• 2 Dec 2018, 13:09 • Journals
Enemy Territory has provided us with some of the most exciting moments in gaming history. We have got to meet new people, people who we eventually even went on to call our friends. Wolfenstein Enemy Territory is so much more than a game. It deserves more than a slow and painful end. Dear friends, it is time to step up and enjoy the game one last final time. It is time to give ET a proper farewell that it deserves.
It is Sunday morning, 6 am. I am properly reading the journal of Tosspot with all of its comments for the first time. Tears are starting to form in my eyes, thinking of how much joy ET has given me during all these years, the last 13 years. That was the moment I decided to write this journal.
Let me start out by saying that I have always been the kind of sentimental guy when it comes to stuff like this. It is not new for me to get emotional. It shows how much impact the game has made on me. Never for a moment did I ever think I would write this journal back when I decided to pick up this game.
My personal ET experience
Always did I play the old unpatch version of ET, 2.55. It was only in 2014 that I moved to 2.6b. To what many considered to be already in a very inactive state, was the most refreshing experience in my life. For the first time I was able to participate in competitions from my beloved game. Playing my first official match, where WuT spoke his famous words, words that, from his side, never contained more truth:
The rest is history. Never did I regret a single moment playing this game. Eventually, I started organizing tournaments and even started to consider organizing a LAN event. Even though I had absolutely zero experiences in organizing such events whatsoever, it was my dream to do so. I wrote down all my thoughts and contacted the people I thought were capable of helping me. If you are interested, this was the message I initially wrote:
We went on and eventually it was timbolina to step up and decided to help me. That was a crucial step, because I was aware that without a well-known name from the community this project could never succeed. I was not known to the larger audience and I was aware nobody would trust an unknown person in such big events. To do this day, I am still grateful to Tim for helping me organizing the 2 LANs that followed; the ET Reborn LAN and the ET United LAN.
It were the Germans Chosen, Ekto and stRay that I collaborated with organizing the last KBG LAN.
Never did I finish my post on my POV of the Grand Final from last LAN. The moments, the feelings, the chills, everything. But to give a summary on what happened. On the 21st of May 2017 my dream became reality. After a period of 12 years(!), me and my team finally managed to become champions. I fulfilled my dream and I am not ashamed to state that this must have been my most sincere happy feeling I have ever felt. Winning a Grand Final by beating a near impossible 3 minute time, on adlernest, as the 6th and final map was absolutely unrealistic and sensational at the same time.
Not without a last sweat
I'm not a man with much knowledge about keeping websites up. I hope others will help out on that aspect. However, I am able to contribute in my own way. Try to do what I think I can do best. That is to motivate and bring people together.
Throughout the week I have started to get in touch with a few people, share my thoughts. The idea is to organize one last final LAN. A good bye event that this game so desperately deserves. Realistic plans have been made on how to lower the costs, such that we can reduce the required amount of teams significantly. More details will follow in the coming weeks, give it some time.
In life, you are usually not aware of your "the last time". The last time you logged in into xfire or, perhaps, the last time you saw that particular person. Let us change that, let us take faith upon our own hands. Be the captain on the boat of our own destiny.
My name is Sebastian Heselaars, better known as Sebhes. A simple man with simple hopes. We might be not a like, but we all do share the passion for this game called Wolfenstein Enemy Territory. I realize too well that all good things are not meant to last forever. However, it won't end like this, not without a last sweat.
The tans will fade, but the memories will last forever