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05-29-2003, 11:14 AM
Ok, so I'm going to test drive my skills on hosting a LAN party in about a year. Right now I'm just thinking about it. I resently went to one and it was lots of fun, but people who hosted it were very smart. Now I start to think that if I try to do it I'll fail. But I know one thing I should not do - use a router - it is allways better to use a switch! Yep, that was a recomindation to everyone who is hoing to hose a LAN party.

At this particular party that I went to we hade some racing games, including Midtown Madness 2. And there was lots of beer, so I knew where everyone was leaning. First all was fine... Then one of my buddies got this idia (experiment) to see how bad drunk driving affect surtain people. You can probably imagine how everything ended....

But feel free to use this thread to post any of your LAN party experiences.

05-29-2003, 05:33 PM
I host them several times a year with average of 30-35 people and everyone loves them. If i can do it, rock on bro.

the Wookie
05-29-2003, 05:56 PM
i went to recon2000 a while ago. that was awesome

05-29-2003, 07:31 PM
somebody *hint hint* was going to do as a forum sponsored thing... but they dont' seem to be doing too much about it...

05-29-2003, 07:33 PM
i was but we dont have the funding and the interest wasnt really there, i didnt forget it just kinda went under. Eventually i still intend to but funds are tight and life is hectic.

05-29-2003, 10:54 PM
I've never been to one b4, but when I get my car I probably will go to some. I hear there are some in Huntsville (closest big town to me)

05-30-2003, 04:24 AM
I would like to have one next december. Once i have the money (few months) we'll have to have a big thread on it and set it up as a community.

05-30-2003, 05:19 AM
hey RoD, what are the few worst things about LAN parties?

And what games do support up to 35 people at the same time?
I know that some straategy games go only up to 16, and Freelancer is up to 32 (good game!, gets boring fast).

Freelancer: learning curve ~ 30min, boringness curve ~ 4days! This may very on your mood and personality allong with some other things... :D

05-30-2003, 09:16 AM
not everybody plays the same games... you just get goups together and people do with the network pretty much what they want...

05-30-2003, 09:26 AM
what games are the best out there for LAN parties? I actually like any type...

Oh yes... and is it a good idia to make a site for a LAN party, or is it just waste of time doing so. I read an article on http://www.overclockers.com on how it would be a good idia to have a site that lists things that need to be installed on comps and all the setup procedures. So this could be a good purpose for makin a site for LAN party - specially if you gonna host it more than once a month...?

Oh yes, also tell me if you were going to go to a LAN party - what kind of games would you want to play?

And is games all LAN parties are about, or is there hidden secrets I've not been showed?

05-30-2003, 11:32 AM
If I get my house open for a weekend sometime I might host one here, since there are some people I know at school that would show up. I could probably get at least 15 people to show up (small party, but I live in a rural area, where the only thing people do is play football and listen to country music).

I think a good game selection would be Q3: Arena, Unreal Tournament 2003, Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, and RTCW.

05-30-2003, 11:33 AM

maybe bring along a few consoles and make the LAN party apply to system links as well...

05-30-2003, 02:44 PM
Actually I think warcraft3 or age of mythology could spice up the party without pizza :)

the Wookie
05-30-2003, 03:59 PM
Originally posted by major_small
somebody *hint hint* was going to do as a forum sponsored thing... but they dont' seem to be doing too much about it... hey hey i can only do 2/3 things at a time..haha. im aiming to finish the battle system by next saturday. then ill think about the lan party, its a pain the ass to setup. sponsors, money money money and uhh money, which i have almost none of. unless pocket lint works.

05-30-2003, 06:41 PM
i think he was referring to me, i had one set for july 9th back in september

05-30-2003, 06:53 PM
Speaking of money... How much do an average LAN party need of money? Yeah, I know there are lots of averages :)

05-30-2003, 09:12 PM
Originally posted by the Wookie
hey hey i can only do 2/3 things at a time
haha... that's funny if you think about it mathematically...

RoD: i was talking to the wookie...

05-31-2003, 10:34 AM
its all dependent. we have had lans run on no cash, and ones we spent 150-200.00 on, it jus depends. For the cprog one im renting out a 200x200ft warehouse space, so its going to cost more than nothing.

sorry major i didnt kno anyone got the idea after i did so i figured it was me.

the Wookie
05-31-2003, 11:09 AM
for us...if we rent the community center hall it would be about 150$. then we need a decent sized switch, cables, hubs, power strips etc, which can run upwards of 500$. i can use my 2 computers for dedicated servers, but its not as simple and it sounds. and then snacks or whatever to be sold. there probably would be a entrance fee, but we need money to begin with. and you can only get a sponsorship if you've done it a few times and it was successful. and im not even sure of how many people from around here would attend.

and haha, that's probably why stuff takes so long. oh well

05-31-2003, 11:12 AM
i always plan on double the expected. i have approx 500ft of cat5, every bit of 40 NIC's, several switches, two 40port hubs, countless surge's, two of my own dedicated servers (950mhz/256mb ram/20gigs), and the room would run same idea bout 150.00

I hadnt really planned on an entrance fee, but it would be cool if we could do one that covered the costs (not hard), and donate the excess to cprog or something.

As for food, u could always do BYO.

05-31-2003, 08:59 PM
wookie: I was thinking try to get some major BYO going... we'd never get the money to get all the stuff, but we could advertise REALLY early, saying that we'll need people to bring stuff... there are some companies around here that might sponsor us without experience... not in a big sponsorship way, but maybe something like $50 in equipment or money... they could set up a booth or have floor space or something...

if we turned it into a media event... we could get news12 there if we told them we were kids putting this thing together... they cover that stuff all the time... it would turn into (almost) free advertising for the companies... i should have sent this in the form of a PM

the Wookie
05-31-2003, 10:17 PM
BYO equipment won't work and you can't count on it. i dont think anyone would take apart their home network for it either.

05-31-2003, 10:39 PM
BYO works for food but aside from that its asking for problems. I dont see a reason for turning it into a news thing, dont think they would really care. With my schedule and life at the moment i could set a realistic date in september but no sooner than that. I thought no one was interested so i had basically let it die.

06-02-2003, 07:59 PM
news12 likes covering that stuff... and it would turn into some more advertisement for the sponsors...

now that i think about it, BYO equip won't work...

06-02-2003, 08:44 PM
i think he was referring to me, i had one set for july 9th back in september

July 9th is my birthday! I'll be 15.

Oh, and if you are hosting a board sponsored LAN party, where will it be at? I can't be there if it isn't in Tennessee (lol).

06-02-2003, 08:47 PM
well i would like to find a state that is like a mid-point or access for the general community...

06-03-2003, 10:46 AM
I was thinking... would you bring a CRT to a LAN party or Flat Panel?

the Wookie
06-03-2003, 11:51 AM
for itd be a $$$$$ to bring a crt...21"...but i have a kvm switch so if i bring both of mine i wont have to bring 2 monitors..woopee...for me a realstic date would be sometime around the end of august. i dont know. im going to be extremely busy this summer anyway.

06-03-2003, 07:27 PM
i'll be busy too... maybe we should start posting locations so you could set up a place first...

i'm in NY, about an hour from teh city

06-03-2003, 07:37 PM
I'm in Canada, about an hour from Detroit.

06-03-2003, 08:13 PM
Hmm i got an idea....

06-03-2003, 09:03 PM
Originally posted by RoD
Hmm i got an idea....
Uh oh...

06-03-2003, 09:06 PM

patience lol

06-04-2003, 01:06 PM
I can't go until next year. I'll get my license :D