Uwe Mathon, SUNFLOWERS Support
Langen/Nettersheim. A great number of
PC gaming fans turned up at an PC network gaming convention in
the picturesque German "Eifel" region in order to pay honour to
their favourite and most beloved computer game: "ANNO 1602 - Creation
of a New World". An entire hall had been rented
and offered plenty of room for all those enthusiastic gamers who
initially got to know each other through a "ANNO 1602" discussion
board in the Internet. This fact might have been one of the reasons
why most of the gamers present just called each other by their
self-created nicknames already known from the discussion board:
"Norton, Peach, and Push" are just few of them.
Yet, the tension rose, because people were excited
about whom they would finally meet in reality, from face to face.
If you now assume that the majority of the attendants were all
freaks, who aren't interested in anything else but computers,
you would absolutely bark up the wrong tree. It was a very mixed
bunch of people you could meet there: from airline stewards via
the database specialist to housewives with children. Anyhow, everybody
present had something in common, it was their enthusiasm for "ANNO
1602", and therefore a lot of tricks, advice and experiences were
exchanged amongst them.
After hours which seemed to have rushed by in
just a few seconds, SUNFLOWERS
organised a little raffle, where "ANNO 1602" in different language
versions, "ANNO 1602" mouse pads, shirts and many other merchandising
articles were given away. Afterwards, the gaming and the fun went
until early in the morning, when only physical exhaustion marked
the limit of the event.
Some quotes from "ANNO 1602" fans:
"'ANNO 1602' is the first game to have a sensible manual since
the invention of computer games."
"In general I'm not a computer gamer, but 'ANNO 1602' converted
me into one!"
"'ANNO 1602' is an addiction of my delight."