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Weinbergers Deli, Grapevine, Tex.

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My friend and his brother (both of whom are local Texans from Grapevine) brought me to Weinbergers, and it was an awesome place for us to have lunch. I ordered the reuben, and the sandwich was generously appointed. The combination of flavors from the corned beef and Russian dressing, to the fresh baked rye bread, were totally on point and satisfying.

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The place was hopping busy for lunch (always a good sign!) but the staff was completely on top of the situation. When a table opened up it was immediately cleaned and we were seated with our number (it is counter service at this deli.) The system runs like a well-oiled machine, with a smile. I love to see a local place doing good business, and that’s what is going on at Weinbergers. Bravo!

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QuakeCon 2019: The Year of Doom Photos

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Thank you everybody in the QuakeCon family for a great experience. Big thanks to my friend Nick for hosting me, and Deadbeat for inspirational second place finish in the BYOC Quake II duel tournament. GGs and hope to see everybody back next year!

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More Quake 2 CTF Maps

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I spent a few hours using the archived internet to find some Quake 2 CTF maps we haven’t played before (AFAIK). I tried to learn from the disaster that was my recommendation of the Thunderwalker2 small maps – I left A LOT of maps behind in the dustbin of history and am putting forward ONLY THE CHOSEN FEW LEBRON JAMES MAPS that I thought would be actually fun to play.

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PiPeLiNe KiLl TiMe – shew.bsp

Small map, lots of fun to hook, would probably support up to 4v4.

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RPGed, by Dragon – rpg.bsp

Small map for 1v1 or 2v2.

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TALKisCHEAP, by Kabo – talkischeap.bsp

Small map for 1v1 or 2v2.

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DCTF Style, by HyNcH – dctfstyle.bsp

Small map for 1v1 or 2v2.

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Gibs on Ice

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“Fool didn’t pay up, so he had to get iced.” gibs on ice rocket arena quake2 tastyspleen ra2 ra2map q2 reefer 3rdarm giblets railgun 
ra2map6  Arena 6  “Gibs on Ice” 

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I recommend we play this 1v1 arena map more. Moving fast on ice it’s like yoga for my wrist. It gets the blood to the right place for my railz man.

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El De Moño Rojo

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It was one of those days. Despite the new alarm clock, I overslept and missed one of the last weekly meetings of the year. In his walkthrough, Chef Rick saw a server struggling to open a bottle of wine. She couldn’t get the aluminum wrapper off the top of the bottle, and Chef tried to help her with his tasting spoon.

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It was the kind of day where darkness and uncertainty, circular chaos, seemed to take on a life of its own. I listened to Nelly’s “Country Grammar” weaving my bike through rush hour traffic.

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Mythical Beasts

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I am no longer with rage quit: I have joined Mythical Beasts. Thank you alpacino and beav for having me on your team for the past few months. I am excited to move forward with mb and together we may be able to accomplish some of my long term goals (rail housefly).

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If anyone is interested, my player name for mb is going to be hu1tz1. The mythical beast is Huitzilopochtli, the Aztec god of war and the sun. In legend hu1tz1 was born fully grown, in full armor and headshotted his sister immediately upon exiting the womb.

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Hummingbirds are badass warriors who can fly backwards, upside down and hover, and to do so they must consume half their body weight in sugar every day. For a human being of my weight, that would mean over 1100 cans of Coke. Hu1tz1 was said to be in a constant struggle with the darkness and required nourishment in the form of sacrifices… giblets!

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ESPN Game of the Week

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I don’t know if you guys saw this, but believe it or not a late night game on the match server, a couple weeks ago, blew up and became ESPN’s game of the week! We played 2v2 on lrail. The teams were housefly and angry on red versus yoda and me on blue. On the match server lrail has techs and quad by default. I was too stoned to play the game right, and in my haze thought the best strategy for our team was to focus on getting every quad. Yoda was on fire and single handedly kept it close although we consistently trailed by 1 or 2 caps. Housefly was probably drunk and angry was quiet, and probably angry. Angry losing, angry winning. Why not?

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As the score crept into double digits, blue team slipped farther behind, and I felt despair and yet continued to time quad. Yoda was on vent saying, “We got this.” Somehow, basically 2v1, Yoda capped 3 times in a row to make it 18-17. There’s something like 30 seconds left. I already have amp and as quad respawns, I take that too. Yoda grabs red flag. I kill enemy FC with quad amp rail on our flag. Housefly and angry both have railguns ready to prevent yoda from crossing arena to cap. Red team looks stunned as I quad amp rail yoda (friendly fire) across the map to our flag. In a split second yoda has capped to tie it up and time expires.

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Yoda and angry tied for frags, and I had 2 more frags than housefly. Blue team won! My name was entered onto the list of match server lrail champions forever (or until the next high score.)

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Thunderwalker 2 Small Maps

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Thunderwalker 2 was a Quake 2 CTF mod from some of the same guys (Team 3 and D Team) that worked on the Allstar 2 map pack.

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We have some of the TW2 maps on the server already: Warhouses by Hafhead (the screenshots on this first post are from Warhouses: how about that sunset!), The Swivel Frit, The Cataclysm, Lords of the Ring. These are big maps! There were also 4 “small” Thunderwalker 2 levels:

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tw2small1 – The Enemy Within by Geezer of Dteam (early version of Counterparts)
tw2small2 – Fascination Street by Panda o’ Fire

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tw2small3 – Deja Vu Refinery by TomaKazi of Dteam

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tw2small4 – Gadianton – Remake by dolomite of Dteam

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Strange Tools

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It’s a lot of fun getting together to talk with my online friends when we play Quake 2 CTF on Sunday evenings. Everyone has a different approach, whether it’s Yoda’s infectious sense of humor, Fors soothing life coaching, or housefly’s stoicism (no mic.) At the end of many hours of play, it is often just angry, bluefish and me left on the voice server.

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Angry is from Southern California, not far at all from where my sister lives, and like my sister, is a little bit older and wiser than me (and like her, does not smoke the MJ.) His depth of knowledge in subjects that interest him is amazing, whether it be F1 racing, hockey, web design or Quake 2, angry is like a walking encyclopedia. Angry earned his nickname the predictable way, and for the most part avoids sharing his emotions. The exception to this rule is during late night 1v1’s, when I am more “relaxed” (read: stoned, read: easy to kill) when angry LOVES to talk smack.

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Portuguese is bluefish’s first language (of many!), and while her English is amazing, she uses many endearingly quirky expressions and alternate pronunciations. For example, whenever she says “techs,” I am reminded of saxophonist John Tesh, and the she says “middle,” sounds like the extra strength pain reliever, “Midol.” Bluefish is very “chingona” to stay up and play with us all night and we all love having her in the group. With the massive daylight timezone difference between Portugal and North America she is usually the first of us three to go off to sleep.

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My work in the hospitality industry has turned me into a kind of giant human parrot. When h0ps and angry are talking, I parrot back the “bro talk.” When I talk with bluefish, I start pronouncing words the same way she does. Now that all this is out on the table, I present my recollection of how bluefish said goodnight to angry and me last Sunday:

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Bluefish: Alright friends, Mama is tired. Time go to nest.

Reefer: OK Bluefish!!! Awesome playing tonight. Thank you for staying up so late!

Angry: …

Bluefish: Goodnight Reefer! Goodnight Angry! Good games.

Reefer: Good games Bluefish! Goodnight! Take care!

Angry: …

Bluefish: Why don’t you say goodnight to me Angry?

Angry: BYE!

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Old Gods

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(Pictured: Irene, David and Wilson, longtime Frontera Grill employees. Each has been with the company more than 20 years.) WORM and Yowza, who run and finance and make possible the last Quake 2 CTF community, brought me on board their team a couple weeks ago. Whether it’s a restaurant like the East Coast Grill (1985) or a downtown institution such as Union League Club (1879) and now ACME’s Quake 2 CTF (2004) I am proud to give my best to time-honored communities.

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WORM: Welcome Reefer! He has joined the admin ranks for all servers.

Yowza: Reefer is always welcome! It is semi-legal here in D.C. now. Thanks for being an admin Reefer!

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Reefer: Thank you guys for having me – and for having AcmeCTF.com and the servers. The most fun escape imaginable from a world that too often gets the best of me with it’s beat downs and negativity. Not that I don’t get my share of beat downs in Quake 2 – although those are typically more enjoyable! Thank you guys for trusting in me. I will give my best effort to make sure this place that’s so important to me remains fun and positive.

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