The Halo Humpday Challenge
So we finally played against some real folks! Real folks named Team Dscvry Ch. Don't let the clan name fool you, these guys have about as much to do with the Discovery Channel as I do with polite discourse (I know my feedback ban is coming for abusive language, it's just a matter of time.). Last night got a little confusing however. We lost some Bungie guys, and had to replace them with hot chicks. Athena and Athena Twin from clan PMS. There were no complaints from the Discovery chaps, I might add.
The upside to this addition, quite apart from the obvious aesthetic benefits, was that the Twins are excellent players. The downside is that we gave them two minutes notice and we'd never played as a team with them before. That said, the twins seemed to know pretty much what needed to be done, although constant complaints about our lack of sniping went unheeded by us. Because we're jerks.
Last night Bungie featured:
– CJ "Tipping" Cowan
– Frankie - Supajerk
– Ryan Hylland, tester of all things testacular.
– 8 Bit British -
See Here for Proof
– Hottie Hotskins
– Sexy McSexington
Team Dscvry Ch brought:
– Luke Hudson, Theatre Manager
– Eli Bryant, Student.
El Capitan Bob
- Joe Dukes, Student
– Secret Identity
– You gotta figure Chris Poe, right?
– Secret Identity.
Lockout, Standard Weapons
General Tone of Game :
Not a bad game, but we should have made the time limit two minutes. Note to self, we really need to come up with some basic ground rules – then let challenging teams choose what modes they want to play within some sensible restrictions. One minute was way too short. We led for a bit, and if you've played King on Lockout, you'll know that it's actually pretty easy to snag time by staying still and quiet in a dark corner of the circle, hoping nobody spots you. Eventually however, the Dscvry kids mounted a somewhat coordinated defense of the circle, and we drifted further into the red.
To be honest, the whole thing was over so quickly, it was hard to tell what we could have done differently, and this was one of the few King games we've played competitively, where nobody bothered to snipe. Rush, grenade, charge, blast, run, die, vomit.
The twins were doing their part, and if truth be told, we could hear them getting frustrated with our typical Bungie lack of coordination.
1:00 versus 42 seconds. Dscvry wins.
Ivory Tower , Multi-Flag
General Tone of Game :
Since it's impossible to achieve a draw in Team Deathmatch (thanks to the wonder of nanoseconds) I can honestly say that this was the closest game I've ever played. "taken the lead, lost the lead, taken the lead, lost the lead…" Almost every couple of seconds that was the refrain and for the entire game, until, near the end, we drew ahead.
Mostly we were simply gaining and losing control of the upper corridors. That task becomes something of a juggling act, since there are three entrances to that spot – including an elevator. Folks playing Ivory Tower do this a lot – it's a natural magnet, but really, holds strategic significance in a Team Slayer game. Still, old habits die hard.
With a three point lead and one kill required to win, it looked like Bungie had it in the bag. In fact, when the announcer cried, "Game Over," a couple of us prematurely congratulated each other until we looked at the score. With the aid of a rocket launcher, Dscvry had miraculously overtaken us and won with a single play. We was robbed!
50 to 49. Dscvry wins.
Headlong , Single Flag
General Tone of Game:
Depressed, beaten and thoroughly demoralized, we went into what was now a consolation game. Although the Humpday Challenge is a best of three event, we traditionally play the third game anyway, to give the losing side one last chance. It SUCKS when the losing side is us.
Single Flag CTF on Headlong, three flags to win. We should have applied a time limit and maybe even limited it to four rounds. The game lasted 42 minutes, partly a testament to how close the game was. We even captured the first flag.
Now, it's NOT cheating, and in fact, it's perfectly reasonable, but I hate it: Contest-squatting. It may have been my imagination or paranoia kicking in, but I swear I kept finding a little croucher hiding outside our base, keeping the flag contested. Mind you, that's not why they won. They won because they played a little better than we did. As the twins kept reminding us, we needed a sniper.
3 flags to 2. Dscvry wins.
The Curse of Endo
Ryan Hylland, also known as Endo, pointed out last night that he every time he has played, we've lost. Desperate for an excuse, we're clinging to the supernatural. Endo is cursed and we lost because of him. And we should point out that we lost to EGM because Endo kept sending messages, trying to get in the game.
It's a secret. Should be cool though.