Hello Out There!
Like several others I've read about here, when it comes to Marathon, I'm an OldFart™. Been playin' since before you youngsters were born. :-) I've kept up with Aleph One because for a long time it was the only decent game on Linux (as for a long time Marathon was also the only decent game on a Mac!).
The other day when a 26 year old co-worker asked if I ever heard about Marathon, I said, "Son, come set right here by the fire and I'll tell ya a story...."
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Back in the mid-nineteen nineties, a few of us guys played network games at work to let off steam. The Internets barely existed and Marathon wasn't worth playing over a 56k modem, so the only way to have a fast-paced network game was over a 10-Base-T wired connection. Somehow, through word of mouth, more people started joining us after work to play on the company network. This led to the formation of "The Chicago Marathon Assault Group (CMAG)". Twice a year, about a dozen of us would get together with our computers, cables and a hub to play 5 to 6 hours of networked carnage! Bungie was Chicago based back then and a couple of the guys once stopped by to drop off t-shirts and posters for prizes. (They're friggin multi-gazillionaires now!)
I still have the old web site chronicling the events. http://www.crc55.com/Marathon/
I wasn't a half-bad map maker either! For the first time in over a decade, I just replayed one of my old scenarios and it was still a lot of fun. Frankly, I can't believe I did it. How did I have so much free time!! You can see my old maps by searching "MIchael Coyle" at http://archives.bungie.org/search.html
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Last week I installed Mavericks which broke Marathon. I thought that was the end of a long road, but son-of-a-gun if there wasn't a patch already available. I cannot believe how active this community still is. But it makes sense. Sure there are a lot of straight lines, but what always made Marathon rock was the game play. It's still
a lot of fun to play!
Anyway, enough waxing poetic by me. I'll pop in from time to time, make sure you kids are behaving. Maybe I'll even look around to see if map making tools are still available...
Michael "TheEmbalmer" Coyle