What a weird day… it almost seemed like I was destined not to log on.
Picture this, New Years Eve, bloody hot day (38 Degress Celsius). We were spending the weekend with my parents at the ‘Milk Bar’ they were now running in Bendigo (about 200 Kilometers from my house).
I had made a promise to take my wife and our two kids out for the day to enjoy a refreshingly cool swim at the local swimming pool. Not a problem, the game was due to finish at 7pm, plenty of time to have a family outing and to get back home.
Wrong! Child #1 (3 years & 3weeks old) refused to go down for his nap at the normal time… by the time he had woken up and was ready to go out, it was already 3pm. We finally made it to the local swimming pool, where I kept a very watchful eye on the clock. By 5:30pm we were all looking a bit pruney (and very refreshed), so we headed back to my parents house.
That was when I started to get worried. As we got closer to home, I was noticing more and more traffic lights were not working. My suspicions were confirmed when we got home, the power was out for half of the town! My father had already spoken to the power company, and they had assured him that power would be restored at 8pm.
No power, no ADSL! I had my laptop with me, which meant I could use dial-up to get onto the internet. Except that would mean I’d be tying up the phone line for the business, besides which my laptop had developed a fault a few weeks ago in the LCD screen. I would need to use an external monitor…
Lucky for me, my sister also lives in Bendigo, and she just happens to live on the side of town unaffected by the power outage!
So I quickly race over there, and manage to get all my ships logged on by 6:45pm… cutting it very close!
Imagine my suprise to find that one of my ships was now the #1 ranked ship!
A couple of unsavoury players (you know the ones, no morales, ethics is a dirty word, etc) had taken it upon themselves to attack the ships parked in the designated ‘screenshot’ sector.
Which leads to the following game log… only a couple of ships left logged on…
Predator+3 NAMED [---], Hyper Cruiser, (960001s) awake for 10 ion(s)
+DarkLordoftheSith+ TALON_JASRA [---], Hyper Freighter, (40001s) awake for 17 ion(s)
Obliterate RDC THRAWN [THC], Hyper Liner, (1080001s) awake for 10 ion(s)
+Czar+ KRANKY [RDC], Hyper Battleship, (1800001s) awake for 8 ion(s)
+Czar+ KRAZY [RDC], Hyper Freighter, (1s) awake for 8 ion(s)
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54211 from THRAWN on channel 0:
"are you guarding 666?"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54212 from KRAZY on channel 0:
"should i be?"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54213 from TALON_JASRA on channel 0:
"If you want Gumby to live :-)"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54214 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"you really don't have a life do you??"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54215 from NAMED on channel 0:
"oooh personal insults not"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54216 from NAMED on channel 0:
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54217 from THRAWN on channel 0:
"not really, just a little trigger happy"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54218 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"well what can i say... it's a simple concept... 666, no attacks..."
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54219 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"then we have wankers who have no life and no morales..."
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54220 from TALON_JASRA on channel 0:
"I killed Titan"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54221 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"trigger happy i can deal with..."
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54222 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"go to 1830943"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54223 from NAMED on channel 0:
"why should we grant people invulnerability?"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54224 from TALON_JASRA on channel 0:
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54225 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"well you've got an itchy trigger finger, and i've just put a big bullseye on"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54226 from KRANKY on channel 0:
(Game 000)  (196 mins) choice: V
RockMine TITAN: selling iron
Planet Nereid: Mysteries of Deep Space
Obliterate RDC THRAWN [THC] with a Hyper Liner and 23462 fighters [awake]
Warps go to: 1830343o 1830918u 1830942 1830944 1830968- 1831543-
News: THRAWN used a rocket booster
(Game 000)  (196 mins) choice: A
Attack THRAWN? (Y/N) [N] Y
(You have 697392 fighters)
Attack with how many?  200000
***** Warning! Incoming enemy fighters! *****
***** You lost 23149 of your fighters! *****
press E for the event log of the attack...
You destroyed the enemy ship!
You lost 0 of your fighters
You killed 0 enemy fighters
(There is a cloud of destroyed ship parts and fighters here)
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54227 from NAMED on channel 0:
"and just bought targeting and sheilds :p"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54228 from NAMED on channel 0:
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54229 from KRANKY on channel 0:
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54230 from TALON_JASRA on channel 0:
"that was crazy,,,, tried art's loop attack and auto kill"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54231 from NAMED on channel 0:
"never chalenge a player with their own client in an online fight"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54232 from KRANKY on channel 0:
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54233 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"no i'm a good challenge... there's no offensive routines in this client at all"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54234 from NAMED on channel 0:
"oh okay.. cool then"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54235 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"never had a need for them... only lost 1 online fight so far :P"
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54236 from KRANKY on channel 0:
"so talon... how many figs you got left?"
News: TALON_JASRA ___[ slipped out ]___
\/\/\__Incoming radio message 54237 from NAMED on channel 0:
"I guess not enough.."