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    PlanetQuake | Features | Articles | A Pappy Kind o' Christmas...
    A Pappy Kind o' Christmas
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...
  — by Pappy-R

The boys of Rolling Thunder
T'was the 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, and myself.

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.

 
Borg, 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.
Pappy 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.

Back 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
" Hey...that doesn't look like Carmack..."
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.

Our 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.

Merry Christmas from Pappy-R, Rolling Thunder, and PlanetQuake.

"Must...stay awake...for...quake..."


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