The big geek fest of November 9-11 2001 is now officially over. Thanks
to every one for making it a really fun event.
Here is a short chronology of the events, with links to pictures.
The ordering of the pictures is wrong because they're in alphabetical order.
Sorry about that.
We started earlier than usual. Denis came out to the house early Friday
afternoon and we got him setup. The drinking started in earnest, then.
;-) We played some games, and mostly just got things ready.
Brad and Leslie were kind enough to pick us up (we were in no shape to
drive) for supper. We had a very good meal at the Fireside Grill in Kanata.
Then the gaming really began.
Everyone brought their machines in and setup. We were operational in
a remarkably short period of time. As usual, there were a few forgotten
things: power cords, hubs, mouse pads, that sort of thing. Luckily I had
a few extras and we were able to make ends meet, so to speak.
We played Quake and some Wolfenstein Multiplayer. Mostly Quake, though.
I'd setup a machine with a set of dedicated quake servers and we were able
to quickly jump into games. The gaming lasted until about 2:30am or so.
Remembering that they froze their butts off trying to sleep at our place
the last time, most people remembered to bring sleeping bags and pillows.
For the others, we had lots of stuff. Keir, Mike McMahon, Denis, and Michael
Su, being the hard-core gamers, slept over. Everyone else went home to
their snug comfy beds. Wimps. :)
Here are a bunch of pictures I took on Friday. Thanks to Bob for kindly
loaning us his really nice digital camera. I'm going to really miss it
when I bring it back to him tomorrow.
- (pics currently lost - we are hoping to find copies)
Everone dragged their butts out of bed at around 9:00am. We talked for
a while, drank coffee, copied some stuff between systems, and generally
got our heads together. Then we all headed out to the Country House restaraunt
in Munster for breakfast at 11:00am. Lots of people showed up and we had
a good time. Angy showed up for breakfast, as she couldn't make it to the
rest of the geekfest.
Then we headed back to the house and the gaming got started. We played
lots of Quake, some Wolfenstein, and some other stuff I can't remember.
I walked around at one point during the day, marvelling that there were
at least fourteen people in the house, it was a bedlam of noise, and everyone
was having a good time. I'm sure the beer helped. :-)
Bob had another geek fest that he had to go to, so he packed up his computer
and headed out.
We didn't give a lot of thought to the electrical strain all these computers
would be putting on the house. We were right at the limit of what the fusebox
could handle, and then Brad hooked up and turned his computer on. Poof!
Almost all of the machines went black. D'oh! I replaced the fuse and we
ran an extension cable from a different circuit, and we were back in business.
The geeking went on late into the night. Until 4:00am, to be exact.
We were bagged, but having a great time.
Here are the Saturday pictures:
- (as above)
On Sunday we got up and everyone met up at the Country House for a big
buffet breakfast to fuel us up for the day's geeking.
Then everone came back to the house and the fun really began. We played
more Quake, Wolfenstein, and the Urban Terror total-conversion. It was
a lot of fun.
As the afternoon and evening wore on, people started packing up and heading
home. The earliest was that wimp, Mike McMahon, who said he had, get this,
"family committments". Can you believe it? What a lame excuse. :)
The last of the die-hard group (Michael Su, Chris, Denis, and Keir) packed
their systems up and took off at around 9:00pm.
And here are the Sunday pictures.
- (as above)
I just wanted to say thanks for a great time to everyone who participated.
I really had fun, and now I need to get some sleep. Tomorrow's aerobics
class is gonna be painful...