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dmm_u333
04-08-2005, 05:22 AM

Zorasht
04-08-2005, 05:35 AM
I'm 26. I've been playing PC games since I had a PC at home, around 1990. There are still people out there who think that games are just for kids, but this is not true. Of course there are games for kids, but there are also many games that are not for kids and need from a more mature audience,because kids won't enjoy them, when adults will.
I'm member of an online squad for flight sims(FB,PF, Lomac, MS FS etc..) as well as other non-fliying sims, and I can tell you that more than thre quarters of us are more than a 25...

If you give a sim to a teenager he won't enjoy it in most of the cases. Anyway, I play any kind of game but I play sims the most.

SkinnyCyclist
04-08-2005, 05:36 AM
I'm old...

Here's a recording a did once... (http://www.jhepple.com/MultiMedia/Sound/Edison2.wav)

LoboWulf
04-08-2005, 05:41 AM
I am nearly 47. Active duty US Navy (Chief Petty Officer). I retire with 20 years service this July.

I have been playing war games since the old Avalon Hill board game days (Panzer Blitz, and even older...Tactics II). My very first computer game was Red Baron II.

I currently play mostly sims...this one, RB3D (vastly enhanced w/mods and the Full Canvas Jacket upgrade), Nascar Racing 2003, Colin Macrae 05, IL-2 Sturm....the list goes on.

DEL1689
04-08-2005, 06:21 AM
An old dog here. Gamer since '80.
U.S. Navy vet '65-68.

didiusfalco1936
04-08-2005, 06:39 AM
68.5 life long History buff. The sims allow me to feel how it was to live it and make the books all that more compelling. U S ARMY 62-66.John Wilson

ag1266
04-08-2005, 06:44 AM
38 going on 15 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Gasman_Ice
04-08-2005, 06:57 AM
36 and a father of 2 boys. But still have some time to play SH3. Not nearly as much as I would thoug http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

BTW - This game rock's so good that I haven't felt like this addictive to a game since the release of BF42. Very outstanding game. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Played Aces of the Deep a while back and some Silent Service titles to. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Happy hunting boys. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Dragendorf
04-08-2005, 07:11 AM
Hi guys,

I feel a little young now, as I'm only 22!

As for the idea that games are for kids... how come so many are now being released with adult certificates (GTA, PainKiller, Soldier of Fortune all sold with 18 cert's in the UK)?

Never too old for games!

Hope you all have successful hunts and keep up the gaming!

NaturalBornGoth
04-08-2005, 07:18 AM
I'm 28... well technically i'm already 29. On Sunday (April 10th) is my birthday. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

quillan
04-08-2005, 07:24 AM
I'm 39, and one day I will grow up.

axeman3d
04-08-2005, 07:29 AM
I'll be 37 in a couple of months time.

As a male I have found we grow old, we do not grow up. I have been into computer games since Pong and the old Atari 800 consoles. First computer I ever saw was in 1982 in a maths class, and it was the only computer in the School. By the time I left school in 1985 the school had about 8 Apples, and all the kids had Spectrums, C64s and I even had an Oric. The stuff we play on today was pure science-fiction back then, and the games just unbelievable.

chris455
04-08-2005, 07:43 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LoboWulf:
I am nearly 47. Active duty US Navy (Chief Petty Officer). I retire with 20 years service this July.

I have been playing war games since the old Avalon Hill board game days (Panzer Blitz, and even older...Tactics II). My very first computer game was Red Baron II.

I currently play mostly sims...this one, RB3D (vastly enhanced w/mods and the Full Canvas Jacket upgrade), Nascar Racing 2003, Colin Macrae 05, IL-2 Sturm....the list goes on. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well done chief! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

nemo215
04-08-2005, 07:43 AM
I'm 41 and never too old to play. tell your wife it's better to have a big kid then a senile youngster ;-)

chris455
04-08-2005, 07:44 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by quillan:
I'm 39, and one day I will grow up. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Quillan,
Growing up is OK, just don't grow old.
46 and just got my first motorcycle/ tattoo. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Kpt_Zig
04-08-2005, 07:52 AM
45 in july.

I've been playing computer games since my kid brother got some PoS you had to load a cassette tape into (wire-frame F-15, aye carumba!) in 1980. I believe it's graphics chipset was made from liquorice allsorts. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Roska008
04-08-2005, 07:55 AM
Heh.

Being 18 makes me feel a bit outclassed here. Oh well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ag1266
04-08-2005, 07:56 AM
Coincidence that this (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4423365.stm) was posted to the BBC website today.

Capt._Tenneal
04-08-2005, 07:59 AM
Anyone here actually served (or is serving) aboard subs in real life ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Wallstein
04-08-2005, 08:00 AM
I`ll be 42 next summer! Figure out that one, KIDS! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Wallstein

AdEridanus
04-08-2005, 08:06 AM
Just turned 25 on the 5th. It's good timing since now my sub insurance rates should go down. There have been some "incidents" involving lighthouses and port entrances.

Barracus0411
04-08-2005, 08:08 AM
37, first PC game was Flying Corps

1.JaVA_Hornet
04-08-2005, 08:14 AM
I become 43 in june.
I play games since the mattel controller in
the 70`s.

Rotterdam
The Netherlands

scoped_thunder
04-08-2005, 08:16 AM
im 21 and I have been simming and wargaming for as long as ive had hands big enough to use a keyboard http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BenvZijl
04-08-2005, 08:19 AM
21 @ the moment, 22 in october, been playing games since my uncle bought his commodore atari and later on the c64(i still have it)

missouridrifter
04-08-2005, 08:20 AM
Happy Birthday Goth! (in advance)

Hey Lobo! I'm a Navy Vet too! (Navy Intel. €" Post Vietnam War clean-ups 1979 ya know?) Currently I€m a U.S. Army Civilian in computer support for the garrison, Battle Command College at Ft. Leavenworth under General Wallace.

You should try to step back on in as a Civ. LOTS of bennies goin€ on!!

I'm 43 in body, 23 in mind and 83 in exp.

I'll be 44 in May. *grin

My first PC game was on a Com 64 at 300 baud (wow!!) and all text. LOL

(Off topic)
I just did my taxes online.. the Feds are sending me $3,800.00+ back BUT Missouri wants $11.00- (eleven dollars)!!! Oh MAN!!! The'll take my house!!! No more computer games for me for a while.. - LOL hahahahahahaha

Funny world isn't it.. ? *grin

AnalysisMan
04-08-2005, 08:29 AM
25 for me still.
But I saw SHII at my father's place - and that's where I got hooked. The old man's past 50 already.

CCIP
04-08-2005, 08:34 AM
I'm turning 21 in 33 hours from now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

You might be surprised, but the first (and last until SHIII) subsim I played was Silent Service on the Atari. Old, huh? I remember it quite vividly, and it's a big reason for my becoming interested in SHIII - even if at the time I was 9 and didn't know English http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

StalkingPanther
04-08-2005, 08:37 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by dmm_u333:
My wife thinks I'm just a big kid - She just doesn't understand - this is a SIM not a kids game!! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Same with my wife. I tell her every real man has something of a kid in his heart, and she understands. But she'll never like me playing SH3...or Flightsims...

NaturalBornGoth
04-08-2005, 08:39 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by missouridrifter:
Happy Birthday Goth! (in advance)
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks!

You are lucky that i'm totally down to Earth and not even remotely superstitious, because rumour has it, that congratulating in advance brings bad luck. Doesn't worry me, so thanks again. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Maj_Death
04-08-2005, 08:41 AM
22, been playing flight sims of all types since 1990. Started out with the Aces series and pretty much followed flight sims through up to this point. Took on FPS games starting in late 1999 cause I wanted a change. I don't follow those too closely though. Most of the ones I play are the non-kiddy ones like OFP. This is my first sub sim, I looked at aces of the deep many years ago but ultametly didn't get it cause parents wouldn't buy it for me and I was way too young to pay for it myself. Also didn't have a way to get to the store, lol.

Poacher886a
04-08-2005, 08:43 AM
32,and being playing games for 20yrs,
My first sim(excluding Elite on the Electron)was F19 stealth fighter on the Amiga,and i only dreamed of what we have today,though expected it!
Looking forward to what the next 10yrs will bring...the experts recon 10-15yrs before perfect picture quality graphics,though i'm not sure how that will feel playing that??

Its funny how your wife say's "big kid' and that my partner thinks the same..thing is Women with a few exceptions tent not to feel the need to challenge themselfs on a constant basis as men do,but only when needed,we on the other hand have to have that winning feeling and that feeling does'nt come any better than war!!

missouridrifter
04-08-2005, 09:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>rumour has it, that congratulating in advance brings bad luck. Doesn't worry me, so thanks again. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Rumour has it that those that rub my shaved head get GOOD LUCK.... like rubbin' a fat Buda's belley! (but I'm not fat, just ugly - hahahahaha)

I'm Irish and Sioux... so I shave my head incase I get drunk, I won't try to scalp myself. *laughs

CCIP
04-08-2005, 09:14 AM
Hehe, un-superstitious-congrats in advance goth. First time I've found someone with the same birthday as me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

scoped_thunder
04-08-2005, 09:19 AM
is there anyone with a b-day on the 4th of April like me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Pr0metheus 1962
04-08-2005, 09:27 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 1.JaVA_Hornet:
I become 43 in june.
I play games since the mattel controller in
the 70`s. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Me too. 43 in June (June 10th to be exact) and I loved the Intellivision (I think that's the Mattel controller you're talking about).

Stuntcow
04-08-2005, 09:32 AM
I am 36.

Been playing one form of "computer game" for over 25 yrs. From the blck and white ping-pong game on the TV, to the hercules monitor(green on black) flight sim, to SH3. Have played all of the sub sims more then flight sims. Still have Wolfpack and Sub Battle Sim.

Single dad w/ 2 and they keep me young......

May grow old but never grow up!!!

LLv34_Jani
04-08-2005, 09:39 AM
37 here, a pure 1967 model http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Digger1957
04-08-2005, 09:41 AM
I've been 18 for about 30 years now and have played sims ever since. In real life I'm a doctor.

Mjollnir111675
04-08-2005, 09:42 AM
I will be 30 later this year.
I cant remember exactly when my father brought home our intellivision(I know not a computer but it was my first glimpse into the game/puter world so..) but I wanna say in '78 or '79."79 or '80? Heck its been so long...
I remember my father who was @ the time a senior chief electrician installed a red "power" light into the top next to the power slider where the brass trim strips ran.You know to each side of where the "paddles" were coiled and them stowed. This was years before they ever came wwith them installed. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Well,If the controller or, "paddle" as we lovingly called them, didn't look like a telephone handset with 4 thumb numbing side buttons,crazy brass milled directional disc and cool game applicable key overlays than it wasn't Intellivision.
O&BTW: was Intellivision a part of Intel? I've always kinda wondered bout that.

U-49
04-08-2005, 09:51 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Capt._Tenneal:
Anyone here actually served (or is serving) aboard subs in real life ? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>You ... you mean, my career with the 1st Flotilla in SH3 isn't *gulp* real?.

*sniff* http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

NaturalBornGoth
04-08-2005, 09:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by missouridrifter:
Rumour has it that those that rub my shaved head get GOOD LUCK.... like rubbin' a fat Buda's belley! (but I'm not fat, just ugly - hahahahaha)

I'm Irish and Sioux... so I shave my head incase I get drunk, I won't try to scalp myself. *laughs <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hehe, that's great! And keep in mind: no running with scissors. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CCIP:
Hehe, un-superstitious-congrats in advance goth. First time I've found someone with the same birthday as me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Cool and thanks. Well, happy birthday in advance to you, too! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by scoped_thunder:
is there anyone with a b-day on the 4th of April like me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well, actually a friend of mine had her birthday on April 4th if that is any help to you. Anyway, Happy belated birthday to you! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

frolick7
04-08-2005, 09:56 AM
well i feel very young now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

i r 18

Horvald
04-08-2005, 10:06 AM
26, big WW2 buff so this game was to good to pass up. been playing sims for a long time and will continue to do so. got a great wife who doesnt complain about my hobby or carreer. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

LoboWulf
04-08-2005, 10:13 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by chris455:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LoboWulf:
I am nearly 47. Active duty US Navy (Chief Petty Officer). I retire with 20 years service this July.

I have been playing war games since the old Avalon Hill board game days (Panzer Blitz, and even older...Tactics II). My very first computer game was Red Baron II.

I currently play mostly sims...this one, RB3D (vastly enhanced w/mods and the Full Canvas Jacket upgrade), Nascar Racing 2003, Colin Macrae 05, IL-2 Sturm....the list goes on. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well done chief! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks! The last 20 years has been (mostly) a pure pleasure!

Forbidden1
04-08-2005, 10:35 AM
Yikes, all you young kids with nothing to do but play games.....it's great isn't it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif But I'm an old fart, 56, retired and getting married for the first time in July. Debbie loves yahoo games so my hours of gaming fun should not be interupted, well except for the honeymoon. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

PsychoFritz
04-08-2005, 10:38 AM
I'm 26. I've been playng games since Atari 2600 and space invaders. My first computer game was Wolfenstein 3D and the demo for Doom. My first "sim" was Wings of Glory which was a WWI flying game...not really a sim in todays standards. It was one of those game that also had a story with it like Wing Commander and you could walk around your base and talk to the characters between missions. I was addicted to that game!

I'm not married and my girlfriend broke up with me on Christmas vacation so I am free to play without being harassed (at least for now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif) Although I'm going home after school is over in three weeks and I'm leaving my computer here for three and a half months. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

halmex
04-08-2005, 10:40 AM
I,am 26.. My first sub sim expierience was silent service on nintendo. at that time i thought it was a very nice game.. But now when cheking it out on nes emulator the game is terrible. But i gues after 10 years we will look back to silent hunter 3 in the same way..

When we are conected to the game in a new way.. Expirience it as real as it can get.. maybe ,,.. maybe not who knows..

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mitch_A
04-08-2005, 10:46 AM
I saw GATO in 1984'at an uncle's and the next day built my first PC. It was an 8088 with an ega herc color graphics card. 10MB HD and 640k ram. DOS3 and EZDOSIT.


Mitch

GT182
04-08-2005, 10:52 AM
55 here and only semi computer literate for the last 6 years. Enough so that I built my own pc. Things have come along way since my first Atari machine back in the 70s.

Digger1957, I wish you were a doctor here in my neck of the woods. An office visit would be worth every cent if we could play SHIII in a doctors office, sometimes waiting for up to 2 hours, to get poked and prodded. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif LOL

LoboWulf, congrats on 20 years. Are you in the Silent Service and where are you stationed? I've got a soninlaw that was in Groton. His first boat was the USS Annappolis. I just missed out on a day cruise on her for family a couple of years ago. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif

Kirock7
04-08-2005, 11:04 AM
51 and a half. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
US Air Force '72-'76 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Johnny_JG2
04-08-2005, 11:23 AM
I'm 35.

US NAVY Submarine Force 1989-1993. I was on the USS DRUM (SSN 677), out of San Diego.

Been playing computer games since about 1984 or 85. We had an IBM PC that cost 3500bucks, and had 128k of ram, no hardrive, and a 4 color monitor.

I spent countless hours playing a submarine game called "GATO". It was very simple, yet extremely fun. Did anyone else play that game?

ag1266
04-08-2005, 11:44 AM
Having come from the BIA forums (where I stumbled upon this game, BTW) it's obvious by the majority of postings that it's a more mature audience - not that I'm missing "stfu n00b", "This game is teh suxor" etc etc! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

fishlore
04-08-2005, 12:03 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Beeryus:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by 1.JaVA_Hornet:
I become 43 in june.
I play games since the mattel controller in
the 70`s. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Me too. 43 in June (June 10th to be exact) and I loved the Intellivision (I think that's the Mattel controller you're talking about). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'm 28. Intellivision was my introduction into gaming. I still think about Advanced Dungeons and Dragons from time to time. Tremendous game. I just bought a 60 intellivision game collection for the GameCube. All original sights and sounds. Good stuff.

Oh yeah and SH3 is fun too.

longam
04-08-2005, 12:15 PM
43, been kicking around computers since 1986. Never do it for a living, tried it for 4 years aged 6 in that time.

vodkavera
04-08-2005, 12:16 PM
32 and counting.
Have played SubSims since Silent Service on the
C-64.

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

mike_j_parry
04-08-2005, 12:19 PM
I'm 24, supposed to be growing up - at least that what people keep telling me...

But then I see games like this (SH3), BF42 and so on and think - sod growing up.
Mind you, it helps that there are games out there intended solely for the mature audience - 'Punisher' (which I recently bought) is one example. It's definitely NOT for kids and is a great way to get rid of pent up stress after a days work - although this sim is also very good for that - a great feeling of 'job well done' when I sink those ships and sneak away. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

peteuplink
04-08-2005, 12:25 PM
I'm 31, been playing computer games since my dad bought me a ZX81 home computer when I was 9 years old.

First sub sim I ever played was Silent Service on the Commodore 64

WhiteKnight77
04-08-2005, 12:39 PM
I'm 43 to be 44 in June (Beeryus and I have the same birth date with me at 10:06 AM, I don't know about him though and my sister has the same birthday, five years later). What is it will all these June birthdays around here? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

The first PC game I ever tried was Testris 3D on my brothers old PC back in 86 even though I played Pong and such before that. I got my first PC in 2000 and promptly bought Rainbow Six and subsequent RSE games. I also picked up Jane's Fighter Anthology and Jane's USAF to start my flight sim career. I have only one arcade style FPS, everything else is sims, from flight sims to the NASCAR Racing Series by Papryus. SHII/DC hooked me on naval sim/RTS games

I am looking at Dangerous Waters though, it looks rather interesting.

http://www.whiteknight77.net/images/crew.jpg
Me, circa 1984 with HMT-301, Tustin MCAS(H), CA.

VonGeezer
04-08-2005, 12:55 PM
40. And I can still kick royal butt in most deathmatches.

Wow WhiteKinight...you were a Windwalker? Musta been fun!

stoo1969
04-08-2005, 01:02 PM
Yup as my login suggests... 36 years old this year, but my wife thinks its 36 months http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cavalier889
04-08-2005, 01:17 PM
I was born on the Saturday before the tragic Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of Edward White, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, and
Roger Chaffee. You history buffs out there can figure my age out now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

My first (real) game was SubLogic's Flight Sim 2.0 for the Apple II. Never looked back.

marioh99
04-08-2005, 01:33 PM
I'm 33, and have enjoyed video games since the Commodore64.

My tastes for games has changed over the last 10 years, now I'm more of a sim game type of guy. Between SH3 and MSFS2004, I have no need for any other types of games. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

KiwiVenge
04-08-2005, 02:14 PM
Will be hitting 42 this year.
Been playing computer/cosule games as long as they have been out pretty much. From that silly tennis game pong to the few consule games that came out shortly there after. A really early Mac, no hard drive just ran off the 3.5 floppy you put in it, then onto Atari 1040st. It was after this I hit the 386s and since then always had a pc and worked my way through them.
Nice of us gamers to pay for the entire computer development scene. Without us I bet PCs would nto be 1/4 of what they are today.
Seeing how we are talking coincidental dates as well, I almost got married on _the_ 9/11. About a week before we decided to put it off for a few months.

Nukem_Hicks
04-08-2005, 02:57 PM
Geez...and to think I was about to have a quarter-life crisis because I thought I was getting too old to have time to play computer games. Just turned 22 two weeks ago. My first game was the original Microsoft Flight Simulator that my dad introduced me to back when I was 6. Followed that up with Silent Service II and I've been a simmer ever since. I think it's in my blood. I have two younger brothers and between the 3 of us we have over 300 games in our posession. That being said, I've somehow managed to hang on to the same great girl for over a year now (most left me once they realized how hardcore my addiction really was!) and, even more amazingly, made it into law school next year. No small feat given that my undergrad career saw the introduction of such great titles as MOHAA, M:TW, IL2, Morrowind, RoN, Black&White, R:TW, and SH3, not to mention dozens of older games I purchased. If I'd spent all the man-hours I spent gaming studying instead, I'd probably be off to Yale http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif. But that's ok, gaming is much more fun!

Romulus50
04-08-2005, 03:33 PM
42........ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif,and lovin every minute of it!!

Been playing PC games for the past 18 years,mostly Flight sims,but started modding for Ghost Recon a few years back,I had SH 2 and this just blows the opposition right out the water!!
My wife just doesn't understand why I'd want to go to the South Atlantic every night instead of "Utopia"!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cabe5
04-08-2005, 03:56 PM
I am 35 and been playing video games since Pong. I guess I was about 7 or 8 when I saw that. Man it was HARD!
Atari (Sears) Telegame system
Odyssey
Intellivision
Atari 800
Coleco-vision
Atari ST
Nintendo Super Nintendo
Then I got my first real PC and never needed anything else!

blue_76
04-08-2005, 04:33 PM
29, but i feel as though i'm 21 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

LoboWulf
04-08-2005, 04:36 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GT182:
55 here and only semi computer literate for the last 6 years. Enough so that I built my own pc. Things have come along way since my first Atari machine back in the 70s.

Digger1957, I wish you were a doctor here in my neck of the woods. An office visit would be worth every cent if we could play SHIII in a doctors office, sometimes waiting for up to 2 hours, to get poked and prodded. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif LOL

LoboWulf, congrats on 20 years. Are you in the Silent Service and where are you stationed? I've got a soninlaw that was in Groton. His first boat was the USS Annappolis. I just missed out on a day cruise on her for family a couple of years ago. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for the 'grats! I am not in the Silent Service. I am the Operations and Weapons Chief for Naval Air Station Atlanta. However, my dad served aboard USS Bergall (SS328) 44/45 in WWII...South Pacific running patrols out of Perth and Fremantle. His sub was not one of the most famous (like Tang, Gato, Wahoo, etc), but they did their damage. The most harrowing attack they made was against the Jap heavy cruiser Myoko and two escorts...in 8 fathoms of water! They followed her to anchor into a bay, then made a surface torpedo attack from about 2000 yards...scored hits which broke her in two. She was out of the war. The escorts played possum until the Bergall (nickname Lucky 13..I have the tatoo..lol) made her turn to finish them. They then opened up and put a 3" shell through the pressure hull forward. Bergall had to make a 1300 mile or so journey back to Perth on the surface...through Jap held waters (the most dangerous being the run through the Lombok Straights...very narrow and flanked by naval and air bases). Only saw one float plane/bomber which luckily did not spot them.

Anyway, I love my Navy. Only retiring because I need to give the family some geographic stability and they need me here more often than 12 months out of 36. But it's been a great cruise!

PoodleMcDoodle
04-08-2005, 04:39 PM
19 tomorrow. My first WWII sim was Hellcats, way back in 1993 on my dad's old Mac IIci.

LoboWulf
04-08-2005, 04:39 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Johnny_JG2:
I'm 35.

US NAVY Submarine Force 1989-1993. I was on the USS DRUM (SSN 677), out of San Diego.

Been playing computer games since about 1984 or 85. We had an IBM PC that cost 3500bucks, and had 128k of ram, no hardrive, and a 4 color monitor.

I spent countless hours playing a submarine game called "GATO". It was very simple, yet extremely fun. Did anyone else play that game? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks for your service. I have never been aboard YOUR Drum....but have toured the USS Drum WWII type that is docked down in Mobile, Alabama (right next to the USS Alabama). Both are floating history lessons.

davet126
04-08-2005, 07:18 PM
50 here. My first war game was AH's Midway. Been playing on the PC for about 12 years.
Dave

Olebass
04-08-2005, 07:31 PM
32 here. Been gaming since I was 11 with my CoCo 2 TRS 80 back in those days.

snowdawg1
04-08-2005, 07:45 PM
Going on 47 Been playing since the mid 80's First machine was a Tandy XT 64K ram No harddrives and 4 Colour monitor.. Played Mech Warrior and MS Flight Sim on it.. When I bought it I told myself I would never need anything faster than this.. Boy was I wrong!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

bweiss
04-08-2005, 08:07 PM
Old enough that each morning brings a new ache, something else that isn't working right and a new pill to take, or one that I come across which I've forgottent to take in a while. Long enough in the tooth that ex-wives look kindly upon me, and their lawyers no longer remember my name. Old enough that young girls bearing their bellies has begun to be disconcerning. Now that's when by gawd you know your getting old. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

zuidlimb1931
04-08-2005, 08:23 PM
The question should be: "Just how young are you?"
I am 73years young. Served in the Netherlands Airforce, 1951-1953. You are only as old as you feel. Never loose that "kid" in you!

Greetings and good hunting.

Bill

Lassen
04-08-2005, 09:22 PM
dang... I'm 30 so do I chose 30-40 or 20-30? MAJOR flaw in your poll dude!

Lassen
04-08-2005, 09:25 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by zuidlimb1931:
The question should be: "Just how young are you?"
I am 73years young. Served in the Netherlands Airforce, 1951-1953. You are only as old as you feel. Never loose that "kid" in you!

Greetings and good hunting.

Bill <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's not right! I am 30 yet I feel like 70. Too much booze, and sitting infront of a PC **** it!

What box should I ticj then? 70?

TooFastForLove.
04-08-2005, 09:48 PM
19 here. My first sim was an amiga classic known as "Knights of the sky." The first game I ever remember playing was "Out run", also on the Amiga.

NaturalBornGoth
04-08-2005, 09:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TooFastForLove.:
"Knights of the sky." <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Aww... sweet memories. I LOVED that game and spent countless hours with it!

ltforce
04-08-2005, 10:22 PM
wow i feel realllllll young lol im only 17 but i have been reading about WW2 and ubaot tactics since i was 8 so u can throw anything at me in this gamre and i can shadow and destroy it like no tommorow no im not a computer nerd i just read a lot of books on war they r very interesting and make me better at this game!! i love it!!

iceman3842
04-09-2005, 12:45 AM
Hey guys. I turned 22 this past march. I've been playing sim games for a while, my first games being the first red baron and seal team.

KG26_Thief
04-09-2005, 01:51 AM
I'm 38 but my knees are 70

U_21
04-09-2005, 02:02 AM
I'm 53, now that's what I call a veteran, LOL
The earliest Sub sim I remember playing was a game called "Silent Service" on the Sinclair Spectrum....
I've tried a few since then, but SHIII is by far the best thing I've ever played.
I've had it running non-stop for a week now, with no signs of any problems.
I've spent ages just zooming around with the free camera, above and below the water, going WOW! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

U-Martin
04-09-2005, 05:16 AM
26 here. Red Baron I was my first real sim addiction back in 1992 . Now its IL-2 online, Combat Mission series and SH3.

KaosxMeach
04-09-2005, 05:21 AM
I have just turned 30 on March 22nd

Booking my first tattoo, my daughters name, we had our first child, whom was ill and in hospital for a while, got made redundant from work and got another job all in the space of 8 weeks.

I finally feel like I grew up after the crazy events that happened recently. My step father is still not sure how I coped with all the stuff going on.

Silent Hunter 3....oh yeah http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Gave me something to focus on and keep my mind of all the things I could do nothing about.

SOunds silly when a computer game keeps you sane but without it I would have worried myself to death.

Now everything looks like it is going to be ok, new job, baby daughter healthy and Silent Hunter patched....life is good again..lol http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

alarmer
04-09-2005, 05:28 AM
technically 23 for the next 13 days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

JG52Uther
04-09-2005, 05:33 AM
40 year old IL2 junkie, and although Subs are my first love,this is the first sub sim that i have got http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

StkNRdr
04-09-2005, 07:22 AM
I just hit 51. Been playing war games since I was about 12 (many, many Avalon Hill games). Love history. Does anyone remember their U-Boat board game? The tactics learned on that game still apply. For those like me, we have been waiting our entire lives for simulations like SH3 and IL-2 FB. It puts the limitations of the equipment at the times versus the abilities of the person into perspective. Yes, my wife considers herself a war widow at times.

stereophobia2
04-09-2005, 07:24 AM
Im 22, and Ive got to say, that its a refreshing change to be one of the "kids" on the forum. The age levels definately show here with the level of maturity. One hell of a refreshing change!

kmw1962
04-09-2005, 08:36 AM
I'm 42. The first 'sim' I played was Psion Flight Simulation on the ZX Spectrum 48k, around 1982. It had a dark blue ground, a light blue sky, and a few dots on the screen and I thought it was amazing!
We've come a long way, but it is still impressive to see what they managed to squeeze into 48k of memory back then.

Lane_889
04-09-2005, 08:53 AM
I am Lane over at Subsim.com Forums

Age 68 Last Dec.
Hooked on Sims Approx 1992 when I retired
got my first Pc Compact, 25mh from Wal Mart
Have flew most all MS flight sims and AOD
SH1 SH2 SC 688I Combat missions Sims Just a few
I can remmber and course SH3 Just got a new
system so I can run Sh3 and Dangerous Waters
have been running most of my sims on a 800 Duron
and a ASus G2 card till I got my new system
Regards
Lane http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ve6cry
04-09-2005, 09:46 AM
Hi All
38 here and lovin it. I can't say that I am a Gamer but I LOVE this game. I picked up SH2 in a 3 pack to get a Combat Flight Sim and never installed it for about 3 months after. Didn't like Flanker but I haven't shut off Sh2 and now 3 is the only reason I turn my computer on ...

bledzo
04-09-2005, 10:24 AM
51 years young and and living in Bonny Scotland. Great sim ! and still a wee bit stuck getting imported kriegsmarine files to work. How do I convert these ogg files fo instance

WhiteKnight77
04-09-2005, 11:45 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LoboWulf:

Thanks for the 'grats! I am not in the Silent Service. I am the Operations and Weapons Chief for Naval Air Station Atlanta. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I bet this looks familiar:

http://www.whiteknight77.net/images/backdoor.jpg

That's out my backdoor.

Cess-SGTRoc
04-09-2005, 11:49 AM
I am 50, and I have started with the AH board games in the late 60's. I have my PHD in theoretical mathmatics, and work in engineering.
But still can't spell worth a D***. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
I build my first computer in the late 70's and have not stopped .
As of now I build and design high end gaming machines for people, mostly by recomendation only.
When not working on projects that we can't talk about, I did work on quite a few sims. And still do when I am contacted to work out a issue that some that I know need help on.

So you can tell your wife that you are safe and most of us that play these games are not kids, even though there are some here.

EFileTahi-A
04-09-2005, 12:04 PM
A'm 26. Getting 27 in May 27th...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v698/EFileTahi-A/EFile_Torpedo.jpg

AnkleBitten-2k5
04-09-2005, 01:20 PM
Just turned 30 myself, been gaming on console for 20 years about, computer for 16.

First console was a Intellevision (Lock and Chase, Burger Time) then got the ColecoVision (Space Panic, Venture), then bought the Atari2600 adaptor, and then moved on to a C64c, 1200bauds, and eventually, got my first p200-mmx.

Cheers!

Stary_Wuj
04-09-2005, 01:35 PM
35 years old.

Stary Wuj (It mean Old Uncle :-)

nstutt
04-09-2005, 02:13 PM
I'm 39 in July this year and living in York in the UK. Been playing on computer simulations since the flight simulator game on the ZX81, through the first true flight sims games on the Spectrum 48K, to the great Microprose games on my Amiga 600 and finally several incarnations of PCs from a 100MHz (EF2000 and TAW) all the way up to my present 2.4GHz!

Have to say that the golden age of games for me must have been the days of F117 Stealth Fighter, Silent Service 2, M1 Tank Platoon and Gunship 2000. Although another heyday was EF2000, Tornado and Total Air War. These days unfortunately the sim market is all but dead for me. This game is the only sim I have really liked for years now. Who would have thought way back then that the 21st Century would have seen a practically dead sim market, not me.
Nats

Bubblehead1948
04-09-2005, 02:23 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif 57 in May. Studied WW2 history since age 8. Played military simulations since 1965. How? Back then it was done on a map with a referee. Used random stock market indexes instead of dice. Oh yeah. Got into computers in 1980. Today I build them and do LAN parties and plenty of sims. How the world has changed.

Old fart & lovin' it.

rsparks1959
04-10-2005, 11:04 AM
I'm 45 (feel like I'm 25) and still look forward to playing games on my computer as often as I can. I read the game reviews and look forward to game releases as much as I did 15 years ago. I also generally try to stay updated with the latest hardware as much as possible. I am currently running a Intel 3.06 w/1 gig memory,and a nVidia 6800 Ultra graphics card. I hope I am always healthy enough to enjoy this great hobby. The idea that gaming is strictly for kids is outdated and bogus. All of my friends and most of my co-workers partake in some sort of gaming.

Tmarks25
04-10-2005, 01:20 PM
42 years young, retired US Army and loving every minute of it!!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

privateschultz
04-10-2005, 01:33 PM
i'm 40 running U-43 & just sunk a destroyer & 5 enemy merchants on my 2nd patrol in 7th flotilla.

dasgespenst
04-10-2005, 02:04 PM
I'm a 38 year old roster planner at a bus company in Copenhagen.

What I said to my boss: "We're on our own, everybody's got to excel in their specialty if we want to stay in business, we can send messages to the headquarters (European company HQ)but we get no replies, if so, it's clear that they don't understand what we mean, and we get only unintelligible gabble back. Much like in the submarines I like..."

What I said to my wife:"I don't let the guys drag me to the pub every other day, it's the ONLY hobby I have, and besides - you have the bparrots, the guienea pigs, the fish and the rabbits, not to mention the dog we get in 8 weeks because you wanted one..."

Yeah, guys - give it to them !!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Treesqueak
04-10-2005, 02:30 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by KG26_Thief:
I'm 38 but my knees are 70 <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

You did it bass ackwards. Your supposed to have younger knees. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Mike http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Treesqueak
04-10-2005, 02:35 PM
I'll be 45 this summer and have been playing computer games over 20 years. Been playing board wargames (ie:SPI AH) even longer.

Mike http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

R3MF
04-10-2005, 04:02 PM
"Anyone here actually served (or is serving) aboard subs in real life ?"

i have a friend who was in the bombers a couple of years back, he tells some ace stories like the one about the coke machine in the bottom of plymouth harbour. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

ath25
04-10-2005, 04:13 PM
25 years old, aspiring student.
Been playing game for about 15 years.
Not a submariner but Regular service in the IDF and currently in a reserve para battalion.

WhiteKnight77
04-10-2005, 04:15 PM
I have a buddy at Pearl with COMSUBPAC. Guy is a mustang and even sent us some killer shots from the Persion Gulf during the intital Iraqi invasion the second time around. Kinda hard to explain why a seagull is standing in the middle of the gulf.

Du_Schtroumpf
04-10-2005, 07:09 PM
I'm 26 years old and getting tired of people saying that a 40-60 year age range is old.
Your just more mature http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Frumpkis
04-10-2005, 07:26 PM
I'm 51 and I resent being called "mature." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I don't have any personal history with subs, but I do live in a part of the US close to one of the boomer bases, and once in a while we see one cruising in or out of port. Those things are impressive... even at a distance.

SubSerpent
04-10-2005, 11:01 PM
I am 27. Been playing PC games since I was 12. (Hacked into my Dad's PC one night and played Leisure Suit Larry). He caught me playing on his PC and decided to buy me one of my own. I tested all sorts of games out to see what I liked best and then one day I bought Red Storm Rising and Red Baron I in a combo pack at Radio Shack. Been hooked on sims ever since. BTW, I perfer sims to the real thing anyday, less BS you have to deal with and in most sim games you get to be the CO. I am currently active duty US Navy. Been in the service for 6 years so far and served aboard only one suface ship, USS Nicholas FFG-47, (a.k.a Missle Spunge 47). Getting tired of the Navy though and will not reenlist come this July. In my opinion I have done my duty and thats all that counts! I need civilian employment! Who's hiring?

NZ_Wanderer
04-10-2005, 11:11 PM
I turn 51 this month and will NEVER grow up http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

headhunterz1983
04-11-2005, 02:18 AM
Just turned 22 a few days ago. Whats this tread about? search for the youngest and ... urm.. "most matured"?

LoboWulf
04-11-2005, 03:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WhiteKnight77:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LoboWulf:

Thanks for the 'grats! I am not in the Silent Service. I am the Operations and Weapons Chief for Naval Air Station Atlanta. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I bet this looks familiar:

http://www.whiteknight77.net/images/backdoor.jpg

That's out my backdoor. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Now THAT is TOO funny! I drive by your shop just about everyday. This is my second tour here...I was stationed here as a young Second Class Petty Officer from '89-'93 (when the road was open that you could drive right next to the A-7.

We gotta get together for lunch one day.

CaptainHunter
04-11-2005, 04:02 AM
47 my PC keeps me out of the Bars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Messervy
04-11-2005, 04:14 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CaptainHunter:
47 my PC keeps me out of the Bars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

38 here and very much the same story.

Nukem_Hicks
04-11-2005, 04:25 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Messervy:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by CaptainHunter:
47 my PC keeps me out of the Bars http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

38 here and very much the same story. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

22 and, as a result, just the opposite story. Well, the bars get me on my PC, that is. I mastered the art of drunk gaming as a sniper back in Day of Defeat; somehow I managed to rack up my most kills when I played after returning from the bars.

Tried out a drunken patrol for the first time last Friday; now THAT was interesting. I do believe that I tried to finish off a passenger liner by ramming it with my IID after I ran out of torpedoes in an MP game that night; can't really say for sure who won.

LoboWulf
04-11-2005, 06:11 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Tried out a drunken patrol for the first time last Friday; now THAT was interesting. I do believe that I tried to finish off a passenger liner by ramming it with my IID after I ran out of torpedoes in an MP game that night; can't really say for sure who won. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's funny. I recently started a new career after my first one met an untimely demise in May of '42 off the coast of Ireland. My first patrol out in my IID (with no map contacts) I finally located a merchant using the hydrophone. After tracking it nearly six hours, I closed at daybreak to about 800 meters. Right at 100 degree AOB, 355 degrees gyro, bow tubes. Fired two torps w/a 5 degree spread. One missed, one bounced off hull (had 'em set too shallow on magnetic). Lined up, closed range to 500 meters, nearly same firing positions, fired torp three. This one ran too deep, failed to detonate (went right under amidships). Reloaded, fired two more torps. One dud, one hit hard in the stern. She goes down a bit in the stern (decks nearly awash) but won't sink. I follow for nearly three hours...still not sinking. Now I am ticked. So I decided to ram her. Rammed her once at a 90 degree angle amidships...flank speed. No damage to ship, but sub is hurting. Repair party on deck!! Got her fixed up, rammed again, down I go. ROFLMAO. This game is a hoot.

WhiteKnight77
04-11-2005, 08:04 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LoboWulf:
Now THAT is TOO funny! I drive by your shop just about everyday. This is my second tour here...I was stationed here as a young Second Class Petty Officer from '89-'93 (when the road was open that you could drive right next to the A-7.

We gotta get together for lunch one day. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I haven't worked for Floyd Jones in 3 years. I actually live right behind the shop (one reason why I chose the apartments, I could walk to work).

I am sure we can do the lunch thing.

Bockholt
04-11-2005, 02:43 PM
I am as old as my tongue & a little bit older than my teeth...

...but admit that I'm also an SPI vet & (still very young) was invited to their creditors' meeting when they collapsed! (journey would've cost more than what hey owed me, so I let them keep the $2.95) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

zanfa22
04-11-2005, 04:00 PM
:$ im 16y old, i guess im one of the youngest kids in the forum http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

axeman3d
04-11-2005, 04:26 PM
Never served in the military (tried to join the Navy but colourblind!) but I do have one submarine story I can relate...

It is the early 1980s and I am a young slip of a lad, perhaps 13 or so. I got invitied to go fishing with my favourite uncle and a gang of his workmates, so we got to some sea-loch on the west coast of Scotland, about 40 miles from my home which is smack in the middle between Glasgow and Edinburgh. For those of you who dont know sea-lochs, they're basically like Norwegian Fjords, and they run to silly depths. You can wade out four feet from shore and it suddenly drops off like a cliff to depths approaching 1000 feet in some places.

Anyway, to cut a long story short we are out in a tiny boat with little shelter, and the rain is drizzling away merrily, blasted into our faces by the constant wind. The fishing is not going well because we dont have an anchor and are just drifting off the best spots, so when someone spots a nearby small bouy the gang decide to tie a rope to it and use it as a makeshift anchor. About half an hour later we are all startled by a loud voice booming out of the mist and drizzle.

"Get the hell off that bouy! What do you think you're doing! Are you mental?"

"Sod off!" we reply merrily. "We got here first" says my uncle.

From out of the mist looms the biggest (only) submarine I have ever seen up close, a boomer from the nearby naval base and nuclear weapons storage facility, and it eases past us with an officer yelling at us from the sail and sailors standing at the bows watching us.

"That's a marker bouy, your moored to a torpedo!"

We didn't stop to ask questions, untied the boat and made off down the loch. The SIZE of that thing when you're on the water in what is basically a rowing boat! It was massive!

Messervy
04-11-2005, 08:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bockholt:
I am as old as my tongue & a little bit older than my teeth...

...but admit that I'm also an SPI vet & (still very young) was invited to their creditors' meeting when they collapsed! (journey would've cost more than what hey owed me, so I let them keep the $2.95) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Why is it that you keep shrouding yourself in mystery? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

InfectiousDust
04-11-2005, 09:07 PM
I'll be 20 in June. It's a very good year!