Fy_Abbottabad, With Apologies To Edgar Allan Poe

Once upon a midnoon sweaty, while I pandered Counter Strike wary,
Over many a quaint and curious servers begotten from a store,
While I play’d, clearly pwning, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my Steam chat door.
`’Tis some Scrim-er’ I muttered, `tapping at my Steam chat door –
Only this, and nothing more.’

Ah, distinctly I remember it was the server of the IndiaGunner,
And each separate dying Terrorist wrought his spray upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished for de_dust2; – vainly I had sought to burrow
From my inventory surcease of sorrow – sorrow for that lost Lenore –
For the rare and radiant Desert Eagle whom my CTs named Lenore –
Bullet-less here for evermore.


And the sudden and uncertain dingof each little chat curtain
Distracted me – filled me with terrible aiming that I could ne’er before;
So that now, to still the beating of my AWP-er heart, I stood repeating
`’Tis some Scrim-er entreating entrance to his server door –
Some bored Scrim-er entreating entrance at his server door; –
For they have less than ten [players], and nothing more,’

Presently my skills grew weaker; hesitating then no longer,
`Dude’ said I, `or Guy, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was gaming, and so gently you came chatting,
And so engrossed I was with my laming, walling at the double door,
That I scarce was sure I read you’ – here I opened wide the chat door; –
A link there was, and nothing more.


Deep into that link peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But lo and behold it was a CS map, and the link gave no token,
And the only comment there spoken was the upvoted ment, `Awesome Ore!’
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the comment, `Awesome Ore!’
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the game turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a chat pingsomewhat louder than before.
`Surely,’ said I, `surely that is a player from my server;
Let me see then, what the problem is (probably lack of $$$), and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment before I recharge the $$$ and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the starting money and nothing more!’

This is where I pause my plunder of Poe’s poem full of insanity, and get to the meaty part of my experience with fy_abbottabad, a map for the game Counter Strike: Source (as if you do not know this already).
This is the reviewof a map some random scrim friend posted on my chat box while I was playing de_dust2. He was very excited that the rumor mill of the internet had, for once, said something true that right when the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death reached an ardent CS:S fan, he immediately shouted Counter Terrorists Winand gone ahead and made a map for the game based on this lavish estate of Osama’s.

The result is an extremely good virtual representation of the Abbottabad complex where Osama Bin Laden was allegedly shot dead by a US strike team. The terrorists spawn inside the main building, while the counter terrorists spawn right outside.

The difference between the complex in real life and in CS:S is that the Terrorists also have weapons. They also have a bias in this map since they have a great view of the CT entry points from higher ground (the balcony):-


Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a silenced bullet’s splutter,
In the distance stepped a Terrorist of the violent days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of a fanciful sniper, AWP-ed me in front of the entrance door –
Perched upon a balcony just in front the entrance door –
Perched, and sniped, and nothing more.

Okay I’ll stop. But the point is as you can see from the screenie, it’s very easy for a sniper vs. sniper battle to go in the Terrorist’s favor at this balcony. Especially if some Terrorist decided to nade the tiny enclosure.

There are three main entry/exit paths (one of which is the balcony/tiny room) where the T stronghold meets the CT spawn point very alike de_dust2’s triple points. But there are a thousand ways in which I would get team-flashed, smoked and generally easily killed in this map (with the classic maps, it was simple you get flashed by your team rather than by your opponent wherever there’s a nice little tunnel). (Elucidated in screenies below)




This map is an excellent novelty item and something that I would play with a small bunch of CS:S players when I get bored of the normal maps. But the point is, I have probably played… four maps (?) from the stock so whenever I get spare time I ask for some exotic map like cs_italy or something.


In summary, I am a terrible parody maker, fy_abbottabad is a fun novelty item and CS:S is still the bee’s knees on Steam.

(To view an unedited clump of the screenshots I took, please have a look here)

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