Fragfest '96

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The Facts:

  • Date: 14/12-96
  • Time: 12:00-24:00
  • Place: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Players: about 50
  • Spectators: about 20
  • Game: Deathmatch
  • Players/Game: 4-5
  • Grand Pize: GW P200.
  • Levels played:
    1st: E1M1 and DM6
    Quarter: E1M2 and E1M6
    Semi: E1M4 and DM4
    Final: E1M7
  • Clans represented:
    Clan Judges
    Clan McCloud
    Icon of Pain
    Killer Instinct
    Swedish Mob
    Swedish Chefs
    Teddy Bears
    Up Your Backpack

The Gathering...

It was a very cold Saturday morning when Quakers from all over Sweden met at IVA:s conference center in Stockholm for the biggest gaming event of the year. Fragfest '96 was heavily sponsored by companies like Gateway 2000, Microsoft and PC Gamer. Gateway supplied the computer equipment and 1st prize while Microsoft and PC Gamer provided additional prizes. It took some time to get everything organized and ready to go so the actual event didn't start until 13:00. By that time everyone was excited and eager to start playing.

"Adam briefs the players before the game"

Rockets, gibs and frags

After the short introduction the games were off to a flying start. There were no really bad players, just more or less good. Of course some had to be the ones to be beaten in the first round and those players included people like Shining/KI, Hobbex/DA and me(Dance of SC). Among the players who made it to the the quarter finals were Doomer/TB, Eraser/TB, Sniket/UYB, Nikodemus/SC, Xenon/UYB, Totte[+], Kryo and Okkun/SWEMOB.

"Judge Jeeger and Hobbex do battle"

Semifinal mayhem

The semifinals included the best Quake gaming I've ever seen. The best players fighting with no such thing as a ping advantage. The feared players of CMC, Storm and Buchman was eliminated by their former modem victims Sniper and Eraser. When all rocket blasts, gibs and blood cleared only four players remained: Doomer/TB, Xenon/UYB, Okkun/SWEMOB and still hanging in there Totte from Crusaders. The ultimate challenge awaited them, the final with four of Swedens best Quakers.

"Banners and Quake logos everywhere"

It starts

First Adam Schaub the master of ceremonies greeted us all welcome and did a quick brief on the rules and how the game should be. Due to the less than planned turnup of only 50 players instead of 128 the initial rules was a bit changed. There was going to be groups of 4 players on 2 tables playing deatmatch for 2 x 20 min on 2 different levels. From each group the two best players would qualify for next round.

"Buchman and Storm from CMC"

The game gets tough

In the quarter finals the matches were getting tougher and more intense. A player who surprised most people by acing his quarter final was Totte from Crusaders. One of the players in Tottes group who learned this the hard way was our own Nikodemus. Faced with both Totte and Sniket on two of his most hated levels he was beaten and out of the game. Clans with a lot of members still in the game was UYB, TB, CMC and Crusaders.

"Totte - Dark Horse of Fragfest '96"

The final round

"The final - not for wimps :)"

"Doomer concentrated on fragging hard"

There can be only one

The final was played on E1M7, House of Chton, 40 minutes stretch, no pause. By the looks of the game and amount of kills all the time you would have thought that it was eight people on the level and not only four. No one lived longer than a minute at a time, it was just the question of who was able to gib the others most during the short time he was alive. It soon became clear that this game was out of Xenon's league as the others fragcount rose away from him. Doomer grabbed the lead by 10 frags and Totte and Okkun took turns beeing on second place.

The End

What Doomer once get hold of he never lets go. That included the lead he got at the start of the final. Totte and Okkun did their best but they just couldn't match Doomer who when the timelimit expired had an impressive 137 frags, 14 frags over Okkun who was closest after on 133. Totte who had played very well all night ended up a total third 6 frags after Okkun on 127. Last in the finals was Xenon at only 69 frags. The finals ended just before midnight and a lot of tired but happy quakers left the battlegrounds for a warm well deserved bed.

Glory and Prizes

The ten best quakers in Sweden got prizes for their efforts in Fragfest '96. Besides the computer Doomer got the prizes consisted of games from microsoft and a Quake expanion set called Aftershock. The group photo in the end of the ten winners (except Buchman/CMC) shows from left to right: Nikodemus, Eraser, Kryo, Doomer, Okkun, Totte, Sniper, Xenon and Sniket.

That's about all I have to tell about Fragfest '96. Remember this is no official statement from the organisation of Fragfest '96, it's just my personal opinion of the events that occoured there. Mail me if you have a question or a complaint. Pictures taken by me may not be used without my permission.


"Doomer gets the crowds appreciation"

"First prize a diploma and a Computer"

"Nine of the best Quakers in Sweden"

"Behold, the final scores..."

For more info about FF '96 check out Fragfest Homepage on Torget.

Or why not Hobbex - A frag in the darkness - in depth report on the event.