About a year ago the peeps at TF2CSA needed a writer, and since I cannot resist a challenge and has a palate that wants to taste new things, I decided to jump in. This journey has captured me so and enriched my life in countless ways.
Take a walk with me down memory lane as I share with you some of my thoughts about the extraordinary people I've met and the topics that tickled my fancy.
Interview with Christopher 'Turkish' Smithard
I will always remember Chis as my 'first'. He was the first person I interviewed, my first attempt at writing, the gamer that introduced me to competitive online gaming and most important of all, my first online friend.
We formed the Team Fortress 2 clan 'Criminal Misfits'. We started off as the newbs, but ended up dominating the TF2 SA scene for a long time.
This interview covered some of the lessons we learned, our highs and lows, but most of all I will remember this interview for the relationships I formed. Some of it is still part of my life to this day.
Interview with Yolanda 'Lolita' Green
This fascinating woman has so many facets to her personality, that I find I am at a loss for words when I want to try and capture her essence in a few sentences. I will let you reach your own conclusions about her, by directing you to her blog. The simplest approach for me is to recognise and respect her accomplishments in gaming, which is covered in this interview. I've known her for just over two years now, and in the words of 'Big Chris' from 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels' "It's been emotional".
Interview with Steve 'Wonderer' Whitford
Since my interview with Steve, I've gotten to know him a lot better. We differ on a lot of things, but the fact that he and the team at do Gaming are a driving force for gaming in South Africa cannot be denied.
"I am ze Ubermensch!" Medic Interview
Medic interview with Skiba, Seamonkey, Space and Beetle. This kicked off my TF2 class series interviews. I will remember this interview because of my passion for this class, medic4life. To date I've played 996 hours as a medic. The mental challenge and unique skillset this class brings to competitive TF2 makes it a neverending learning experience.
What the Captains have to say
My TF2 clan captain interview with LeaRox, Surge, Xt3erminator and Heckers. I will remember this interview with a hint of sadness, clans in TF2 SA just don't last. I have a lot of respect for anyone that attempts to develop and manage a team of wild gamers.
How the pro's frag
TF2 soldier interview with Raliator, Skillbill, Semper and Kung Fu. I will remember this interview for 2 reasons. Firstly, Skillbill, I will always honour him for the role he played in TF2 SA, he helped me so much when I just started comp play, and many players can say this abt him...and that his voice pitches like a lil girl when he rages. Secondly 'Rali the diva', is it a solly thing?
The League of Extraordinary Gamers
My three part LXG interview with Lag_Beast, Bubbles, Kev, Russ, Roskii and RoBoHoBo. This was my favorite interview. I loved doing the research and covering topics not just TF2 related. I also have tremendous respect for these 6 gamers.
To conclude part 1 of 'Where it all began', I would like to thank the people who kickstarted me on this journey. Christian da Silva from TF2CSA for providing my first writing platform. Matthew Green who helped me with editing. Scott Hill for most of the artwork. Lastly, Yolanda Green for general ass kicking and inspiration to 'just go back and do better'.