Friday, June 30, 2006

Bark: Hectic summer

I've just finalised the details of the third trip I'm due to take this summer.

The first is a two-day press jolly to see Relic's new RTS, Company of Heroes. Regular readers will know I'm not much of an RTS fan, but I generally find Relic's efforts tolerable: Dawn of War for example is probably the classic of the genre, and I really like that - despite never really having been a Warhammer enthusiast. What makes this trip essential is not just that it's going to be a really good game, but that THQ are laying on a charter flight in a Douglas DC-3 Dakota (probably the most iconic of transport planes from the World War II era) to take us to Normandy to see it. My brother will be particularly jealous, given that the DC-3 is his favourite plane and that he's one of the most active members of the a very bizarre DC-3 online community that uses MS Flight Simulator to fly real-time "missions" all around the globe, with plug-ins that simulate the weather in real-time. The URL of their website escapes me for the moment, unfortunately... The Dakota is a beautiful plane, though it's mildly worrying that I'm going to be flying in a plane older than my Dad... Still, I'm looking forward to the experience very much. And the game, as well. Expect a full account of the trip and the game this time next month on Pro-G.

My second trip this summer is a ten day trip to Norway for the wedding of our friends Sabine and Kaspar. Kaspar is the chap who introduced me to the joys of Urban Dead, and Sabine is a friend of Fleur's from university. They're getting married on an island in the middle of a Norwegian fjord, which is, well... different! I'm attempting to save the pennies, since Scandanavia is reportedly horrifically expensive. I'll be relieved when it's this time next year and I won't have nearly a quarter of my salary being siphoned out of my account by the car... Oh well, only another 13 monthly payments to go...

My final trip this summer is a bit of a Busman's holiday combined with a proper holiday. We're off to Leipzig at the end of August with some friends of ours' who live in Frankfurt, mainly for me to cover the 2006 Leipzig Games Conference and also to see a bit of the city and have a trip to Dresden. I got my press accrediation confirmed last week, so I'm looking forward to this, in lieu of making it to E3 this year, which never quite panned out, thanks to assorted cashflow and passport issues... The Leipzig GC is reputed to be pretty darned good, and I'm hoping to hook up with Marcus, a friend I made on the Evolution GT press trip I made back in March, who told me he'd probably be going.

So things are nice and busy for me over the next couple of months. Lots of work to do, lots of writing to do, lots of travelling to do, lots of socialising to do...

Just the way I like it...
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