Darkwind
Who are you?, The person behind the gang.

Korivak


Posted Feb 15, 2007, 9:07 pm
We've all been playing together for a few days/weeks/months now, so we all sort of know each other. But we don't know each other well, so I thought an introduction thread might be fun.

I'm Matt, a twenty-something Canadian writer/ice cream scooper (currently on vacation). I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I'm a recent Switcher - I replaced my grumpy PC with an Intel Mac mini that is so much nicer to use. My online nick - Korivak - is the last name of a family of recurring characters in my fiction, first used way back when I was in high school. I liked the name, so I 'borrowed' it. It's great because it's pronounceable (more or less...I do sometimes get a 'Core-vee-ack') and never in use anywhere.

I'd play a lawn mowing game as long as it was turn-based, so getting hooked on a turn-based deathracing MMO was pretty much a given. I also play low sys req PC games on my Mac using Boot Camp, and I own a Nintendo DS, PS2 and Gamecube - I had an Xbox, but a former roommate stole it to pay for bus fare to Alberta. Besides Darkwind, I've recently been playing a lot of DEFCON (http://everybody-dies.com/) and Final Fantasy III DS (not the Terra-and-Espers three, but the other one).

So, who are you?
*sam*


Posted Feb 16, 2007, 12:06 am
Nice idea, a corporate ice-breaker  ;)

Actually it's funny how snippets of info come across in different chats you have with people over a period of time. So I know varying amounts about some of you.

I'm a thirty-something Irish university lecturer, 4th in command in my house (wife + 2 kids outrank me) but hey! the dogs are still bottom of the pecking order.

Making games has always been my thing; right back to when I was 5 or 6 I used to make these crazy boardgames with rules and dice and stuff. So when home computers hit the world it was a natural thing to learn enough programming to start making the kinds of games I like. I guess you can probably tell the kinds of game I like: basically horrendously detailed rules-based games (and computers can add another great dimension to those, because of their sheer book-keeping ability).

I wouldn't specifically go for turn-based games, but I do like strategy type 'thinking' games rather than reactions-based games. The best computer games ever for me would be Civilisation and Ultima VII Part II. Mind you I haven't played computer games much lately.. from what I can see they're even less inventive than ever though.

The ideas behind Darkwind are equal parts Cars Wars, MERP, with some vague economy-based simulation game idea (Sim City I guess), and of course thematically influenced by Mad Max and Judge Dredd. The other influence you might never guess- it's a soccer managerment fgame called Hattrick which (wait for it) runs to a real-world timescale and limits the amount of time you need to spend online each week to compete (great for us family guys).. it's called Hattrick and Clarinbridge City are currently top of the Irish Premier League (although on the verge of bankruptcy).

We should rename this thread 'life, the universe and computer games'
The Paranoid Tourist


Posted Feb 16, 2007, 2:14 pm
I'm Ben. I'm in my early/mid twenties, married, and have a child on the way. I'm a bartender at a restaraunt in Omaha, Nebraska (U.S.), but I'm searching for anything that can get me out of this rut and into a "real" career.

Outside of my lovely job I have a million interests. I've always been a bit of a country boy in all things but music. I was raised on a farm and still can't stand living in a city, which is why I found myself a nice little plot of land outside of the freakish glow of the big city. I spend a lot of time gardening during the warmer months, and I have a small flock of ducks and chickens. One day, maybe, I'll even get some goats and more birds.

I've been a gamer for a long time. It all started when I got a Nintendo for my 6th or 7th birthday. It hooked me from day one. Since then I made the progression through the Super Nintendo, took a break, then hit the PS2 and, most recently, the PS3. I've also been a Macintosh man since 1989.

My gaming interests are almost as eclectic as they get. I'll play anything from a sports game to a racing game to a RPG and beyond. There have been two game series that have had my undying love since they were developed. Those would include the Final Fantasy series and Gran Turismo. I've loved the deep stories and strategy-based game play of Final Fantasy (though I think they've gotten a little straight-forward lately). And I love the gearhead mindset and incredible customization available in Gran Turismo. Darkwind is, to me, about as good of a hybrid as I can imagine. Toss in the online aspect and the great community and I've found a game that is perfect for me. Keep up the good work, developers.

Of course there are volumes more to know about me, but since I have a tendency to be a little longwinded, (due, I think, to the very large number of reports with minimum lengths that I had to write for my History degree) I will end it here. See you on the track.
DjFou
zzdjfou@free.fr

Posted Feb 16, 2007, 4:29 pm
First, I don't speak English very well, so be smart please  :rolleyes:!

I'm Lucas, a French 16 years old guy (Deh!), living in Nancy, in the East of France.
I was born in a Macintosh with my dad, and soon tried games... like Full Throttle, Carmaggedon, or A-10 Cuba, my first one! Then grew up, and, tested the Quakes series, Duke Nukem, and all the Age of Empires series...
I've been recently playing Uplink, Sauerbraten, and modding for Medal of Honor.

About my interest, all thoses greezy stuffes of Teenagers, Mac, Web. But I read books too, fantasy, historical, and thrillers...
I'm currently studying for an 'Econimic and Social' degree (No please, vikk, don't kill me!), and looking for a job in Multimedia sector... like Webdesign, Infographist etc...  [If no possibilities, then, why not in Army with Telecom sector :P]

For technical info, i'm currently playing on an old G4 400 PPC boosted with an ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128mb. PPC rules 'em all! ;)

Here, It's simply me.
The Paranoid Tourist


Posted Feb 16, 2007, 4:35 pm
I neglected to mention where my name comes from...silly me.

Paranoid Tourist is a simple combination of two Radiohead songs from O.K. Computer: Paranoid Android and The Tourist. I first adopted it some time ago when I was in college and needed a screen name for something else. Paranoid Android was taken so I went ahead and threw a couple of names together, adding a smidgen of uniqueness to an otherwise stolen title.
Korivak


Posted Feb 16, 2007, 6:57 pm
Hooray for sneaky Radiohead references.

Additionally, one of the games I mentioned - DEFCON - is made by Introversion Software, the company that made Uplink.

I also neglected to mention a few other things that other people have reminded me of. I?ve got lots of pets - five cats, a giant black dog and assorted birds and reptiles. I?m also going to college part time, learning American Sign Language.
WolfEater


Posted Feb 16, 2007, 10:11 pm
I am 18 in israel milttary and wanting a millatry carrear and after that a politcal I use name WolfEater as i am a wolf, a soldier that is so good alone that cant be in a team,
i got very strong brain and reasarch politacis, milltary, life, soicel, and peapole.

did alot of mistake in my life geting started from scrach and belive that futer will shine on me.

i even dont remmber my first game very addicted to game/millatry play RPG/RTS/FPS and alot more.

when i became 13 i started to be addicted to milltary and found my addicsion in game's for so 13 year's old cant join the millatry.

in 1 month i will be under a very hard test of my body and brain only 60 needed out of 400 soldier's not the best SF but best for me for my crappy resiuma(state).

belive that god is only for the man who belive in him and not for politcal or any other kind porpase any 1 should learn how to live from god's book's but not from other ppl or god's ppl.

hate our corapted govermant and want to change it.

seeing how a conflict of jew and arabic can be satle down but the man in power have to die for it.

*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Feb 18, 2007, 6:31 am
Like a few people I've met here, I'm a long time fan of the "Car Wars" table game.
I'm 40 something and enjoy long hours spent at home with my cat, (I'm on disability). I used to drive trucks (18-wheelers) for a living before an accident forced me to rely on disability. Needless to say I get to spend more than enough time on the computer! hehehe :rolleyes:

My favorite games (before finding DW) were strategic flying games like Falcon 4, F-18 and A-10 Cuba. Lots of RPG games have gotten some play too!

I live in Richland, Washington. (Formerly known as Hanford) In the SE corner of the state. Where the atomic fuel for the two bombs dropped on Japan were processed. The detonators and bombs themselves were processed and made in Oak Ridge Tennessee.

I am divorced but always on the look out for a future Ex-wife! :o

I have REALLY enjoyed the talk and racing with the other players here. I'm glad to be part of it all!
*viKKing*


Posted Feb 18, 2007, 8:19 am
JD_Basher said:
Like a few people I've met here, I'm a long time fan of the "Car Wars" table game.
I'm 40 something and enjoy long hours spent at home with my cat, (I'm on disability). I used to drive trucks (18-wheelers) for a living before an accident forced me to rely on disability. Needless to say I get to spend more than enough time on the computer! hehehe :rolleyes:


Sorry to read that JD.
Though you might enjoy when will have trucks in game then!  :cyclops:

Quote:
My favorite games (before finding DW) were strategic flying games like Falcon 4, F-18 and A-10 Cuba. Lots of RPG games have gotten some play too!


We have the same game references. A10 was really kicking.
I tried to had a deal with Parsoft to license their game engine in '96. Then they slowly went away... Fighter Squadron was their last known game (and on PC).
F4 is really the hardcore game. I still haven't managed it.

Quote:
I have REALLY enjoyed the talk and racing with the other players here. I'm glad to be part of it all!

Darkwind community is really great, yes.  :D
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Feb 18, 2007, 12:15 pm
Viking...
If you'd really like to get the hang of F4...
Browse my site.

http://home.earthlink.net/~basher36th/

I'd be glad to help you get you through the missions while flying the campaigns.

My name (Basher) came from the now retired online Falcon 4 squadron "36th Flying Fiends"

The 36th Fighter Squadron performs air interdiction, close air support, and counter-air missions with LANTIRN (Low Altitude and Targeting Infrared for Night) equipped fighters at Osan AB, South Korea.

Thanks to you Sam, Vikk and others!
You have made a game I have hoped would be realized for a long time possible!

A huge ATTABOY and GOODONYA to all!
*viKKing*


Posted Feb 18, 2007, 1:44 pm
JD_Basher said:
Viking...
If you'd really like to get the hang of F4...
Browse my site.

http://home.earthlink.net/~basher36th/

I'd be glad to help you get you through the missions while flying the campaigns.

My name (Basher) came from the now retired online Falcon 4 squadron "36th Flying Fiends"

The 36th Fighter Squadron performs air interdiction, close air support, and counter-air missions with LANTIRN (Low Altitude and Targeting Infrared for Night) equipped fighters at Osan AB, South Korea.


Nice site. Will be useful when I'll get back in F4.
I need a new stick anyway. I was running the PC version and my controller was not an USB one. It was a Microsoft Sidewinder, and even if I'm in general bashing them for their softwares (and mostly so called OS), they do have really good hardware.

Darkwind is top priority so I'm not expecting to play it until years  ;)
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Feb 18, 2007, 1:57 pm
I agree...
Darkwind is the major push.

F4 has been on the back burner for a while now.
*viKKing*


Posted Feb 18, 2007, 10:20 pm
Well, I don't like talking about me, in general and mostly if you don't have paid me a glass of something before ;-)
I'm a quiet guy, until I decide it's good time for some philosophy... then you can't stop me. But it has not happened for years. :stare:

I'm French, like DjFou and a few others. Father of 3, married, sorry girls! ;)
To my despair I'm belonging to the 35-45 age class.
I don't understand, because I took a look at a few photos dated from 1990, and yeah, it's me on it, I'm young! What's wrong? :rolleyes:

Computers and pen and paper RPGs are more than half of my life. I've been a game master for nearly 10 different games.
I also played and enjoy wargames with very accurate and detailed rules.

Car based games are not my favourite ones, but this game. I've been addicted the first time I played.

I studied Social Sciences and Economy too, Dj... Hope it will lead you where you want.
DjFou
zzdjfou@free.fr

Posted Feb 19, 2007, 12:50 pm
@Vikk : Aw, didn't know about that point ! (SES)
So If i'll have a prob, i'll hope that you will help me :P !
By the way, in Road Ronins, does Ronins come from the film called Ronin? (Nice one by the way :))
*viKKing*


Posted Feb 19, 2007, 2:58 pm
*DjFou* said:

By the way, in Road Ronins, does Ronins come from the film called Ronin? (Nice one by the way :))


Ronin is a japanese word, it means rogue Samuraï. Samurais without masters (daïmyo in japanese) where named like these. Apart that side, Ronins were also bound to the Bushido (Samuraïs rules of conduct). Ronins were wandering from town to town, trying to initiate duels with others to gain honor and respect through their reputation of duellers.
One of the most famous and greatest Ronins was Myamoto Musashi.
You can find his life in a novel form (in French, sorry I don't know the english title): "La pierre et le Sabre" et "La Parfaite Lumière" (I am still voiceless on how French translators are modifying titles from movies and novels...).

The movie used that term and referred to Robert DeNiro as a Ronin, a rogue samuraï serving with honor a distant Daïmyo: USA. Nice movie BTW, very impressive shotguns and driving.
*Speedealer*


Posted Feb 20, 2007, 1:24 am
Very interesting and eclectic mix of people we have here. Nice to meet you all! :)

I'm a 36 yr old guy living in Portland, OR. A bit down the road from JD in fact. Just had a kid - she's now 5 months old, have 2 dogs, one wife (first and hopefully last). I work in advertising. Hey, there's worse jobs out there. Maybe two anyway ;)

Truncated Gaming History:
Started out with a pong game from a garage sale when I was about 8, soon graduated to an Atari 2600. Spent most of my spare time in arcades (pinball is the best ever!) Discovered Car Wars in college and enjoyed it a lot, but not too many people to play with. Switched to Might and Magic where I played it all summer just to find out the last 3.5" floppy was bad. :mad: Being a mac guy, I played a ton of Marathon, then Quake after college. Finally bought a PS, then a PS 2 - for GTA series alone. Best games ever.

Nowdays, I don't have time to play many games, but somehow I manage to squeeze a few (too many) in. I love DW since it's an RPG, but you can jump on and play whenever. And it's so cool to be part of a community like this and be able to help take an awesome game to the next level. :cyclops:
Korivak


Posted Feb 20, 2007, 1:35 am
I bought GTA3 before I even owned a PS2, actually.

A group of us stopped at a video game store on the way to a friend's house for an evening of gaming, and I pointed out GTA3 on the shelf. The friend that was hosting the get together that night said he was going to eventually get it, but not right away. Without missing a beat, I pulled out my wallet and bought the game on the spot, and we all took turns playing until the early morning hours.

When Vice City came out, I again swooped in and grabbed the game on the very first day, but I had a PS2 of my own by that point.
*Toecutter*


Posted Feb 20, 2007, 3:00 am
My turn I guess :cyclops:

Let's see, 32 year old Canadian born and raised in Montreal (party central of Canada ;)) English is my first language tho I can get by in French (funny i seem to be better after a few drinks :p) I drive forklifts and do the ol shipping/recieving bit after a disapointing stint in college (I said pure and applied not sot social sciences damn you! :rolleyes:)
Still single despite my friends' best efforts ;)

My gaming obsession started when i picked up my dad's hand held Pong game when I was 5 and my first PC game was MS flight sim 1 when Dad's co-worker got me to play on his office computer, hooked ever since :D
I'm a big wargamer and played many many of the old classic board and table top games(Car Wars, Axis & Allies, Diplomacy, Risk, Supremacy, Shogun, Warhammer(fantasy + 40K) and a billion others. Also a RPG'r as well (too many to list and don't know where to begin lol)
My first 'net game was Lords of the Realm 2 which was a ton of fun and first online community experience was joining an online squadron for USN Fighters '97 where I got to be the Sqd's basic BFM training officer after spanking my flight CO's butt on my check flight :cyclops:
DW's community is just what I look for in game, competative yet friendly, Glad i jumped in both feet first :D
Acierocolotl


Posted Apr 3, 2007, 2:20 pm
Myself: I'm a junior bureaucrat for the Canadian government, located in Ottawa, with a thick Quebecois heritage that lets me tear it up with an absolutely ferociously thick Quebecois accent if I wish it, with a varied list of hobbies. I'm doing this while my girlfriend works her way through university, and then I'll get to finish up on my own degree.

My name here is a mixture of French and Nahuatl (a small hobby of mine at best), selected mostly to ensure an Internet-unique name.

As for this? Well, only a broken man didn't enjoy Car Wars, and would have enjoyed it more if it wasn't so ponderous. I was--no joke--preparing to code an online version of C.W., modified just enough to avoid legal issues. This game is fifty times better than what I imagined I was going to do (no AI, no 3D), so I'm pleased to help out on a greatly superior product however I can.
Korivak


Posted Apr 3, 2007, 2:56 pm
Hey, another Canadian! I'm also from Ottawa, but I'm a total Anglophone.

I thought your name had a certain Mayan/Incan/Aztec look to it. How do you pronounce it?
Acierocolotl


Posted Apr 3, 2007, 3:05 pm
Well, I do well enough in English. I'll try to keep my t'ick haxcent in check, hein?

The name? It's not meant to be pronounced at all, seriously. I just have people call it "AO". Or if you're JD, you can call me ACE. "Hey you!" is another valid pronounciation!

I'll be greatly, greatly amused if I actually know who you are. Ottawa is the weirdest city for that sort of thing.
*Toecutter*


Posted Apr 3, 2007, 3:22 pm
Up to 3 Canuks now...watch out we're taking over ;)
*viKKing*


Posted Apr 3, 2007, 4:18 pm
*Toecutter* said:
Up to 3 Canuks now...watch out we're taking over ;)


but only one cousin, Toecutter. Eventually I'll count you as one quarter.

Still haven't lost your screwcorks again?  :rolleyes:
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Apr 4, 2007, 8:45 am
ACE is your 'given' DW name from now on Aceriotl0iuskjbxcbchj...

CRAP! All you canucks' Move away from the moose (Meeses?)
so we can see the players away from the fur and antlers!

I dare you Toecutter to reply in French with no (F's) or (C's)!
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Apr 4, 2007, 9:14 am
OK........
I live about 200 miles East from Speedealer.
I was a Real Live Truck Driver!...(See! The Gearjammers story was partly true!)

I am a HUGE fan of Car Wars and Ogre...(Steve Jackson invented both)
Just found this game in February 2007!....

Next to Steven King......Sam Redfern is my HERO!

He has made a game I hoped would be produced a reality!

The membership here is 'stunning' in the scholastic and verbal attributes, as opposed to the "hurry up and play" norm of the "young" players.

Marathon was/is a favorite. Homeworld II is a good one too.

This Game RAWKS!
JD
Karz Master


Posted Apr 7, 2007, 4:55 pm
Heya, it's been a while since I last spoke up in this forum

I'm from Singapore. It seems I'm the only Asian/AZN guy here so far. Currently, I'm jobless. Like wolfeater, I'm waiting to be enlisted into the army. Compulsory 2 years enlistment in National Service argh. I'd enjoy it more if I wasn't being posted to a clerk/logistics vocation. Seriously, I really want to be an officer, and bring some pride to the family name. Besides, I'm getting more and more fond of physical (and mental) torture and want to push myself to the limits. It's just too bad that I may just have to settle for the slack-est vocation...

Hmm what else is there to talk about? Currently, busy settling my army and university stuff. Planning to take up social sciences, but since it' against my parents' will, I guess it's accountancy for me (that is if the faculty of accountancy will take me in). I can't wait for National Service to end (2 years of clerk = backaches + more pimples). University life may be more fun imho as I can take part in more co-curriculum activities. I'm just crazy over water sports, especially kayaking, canoeing, water skiing etc. Anything that has to do with adrenaline rush and thrill gets me high

I'm 18 btw. Grew up playing lots of old school games, but never really got into anything similar to DW. However, because I play a lot of old school games, I prefer them these days over modern games that seem to be rehashes of one another. I mean I never really saw the fun in having so many Need for Speeds or FPS that seem to be clones of each other in different settings. Darkwind's unique, and easy enough to pick up and play. That's good enough for me

Btw did I ever tell you guys why I'm so fond of Darkwind? It was about 5 months ago, when I was sitting for my GCE A levels. I had to mug through stacks of notes and books. Then, one day I got bored and searched for some online games to play with. Looking at the Determinance website, Ian (lead designer) was talking about Darkwind, so I checked out DW, and dled the client. I first went into the forums, looked at the community's behaviour, and was quite pleased with what I saw. Responses posted were mature

Ah but that's not the point. So I thought DW might be a great game, and booted it up. Joined my first race, hey it was pretty good, but needed some getting used to. Kept playing over and over again, but realised that I could only play like once every 1-2 hours because I could only take part in class Y and A races (non-deathraces). So I had an idea. I decided to study and play at the same time. In the end, I think I managed to absorb more knowledge than before I'd found DW. Somehow, DW was more of a help than a distraction. I could just play and read my notes at the same time. It was the first game that let you play and study together lol
*sam*


Posted Apr 7, 2007, 5:22 pm
Interesting read :-)

Ye, DW was always intended to be a game that you could do well at without committing 15 hours a day to playing.

How do you feel about accountancy BTW? Maybe it's your second choice anyway, but as a university lecturer myself I know what a mistaken approach it is for parents to push their children into doing degrees that they don't like.
PurpleXVI
purplexvi@gmail.com

Posted Apr 9, 2007, 7:41 pm
21, Danish, student, aiming for a pharmacological education at the University of Copenhagen.

That's about all there's interesting to know about me.
Karz Master


Posted Apr 13, 2007, 7:32 am
*sam* said:
Interesting read :-)

Ye, DW was always intended to be a game that you could do well at without committing 15 hours a day to playing.

How do you feel about accountancy BTW? Maybe it's your second choice anyway, but as a university lecturer myself I know what a mistaken approach it is for parents to push their children into doing degrees that they don't like.


TBH I'd rather take a Social Science subject over any other subject anytime of the day. But after thinking it through, we live in a practical world after all, or at least more so in Singapore. The rule here is that without money, you can't survive. That's how pragmatic it is, but it's reality, and I think that like it or not, I've got to accept it. The cost of living here is high, and besides I've got to contribute to the family's allowances/savings once I finish University

Hmmm I don't know, seriously I hate studying. I have a flair for numbers, but I don't like remembering theories and...well just because I'm good at something doesn't mean I have to like it. I prefer to do a job that I'm interested in. I would rather go to Sudan to do social work, or create my own business, than work for others and have to suffer the drag and monotony. I don't see the point in earning lots of money, and then not being able to spend it.

But what of the outcome if I choose the other route? Supporting my future wife, my kids, my family...all these require lots of expenses...I guess I don't have much of a choice here...

What do you think sam? Any personal experiences with such students too?

(uh I realised that we may actually derail the thread lol, so you can PM me too)
Joer


Posted Apr 29, 2007, 10:20 pm
currently, i'm working as a carpenter for a friend of mine. i went to school for architecture and am looking to get back into that field. i'm spending my evenings working to spruce up the portfolio. in addition to that i've just started working on a comic book idea i've had bouncing around in my head for about 8 years. if i may, i might talk about it in another thread.

31 years old, been racing bicycles at an amateur level here in the united states (philadelphia to be specific) and a little bit in belgium last year.

i played a fair bit of car wars too and was semi-obsessed with the mad max movies when i was younger. got into the interstate 76 series as well. i saw someone post a message about this game on one of the car wars forums last year and got very, very exited. had a breakup in january and decided to start working on some of the dormant projects i've had lying around, effectively making me disappear from this game. i'm eating lucky charms right now with vanilla soymilk. other than that, i've been trying to eat food that have less than 10 ingredients listed on the label. (though, i had them for breakfast this morning and felt pretty damn good on the hill ride.)



'Redfern,' can i use that for my story??

jeansberg


Posted May 23, 2007, 10:26 am
I'm 22 years old. I'm studying for a Bachelor of Business Administration here in Vaasa, Finland where I live.

I started playing games when I was six years old and got a used Odyssey 2 from one of my mom's colleagues. I proceeded to own and play games on an Amiga 500 and a Sega mega drive (Genesis in USA). After that I got my first computer and have been playing PC games ever since. I'm a big fan of games such as Carmageddon and Interstate 76, which is why I downloaded Darkwind after hearing about it on Rpgcodex.

I'm also pretty passionate about indie game development and eliminating publishers. This is not the first indie game I've paid for, nor will it be the last. :)
*DoubleTap*


Posted Jul 13, 2007, 6:10 pm
I'm an old guy who stumbled upon the sight yesterday. Old enough, in fact, to have played the original Car Wars in the plastic box. I'm an unrepentant gamer, and couldn't be happier to have found Darkwind. Can't wait to subscribe (next paycheck... lol). The game looks awesome, and I can't wait to get more involved. Thanks for all the hard work.
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Jul 13, 2007, 8:42 pm
Welcome to DarkWind "Old Guy"!!!
You are gonna LOVE this game!

Not gonna ask HOW old, but know this......I believe I am the oldest of everyone here (including the developers!).... Having to take the ribbing of these know-it-all youngsters all the time!

hehehe.....Just kidding!...45 year old truck driver here and I remember the flip box car wars came out in.......I aint old!......just seasoned to perfection! The membership here is great! Well educated, and active with the game. Very helpful if you need it, as long as you don't want a complete walkthrough of the game LOL.
Have Fun!....
Deathangels Shadow


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:29 pm
I'm a 36 year old Alaskan, and I've been programming computers for 27 years (they started me on graphics algorithms when I was 9. heh).

By day, I do mostly web and corporate application programming. By night, I am co-owner of a small independent game company (though no releases yet... we're working on it).

I've also been a demoscener since 1986, and have been involved with many platforms (C-64, Amiga, and PC) and every role (coder, artist, musician) in the demoscene. My in-game name comes from my demoscene presence, where I have gone by the name "Deathangel's Shadow" for about 19 years (man, I'm getting old). My friends call me "deathy." The name of my gang is also the name of my demogroup, Epilogue... not that we've had many releases in a rather long time. We were most active on the Commodore 64, but we've had a few PC releases and even a GBA release (we had a second one put together, but lost the source code in a hard drive crash before it was finished).
*viKKing*


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:36 pm
Deathangels: backup, backup and backup again... ;)
I should backup too someday.

Any link for what you have done so far?
36, yeah, we are all getting old (I'm 38 in a few weeks).
Deathangels Shadow


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 8:46 pm
*viKKing* said:
Any link for what you have done so far?


Nothing game related... we don't believe in having anything available to the public until we're almost done because we're such a small outfit, we can't actually commit to a release schedule (at least until we don't have day jobs any more).

That said, you can listen to some of my music at last.fm and see some of my demogroup's releases at pouet.net (although you'll see that most of our current releases are .net exe packers with one GBA demo).  Some of our older work is still buried in some archives around the net, but are rather difficult to dig up.  Mostly old SID tunes and issues of the demomag we used to produce in the early 90s.

*viKKing* said:
36, yeah, we are all getting old (I'm 38 in a few weeks).


I think the most distressing thing about getting old is discovering how your body intends to fail you.  Mine is my digestive system (though I've also developed diabetes.  ugh).  Yup, gettin' old is a drag.
Jim


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 9:48 pm
Hey DeathAngel's Shadow,

Nice to see another demoscener around! I'm in the group Titan, (I notice you greet us in the .nfo, thanks ;) )

Will you be attending Evoke 2007?

Jim / alk

p.s. about body failing with age, I strongly recommend you try chi kung -> http://www.shaolin-wahnam.org/chikung.html
*sam*


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 10:02 pm
Sure you're only a young fella jim!
Jim


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 10:12 pm
it's good for young and old Sam B)
Deathangels Shadow


Posted Jul 24, 2007, 10:18 pm
Jim said:
Will you be attending Evoke 2007?


Unfortunately, the cost of attending all the way from Alaska is pretty unbelievably high (considering I'd have to bring my wife and daughter, we're talking about $8k for a cheap trip).  I'd really love to make it to some parties, though.  I used to joke around with the #coders crew in 95 that I was going to take a dog sled over the pole to get to Asm 95.  heheheheheheheh
Metzger


Posted Jul 25, 2007, 11:26 pm
I guess I'll introduce myself.

I'm 21, have a girlfriend and live together with her in an apartment in Westfield Massachusetts (USA). Ive gone to a vocational highschool where I obtained my not-so-fantastic A+ Technician certification. After spending time working at Compusa, I decided that computers are definately not what I want to have a career in. I have since decided to become a pilot! Even though I have an awful job, installing Epoxy floors.

I have played games since the NES days, and have owned every major console release up to the X360/PS3/Wii generation. However, Computers to me have been and always will be the best platform for gaming. No contest.

I play games ranging from grand strategy such as Hearts of Iron, to twitch based games like Day of Defeat Source. I am an active participant in World war 2 Online, and am a Pilot serving with the 333rd British Knights under the alias "Namikaze". I have interests in all things military, including watching the military channel regularly, and I also play Airsoft.

I play Tabletop strategy like Warhammer, and card games like Magic the Gathering. The ultimate to me however, are simulations ala. IL-2 Sturmovik, LOMAC, Falcon 4.0, T-72 Balkans on fire. Nothing compares to a nice relaxing flight in my favorite flight sims!

Realism Realism Realism! cant get enough of it.
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Jul 26, 2007, 1:17 am
Hey Metzger,

I saw Falcon 4.0 mentioned.
I played it religiously for a LONG time!
You might even recognize my avatar here.

Look over this site:
Bashers Falcon4 homepage

I don't fly F4 anymore but I still update the site from time to time.
Kelaparan


Posted Jul 26, 2007, 6:45 pm
Hmm I guess I never really introduced myself all those weeks ago.  Checking the age ranges, I may be the youngest of the Old Farts at 32 (can we form an alliance that name, when that feature comes around? :D).

I've been pretty much been playing computer games since the days of Pong and come to the realization that playing games is not a phase as most people think :D  Generally played most genres of computer games, but strategy / turn based and rpgs being my favorites.

Dark Wind was an instant hit for me and subscribed on the second day.  It was exactly the computer based implementation of Car Wars that i've been looking for all these years (thanks Sam!) - tbh I was searching around for some kind of rogue-like game that would feature vehicular combat when I stumbled on DW in a mac game website.  At first I thought the game was Mac only, but my disappointment didn't last long of course when I found the Windows executable ;)

Love this game even as is, and can't wait for the new additions.  Hopefully we can recreate a little Midville MONDO Somerset SONDO motorcycle mayhem when we get pedestrians and motorcycles :D
Metzger


Posted Jul 27, 2007, 2:14 am
JD, very interesting site, thanks for the link!
Hak


Posted Jul 28, 2007, 10:16 am
Myself, I am a 23 year old Australian, currently living in NZ. Studying finance and management here at Uni in Auckland.

My first game experience was Warcraft , and i have had the old school RTS bug ever since, clocking up Warcraft1/2. Lords of the Realm1/2, Dune 2 etc. After getting into tactical strategy, I got into rpg; which eventually led me to Fallout and have been in semi-fanboy land since, while playing other games such as WoW etc.

I have never played car wars, though I do have a soft spot for vehicular warfare, what got me here was a Pic of the Week in NMA(fallout site), what got me subscribed and kept me here was the new(for me) and interesting gameplay, and you folks. That and some hilarious *oh ####* moments while racing

I think thats 'nuff said.
Deathangels Shadow


Posted Jul 28, 2007, 11:46 am
So, which side of the Fallout 3 fence do you sit on, gonna rock or gonna suck? Me personally, I'm leaning toward rock.
Hak


Posted Jul 29, 2007, 7:56 am
im leaning toward looking forward. i personally LOVED morrowind to bits, being that the title for the most "pure" rpg is between ultima and morrowind imo :D, haven't played oblivion yet, but looking forward to it, so i'm not unhappy bethesda is doing it, and am content to buy it and play it before i judge it
fogrob


Posted Jul 30, 2007, 10:44 pm
Hello everyone. I was introduced to this game by doubletap on another forum. Used to be a pretty big Car Wars fan. I even bought the new (fifth edition I believe) rule books that no one played. I've searched the Car Wars forums about every six months or so for something like this and so far it looks great!

Oh yeah, I'm 36 from Wichita, KS. I'm lucky to have a decent bar job and only have to work 3 days a week or so. Expect to see me on here a lot.
Brandenburg


Posted Jul 30, 2007, 11:45 pm
Hey All ... 
My name is Neil and im 38 years old from Waco Texas. I managed to earn a degree in Client/Server programming and a certification in MS SQL SERVER last august but as of yet..
Havent found any real work, just disapponintment.. I might have an interview in a week.. This will be great to say the least

I HAD a wife up till about 3 months ago.. We were together on and off since 10/97 . I miss her but it was for the best I believe.. Sometimes you must do things that you dont want to do. Might bring you pain in the short term, but long term wise it will be for the best. We have 2 kids together. A 14 yr old girl and a 7 yr old boy.I also have a cat that I named Brian a.k.a. Boy Bioy Kitty.. A truely remarkable animal and the only pet I have personally every had that I would surely miss if something happened to him

HMM I'll give you all a snapshots of my world both litterally and figuratively. Hope that ok.. 

My Cat
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r22/GK_Brandenburg/Picture017.jpg

me and my wife taking about 4 years ago
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r22/GK_Brandenburg/507423-R1-0A.jpg

My Guitars and amp rig.. Dont be fooled by the rough look of my equipment.Some of it cant be replaced
My Equipment List:
'89 Randall RG 100 ES
2 early '70's Woodson Model 2-12W Speaker Cabinets
'85 Gibson SG w/EMG 85 & H
Jackson Guitar
Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
Boss OS-2 Overdrive/Distortion
Morley BMV Wah/Volume
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r22/GK_Brandenburg/GuitarsAmp.jpg

And lastly.. A rescent pics of me.. All these pics were takin at the house I left.. Went from a 3br to sharing a 1 br apt with my mom untill I can get on my feet
http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r22/GK_Brandenburg/Picture011.jpg
Clifton


Posted Jul 31, 2007, 7:40 am
Guess it's my turn. I'm 27...originally from Detroit but living in Florida (near Tampa) with plans to move to Denver. I'm really not much of a gamer tbh. Started on computers when I was 3 (Atari 2600 anyone?) with some silly programs that my dad had written in Basic and then we moved up to the all powerful Atari ST (he was a computer tech). I have a deep love for computers and technology but an even deeper love for music. Started with guitar when I was 5 and have been making music ever since (I'd list my gear but we'd be here for a week...lol). I'm also teaching myself graphic design (yay for photoshop tutorials!).

Ironblood introduced me to Darkwind and I've been hooked since. The gameplay and the community of people really make for a fun time. Other games I've actively played are America's Army (2 months then deemed it boring), Entropia Universe (8 months then deemed it a waste of money), and then Second Life (15 months and going strong)...and of course DW now.
Big Ron


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 9:35 am
Hello. My name's Neil and I live in Leeds in England with my girlfriend. I used to play Car Wars as a kid (I'm 35). I got here through reading a post on the wargamer.com website. I have a nasty tendency to lurk on forums but am trying to do some posting here.

I play a lot of strategy games, the Combat Mission series, Civ and plenty of city building type games. I also play cricket for a local team as I'm obliged to be out in the midday sun (when there is some).

Toodlepip
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Aug 6, 2007, 9:44 am
LMAO......hehehehe
He said Toodles......
OK pip is just wrong in conjunction with toodles!

I cant even say that word without feeling somehow........erm.......funky!

Welcome Ron.........
From the USofA
*viKKing*


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 10:47 am
isn't Cricket that sport, no one but a CommonWealth natural born citizen can understand? ;)
I'm fascinated by that sport, but I really dig nothing in the rules... :o
Big Ron


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 11:11 am
I'm guessing Toodles means something different over there!

Cricket:
"You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out. When they are all out, the side that's been out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out, he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who are all out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game."

Simple enough
*viKKing*


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 11:16 am
Big Ron said:

Cricket:
"You have two sides, one out in the field and one in. Each man that's in goes out, and when he's out he comes in and the next man goes in until he is out. When they are all out, the side that's been out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in, out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When a man goes out to go in, the men who are out try to get him out, and when he is out, he goes in and the next man in goes out and goes in. There are two men called umpires who are all out all the time, and they decide when the men who are in are out. When both sides have been in and all the men have been out, and both sides have been out twice after all the men have been in, including those who are not out, that is the end of the game."

Simple enough

:stare:
I'm out...

Thanks.  :D

Maybe after reading it a dozen of times?
Big Ron


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 11:29 am
I think you're right. You have to be born to it.

*viKKing*


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 11:34 am
Anyway, as would say, my mentor: Mr Spock from Star Trek:
Quote:
That's fascinating.
Big Ron


Posted Aug 6, 2007, 11:50 am
Not illogical?
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Aug 6, 2007, 2:18 pm
Ahhh...... Cricket explained from a true fan!
Yeah now I get it...........
I think..........

Out is in.......in is out.....(The ole in and out is it?) A Clockwork Orange

If I had a skinny bat it might be considered a sin out of wedlock!

You almost had me thinking you were describing Baseball instead of..........well you know!
Jag Cancer


Posted Aug 10, 2007, 1:29 pm
Well, as I've been around a week or so and keep saying I will stay I suppose I should do my bit.

I'm early 30s (still young ;)) living with my 2 best friends in a big 3 bedroom house.

I have the luxury of working from home as a self emplyed web developer and I'm currently the only designer/coder/tester/etc on a project developing an online hotel booking system. It's easily the complex thing I've ever worked on. Did you know in the UK all hotels work out their prices differently - many small ones base prices on the weather and what colour pants they are wearing. Nightmare.

I worked for Siemens/Plessey that then got bought by British Aeropsace and turned into BAe Systems. I started as a programmer and then moved onto support. Decided corporate cubicles were not for me so I got out and did a few crappy little jobs before becoming an MCSE.

Was Technical Manager in a company in Poole, Dorset (UK) writing an online e-learning system. Company went tits up so I went solo. It's been hard at times and took me a while to get teh self discipline to work when I had to. Just about got it sussed :)

I've been a 'gamer' since my parents brought me up on boardgames and an RPer since my parents bought me a load of D&D stuff for my birthday once. Still an RPer and gamer although I do play the gee-tar.
Fave game is probably Ultima IV followed by VII part 2. Love MMORPGs and played UO when it practically came out. Played most of 'em and was a forum mod for a couple and was even a GM in one.

Current projects are numerous web games I haven't finished (a battletech interplanetary wargame, "Cars with Guns" similar to this without the 3D bit, a cyberpunk inspired city gang war game and numerous others). Also lead designer for an MMORPG which has been put on the back burner for various reasons (we are talking to a publisher atm for a licence for a well known PnP RPG :). Will rock if we get it )

Also have a bunch of small development team web apps (project management, file storage, bug tracking, knowledgebase, sales database and other assorted junk). I must polish them as there are various small companies that want to pay to use them... I must find the time :stare:

Anyway, that's enough. I am not working this afternoon 'cos it's too sunny - but I'm still stuck in doors. I might log on for a race or two as I'm here...
*Toecutter*


Posted Aug 11, 2007, 12:53 am
well first..AWESOME decription of cricket lol


your sense of humour makes u big in my books, welcome aboard matey, may u never be on the receiving end of my guns :p


Secondly, Jag, yer a gamer's gamer! Cheers m8!  Hopefully you will see my points of view and completely agree with them as to add some credibility to my posts  ;) :cyclops:

Thanx guys for posting hope to see u guys as regular posters  B)
Jag Cancer


Posted Aug 11, 2007, 12:24 pm
*Toecutter* said:
Secondly, Jag, yer a gamer's gamer! Cheers m8!  Hopefully you will see my points of view and completely agree with them as to add some credibility to my posts  ;) :cyclops:


Of course. Either that or I will have to inform you of your incorrectness and champion my opinion.

Everyone has their own opinion. Some opinions are more correct than others.
*Ayjona*


Posted Aug 14, 2007, 1:12 pm
I'm Ayjona, a 26 year old writer, journalist, singer, actor, and fighter. It's a bit harder to pin down my point of origin, but as long as I'm on an airplane to either Cape Town, South Africa, or Stockholm, Sweden, I feel as much at home as I'm ever going to. I would have included Harare, Zimbabwe, on that list, since I grew up there partly as well, but currently, Zimbabwe is not a very welcoming country, for many tragic and sorrowful reasons. Norrköping, Sweden is where I first saw the blinking-neon-light- and industrial smoke-coloured light of day, in either case.

Many years ago, I was infected by the romantic misconception that fantasy bards are really, really cool, so I do my best to live like one, which includes trying to get by on with and charm alone (which eventually results in a fridge that is a very lonely and desolate place indeed), act dashingly and swashbucklingly and rogue-like (which usually only often attracts the attention of the police or earns me a good beating by nearby boyfriends) and earning my daily fixes (be it food, women, computer games or the bandages and medicine bills needed after a good melee) through writing, acting and singing.

Mostly, it's not working, not, at least, in the sense of earning me enough to live on, and over the course of the past years, I've been a waiter, teacher, teamleader for Greenpeace, kindergarten teacher, event cook, newspaper boy, and even manual laborer (something I thoroughly despised, and that lasted even shorter than all my other temporary jobs ;) ). But so far, there is almost nothing (not even a good fight) that can come close to or even approximate the rush of being on stage, either as a singer or an actor, so it's clear to me that's where I belong. Now, if others agree, that's another matter entirely... (Reasonably soon, you'll be able to see and hear for yourself, once Aubade Online, the renamed homepage of the most successful of my bands, goes live).

I also meddle and dabble and fiddle in politics, but not really long enough at a time for people to shanghai me into any fixed political party or group. I have this strange notion that we should try not to hurt each other (other than in voluntary fistfights, which I hypocritically exclude from my normal view of the world. Violence is best when it's done for fun), and that we should do our best to help the (relatively) weak.

I started gaming on me father's old Mac II, continued with NES, SNES, Amiga 600 HD, CD-32, Mac LC, Performa 630, iMac 400, and iMac 800 (with a short linux detour when I broke the screen of my iMac 800 with my fist by mistake), probably even in that order. And then, a year ago, the skies opened upon to bestow upon me the divine, the heavens bled thunder, and my MacBook Pro made its entrance into my life. Since then, I've been compulsively downloading demanding PC games, just to reboot into windows and run them at maximum settings to annoy my PC-using friends, and then delete them again. It is a waste of time, and very inane, but we mac users can become exceedingly childish when we're winning.

My computer games love affairs throughout the ages include Infocom text adventures (Leather Goddess of Phobos, anyone? :D ), countless early Mac RPGs, but their names all escape me, the Monkey Island games, Quest for Glory series, Elite II: Frontier, Realmz, the Myth series, a host of now-forgotten MUDs, Escape Velocity series, Baldur's Gate, the Fallout series (leaning towards rock, btw, deathy, but yet to leave the fence. But also leaning towards that it will be a very different game experience that the old games, and that  I wouldn't have minded a Fallout game based on the old engine), Neverwinter Nights series, Soul Calibur 3, Jade Empire, Savage, Homeland II, Rise of Legends, DDO, Auto Assault, Mount & Blade, Oblivion, Civilization 4, and a stupid belief in the Darkfall hype which is yet to be proven. My first game ever was a point-and-click adventure game where the hero was a weed-smoking dreadlock-adorned fisherman who ended up on a bizarre island full of stone idols, but I cannot fer the life of me remember the name of it.

I've always had some strange underdog love for independent gaming companies, and Psychic Software is as indy as they get ;) Currently, Psychic, Guild Software (Vendetta Online) and S2 Games (Savage 1 & 2) get my vote for coolest gaming companies out there.

I love the idea of MMORPGs, but hate almost every single MMO available, with some very few exceptions. None of those online worlds are hardcore enough, dynamic enough, or dangerous, unpredictable and variable enough to keep my interest. Besides, if I play round-based/weapon speed-based/hidden dice roll-based MMORPGs for longer than a few minutes, my body start itching for some real-life fighting action. If I am to be a fella with a sword, I want to swing that sword myself, and win my battles not because of levels, but because of my own reflexes and skill.

My handle Ayjona, is the name I was given in Masase, the little village in Zimbabwe where I grew up. For some tribal, obscure and most probably occult reasons, that was the way the villagers elected to pronounce "Jonas", my birth name. So, Ayjona is my african name, and the only online handle I use, except for "Ion".

I actually have very little time to spend on computer games, what with the roguing, dashing (both symbolically and physically) and bard-ing. My two bands, my acting, my physical training, active (if chaotic) social life, fighting and my writing might contribute to that as well ;) But I always have time for a good RPG (and when Spiderweb Software releases a new game, the world rests a bit easier, knowing I'm locked in my home for a few weeks), I don't mind some twitch-action now and then, and now, Darkwind is starting to demand my time. Except for Darkwind, there are only two games that I keep an active interest in: Vendetta Online, the most hardcore MMO there is, and Savage 2, which is not yet the only thing I play apart from Darkwind solely for the reason that it is not yet released.

Bleh. I ramble. But then again, it gets lonely sometimes, out here on the roads of Evan, in the fields of the dead, dying, and bitterly struggling to live...
*viKKing*


Posted Aug 14, 2007, 2:00 pm
Jaw pending after reading a such well written text. :p
*Chase Bansi*
chasebansi@AOL.com

Posted Aug 15, 2007, 9:56 am
Ok, another newbie checking in with a brief introduction. My given name is "John" but that's pretty generic and there are usually more than one of us around which can be confusing. Chase Bansi is a name I've used in games for 20+ years; back when we played Car Wars on paper (still have a stack of stuff for it too). It's derived from Buckaroo Bansi (nephew). I am a certified internet junky. I'm a huge Mad Max fan and it was vikKing's post on the madmaxmovies.com forum that brought me here. I can't say I do a lot of online gaming, this is one of the first that has captured my attention. Probably because it's so familiar in it's mechanics.

Personal Stats: 44 yrs old, divorced 3 times, 3 kids- 1 boy(25) and 2 girls(9 & 6), 3 grandkids. Yup, I'm an old man. I've got the grey hair to prove it. After spending 18 years as a hairstylist I now work on a system support helpdesk for a microchip manufacture. 12 hr overnight shift gives me some opportunity to surf the web and check out great sites like this. I'm a moderator on a model railroad forum and participate in several others. I'll do what I can to be a contributer here.
Basically I'm here to play, and I'm ready to go kill something! http://www.trainboard.com/tbsmiles/099.gif
Mercubio


Posted Aug 17, 2007, 5:18 am
I'm 26. I am a court reporter and also study philosophy. (Ethics primarily) Lets see.... I live in Texas and I love the women here! (Although, truth to tell, I love them everywhere.) I love to read and I enjoy heavily rule based games. I love music more than just about anything and I try my best to make as much as possible. I don't really like to talk about myself much but if you want a LITTLE more info go here...

www.myspace.com/mercubio

Altho, I almost never check it so you know...

Other than that, I love my girlfriend and my cat. I write a ton of poetry and I hope to get out of America ASAP. : )
*Toecutter*


Posted Aug 17, 2007, 11:24 pm
Wow..i have decided that my life is boring and not worth living after reading all the above(whips out gun /CLICK!!....oh well nothing ever goes right :p)



Right on guys! thanx for the personal info! Hope to see all of u as regular forum posters and in my gun sights on the Death racing tracks ;)

Welcome to Dark Wind! :cyclops:
tucano


Posted Aug 20, 2007, 1:31 pm
The person behind Famiglia Rivera....

I am italian (31 years old). I live in Milan (a big city in the north of Italy).

I choose this joke of Rivera mafia because usually when I am out of Italy people say to me:

"Italian? Pizza, Venezia e Mafia!"

The 3 most famous thing in Italy.
Hoping that in the future the Mafia will be only in videogames...

In the real life I am a PhD student in Bioinformatics (Biology + Informatics). If you are interested to take me as a PostDoc here is my homepage: http://ciccarelli.group.ifom-ieo-campus.it/fcwiki/DavideRambaldi

I develop in Perl, Java and sometime in C++. My actual project is to study the genes related to tumor development (yes is nasty I know)...

but I always dream to became a videogame developer!

Out of work I collaborate with a Radio streaming http://recipient.cc and I have my personal webpage there: http://tucano.recipient.cc/, is a small project but we enjoy a lot!

In that crew, we always dream in create a game with a good physics engine like Torque...

Then I found DarkWind... and was really similar to my idea of multyplayer game. So I subscribe and now.... I am addicted! Help me!

;)

That's All folks
Ad Hoc Deathrock


Posted Aug 27, 2007, 8:19 am
Okay, here goes... :o

I'm a 20-year-old, female aspiring graphic novelist/comix artist living near San Francisco, California, USA. My life right now consists of going to school, where I study a variety of arts and crafts such as dance, electronic music and jewelery making, writing/drawing my comix, walking people's dogs (what I do for money), and going out to clubs, shows and the occasional literary or political event. To relax, I chill online, read, draw things other than my comix (yes, I draw a lot), research music, and work on customizing my clothing. I have a large collection of eccentric clothing, much of which I got from thrift stores, friends or bins on the sidewalk and customized, and a bit of which I made from scratch. I have an even larger collection of dark and spooky music, much of it from the late 1970s through early 1980s.

My art (not fond of art, by any chance, am I?) is in an experimental, manga-influenced style, with art nouveau, Victorian, symbolist, Dada, Situationist, lowbrow, goth, punk, cyberpunk, fetish, historical, traditional Japanese and gothic lolita influences. I like to portray dramatic, emotional and meaningful stories with an introverted and "tasteful" tone, and am very concerned with making comix that are not just beautiful, but meaningful - literature, in other words. As such, story means a lot to me, and I spend quite a bit of time in the writing process and panel layout before getting down to brass tacks and drawing the story. If there's any one criticism that would really cut me down, it's that I'm making genre work.

The first thing people notice when they meet me, other than my height (five foot eleven, which puts me well above most women), is how I dress, and the fact that I've got a blue and green mohawk. Most people think it's a bit much, and that's quite fine by me - I don't mind it. I've found what I like for the time being, and I do indeed like it. :D The basis of my fashion is the deathrock subculture of which I am a part (not to be confused with death metal, which is totally different) - a blend of goth and punk that has, over the years, gone off in its own, strange direction, largely leaving goth and punk behind. I like my goth and punk heritage very much - I've got a hot pink jacket covered in band patches, spikes and studs, with bats painted on - but I mix in whatever else I feel like at the moment. I tend towards a mix of the two extremes, mixing very punky elements and very frou-frou Victorian elements freely. And yes, I am obsessed. :p

My favorite bands are Siouxsie And The Banshees, Bauhaus, Christian Death, The Naked And The Dead, Sex Gang Children, Faith And The Muse, Minor Threat, Resistant Culture, Merzbow, Sunn O))), Death, Charged GBH, Operation Ivy, Moi dix Mois, Napalm Death, The Toy Dolls, Oi! Brigade, Fugazi, Embrace, Teen Idles, Punx Fuxx, The Devotchkas, Combichrist, Suicide Commando, C/A/T... and I could go on. I'm rarely without my headphones.

For the last year or so, I've been straightXedge, which basically means that I don't drink, smoke, do drugs, have unprotected/irresponsible sex or anything of that ilk. I've seen too many friends #### themselves up, and I didn't want to go down that road.

As for the name - "ad hoc" means "for the purpose of," as in something that is made specifically for one purpose. I feel that I was made for deathrock, and deathrock was made for me (though that feeling may change over time, who knows). "Ad hoc" can also mean "thrown together," reflecting the often improvisational, experimental and random nature of deathrock. And hey, it rhymes! ;)

Oh, and I have an 11-year-old white cat with black spots named Leeloo (after the Fifth Element character).

I run a previous-generation iMac. It's a bit old and a bit slow, but it's my baby and I love it.

Wow, did you just read all that? :thinking:
*viKKing*


Posted Aug 27, 2007, 9:25 am
Quote:
Wow, did you just read all that?

yes  :)

Interesting personality. Darkwind is certainly made for you, and vice-versa.
Ad Hoc Deathrock


Posted Aug 27, 2007, 3:05 pm
*viKKing* said:
Quote:
Wow, did you just read all that?

yes  :)

Interesting personality. Darkwind is certainly made for you, and vice-versa.


Aww, thank you! I do love indie and turn-based games - before this, I was eating up Battle For Wesnoth, which is a delightful game of remarkable quality (and open-source, too - hurrah!). I don't suppose I would be entirely out of place in the Darkwind world, either, except that I would miss the library terribly, and would spend all my time scrounging for art materials. I'd probably end up making post-modern junk sculptures, or something silly like that.  :D

Did you know that abstract rhythmic noise makes great background music for this game? That, and drone-doom metal - especially Sunn O))), which is one of my feeevorit bands. It makes sense, I suppose, given the setting of the game.
pweelg


Posted Aug 27, 2007, 7:02 pm
Damn got to the end of this thread which must mean its now time to post...o well here goes

I'm a 37 year old guy living in Leicester, England with long time girlfriend of 10 years ( scared of marriage ? me ??? ), currently unemployed after serving 7 years as an assistant manager for a hire car firm and needing a break.

A long history of gaming, Atari 2600, Colecovision (sp?), Sinclair Spectrum, Atari ST, PS one, Gamecube, PC and most recently a Wii. Fave games are primarily Fallout 1 & 2 (and apprehensive about 3) Heroes of might and magic and anything by Julian Gollop, played all his games from Chaos to LSN (until community imploded some years back). Anyone remember Gamesworkshops Battlecars on the spectrum ?

Found DW by reading a forum post somewhere after googling "turnBased" being disillusioned that Fallout 3 will be an FPS twitchfest (jury still out)

*Toecutter*


Posted Aug 28, 2007, 5:05 am
Ad Hoc Deathrock said:
Did you know that abstract rhythmic noise makes great background music for this game? That, and drone-doom metal - especially Sunn O))), which is one of my feeevorit bands. It makes sense, I suppose, given the setting of the game.



Ahh, now we're talkin!  Fave is still My Dying Bride, "She is the Dark" still sends shivers down my spine  B)
Ad Hoc Deathrock


Posted Aug 29, 2007, 4:15 pm
*Toecutter* said:
Ad Hoc Deathrock said:
Did you know that abstract rhythmic noise makes great background music for this game? That, and drone-doom metal - especially Sunn O))), which is one of my feeevorit bands. It makes sense, I suppose, given the setting of the game.



Ahh, now we're talkin!  Fave is still My Dying Bride, "She is the Dark" still sends shivers down my spine  B)


I'm not such a big MDB fan... sorry. :( I love ISiS, Jesu and Burning Witch, though!
*Toecutter*


Posted Aug 30, 2007, 3:46 am
Ad Hoc Deathrock said:

I'm not such a big MDB fan... sorry. :( I love ISiS, Jesu and Burning Witch, though!


Heresy!!!! there's still time to convert u tho  ;) :p

Still, cheers to one who knows how to rock! B)
Ad Hoc Deathrock


Posted Aug 30, 2007, 7:30 am
*Toecutter* said:
Ad Hoc Deathrock said:

I'm not such a big MDB fan... sorry. :( I love ISiS, Jesu and Burning Witch, though!


Heresy!!!! there's still time to convert u tho  ;) :p

Still, cheers to one who knows how to rock! B)


Yesyes, cheers to you as well! :D
Roger Ramjet


Posted Oct 4, 2007, 3:17 am
Hello

Just subscribed to DarkWind, the name was Eric Singh, became Eric Singh Bhatti when I got married 2.5 years ago.

Wife insisted on name change as my father had dropped his family name when he joined the army.

Just turned 39, moved into a new house two months ago in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.

Worked in system support most of my adult life and eternally grateful to my father for doing everything in his power to stop me following him into the army.

That said, I do take a lot of pride in the fact that my father served and protected our country and honour his mates who were wounded and killed in the line of duty.

As a service brat I was born in BMH Munster, North Rhine Westphlia, West Germany, my father was infantry, he did 22 years with the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets.

Spent 8 years of my childhood in West Germany and still didn't pick up the lingo, a very English thing to do.

Done the familiar boardgames/role-playing/wargaming and as me and the mates got older and moved to different parts of the UK we used PCs to keep in touch and keep our mutual interests going.

My gang name is because within my family I've been known as 'Ricky' since the age of 2.

'Ranjit' is a Sikh name I picked out for myself as my real first name is about as un-Asian as you can get and throughout my life people who meet me for the first time always say:

"I know your name is Eric BUT what's your real name?"

DarkWind has been a revelation as a game, a community of gamers and just having a nice feel to it - jolly well done!

*viKKing*


Posted Oct 4, 2007, 6:43 am
Welcome Roger! ;)

I will certainly mostly use your nickname. :)
*sam*


Posted Oct 4, 2007, 6:54 pm
Yes, welcome! Thanks for subscribing :)
Dr Mathias


Posted Oct 14, 2007, 7:28 pm
Hello,
I teach art and graphic design at a small college in Northeast Kansas (US). I'm a longtime tabletop wargamer, mainly playing and running Sci-Fi and 19th century Darkest Africa games. Although I never played Car Wars I was aware of it in gradeschool and I drew a lot of vehicles sporting machine guns. I designed a game called "After Apocalypse" in 7th grade that was pretty much a Mad Max / Damnation Alley / Red Dawn blend. It was really just the AD&D rules, but fun for the friends and I.

I LOVED a game called Gorkamorka, which was a turn-based tabletop game involving Orks in crude vehicles shooting the heck out of each other. Darkwind has a lot of that flavor, so I got into it really quick...now I'm just trying to learn to drive. Necromunda was a blast as well. I'm currently working on a tabletop miniatures game based on Waterworld. Jet skis and guns...

As for computer games, I enjoy the Total War series and City of Heroes ... although my all time favorite has to be X-Com.

Screen name is just a nickname I was given a few years back, and it has become a name I use for a variety of things. I'm currently working on a website of my wargame miniatures with Dr. Mathias as the main character.

My gang name, "Birth Trauma", is a silly name my wife and her friends gave myself and their husbands. I've appropriated it for a new use and those gals are gonna be the ones driving my cars.

Matt Leahy



halflingstew


Posted Nov 5, 2007, 2:11 am
Greetings to all and sundry!

My name's Larry Lange and I've just subscribed (well, a week ago anyway). My gangs name is the "Mizcreantz", named because they're bad and unruly... in a cute and cuddly, rapscallion-ish sort of way.

A little on me then. I'm an MRI Technologist in Central NY, near Syracuse (GO ORANGE! not this year...). Being married, with kids, tends to keep me pretty busy. My 8 year old thinks this game looks awesome, so if I seem to be driving or talking funny, just play along. :rolleyes:

I've played games for many years. Some of my favorite memories are of my old Avalon Hill collection, PanzerBlitz, Gettysburg, and massive games of Squad Leader. I also played D&D since it came out, and still have the original books. I played lots of Car Wars in my day, and it's still one of my favorites. That's probably why Darkwind appeals so much to me. I've been an avid Warhammer player for several years.

I've played lots of computer games, but never ventured much into MMOs. Just never had the time to grind out levels in Warcraft and such. Besides, online always seemed so...sterile, compared to actually facing someone across a table. And you're less likely to be surprised by who's actually behind that hot, scantily-clad Dark Elf... :o

Well, that's the thrill-i-ness of me. See ya on the track!
OrionQ


Posted Nov 17, 2007, 7:58 pm
Hi there everyone, I'm OrionQ. I'm an environmental geologist living in Sacramento, California. Just so you know, what that means is that I go to places where there might be pollution and drill holes in the ground to see if there is. Mostly that ends up that I hang out at gas stations eating terrible gas station food.

I'm 29, married (my wife tells me that I should say that I'm cute, but I'm not sure if any of you would need that info much), no kids but three cats.

I grew up in a small town in Iowa (for those non-Americans and for some of you who are, that's the state to the west of Chicago, Illinois where they grow corn), and played lots of games with my older brother. When I was in 5th grade, my brother got the deluxe Car Wars boxed set for christmas and we were hooked. Because we were the only two people playing, we rarely played in arena combats, which I found out later was kind of unusual for a CW group. What we did instead was do some role-playing lite with truckers and later, tanks. The pinnacle was when we played out a revolutionary war in Mexico (US forces supporting the rebels, Texan forces supporting the government) using tanks and all the military stuff that came out at the end of the CW heyday. Anyway, we were fans.

The other game that I'd say I'm addicted to is Civilization. Sure, I play a lot of other games, but they're just interludes between Civ binges. A few weeks after Civ III came out, I had to study for university final exams. The sunday night before my first test, I kept staying up later and later until, when I noticed dawn breaking, I thought I'd better just stay up and cram instead of sleeping. That's pretty much my gaming life in a nutshell.

Darkwind is the realization of all my car wars dreams, at least it will be once I get to run big rigs and escorts all over evan. Until then, look for me on occasional weeknights and definitely on weekends!
*sam*


Posted Nov 18, 2007, 3:48 pm
Aha sweet, I have to say in my opinion Civilization is the best game ever made B)

I once played it for 10 hours every night for 14 straight nights. And got paid for it. Heh.
Flaming savage


Posted Nov 18, 2007, 4:25 pm
B) i agre with sam
Flaming savage


Posted Nov 21, 2007, 8:50 pm
B) B) B) B) B) B) B) B) B)hi everybody
Speed_Melon


Posted Jan 16, 2008, 12:35 am
Let'see,
I'm married, with one child (14 months) so if my car veers and keeps on going, you'll know why...I'm the youngest of 7 and fortunately the next two older than me were into the avalon hill games and such, cause that's how I got into gaming. I was into car wars back in the day, in fact, I've still got all the goods, Uncle Al catalogues, ADQ quarterlies, expansion packs, including the armor and aero ones. I ran into DW somewhere about 6 months ago on a tech site, not sure which one, could've been slashdot, macnn, or arstechnica. Looked at it, but at first glance thought it may be a little more than i wanted to get into. Now, I've got a new brother in law who is into warhammer 40000, so over a visit during Christmas I got excited about gamin and diggin out the CW stuff. I sat down and took a look at DW and gave it a try, now I'm hooked.
Computer gaming I've been into the whole Battlefield series, Grand Prix Legends, Nascar 1997 on a mac, Dune 2000. Professionally, I do Geographic Information Systems. I've done it on a variety of hardware and software platforms.
Look forward to getting to know y'all.
Paul
Lung


Posted Feb 10, 2008, 4:17 am
Ok; here?s my story ?
I think I?m the oldest gamer here. I?m in my mid 60s and have been playing games since my beginning. I am originally from N.Y., spent 20+ years in Vermont and currently live in Florida with my wife, dog and 2 cats. I have been a property insurance adjuster most of my life. I like to fish and play golf but my heart has always belonged to gaming. I have a Playstation II and 2 computers. One of the computers has Windows98 on it so I can play some of the early PC games like Colonization and Sim Farm. My other computer is an Alienware WindowsXP hot rod.
As a kid I played with the original Erector Set, Lincoln Logs and Pick-Up-Stix. I made up my own games with my Lionel and HO trains that involved timetables for passenger and freight stops along my line(s). When slot cars came out I built drag strips and road courses in my attic and basement and hosted races with my friends.
In my early teens I played card games (War, Knucks and yes Old Maid) and board games. I got into Chess and put in MANY hours at a Chess display table in the Macy?s toy department in Roosevelt Field Long Island, N.Y. The store manager let me play anyone who challenged me and for as long as I wanted as it attracted people to the toy department and probably help his sales.
In my 20s I played board games Monopoly, Gettysburg, and Stratego but also played a lot of sports; Baseball, Football, and Soccer.
In my 30s I moved up to Risk, PanzerBlitz and PanzerLeader. I then played them by Play-by-Mail but as soon as possible I started with the electronic games; Intellivision, Nintendo (Donkey Kong anyone), Pong, Missile Command, you name it.
Around this time I realized I was losing control and was becoming addicted to games in general. I liked war games the most and found myself mostly playing WWII type games. Ever hear of Global Supremacy? A Play-by-Mail war game that I got so interested in throughout my 40s that I bought a franchise from the author, started a game company and GameMastered my own Global Supremacy games. Of course I still had time for PC games such as Zork. I don?t know where I found the time to get into R/C boats, planes and cars. I still run my gas powered R/C 10GT from time to time.
In my 50s I went over the edge with gaming; The Jagged Alliance series took over my attention and to this day I believe it is the best war game ever produced. WHY don?t they come out with Jagged Alliance 3? Of course Civ I & III, Capitalism, Sim everything, Pirates, Industry Giant, and Steel Panthers are still on my hard-drive somewhere.
I could go on and on with the list of games I liked to play (an asset of being 60+ years old) but this Darkwind is a breath of fresh air. It is the 1st MMO that I have ever liked. I found DW in a Games for Windows magazine listing Free Games but when I checked it out I was hooked into subscribership immediately. Now all I have to do is learn how to deal with the pesky NPCs.
Enough about me already; I?m going racing.
*sam*


Posted Feb 10, 2008, 7:57 am
Heh, and I thought I was early into computer games!
My earliest would have been pong and space invaders, and 'adventure' on a big university mainframe in my Dad's office, around 1979-ish. And Tunnels & Trolls / D&D around the same time.

I have always been into making games rather than playing them so much though (started making crazy boardgames with dice and little scraps of paper when I was about 5 or 6)
Nekojin


Posted Feb 10, 2008, 11:00 am
I didn't even realize that this was here... =^_^=

My RL name is Jason. I'm 37, and I'm a jack of all trades - and I do mean that more literally than most. In the course of my life, I've been (in no particular order): A pizza chef, a pizza delivery driver, a bowling alley scorekeeper, a process server, a data entry operator, a Magic Mountain employee, a receptionist, a Las Vegas Blackjack dealer, a gas station cashier, an eBay seller (yes, I paid my bills with it), a paid playtester for Interplay, a warehouse stock clerk, a California Conservation Corps member, a security guard, and probably other things that I can't recall. I'm currently working as a Parts salesman for a company that makes service beds for trucks.

I've been into games for as far back as I can remember. From vague memories of playing with a neighbor's slot car track at age 2, I've been through almost all of the age of electronic entertainment. My father owned one of the early Pong consoles. I hung out in video arcades, mini-golf places, and pizza parlors that had arcades for most of my youth. I was given an Intellivision for my very first game machine, and a Commodore 64 a few years after that; the Commodore 64 was one of my major sources of entertainment as a teenager.

Aside from computers and consoles, I've been into board games, card games, role-playing games, and so on. Again, if it's fun, it's likely that I've tried it at one point. My grandmother used board games and phonics games to teach me things at a very young age. I learned Tripoley and Mille Bournes from my parents and grandparents, as well as other games like Cribbage. I played Dungeons and Dragons as early as 1978, and played that and many other role-playing games over the years. I especially like the Hero System (Champions and Fantasy Hero, mostly), Rolemaster, and Shadowrun. I am, at best, a mediocre Game Master for any game other than Teenagers From Outer Space.

I presently live in a one-bedroom apartment with my girlfriend, Andara. If we were "normal" people, we probably would have gotten married a few years back, but we really don't see any rush for that. We also have a cat.
Lung


Posted Feb 10, 2008, 4:25 pm
I got so involved in telling you about my love and history of games I never mentioned my dep love for mechanics and cars -thus the attraction to customizing DW cars. My gang the Aristocrats is named after a Hot Rod Club that I started in 1960. Yes I was a "greaser" in high school. Some of my drivers are named after actual members of that gang/club.
Victor


Posted Feb 11, 2008, 10:40 pm
This sort of thing is tough for me to write, but here's my attempt.

My name IRL is Victor, and I'm a long-time gamer, former game developer, and former programmer (yes, there's lots of things I used to be).

I'm 39, a 'murrican, born in California, and living there again now. I'm trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life, and in the mean time helping take care of my father after his stroke and valve replacement surgery (which is why on occasion I have to timeout or go AFK without much warning).

Let's see... games I've worked on that actually made it to market; Shadowcaster, Forced Alliance, Dominant Species (briefly), Force 21, Anne McCaffrey's Freedom: First Resistance, and Morrowind.

I got my start with gaming in general with Chainmail, a few months before the first D&D Boxed Set came out (which I promptly aquired), and it spiralled out from there. I also got my start with computers about the same time, playing Trek, Adventure, Hunt The Wumpus, and such. It wasn't long before the computers (VAXen of some sort running early BSD UNIX, IIRC) started to interest me as much as the games, so I picked up a bit of programming skill just from playing with scripts.

Then in high school, I had an apple ][+ and later an apple //c, and continued my gameplaying and dabbling on those, while playing AD&D, and Champions, and Car Wars (and GEV/OGRE), oh my.

Then I got a break at Electronic Arts, doing scripting for Bard's Tale IV, my first computer game dev gig. Sheer heaven-- except for the fact that it was cancelled, and thus didn't ship.

Let's see... I was a rabid Amiga fanboy, a registered developer (even though I never worked on a title for it), but between the actual lack of support, and the communal persecution complex, eventually let it go for PC's because that's where all the non-console game development was happening, back then (read as, "I sold out", if you like).

Not much else of importance (like sleep, socializing, etc) happened while I was working on the titles that DID ship (as what little "spare" time I had went into playing EverQuest, and later CoX/WoW), so that pretty much leads me up to now.



Oh, I've also always been a fairly devout turn-based fan. Early favorites being things like Wizardry I/II, X-Com, most of SSI's games, X-Com, 7CoG, X-Com, Civ I-IV (but particularly Civ2 and CivNet), X-Com, M.U.L.E. (I got to meet Dani Bunten at EA, briefly, and am glad for that chance), X-Com, etc. And also X-Com (the first two, particularly, the third not so much).
Dr Mathias


Posted Feb 11, 2008, 11:47 pm
Victor said:


Oh, I've also always been a fairly devout turn-based fan. Early favorites being things like Wizardry I/II, X-Com, most of SSI's games, X-Com, 7CoG, X-Com, Civ I-IV (but particularly Civ2 and CivNet), X-Com, M.U.L.E. (I got to meet Dani Bunten at EA, briefly, and am glad for that chance), X-Com, etc. And also X-Com (the first two, particularly, the third not so much).


Man I love X-com, nearly as much as you by the sound of it. Nothing like unloading several blaster launchers into a UFO.
Victor


Posted Feb 12, 2008, 12:12 am
Ah, yes... "recon by fire", always a favorite. :o
Jam


Posted Feb 20, 2008, 6:21 am
*viKKing* said:
 

One of the most famous and greatest Ronins was Myamoto Musashi, also called Sazaki Kojiro (as in Japanese you can read names in two ways).
You can find his life in a novel form (in French, sorry I don't know the english title): "La pierre et le Sabre".

The movie used that term and referred to Robert DeNiro as a Ronin, a rogue samuraï serving with honor a distant Daïmyo: USA. Nice movie BTW, very impressive shotguns and driving.


Love the movie Ronin so much I bought it. (If you don't mind I think I am going to pass out now-DeNiro).

I love how Myamoto Musashi, once carved a sword out of a wooden oar as they rowed to an island for a duel.  He kill the other samurai with the wooden sword.  He wrote to book that still can be found, 'A Book of Five Rings', I read it about 25 years ago, but its a quick read and very good.
Jam


Posted Feb 20, 2008, 7:03 am
Well give a little about myself, though I am fairly new so doubt too many are that interested...

I am 48 years old, I work for an airline in the United States. Live in Texas, but still have most my personal stuff in storage in colorado, still clinging that one day I will return, hehehe.

I started playing back in the early 70's when my older brother was able to get me to become a member of his Wargame club made up of vietnam viets and college kids, while I was 13 and by far one the youngest in the group. We played at time mainly Avalon Hill games, though also Strategy and Tactic games and tons of panzerblitz which later would evolve into 'blind' panzerblitz which made it a whole new game!

I first became aware of D&D here as I was fascinated by the funny dice. We would eventually develop our own system, partly D&D, partly Empire of the Petal Throne and partly our own design, stealing alot of ideas from Steve Jackson's melee.

This led us to Traveller, where we would later combine carwars to it after Mad Max came out and thats my introduction into Car Wars.

Since, I have played many games, favorite computer game would be Kampfgruppe, though I too was addicted to Civilization. I worked and played several years with Jim Dunnigan on his Hundred Years War online game on Genie and later AOL.

Favorite Online roleplaying game Ultima on Siege Perilous shard before it was nerfed.

Playing Austerlitz online now, but in my 40's I find I just don't have the killer spirit anymore.



*viKKing*


Posted Feb 20, 2008, 9:14 am
Quote:
I love how Myamoto Musashi, once carved a sword out of a wooden oar as they rowed to an island for a duel.  He kill the other samurai with the wooden sword.  He wrote to book that still can be found, 'A Book of Five Rings', I read it about 25 years ago, but its a quick read and very good.

Hehe, yeah, and I posted a terrible mistake, Sazaki is not Myamoto (I will correct that).
I found the book and its sequel recently and read it completely at last! First time I could not, it was 20 years ago, and the book was not mine.
ralphy


Posted Feb 20, 2008, 4:10 pm
Hello, my name is Mark, and I play Darkwind too much.

:)

I first found out about the game during the beta testing, played for several weeks, and dropped out when it went live as I couldn't (at that time) justify the cost to SWMBO. She and I have come to an agreement, and I'm back.

Personal info;
At 41, I'm a proud member of the old-farts' club. I live with my all-but-wife, 2 daughters (9-13), 3 cats, 3 snakes (the wife's), and 2 fish in Minnesota, USA. I'm a technical writer/librarian professionally, and a bicyclist, linux geek and homebrewer for the fun of it.

Glad to be back.
*sam*


Posted Feb 20, 2008, 7:57 pm
Quote:
SWMBO


Heh, I had to look that one up. Good to have you back ralphy  ;)
*Chase Bansi*
chasebansi@AOL.com

Posted Feb 22, 2008, 2:07 pm
ralphy said:
...SWMBO.  She and I have come to an agreement, and I'm back.

{pssst} Don't name any characters after her. She'll think it's flattering; until she dies.  :p Like I get some kind of twisted pleasure out of killing her off again and again....
*sam*


Posted Feb 22, 2008, 2:18 pm
Heh, reminds me of this
Champ


Posted Feb 23, 2008, 11:34 pm
Hello everybody. I'm nicholas from europe, 27 years old. I've first heard about this great game in a car wars thread on the codex rpg forum, checked it out on wikipedia and - now I'm hooked...

I've first gotten exposed to the wonderful world of comp games as a small kid back in '86 - our parents have bought a german commodore C-64 home computer to my borther and I kind of joined in the fun...

The next big evolutionary step was in the (for me) legendary summer of 1997 when we got a brand spanking new P-133Mhz. So I had the chance to play through most of the golden games of that wonderful era. My personal favorites from that time were Mechwarrior 2: Mercenaries and... Interstate 76! I loved that game so very much and I still do - gimme my 432 CHAMP picard piranha anytime and I'll show you where it's at!

A few years back I got the rig I own now, this used P3-900Mhz with windows xp installed, I've gotten older and lost interest in action games. These days I mostly play strategy games, modded star trek: birth of the federation and jagged alliance 2 patched to 1.13 standard. I've completely forgotten the days when I've spent the afternoons cruised the dirt roads of texas in various armed to the teeth muscle cars, blasting my way through waves of re-spawning Creepers - the days of windows 95, Interstate 76 and my youth were long lost, never to return again...

Untill the day a certain Car Wars thread in the rpg codex forums caught my eye! :)

And so here I am. The Champ's back in bussiness, back in the desert, back behind the wheel of an armed to the teeth four wheel nightmare... right where I belong. ;)


"There is a breeze out here
That filters through the scrub
Over hills and down through long dry riverbeds
Across the Texas blacktop
It cools the skin and brings the most subtle song in the world...

To the ears of those who listen"


Funk... will even... the odds
Arganosh


Posted Mar 7, 2008, 10:55 pm
Howdy folks, I am a 47 year old male living in South Carolina in the USA. I Am what you call a jack of all trades, I have done carpentry work, been an electrician, tried my hand at plumbing. I can do a lot of stuff but am not licensed at any of it.

I started out in high school buying and playing as many Avalon Hill games as I could buy. I think I still have most of them packed up in the attic. I started playing computer games on a friends Radio Shack TRS80. I moved from that to my own Atari 128 where the game data was on a cassette. When they started putting games on a floppy disc I broke down and bought the best double disk drive they had back then. I used to do a programing in basic making different types of games for the Atari. When I was in the service (Air Force Security) I really got into D&D and any other game I could find. I played hours and hours of Star Fleet Battles and still have the full set of rules, counters and data sheets. A friend got me into car wars and I played many hours of that also. I have played countless hours of computers games and really fell in love with X-Com. I got into Everquest when it first came out and played it for about 5 years. I have dabbled in may of the MMORPG's that have come out since then. Right now I am playing Pirates of the Burning Seas when not here. As a matter of fact the POTBS forums is where I heard about Darkwind.

I hav only been playing Darkwind for about 2 or 3 weeks now, I am still learning the ropes, and chains and guns and well everything. I praised this game so much to my society mates in POTBS thet several of then have downloaded DW and are going to try it out. HOpe to be playing this for as long as it is going on. I subscribed the second time I logged in because I really really like this game. I figure when I hit the lottery I will donate a bunch of cash to Sam's company so he can focus on this for a while and not be distracted by his teaching job.
*Longo*


Posted Mar 11, 2008, 1:32 pm
Hey hey all! Ive been playing DW since December 2007, and Im a 36 yoa male from Central NY. I have always loved computers, owning a Commodore 64 back in the day and graduating to a PC many years later. I played alot of boardgames/rpgs back in the day also....D&D, Car Wars, Marvel Comics, Middle Earth.

Ive played alot of online games. I first started with Ultima Online. I played mostly on the Atlantic server and played a character named Longstrike (and Longstrike JR, a guy named mr and many others). I was in a few guilds there, OSD and was a founder of a small guild called RLV (Rising Lords of Virtue). I eventually retired and sold this account to an online acquintance so her son could have his own account. I missed the game, and bought another account, appearing as a character named Equalizer, who was one heck of a fencer. I eventually retired again from UO, giving this account to a father/son combo who I had met my first week playing UO, so they would not have to share their 1 account.

I started playing EQ, which I initially did not like. I eventually got into it, playing on Innoruuk? for a short period, but eventually moving to Rallos Zek the PvP server. I played alot of characters here, most notably the mage Miklos and eventually his sidekick Ciklos the cleric, owning 2 accounts and becoming a master 2 boxer. I was in the guild the Bloodstained Knights here, which was quite large for a while.

I eventually quit EQ and vowed to never play another online game, as they sort of burnt me out... But a few guys at work (Burnttoast being one) conned me into buying WOW, and I played numerous characters there on the Magetheridon server...most notably Longo the Paladin and Abc the Mage.

Kinda bored with WOW... I started to look and see what else was out there, and thought a car wars type game would be cool. Initially all I could find was that autoduel game that came out for the C64, and my computer skills lacked the ability to get that up and running on a PC. Then all of a sudden DW popped up on a google search, and shortly therafter Longo's Merry Men was created. I started doing arena combats and deathraces, where I met another DW newbie, SirLatte. We died alot together, i gotta say. You don't know how many times we sat out in the dunes, both waiting patiently as the pirates killed BOTH of our turtled borrowed marauders. I got Burnttoast to start playing, and was helped by the many vets in the game to keep me alive and show me the ropes, probably the single best thing this game has to offer.
Well thats my story...and I am sticking to it... :)
Zoltan


Posted Mar 11, 2008, 4:27 pm
Hi! i guess its time to introduce myself. My real name is Dave I'm a 36 years old and live in Edmonton Alberta Canada. I am a partner in a custom home theatre company up here so have a fairly flexible schedule. Definitely helps with my addiction to this game. I had been looking for a car wars based game for awhile, when a google search turned up DW. I have to thank all the vets who helped me out, and all the new guys who tolerated the learning curve Lol. I am having alot of fun, thanx Sam and Vik for the hard work and everyone for participating and building a great community. I look forward to along association here.

Grunkzzz


Posted Mar 24, 2008, 11:12 pm
Hello,

I am Richard Ferro from Dallas TX,

I have played RPGs since 1983 (36years old)

I am addicted to games almost any game.

I play poker professionally and own a casino party bussiness.

I have a ranch in west texas.
Flaming savage


Posted Mar 25, 2008, 7:11 am
im a boy i'm 10 years old *sam* is my uncle.
*Diablo Vash*
diablovash@gmail.com

Posted Apr 1, 2008, 6:01 pm
Ok i've been trying to dodge doing this for a while but might as well join in B)

My names Tony and I'm 19 years old, I live in Victoria, Australia out in the middle of nowhere and still half in school doing IT courses and helping out at my school with maintaining the computer systems. Ever since i got my first car (Mazda 929) and started to drive when i was 12 years old i had a sudden obsession with cars and a couple of years later i learned about the newest motor sport drifting. I had been looking for a online car game for so long and after finding a Wiki page one MMO car games and i saw a link to DW (sadly with my bad timing i found it just as they closed Beta testing). Once it came back online i joined straight away and got stuck straight away on the racing, soon after that i started to love all the features of DW (sadly after a couple of months playing computer issues stoped me from play for about 5 months which slowly killed me). Now i'm still here and still loving the great work Sam ad Vik do for us.
Larry Falcon


Posted Apr 16, 2008, 1:23 pm
My name is Greg and I'm 30 years old. I'm originally just outside of NYC, but living in northeast PA now. Because you can afford a house and raise a family there on one income. As such, I have to drive at least 90 minutes each way to work as a SQL programer and report creator. So you will not see me online much.

I've got a wonderful wife and a 2.5 year old toddler. Having kids was the best thing I have done with my life.

I had 2 big hobbies growing up, games and car racing. I ran D&D campaigns and so forth, but the only PnP game I really enjoy is CoC. Especially the Delta Green setting. I ran what you would call a "deathracing" league with car wars in the summer of 99. Max HC of 2, Max weapon damage 2D, no dropped weapons, weapons active after 1/2 lap. Good times.

I love games with complicated rules, have a handful of AH games, used to play diplomacy competitively over the interwebs and have read the rules to SFB 1000 times but can't convince anybody else to give it a try.

I am also am a big fan of sim racing. It started with Indy 500 by EA, led to Nascar Racing 1 through NR 2003, and, the cream of the crop, Grand Prix Legends. I still race that game even though it is ten years old. For a more modern feel, I'll play a game like Rfactor. I think my 18 years of sim racing has taught me alot about racing lines and helped me excel at racing since I came here.

I don't follow Nascar, because the races take forever, there are 18 million commercials and yellow flags are thrown for no reason. That is why I follow F1. I started watching last year and have been amazed by Lewis Hamilton. Even his lap on Top Gear amazed me.

I found this game on Wiki just browsing around and I'm loving it. The last MMO game I played was a mud called Achaea that my wife and I played together on. She ended up being on the council of the guild we were a part of. My character had a pet falcon named Larry that I gave booze to all the time. So I picked Larry Falcon as my name here.
Blue Meanie


Posted Apr 19, 2008, 6:54 am
Hey all
  Grew up in Texas, but live in Europe for several years. I travel a LOT for my (unfathomable geek-based) job, mostly in the US and Europe, and usually play a few different MMOG's to pass the time while I'm on the road. 

  Many years ago (25? jeezz) I used to play a blend of Car Wars and Aftermath with some Air Force buddies.  This game seems to line up a lot with what we were doing back then (and without all the hexmaps and paper!). Obviously when I heard about it, I had to try. And I like how it's coming a long.

  If you don't see me online for a week or two, it's because I'm at home. That time belongs to the wife & kids, so the compy don't get turned on unless I'm forced with pointy sticks.
Samadhi


Posted Apr 25, 2008, 5:08 pm
I guess I've hung around long enough that filling in my details makes sense...

I'm a Car Wars junkie from way back and have been a gamer for even longer. I stumbled across Darkwind from the blurb in the (now defunct, *sniffle*) CGW/GFW magazine and was thrilled because I've been trying and failing to implement something like this for as long as I can remember.

I reside on the east coast of the USA and settled in as a java developer after a 10 year stint as a fighter pilot for the USMC. I'm hugely addicted to Darkwind right now, but still manage to squeeze in a few hours a week on WoW and assorted other games.

:)
Parduz


Posted Apr 29, 2008, 12:04 pm
Ok, here i am :)

My name is Fabio, i live in Bologna, Italy.
My town is a very ancient town, raised by Romans on an oldest settlement of a race they wipe out (i don't know how that race name is translated in english, sorry).

This is the symbol of my town: a couple of medieval towers built to watch the "main street" over the ancient town walls.
http://www.gad.it/monumenti_Bologna/img-monumenti/torri-14a.jpghttp://www.gad.it/monumenti_Bologna/img-monumenti/torri-12a.jpg

I'm born in 1970, i was an addicted CarWars player. I've 2 sons, i play keyboard and guitar, writing my own scores, and i'm a VB/C++ programmer.
I also play boardgames and RPGs each tuesday, with my old friends Wulfy, Lanthor, Cuchullain and a lot of other ppl.
4saken


Posted May 1, 2008, 2:33 am
wow all this stuff makes for interesting reading. and talk about a walk down memory lane!

i'm an old school gamer. first exposure was when my mother bought this "occult" book called a Monster Manual. i looked through it and i thought this is B.S., this thing is for some kind of game... some kind of really cool game. i hunted down the players handbook. that was so long ago the DMG wasn't even out yet.

also got into battletech, have played one of the most tedious games ever made - SFB, ruled at car wars of course. i love to design stuff and CW gave me plenty of options, plus the fun of fighting with them.

heh. someone mentioned a VAX. played some zork and a game called hack (i think - it had a little dog signified by a lower case "d" - that was graphics in those days!) on a PDP-11 mainframe. it was like a TRS80 only slightly bigger and faster. heh.

think i only got to see Xcom like once. loved mechwarrior 2 (i think it was) - "target is beyond inspection radius" and the old wing commander. one of my best gaming experiences of all time was from a wing commander mission.

been a GM, made my own games, etc etc. one reason i am so active on the suggestions forum.

been dreaming of a place like this for years.

blah blah blah

oh. almost forgot, since it's not a given on here. i live in the U.S., currently in Atlanta, Ga.
*viKKing*


Posted May 10, 2008, 6:56 pm
Time to update my profile.

So far, some changes happened in my life. Positive changes, but radical ones.

I've been a technical manager in the printing industry, with a 15 years background in prepress. I had a solid and strong experience in my field, from computer stuff (install, troubleshoot, network setting and more), to mastering and defining digital workflows as well as dedicated softwares. I have that natural skill helping me to handle and define working procedures with a good experience in ISO9000  environment.
I'm a pro in at least 3 proprietary softwares/workflows (they are generally bound anyway). Yes, I kick ass, truely.

But I was looking for a shift in my life. I've been missing too much growth of my first 2 children, and when Julie (3rd one, second daughter) was born, I was fired from a printing company I had recently joined. I decided to do the best to stay home. That included working as a freelance.
It did not work at all, and I finally stayed off 2 long years from the active life. That's how I joined Sam on the developpers team, I had enough time to comply, though for those wondering, taking care of 3 kids is really a lot of work.  :stare:

The situation could not continue that way forever, I had not won lottery. I was about to give up and consider selling the house to move somewhere and get back reluctantly on the saddle of printing business.
If you ask, I would rather prefer to work in an emergency department instead, that's real stuff. How can that bad looking packaging be so important, it needs me to work overtime everyday?  :thinking:

It was a time I was backed up by a work psychologist (thanks for her dedication) to help me define new job searches. I was confirmed my interest in communication was above everything else. Yes, me the shy guy, I could be as talkative as a woman in some cases.  :o

Finally I applied for a position (a 6 months contract), at a town nearby, 10 kilometers, as a street agent, in charge of billing wrongly parked cars.
I just jumped into a training and study of laws - and they are damn hard to read at first - and a lot of walking.

I did not only sign up because I have always considered police work - even if I'm too old to apply at present -, but the fact I would be outside was really something I wanted to. I was missing fresh air for too long time.

That's now 5 months, I'm working outside. I lost about 20 pounds, and I'm almost back at my weight of 8 years ago, before Naomi, our first born, joined the family. My physical condition is far better than ever, but I have to admit I feel tired on evenings.

We are a service of 3 agents, myself as a full time position and 2 females, with part times. One is on maternity leave (6th child, 5th girl...) Because, I'm working in a real administration and things are really really slow sometimes (and to make a long story short), we have been granted authorization to wear our uniforms 2 days ago.
We have been presented in a local newspaper, and we are almost ready to work. Did I say administration already?  ;)

For those keeping track of my life, the Land Rover 110 Station Wagon is back on the road again, and I'm using it daily to go to work. But it drained all our saved money to do repairs - and there are a few more to do.

My earnings have been cut by half, but we don't really care - relatively  speaking - because we are all happy with our new life. I'm really feeling right and without stress. For sure we need to financially secure our future, but we know it will be a hard time for everyone.
Dealer Red 2


Posted May 21, 2008, 4:22 am
Okay, here it goes. I am a 34 year old medicaly retired SSG (Staff Sergeant) from the US Army. I have a wonderful wife and a 21 month old cutey of a daughter. When I was a kid I wanted to be either Han Solo, Indiana Jones or Max Rockatansky (from Mad Max). I spent hours in my room designing cars, characters and playing solo adventures with my Car Wars Deluxe set. This game has allowed me to live a little in my fantasy world so kudos to it!
Flaming savage


Posted May 24, 2008, 8:22 am
i better do this properly. My name is ****. I am 10. I live in irland. Sam is my uncle.Since i'm only 10 nothing intresting has happend to me.But i love destroktive cars.
*jimmylogan*


Posted Jun 25, 2008, 8:46 pm
I feel that I know some of you from all of the scouts I've gone on recently...

Anyway, briefly - my background is gaming in the 80's. Car Wars was my favorite. I've re-vitalized Car Wars somewhat with a podcast and PBEM games that have spawned other people starting their own PBEM games. I have had more fun in the last two weeks, though, that the last 8 or so years of PBEM'ing Car Wars.

But enough of that... I am a happily married early 40's guy with two teen-age sons. I love my family very much and they are my priority.

I see that some of you are also musicians... I started playing guitar when I was 14 and was in a local bluegrass group at 15. I eventually picked up the banjo, mandolin, bass, etc. and still play occasionally. My oldest son is also a musician.

That's brief, but it'll do for now. Looking forward to meeting more of you as time goes on!

JL


*jimmylogan*


Posted Jun 25, 2008, 8:47 pm
Oh - employment - I work in IT at a local school district. I became a Mac fan (propellor head) about 2 years ago after being in the DOS/WIN world for about 13 years, but that's a whole nuther tangent... :-0

JL


*Zothen*


Posted Jun 25, 2008, 10:18 pm
Time to do the next stuff, jimmy! ;)
*Ninesticks*


Posted Jul 27, 2008, 8:27 am
Hello all, and what a lot of reading to get this far :D. I live in the South-East of England, and I am in my late thirties. Happily divorced and reunited with childhood sweetheart with a 3 1/2 daughter who is going on 40. I served in the armed forces for a little over 14 years and upon leaving became a mature student, studying law, which I completed last year. I currently work in security, and will do so until I can find the huge amount of money needed to pay for my postgraduate studies.

I have been gaming for a long time, starting on an old Atari 800 (iirc) with SSI games and Origin's Autoduel. I deeply enjoy playing turn-based games, through all the x-coms, Fallouts (the new uses a pause and order system so it shouldn't be too bad I hope), Battletech (including Megamek), Car Wars etc etc. I currently get to play a boardame/wargame once a week with friends, and prefer skirmish games to the massive Napoleonic type games - I particularly like Stargrunt 2 and any Peter Pig rules (especially AK47). I have written, playtested and demonstrated rules, with a heavy emphasis on participation games at wargames shows up and down the length of England.

After finding out about this site through another dream come true for me (megamek) I have been deeply hooked, not only by the game but by the community. The community here really does set DW apart from the rest for me. I have also found the campaign mechanics very interesting in how there is, what I consider, a good blend of co-operative and competitive gameplay.

Many thanks to Sam and the rest of the development team for making a long held dream a reality through your hard work and dedication. Oh, and Sam, my hattrick team goes by the same name as I do here, so if you fancy giving me a drubbing drop me a challenge.

During what time I find spare I spend time working with the local free law clinic (yes free lawyers - stranger things have happened at sea) and working as a volunteer with a Credit Union.

No doubt there is more, but why are you here, reading this when there are scouts to take me on! Good hunting.
Crix Makin


Posted Jul 27, 2008, 9:18 pm
I'm in my late twenties, I live in Exeter in the south west of England, and I'm a massive fan of games and films that include cars, guns, apocalyses, etc.

I love playing online games but find that I cannot compete in contests of reaction speed or accuracy, so Darkwind scores a big plus there because of it's turn based nature, which somehow doesn't detract from the excitement of the scenario.
Valiance


Posted Jul 27, 2008, 10:26 pm
Gonna finally admit who I am. Don't why it took me so long.

My name is Nicholas. I've been involved in the business of games for a long time, most recently as CEO of GameShadow, a patching utility for PC games that does much more.

Currently working on a project with Firefly Studios, non-executive director of nDreams and, of course, an editor of the Darkwind Gazette.

I am also a writer. I have written articles for Steve Jackson Games (search in Pyramid under Nicholas Lovell if you are a subscriber) and in trade magazines such as MCV and Develop. I have an article on going aground while sailing in this month's issue of Practical Boat Owner.

My personal website is at www.nicholaslovell.com

On the gaming front, my all time favourite game ever is Jagged Alliance 2, which I can play and play again. I am also extremely hooked on Medieval II: Total War. I was a big Car Wars fan and have written a fully featured alternate future for Britain at www.greatscourge.co.uk.

And I keep a blog of what happens in Darkwind. It is updated relatively frequently at vanguards.wordpress.com. Check it out (and sign up to get an email whenever I update it.)


darthspanky


Posted Jul 29, 2008, 10:34 am
havent posted here so here goes my name is richard solomon im 39. in april i moved back to st louis mo. from tacoma wa i work as a massage therapist love darkwind also a big fan of axis and allies and enjoy car wars currently playing by email with a group from france and our own jimmy and val (gunna get ya val lol).
Nyne Rogers


Posted Jul 30, 2008, 2:13 am
My name is Mike and i live South Carolina (United States), im into all sorts of games whether they are online or off. Im 19 as of the 26th of July and a sophomore at Francis Marion University, studying economics. I love to play guitar and go to concerts....my favorite games have to be.....Half-Life, EVE, Call of Duty (any of them), All of the Total War games, Supreme Commander, and there are a lot more for sure...e-harmony here i come :)
Skyce


Posted Aug 17, 2008, 7:50 am
Hello, my name is Jason and I am an alco.....opps wrong forum :D

I'm a 36 year old Canadian who is married with two children. I'm currently working overseas as a Technology Manager in Asia for the next 2 or 3 years. I'm a big gamer from way back. I love to game, watch hockey, design (games and graphics), listen to music and spend time with family.

Darkwind has been a breath of fresh air after watching the gaming industry pumping less and less innovation into it all the time.
*Zothen*


Posted Oct 2, 2008, 1:08 am
darthspanky said:
i work as a massage therapist


The Klingon is     massageing people? Im surprised, hehe! New bullet-rub-technique? I hope I can pay schooling as masseur in the near future, too!
Diabolicboy


Posted Oct 14, 2008, 1:59 pm
Hey, how are ya? I'm a noob, DLing the client as I type, just thought I'd drop in an say "hi".

Anyway, been playing Car Wars for a looooong time and now just recently found this place. Looks like FUN :p

Names Dennis and am in Minnesota (US). Apologies for the rest of my tenure here, I hopefully will be the guy you love to hate B)

Later,
Diabolicboy
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 17, 2008, 2:33 pm
Diabolicboy said:
hopefully will be the guy you love to hate


Now there is a challenge for you Darth!  B)

simonmaxhill


Posted Oct 30, 2008, 10:39 pm
Me! Me! Me!

I'm simon max hill, a 30 year old slacker in the Pacific Northwest.

I grew up with BBSs and Atari ST and Commodore 64 and plenty of Car Wars, Battletech, Warhammer 40k, Shadowrun and other activities that do a better job at preserving ones virginity better than any overbearing parent or religion.

I do casting for commercials and movies, which is a freelance kind of job that I do from my house.  This is why I'm able to play the game and also why I disappear for weeks on end (the hours can be brutal.)

Additionally, I do photography for money (of course!)

I am an aloof hipster who spends half his days laptopping in cafes with his rat-tail mullet and his evenings smoking cigarettes with skinny legged coke dealers.  I own 20 pairs of sneakers and drive the car below, and would do a backflip if that model made it into the game.  It has a 5Lv8 under the hood, btw.

[img]null[/img]http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2568292488_1267c82fd1.jpg?v=0
Netzilla


Posted Nov 15, 2008, 5:40 pm
darthspanky said:
in april i moved back to st louis mo.


And here I thought I was the only St. Louisian.  The Maryland Heights area, specifically.  I (Deric Page) am a 37 year old Solftware Developer specializing in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Telephony.  Been a CW fan since I was about 12 or 13 and also played a little Battlecars and Dark Future back in the day.  Darkwind's definately been a lot of fun, though I've really only delved into this scouting this past week.

Outside of that, my main gaming includes the Hero System (Champions, etc) and the occasional board game.
Bytten


Posted Nov 15, 2008, 7:01 pm
My name is Andrew Williams, and as some of you have figured out, I'm a reviewer for online indie games magazine Bytten. I got into this game in order to review it and I've stuck here since.

The social aspect is the biggest reason for addiction - everyone here is so friendly and supportive that it's hard not to pop by now and again and see how everyone is getting on.
BWGunner


Posted Jan 21, 2009, 6:40 pm
I live in Iowa City, Iowa in a 1920s house that I have trouble keeping up with but love working on. I drive an 02 WRX hatchback that I happen to believe is the greatest car ever built. Of course I used to say that about my Miata too.

My son is 2, my wife is lovely and kind. I'm a terribly lucky fellow. I'm getting uncomfortably close to 40.

I'm a mix of Irish/Swede/German/English/and American Indian. The standard American mutt.

I believe deeply in Naturalistic Pantheism. Sadly this leads me to be trite and dismissive of just about everything while remaining convinced that everything is sacred. It's your classic existential crisis....a deep belief in everything and nothing...all at once. FUnny, I'm not sure i"ve ever written it down before. I often swap "God" for "Gravity"

Curently I'm the Marketing Director at www.opnarchitects.com and I love it here. Good folks working hard in a design and communication driven culture. I have teaching, graphics, web development, audio and video production and editing, catalog design, and paper airplane folding as professional backgrounds.

I'm really glad to be here, and have been a gaming gypsy for a long time. Car Wars, D&D, Shadowrun and all that are in my past as well as virtually every Amiga, C64, PC, Mac, PS1, PS2, XBOX & XBOX360 game....I play them all at least once. Few stick.

I'm a rabid fan of what Sam has done here and hope to find a way to help it grow. Just like in my work, my efforts are usually focused on usable and clear communication. Of course there are those nights I stay up too late and make a mess of my thoughts...

Anyway, I'm glad to be here and think I will be for a long time.
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Jan 21, 2009, 7:13 pm
Hi my name is gary and im an alcholic :D
Strybjorn


Posted Feb 1, 2009, 9:47 am
I thought it was about time to post something on the forum,and I guess this is the best place to start :P

My name's Juan Carlos, I'm 17 and I'm spanish. Since I was 6 my dad had me sit on his lap and watch him work on his computer or on any of the cars of the garage. I guess that's why my greatest passions are computers and anything with wheels and an engine :D. I'm also a metalhead (no, I'm not a robot, I just like music :P)

I won't bore you with my gaming history, I'll just say that I've learned english playing online games.

I came here after a long search for something to replace interstate 76, something I could play with people. I bumped onto Bytten's review of the game,and other review (can't remember where it was),and they convinced me,so here I am :P.

It looks like a lot of people here play tabletop games,so I'll leave it to you to find out where my gang,player and some car names come from ;)
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Feb 1, 2009, 11:05 am
Welcome to you, maybe i need to play some spanish on line games..if you mastered English through them, and always room for metalheads and petrolheads ( just check out my garage and character list lol )
Hati


Posted Feb 1, 2009, 2:57 pm
Hi. I'm Shawn, a 33 year old gamer and fulltime contract driver for NAPA, which means I deliver car parts to towns you've never heard of in Arkansas. I found DW through RPG.net and have been playing pretty much daily since then much to the dismay of my GF. I'm oldskool in that I actually owned the original pocket box Car Wars and have since moved on to 3x scale with my kids.
Fealty Lost


Posted Feb 9, 2009, 1:41 pm
Wow, what austere company. Alrighty then: I'm Gary and I'm not an alcoholic.
I'm a killer by profession, a fallen journalist by choice and submissive man-servant to my lovely wife full time.
I'm on the other side of 50...grew up on a large horse farm and the women that rode them. Owned my first business at 13, when I leased 4 acres from my dad and opened my own equine exhibition facility.
Marine Corps...grass-humper, scout, combat photographer...pick a 'hot spot' in the world during the late 70's and early/mid 80's and my M-14 and I were there, shooting and looting.
Opened the first commercial paint-ball field in Europe...made a killing off the crazed Germans...my amateur team handed the Mayhem Tigers their arses...came back to U.S., opened a restaurant (bad idea), lost a restaurant and a hottie wife...opened the first commercial computer education/gaming company of its kind in Erie, PA...lost same to greedy partners when Microsoft got interested in concept...went from a business owner insurance companies didn't know how to insure to a guy with a suitcase and $5 in his pocket (what they bought me out for).
Started skydiving, basically travelled the world jumping out of airplanes and bagging hottie skydiving chikkies (and first-time jumpers) for the next 6 years until I met my lovely wife.
Now I'm trying to become a productive member of society again. I have an EBay site catering to j-body owners (Cavaliers and Sunfires) and am finally finishing the 4 novels I started back in...'92?
Have been a gamer since before gaming was introduced. I used to take large clumps of dirt and pretend they were tanks...throw rocks at them from each side till there was a victor...played the original Car Wars computer game like mad. All the pencil and paper games. I killed Gary Gygax.
Went mad for Car Wars...even built Hot Wheel-sized arenas with sliding walls, trap-doors.... One of the three Boat Wars designers.
Found Dark Wind while checking through the Steve Jackson forums. I'm hooked.
I think the people that made the new Death Race should be hunted down and clubbed to death like baby seals.
I have the next greatest MMORPG idea. Call me.
Jim


Posted Feb 9, 2009, 2:16 pm
lol. Welcome Damon :-)
*Fourhand*


Posted Feb 9, 2009, 2:45 pm
Hati said:
Hi. I'm Shawn, a 33 year old gamer and fulltime contract driver for NAPA, which means I deliver car parts to towns you've never heard of in Arkansas. I found DW through RPG.net and have been playing pretty much daily since then much to the dismay of my GF.  I'm oldskool in that I actually owned the original pocket box Car Wars and have since moved on to 3x scale with my kids.


Whoa whoa whoa there.    I'm from Arkansas too.  What part?
*jimmylogan*


Posted Feb 9, 2009, 3:48 pm
Damon_Angel said:
One of the three Boat Wars designers.


Very cool! As an old school CW player (and ADQ buyer that remembers when "Boat Wars" was in ADQ before the Deluxe edition :) ) this is very cool news. :)

JL


ISHOULDCOCO


Posted May 23, 2009, 7:46 pm
Hey I am COCO , I never actually ever posted to the forum

Just had a massive forum arguement elsewhere and learnt a lessons.

Wanted to share .

Thought of you guys.

I work for a lot of charities at the moment.

making the transistion from  IT support to paid charity - ( additional need Kids and It tutoring for folks with additonal needs)

Poor but happy - ten years of the corporate financial/broadcasting It support surrounded by dead faces gave me a clear path

Read a wiki last year about quakers - by accident

This entry kicked me in the head

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quaker#Mysticism

Scotland is big on Church - did the whole mainstream thing 25 years ago.

So sudden I go to a place once a week and listen for an hour - in silence with 250 other people - in silence.
Have started to study it more and during one class an advisor described Christ as the "C word" , which is simultaneously the funniest and the most open way to describe the dude.

Its almost like that reverse pysch of " we cannot give this stuff away but if we charge for it everyone wants it" except this is reverse reverse Psychology - I am here , under no obilagation or moral imperative or peer pressure , I am alone and I am with you and I am the sum of my beliefs and the sum of my behaviour here on on earth right now.

I dig it a lot - closer to the truth

Anyway , other people's beliefs  can make folks uncomfortable and I dont want to make anyone uncomfortable  :o

The tweenagers at the charity have started shuffling about with their hands in their pockets ( too cool for school at 11, sigh) I have 3 at the charity who all play FO3 ( cert 18!) The play centre isfull of stuffed toys and action men and giant plastic dinosaurs . I am gonna try to 'engage' them with simple roleplaying  - one set of poly hedral dice a tape measure and some carboard body armour and guns - Big Purple Barney will play a deathclaw ?

I had terrible time at school , tunnels and trolls saved my a$$ (TTYF, ZombieZonk!) it improved my english and arithmetic and got me into History.
Runequestis my one true love , the one world I would escape to.
Lots of Gurps , Globbo, STOMp , Gev,CarWarssince First edition( ziploc not blackplastic case(I remember when VMGs came out ! ),  Microquests (?), fantasy gamer ,Space Gamer , ADQs and Wyrms friends and talkes of the reaching moon, Cyberpunk 2020 a,dTav 2300 , James bond RPG , Dinky toy(die cast) car wars and GURPS AUTODUEL and AUTODULEon Commodore 64 blah blah 20 years of avalon Hill SJG Chaosium  etc etc Still play War hammer fantasy 2nd edition

Love war movies

I am a trained scavenger - as a child I knew allthe dinner ladiesby first name and today I  recycle the packed lunches that the kids do not eat - which means I get a lot of free fruit and no nice biscuits  - I live out of the reduced section of all my local supermarkets - gets you a good diverse diet.

I love TK maxx , Lidl and Army and Navy ( In UK A&N means any colour you like as long as it is Khaki )

Current fave Firearm - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaqPowTdqtg&feature=channel_page

I dont actually like guns , but i am europeans -If you read this link and especially the comments at the bottom from folks who have 'discharged in anger' you start to understand

http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/ammunition/2009/02/petzal-rules-gunfighting

For me guns are the stuff of Westerns ( I still maintain that DW is cowboy genre) and wargames

Read forensic analysis of realevents always reminds me of the true gravity of these events
http://www.firearmstactical.com/briefs7.htm
http://www.thegunzone.com/11april86.html

COCO

The forum arguement ? - dull techies stuff about MSCONFIG and SSDs and Netbooks
The lesson -

Engage people
Be honest about what you know and support your arguement
Be clear and succinct
Be gracious and apologise for even imagined slights
Humility is about me verses my ego
Makes folks laugh
Be clear aboutwhat isbeing argued
Never vary from your orginal stance
Re-iterate til the other guy comprehends
Re-iterate til he is offensive
Re-iterate til the thread grinds to a stand still

then walk away
Serephe


Posted May 27, 2009, 4:35 am
Hey Bastiel, I'm from Australia too. Newcastle in fact. You should treat me to nachos! :D
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted May 27, 2009, 7:35 am
You BOTH owe me Nachos!

I need some different voices for some "voice-overs" we need to do.
If I send you a script, will you record it and send back?
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted May 27, 2009, 9:31 am
Different voices, do you want to scare the DW community JD, welcome me ole muckers innit ( in best eastend brogue )
*Bastille*


Posted May 29, 2009, 2:33 am
...Brings large plates of Nachos...

Quote:
I need some different voices for some "voice-overs" we need to do.
If I send you a script, will you record it and send back?


Yes, be happy to work something out :D
Unfortunately I'm short of recording equipment at the moment. I was using a friends Interface for a few years, but he wanted it back (I bless him for the time the 002 and I had together). I am planning on replacing it soon and should be going again in  <a month.

How soon were you thinking?

tecnoscythe
Joshua_Poggi@Yahoo.com

Posted Jun 17, 2009, 10:40 pm
what if you steal my id. i dont want to tell you who i am
*jimmylogan*


Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:00 pm
tecnoscythe said:
what if you steal my id. i dont want to tell you who i am


Completely voluntary. Not a big deal either way. :)
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:06 pm
Eh ....have i missed a post or four here
*goat starer*


Posted Jun 17, 2009, 11:17 pm
*JD_Basher* said:
You BOTH owe me Nachos!

I need some different voices for some "voice-overs" we need to do.
If I send you a script, will you record it and send back?


i can do do cheeky scouse

calm down calm down
Crazy AL


Posted Jul 6, 2009, 2:03 am
I just found this thread and thought I would post.

I am AL, a 42 year old Martial Arts instructor and married father of 3 girls ages 11, 4 and 17 months. I've been playing and enjoying tabletop games since I was around 11 and I have been playing and enjoying computer games since the Amiga and the Commodore 64.

I started playing online games since 93' I believe when I started playing a text based MUD called Legends of Future Past. Played pretty much every major MMORPG and found DW back over a year ago by a PC Gamer recommendation. Being a CAR WARS fan, I thought the game was fantastic and played for some time until the loss of vehicles and veteran characters annoyed me so much I lost the drive to continue.

I came back after playing and getting bored with WAR and the thought of getting our game group back to CAR WARS. Losing cars and people still really irritates me, though I have been handling it better this time around.

I have been training in the martial arts for over 24 years now and it has been my full time career for the past 5 years. My kids are the most precious things in my life and I feel blessed with how my life is right now.

I love both playing and watching sports, learning new things, good movies, good books and trivia and hanging out with friends whether in person or online.

DW is a great game and the community helps to contribute to the greatness. It's a pleasure to play with such a solid group of mature, intelligent people.

AL
*lumplore*


Posted Nov 5, 2009, 12:31 am
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k86/lumplore/Art019.jpg


Hello, my name is "lumplore," and I am a gaming addict.  Dark-Wind is my latest computer fixation, being boldly the only worthy game I play online now.  Chalk up another point for this ex-"Car Wars" player, and fan of any post-apocalyptic theme, except zombies (undead bother me). 

Tidbits and tangents of information do include... born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1973... played AD&D battles with my uncle starting in 1978 (my first gaming memory)... moved about Nova Scotia as a kid, then settled in the capitol... love animals and the outdoors... jack of all arts (artist/writer/actor/singer/busker)... music enthusiast... chameleon christian... mental health consumer... art gallery attendant... open to any questions/comments/criticisms/tips/scouts or general roadwarrior comradery.... gang name: "Crazy Canucks."

Fastcat


Posted Dec 1, 2009, 9:59 pm
Lets see.....

My name's Kevin and I'm a 36 year old Car Wars junkie in Austin, TX.  Im a big gamer currently loving DW and I also play Aion (Lumiel server, Asmodian).  Im waiting for Gran Turismo 5 to come out....

Im a total car nut....

I race on the weekends in my 1991 CRX and Ive been an instructor at times as well.

Here's me at my best....three wheelin!!

http://s49.photobucket.com/albums/f271/scismic/2007%202nd%20Spokes%20Autox/?action=view&current=IMG_2107.jpg
Karz Master


Posted Dec 1, 2009, 10:25 pm
Well now that you've played Darkwind, you can show your trainees how to powerslide properly at 100mph B)
Iffler


Posted Dec 2, 2009, 9:52 pm
Hi all.

Married, 40 year old (no kids). Run a small AV installation company which is just starting to show some promise.

Worked all my adult life in pro audio and AV installation, I'm proud to say I'm pretty damn good at it.

Bassist, got my 1st bass for my 7th birthday so been playing over 30 years. I have 7 basses including a double bass. I'm proud to say I'm a pretty damn good bass player as well.

Dry wit, sometimes too dry, but usually willing to help people willing to help themselves, people who won't try to help themselves I ignore pretty much.

I like to think I can remain objective more than a lot of people, I see the other point of view as a rule and sometimes play devils advocate to better understand an opposing view. I like having my mind changed by a convincing argument, it mean't I listened and learned.

I support:
Yorkshire County Cricket Club
Blackburn Rovers FC
Cincinnati Bengals

I hate big government and nanny state politics and will pretty much tell anyone who tries to tell me how to live my life to investigate their own colon.

Otherwise, I'm an ok guy really.... promise :)


*goat starer*


Posted Dec 2, 2009, 10:39 pm
Iffler said:
Hi all.



I support:

Blackburn Rovers FC





i hate you kenny  :stare:
Iffler


Posted Dec 4, 2009, 5:22 pm
goat starer said:
Iffler said:
Hi all.



I support:

Blackburn Rovers FC





i hate you kenny  :stare:


http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/5559/sadpanda2.jpg

Karz Master


Posted Dec 4, 2009, 5:23 pm
Don't be sad. Support the Manchester United FC today for all the smiles and giggles you need!

http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Football/Clubs/Club%20Home/2009/3/29/1238341767821/Wayne-Rooney-001.jpg
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Dec 4, 2009, 6:01 pm
I AM: I'M ME
WHO ARE YOU TO LOOK DOWN
AT WHAT I BELIEVE?
I'M ON TO YOUR THINKING
AND HOW YOU DECEIVE
WELL, YOU CAN'T ABUSE ME
I WON'T STAND NO MORE
YES, I KNOW THE REASONS
YES, I KNOW THE SCORE

I AM, AND I'LL BE
I WILL, YOU'LL SEE
I AM, AND I'LL BE
I AM: I'M ME

HOW I TRIED TO PLEASE YOU
LIVE THE WAY YOU SAID
DO THE THINGS THAT YOU DO
LIKE THE LIVING DEAD
THEN THE TRUTH IT HIT ME
GOT ME OFF MY KNEES
IT'S MY LIFE I'M LIVING
I'LL LIVE AS I PLEASE

I AM, AND I'LL BE
I WILL, YOU'LL SEE
I AM, AND I'LL BE
I AM: I'M ME

NOW'S THE TIME TO STAND TALL
START YOUR LIFE ANEW
FREEDOM LIES IN YOUR HEART
NOW'S THE TIME FOR YOU

I AM, AND I'LL BE
I WILL, YOU'LL SEE
I AM, AND I'LL BE
I AM: I'M ME
I AM, I'M ME
I AM, I'M ME
CAN'T YOU SEE?, CAN'T YOU SEE?
I'M ME, I'M ME, ME, ME, ME, ME
I AM: I'M ME
I AM: I'M ME
CAN'T YOU SEE?, CAN'T YOU SEE?
I'M ME, I'M ME, I'M ME
I AM: I'M ME
I AM: I'M ME
CAN'T YOU SEE THAT I'M ME
I'M ME, I'M ME, LOOK AT ME
I AM: I'M ME
I AM: I'M ME
Iffler


Posted Dec 5, 2009, 8:20 am
Grograt is second from the left

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8429/groggers.jpg
*goat starer*


Posted Dec 5, 2009, 12:30 pm
Iffler said:
Grograt is second from the left

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8429/groggers.jpg



grograts wife third from the left
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Dec 5, 2009, 2:42 pm
Iffler and Goat like to share

http://uk.wrs.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0WTf2r2cRpL7s8AFGlWBQx./SIG=123tu2pdr/EXP=1260110710/**http%3A//atgbcentral.com/guestbook/kathystaff.jpg
Karz Master


Posted Dec 5, 2009, 3:40 pm
Awww goat looks so cute in a red ski cap! B)
Rick #Red# Ryder


Posted Feb 12, 2010, 8:39 pm
This place never ceases to amaze me. I cannot peruse the forums long without finding some incredibly engaging material...

Let's see. Far more than you ever wanted to know about me.

I am a decendant of the Bruces. I'm not certain what that means to others but my family takes a bit of pride in our heritage. "Seventh try is the charm" and "If at first you don't succeed..." and all of that.

My great grandfather pursued the American dream as a plumber.
His two sons: a civil and an electrical engineer.
(The latter has been well recognized for his work on some silly thing called a communication satellite. We used to tease him that it was code for 'spy satellite'. As it turns out, it wasn't.)
Their children: a physicist, a business executive in the defence and energy industries, a Stanford graduated corporate lawyer gone stockbroker, a software engineer, and several educators at all levels.
I, through some life choices made for me, and plenty by me, am a plumber.
Did the apple fall from the tree or go back to it I wonder.

When I was a very small child my stepfather raced competatively on the off road circuit in the Southwestern United States. Mint 400, SNORE 250, and the like. I never gained much interest in cars, but I did get to be on the pit Crew. I was the short guy that fetched the gatoraide and put the funny straw in it.
My fondest memory of that was watching a 2 seater VW powered dune buggy trying to surmount a five foot verticle rise out of a wash, with three wheels. It took them thirty minutes. Well that and the time my uncle brained a rattlesnake with a well thrown rock.

At age 11 I tested and was found to be in posession of either a 187 I.Q. or an incompotent test administrator. My mother, horrified, told me I needed to fail or 'they would take me away'. So I was retested. Apparently I did poorly enough. I enjoy that baggage to this day.


I am rather uneducated, at least I carry no license to say otherwise. I've been self employed for the better part of my adult life. All things considered I do pretty well for myself I think.

I do occasionally fantasize about being back in grade school...
"Do you want to grow up to be a ditch digger?!"
"Um... well actually..."
*smack*
-ok maybe not the best fantasy.


I've been a closet gamer from age eight or nine, the only thing that allowed that interest to grow was the utter lack of parental concern over my activities outside the house. Basic D&D with the big kids was a huge adventure.
After eventually having the devil stomped out of me on that one I moved on to Steve Jackson's games among other less controversial titles. In the early eighties I bought nearly everything he'd ever done, or was rumored to have had a hand in. I even got suckered into a new copy of Wabbit Wampage based on just such a notion.
In 1984 I was a founding member of CADA, our local middle school CW club. I'm not sure if we were 'sanctioned' but I do recall getting a little patch in the mail for some thing or another. Our chief rivals (in our imagination) being N.O.M.A.D. of later Origins AADA World Championship concussion grenade infamy.

In 1985 I met Scott Haring at a gaming convention and asked him a question having to do with pop up turrets, explosive bolts and car top carriers or somesuch and a printed ruling was made on it.  It made quite an impression on a 14 year old. I started to have silly notions of being a game designer one day.

Around that time my father bought me a Timex Sinclair 1000 and tried to make a coder out of me with this groovy new thing called 'basic'. "Sure thing Pop". I fired it up twice.
He later bought me a Commodore 64 with similar intentions,  I did start hanging around with the local 'hackers' and aspiring coders and gained a slight interest in things computer for about a year.
These were the days when Lord British was a god, Ultima III and Bard's Tale were the cat's meow, there were still arcades on every street corner, and some coders still dreamed in machine language. Around this time I was also invited to join MENSA. I declined, clubs like that weren't exactly girl magnets, and that was all I was starting to think about.


Gaming fell to the wayside until my Junior year of HS. I met the president of the afterschool gaming club and was invited over after school for a spot of Axis and Allies. I gave two turds about boardgames at the time, rather his sister was best friends with *the* hottest gal I'd ever laid eyes on. So my eventual reintroduction to gaming came about. From Ogre to ASL to Rise and Decline of the Third Reich. Never got the gal, but she did have lots of friends.


In my twenty second year I met the kindest, most loyal, patient and beautiful woman on the planet, though I didn't know it at the time, but I married her nevertheless.
(How do you say no to a hot latina with a bottom you could bounce a quarter off of?)
(D'oh! that earned me a slug in the arm, but it's staying here naya :p )
That was sixteen years ago. We've been living happily ever after for a few years now at least.
I have a seventeen year old step-son who calls me 'Dad' sometimes, and a seven year old daughter who appears to be as much of an idiot savant as I was, well minus the idiot bit hopefully.


I quit gaming for the most part, but was eventually lured back by friends who were M:TG speculating. We all did quite well with it in the first years, I even dared start a business that allowed me to get paid to sit around and play cards all day. I started rubbing elbows with some people who are more than likely active in the industry to this day. A robbery ended that, and my focus shifted towards 'growing up' and getting a real job.


As for computer gaming I started with the usual gamut. BBS', Usenet, Larn and Moria. I was a beta tester for UO and played that until shortly after EQ was released. It made a big impression, mostly extremely negative. I began to study Bartle's work, which later led to a deep and burning hatred of Koster's ideas, and the man himself for that matter. Many good people I knew, and especially women, were treated very poorly in that game. Garriot's grand libertarian dystopia, "Ethical Hedonism" gone horribly wrong.
This led me to various sociological, cultural and psychological studies. Afterwhich I'd come to the certainty that a quarter of the human race was comprised entirely of latent psychopaths. We were a different society then I suppose.

A work aquaintance and friend eventually talked me into joining them in Final Fantasy XI, where I experienced one of the most brilliant game designs ever concieved. It hooked me in again, and gave me a chance to test my paranoia recovery in an environment that sparked it to begin with. It went pretty well.


Anyway, textwall short(er), I played a bunch of games and liked them when I wasn't busily beating myself up about it. I've learned to appreciate 'stupid people' (not meant as a pejorative, but rather a viewpoint carried by a once confused young man) for all the great things that they actually do bring to society, and have strived for decades to become one. I've succeded admirably. I would have been pleasantly suprised to have learned I scored 100 before I arrived here. Thank you Sam and community for reminding me that having a brain does not preclude being kind and consceintious, and that enjoying games is a measure of my worth. Every 'smart person' I've ever known enjoys games of some sort or another. Maybe I'll look into being one again someday.


So there you have it. In short, I'm a stupid, uneducated, ditch digger. If you like labels.

Oh, and I like pie.
Marrkos


Posted Feb 12, 2010, 8:47 pm
Quote:
Afterwhich I'd come to the certainty that a quarter of the human race was comprised entirely of latent psychopaths.


I think your numbers are low.  :o
*Longo*


Posted Feb 12, 2010, 10:03 pm
Good read Rick Red.
Generally when I see a forum post longer than a paragraph, I lose interest. Yours have been the exception. Well done. :D
Rick #Red# Ryder


Posted Feb 13, 2010, 10:36 pm
Thanks Longo, Marrkos, for bothering to read that and respond. It was unusually difficult to post. I was going to chop off everything below the familial particulars but my blasted ego wouldn't let me. Eh, we win some we lose some. Now I get to listen to the little insecure bastard gloat. :wink:


Thanks for the highlight the forum bottom tip M. works like a charm. Reading the rest of this thread was easily as much of a treat as the first couple pages. :big grin:

Zork?! Star Fleet Battles?! Chainmail?!! Wow, the waaay back machine. And there's another tradesman among this esteemed body, and another current student of the Ego. Wow.


My name:
Red Ryder is/was the name of a popular children's air rifle in the U.S.  I thought it might be kind of slick to work that into a name somehow.
Rick struck me as an archtypical car guy name here in the U.S. (was the name of my first mechanic IRL).
"Red" is also a nickname often carried by people with red hair.

I thought it all fit together magically for a cars with guns game that has nicknames as a character attribute. Unfortunately quotes couldn't be used in a screen name when I signed on.

The kicker? Rick and Ryder could be chosen as character names in the generator. How cool eh?

Zephyr


Posted Feb 28, 2010, 5:59 am
Rick #Red# Ryder said:
"Do you want to grow up to be a ditch digger?!"
"Um... well actually..."
*smack*
-ok maybe not the best fantasy.


You know, it's funny.  My mother used to use that exact same scenario to threaten me into doing my homework when I was a kid.  As in, "if you don't do your homework and study hard, you'll wind up as a ditch digger in Tijuana."  Always in Tijuana, for some reason. 

So, of course, the first time I found myself in Tijuana, I was sure to secure a shovel and have a friend snap a few pictures of myself hard at work on the side of the road.  I sent these photos off to my mom, with the proud caption "See mom, you were right!" 
Volvo_13


Posted May 9, 2010, 12:46 pm
Finally checked this forum out... figured I'd join the fun.

My name is Wayne, I'm a mid-thirties professional artist.

I was always a fan of gaming. I grew up with a d20 in hand, playing everything I could get my hands on. D&D, Shadowrun, warhammer, TMNT, Car Wars, Gurps whatever, and many other wonderful time wasting rpgs.

I joined the video game world with a C64 and loved all of the EA titles back then, MULE, Racing Destruction Set (primitive car wars), and whatnot.

I joined my first band at 17, and played on stage at the old G. Willikers in Jersey before I turned 18. I still find time to play my guitar, loudly and with people, (guess you'd call that a band), and still get gigs from time to time and write original music.

So now at 36, I'm married to a Phd in African American Studies, have a dog and a cat, live in rural Delaware (kinda miss the city life).

I worked in the graphics/printing industry for several years, got laid off, had some hippey friends who travelled the country in their motorhome (caravan for those across the pond), and after the layoff they swung by on the east coast leg of their tour and we had a 6 month glassblowing orgy at my old house.

So 8 years later here I am. Wife a college professor, me still playing in band for fun, and running my business... Rockstar GLassworks. It's cool, I get to do what I want for a living so after a 10-12hr work day I'm pretty darn exhausted. But happy. It's hard to keep the business afloat but every year it get's alittle bit better as I prove to people that I'm still here, my work looks great, and I'll get your order done when I say it will be.

Here's my website

http://www.rockstarglassworks.com

*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted May 9, 2010, 2:12 pm
Hey, some lovely work, but when you said Hippie & Glass Blower i got completely the wrong idea ;) nice name for your company by the way :D
The Underking


Posted May 27, 2010, 7:43 pm
I'm not telling!!!!


Oh okay, I will.


I'm about a week away from being 25 at the time of writing, I guess I'm supposed to be growing up but I still tend to watch cartoons and read comics, but mostly because I now enjoy looking for stuff that's aimed for older people in 'em :rolleyes:

I'm from that tiny blob of land called Denmark that's squished in between Sweden and Germany in northern Europe. I'm a student by day and by night I'm pretty much the same person I've always been.

As I said I'm a student, it's a basic education, somewhere in the middle of high school and college, got a late start because I at one time wanted to be a computer money, which I later found out wasn't for me. So spent a few years on that, then I studied art for a while, then I became a postal worker, and then I worked with my dad doing electrician stuff for a while.

I still haven't got a clue what I want to do after this, but it's a nice stepping stone for a lot of things, so yay for that.

I'm opinionated but usually keep my more serious opinions to myself, both because I'm not crazily extroverted, but also because I usually get funky looks from people "Communism as Marx and Engels invisioned it would be great you say?" :rolleyes:

Anyway, I'm generally easy going, open minded and tend to accept people no matter who they are or what they've done, as long I'm not given a reason not to.


Aand a small wall of text later there you have it, a short and possibly crappy summary of a strange dane. :)
JS


Posted May 27, 2010, 8:05 pm
Wabbit Wampage! lol, great game.
Freeman


Posted Jun 15, 2010, 1:04 pm
Looks like I'm about 4 years late to the party, just signed up having only heard about this place a few days ago.

My name's Rob, I'm 36 (married, kids, motgage etc ...)
Been into computer games since I had a C64, been into wargames & RPGs since I was 13.
Long time fan of games like Car Wars and Dark Future and found out about Dark Wind from some posts on the SJG forums.

The names ... OK the gang name, Vigilante Masters Association, isn't an atempt at an ego (I missed the queue for those prior to birth it seems) stems from the clan I used to be with on Interstate 76 and Interstate 82. For those who've never heard of either it was an FPS style autocombat game, and a very good one. Sadly the servers have all gone and the game has died now, so DW looks to be the game to supply my Auto-Duelling cravings.
The clan's website is still up (amazingly); www.the-vma.net
(On that website I'm listed as D.H.Minion - a name taken from a Marvel UK comic book character)

My handle, Freeman?
I love the old TV show 'The Prisoner', so for a handle, I took the 'I am not a number, I am a Free Man' and abbreviated it to 'Freeman'
So ... uh ... that's me. :)
phax


Posted Jul 7, 2010, 9:38 pm
Want to know phax?  Hit up my facebook @ CLICK ME!
Glurps


Posted Jul 8, 2010, 4:30 pm
Hi all !

It's my turn then ! I jumped in Darkwind about one month ago, and nearly played all day long since that time !

I'm 41, married, no child, I live in Saint-Ouen, 5 minutes walk to Paris France.
Currently kind of unemployed, but working as an IT manager, or IT consultant.

As a lot of you, i've been an addict of Computer games (apple 2, commodore 64, atari, amiga, dragon32, PC....) and i think i nearly played every strategic game available. (no pure wargame).
I played and try some MMORPG : mostly Asheron's Call 1&2, but it made me too computer addict for my taste, and i decided to quit.
Dark-wind is a kind of nice compromise, you can't save,and when you enjoy a scouting party with some others you need to be at full attention in front of your PC. However, i also enjoy a lot solo scouting, and the possibility that goes with it, to make 4 hour pause.

I've been playing D&D since the age of 13, still today with the same groups for 20 years now.. ouch.
And also Call of Cthulhu, Rolemaster, runequest, paranoia, INS/MV and some more i don't remember right now.

I'have also been a very early MtG player, winning some tournaments, but found more pleasure playing with friends than tournaments. I quit MtG after some years.

I also play a lot of board Games. I'ma quite frustrated of some games i couldn't play earlier in my life, mostly due to the lack of friends playing or enjoying : Bloddbowl, Car Wars, ...
So i was very enthouisiast to discover Dark-Wind.


*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Jul 8, 2010, 11:08 pm
Welcome to all the new Wastelanders in DW!

I hope you all took the time to read all the other posts made here by the other DW fanatics from page (1). I have been here just a tad over three years as a subscriber and have never tired of the game mainly because of the Developers' tireless efforts coding and adding great additions for us players to enjoy.

Reading the previous posts will give you an idea of those who have come and gone in the past and let you know a bit about some of the hard-core "lifers" (like me) who are still around.

If you see me in the lobby, gimme a friendly "Hello!"
If you see me on the DR (DeathRace) track, stay out of my LOS! :p

My racing mantra is: "Second place is the first LOSER!"

Oh yeah!, When you hear the voice tell you "Your scouting event is about to start...... Did you remember reloads?"

That's me! B)

Actually most of the vocals you hear are mine except a few. :D

Enjoy your DW experience!

JD
Karz Master


Posted Jul 9, 2010, 1:19 am
Man I love all you guys....group hug everyone!
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Jul 9, 2010, 1:30 am
Karz Master said:
Man I love all you guys....group hug everyone!


I don't group or 'bro' hug anyone..... Unless it's an all female group that needs a hug! :p
*Rev. V*


Posted Aug 19, 2010, 7:46 pm
Me-
http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/11/c2a14a71385b9c3b528dea9fa7fa691f/l.jpg

Part time rockstar, full time archaeological conservation guy, anchors, cannons, swords, muskets, tools, etc.
Pretty sick of nails.
Seriously.
After the first 50,000 they all look the same....

Sometimes I get to play with some REALLY cool stuff.
These took a LOT of work with a toothbrush and wooden stylus, completely encrusted when they came into my lab.
Weeks of pure tedium, and yet it was a lot of fun too...
Chased/repoussed silver, from a 1715 Spanish galleon that sank off of the coast of Florida.
http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/126/1c15e87890894ece850fc96fb14ae0fe/l.jpg
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Aug 19, 2010, 7:52 pm
My god Lemmy has joined us welcome dude :)
Crazy AL


Posted Aug 19, 2010, 8:10 pm
Ted Nugent plays DW? Awesome!
Snidely Carmichael


Posted Aug 20, 2010, 4:05 pm
Rev. V said:
These took a LOT of work with a toothbrush and wooden stylus, completely encrusted when they came into my lab.
Weeks of pure tedium, and yet it was a lot of fun too...
Chased/repoussed silver, from a 1715 Spanish galleon that sank off of the coast of Florida.


Wow, those look fantastic, Rev.  Will they be on public display?
*Rev. V*


Posted Aug 20, 2010, 9:16 pm
Hopefully they will be soon, there's "issues" of a legal sort being worked out with the salvors who found them.....
Sagal
tr7man27@hotmail.com

Posted Oct 6, 2010, 3:11 pm
    My name is Shane, I'm 40, married with 2 daughters, 11, and 4, live in Alexandria, Louisiana, and work as the Network Admin in a manufacturing plant.  I started writing my own games on a TI 99/4a computer when I was 15. I met a guy in the Air Force that showed me Car Wars and AutoDuel, and I was hooked.
    I like sci-fi movies like Terminator, 2, 3, & 4, Matrix, 2, & 3, StarShip Troopers, 2, & 3, RoboCop, 2, & 3, and Resident Evil, 2, 3, & 4, Mad Max, 2, &3, and looking forward to watching The Book of Eli.
    I have enjoyed playing StarCraft, & 2, Diablo, 2, & 3, X-Com, 2, & 3, Carmageddon, 2, & 3, Interstate 76 & 82, EQ, WoW, BattleField 1942, Vietnam, 2, 2142, & Bad Company 2.
    When I found DarkWind, I loved the tactical turn based vehicular combat.  I find the environment limiting; I was hoping for a lil more sci-fi, but if Sam combined DarkWind with Syndicate Wars, I'd be divorced and unemployed, and playing 24/7.
    I also used to drive a red '79 Triumph TR7 (Flash) convertible with a 3.5L Rover v8.  Man that thing was fast.  Nowadays, I drive a black '04 Ford F150 supercrew. (BPU)
    I'm also a big fan of Steven Sagal, even though he is now a police officer around New Orleans, LA.

    You can find out more about me here:
http://www.facebook.com/tr7man
and here:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/shngrhm
*Rev. V*


Posted Oct 22, 2010, 7:59 pm
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs260.ash1/18756_258635163325_506913325_3197138_2228239_n.jpg
Zephyr


Posted Oct 22, 2010, 8:49 pm
Sagal said:
    but if Sam combined DarkWind with Syndicate Wars, I'd be divorced and unemployed, and playing 24/7.


Syndicate Wars!  Yes!  OMG I had forgotten about that game.  That was such an awesome game.  You and I would be sitting in the same homeless shelter for divorced men, hogging their PCs, in that scenario. 


Sagal said:
    I also used to drive a red '79 Triumph TR7 (Flash) convertible with a 3.5L Rover v8.  Man that thing was fast.  Nowadays, I drive a black '04 Ford F150 supercrew. (BPU)


Nice!  OK, My cars.  My old rustbucket is a '98 Honda Civic (Sonic).  My wife drives a BMW sedan, which I guess is similar to a Mercenary.  We also have a Porsche Cayenne in the garage, which doesn't have an in-game analogue yet, but I'm pushing for one.  I rarely take it out, though, because the gas mileage is so poor. 

OK, since Rev is posting "lookee here" pictures, I'll throw one of mine up: 

http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/1481/tm201001.jpg
Fifth


Posted Dec 7, 2010, 2:39 am
I'm Andy. I'm a 22-year-old GIS technician outside of Los Angeles.
I've been working for a consultant out here for close to 5 years, helping cities turn paper maps in GIS data, though I'm looking for better-paying work (hint, hint.)
I've never played Car Wars, though I loved Streets of Sim City as a kid, and I've fallen deeply in love with Darkwind. Thanks, Sam!
*Snipe*


Posted Dec 12, 2010, 6:59 pm
Alright - here it goes. My name is Kevin, I am 31 (almost 32) and I live in Alaska (heya deathy). I am married and have 2 boys (3 and 5) and a little girl in the oven (due April 13). I just got re-employed as a carpenter, and damn it is fun framing out in the cold. I was always into games from childhood on, but also stuck to sports. Had a scholarship to USC in high school, but lost it when I tore my patellar tendon (ugh). So needing to pay my own way at college, I ended up just going to a community college in Ca for 2 years. Took a break to "analyze my options", and never made it back.

My gang name Renshai comes from a book series I liked, wherein a tribe of warriors called the Renshai trained at swordswork from the time they could carry a sword. They dismissed archery and shields as "cowards weapons". They would fight with their sword and that was it - to others' peril. Based on their belief, a warrior was banned from Valhalla if there was a part of the body missing. So the common tactic of the Renshai was to cut off whatever they could to demoralize their enemies corpses. Hated by all other tribes they were hunted like dogs and even saying the work Renshai would get you jailed. I am not as hated as my namesake _yet_ but I like the way the name sounds and hope someday to become as evil and widely hated as they.

I have limited time to play, with my family, work, and all. So I like to believe that by superior skill I can make up for my lack of time.
Checkers


Posted Jan 20, 2011, 1:22 am
I'm going to keep this short, as I do all of my posts.

I'm nineteen years old, and live near Atlanta, Georgia, United States. I was born and raised Southern and don't plan on leaving any time soon.

I'm currently attending University full-time, majoring in Mathematics until I transfer to a tech school. I plan to get a degree in electrical engineering.

I picked up tabletop games with friends a year or two ago, mostly D&D 3.5 and World of Darkness. I considered doing a campaign on the forums, but didn't know whether anyone would be interested. I started Darkwind a long, long time ago, but did not subscribe and my interest faded in and out once I amassed enough money to pay my characters in my absence.

In real life, I drive a black 1997 BMW E37, 740iL. My old car was a 1992 Lexus LS, but it was rear-ended last fall. It had the premium Nakamichi audiophile sound system.

Much of my time outside of school is spent pushing the limits on my audio setup in my desktop, which I built from scratch.

My handle, Checkers, is a reference to Richard Nixon's 1952 Checkers speech. Axis of Weevils is a gang name Skidmark mentioned he wanted when I mentioned in passing that I was sick of my old gang name. He graciously let me have it.
Jeelz


Posted Jan 20, 2011, 3:56 am
Social demographer. 2 kids, mortgage, early 30's. Australian. All sorts of hairy. I'd post a pic but just imagine a bearded Australian bush-whacker. We all tend to look the same.
Snidely Carmichael


Posted Jan 20, 2011, 7:20 pm
Jeelz said:
Social demographer

Are you here ... studying us, Jeelz?  :stare:
*JD_Basher*
jd.basher@charter.net

Posted Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 am
Jeelz said:
Social demographer. 2 kids, mortgage, early 30's. Australian. All sorts of hairy. I'd post a pic but just imagine a bearded Australian bush-whacker. We all tend to look the same.


Jeeze! ANOTHER Aussie!.... Bastiele, Serephe.....

Have you guys been calling across the wastelands with your Didgeridoos telling all who listens how good DW is? ;)

Just Kidding guys! :p
Glad you guys are here! Ya frakin 'Roos! B)

JD
MadDoggy


Posted Feb 9, 2011, 11:05 pm
Hey all, my name is Joe and I live in the frozen wastes of Minnesota, USA. I'm 41, married with one daughter, and manage a gun shop and shooting range.

In my spare time I enjoy hunting, fishing, listening to loud music of all kinds, playing military sims, chess, and now DW. I'm also a new student of Silat martial arts and I've been dabbling in writing articles on historical military small arms.

I played Car Wars, LaserBurn and BattleTech as a kid. Nice to play something similar without the slow turns, dice rolls, and rule arguments.

MadDoggy is an old nickname of mine, something I got labeled with after a night of youthful indiscretion and a bottle of Mogen David 20/20. Don't ask me about it because I really don't remember.
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Feb 9, 2011, 11:09 pm
Ahh Laserburn that jogged my memories, welcome
Fealty Lost


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 2:46 pm
Hi. My name's Omar I'm 25, single, in Aviator (Rotary Wing) training at Ft. Rucker, AL. Originally from Michigan.

My education is all Aviation. Former ATC. Joined Army, worked as ATC for several years until I got accepted into the WOC school here. Graduated WOC last September so I'm a Warrant now. Started Apache training in February.

I live with Gary and Elli  just outside the base. I'm their most recent adoptee. They are really dedicated to helping Soldiers.

Never played Car Wars. Gary showed me the game one day thought it might be fun. Bought Gary's 'old' computer and took over his account.

My first go-round I lost 3 Buzzers, a Trash Truck and 4 Apaches because I got confused on escaping. One of them was famous.

I'm getting the hang of the game. Lots of little rules I'm learning. I'm hooked on the big scout. Still can't make money but I think that takes more time than I have.

don't know what will happen when I finish training probably get deployed to somwhere in the sand. Not too thrilled about that but it is what it is. Because I'm military I can't say what's on my mind. It's in my contract!

Anyways having fun (even with loss of Buzzers). Since we're talking about cars, here's mine:

[img]http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h320/fztrdnu/th_Sunfirepics011.jpg[/img]
Groove Champion


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 2:56 pm
Welcome to the game, Damon!
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:15 pm
Welcome - changing your log in name might stop a lot of confusion
johnny go


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:27 pm
indeed, that wuld be wise , the original angel was a fairly active member of the communality.
seeing you walk around in his skin is going to weard fokes out a bit ;-)
d0dger


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 3:40 pm
Yeah I'd suggest changing gang name and user name if you can.

Also, as a general internet tip, it may not be best to post your generous host's first & last names along with their town of residence... stalkers and privacy and the like and all that.
Fealty Lost


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 4:51 pm
Thanks everyone. The developer has approached me about changing name/gang name. Good idea but now I ahve to make my imagination work. ble.

Dodger, gl with the stalking thing. Mr. C's place butts up against a VERY secure military installation, behind a berm 600 yards off the only access highway witha clear field of fire. :D

But I getcha. Thanks. And we have Jamie to help.

[img] http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h320/fztrdnu/JamieAK.jpg[/img]
Karz Master


Posted Apr 8, 2011, 6:41 pm
Oh hey I remember Jamie. Gary actually sent me a picture of her, though I can't recall her exact identity, nor why he sent me that ;)

You're Gary and Elli's adoptee? Does that make them your foster parents?
Fealty Lost


Posted Apr 9, 2011, 11:01 am
Me and about 1000 other Soldiers. Every holiday they have a full house of single soldiers not going home. Elli's job puts her in contact with EVERY soldier that comes on base. She's the ultimate Mother Hen.

:D

And ya I'm their 'kid' at least until graduation but probably beyond that.

Jamie's a godess. That's a perk. She's always here. And ya that's a REAL AK- and it's hers!
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 6:54 pm
How bout that.  Didn't even know a "gettin' to know you" section existed.

The name's John... 41 years old, beautiful wife and 5-year-old girl who I like to pretend will never be a teenager. My life happens in Tucson, Arizona mostly, so the DW heat doesn't get to me so much.

CarWars as a teen? Check. About eight hundred other games from AD&D to BloodBowl to "They've Invaded Pleasantville"? Check. Darkwind as my online holy grail? Check.

Was a musclecar guy in my late 20s and early 30s.  '66 Pontiac GTO was my best, but also had a '70 LeMans and '71 Cougar among others. Now it's a '99 Dodge Dakota with a 318 (that's a 5.2v8 in DW-speak) and performance package.

College educated guy who can't seem to quit smokin' but done quit drinkin'. Prefer my guns in steel not polymer, .45 or .357 thank you very much. Guitars'll be Gibson Les Paul or Fender Telecaster or nuthin. Retired musician, current family man. At night I hear the coyotes howlin' in the desert beyond my yard. Life's better every day, and ya can't ask much more'n that.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j160/JohnnyDebauchery/daddy.jpg
*Rev. V*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 7:17 pm
I love my Telebastard.....
http://a3.l3-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/113/e8f85004ac8f41a5a22af7fd2479c961/l.jpg
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 7:18 pm
You an' me'll get along just fine, Rev. ;)

That torso looks like, what? Butterscotch '52 reissue?
*Rev. V*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 7:24 pm
Modded to hell and back Squier Affinity actually, old school 3 barrel bridge, Warmoth aftermarket neck w/ stainless steel frets.
Plays great, looks so bad I never have to worry about anyone stealing it. ;)
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Apr 13, 2011, 7:35 pm
get a sound proof room you two :rolleyes:
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 7:36 pm
Yeah... the oldschool bridge was what got me. Looks like a fun lil beast, though, specially with the bottle opener and all. hahaha I usedta have one o' those!
JS


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 9:12 pm
Whatcha buildin? An outdoor ampitheater o' grillin?
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Apr 13, 2011, 10:27 pm
JS said:
Whatcha buildin?  An outdoor ampitheater o' grillin?


Sortofa "mini amphitheatre."  hahaha Gonna be a patio/sitting area. Flagstone on the ground, the stripstone wall you can see taking shape.  It's a semicircle, diameter about 19 feet, so it's a bit of a project.  No power tools ta dig out that hill, either.  Shovel, pickaxe, GO!  =)

Will start work on soundproof room once this project is complete.
JS


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 12:37 am
lmao, no kidding, shovel work eh? Ground ain't soft in AZ my friend, nice bit o exercise there. Should be very cool though, fireplace?
*Rev. V*


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 2:39 am
Grog wrote - "get a sound proof room you two"

Actually Grog, we were waiting on that until after you got some talent...

Oh, wow...did I REALLY just say that?!?!?!

Yeah, i did.

.0 seconds later I forgave myself.

B)
Djihani


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 4:27 am
Someone took a photo of me taking corrosion OFF something. Such a shame - there's never gonna be a rusted up post apocalypse with all these conservators running about....
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/207534_10150155070086034_704076033_7312645_1837701_n.jpg
*Rev. V*


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 5:12 am
We are brothers.
Your lab is SOOOOO much nicer...


*Bastille*


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 5:31 am
Rev and Dji are in the basement mixing up the medicine, I'm on the pavement thinking of the government.
Djihani


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 9:18 am
Just University...

I wanna try painting "warhammer" miniatures in those "working microscopes" though :D
Fealty Lost


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 11:17 am
Looks like he's pointing to the thing he's going to attempt to FIND with that microscope. Now THAT'S a project!
Djihani


Posted Apr 14, 2011, 12:24 pm
yyeah... thats NOT my leg making the crease in that lil' dressy thingy...
Madman950


Posted Apr 15, 2011, 4:41 am
Hi, I'm Chet 40 live in Three Hills Alberta Canada. I'm married with 2 kids 19 and 10. I have been operating equipment and driving truck for the last 20 years. Ihave been around race cars for 41 years (mom raced pregnant for me.) I have owned a few muscle cars in the past, currently I own a '63 pontaic and a 85 s10 drag truck with a small block 355. I have been a gamer all my life including the manditory AD&D and of course Car Wars.
Hogfather


Posted Apr 15, 2011, 11:49 am
I'm Brad - from Idaho, but now living in Boston (and I despise this hellhole). I was a professional college student for 10 or 11 years and when I wasn't drinking I studied history, political science, international relations and Mandarin Chinese. I did naval ROTC and planned on serving in the military but ended up failing the hearing tests.

Got married to a woman way outta my league, shes working on her Ph.D and so I'm working to turn my love of beer and brewing into a my future job. I will be spending however long it takes for the wife to finish her school working in commercial breweries to learn how to take what I know and do it on a larger scale.

So, for the next few years I have a pretty sweet life. I get up, work out, check my beers, play some DW, more brewing, lots more DW, drink the beer, more DW!
*Slippery Jim*
jim@slipperyjim.com

Posted Apr 15, 2011, 12:56 pm
And eating warm homemade coconut peach cobbler Hog :)

Jim
Utredd


Posted Apr 15, 2011, 9:13 pm
Hey, I'm Paul, i'm English and i live in Amsterdam but we are currently stuck in Bristol due to work commitments for 18 months. I work as a building surveyor and am studying to become a chartered surveyor.
My bikes are my life, the one in the pic is a 1371 GSXR that i built. Always been a speed freak. Own 5 at the moment from a hardtail chop through to my streetfighter, all made by yours truly. Been trying to talk the missis into a 68 camero, making some headway :)
Live with my GF who's 23, Polish and works as an interpreter and translator. Been together a few years now. She picked me up in a seedy little backstreet bar and we have been together ever since.
I do alot of battle re-enactment from 13th Century Longsword competitions through to the English Civil War. Piss up and a fight, it's great. Must admit my house is/has turned into an armoury though....

Pleasure meeting you all,

Easy
*goat starer*


Posted Apr 17, 2011, 1:02 am
Utredd said:
I do alot of battle re-enactment from 13th Century Longsword competitions through to the English Civil War. Piss up and a fight, it's great. Must admit my house is/has turned into an armoury though....


definitely taking the Longo bounty!!!  :cyclops:
shama


Posted Jun 18, 2011, 9:36 pm
Alright, been here a couple of months so time for some dirt.

40 years old, live in the UK, and been gaming since Atari 2600 hit the UK. Had a Spectrum 48K (Battlecars was my favourite game on it), played numerous boardgames such as Car Wars and nearly everything that Games Workshop released, and then took a few years off gaming for girls and drinking, before getting back via a Sega Megadrive and 286 PCs at university. I haven't stopped since. I've worked in games development since '95 on various things that most people have never heard of. The most popular of these would be Creatures and James Pond: Operation Robocod (the GBA and PSOne versions, not the original).

I share my life with my American geologist wife, a 6 year old Timneh Grey parrot, and too many rabbits - 4 of which are house rabbits. I've got a 20 year old musician step-son who lives in the blue-ridge mountains.

Car wise I've always gone for handling over speed, which is why my car history consists of Mini Coopers and the current car is an MX5. Oh a dirty great double-cab Ford pickup but everyone needs some practicality in their life right?
*goat starer*


Posted Jun 19, 2011, 8:32 pm
shama said:
Alright, been here a couple of months so time for some dirt.

40 years old, live in the UK, and been gaming since Atari 2600 hit the UK. Had a Spectrum 48K (Battlecars was my favourite game on it), played numerous boardgames such as Car Wars and nearly everything that Games Workshop released, and then took a few years off gaming for girls and drinking, before getting back via a Sega Megadrive and 286 PCs at university. I haven't stopped since. I've worked in games development since '95 on various things that most people have never heard of. The most popular of these would be Creatures and James Pond: Operation Robocod (the GBA and PSOne versions, not the original).

I share my life with my American geologist wife, a 6 year old Timneh Grey parrot, and too many rabbits - 4 of which are house rabbits. I've got a 20 year old musician step-son who lives in the blue-ridge mountains.

Car wise I've always gone for handling over speed, which is why my car history consists of Mini Coopers and the current car is an MX5. Oh a dirty great double-cab Ford pickup but everyone needs some practicality in their life right?


get a rabbit avatar... they do wonders for your popularity
shama


Posted Jul 18, 2011, 8:36 pm
goat starer said:

get a rabbit avatar... they do wonders for your popularity


Yeah, good idea.
Oh hang on, better make it fierce though ... I've seen how popular your posts are  :p
Tez


Posted Jan 23, 2012, 11:48 am
Well, I might aswell introduce myself. I'm Terrence, or Tez as you know me at the moment. 18 & university student.

I found this game around 3 years ago, entered a deathrace, driver lost an arm, never played it again, however the itch to play a car combat game came & with Auto Assault out of the picture, I came back. I've never played Car Wars, so I've always thought of this game to be like Crimson Skies, but with cars.  Been playing games all my life, I remember when I was 5 playing Quake on my dads Windows 95 machine. Ah...the good old days.

Anyway, I reside in Plymouth, UK, currently doing a foundation year at university to progress onto a Mechanical Engineering degree, & when I'm not at uni I play games & guitar. I also play LFS out of term time, since I have a G25 at home, & I did play APB Reloaded till I got fed up of the lag.

When I'm at home I daily drive a '64 Mini when I can, insurance is killer over here. Also I look a little like this, since had my hair cut.
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/247149_10150639997105161_562875160_18789328_3566282_n.jpg


'Nuff said

*Snipe*


Posted May 26, 2012, 9:26 pm
Well since I am forced to have to look at some of you in this post - - -prepare to ruin the mystery-----http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/5369_100611109954362_4169120_n.jpg  Thats me and my honey and our 55 http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/207284_220918357923636_7659510_n.jpgand thats if you need to look me in the eye
*Splash*


Posted Jul 10, 2012, 5:20 pm
Nice picture, Snipe. The mountains are gorgeous, and I love the car; my dad has a restored, '55 Bel Air 2-door post in Neptune and Seafoam green with a straight-six in it.

I've been playing for two and a half years now, so I suppose I'm overdue to post my profile on here; it will be long and rambling, with plenty of pictures.

:cyclops:

Snidely Carmichael


Posted Jul 10, 2012, 6:30 pm
Awesome scenery, Snipe. I'm jealous.

I live in beautiful Queens, New York. My brother-in-law lives on the sixth floor of our building, and from his window you can see Citi Field. I live on the ground floor, and from my window you can see the bus stop. B)
*goat starer*


Posted Jul 11, 2012, 6:03 pm
Snidely Carmichael said:
Awesome scenery, Snipe.  I'm jealous.



that is really a bit forward regarding his honey I feel
Groove Champion


Posted Jul 11, 2012, 7:03 pm
And calling her 'scenery'... youch! :P
Snidely Carmichael


Posted Jul 11, 2012, 8:33 pm
Ouch, shame on me. :o

In my defense, that never even occurred to me, as my own lovely wife provides all the "scenery" I need.

No offense meant, good Sir Snipe!
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Jul 11, 2012, 9:01 pm
Personally, I'm waiting for a picture of that bus stop, Snidely.
:p
Snidely Carmichael


Posted Jul 13, 2012, 10:05 pm
*JeeTeeOh* said:
Personally, I'm waiting for a picture of that bus stop, Snidely.
:p


Right, so, here's the view from my kitchen window. The bus stop is across the street, behind the blue car:

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/9382/busstopd.jpg

Here's the bus stop with a bus in it:

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/4141/busstop2.jpg

And here's a "look me in the eye" shot:

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/5991/eyeh.jpg

:cyclops:
Juris


Posted Jul 13, 2012, 11:13 pm
That is one creepy bus stop
*JeeTeeOh*


Posted Jul 14, 2012, 5:05 am
Man, we're a goofy bunch.
*goat starer*


Posted Jul 14, 2012, 6:16 pm
*JeeTeeOh* said:
Man, we're a goofy bunch.


weirdos if you ask me... every man jack of us

only weirdos would play a turn based car combat Slightly Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
*Snipe*


Posted Jul 14, 2012, 11:34 pm
Who you calling weird?!?!?

Oh yeah, I guess we are a little weird........ok - maybe YOU GUYS are weird.
Tez


Posted Jul 15, 2012, 12:42 pm
goat starer said:
*JeeTeeOh* said:
Man, we're a goofy bunch.


weirdos if you ask me... every man jack of us

only weirdos would play a turn based car combat Slightly Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game


More like Optionally Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game
JS


Posted Jul 15, 2012, 1:03 pm
Don't start, weiredo...

BICKER!
Tonic


Posted Dec 20, 2012, 7:56 pm
I'm surprised I haven't done this already. This is one of those games I keep coming back to (the others are XCOM, Jagged Alliance, Dwarf Fortress, the Roguelikes, and Minecraft).

In first grade I feigned a stomach ailment so I could stay home and play Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 all day, and it's been downhill since. I used to literally walk two miles to get to an arcade, but my hometown was so boring this was not a hardship.

At age 9 a friend of mine showed me this game I thought was called "The Keep on the Borderlands" and I've been hooked on RPGs ever since. D&D, GURPS, Shadowrun, Gamma World, Rifts, Champions, Car Wars, Battletech. Ever since I saw The Road Warrior I've been obsessed with post-apocalyptic scenarios and cars with guns. I have notebooks full of GURPS Vehicles designs, which would shock and sadden you if you knew what that was.

I found Darkwind while I was in the initial stages of trying to make a game just like it, so thanks to Sam for saving me the time (and doing a better job). The community here is fantastic and I'd be a more active part but I can't set aside the unlimited timeouts you get from playing solo.

I just turned 40, I live in South Carolina with a wife and two boys and, like every single one of you, I drink hard liquor and play in a rock and roll band. (Check out Malmuk on iTunes, MOG, Amazon, etc.)

My car is a Roush Stage 2 Mustang, bought new in 2000. Powertrain's still in great shape but the interior is slowly disintegrating. Before that it was a '77 Impala and before that a '55 Bel Air.
*sam*


Posted Dec 20, 2012, 9:27 pm
This is your band?
http://www.reverbnation.com/malmuk
nice sound!
Tonic


Posted Dec 20, 2012, 9:39 pm
That's us! Thanks!
Nukie


Posted Mar 5, 2013, 10:26 am
Well, okay, I haven't been here long but I know I'm not leaving any time soon, so I'll post something here.

My name is Scott and I live in Dallas, Texas with my beautiful wife Diana, from Colombia. I started playing games in the (very) early 80's with Avalon Hill wargames. Since then I've tried everything, D&D, X-Box, WoW, but I discovered Car Wars in 1986, and I've been looking for this game ever since.

I started life as a computer programmer, mainly RPG on IBM midrange systems, but grew tired of hammering keys. I turned to flying, and now am a 747 First Officer for Evergreen International Airlines. I get to see the world, and can play Darkwind on layovers! I'm 47 years old, and hope to be playing DW for many years ahead.

Thanks for the game, Sam. I look forward to playing a lot more of it.

Nukie
Zephyr


Posted Mar 5, 2013, 9:44 pm
Tonic said:
I have notebooks full of GURPS Vehicles designs, which would shock and sadden you if you knew what that was.


Hell, that's nothing.  I had an Excel sheet I built to design Traveler vehicles using GDW's "Fire, Fusion and Steel" rules.  Now THOSE were detailed and crunchy.  Talk about sad. 
*Brunwulf*


Posted Mar 5, 2013, 10:38 pm
Well, sorry to trump you all but.....

I once spent 18 hours programming a Sinclair ZX80 to create a truly revolutionary game.
After 1000s of GOSUB's......
A small line, moved slowly across the screen, and with expert timing, you had to press the spacebar to drop a small dot onto a big block!

Ahhh- halcyon days.
Nukie


Posted Mar 6, 2013, 12:21 pm
Awesome, Brunwulf. I'd like a copy of that in case I get tired of Darkwind.
Tonic


Posted Mar 6, 2013, 2:30 pm
Zephyr said:
Hell, that's nothing.  I had an Excel sheet I built to design Traveler vehicles using GDW's "Fire, Fusion and Steel" rules.  Now THOSE were detailed and crunchy.  Talk about sad.


You used an Excel sheet?  Slacker!  :D
*jimmylogan*


Posted Mar 6, 2013, 6:56 pm
Tonic said:
Space Invaders on the Atari 2600


Right there with you... :)

Quote:
I just turned 40, I live in South Carolina with a wife and two boys and, like every single one of you, I drink hard liquor and play in a rock and roll band.  (Check out Malmuk on iTunes, MOG, Amazon, etc.) 


I missed this post till now... Didn't realize you were a musician too! And I guess I'm in the minority since I prefer Bluegrass and Americana (old country). ;)
Tonic


Posted Mar 6, 2013, 8:48 pm
*jimmylogan* said:
And I guess I'm in the minority since I prefer Bluegrass and Americana (old country).


Sorry, 'rock and roll band' was used there as a generic term.  We do bluegrass, blues, and Americana in addition to punk, funk, rock.  Maybe it's a gimmick but I don't like sticking to just one genre.  :)
*goat starer*


Posted Mar 6, 2013, 9:12 pm
Brunwulf said:
Well, sorry to trump you all but.....

I once spent 18 hours programming a Sinclair ZX80 to create a truly revolutionary game.
After 1000s of GOSUB's......
A small line, moved slowly across the screen, and with expert timing, you had to press the spacebar to drop a small dot onto a big block!

Ahhh- halcyon days.


my dad made a dambusters game for me on the ZX81

there was a grey rectangle of water... a black triangle of dam.. your 'plane' flew over at a random height and you had to drop a bomb on the dam

awesome  :cyclops:
Racing Robbie


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 9:33 am
I remember inputting a game from a magazine for the ZX81 - it was a rally/driving game.

You had two lines of * running parallel up and down the screen and you had to steer your car in the middle the gap and not hit the sides. The track moved up the screen as you played and if I remember rightly the gap slowly close.

We are talking 30ish years here so the memory is a bit shaky ;-)
B)
musashi_san


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 3:11 pm
i typed in code for a game called the trials of hamurabi, from a book into the basic interpreter in my father's computer when i was around 6 or 7 in the early 70's (maybe 1974-5?). computer graphics was not yet widely available, nor was the "personal computer". the computer i used was a "mini-computer", basically a small mainframe, called a pdp-11, running the pip operating system, and i think my dad leased it to run his business, price new to buy was over 100k $. and yes, this is so long ago that software was distributed as source code on paper, cheap removable media like floppies were also not available yet, the removable backup media from that computer was basically hard drive platters that came in this enormous yellow case, maybe a 12 inch wide and 3 inch deep circle weighing several pounds that you had to lug around. also spent a lot of time as a little kid on site at night at a commercial data processing center while my dad got batch processing done. they basically put me in a room with 20 or 30 vt52 terminals and gave me a log in and said have fun, lol, computer security was not something people thought about yet, obviously. played hearts a lot on it, and there was this text mode game of star trek that drew space with text characters, i think stars were *, klingon ships were K, etc. memories...
JS


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 5:09 pm
musashi_san said:
i typed in code for a game called the trials of hamurabi, from a book into the basic interpreter in my father's computer when i was around 6 or 7 in the early 70's (maybe 1974-5?). computer graphics was not yet widely available, nor was the "personal computer". the computer i used was a "mini-computer", basically a small mainframe, called a pdp-11, running the pip operating system, and i think my dad leased it to run his business, price new to buy was over 100k $. and yes, this is so long ago that software was distributed as source code on paper, cheap removable media like floppies were also not available yet, the removable backup media from that computer was basically hard drive platters that came in this enormous yellow case, maybe a 12 inch wide and 3 inch deep circle weighing several pounds that you had to lug around. also spent a lot of time as a little kid on site at night at a commercial data processing center while my dad got batch processing done. they basically put me in a room with 20 or 30 vt52 terminals and gave me a log in and said have fun, lol, computer security was not something people thought about yet, obviously. played hearts a lot on it, and there was this text mode game of star trek that drew space with text characters, i think stars were *, klingon ships were K, etc. memories...


I had that star trek game for the Commodore PET my dad bought around 1976 or so.
musashi_san


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 7:03 pm
hey, wikipedia has an article on it. and yeah there was a commodore pet version, came in a magazine or something.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_%28text_game%29
Jose Bagg


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 8:09 pm
I remember typing in games on a TRS-80. Code came straight from magazines. Then one day, my friend saved up a couple hundred bucks and bought a tape drive. It was just a cassette player player that could plug into the computer he had, then we would buy programs on cassettes. It took 90 minutes to play the cassette, so it took 90 minutes to load the game we wanted to play. No hard drive big enough to store the games, so we had to load it every time we wanted to play.

My kids would start to bleed out of their ears if they had to wait 90 seconds for a game to load.
*goat starer*


Posted Mar 7, 2013, 8:14 pm
this thread is so far off topic :-)
*Rezeak*
reecestensel@hotmail.co.uk

Posted Mar 7, 2013, 9:03 pm
Bringing it back http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l58/rezeakreece/im_jean_valjean-14055048.jpg
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:41 pm


I am, I'm me

Who are you to look down
At what I believe?
I'm on to your thinking
And how you deceive

Well, you can't abuse me
I won't stand no more
Yes, I know the reasons
Yes, I know the score

I am and I'll be
I will, you'll see
I am and I'll be
I am, I'm me

How I tried to please you
Live the way you said
Do the things that you do
Like the living dead

Then the truth it hit me
Got me off my knees
It's my life I'm living
I'll live as I please

I am and I'll be
I will, you'll see
I am and I'll be
I am, I'm me

Now's the time to stand tall
Start your life anew
Freedom lies in your heart
Now's the time for you

I am and I'll be
I will, you'll see
I am and I'll be
I am, I'm me

Can't you see? Can't you see?
I'm me, I'm me, me, me, me, me
I am, I'm me
I am, I'm me

Can't you see? Can't you see?
I'm me, I'm me, I'm me
I am, I'm me
I am, I'm me

Can't you see that I'm me?
I'm me, I'm me, look at me
I am, I'm me
I am, I'm me

Read more: Twisted Sister - I Am (I'm Me) Lyrics | MetroLyrics
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:43 pm
i still think you are juan
*Grograt*
gary.r.horder@gmail.com

Posted Oct 7, 2013, 4:47 pm
:rolleyes:
*Rev. V*


Posted Oct 8, 2013, 5:08 am
I think I can outdrink him.
Djihani


Posted Oct 11, 2013, 3:20 am
I think I can outdrink you.
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 11, 2013, 3:40 am
Bigspenner can outdrink all of us.... Put together
PvtParty


Posted Oct 11, 2013, 9:30 am
Yeah, but he has a size advantage...
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 11, 2013, 11:12 pm
I hear he is shortly to be reclassified as a dwarf planet
*Bastille*


Posted Oct 12, 2013, 12:26 am
http://www.cyberpursuits.com/heckifiknow/rd/images/rd-duane.jpg
*Bigspenner*


Posted Oct 21, 2013, 1:28 pm
I am a mere waif, sipping at a dry sherry only at Christmas and special occasions.
Racing Robbie


Posted Oct 21, 2013, 2:02 pm
If you are a waif, that makes me a size zero................. cor super model or what???

:p
PvtParty


Posted Oct 21, 2013, 2:31 pm
You'd probably end up size zero if he sat/fell on top of you... B)
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 21, 2013, 6:26 pm
Just the gravity could crush you to a size zero :cyclops:
*Snipe*


Posted Oct 21, 2013, 11:59 pm
You guys derail more than a Chinese train.
FireFly


Posted Oct 22, 2013, 12:29 am
*Snipe* said:
You guys derail more than a Chinese train.
Quite an achievement one might add  :)
*Bigspenner*


Posted Oct 22, 2013, 12:28 pm
Ive been on a train, I like the mcewens export they serve on the east coast mainline :)
PvtParty


Posted Oct 22, 2013, 1:02 pm
And more importantly, it didn't derail!
*Maxxed*


Posted Oct 9, 2014, 7:28 pm
Did someone say drunk?
*goat starer*


Posted Oct 9, 2014, 8:25 pm
PvtParty said:
And more importantly, it didn't derail!


I cant imagine anything getting off the rails with big in it... crushing the rails sure.... but jumping them no

i'm glad this has reappeared!
DirkNotSoGently


Posted Jul 30, 2015, 1:59 pm
For the record, I tried keeping up with Bigspenner

As they say in Brooklyn - 'Fugedaboudit'
*goat starer*


Posted Jul 31, 2015, 8:54 pm
If you can't keep up with Bigspenner you must be awesomely chubby.... He regularly gets overtaken by snails.
DirkNotSoGently


Posted Aug 1, 2015, 12:27 pm
LOL

Reckon I *might* have a chance in a foot-race - but drinking, no way

I had to switch to spirits halfway through the evening and even then I struggled
*Bigspenner*


Posted Aug 17, 2015, 12:41 pm
It was a lovely evening of cultured discussion on a variety of high brow topics, I vaguely remember it well ish :)

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