Trapped in amber

It’s that time of year for me, when hosting subscriptions come up for renewal and general housekeeping needs to be performed. In amongst the various hosted sites is an old friend which brings us back to where it all started in 11th march 1998, at 21:11pm to be exact !

 

Good old HIV aka Hot Internet Virgins, the site for our wee Quake 2 clan and the ancestor of this place.

It’s all very low-res these days, back then 1024 by 768 was the order of the day.
As was the use of the word Cunt, apprently.

It features quite prominently, as does our eternal hatred for that cunt McEltroy. Now I’m not sure what they did to deserve our scour, but I’d imagine they deserved it. The cunt.

It’s a nice time capsule of the gaming scene in Ireland back in the late 90’s.
Marvel at Nog’s flash expertise, groovy!
Who remembers clans like Doozer, Incarnate or Gun Islanders. The where the other Quake II clans of the time… *Shakes fist*

Looking back I’m still quite proud of my Paintshop Pro skills.

And finally for Max, I’ll leave this here.

Hard to believe it was Na-na-nineteen years ago ! Fuck we’re old.

Rossmore – 2017.02.26

If you’re ever in the Monaghan vicinity one location you should visit is the national forest park of Rossmore which is situated approximately one kilometer to the south west of Monaghan town.

You feel mighty small look up at the Forest sky.
You feel mighty small look up at the Forest sky.
Forest floor
Forest floor
A waterlogged trunk of a fallen tree.
A waterlogged trunk of a fallen tree.
Part of the hydro-electrial plant, it looks like it could have dammed the waterway at one point.
Part of the hydro-electrial plant, it looks like it could have dammed the waterway at one point.
A small waterfall which feed into the area shown in the picture above.
A small waterfall which feed into the area shown in the picture above.
If compter games have taught me nothing else, I know that somehow turning that crank will get me to the next level...
If compter games have taught me nothing else, I know that somehow turning that crank will get me to the next level…
Moss is everywhere, though that not surprising in such a damp environment.
Moss is everywhere, though that not surprising in such a damp environment.
A memorial stone placed beside a redwood tree planted in the forest park in celebration of lord Rossmore's birthday.
A memorial stone placed beside a redwood tree planted in the forest park in celebration of lord Rossmore’s birthday.
The view from the summit where the old house used to reside looking towards the lower lake which contains a Crannóg (not in view).
The view from the summit where the old house used to reside looking towards the lower lake which contains a Crannóg (not in view).
The view from the summit this time looking down towards the carpark. At this stage the rain had started to come down, a not uncommon occurance in Monaghan.
The view from the summit this time looking down towards the carpark. At this stage the rain had started to come down, a not uncommon occurance in Monaghan.

Wat I’m watching and so should you.

I’m currently seriously addicted to The Expanse which is working it’s way though season two of the show (airing on Wednesdays). I really can’t recommend it enough, it’s without a doubt one of the best series available right now.

The first season is available for watching on Netflix, with the second also available stateside. Unfortunately though it’s not yet available across on these shores; but I’m sure the more industrious can overcome that particular hurdle.

For those of you who recognise the name that’s because it is based on a series of book written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Not read the books myself (going to order them after this season ends), but I’ve heard good things and with such a good adaptation I’m expecting great things from the source.

Elite – Return to Lave

Back in 1984 if you where around to play Elite, your adventure started out on Lave station which orbited the planet Lave. Which as we all know “is most famous for its vast rain forests and the Lavian tree grub.”

Fast forward to 2017 and I’m once again in the Lave vicinity reminiscing about the old days of knocking about the Lave, Leesti and Riedquat systems. So with that in mind I kicked off the old Beeb emulator and got a side by side comparison view of the station.

The lush beauty of Lave as seen from space.

Lave, circa 1984
Lave, circa 1984
Lave, circa 2017
Lave, circa 2017
Lave, tourist information
Lave, tourist information

Humble Bundle – Freedom Bundle

There’s a great bundle currently running on the Humble Bundle site at the moment with a number of really great games (and the Stanley Parable to keep thing balanced *snigger* ) 

For $30 dollars there are some great games there, but as you can see from the screenshot above. Some of them are starting to run out of keys. So get your skates on if you want to take part.

And that it’s helping some great charities is just the icing on the cake.

What’s behind the Asp cockpit door ?

I’m a big Elite fan and if you’ve ever used either the external camera or are fortunate enough to own a VR headset you will have noticed there is a visible door behind you on a number of ships.

So naturally you get to wondering what’s behind said door, so I decided to take a look.

You’d be surprised at the amount of room you need to work back the distance of a Asp cockpit. I’ll not be trying this in an Anaconda anytime soon.

Boardgame Night – Friday 13th May

It has been awhile since I had a board-game night and as such I’ve decided to have one this coming Friday should anyone fancy braving the horrors of north of the north-side up in Drogheda.

It’s a slightly later kick-off than normal since it’s an after-work affair; so a start of around 7.30pm is on the cards. The plan this time is to play “The season of the witch” an expansion for Mansions of Madness which seems the sort of game to play on Friday 13th.

A bright young Miskatonic University student has disappeared, having checked in to an infamous Arkham boarding house to study its reported supernatural properties. Now, as the celebration of Walpurgis Eve approaches, you and your fellow investigators are tasked with venturing into the decaying Witch House and solving a mystery that has plagued Arkham for generations. But are you prepared to face the horrors that await you?

So if any of you are feeling brave come join us…

Blizzard responds to calls for ‘vanilla’ servers.

So Blizzard have released a response on the calls for ‘vanilla’ servers, while it smacks of PR speech such that nothing is committed to its also not an out right rejection which seemed to be the previous stance.

We wanted to let you know that we’ve been closely following the Nostalrius discussion and we appreciate your constructive thoughts and suggestions.

Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you. Many of us across Blizzard and the WoW Dev team have been passionate players ever since classic WoW. In fact, I personally work at Blizzard because of my love for classic WoW.

We have been discussing classic servers for years – it’s a topic every BlizzCon – and especially over the past few weeks. From active internal team discussions to after-hours meetings with leadership, this subject has been highly debated. Some of our current thoughts:

Why not just let Nostalrius continue the way it was? The honest answer is, failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard’s rights. This applies to anything that uses WoW’s IP, including unofficial servers. And while we’ve looked into the possibility – there is not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server.

We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WoW.

So what can we do to capture that nostalgia of when WoW first launched? Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.

One other note – we’ve recently been in contact with some of the folks who operated Nostalrius. They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks.

You, the Blizzard community, are the most dedicated, passionate players out there. We thank you for your constructive thoughts and suggestions. We are listening.

J. Allen Brack

— http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/20743584206#1

Cliffs of Moher

While I was down in Clare which is in the south of the country I took the opportunity to go out to the Cliffs of Moher.

With its rugged scenery its easy to understand why Ireland is often used as a location for features like Game of Thrones and Starwars.

Here are the views I got on the day of the cliffs. If you’re ever in the area it’s well worth taking the time to go out to them.