My friend Target, a far north Canadian who loves Quake 2 and is awesome at casting games, has been sharing his thoughts on various players of the game on an AcmeCTF forum thread. What he said meant a lot to me:
“Maybe you are forgetting that I have met Reefer (IRL). I went to the Buffalo Lan with the intention of hanging with friends, playing video games, and having a few drinks. But I think that Reefer went to the Lan with the intention of learning some things to make him a better Q2 player. He was always asking for tips and advice. His only other goal from the Lan (from what I could gather) was to try the fine foods of Buffalo and write up Yelp reviews (and take pictures for FB).
When Reefer first arrived at the Lan he made me uncomfortable, but I’m not sure why. I feel like I am a good judge of character and can read people pretty quick. But not with Reefer. He would say something that sounded absurd and 100% ridiculous, and yet he was 100% serious. I could never tell if he was joking or not (and later determined he wasn’t) so I was always thrown off. I came to the conclusion that he is likely the funniest person I ever met, and tried my damnedest to convince him to write a book. Some of the stories he had (and the tattoos to remind him) are beyond hilarious.
As a player, Reefer has gotten WAY better. At the Lan we were playing 2v2 with Me/Cartman vs Rusty/Reefer (so basically a 2v1) and we were still able to win. Now, I don’t even know if I could win 1v1 vs Reefer. I would say the MIP in the last couple years would be between him, HF, and Baccaco.”