LAN Yarns: How To Lose Friends And Ingest People

Giants: Citizen Kabuto was a favourite at our LAN parties for a long time.  It’s an interesting game;  predominantly a single-player game it had a rudimentary multiplayer tacked-on, seemingly as an afterthought.

That meant multiplayer was a massive sand-box to play in with very little thought to balance.

Hence, it was totally awesome.kabuto-2 Continue reading “LAN Yarns: How To Lose Friends And Ingest People”

Tales From IT: How I got paid to play World of Warcraft for 3 months

Upset customers, complex systems, poor documentation, high-pressure situations, bizarre legacy choices.  Working in IT is hard work.

Except when it’s not.

Watching installations / patches run, interminable meetings, deciphering manuals (“What does ‘Klaatu barada nikto’ mean?”), hanging around for a change window to open;  there can be plenty of waiting around.

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“I found the regular expression documentation!”

But waiting around for 3 months with a client that had nothing for you to do but refused to let you leave?  That’s a pretty unique situation… Continue reading “Tales From IT: How I got paid to play World of Warcraft for 3 months”

LAN Yarns: The Vital Importance of Casus Belli in Free-For-All Games or How One Wrong Step From A Peon Costs You the Game

My friends and I have regular LAN parties.  Back in the day these were real LAN-only games without any connectivity to the Internet, matchmaking or progression systems.  People occasionally played team-games but the real measure of a man at the LAN was in Free-For-All.

Every man for himself, the true test of skill! (Actually a test of stamina over 4+ hour games).

One man standing atop the conquered nations of his peers while earning their grudging respect! (Actually while they all seethed and grumbled about cheap tactics and underhand ‘diplomacy’).

One of the key tenets of playing these FFA games was the necessity of Casus Belli. Continue reading “LAN Yarns: The Vital Importance of Casus Belli in Free-For-All Games or How One Wrong Step From A Peon Costs You the Game”

Tales From IT: Don’t Confuse Relative and Absolute Pathnames!

This incident occurred in the first place I worked and it proved to me just how much damage a little ignorance can do (unfortunately I was the source of the little ignorance in this story).

More specifically, a little ignorance, god-like permissions and a hacked-together backup system built out of scripts. Continue reading “Tales From IT: Don’t Confuse Relative and Absolute Pathnames!”

LAN Yarns : Black and White; or How To Raise A Psychopath

The geek generation is getting older.  More and more game protagonists aren’t saving their  true-loves but instead are saving their kids.  As we’ve gotten older in the real world, more of us are having a hand in raising little nerds in the One True Way, whatever that may be (Wars vs Trek, UT vs Quake, Linux vs Windows etc.).  This, of course, is awesome.

But a gamer might not always be the best influence on a child, as we saw when we played Black and White….. Continue reading “LAN Yarns : Black and White; or How To Raise A Psychopath”

My Daughter’s Guide to Gaming With Me

I had a great time on holiday with my family to the Brecon Beacons.  A key part of any extended family-time is the opportunity for me to be ruthlessly mocked by my children.

This holiday was no exception. Continue reading “My Daughter’s Guide to Gaming With Me”