Well, the live op was a master scaled disaster.
The planning started in March, the Live Op was to be marvelous. The map was huge, 5 levels worth and three huge buildings plus larger areas connecting them. Plus a bell tower with a sniper. Two hostages and a Bomb !
The scenario was pretty simple, HRH Prince Charles of Wales got kidnapped and was tracked down. At the direction of MI5, Armed Police kicked in the door on a house where the Residents were suspected of being terrorists. After a heck of a fight, they link up with lots of others and take over U.W.A. A big university in south Wales. Two strike choppers of the Royal Protection Squad taken out of the sky in a quick rescue attempt gone bad.
I stayed up all night to make the Intel doc's we used for this simulation. 8 Photo's with detailed comments so people could plan the map, about the only aid that we got lol. I even saved a last photo for an 'in mission update' showing the primary hostage, complete with bomb.
The [SAS] Element was to enter the fortress sized building, overcome the enemy, locate the royal hostage, optionally an injured pilot (from the RPS rescue attempt). And extract. I'd clear the roof area and get the tech squad to destroy the SAM sites on the roofs so we can get a Helicopter extraction. Then redeploy, go dynamic and frag every hostile on the map (reloaded to a tango hunt).
So, what went wrong?
Before the Live Op started, every one was supposed to be briefed, the last Intel was posted a day or two before the deadline.
There should've been a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in command ready before the mission took place and a special Dynamic aslt plan prepared (the Immediate Action Plan) in place the Live Op had to launch early (Shots fired, hostage in danger, GO GO GO!).
It took forever for them to read the Intel -> but they did very good with the 15min time limit to plan the op.
Several people mis-installed the map because I didn't have time to make a Click Team installer for it, just a batch file to install the files to the default paths for those who had it. Rest had to do it manually. Map was like 68MB, zipped down to 17.7MB.
During this time I was arguing with my mom, she used the phone and it caused my (aDSL/Ethernet) network connection to drop (A little problem we have here). So I had to storm out and devliever AJ (my nephew). They were nice enough to wait for me... Unforutintly Pittman couldn't hang around it took to long.
Every one f@#king died
Leaving a bunch of Old School [SAS] in Royal Protection Squad Uniforms to come out of my imagination and save the day.
I've worked hard for months (March-September) setting up this live op. I wanted it to be some thing special for the guys, a real good live op. But it was hell on wheels from where I sat.
To top it all off, my family has all but tried to sabotage the freaking live op most of the afternoon. When I've gone through the trouble of arranging FOUR MONTHS in advance to have ONE DAY to spend on the computer. Gone through the hoopla of getting 7 people organised into for a single advent, planned down to the polish on the boots.
I freaking expect to be there with the time I scheduled to be rightfully mine to try & use!
Only GOD has a right to control my life without my permission.
The day before, when we scheduled to have me cart my nephew (my sisters bird) over there. I specified BEFORE 2 or in the Evening after the live op. We had every thing arranged like clock work the day before,, perfect I would be able to do what they wanted + get to hold the Live Op.
What happens? She's not ready of bed by 3pm. My mother is going ape because she wants the loud mouth bird out of hear so she can work (his bird cage was in the way). So I've got to hold up the dang live op. It could have been easily done after the live op, simple. But no, they can't wait for some thing planned months before there plans were even on the to do list.
All because two people can't follow a schedule. They can't do what they've agreed, they can't deal with "Your late, then you wait", well frag'em. Hell, I can't even have a conversation with some one without my family interfering.
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Most of the time I ever do get to play games with my friends, it's because my family is driving me too crazy to get stuff done. Or I'm not physically and mentally up to the task, so I send a few rounds with my friends then drop to get back to work. Most of the other times, it's because some one asked me to Join them for a few games. I'm thankful for it.
I've had enough, if my family won't respect me as I respect them. Then they can suck off before I show them the behavior I prefer to. They want to be bastards, then I should be a Monster. An Iron Fist. But I'm not that kind of person.... Unlike the rest of my family (IMHO), I think controlling your self before you allow yourself to hurt some one you care for is a thing that we should try.. I don't like to hurt people, it's not who I am. I like to be 'me', I like to be free. But not to the extent that I rip up other people.
I think if I ever get married, I would have more to apologize to my wife for then be thankful for of what place my experiences in Family life have had an effect on me. After nearly 20 years of being around people, they rub off on you.... Even things you try to avoid. Needless to say, much of whats gone on in my Family.... Is not what I want a future generation to ever know what it's like.
The result? Some times I'm like a monster... Like I've seen them, at least in the same spirit of. The difference? I don't want to be... I see it for what it is, wrong. I don't like to be 'mean', it's just not who I am on the inside. But it's the rage they bring out in me. The rage I've learned from being around my family...
No matter what I do, they always hurt me.... but I don't want to hurt them back, even if I feel I should at times. And even thinking that way for a few minutes (to inflict on them what they inflict on me) is some thing I'm sorrowful about when I calm down.
One of the reasons why I work to try and serve the [SAS] and it's Membership, is because it's not like my family. It's a good place, one where I would be honored to see my Children become involved in it; if I ever live to have any.
Of my travel through live, the best things to happen to me...
My time with the SAS
Learning to read
And learning every thing I can about the things that interest me.
The miserable part? My family has had very little positive involvement or influence in any of it, other then learning to read... =S While other people have...