A door closes

I finally made a decision that I really should have made a few months ago – the decision to leave the FRAG LAN core admin team. Due to the fact that most of my free time and financial resources these days is going towards my part-time studies, I felt that I could no longer contribute to the team, and the others on the team felt the same way. I believe that my decision to step down was the best thing for both myself and for the event itself.

Initially, I was going to leave completely; however, I’ve been asked to continue looking after the website – I suppose that the only real reason for this is that I’m the only one on the team who knows Joomla and phpBB 3 inside out. I’ve agreed to this, but I won’t be doing this indefinitely. Ideally, I’d like to train someone up on the FRAG website, and eventually be in the position to say “it’s yours now; do with it as you please”. I’m teaching one of the team members how Joomla works, and another how phpBB 3 works – neither of them are particularly challenging if you’re willing to learn.

I’m currently negotiating with the remaining core team as to them buying out the assets that I contributed towards the event (a server and some networking stuff). I have been given the opportunity to buy back into the event when I want to; however, I doubt that I’ll take this up. Firstly, I probably won’t be in a position to do this for at least another year, maybe more. Secondly, by the time I’m in a position to do so, I probably would have decided to move on. Thirdly (and this is totally personal), I may not even be gaming for much longer, given my growing discontent with Windows and the fact that the latest editions of Ubuntu are looking very, very tempting…

In a way, I’m sorry I had to stop this, particularly as I was one of the people who got the event rolling in the first place. At least I’ll now be able to concentrate on the things that need concentrating on.


Ya, gaming time again… 🙂

I had a garage LAN over at my place during that long weekend at the end of April – just a few mates of mine. During a break from the gaming, we disussed hosting LAN gaming events in Durban, as the local gaming scene appears to be dying. Anyway, to cut a long story short, things have managed to come together, and we’ve created the FRAG LAN. (FRAG, while being associated with gaming terminology, stands for Frikken Retarded At Gaming, which aptly describes our (lack of) gaming skills.)

After a lot of planning and a lot of time spent crimping network cables, our first event is just a week away. We’re having it at Amanzimtoti High School (we managed to get the venue for free).

We’ve tried to get some sponsors on board, but most people seem to be unwilling to sponsor new entrants into the gaming scene. Nevertheless, we did manage to procure a GeForce 8800GTS, which is going to whoever wins the Supreme Commander tournament. Hopefully the first event will be a success, so that we can secure more sponsorship and prizes for future events (after all, it’s the prizes that attracts the gamers).

Hopefully there’ll be a happy update to this little story after the event…