Once very active, the Portuguese community has always been turned to itself.
The main issue about the Portuguese community was that was often 'split'.
- Apulax aka Zip
It started in 1996. 14.4kbs and 28.8 modems were the only internet connections available. Pings > 200 and plenty of players.
Every night the Telepac servers were full. 10-20 players in ffa server and 20-30 in the 3 TF servers. Dozens of clans.
Many activity in the main IRC server in Portugal, PTNET. #quake was ruled by a bot named Frag. He decided when to kick a user. Frag had good memory also: he saved the funniest quotes ever.
To get a clanwar going, it was needed a admin (thx DarthVader) with rcon (no Kombat Teams back then) to restart the map when everyone was ready.
Some ppl with slow computers tooked alot longer than others to join. ahh.. :) Playing 4on4 with ping 250 on dm6 dmm3 was fun.
Regarding duels, some played dmm1 20min, some dmm3 20min... We had our own rules.
There was no easy way to change server settings.
CTF was quite common also, especially on LANs (see below).
When Quake 2 was released few moved... the scene was still quite large with a dozen clans playing in our Leagues. It was usual these leagues never ending: the better, rival clans were 'afraid' to play each other, oh the pride...
In 1999, Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament did a severe cut into QuakeWorld.
Many players left to play newer games. Some came back, some didn't.
ISDN arrived. Cable soon followed. Much better pings (30-100ms)
From 2002 on, all those clans resumed to 2/4 active clans, and more players leaving the game and resume their lives.
Broadband is common. 13-50ms in local servers. ADSL.
In 2007, some are still here, playing, with wife's, kids, etc.
It's different, no local servers, best ping is 50ms on UK servers. Much less activity but the spirit remains.
With many Portuguese players abandoning QuakeWorld, from around 2007-2009 forward, the community slowly died.
In 2018 Hammer and mushi brought the community back together on discord.
Portuguese QuakeWorld community is together once again, 10 members total.
2019 - 2020
Our community is growing!
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2021 - 2022
With new Portuguese servers, created by ved, and pings within the 12ms to 25ms, the Portuguese community get together some late evenings for fun and games.
There were several LANs.
One of the biggest was in Lisbon (organized by Ripper), with many players especially from the TF community.
Last LAN was in the year 2001. The best LAN was at Hectic's place (200 km north of Lisbon).
In these LANs we played mostly CTF and a bit of DM.
What was amazing about this was the spirit between the players.
The bounds created between these persons are Quake itself.
That's what makes Quake unique. Besides playing all night until Sunday's noon, we often went out for drinks, dinners and fun.
I'm sure everyone who attended these LANs today have a feeling of nostalgia.
About the LAN itself, well, it was CTF all the way as i said.
There were 2 rooms (20-30 ppl in a garage), one for red team, the other for blue.
Ppl shouting at each other was a constant, the flag was the most important :) "VAI BUSCAR!!" was yelled when he/she captured.
The ones who didn't played CTF before became addicted.
QW CTF is the best mod/game of all time (c) Trouble
Many LANS happened in Madeira between 1997 and 2002.
ztranger organized quite a few at his school, Liceu Jaime Moniz.
We cannot forget that every day people used to get together at "Minha empresa" at "Oudinot Shopping" playing hours and hours at that Cyber place being charged by the hour.
hammer hosted one at his place but mostly were at nitemare home garage.
Between QuakeWorld, smoking and drinking , bonds were being reinforced and nowadays some members always get together at least once a year for a dinner, good times and more smoking and drinking :D
Last gathering was in December 2019 when mushi flew over for a unforgettable Christmas dinner.
More to come soon :)
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