We had our first ďclassĒ today. The non-military Users were put into Forum rooms while two instructors would teach them everything about weaponry. Specifically, our handguns.
My class was interesting, to the say the least. Our instructors were two Greek guys: Maes and Mr. Freeze. Maes is actually Greek, tall, muscular, and speaks softly but with a firm determination. Mr. Freeze on the other hand is Greek-American (I can tell. Heís got the nose), shorter, always looks irritated and isnít afraid to raise his voice.
They Coded some targets in front of us and we took turns blasting at them. I did ok, but some of the other guys couldnít hit the target once. Maes would offer practical tips and encouragement, while Mr. Freeze just paced and flipped out at random folks for lack of trigger discipline. I know that discipline is essential to any army, but we are not an army nor can we be expected to perform on the same level as any army. At least, not yet.
After we had finished that, the two showed us individually how to disassemble, reassemble, and reload our weapons. Mr. Freeze taught me, all the while going on about my Italian-made Beretta was terrible, and how Italy was only good for spaghetti and tomatoes. Needless to say, I was extremely uncomfortable.
After everyone had learned the ins and outs of their guns, the two instructors brought out a bunch of plastic and metal briefcases and gave us each one. Inside were neatly-arranged Colt M4s, extra magazines, a ballistic vest and a few accessories. The rest of the class was Maes talking about how to fire, strip, reload and unjam the M4s. Firing mine was a blast, despite all the noise. Thankfully, SenseRepair exists, so any permanent damage wasnít a risk.
After class, we all went our separate ways. Word on the street indicates that we are going to be split into teams and squads. Sounds exciting, if not for the fact that we have a lot of lightweights on this Site. Most of these guys I wouldnít trust to carry my bag, let alone fire a weapon. I guess Iíll have to wait until the next battle rolls around to determine that for sure.
Halloween came today. Truth be told, I almost forgot about it with all the bad news. Managed to create a costume in about 10 seconds: Louis from L4D. I even had the tie. Only problem was my hair didnít quite match up, so I had to shave it. Turned out pretty good, if I say so myself. We had a party in the forum, with shitloads of candy. I guess even under duress the average man can have fun.
The time is 10:10 PM. Busy playing DooM 3. Goddamn chainsaw zombies.
This is mostly a lead-up to a WAD I'll be releasing in about a year or so. The premise of the story is that the Internet has become a type of Matrix-like world where humans live out their lives in peaceful anarchy, but at the mercy of other humans ("Users") and the odd Bot and virus attacks.
Expect the perspective to change a few times between the main characters. Three have already been introduced, and the fourth is on his way.
Also expect cameos from various Doomers, website raids, journeys into the forgotten and virus-infested sections of the web, political opinions, and loads of brutal violence.
Also, expect some philosophical musings. Specifically, thoughts on the necessities of war and punishment, the willingness to sacrifice all, and what it means to be a soldier.