fellow sweepers. My name is Traian and I live in
I fell in love with Minesweeper about 5 or 6 years ago. I don’t know precisely when it all began. It was probably a period when there weren’t any new games on my computer, so I started to play the Windows standard games. One thing I remember, though: I read the help file very soon after I discovered that Minesweeper was interesting. And after founding out the “double-click” thingy, I dedicated to breaking the records over and over again. When I first won on expert I was so happy. I don’t know the time, probably around 300 seconds. And one of the most exciting moments back then was my first 5 sec. beginner game. It was incredible. Of course most of it was luck, since my sweeping skills were very low (and still are!J), but everywhere I went I kept bragging about my 5 seconds. No one really cared, but I was really really happy.
Days, weeks, months, years have passed. When I reached the “unbelievable” 5-35-120 score line, I searched the Internet for “minesweeper”. And of course I immediately found the “Authoritative Minesweeper” site. Boy, was I depressed. All the 1s, Matt’s 10, Lasse’s 42 and all the other incredible videos made me want to quit. But then I visited all the links (and especially the Tips section) and I said to myself I needed to improve my scores. Urgently. Because I was already addicted, and you guys know the feeling, right? And the 120 quickly became 119->118->116->112->109-> (don’t remember) -> 101. I was stuck on 101 for some time, only until I changed my mouse. And I instantly went sub-100, a psychological barrier. I don’t know the exact evolution, and I’m sure it’s not that important, but my current record on expert is 65, after being stuck at 70 for almost one year. But I changed my mouse again, and I’ve started to go sub-70 pretty often.
Let me narrate one of the most remarkable moments happened in my sweeping career. I was ready to go out and I noticed that I still had time for a quick session of intermediate. After a few unsuccessful clicks, it happened! The opening seemed so familiar. The repeated viewing of videos of the dream board apparently had a powerful effect on my brain, I mean it stuck in there somewhere. So I started to play it just as I saw many of you had done it before. Of course I couldn’t afford a super speed, but still, after the last click the clock showed an amazing 13! My record, if I remember right, was 18 at that time, so you can imagine the adrenaline rush that I felt. After a while, the well-known UPK debate started, and, for the respect of the game, though I never really searched for the DB on purpose (with repeated click & F2 sequence or something like that), I gave up on my int record and posted a 17 instead. Fair play is an important issue for me. Now my intermediate record is 15, and I’m very very proud of it.
I have other interests beside minesweeper. I play tennis, chess (complete amateur). My favorite TV channel is Eurosport. I like all kinds of sports: soccer, tennis, handball, basketball, snooker. Oh, let’s not forget athletics. I know by heart many of the world records.
That’s about it. We’ll see each other on the IRC channel and of course, in the guest book. I go online very often. Oh, I almost forgot:
www.nuklearpower.com – you must check it out, it’s hilarious.
OK, I’m done. I guess we’ll keep in touch by any means possible.
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed.