NIC - June 23, 2001 - Review - Pictures
The first ever Network Invasion Charlotte LAN party was hot! No, really.
I mean it was HOT! The air conditioner wheezed and sobbed as the temperature
soared up to nearly 90 degrees, despite being set at 45. That didn't stop the
party from being loads of fun!
The NIC staff set up the room on Friday night. (Thanks guys, you done good!)
The party started Saturday morning at 8:00. We had a few eager beavers, CurDog and
RaGe (the baddest father/son fraggin' combo I've yet to see), that showed up a bit early,
and being the nice guys they are, they helped FreeBeak carry the servers; most of the
other players showed up in the first hour, although OPi3 didn't arrive until 8:30 PM.
The game servers were up and ready right off the bat, so people were able to play as soon
as they got set up and plugged into the network. There were very few network problems,
and no power problems at all. Thanks again to the power and network teams!
There were three official tournaments at the party: Counter-Strike, Unreal Tournament, and
Quake 3. The first two, CS and UT, ran longer than their alloted times, and the Q3
tourney had several people drop out.
| Team || W || L |
| H8.SYS ||4||0|
| NIC ||2||2|
| No Name ||2||2|
| Spank-us ||1||3|
| CCGA ||1||3|
Five teams signed up to play CS, so we held a round-robin tourney; each team played
each of the others, best record wins (single elimination in case of a tie).
Team H8.SYS crushed everybody (except team NIC, which managed to win one of the
halves), and won the tournament hands-down. Darbosama, kid_kinetix, Mofo, and
PistolGripPump each won a 10-pack of blank CDs.
The Unreal Tournament tourney got a late start due to CS running long. Several
players entered the competition, which was fast and furious. You can see the
double-elimination tourney bracket here.
To briefly summarize, badguy defeated |Deus| (the CCGA UT champ), and went on to
become the winners' bracket champ. |Deus| routed the competiton to become the
losers' bracket champ. The championship game was a truly amazing display of UT
finesse; in sudden-death overtime, badguy defeated |Deus| to win the UT tourney.
His prize was a PC-Tote.
The Quake 3 tourney was originally scheduled to be double-elimination, but since
it was getting late, a quick poll showed all in favor of changing it to
single-elimination. A few people dropped out of the competiton, which also
made the play faster. The bracket is here.
In the hard-fought final game, Overkill defeated RaGe to win the tournament.
However, since our policy is that staff members don't win prizes, the Everglide mouse
pad went to RaGe. Overkill was later overheard to say that he was afraid that he
was going to have to tell his wife he was beaten up by a 12 year old.
In addition to the prizes given out to the tournament winners, NIC gave
away several other items. From the six tourney winners, one name
was randomly chosen (by my daughter picking a number 1-6), and badguy
became the winner of a case of Bawls. There was also a drawing for
a Microsoft Game Voice from the first 15 non-staff players to pay the
entry fee; Ntents took that one home. There were also several door
prizes: four MechWarrior 4 games, another Game Voice, three Wicked3DTM
eyeSCREAMTM light driver CDs, four Diablo II action figures, and three
Tomb Raider movie posters.
Event pictures are here.
One group of players spent most of the day playing Tribes 2. We're looking
into trying to set a server set up to support it. If there is some other
game that you want us to host, be sure to send
FreeBeak some mail.
After the tournaments were finished, the players that remained all joined the
Counter-Strike server that was running the new maps. We all agreed that
the new maps rule! Check
if you don't have them.
Network Invasion Charlotte would like to thank, first and foremost, all
of the fine individuals who came to our party and made it a roaring
success. We would also like to thank our sponsors, in alphabetical
order: Bawls, Everglide, Mountain Dew, PC-Tote, and Wicked3D. While
we're at it, we would like to thank Bad Mojo, LouZiffer, Lunk, Smeg, and
Time2Die of G2
for all the advice they have given. We hope to continue to bring
some of that good ol' lanparty luv'n to Charlotte.
Mistakes, typos, and other such things are probably my fault. Send me
a gripe if it bothers you.