Net Fests 1997
In '97 we began getting more friends involved in the action, and
everything moved into Windsinger's basement for more room.
The house computers were networked with a permanent coaxial connection,
which allowed us to use his father's Petium 133Mhz machines occasionaly.
Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior became the games played the most,
sometimes lasting 4 or so hours at a time. Death Rally soon replaced
the buggy Big Red Racing. Networking with Quake was attempted
at one time, but nobody really enjoyed the game so it was quickly
forgotten about. It just doesn't have the cool weapons Duke offers.
Front: Pure Evil Right: Kooky Back/Left:Shroud
Jan. 14, 1997
We get in a session before semesters start up again. More systems than
people and network cables were the big problem this time. We tried having
everything down in Windsinger's basement, but ended up short 3 network
cables due to the others being wired through the house. A bad network
cable was found, but Rogue Scholar managed to "find" a working one soon
enough, bringing up 4 working machines for some great Doom and Duke matches,
among other games. No hardware was destroyed or damaged this session.
March 14th, 1997
Now with spring break, the regulars had a get-together this friday
night. It was a lot of fun all around even though we didn't play
that many different games. We started out with the usual Duke
to get warmed up, switching to a really cool round of Doom which
Kooky won (grrr, he knows how to use that stinkin' BFG). We gave
Quake a try since Shroud belongs to a Quake clan at his campus,
and demonstrated it too by kicking Rogue Scholar's and Windsinger's
asses (The other memebers didn't want to play it, so they took
a quick nap). Quake would have been much more fun if we had something
better than 586's to run it on. Too choppy. We ended up going
back to a fast, smooth Duke3d level that one of Kooky's friends
had made, battling it out for a good 3 hours or so 'till about
3:30 in the morning! Excellent round. Everyone left around 5:30AM
the next day, making this fest one of the longer ones thus far.
March 20, 1997
Pure Evil, Shroud, Bobbafette and Windsinger attended this thrusday
evening's frag fest. We seem to have acquired a favorite level
in duke created by one of Kooky's friends, level BDM0-6, which
we played for a combined 7 or so hours, with a round of Death
Rally and Big Red Racing in between. It's a fast and open level
with many counter points, and it doesn't bog down the net too
much unless there's a lot of trip wires about (something Windsinger
loves to do). It was a lot of fun, can't wait for summer vacation
to happen for some more nights of this. (:
May ??, 1997
We had a gathering sometime after classes let out. It dissasembled
pretty early since most folk were tired from the busy exam weekend,
but we did get everyone over including a couple of fresh blood;
Mike Hopkins and Randy Cornetta, whom only have played these type
of net games on the Jaguar before (2-player Doom). Their comment
on the whole ordeal was that it was very fast paced, with people
you didn't know blowing you up very often, and lots of commotion,
but they loved it. Their only gripe is that they need to become
better at the controllers. We also discovered another bad cable
which only allowed data flow one way and not the other, this of
course took 45 minutes to derive.
Friday The 13, 1997
The Frag Your Friends Day was a most triumphant night indeed!
Several peoples stopped by to get invoved in the mayhem as well
as our regulars, Jason, Shroud, & Rogue, plus another computer
brought by John Provosnick. Mike, Randy and Bill dropped by for
some time. Most of the time was spent fragging on Shadow Warrior
which quickly became the favourite of the night. Besides all the
hilarious remarks in the game, the weapons you have are a lot
of fun. Rogue chose to use the sword most of the time, it was
very funny seeing him run around constantly swing the sword! But
it does do incredible amounts of damage! Windsinger and Shroud
usualy went for the Nuke weapon found on the 1st and 3rd stages
(eventualy found on the fourth as well). The first level has this
set up smart; you need to jump off of a car with an alarm that
basicly tells everyone someone is trying to get the nuke. A fair
warning. (: It's a very fun weapon to use, even if you do kill
yourself most of the time when using it. (: The bouncing grenades
ruled just as they did in Quake. We definitly can't wait for the
full version of this game to come out, hopefuly by the next frag
|Shroud and Useless
|Windsinger picking his nose
|Shroud, Rogue Scholar and Powerslave
|Teufel and Rogue Scholar
|Teufel and Kasta
June 27, 1997
This gathering was one of the larger ones we've had in a while!
Two new folk joined us, Kasta and Teufel with their own machines,
along with John P., Rogue Scholar, Windsinger, Shroud and Useless.
We had a friggin' huge 7-player FRAGDUKE deathmatch that was incredibly
fun! Insanity and chaos at its best; heads and blood flying everywhere,
a random RPG shot could take out 3 or 4 people, and the shrinker
was impossible. At one time, Shroud and Teufel went head-to-head
in a Warcraft 2 game. Shroud resigned becuase he didn't find a
mine in time to build anything of a force. The others played some
rounds of Shadow Warrior in the meantime, and some network problems
were fixed. We had a lot of those; you cannot do an IPXODI network
under Win95. Duke and Shadow Warrior get lots of SYNC errors.
It's most likely all the interupts Win95 has going on in the background.
A short trip to the web for a netcard setup program got Teufel
and Kasta's cards working in DOS and everything was good. Windsinger's
card also mysteriously stopped working before the event, but he
stole Pure Evil's since he wasn't attending.
|Many unidentified people playing Bomberman. (:
|Background:Kooky, Shroud Foreground: Pure Evil, Hellmaster
|Two more people who's nicks I don't know playing Bomberman.
After You Soot The Turkey, Shoot Your FRIENDS! The machines
are slowly getting upraded. We had Hell Master with a Pentium
133, and Mr. X with another P133. Most of the time was spent on
Shadow Warrior, now with all 8-players available, and it was great.
We did have more network problems witn one machine which sucked,
it would simply not talk to one other system. Also present were
Pure Evil, Windsinger, Shroud, Rogue Scholar, and several others
whom I've currently forgotten their nicks. (: A Sega Saturn with
8-player adapater was also present for some mad Bomberman games
which was really insane. We also did some Grand Theft Auto which
is a very silly game but great fun, mostly becuase you can hijack
any vehicle in the game, including a train if your slick enough.