'Bout a year and a half ago, I finally found the joy that was Armagetron. Finally, a light-cycle game that actually feels like a light-cycle game. After a bit of tweaking some of the controls, and playing againt the (horribly predictable) bots for a while... I took the fearful plunge into the unknown and started an internet game.
I played on a few random servers for a while, and found quickly that I didn't like the team-play deal at all. Eventually I found my way to GoshDarn.
Sure I got wasted in the first couple seconds of each match without fail. But something about the server held me. The vets who had obviously garnered skill that I could only hope for, seemed to mind not at all that a wide-eyed noob like myself wanted to play on their grid (likely because I never took up space for very long!
). More than that, though; after a few days of playing (*constantly*, this game is friggin' addictive!), they seemed to realize that I was going to be around for a while, and even though I still had the driving skills of a drunk donkee, fully accepted that I was enjoying myself, and even complimented me on the few good kills I managed.
In the space of an exceedingly fast couple weeks, I suddenly realized that there were frequent times when I would actually be caught head-to-head at the end of a match with algerion, Road Kill, or Digital Logic. The sudden realization that I was actually getting better and holding my own (at least for a little while) against the likes of these fine bikers only strengthened my resolve to one day be able to count myself among their ranks.
Unfortunately, as happens to us all at one time or another, my computer decided it was fundamentally fed-up with life and crashed, to be recovered by nothing less than a full format/re-load. The process took some time, and as I was building my computer back to it's former glory, Armagetron and GoshDarn slowly slipped from my thoughts. It has only been the past couple of days that has re-kindled my love of the grid and I was deeply hurt to find that GoshDarn was no longer on my server list.
My deepest regrets go out to one and all who called GoshDarn their training grounds, and home. Armagoshdarn... you will be missed.