Tomorrow I’ll be playing in Coudal Partner’s Layer Tennis, a rip roaring good way to spend a Friday afternoon. Here’s how it works: Two players swap a file (in this case, a Photoshop file) back and forth in realtime “volleys”, each player adding to and embellishing the previous volley. Each volley has a 15 minute time limit, so the action is fast-paced.
I’ll be playing against Brian Taylor, a throughly capable opponent whose work I’ve admired for years. Commentating on the match is Matthew Baldwin of Defective Yeti fame (and responsible for one of my favorite posts). I definitely have my work cut out for me. Check out the match preview for more info on the three of us and the game.
The match is a special Halloween edition and I’m told is not meant for the faint of heart. The blood shall indeed flow! Hopefully there will be a medic on the court, just in case. A few vampire hunters and crucifixes probably wouldn’t hurt either. In these final moments leading up to game time I’ve gotten my racket restrung and have been doing some calisthenics to ensure I can chase down any errant returns. I won the coin flip, so I’ll be starting us off. No matter who wins, this promises to be a fun time. Tune in tomorrow at 2pm Chicago time or GMT-6, and jump into the forums for discourse on the match. Hope to see you there!
Boy, am I glad that’s over. I won! It was an intense match, and now my office is knee-deep with blood. Brian had some great volleys (I really want a big print of the illustration from #6), and the commentary from Matthew was just perfect. Luckily, my volleys were fueled by Dawn of the Dead playing in the background and the Misfits boxed set on rotation in the foreground. If you missed it, you can always head over and watch the replays from the match. And 15 minute rounds is a cruel, cruel joke. Those folks at Coudal know how to pull the strings. Now, to get the hell away from my computer, for tomorrow I will be in Philly for a 24-hour horror film festival.