As Jay was more widely known on Prdywen/Dyvet server. The little blue kobbie SM, passed away on the 27th October 2010 one day after his 40th birthday. I’d known Jay for a little over 5 years, with the first 2 years spent in an opted group in Prdywen/Dyvet playing DAOC, combining members of the guilds Talons Reach & The Savage Conclave, hence the name Team Conclave. We spent 3 nights a week, Sunday, Monday & Thursday bound together for 4 hours at a time and boy did we have some stressful evenings together, locking horns more than once. In our hearts I think we knew we were stronger as a team than individually, forging a bloody good group of 8 in DOAC, but never without some casualties along the way.
I always knew that Blue, wasn’t in the best of health, but it was never in my mind that serious and certainly nothing that would ever kill him before his three score and ten. But these last few months I’d known he can’t have been that good, especially when he couldn’t post on the guild forums. So when I saw a post from his good friend Roy on Tuesday, asking for a meeting on vent, I just knew it wasn’t going to be good news. I think you just know when dark clouds are gathering.
When I heard the news, I felt quite numb, even though I had prepared myself. For me the best way to avoid doing too much thinking that night, was to go and play Warhammer. That’s the beauty of video games, they soak up all your focus and don’t leave anything spare to think about the crap that real life throws your way. Life starts to get you down, when shit like this happens. It really puts into perspective losing life’s great loot roll. As a young man, I always felt immortal, that feeling has long since passed.
I’m sure all the people who’ve played with Blue over the years will wish him god speed into whatever plane of existence your particular religion holds dear. Personally I hope he’s sat in a comfy chair, with a gold-plated gaming machine where the pc never breaks down and he’s been given an eternal subscription to whatever the fuck he wants. Maybe somewhere so special, that games actually go live working as intended, since for some they don’t get a second chance.
My condolences to his mum and family.
For Blue where ever you maybe, just remember that Sunday night in Agramon where we won 38 8 vs 8 fights in succession, without doubt the highlight of my gaming life and probably very near the top of yours.
Goodbye Bluesky I never thought I’d be saying it so soon.
Azzarri – The original “Deathblow-Carpet-Bomber” – over 18 million rp’s of rampant killing, died on the 27th October 2010.
I’ve posted a few links, one to a videos of our team in the good old days on Prydwen/Dyvet (Strangely in these types of videos, the team rarely looses!!). I appreciate to you non DAOCers it will probably induce a glassy eyed look.
Take a time to have a laugh and next time you’re in a pub/bar or whatever raise a glass to a fellow gamer who’ll not be around to cross swords with you anymore.
These video’s and some audio people stashed away, will be the only memories I will have of Blue, which makes me sadder than you can imagine.
When you look at video’s from DAOC, you need to see the speed that groups came together and would split up, it was fast. It had a system of interrupts for casting that would make a modern-day warhammer/wow caster weep in frustration, it was that easy to be stopped in mid cast. Blue played a proper caster, I just played an easy mode bonedancer. Crowd control was something that was done with some skill and an eye on the clock, casted was always best.
It would never get included in a modern-day game, it’s just to hard, but that’s what happens when you take your lead from WoW level accessibility. Hard isn’t where the moneys at.
Anyway here we go. Only in AVI, no x264 in those days.
On a final note, I would like to thank Mythic CSRs for being understanding and NOT allowing the DAOC guild name to be changed to Team Azzarri. Maybe if we had called it Team “Ladies Genitalia” that would have violated the naming policy.