28 February 2009

Recreational Paintball Game - 21 Mar 2009 (date changed)

*---event has been canceled---*
see here, http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/03/recreational-paintball-game-21-mar-2009.html

Recreational Paintball Game - 21 Mar 2009 (date changed)

continuing from http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2008/12/recreational-paintball-game-11-jan-2009.html

The turnout for the last game, organised for my colleagues, was a little bit disappointing. Only 5 turned up and I ended up paying extra for minimum requirement of 6.

Everyone went back with bruises and raised a ruckus the next day, pointing accusing fingers at me; swearing revenge. Strangely, this has nudged other colleagues who are apprehensive about the costs and the pain to try it out.

I now have 30 people who gave a tentatative "Yes" to this event. They include my working team, my senior manager, colleagues in the deptartment, HR staff, fellow colleagues met through my induction course and personal friends.

Anyone is welcomed to join in to this event. Just send an email to joran.nits@gmail.com; leave your contact details and I will get to you privately, for privacy reasons.

Group: predominately colleagues
Date: 21 Mar 2009, Saturday

Time: 3 to 5pm.  Be there at 2.15pm

Where: BottleTree Park http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2008/07/how-to-get-to-bottle-tree-park.html
Costs: $50
What to bring / wear: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2008/08/what-to-prepare-if-you-are-going-for.html

23 February 2009

"Dark Sun 2: Wake of the Ravager" is unplayable

"Dark Sun 2: Wake of the Ravager" is unplayable

As warned, I encountered THE BUG. (from the site: The Underdogs - looks like it's down at the moment)

  • During a major battle, my summoned Fire Elemental timed-out, returning to whatever Astral plane he came from.
  • All the enemies stopped attacking. I "defeated" the rest easily.
  • At the next fight, my guys couldn't exit combat mode after defeating all foes.
  • My own members began attacking when I walked the active character past them.
  • I had to knock the offending character(s) unconscious to quit combat.
  • My mage-thief was locked in AI mode and I couldn't undo it. I had to kill a party member to "free" her; then raise the poor guy from the dead.
  • Every encounter after, enemies would only threaten me but not attack.
  • After every battle, my guys cannot quit from the combat mode; I had to locate the "mad-one" among my party and knock him out.

Pity.. I did like "Dark Sun: The Shattered Lands" a lot =x
The official site should have done better than to put a game that is not working online.

previous post: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/01/dark-sun-free-official-download.html


12 February 2009

SPNS 2009 Leg 1 - match write up 1/3

SPNS 2009 Leg 1 - match write up

[background] I had to rush around to handle my personal stuffs so I missed the first 4 matches. It took me 2 losses to get back into tempo with the team, so I couldn't really remember everything, nor could I report earlier matches. [/background]

Round 5, vs Death Mavericks?

Chak: "Joran, run up to the center Dorito."
Joran: "What?!"
Got killed upon reaching.

Round 6, vs Contract Killers?

Ran up with Mack to center Dorito. I got shot out. He jumped over the snakes, got flanked.

Round 7, vs Dark Militia

Ran up with Mack to center Dorito. Suddenly, Mack isn't there anymore!

Mack shot out 2 guys to win the day for us.


Round 8, vs PSG Warfreakz

Was supposed to ran up with Mack to center Dorito. Was a bit slow and stopped at the tombstone behind the center Dorito. Saw an opponent there as well and did not dare to advance. Saw them trading fire and went up to kill a steal. When I got there, both of them had knocked each other out.
Stood up, saw nobody. Traded fire with a guy deep on the left. 2 opponents got shot out. Stood up and intimidate the guy on the far right. Shouted for Chak to move up.

Very confusingly, we won. After the match, I was told that Warfreakz was confused by my apperance at the center Dorito as they expected it to be empty after Mack went out. Mack's "demise" was a good one, having took out their lead fighter and paved the way for me to capture the center.

Next: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/03/spns-2009-leg-1-match-write-up-23.html


05 February 2009

Have your fun elsewhere

Have your fun elsewhere

I don't want to waste time with this "respected senior" anymore. How he fooled people to think that, I am as puzzled as the guy next to me.

Over this incident, we have more level headed seniors who explained things to me and indirectly implied to me to cool it off. I gave face to them and complied. I wonder if that guy had anyone to stop him.

So far, I have approved all the comments, hiding nothing, deleting nothing (except my own, which I posted openly). I'm tired of this and thus locking down all anon comments till further notice.

04 February 2009

To newbies, abt Paintball politics

To newbies, abt Paintball politics

keep your heads out of it.. =]
know abt it; understand abt it; but don't dabble in it

Clarification on the 2 unhappy incidents

Clarification on the 2 unhappy incidents

Regarding 1 or 2 players from Red West,

1. The head ref explained that at that point in time, there were 2 people shooting at me instead of 1. I'll take his word for it.

2. For the speech, that was what I heard and intepreted. Under hypnosis or a truth serum, I will tell you the same thing, cos that was what I remember. What we remember may not be the real events but to us, it is the truth.
For the sake of simplicity, I'll take that member of the paintball's community's word for it - that Ryan is just not politically savy.
Ryan, if you are reading this, sorry for the accusation that you are boastful.

3. To the flamer(s), whether you are 1 person or 2 person, I've little hopes of you owning up.
Whether you are who I think you are, you are by now, a senior in the community. Stop being childish and resorting to taunts, vulgarities and snide comments.

4. Clarification.
I was angry; I was disgusted.
I state the situation; I state my reaction.
I didn't F them, I didn't curse them.
I didn't mince words, hiding behind obscure references.
I used my nick and I made clear that it's my own words.


An open reply to some comments on a previous post

An open reply to some comments on a previous post

Hi commenter #3,

I didn't take a good look so I don't know exactly who he is. I'm assuming he's a newbie - that makes it excusable but I still have the right to get angry.

To general public,
When I don't like someone, I make it clear that I don't like him. To those who dabble in paintball politics, you should know this very well. I find Anonymous attacks distasteful; haters who suspected me of such doings, you are sorely wrong.

A little less known fact is that I'll only hate 1 person at a time. It's quite tiring otherwise. To clear any doubts - it is still that guy. You don't touch me; I don't touch you.

For this incident, I am exercising my right to grumble. Commenters #1 and #2, if I guess their identities correctly, have their own blogs. It is an open secret that everyone is monitoring everyone. Let's not play dirty and pretend to be nice and friendly while posting nasty and snide comments.

If I greet you, acknowledge you or talk to you. It means I am not openly against you. I may disagree with things that some members of the community says; I might make a counter post accordingly. However, if it is to be an open war - I will make it CLEAR. Do not use an unrelated post as a battleground.

You call yourself a player? Then fight clean.

Someone contacted me indirectly to defend Ryan. As a courtesy to this person, I have added his/her point of view. If you are affiliated with this person, please check with each other before doing something like this again.
Such actions rhymes with the word "ungrateful".

01 February 2009

SPNS 2009 Leg 1 - 2 annoying things

SPNS 2009 Leg 1 - 2 annoying things
edit: added new comment (see bottom)

My views, my views, my own views.
But let's not mince words. I'm unhappy with 1 or 2 guys from Red West.

I got bunkered.
#1 - got shot on the neck, move my left hand to touch it. Ow!

"Wait!", I shouted
#2 - got shot on lens
#3 - got shot on marker

Raised my hand to indicated to marshal and player that I'm dead.
#4 - bicep
#5 - wings
#6 - thigh

What the hell?!
"Wait!", I shouted angrily.

I'm not moving; I'm not firing; this is overshooting!
What happened to grace during bunkering? Grrr...

The captain of the winning team gave a speech, "I see everyone is very good, playing very well. One day you will play at our level".

Ouch. Back-handed compliment.

Ya, a person got the rights to be disgusting. Sure, can give it to him. I'm just not going to be friends with him.

I'm quite pissed off with the guy who bunkered me. He continue to shoot me even after he had solid breaks on my neck, lens and hopper.

In defense of Ryan, a member of the paintball community said that he meant, "to play in the same level as his country" and did not intend any snub.