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Bombing Run

Hi everyone! We had a very good night last night. Steve was actually popping over just to inspect the land and figure out what we want to do; he's working on a quote for the goods and labour and should be able to get in to do it in a couple of weeks.

Picked up the new hard drive yesterday morning. There was a small bushfire near Harris Technology; I could see the flames while I was waiting at the lights. Emergency Services were already onto it, so there didn't seem to be any need to dial 000. For all I know, it may have been a controlled burn.

Nick wound up popping over after 4.30; he had a good drool-around at the motor show that morning. It was great having him over; not only was he a great sounding board for Honour and the Regiment, he came up with some wonderful ideas of his own. I'll start working the module out after Black Talon this coming Saturday; I've already made about three pages of notes after our brainstorming session.

Nick and I drove out to pick up fish and chips and A Knight's Tale, which Nick had never seen. He thoroughly enjoyed it, although he was taking some cynical stabs (he freely admits that when inspiration hits him, it's usually in the form of a critique). After that, I introduced him to Halo, which I think he's fallen in love with, and Rallisport Challenge, which, as he's a major rally nut, he liked very much. As he's a PS2 man, he's glad that both are on their way to PC. It was fun playing RSC multiplayer against him; he was always offering suggestions and constructive criticism in a very friendly manner. I couldn't help noticing the differences between Nick and Cameron, who offers some advice and then gloats that he's leaving me in the dust all the time, even when it's obvious there's no contest. A loyal friend, but very, very competitive.

Okay. I know I said it before I splurged on the Xbox, but I'm officially on a game-spending freeze until next year. Heck, I think it's fair to say I'm on an overall self-spending freeze. Next month is a big birthday month for both of us; the natal dates of several friends and relatives are in November. And of course, December has a very big present-buying event.

The latest issue of Australian Personal Computer arrived on Friday. On the cover discs was the Unreal Tournament 2003 demo, which I decided to install and try out. Now, most of you computer gaming cats know I have nausea problems with First-Person Shooters, so I was actually quite surprised that running UT2K3 didn't cause me any trouble. I also found one of the game modes, Bombing Run, to be very enjoyable; it's sort of like Capture The Flag crossed with basketball. There's this "bomb" (basically the ball of the game) that starts out in the middle of the field, and when you pick it up, you can't use any of your guns unless you throw it away. The objective is to get the bomb into the opposing team's base and launch it through their circular goal. The team with the most points at the end of the match, or the first team to reach the target number of points, wins the game.

I think I'll be keeping it on the PC for the next time Cameron's friend Glenn organises a LAN party; I imagine it'll be a popular choice. I might even pick it up next year, unless someone gets it for me for Christmas. ;-D Just joking, folks. I'm not too fond of the idea of someone spending something like $100 on a Christmas present for me (and yes, that includes that R2-D2 toy I linked to in the last news post).

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