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Take-Out Weight Curling… v3?

Remember Take-Out Weight Curling?

It was a videogame, circa 2002-03, that scored strong reviews and went through two versions, both of them selling quite well… and notably through standard retail stores, and with little or no promotion or advertising within the curling market.

Developed by Saskatchewan youngster Nathan Sorenson when he was still in high school (!) TOWC and TOWC2 are now out of print and hard to find.

Great news today in that Nate has resurfaced with a revamped website/blog, located here. He’s currently studying computer science at the University of Calgary and while he’s not announcing a TOWC3 or anything like that, his inaugural message indicates that he just might be willing to mail some game copies out to those who cannot find it, and are in desperate need of a fix.

So visit his page and send him a comment, or an e-mail… who knows, maybe if enough people write in, he’ll find the time and inspiration to get back on the curling development trail …

Elsewhere:

• A flurry of news recently concerning Scotland and their high-performance plans aiming toward Vancouver 2010… as usual, The Scottish Curler has the best summary of what it all means …

• In recent news, Northern Ontario has (finally) finished their long-awaited amalgamation… and Hall of Fame legend Vera Pezer is the new chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan …

• DID YOU KNOW: that InTheHack is selling some of their branded curling gloves on eBay… and speaking of merch, it looks like the ProCurler spring sale is still going as we head into summer …

• Congrats to all at the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club in Knoxville, TN… not only do they have the best club motto – “will curl for jugs!” – but they also hosted a summer spiel on the weekend, with teams from Hamilton, Collingwood and Windsor, Ontario taking part along with U.S. teams from Detroit and Knoxville …

• Just prior to that event, Colorado Springs hosted a tourney, as reported by the fine folks in Kansas City

• They’ve also been curling in California, and SongMonk recently broke down down his delivery… which, of course, prompted more mulling

• Here’s two YouTube glimpses into the magic of outdoor Swiss curling, then and now

• As the Czechs say, Hokej: V Trenãíne hrali hokejisti curling

• And don’t forget the Hungarians (also in English here) …

• And finally… wanna buy some rocks?