The PlanetQuake Top Dawg Competition
Of course we all play Quake, we are PlanetQuake. But who's the best? Lets find out!
by The PlanetQuake Staff
Welcome ladies and gents to the PQ Top Dawg Spectacular!
The PQ Top Dawg is a friendly (yeah right!) competition between present and past PlanetQuake staff to see just who has the goods. In Quake III 1v1 play we'll run our little tournament with stats, info features and more...much more! The idea has been in my head for a while to do this to see just who is really the best Quake III player, and the opportunity jumped out at me while being trash talked by our newest PQ staffer, Will.
We all play Quake III, but we never play with or against each other outside our PQ Challenge events, so questions have arisen amongst us, and you, the PQ readers. Yes we get mail asking just who has the skills to pay the bills and this is our way of not only finding out, but also showing the world we really do play the game. We're not pros by any stretch of the imagination, so don't expect demos to rival the finals of a major LAN tourney, but we'll indeed show you what we've got.
Now having said that, just why should you care to watch us abuse each other over the course of the next week or so? Because we do it all for you! We'll win bragging rights, but it's only the PQ readers who get to win prizes! Yeah baby, I saw this as just one more chance to give you all a shot at some sweet swag! Lemme lay it all out for you how this is all going down, and just where your chances to win are.
We'll give you all the chance to vote in a poll per match to show support for your fighter. We also have a special Top Dawg mailbox so you can mail into your fighter a word of encouragement, and this is where the goodies come in. For each match, the player will choose a mail supporter at random, and if that player wins, the "home player" or mail supporter chosen wins a prize! Here's the prizes along with the generous sponsors. One prize will be given per winner.
- Registrations for GameSpy Arcade software and GameSpy shirts donated by GameSpy
- One shirt and one hat of the winner's choice donated by the gang at My Game Wear.com.
- Full registered versions of the GameBind Pro software from the heavy hitters at Clandestyne Software
Important: Due to the expense of shipping, only North American supporters can win prizes that have to be physically shipped. We do, as you can see, have a load of prizes for everyone though, so enter and win!
We had a little trouble selecting our own maps, so to be fair, we asked Alcatraz of The BigHouse to lend a hand and pick four maps for our tournament. The BigHouse has been a respected member of the level reviewing community since the days of Quake 2, so we knew we were in good hands. We're also releasing the PQ Top Dawg/BigHouse Map Pack right now with all the required permissions from a great assortment of authors. These are maps designed for tourney play that you won't see in any other tournament. Grab the PQ Top Dawg/BigHouse Map Pack now so you can see the demos we release later on, and to play the hell out of the maps for your own pure enjoyment.
Here's a word on the four selected levels by Alcatraz himself.
Map 1: Bal3dm2, "Golconda," by Bal. A classic duel map by one of the Quake
Community's best-known authors. Moderately sized and heavily interconnected,
this map has impressive architecture, a surprisingly open layout, and plenty
of jump chute antics.
Map 2: unitooldm4, "Peccary of Destiny," by unitool. A new map from a new author.
Small, tall, and open, there are plenty of places to run to on this map, but
still nowhere to hide.
Map 3: gs3dm4b, "Entertain Us (PQ edition)" by Grindspire. This recently revised map
is the smallest of the four. Dubbed the "purple people eater" by the good folks
at LvL - Q3A, opponents on this weapon-rich map will rarely be out of
direct line of sight from each other for very long.
Map 4: addict, "Quake 3: Addiction," by Peej. An oldie but a goodie. This is
an open, three-story map whose layout focuses in towards a single atrium. Success
on this, the largest of the four, depends on controlling key items such as the RL
The Top Dawg matches are played on a great server donated by the cool crew of ClanServers.net.
That's the prizes, the maps, and the reason for it all, so now let's get down to how this will run. As some of you know, the PQ staff doesn't actually work in the same place. I'm in Ontario Canada, Ash is in Kansas and the rest of our gang are in California. This is an online tournament, so getting fair pings is a must. We pretty much have that covered though, so don't sweat it. The games are fair and anything goes. Tonight it all kicks off with a Free For All (FFA) game on the PQ Arena level for tournament seeding. Now the seeding isn't going to be used throughout the entire tourney, it's really just a way to get things rolling. What matters here is the play, and we're all starting out even. Hell, most of us have yet to even play each other like this. Now that you know what we're going to be up to, it's time to meet the players.
Next: Check out the player bios!