It's been a few days now but I'm finally getting a chance to update this page. In short: It rocked! We had 18 folks show up, at one point we even had 22, so there was a constant set of large 8vs8 games going throughout the night. Click on the pic above and you'll see a nice large collage picture I made from closeup shots of most of us. I'll label it later with everyone's tag name.
Other folks that attended the party have put up their own reports. Instead of trying to match their depth, I'll just let you click and check their own pages first before I bore you with my quick synopsis:
Without a doubt, the best players were Team OverKill. These 4 guys from Staten Island play the game with alot of seriousness. And it shows! We were getting creamed by them regularly and even played a 4 vs 12 game of CTF/Blood Gulch and those guys REALLY did well. In some ways, it got a little 'too serious' and I started to get bummed that folks were yelling at each other. I'm into competition, but especially when we're all in one giant room, there's no need to yell and get pissed... especially if the people you're getting pissed at are not spectacular players and might not understand the strategy of the game we're playing. Anyway, soon we all calmed down, and the fun continued. But even that 'incident' was really no big deal, everyone had a great time, and I had fun playing with so many different folks. I know some other players, and I would love to see the Team OvK guys play with, for instance, the Linden Factory chapter, or even some folks from the Halo Junkies over in Connecticut. That would be a real test of skill vs skill. Maybe one day such an event will happen.
The other notable appearance was having Brian "Ar-Isulder" show up along with his family. I'm happy Brian had the energy to make it to the gathering. And low-blood count or no low-blood count, that dude can kick ass in Halo. :-)
This was the first time I've held a gathering in NYC, and I think it went well enough that you can expect another such LAN party in the future. I just can't predict when yet.
If you attended the party and want to add your own comments, just click below and post away. I'll add 'em to this page.