Fragapalooza 2011–Day 2

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So. Many. Video. Games.  Played a lot yesterday.  A lot.  Games I played yesterday include Starcraft II, Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2: Deathmatch, Dawn of War II, Unreal Tournament 3, and League of Legends.  A few of these games, I’ve played a lot.  Games like Half Life 2: Deathmatch, I haven’t played since 2004.  And yesterday was, somehow, the first time I had ever played League of Legends (but will not be my last).  Oh, and I played dodgeball at 1am, but I’ll talk about that later.

as is usual with Fragapalooza, things really don’t start picking up until the evening.  So after I was done writing about Day 1, it took a while to find a game to play.  In fact, I think that the first game I actually ended up playing was “avoid stepping on the people sleeping on the floor.”  At 9 am in some parts of the venue, that can actually be a pretty difficult game.  Lots of people sleep around the perimeter of the field, some sleep on the floor by their table, some sleep right in their chairs (no idea how they can do that). The first actual game I played was Starcraft II, which I hadn’t played in months, and I have no idea how I won both games.

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Dodgeball at 1am is a staple of Fragapalooza, and it’s as fun as ever.  This year they actually had real dodgeballs, which was a bit frightening, but no one lost an eye so I think we can call it a success, especially when 80 or so people participated.  And yes, we had a roughly 80 person game of dodgeball, with 4 balls.  2 games were played, and I can say that I did *much* better in the second game than the first.  In the first game, a lucky shot that I didn’t even see got me, I was one of the first 10 out on my team.  In the second game, I lasted into about the top 15, but I had 4 balls thrown at me at the same time, which is pretty hard to avoid. Smile  The best part about 1am dogdeball? it gets the blood pumping, and woke me up so I was good for a few more hours.

When I finally packed it in at about 4am, there was a brilliant light show to the north-north east.  it actually made it pretty hard to sleep when the tent was light up like daylight every 30 seconds or so.  If I wasn’t so tired, I would have stayed up to watch, as it was actually pretty spectacular.  I eventually fell asleep, but woke up to an absolutely wicked wind-storm at 7:30.  I actually thought my tent was going to collapse it was so windy.  I’ve spent a lot of time in tents over the years, and I think that this was the worst wind I’ve ever experienced while in a tent, and it was not fun.  So here I am, on 3 hours of sleep, with the largest coffee I can find beside me.  I don’t know how I’m going to stay up all day today, might just have to take a nap.

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I kind of wish that I had more to talk about here, but there simply…..isn’t.  The games are fun, but I’m sure not many people want a play-by-play of absolutely everything I’ve played.  The only thing I will say about the gaming is that a game of 12 vs. 12 in Team Fortress 2 remains one of the most fun gaming experiences I’ve ever had.  But since there aren’t as many sponsors this year, there aren’t as many random contests.  Nothing especially exciting has happened to me so far.  That isn’t really the fault of the organizers, and that doesn’t mean that the event isn’t fun, because I’m having a good time, just that nothing super awesome has happened, yet.  Saturday night is generally the best night of the event, so I can’t wait to see what it brings.  And now, back to gaming.

Total number of hours slept through two nights:  7.