Archive for September, 2001

Just checkin’ in…

By K2 on September 26th, 2001 at 11:57 pm EST

Hiya gang… thought I’d make a post just to let ya know I haven’t forgotten about the faithful visitors to my humble neck of the cyber-woods :-) So… on with the news!

Seems there’s been a very small but nasty rumor floating around that the Hardfought/Fragwire LAN party was cancelled. Well guess what… it’s still ON. Everything is still good to go, date is the same and everything (October 19th – 21st). We’re at T-minus 22 days and counting until this lil party kicks off, and believe me, you do *not* want to miss this one. One of the new sponsors we have for the event is Hooters Restaurant… I believe they are donating about 500 hot wings and will have official Hooters girls on hand to deliver them.

Yes, all you sex-starved recluse computer geeks read correctly – Hooters girls will be on site… rofl :-P

Now, as is always the case, most people do not register until about two weeks or so from the actual day of whatever event is being held. I have already posted one link to where you can register and pay via PayPal all at one time… click *here* to do that. There’s a second method of registering, and this way you don’t have to pay right away, but you will be listed on the attendee list. The link to register the quick and dirty way is right *here* – so get registered and get your name showing on the list so we can plan a bit better and know what to expect. I know there are several of you who are going but have not signed up yet. Whatcha waitin’ for? Go go go :-P

Isn’t it ironic… just days after I have to take the Hardfought server down does all this new shit come out. Go figure, eh? The new Half-Life and CounterStrike patches have been released and there have been some very cool things brought about by these as well as a few new headaches. I’m not going to dwell too much on those except to say that I have been testing CS 1.3 out quite a bit here at home, and I love the new HLTV functionality, even tho it has some issues running on AdminMod-enabled servers (that’s already being addressed). Also, there’s a new CSCop out, version 1.3, that now handles team wounders as well as team killers. See what I mean? Hardfought goes down, new shit comes out. GAH!! :-P Right now I’ve got the HF1 port patched and running the latest version of PodBot – 16 bots going at it non-stop for about three days now. Port crashes every two hours this way, you can almost set your clock by it. I take off PodBot and load up AdminMod with CS 1.3, port stays up for over 24 hours, no crashes. Hmmm…

I’m doing all this because 1) it gives me something to do and 2) I’m getting the server ready for the LAN, since it will be one if not the official tournament server for the Hardfought/Fragwire LAN party.

Anyways… enough about CounterStrike. Bah! :-P I’m kinda wondering with Operation: Lake Afghanistan is going to happen. I have been trying to follow world events as close as I can since Sept. 11th, and I can’t believe the Taliban are not willing to cooperate with us in handing over Osama bin Laden. Well, ok I can believe it, but still… I don’t think they realize how big the can of ass-whup that’s about to be opened up on their heads really is. At the same time this isn’t gonna be any kind of Desert Storm campaign, either. If we really do go to war over there, our ground troops are gonna have it rough :-/ Good luck to you guys and gals that have to go over there, and stay safe.

Ok… bedtime for me. I’ll try to think of some more interesting things to keep all of you amused for my next news post :-P Oh hey, be sure to idle in channel #hardfought on IRC (irc.enterthegame.com:6667) – been a lot of people going there lately and many of the conversations and stuff have been entertaining to say the least :-) Until next time folks…

K2

Hardfought Game Server has been shut down

By K2 on September 15th, 2001 at 1:18 pm EST

If you happened to be in the Hardfought IRC channel last night, then you knew what was going to happen. I received a call from the company that was hosting my server a few days ago, and because of them starting a closing inventory, I had to pick up my box earlier this morning – a week earlier than what I had initially thought and planned for.

So… the Hardfought game server is officially offline, indefinitely :-( I have had a great deal of fun hosting my game server for all of you over the past 10 months. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s helped make Hardfought *the best* gaming server around – the admins who have helped me run things while I’m not around, the players who have built up our lil community here… everyone.

Just so you know… I will always be actively looking for another place to host my server. It may take some time, but eventually something that’s good on all fronts should pop up sometime in the future. And of course, when Neverwinter Nights is released, I can host a decent sized server from home, no problem, so if you’re into RPG’s, definitely stick around.

Oh yeah don’t forget – the Fragwire/Hardfought LAN party is just a month away… I’ll have more news and details about that here for ya in the next couple of days. I’ll have the Hardfought game server there for the event so we’ll have at least one kick-ass CS/Q3 box to use there.

Thanks a bunch everyone, it’s been a fun ride while it lasted. See ya online.

K2

Relief Fund Help, unwarranted racism

By K2 on September 13th, 2001 at 8:01 am EST

Hey gang, I came across this last night when checking my PayPal account as well as seeing this at [H]ardOCP…

PayPal has set up a relief fund to where 100% of all the proceeds donated go to the National Disaster Relief Fund (click on the words ‘relief fund’ to access it). So far over $330,000 has been raised by this method. Everything I had in my PayPal account, I sent over. It wasn’t a whole lot in the grand scheme of things but it’s something at least… and since most of what I had in my PayPal account was money *you* guys n’ gals had sent me as donations for Hardfought… well, it’s safe to say we all just donated to help. So what are you waiting for? Donate something, please, even if it’s just five bucks… every lil bit will help.

OK… something I wanna touch base on with everyone that plays on Hardfought. I know anger and grief are still high over what happened Tuesday. I’m sure you’ve all heard reports of Arab and Muslim groups receiving threatening phone calls and being harassed and even attacked in the streets and so forth. Now, what I’m starting to see are people logging into the server with names like ‘Muslims should die’ or ‘Arabs Leave Now’ and that kinda bullshit. Most of you know my stance on racism so my next words shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to you – if I catch you on the server using a name or saying words to the effect that is derogatory in any way to Arabs, Muslims, or anyone for that matter, I’ll fuckin’ ban you outright permanently. I’m instructing my admins to do the same.

Guess what folks – the terrorists who did those terrible and evil acts a couple days ago may very well have been Muslim and/or of Arab decent, and may even be supported by one of those Middle Eastern countries. However… the actions of a few people or even a nations government does NOT speak for an entire race of people. That some people are that fucking stupid to attack others by association only like that is beyond me… you’re no better than the people who commit these crimes, because in the eyes of those terrorists, because we’re from America, well then we all must be attacked via terrorist attacks and die horrible deaths… right?

Think about that one for just a minute.

K2

‘Black Tuesday’

By K2 on September 11th, 2001 at 8:35 pm EST

I had planned a news post today that would have been just a BIT more upbeat than what I’m posting now. However…

I’m sure all of you are quite aware of what has transpired today. My thoughts go out to each and every one of you who may have had a family member or friend or acquaintance harmed or lost in relation to the terrible events that took place this morning. I personally did not have anyone close to me injured or killed from the results of today’s terrorist attacks, but some of my friends and co-workers did. Words can’t express the anguish and outrage I feel about all of this…

K2

Labor Day news

By K2 on September 3rd, 2001 at 11:46 pm EST

Heya gang. Hope your labor day weekend was a good one. Got some stuff to share with ya that I’ve been working on this weekend…

I’ve got the web content running off of the original web server again now that I have DSL again. Everything is back and in working order – email, MRTG scripts, CSCop on HF2, the whole deal… /me lets out a big sigh of relief. YES stats are back up and running… I just finished doing the HF ‘Hall of Fame’ on all three CS ports, so be sure to take a look at who had the most in which category for August. I’ll process the first batch of this months stats after I wrap up this news post.

Hardfought LAN Party – been waiting to finalize this for awhile before I started pushing this. I spoke with the two main guys that run the Fragwire LAN and website – we’re gonna consolidate resources and combine our LAN parties together. I’ve mentioned this before a few weeks ago but I never really got a chance to sit down face-to-face with these guys and hash things out until last night. Here’s what I can tell you for certain right now…

The LAN party will be October 19th-21st for certain, no date changes

The facility can accommodate 160 people comfortably, and more if need be

Location – 9200 Mid-Cities Blvd., North Richland Hills, TX 76180, at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts Bldg in the Birdville Stadium (Click Here for directions)

Yours truly is in charge of the CounterStrike tourney for this event :-P

Entry fee has gone up from 10 bucks a head to 30 dollars – that covers you for all three days

Lodging is available very close to where the LAN is being held, with discounts for attendee’s available

Several companies will be sponsoring this event, and will be present during the LAN – Gear Grip, Bawls, Alienware, just to name a few

I’ll let everyone know more details about what to expect as I get that information. Some of you might not like the 30 dollars a head entry fee, but once you learn what all is involved with this and the sponsors that are participating, the power and network setup necessary to run this right… you’re really getting off cheap. Not to mention there should be some kick-ass prizes to be given away during that weekend as well. Oh yeah…. did I mention that Fox TV News might be out there to do an interview with a few of ya? ;-) Heheh…

Now here’s an important part of this whole LAN party deal. You can either pay online in advance to secure a spot at the LAN, or you can just show up that weekend – no guarantees on a seat and the fee also goes from 30 to 35 per person. So… you definitely wanna register and pay online in advance. The way to do that is via PayPal, so if you don’t already have a PayPal account, go set one up *now* so you can reserve your spot at the LAN… PayPal account setup is totally free. Here’s the kicker on all this – do NOT use my PayPal link on this site to register. The Fragwire gang already has a PayPal account setup for this with an online database in place that shows who’s registered and when, etc. Be sure to visit the Fragwire website to register… the direct link to their registration form is here – I had the whole big link posted here but it fucked up the formatting, so now it’s just a ‘here’ link :-P Cool thing is, if you don’t already have a PayPal account, you can set one up via that link. Woo boy! This LAN is gonna fuckin’ rock… I hope to see as many of you there as possible. Be sure to check back here often, because I’ll be dishing out more info on a regular basis between now and the time of the event. And don’t forget to check out the Fragwire site as well… I made a link button to it on the left.

To wrap up – the Hardfought CS/Q3 game server is still going down this month :-( so get in as much frag time as ya can gang, as we’re just weeks away. Oh yeah… I took PunkBuster off of HF2 because it kept kicking legitimate authenticated players, saying they were not authenticated. Bah! Oh well. The kitten I have taken upon myself to care for is doing much better. Last Friday was touch and go but this weekend it’s strength came back twofold and is eating more per feeding. I think it may just pull through. He (I’m assumimg it’s a he, I can’t really tell yet) will be one week old in just a few hours after this post. I’m gonna do another voting poll on what I should name this cat. I’ll throw a few names out there, see how many I get shot down on :-P Take care folks, I’ll see ya online.

K2