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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by Mr.Cheeks, Jun 5, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    The word LAN PARTY is in my head for some reason, does anyone know what this is or how it got into my head?
  2. wagnerk
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    "LAN Party", when I hear that: a game session with more than 2 two playing network games pop into my head. A group of us once in a blue moon get together and do this.

    However Modey can tell you more about this as he use to specialise in this at one point.

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  3. Modey

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    As Ken said, I used to organise fairly large Lan parties as part of a gaming community called Savage. Lan parties mostly were BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) affairs, well they were the most common type. Quite often we would organise gaming tournaments that ran over the course of a weekend. Usually team games like Counterstrike, Quake 3 etc...

    There are still many going on around the UK on a regular basis, seems to have gotten very pricey with some of them these days though as people run them as busineses now, not just for fun. At Savage we always used to put any money made from the events back into the gaming community.
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  4. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    blimey! do you know of any free places where i can join just to see how fun it is... i'll like to have a go @ shooting game...
  5. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

    btw: do you have to do tunnelling or whatever to your router? or could you explain how this works?
  6. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    The UKs biggest organiser: www.multiplay.co.uk

    Also it is a model of DFI motherboard which I think is made specially for lan parties.
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  7. hbroomhall

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    All the LAN parties that I have heard of you actualy have to physicaly attend - bringing your own computer.

    There are many games that can be played interactively with other people while you sit at home, but, AFAIK, these are not what is implied by the phrase 'LAN party'.

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  8. twizzle

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    As Harry said nearly all LAN PARTYs are bring your own pc affairs. However somplaces are specifically setup so you can organise a LAN party of your own using thier pc's. I think battlenet http://www.battlenet.co.uk/ in Norwich is like this. You go there ina group, log into thier pc network and use whatever games they have installed there.

    A few of my mates used to hold our own LAN partys at a club i used to go to. On a saturday we'd bring in our PCs and hook em all up via a hub and play UnrealTournament, Quake3 and various other multiuplayer games while drinking, swearing and trying to put the others off. USed to make for a fun Saturday.

    However i also used to run an Onlin Gamming Clan. In that we used to play X-wing Alliance, Rainbow SIx and Jedi Knights via Microsofts MSN gaming zone. There you can enter a room and play with 6 to 8 others who have the game but it uses the internet connection and not a pc to pc network. Most Muliplayer Online games these days have thier own servers that you can access from the games main menu. Dig out Quake 3, get online and try it, you should find plenty of servers to join. It can be quite fun.
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    How it got into your head, maybe you read it in a mag?

    It's cheaper and a lot more fun if you can get a couple of mates together. All you need is a hub, leads, pringles and beer.

    Some decent games, since you like shooting games. Try Unreal Tournament 2004 or Medal of Honor or classic was Red Faction.
    In red faction there's weapon called the rail gun which shoots through walls, endless fun!

    Like wizard said DFI Lan MB are used for lan but any MB with onboard LAN is just as good. Unless of course you've got a 3a ethnet card.

    I've been to some of the big LAN Parties and witness a few people lose it big time by throwing there wireless keyboard across the room.

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  10. Phoenix
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    LAN parties in the UK seem to of dried up somewhat in recent years, I have been attending and assisting with LAN parties for over 10 years now, since the early multiplays that had no more than 30 people involved in a pubs outhouse! to the last rowebs that tried to go the same way (large), ShotgunLANS in aldershot also dried up to a big fat 0 in the last 2 - 3 years :(

    My heart is still with the smaller lans, most of which have dried up, myself and mates get together once a month for a weekend of WoW, Dawn of War and any new game which we think is fun that week..

    You often wont find the BYOC events free per se being they are held at venues which charge a fee, but events in your living room can cut the costs
    LANs never used to cost more than 30 quid a head, except the stupidly large MPUK events which i think are close to 100 quid now? cant see the fun in needing to use IRC to talk to be honest, seems as impersonal as the internet! :)

    Good luck finding a nice regular event to keep your sniping skills honed!

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  11. Nelix
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    Funny this should appear on hear.

    I have been thinking of trying to arrange a LANParty in the North East for some time, I have a venue that I can use, a couple of old Netfinity servers, switches and some Power extensions. The venue has tables and chairs I can use too. The only thing holding me back is that I am not a gamer and dont have a clue how to setup/run a game server. If anyone would like to help with a dry run....I'm up for it.

    P.S. the venue also has a kitchen and the wife said she would be prepared to cook food to sell.

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  12. Tyler D

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    Nice to see you around again Phoenix :biggrin
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