sh was indeed hungry, for calls of "crank up a server Pap"
echoed relentlessly. I obliged, and we all had a good laugh
as J0sh began to battle a full blown "Nightmare Xaero bot"
on Q3Dm17. Let's just say it didn't go in J0sh's favour and
he is still thanking me for the adventure.
does a little free p1mping for the 'Spy
It was time to hand out a little swag and I decided to give
V-thrax a GameSpy T-shirt for dragging all my equipment around
for me. The stares came fast and people wanted more but I
held firm. It was time to get
some action going so we joined some online visitors to the
LAN on the QUE Quake 2 servers. I did well for not having
had time to touch Quake 2 in a while, and some people made
comments that it was due to my heritage and the fact that
I was the "son of" something I couldn't quite hear. It was
time for another prize give away I deduced. My ever faithful
camera dude, Borg, got a GameSpy mug for being so helpful,
and to divert the guys attention from the last few finale
scores. Oh yeah kids, Santa-Pap knows when to take a break
and let the scores fade from memory, so Borg, myself and Kovy
stumbled outside for a smoke break.
inside to some holiday cheer in little brown bottles, and
I tried to organize a Quake III CTF game or two on Zoid's
new maps. While waiting for everyone to join the server I
was cruising around and found this little goodie Zoid buried
in one of his latest treats. This of
course called for more beer and a hearty laugh at the exposure
of this little Canadian puppet pic, we're Canucks after all.
That's where I lost it and dragged my friends into relentless
games of Quake III: Arena, not letting up until one by one
they switched back to Quake 2 where they were safe from my
rail and super shotty combos. Gibs flew in 32 bit colour and
I was in heaven. Timing is everything, so I decided to pass
out more GameSpy swag to ease some pain and help heal wounds.
Another mug, GameSpy registrations, RadioSpy registrations,
nothing was safe. I even gave Soulja a GameSpy registration
after he tried to bribe his way into Rolling Thunder with
a pack of Starburst. Here's a tip kiddo,
go big or stay home, you could have gotten in for a bag of
the juicy treats, but one pack nets you nothing.
Hey...that doesn't look like Carmack..."
night is passing quickly and those that don't have to work
the next day have other holiday projects to complete, so hurried,
frantic play is what we need. Quake 2, Quake III, it's all
a blur to me now. I remember going back to Quake 2 for a while
to show Kovy that I could indeed beat him AND his invisible
monkey with my eyes mostly closed.
We all had a joyous evening and still trade quips online about
it. I am however, the only one who gets to write about it,
and it's my version that goes into the history books. A few
facts became clear on this night, one week from Christmas.
This gathering of friends, this aged group of gamers known
as Rolling Thunder, have way too much fun playing Quake, Pappy
lived through another one without getting "owned", and T-Bone
can sleep standing up in below freezing temperatures.
Christmas from Pappy-R, Rolling
Thunder, and PlanetQuake.