German kick off celebrate its rebirth at the Italian Championship.

30 05 2010

The tournament is well known for the best set of players beside the world cup. So it was a big success that Frank F reaches places 5 followed by Oliver St. on place 6. I also played my best Italian Championship so far and reached place 11. More important than my rank was the fact, that I got only 47 goals (3,3 in average), that’s really great, and I lost a lot of games only with one goal difference, that’s promising too.

Beside all these successes, the tournament itself was once again a great fun and many thanks to the organizers Gianni and Maria and the cat. Also thanks to Alessandro and Panayotis for ordering the right dishes and especially the Tartuffo.

This year we were 15 players. Some usual players were missing, therefore we had 3 new players from Venice who are funny guys. Beside really new players, the highlight was the return of the best Kick off Player in history (in my opinion) Gianluca. He lacks some training, but 13 games were enough to had a great first half against Gianni and finally become second, so it will be interesting what comes next.


Im Wald da lauern die Flanken

24 05 2010

This year issue of the Austrian championship took place in Sulz in the Wienerwald (Vienna forest) hills.

On Friday Frank and I met at a motorway station and then drove 9 hours to Sulz. The venue was a inn with a hotel. It’s big enough to even host a WC and its based in the middle of the Wienerwald, well known for it’s wine, applewine (called Most), forests and hills. I great area for hiking and relaxing. The tournament room was really huge and the food (various Schnitzel and steaks) was good.

After having a good meal on Friday evening it was time to have some friendlies with Helmut and Klaus, the local organizers. Both said that they trained high balls and long shots after they saw them at the last WC in Voitsberg, and the results was really astonishing. So I didn’t slept that well that night.

Saturday Frank and I played some 15 friendlies so I was good prepared. During the training, Mike and Michael from Voitsberg arrived. So we were ready to start. We decided to play the new 1.0.4 KOA version and there were no problems and everybody chose to use autofix and trapfix.

After the typical Austrian championship hardware problems with the monitor and the common “I get anther monitor from my home” action we had two Amiga systems running. We thought about playing 4 times against each other, but in the end we did 3 rounds.

My games:

Frank 1-4, 2-7, 3-6

I was leading 1-0 in the first game and then have two double woodwork, a missed chance to beat him, cause of course he score his goals later in the game. The next one, I was tired and no chance at all. In the last game, Frank gave me two penalties, but the third was true fighting, so I was satisfied with my game in the end.

Klaus ?-?,0-4, 3-2

I forgot the first game, but I lost it. Worst memories I have on the second game. I really had no luck and Klaus used all my mistakes without mercy. Even that the last game was more or less a friendly, cause the table was not changed by the result, I was able to come back after a 0-2 and finally had my first victory against Klaus. Great fight and well deserved I would say. Klaus is the better player, but beeing concentrated I have a chance. His high balls and long shots are more dangerous than Helmuts.

Helmut 2-3, 2-1, 2-2

Each game was a great fight. Unfortunately Helmut scored the 3-2 in the last second of game one. In the end this was the key game for place 3 and 4. Helmuts long shots and high balls weren’t that effective as I thought and on the other side, my 5-3-2 tactics become better from game to game.

Michale Ma 6-3, 1-2, 2-1

The first game was a little bit uncommonly match as there were many goals, and I was in front with 2-3 goals very early. The next one was a normal Thorsten-Mike game and he deserved to win, cause I had no ideas throughout the game. So it was time to avenge. After the 1-1 I thought, that finally now I have to play some good Kick off and I did, the 2-1 was a great combination.

Michael F ?-?,?-?,6-1

I remember that I won all the games. Michael does not play that bad but in front of the goal he is to nervous and acts to fast. I remember that he was 1-0 in front in the second game, cause he scored a kick off lob.

Congratulation to Frank who did not lost one game.

In the end I scored 4th, one point less than Helmut. The result was ok and I will always remember the tournament as a nice and relaxed one. I trained playing 5-3-2 a lot and I saw, that high balls and long shots have to be trained.

After the tournament we had a great meal in a typical Austrian “Burschenschaenke”, a inn where you get more or less only cold foot like bread and cold cuts. Next we went back to the tournament location had sat down in the pub room to watch the European Championsleague final. Inter Milano was the better team in the end and won the cup, beside that, the game was good but not stunning, and cause I’m not a fan of Bayern Muenchen, I wasn’t that interested.
After the game, Mike and Michael went back home to Styria (back into the sun they said :-), and I also went to bed.

On Sunday, after having breakfast, Helmut, Klaus, Frank and I did some more friendlies. We tested some more tactics and at least Helmut did a 5-5 against Frank, the first non victory game this weekend for Frank.

Then it was time to leave. Helmut and Klaus gave us some hints to find a “famous” village where parts of the “Hinterholz 8” movie were made, and so we used this to have a 45 minutes cruising through the Wienerwald hills.

Many thanks to Helmut and Klaus for this great tournament. I really enjoyed the trip a lot and all the matches and all food and the relaxed atmosphere. I look forward for the next tournaments in Austria.

LowRes #3 released

15 05 2010

Image by Samurai / Inter

The LowRes team is proud to announce that issue #3 of the LowRes blog mag is now online.

We hope you enjoy the read and if you want to contribute with articles, reviews or anything else just go ahead and tell us!

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Finally I reached level 2 of No Buddies Land

13 05 2010

No Buddies Land really plays like The Great Gianna sisters vertically instead of  horizontally. I first thought, that some more levels would be nice, to get a feeling of success from time to time, but now that I reached the next one, I  think, would be less motivating to cross 10 levels before you reach the challenging part, so once again a great compliment to the level designers.

I was already near the end of level one and did not got it, so I tried to get higher on the left side, and lost one or two tries. Then I was lucky to go to the right and there was the exit.

While level one plays in a dungeon, level 2 plays on a tree that grows in the sky. Nice graphics again and a new tune.  A superb game.

No Buddies Land (STOT #3/16) is a great one

11 05 2010


scored 17800 points. Each mistake will cost a life, good for the concentration

New round: STOT #3/16: No Buddies Land

2 05 2010

We now play:

Name No Buddies Land
Link to Atarimania No Buddies Land

Xerus wins round #3/15: Lethal Xcess

2 05 2010

Concratulation Xerus, his score was once again outstanding (300% of the 2nd place) .

I reached the 2nd place, but it was a hard fight against ChrisTOS. Sad that I reached the end boss of the 2nd level only in my last game, and I did not mange to pass him by.

ThorN’s opinion on: Lethal Xcess average
Lethal Xcess has a fantastic level design. It looks hard, but it’s never unfair. To make progress in the game, you have to learn the right extra weapon tacktic. The right one is often surprising in the end. The graphics are great, and the sound is suberb. Due to the fact that the game was not sold that often, it’s also interesting, that beside the atari, the game is a little bit unknown, even that there is a Amiga version. (The disks worked on both machines!) So go out and show it to your Amiga friends 🙂

Here some tipps:

  • Use the drone weapon in Level 1 first. Later change to the blaster weapon. If you collect 3 of the same weapons, both are very powerfull.
  • Find the extra lifes. Often they are hidden when you could use a mega bomb to clear the whole screen
  • Use the right joystick

My favorite joystick for Lethal Xcess:

Competition Pro
First I used my standard stick, the USB version plugged in a PC running STEem. The disadvantage of it is, that you can’t reach a high shoot frequency and after a while your hand really hurts.

Competition Pro

PC Pad
The right choice for a Emulator. The button works fine and you are able to shoot in a constant high frequency

PC Pad

On the real hardware, my CMS was great. The stick and the button work accurate and fast.