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  Title: Paintball
Jun 12, 2007 - 12:50 pm
Posted By: rampage

When I'm not at work, working on my house or playing AAT I'm probably doing something paintball related.  I've been playing for around 14 years now, so it?s been a big part in my 28 years on this planet.  From 1998-2004 I was the Capt of Team Impulse.  We competed in tournaments around the N.E. part of the U.S. winning a bunch of local events.  At the larger events like Skyball and International Armature Open however we only managed to finish mid pack.  Just being able to compete in events like Skyball though was a great experience.  I remember the 2002 skyball had around 290 teams total, six fields in the Toronto Skydome and basically non stop games for over two days.  Every 7 mins from around 7am till 1am 6 games would start.

By the fall of 2003 things started to go down hill.  Looking back I know that a lot of factors added to it but the reality of the matter is keeping 16 people happy is not an easy task.  By the spring of 2004 I was sick of the drama and fights between friends.  I was tired of the "he said she said" BS and decided that it was time to leave.  So after the April 2004 Global Paintball tourney I left the team.  A short while later the team broke up, about 1/2 of the members went to Stonemak Factory and the rest just left to do there own thing.

When I first left I had plans to join a new team.  The closest good offer I could find was with some guys in the Pittsburg area and the idea of driving out (4.5 hours one way) for two day practices every weekend just didn't sound all that appealing.  I guess it was more the two day part that was the deal breaker.  Next I tried to get things going with some guys in my area but lack of practice area made it hard to get off the ground.  By the time the summer hit I was sick of it all and just focused on working on my house.

After about a year I started to realize just how much I missed it.  I started to call those that I was still on talking terms with and try to find a group to get playing with again.  Slowly I started to talk a few players from the old team and meeting some new players.  It's been about a year now that we've been playing again and we finally have a good core group.  

Well for anyone that?s still reading this here's a link to this weekends "high lights":


  Title: Reflections on the past?..The Rampage story
May 2, 2007 - 11:51 am
Posted By: rampage

The past few days seeing a lot of the older players come back to the game started to make me think about what it was like when I started out 3+ years ago.  I found AAT by doing a search for free online games.  Starting out back then I had no idea what I was doing nor did I ever dream that three years later I would still be playing it.  I started out in the main, the game had been running for a while so I?m sure I blended in with the masses of newbies.  I remember being so clueless, for example I used to map out warp link paths on paper because I didn?t know anything about being able to real space.  The game was a lot slower too since the colonist base was only set at 1 million, I remember it taking me weeks to make the credits to buy my first voyager.  I traded and traded and slowly worked my way to the 2nd page in the rankings and then along came a player named ?Ash?.  I had made of lot of novice mistakes and Ash used them all to his advantage.  Every time I would get close to him in score he would attack and my score would suffer.  At the time I hated him for attacking me, looking back now I know that I owe him a lot.  The fact is I had two choices at that time, cut my losses and find a different game or adapt and over come.  In the end his attacks made me a better player because it forced me to realize the mistakes I was making.  Soon after that the colonist base was upgraded and since I did not yet understand all the details about making credits with planets I started to lose interest in the main.

The next thing for me in the world of AAT was small games.  I knew that I needed to learn the basics and figured it would be best to do that didn?t have a lot of players.  The only thing I really remember from the 1st small game I was in is that it?s where I meet ?Morby?.  I have done a number of games with her (including the current main) over the years.  It was around that time that I meet Phirephly too.  I?m not a 100% sure but I think it was one of her 1st games too.  The game was slow, mostly just building and almost no attacking.  I remember Phirephly and myself where back and forth for 1st place.  Not wanting to attack (and at that time not really know how)  I set out to try to find a way to gain 1st with out doing an all out attack on her.  I started to watch how she explored and noticed a pattern in the way she real spaced.  I knew she was taking over any indy planets that she found along the way too.  So I knew where she would be so I decided that I could put mines in one of those sectors?.But how many?  That?s when I started to take over Indys ahead of her, I put spies on them and waited for them to go Indy.  My hope was that she would then take over one of those planets and get a spy on her ship so that I would know how many mine deflectors she had.  It took a little time but I managed to get a spy on her ship, and lay a mine field taking out her Voyager and out of 1st place.  That was the first, last and only time I have ever attacked her?mainly due to the fact that she?ll never let me live it down. The odd thing about all of that is the fact that after I took out her ship we ended up talking more and she even invited me to a different game she was playing in Universe Empire, the Latvian server.  Universe Empire was a great experience for me because I finally started to learn how to attack.  My style of play then changed from the Lurker/Builder to Attacker.  

Next for me was my return to the main.  I set out to attack much in the same way that Ash had attacked me.  My goal for this game wasn?t to get on the first page but to be in the top 5 for kills.  I spent hour?s online gaining intell on other players and cruising for kills.  I would wait until I had found a players/teams main sector before I launched and attack.  My way of thinking was taking one or two planets to gain a few credits and an enemy wasn?t worth it.  If I was going to attack a player my goal was to bring them to their knees there by eliminated any chance of a counter attack for a while.  I worked my way up to the 2nd page in the rankings by the time the game was reset and I was content with that.  I managed to rack up 45 kills too. The thing that I learned most from all the attacking I did in that game wasn?t how to improve my attacks though, it was how to build.  I learned what SGs were hard to find, what sectors are hard to take over and most important how to set up planets to make the most credits.  

After that I went on to play in a lot of other smaller games the next year or so slowly fine tuning what I had learned.  To this day I guess I?m really still learning and I guess that?s a part in why I enjoy the game so much.

Entry Edited 1 time - Edited on May 2, 2007 - 11:52 am

  Title: Phase II
Apr 10, 2007 - 10:41 am
Posted By: rampage

The last few months I've been slacking off a bit in the game, this was largely due to the Galaxy command cheat.  In short I felt there was no point in building an SG sector since all SG's could be found fairly simply.  Now that the command has been removed I can finally build SGs again.  The last few months have not been a complete waste though as I have been able to develop some new strategies for building.  I'm really looking forward to implementing them in the next few weeks.  Also while I was looking into how my SGs where being found so easily I managed to uncover other ways to find SGs...all though they're not as simple as the Galaxy command they will still, none the less help me hide my planets better.

In other somewhat related news I've managed to get the bugs worked out of my DSL at home!!  Now I just need to finish my five year long remodeling project to gain some more playing time.

Pics of my project can be found a the URL below for anyone who's interested or just bored   Before pics are at the start, new pics are the end.

  Title: The Main
Feb 13, 2007 - 8:35 am
Posted By: rampage

It again has been a long time since added anything to this.  A few weeks ago I started back in the main game.  Things are going better then I thought they would, I really didn't think I would be in 5th place.  At the moment I'm just building and I'm going to do my best to try to be a "nice" player.  So far I have not been attacked as long as that contiues I'll be "nice".  I'm sure sooner or later I will be attacked and then I'll be headed down the same old bloody path....maybe I can break my old kill record of 45 kills in the main then.  

It's been a few years now since I started playing this game and I think the thing that I love the most about it is no matter how much I learn this game I feel there is alway something else to figure out.  

  Title: Stuff
Oct 26, 2005 - 9:03 am
Posted By: rampage

Well to start off I been having a bunch of people that I talk to ask me what I do when I'm not playing AAT, so to fill everyone in here's a little background on me.

I'm 26, live in the "big" town of Bloomsburg.....for the 90% of you that dont know where that is find Harrisburg PA on a map and follow the river north east about 75 miles.  For work I do Computer Aided Design (C.A.D.)  for a company that renovates food service area's mostly n college's and hospitals, I have done some resturants as well.  In my free time, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, camping, paintball....all that outdoor stuff.  For the past four years however free time is something I have very little of....the joys of buying a "fixer upper" house.  

Here's a link to my Paintball teams web site:


And here's a link to my house pics:


And now for some AAT news:

The main game reset, version .30 is up and running, I haven't had alot of time to check it out though.  I was happy to finish the main with 45 kills, I managed to do that in a short amount of time.  As for 38th place. ehh not bad for a few weeks of playing I guess this was really the first time I did mostly attacking and I think I will mostly likely do a mix of attacking + building in any new games I try.  

As of about a day ago I started back on the Tqfgames server....I really enjoyed this game before I started to play the main game.  The only down fall was after playing in the main it seemed like TQF was very slow, since then they have made some changes that will really improve the game.  I been in the game for about 24 hours now and I'm allready up to 12 out of 24...had a little help from some friends though.  The next few places are going to be hard to move up, there is alot of space between the players.  The good news for me is that there are alot of people ahead of me that I can attack with out fear of them taking back the sectors.

Will I make #1 again??

Tune in later to find out.

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