Around the map 5 - Team Edition
May 16th, Sat. @ 3:15PM PDT//4:15PM MDT//5:15PM CDT//
6:15PM EDT//7:15 ADT//11:15PM BST//1:15AM EEST (Sun.)//
3:45AM IST (Sun.)//10:15AM NZST (Sun.)
Mystery Inc (stevedogg51 & Jamie)
Team Rocket (tick and Outkast)
Starsky & Hutch (cactus & Filippos)
T.P.I (Krol & MTBB7)
The gangbangers (D9Fred & Simonia)
The Green Machine (Oaken & Wanktash)
Team No Name (Magnum & Spunkymonkey)
Plus Crow who joined Starsky & Hutch & mystery inc)
Over the past few weeks my passion for hosting has waned a little. I’ve needed to spend a little more time in the real world sorting things, and this has lead to me hosting meets that have been a little half hearted, poorly planned and predictable. My recent meets have fallen into the trap of using a quick easy formula that I know works. Vote, off-road, demo-derby. While this works short term, people sure get bored quickly including the host. And in comparison to other meets and efforts hosts are putting in and the results and ideas coming out I have felt my standards have slipped. I was considering making last night one of my last meets for a while. And I approached it with little enthusiasm, throwing in a team element as a kind of last resort and cobbling some categories together from past meets.
But that was before I started to see the response and effort players were putting into the teams. There is no better feeling for a host than seeing people plan and prepare for a meet. Team rocket, starsky and hutch, TPI the gangbangers were awesome. The mean green machine also deserve credit for two strangers forming a team, not as easy as it appears. Team no name also did well, created 10mins before the event.
Having seen the results last night I feel embarrassed and disappointed with myself for not put more time into the categories for voting and the mini games, I feel you all deserved more than a rehash of past categories and events. And for future events after have hours of fun last night I’m itching to get planning the next meet with new ideas and concepts.
Anyway back to the meet, things started with problems. I got kicked, a usual occurrence (screw u rockstar). Plus having spent so little time on the 360, I was that skint I could not afford to pay the mechanic, so no sandking.
I had to start the meet in the mystery machine (bf surfer) jinkys !
The Winners of the voting:
Best Team Theme: Trevor Philips industries. Rightly deserved guys (Krol & Mtbb47) a back-story, haircuts, TPI jackets with dicks on and some awesome looking trucks. It was a close contest between TPI and Team rocket. But during the suddend death vote team rocket voted against their own team to give TPI the win!
For the reason above and the fact that team rocket didn’t prepare any off-rd vehicles for the Off-Road event I’m going to award Team Rocket (oukast & Tick) – the Bush and Blair award for the most incompetent team.
Best Team Trucks: "team no name” (magnum & spunkymonkey) what a pair of sandkings.
Best of show went to oakensphinx (cowboy bob) great truck love the green.
On a side note ...... it seemed to be dark for long spells during the game last night??
We headed off; pace is always slow to start. The mystery machine lasted about 45 seconds, half of team rocket about 55 seconds. Lots of chat on the mic and loads of enthusiasm.
Some nice little sections, to start, and the real feel of what this meet is about soon shone through, Teamwork! Not just within the teams but though out the lobby! I was concerned that by defining teams before the event that the overall togetherness of the lobby would be lost. But it wasn’t
We stopped at the pier for the first (of many) recess breaks. At this point Filippos decided to make some food, we thought it would be a fun idea to drive off and hide, call Lester and disappear of the map. To see his reaction when he came back to an apparently empty lobby..... ha ha....... unfortunately we called Lester to soon and all reappeared before he got back
We continued, and I lead you down the impossible cliff, we all got wreaked although spunky monkey came the closes to getting out. We called in some boats, and everyone minus me (left marooned) headed off to shark bay.
The first mini event was The Car Surfing relay (SURFS UP)
Based on a concept from the surfs up meet, it involves stay on top of a moving vehicle. Slow and steady wins the race, a gta egg and spoon race.
Congratulation to Tick and Outkast on the 1st run and Fred & Simon on the second. Joint winners
The terrain in the West coast is a little easier and we made some distance up. Lots of pictures taken but snapmatic was problematic last night and I lost plenty of good shots to this.
The final two mini games were also modified; I had planned to run them as “team Selfie” races. I have ran the Taylor power plant race before as team event and it’s great fun, hope to offer some modified versions in future meets. Congrtualtions on Starsky and hutch for the win.
We did a little drifting ? and some more climbs. For the 3rd time I lead you all down to an impossible spot. Thanks magnum for the help with the cargo bob u saved the day. Many of us had swapped vehicles now, as we approached the end. Some became a little frustrated and restless.
As indicated by Tick, after my first few meets and some of the problems that occurred, a two attempt rule was introduced. This is two attempts at a climb, before giving the next person a go. It allows the meet to run smoothly, stops a clusterf*ck of trucks battling each other on a cliff top and generally keeps the lobby harmonious. I did not enforce this well last night. And whilst a lot of the regulars just do this automatically now, I will be pressing this rule on newer players in future meets. I never want anyone to feel they have not had a fair shot at a climb.
Overall every player behaved great when I was kicked everyone just carried on and during recess’s people were confident enough to pause have a beer/brew/piss/cigarette and return in confidence to still be alive and have their vehicles intact, hats off to you guys for that.
There were a few accidental killings and a few non accidental towards the end. I think in fairness after 6hrs in each other’s company this is not bad going. It would be nice to eliminate them completely. And I do stress that revenge is not the answer. In future meets I will introduce a fight club. A controlled opportunity to let of some steam and clear the air.
Thanks again to everyone and thanks for restoring my enthusiasm in hosting meets.
Also thanks to Jamie for streaming the whole event, lots of chat on twitch as people watched.
I like the interaction of twitch, and if streaming proves to be a popular like last night . I will considering having a category where twitch viewers can vote future meets.
The full real time video of this can be found
I also got plenty of video and will edit this and post in the next few days.
Now onto the pictures, Enjoy!