Sorry my report was a bit late in coming but I felt this wonderful tournament deserved a public response on the forum. Before I post my review though I just want to make out why I was always in two minds about going. Also I tried to explain a bit of this to Gianni but being hyper on the day due to the frantic gameplay of KO2 I’m unsure what he understood – so this post is for Gianni and also for everyone else, an honest assessment as to what occurred with me on the KOA over Christmas...
I must admit I was in too minds whether to attend due to the aggravation that occurred around Christmas time on the KOA. My whole reason for coming back on the forum were honourable in the sense that I had a deep desire to play KO2 again having not gone to the world cup in Ireland. Around this time I’d also had a chat with Dino and it was suggested to me that I could be a community manager on the new game. But not for definite.
So with my enthusiasm for Kick Off 2 being rekindled due to the disappointment of missing out on Ireland, I thought that Dino had no knowledge of the things KOBRA had done over the years. So I figured (and Gaz and Si thought I was mad for suggesting it at the time), that we have 12 mad months of doing everything we did over 8 years or so. Take the potential opportunity by the scruff of the neck and prove to Dino that we are the guys.
Yep, my enthusiasm for all things Kick Off 2 spilled into a very real prospect that there might be a job in it for us. Also, we stopped organising things previously because it was too much of a ball ache to do anything due to constant disappointment of non committal players (no-one here I hasten to add), but with 2016 seeing the release of Kick Off Revived, I figured this would be the year of Kick Off as a brand and so you’d be potentially turning people away it would be that popular.
So with all that in mind, I unleashed the positivity on the forum and my mind is then cast back to Birmingham, which was to all extents a great world cup. We’d honed all the knowledge of attending other world cups and organising the UK Champs over the years to produce an event that was well received. To hear Alkis speak of it in such glowing terms was unbelievable to be honest.
But I know there was an ‘elephant in the room’ over the rules of auto slides and whatnot. (I say this because with the passage of time, it's easy to forget the good times and only remember the bad) So I figured lets try to continue the positivity by appealing to everyone. I couldn’t be arsed with a vote because I saw it as wasting valuable player recruitment time and because it was me doing the spearheading with this one, I wanted the rules resolved quickly. I don’t have the patience that Gaz has, so I wanted it done yesterday as it were.
I was also a little miffed with a few shenanigans that were going on. To me it seemed like the KOA was a wild west and we had a new sheriff in town. What I discovered about most recent world cup was astonishing but weirdly it seemed like to me, at the time, that no-one cared. I was also being strongly pressed into using the existing world cup website, the existing social media outlets (why?) when the ones I’d created for the 2011 World Cup actually had more users. Then I believe Danny emailed a shed load of people about putting forward a world cup bid. To be honest, I felt put into a corner but looking back on it, this wasn’t done by the normal KOA heiracy of Mark, Alkis, Rob, Jorn, Gianni etc. But it felt like the whole forum was against me in spirit at the time.
At the same time all this was going on, I know Dino was embroiled in his own issue and yes, I got caught up into it and so he invited me into his private yahoo chat.
So Dino felt misled about something, so did others and I felt trapped into a corner due to a completely different issue with the auto slides and whatnot.
Naturally people were getting a little excited due to heated discussions on the KOA. It was suggested to me that I was being bullied and I said hypothetically that if I am being bullied then I feel like hosting rival tournaments. About 2 minutes later I clarified this with the notion that I wouldn't want to do this anyway. Besides, I was only speaking hypothetically in the first place! Besides, what prat would organise rival ko2 tournaments and alienate the actual ko2 players ....in this hypothetical situation I'd have no-one turning up lol
Well, apart from the new players. But I've yet to meet them so for me, the magic of tournaments is what I've experienced when playing guys from the KOA.
In my head I figured the proposal of the rules would be Utopia but it seemed to be interpreted that I had some ulterior motive? There was an ulterior motive going on but I must stress it wasn't coming from me! I was just caught up in the whirlwind.
To be honest I’m actually glad that all this happened because it forced the old guys such as Rob and Alkis to come back on the board and reclaim the KOA, the whole escapade actually re-invigorated the KOA even though it was full of arguments.
Anyway, all of the misinterpretations was discussed in the weekend after Christmas and everything was sorted with us all continuing 2016 as friends (thank goodness)
Still, before I went to Hemel Hempstead I was mindful that things can linger...I'm still mindful that this can happen hence why I've written this out for all to see.
As for the tournament itself it was wonderful. My very real nerves were put at ease when Rob stopped his game to greet me, shake my hand. Little gestures like that went a long way due to what happened. Then I had a great chat with Andy and throughout the whole day they were pressing me to attend this, attend that. In other words I was welcomed beyond belief. Thanks guys
The games themselves were unbelievable. Win lose or draw I didn’t give a shit, I was just glad I was playing again.
To the new guys such as the Vella brothers, keep at it...i finished bottom of my first tournament and then ended up being the UK Champion – and on this particular weekend I actually beat the World Champion! I joked with Andy does that make me the current champ by default? Hehehe
Unbelievable game against Ian Kay too ffs. The game was way too close for comfort and putting on my tournament hat, it was a game I figured I needed to win and could win. But Ian has improved so much and when I was about to sneak a 4-5 win I conceded a penalty! Not to worry though because I’d saved two against Andy back in Bournemouth a few years ago. What happens this time? Ian hits the post...yes! Only for him to slot home the rebound. Well played mate!
I felt more than fortunate to get a win over Sandro, whom I was also surprised didn't finish higher. My game against him though went 2-0 to me, 2-2 before I then got the lead back. The exact same occurred against.... but in reverse! Weird how the day had a certain synchronicity to it.
At one stage I mentioned how I wanted to finish 4th and with me not having played in a long time it felt like a big ask. I felt more than fortunate in various games and against Gianni I was actually tempted to suggest we start the game due to him having Cox sent off. I felt like this affected me too tbh as I was then understandably playing against Lockout. What a player Gianni is though to play without Cox and still win!
For me I wanted to re-enter the KOA world again and it was my game against Andy which would completely rid me of any rust because I proved that I can mix it with the top players when I’m on form. I cannot remember much about the game but I was pleased I was still up there and was a challenger.
However win lose or draw I always looked for positives and look forward to the next time. Hope I haven’t bored you with my ramblings but now I’d laid my cards on the table and put the truth of what happened, my conscience is now clear now I've explained it to the KOA as a whole.
Out of respect I have used names sparingly and I hope I've cleared up any misinterpretations, any assumptions people may have had about me and my honourable intentions last Christmas.
I cant for the life of me figure out why any of the comments above would be looked upon negatively by any of the existing members and posters of the KOA, but if so then feel free to ask (perhaps best by PM) and I’d have no problems in clarifying things further.
The reason for me posting this now is that I want to make things clear to everyone what happened and my role (or not) in what occured.
I've spent years on this forum, spent countless hours organsing, doing marketing with gaz and si, spent countless hours driving, countless pounds on petrol etc. - like we all have. More importantly, you guys are my friends. But I simply don't want to see all that flushed down the toilet due to a misinterpretation as to my intentions.
Anyway I hope this is all explained properly now