Report on the Myth Gathering at Club-I in San Francisco
The small Myth Gathering that we held tonight was a success. About 30 folks
showed up, including some folks from Bungie.
My most heartfelt thanks to my fellow Clan
Plaid brother Ven Jance who helped me get this little event off the ground.
Patroclus also deserves special thanks for donating some necessary funds to the
event. Bungie minions Mordia and Stinger get major kudos for swinging some nifty
Bungie swag that we raffled off and gave out as prizes.
The good folks at Club-I set aside half their
floor for our shindig, so we had 12 machines running Myth II in all its glory.
Due to unforeseen traffic, I arrived late so I was unable to load some third
party maps, but thankfully SiliconDream (those of you that have been following Halo know this gent), a member of Creation, arrived early and loaded a
beta of Homeland II on 2 machines. It's an awesome solo map, one which I
didn't get to fully appreciate until I played it a few times. Fellow plaidie Shadowjack and I played a few coop games on it but
we had alot of trouble at the beginning. We had to do a particular sequence of
things in order to not get ourselves splattered across the virtual snow. Those Creation guys like to make their maps
more difficult than usual, in order to challenge the seasoned Myth player. Boy
was it! There are some nifty new units and I can't wait to get my hands on the
final! Could whoever is working on Myth III PLEASE sign these guys up?
SiliconDream also tried to load a beta of a Bushido
solo level but was unsuccessful. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this as it gets
closer to completion.
Malkavian showed up, map maker extraordinaire,
and showed off his latest creation... Krakatoa! A very beautiful 2-team
map which I didn't get a chance to play. It does look awful sweet and a some other folks
playtested it and short of a few killer bugs, everyone seemed pretty happy with
it. I think much later in the evening Malk wondered out loud why he even bothers
making maps for such a dated game as Myth, and all I can say is bring it on man,
I see no reason to leave Myth when maps this ambitious are being created even now! Heh!
Ven Jance had the smarts to bring along his Sega Dreamcast. So if you were into
it, you could play some Soul Calibur or
Gauntlet in between your Myth games. Turned out that Patroclus kicked ass on it, though I think I
didn't do too bad myself :)
I was so happy to see Brigette and Andrew Hunley show up. They're a couple that both
love to play Myth and enjoy the gathering as a way of socializing and seeing
like-minded folks. I saw them both at the previous San Francisco Bungie Fanfest.
She's expecting so my sincerest congratulations to both of them! I'm sure they'll
be teaching their child the finer points of flanking in no time! As long as I'm
talking about previous attendees at these events, Mythifier is another gentleman that has never
missed a gathering. Mike's always ready to help out and get the ball rolling. My
sincerest thanks to him as well (and his father Trinidad!)
Kazem Edmond, otherwise known as Cow Mutilator, had corresponded with me a bit
before the gathering about the good ol' days of Bungie. He had written a rather
nasty rant on another website about the whole Microsoft thing, with a
particularly sharp comment about these type of gatherings. But guess what? The
man was a gentleman. Humorous and good natured like everyone else at the club. It
was great to meet him finally. He never meant to say that a gathering isn't a
good idea. He even wanted to come to the previous one, in New York. I'm sure I'll
be seeing him again.
As a matter of fact, plenty of folks showed up that are known as the ASCII crowd,
but no matter, everyone was able to get along with each other. Just proves that
when face to face people aren't quite as wanky. I mean, check out these guys, do they look like bad guys to you? :)
About an hour into the festivities, Mordia and
Stinger showed up, schlepping along some Bungie swag. There were 2 Action Sacks,
3 *NEW* Bungie T-Shirts, a BungieTV mug, and the very strange Soulblighter Pen
Holder. Those of you that have seen this puppy know that it could've only have
come from the twisted minds of Bungie. Top it off with Ven's generous donation of
a RivaTNT video card, and we had some cool stuff to offer for prizes and
Ven asked for 12 folks to sign up for the
tournament. The tournament was based on the old Clan Plaid traditional
Thunderbolt Tournament: random FFA 2-man teams. So the 12 were paired into 2 man
groups in 6 start maps. Gyre STB, Chest Terries, and Proving FR. The pairings
were random, done by Myth II itself upon game start, so you never knew who your
partner was. But the points scored were given to the individual. After 3 games,
scores were tallied and then the top 6 played the same 3 maps again, then the top
4 and then finally the top 2 played 1 on 1 on those same 3 maps. Did all that make
We had a PA and a mike, so I did some running
play-by-play commentary for the first few games. Ven's Dreamcast had a pull on me
though :) so I handed the mike over to Ven who ran with it til the end of
The very first game was memorable in that Stinger
had managed to park a spider on top of a rock right next to the ball, so the game
was in Sudden Death longer than the actual game time. Folks below were busy
jockeying for a good position for second place. Then Stinger managed the
incredible feat of getting a nearly-dead soulless up next to the spider. Folks kept
jockeying but ignored the soulless long enough that Stinger was able use it to
kick the ball away for himself.
I wish I could recount the rest of the games, but
I can't. I'm also kicking myself for not saving the films. One of us will
remember next time! Anyway, at the end Stinger won the tourney! How weird is
that... a dude that RUNS tourneys and now Interns at Bungie, the winner of a
tourney!? Yeah, I can hear "STINGER CHETZ" even now :) He was a gent though and
passed up on his prize, offering it our second place winner... who's name escapes
me at the moment. Ah well. I'm sure I'll get the lowdown soon and will revise
Meanwhile while all this was happening, I used some of the money we collected
from the attendees to order 6 pizza pies from
North Beach Pizzeria. Good eating! This time I
had handed out tickets to everyone that paid their $7 fee so I used that to make
sure only folks that had paid had first dibs on the pizza. The system worked and
I'll be sure to use it again next time.
After the pizza and the tournament we raffled away the rest of the prizes. I
think everyone walked away happy. Infector from Ancrik (who I hear just pasted
the SM team in the MWC2K), if I'm not mistaken, got the TNT video card. Congrats
Inf! Even my fellow Plaidie Carch, the man with the nastiest dorsal fin, won one
of the new Bungie T-Shirts. At the end, we had an hour left, so we chatted and
played a few more games. At exactly 9PM we ended our little gathering with a
healthy round of applause.
The over 21 crowd stuck together and we headed
out to a local bar to relax for a bit. Mordia regaled us with some nifty Bungie
stories (not to be repeated here :) and we all talked about things in our
respective industries, web search engines, web design, general office political
wankiness as well as Myth community gossip. Heh, typical bar talk, wouldn't you
say? As we left the bar, there was mention about going to a strip bar with a
handful of Bungie stickers. :) I don't know if that was accomplished, since I had
to go catch a BART train back to where I was staying. Don't think I didn't WANT
to go, believe me I would have loved to. Ah, well, maybe next time.
So that ends my story. Hope you liked it. Again,
cheers to all of you for making this happen!
- Miguel Chavez 08-21-00 2:15AM PST
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