i65: The good, the bad, and the ugly
Phoneposting as I've ended up staying the night in Stockholm, to continue north only tomorrow. Here's in short my good, bad, and ugly for this year.
- I was in a great mood and had a fantastic time. This gets its own generic point since I think this was more a lack of externalities than necessarily a feature of the lan itself.
- Small crowd is good at times since we managed to do a fair few things as a group. Sort of easy to keep track of.
- Actually did a bunch of the things we set out to do, and some cool ones we hadn't planned. Tabletop games Sunday were a treat (though I think I was not only lucky but also under-sabotaged at settlers, but I can enjoy that too!). D&D DM a champ considering he was likely on like full day three of running that mini-campaign for randoms who don't know what to do.
- As had tended to be at the NEC the climate in the hall was great (though perhaps too cool), good and drunk situation remains mixed but really no worse than previous years.
- A decent mix of games played. Going to keep underlords up but still bitter about my failures at golf. Also enjoyed the short TF2 ranked queue visit, and playing HL Deathmatch was actually a great closer to the weekend.
- ihunt was a bit of a letdown this year. I feel we put in a good effort, but a fair few questions were more fiddly than fun, and another fair few were trivial (e.g. all rebuses and riddles outside the Spanish beach). I still had fun overall, but I came in with high expectations this year.
- Small crowd also had obvious downsides, people missing that may have wanted to go not least. Another year~~
- I failed to commit to b0nes intro dota game, making it a bit of a failure overall.
- I think eagle has given me a cold (of he's right that he was also coming down with something).
- Bob is currently trapped on some purgatory train.
- Broken travelator taking the fun out of the long skywalk.
- Woooo! WOOOOOOOOOO!
Staying in a hotel and having fry ups every morning, saved me an absolute fortune in food, each day on average I had two large meals not lots of little things from qjacker.
Pub quiz was fun even are two little randoms guests had fun, scrawl afterwards was also legendary!
Winning the Dota underlords competition £100 prize + lan tickets!
Winning the raffle with my Ihunt tickets, dam I worked hard for those!
Playing a few rounds of TF2 and everyone being on the same page when we tossed in the towl
Going to Pizza express and enjoying a few walks in the sun each day.
Poor Eagle missing most of Saturday!
*Edit - Not healing Kovah! there were consequences!
I forgot to mention scrawl, but I struggle to put it in a category. On the one hand I laughed enough to get close to oxygen deprived, otoh Smesh and Eagle underappreciated my excellent descriptions (though I'll admit the appreciation for my works of art was there).
I wasn't there
- iHunt. I barely helped out (sorry), and I found most of the tasks to be very tedious.
- Still no proper tournament for any game I care about.
- Turnout in the community tournaments was low.
- Board games, D&D, generally we were better at doing activities together
- TF2 tournament. We got stomped, but it didn't take up much time, and it's not everyday you get achievements during tournament games! (I may not have played the game for a number of years)
- Quake. Me and Bob lost the final 3-0, Maggles complained the whole time, but at least we played some damn Quake!
- Underpants tournament. Despite winner being determined 100% by luck!
- Pub Quiz
- Half-Life deathmatch and Golf
- The people sitting next to me. Quality chaps.
- The fuckers sitting next to Maggles.
- Constant Whoooing by Counter Strike players.
Didn't realize you guys did as well as that in Quake. Should have spectated a bit then.
Out of 4 teams.
Looking at my credit card statement I'll add another The Good: The pound is not that pricey atm.
Out of 4 teams.
Still, I sort of expected you to get crushed. Also Quake has some faults, but it is actually one of the better fps games for spectating.
Pound is weak, but NOK is record weak.
I would have preferred if Quake was 1v1. That's the only game mode I have any practice on.
"this guy says his own name when he joins the server"
or whatever the quote was
I got the full 2GD video on my PC :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_cold_sweat:
The survey is out. I put in that community tournaments were difficult to figure out and that there are too many layers and platforms.
Entire family has now been through eagles cold :p