Kablooie! was formed as a Rocket Arena 2 team in the spring of 1998 by rackboy and Greblaja. The two, having been members together in Clan Phantasm years earlier, ran into each other on a Rocket Arena 2 server and thought it would be fun to form a team to compete in RA2.
In speaking with this major prick of the Strogg and telling him about Earth, you acquire a signal to Earth's television broadcasts. You flick through the channels, but he keeps stopping you at a football game. He was very impressed how one team just marched up and down the field, totally decimating the other team. He comments on how fun the game could be with weapons. They were probably watching the Eagles (I'm from Philly). A deal is made and a date is set, the battle over planet Earth will occurr on a football field. Team Marine vs. Team Strogg.
Online gaming was just ridding itself of diapers. A scant few massively multiplayer games existed (Lineage for one, it was released that year). Quake 2 was the game to play, having been released the year before. A childhood friend of mine, (Asmodai by name) invited me to play a new mod for Quake 2. The mod was called Loki's Minions Capture the Flag - #LMCTF , the first Capture the Flag modification for Quake 2, released the day after the Quake 2 source code was released.