The Valley of the Rhine
May17

The Valley of the Rhine

A trip that I came up with in the spur of the moment. A day off in the midst of the week, the sun is shining outside and I decided to just take my bike and check out how far the Rhine actually was from Frankfurt. The Rhine between Mainz and Köln is UNESCO world heritage and righteous so. The river slices through a valley stacked with castles from various ages. Each castle trying to outwit the other with some kind of special feature. I...

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German LAN Party
May03

German LAN Party

So, my first month in Germany and I already met the German AoC community! nC, DEAD, alC and RED, the big German clans were all present. I must say the LAN Part exceeded my expectations by a landslide. The party lasted for 5 days, but the majority of our time was filled by just having fun outside AoC. Sure we had our portion of beating up each other on the screens, but with plenty of darts, table football, ping pong, real football and...

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Roskilde Vikings
Apr01

Roskilde Vikings

Living in Belgium, and never been more northwards than the Netherlands, I never came across true Viking culture. So it was time for a change! Me and a friend booked a trip to Copenhagen and even though the city itself has no remarkable Viking heritage, it took us only a 20 minute train ride to find the old capital of Denmark: Roskilde. Located next to the Roskilde Fjord, it was quite the ideal spot for a Viking settlement. Even though...

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Age of Aachen
Mar03

Age of Aachen

So, I have been invited to a job interview for a game tester position at Nintendo in Germany. Brussels-Frankfurt is the itinerary, so that means a stop in Aachen! I only had a few hours, which was ideal to check out downtown Aachen. It’s a small city, close to the Belgian-Dutch-German border and an incredibly rich early Medieval history. I’m quite sure Charlemagne rings a bell. Well, this is pretty much his city. As I only...

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Prague LAN Party
Feb25

Prague LAN Party

In February 2012, the Czech Age of Empires II Community organized an AoC Tournament. The AoFE project was at a quite advanced stage by then, so they were cool with a guy from Belgium flying over to present AoFE to them! My arrival at Prague was colored by the closure of my destined youth hostel, which was solved in only 10 minutes because I actually kept my eyes open for alternatives on my way to the place. (I learned my lesson after...

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