Prepare yourselves for the Ninth Annual Week(end)-Long LAN Party!
It will be July 6-8th.
The head-count is nine people in total, which may drop to six or seven after Friday. Friday night will be classic UT night since a few people are coming out specifically for that. The rest of the party will be unstructured.
We will be starting early and ending early for a change; we’ll probably go from pre-noon until two in the morning (or so). For those of you not spending the night, get the fuck up to my place in the A.M.! We’ll have enough food for lunch.
Complementary catering will be provided by Casa de los Casa. We’ll have barbecued chicken, potato salad, cold sandwiches, peanut butter, and frozen burritos. Bring a few bucks for pizza on Friday night, and maybe one other occasion (Saturday night?). Also, if you’re so inclined, bring your own beer (and maybe one for a friend).
Bring a blankey (and a pillow, change of clothes, toothbrush, etc.). We’ll provide towels, and hidden cams for showering.
I will provide internet, extension cables and ethernet cables, as usual. Also, I have plenty of table space so just bring your shit and a comfy chair. I have a bunch of chairs, but they’re all of the metal-and-folding variety.
I have one television, if there’s to be dual-consoling of any sort, I’ll need someone to bring another.
If you play WoW, I’m sure the illustrious Luke will not be able to join in, since you’ll all be doing level 70 stuff. Jerks.
But maybe he won’t be in town, anyway.
So, I think that focusing on WoW isn’t going to work super well. We probably aren’t going to have a five people willing/able to do a 5 man group, esp. considering Gatt and Beatty don’t play. I think we should kick it old school. Get some lava giant, get some facing worlds, get some Q3 DM, warcraft III (not that we’ve ever actually played it), DotA, look for some cools mods to the aformentioned games, smash bros, guitar hero, maybe something for the Wii, dawn of war (?), command and conquer 3 (?), rise of nations (?), moonbase commander (?), diablo II (sullivan/jason, im looking at you), tribes?I’m sure we won’t all want to or be able to play the same stuff at the same time, so I think we shouldn’t even worry about trying. We spend too much time trying to get everyone on the same page playing the same thing?with only a weekend, I say “fuck it.” Let’s just have a fun time hanging out and tandem gaming. I see nothing wrong with four people hitting Gnomregan while we have a person playing amplitude, a person watching amplitude, a couple of people pwning in DotA, and a couple people sparring in WCIII.
That being said, I’d still like to - if possible - play CTF or DM with most/all of the participants at least once or twice. I just don’t think making a huge effort to get everyone on the same thing is going to work or will be fun.
I’d like to play: 1. Either starcraft or dawn of war. I’ve had an itch for some old school starcraft ever since Jason asked for my cd key, and I don’t think we ever gave dawn of war a fair go. I think that if we play an RTS, it should be one of these two.
I agree with most of the comments so far. I hope Gatt finds a game that’s so fun everyone just wants to play it and nothing else because that’s what makes LAN parties super stellar. Such a game is not always availible, however, as we’ve found in the past. If we want to all play the same thing, which I will agree is ideal but based on past experiences doesn’t always happen, we need to set up a schedule for playing certain games at certain times or unanimously agree to make the LAN party about one game. People have found the idea of scheduling restrictive in the past, but LAN parties work better if everyone isn’t a chaotic mob. I would agree that being a chaotic mob is fun if we all hop from game to game together spontaneously, but that hasn’t really happened for years and I think we should not gamble on that. I don’t feel that much, if anything, is taken away from the LAN party experience by organizing things.
I’d like for console gaming to happen. GFs like it, and guitar hero and amplitude are popular. Since consoles are 1-4 players we may have to CONSOLE gatton, but I think the LAN party would be poorer without them.
I really WANT to like dawn of war. I’d like to try that again, esp. if we can steal some expansions. Multiplayer starcraft is inferior to warcraft III, but I know that you pussies can’t manage heroes effectively so I will happily zerg your faces. Also, my GF may play.
I like UT! It’s still fun, and I don’t know why we ever put it down at LANs. LAVA GIANT FTW!
I can make another DotA questionnaire, and we can play a limited number of matches with fun rules (all pudge, all tiny, all rikimaru, -ardmscnpmmduid, etc). I think that will satisfy the people who want to play DotA “for real” and the people who secretly like it but can’t stand that they suck at it.
Starting an MMO a la D&D online might be fun, but perhaps ONLY if it’s D&D online. We already know how the game works, the rules, the strats, etc to some extent, and my concern is that if we play an another MMO we’ll spend 12 hours running around trying to figure out how to find our way out of town or open the quest log or equip our pants. I also enjoyed the way D&D online was presented and how the game worked. I think it would be a fun experience to play through that game for 8-16 hours with a static and balanced group. The disadvantage is that doing that would only be for a certain number of people and adding more later would probably be hard (quest pre-reqs, level reqs, etc). Also, we’ve already played through it for awhile before so it would take some of our very limited time to actually access new content. We could theoretically start single player accounts a week before (the trial is 10 days?) and get to level 4 or something, so we can start right off - maybe also read some strat guide so we aren’t wasting time running around lost after we’re done with the content we remember.
WoW can suck it for the duration of this party.
With apologies to James, fuck your apology: none of you live in Ogden.
Since we’re gaming over a weekend instead of the traditional week, I felt a sleepover might be a good way to maximize time. If the sleepover is a no-go then driving to-and-from Ogden every day is silly. So what say you (all) to the sleepover?
Dang! I just missed the cutoff for the sleepover. Craptacular!
On a serious note, has anyone played any XMP lately? I understand there is a mod for UT2k4 that does XMP, but I haven’t followed its progress for ages. There should at least be some traditional LAN fragfest –all the better with vehicles of various kinds.
Matt is an uber-cool friend, and once (and hopefully future) co- worker that I met while working with Carson’s older brother (also uber- cool).
Incidentally, I’m not one to respect laws that I personally find undesirable; if Nat and Matt were to show up for the LAN, I would not turn them in to the age-police?
Ok, to sum things up:
This will be 7/06(friday) through 7/08(sunday). I’ll likely be setting my stuff up on thursday, and I’d suggest that others do the same. Whoever shows up late friday, only to find out that they need to do major patching/harware fixing, owes $100 to each LANer that set up early.
We’ll be doing this at Seth’s house in Ogden. Travel times will be a hassle, but not as bad as some have made it out to be. The main advantage is that Seth has total control of the building, and we can keep whatever hours we want. Sleepover sounds good to me, but if people don’t want to do that, a half-hour drive each way isn’t anything to worry about. Oh, and we get Thais catering service.
For games, it seems like there is a good amount of interest in Dawn of War. If anybody wants to play online before the LAN party, that’d rock. I own the game, and the latest patch eliminates the CD check, so I can hook you up. FPS-wise, I think original UT is the way to go. Everybody’s computer can handle it, and it was featured at our alltime best LAN parties.
How the hell else would we know everything’s on track if you didn’t let us know, Gatt? Geez!
Actually, we need you to handle the meat.
I’d like to do a Brazilian barbecue once or maybe twice over the weekend. Maybe an expensive one that everyone chips in for (like last year) on Saturday, and a cheaper one on Sunday (ribs, or something).
Think you can hook us up with some choice cuts of horse meat, Gatt?
Hey, I can finally access this page. Joy. Maybe I can take that Friday off, too, and set up Thursday like my bestest friend in the whole world Brandon.
I guess I’ll stop trying to find a place to do this closer to SLC, since I seem to be largely reviled for trying to save time and cut down on logistical cocksmackery. How dare I.
What’s wrong with having consoles, again? I don’t think any of our GF’s like FPS’s, but I think it will be fun to have them there.
Yay Dawn of War. Please install it and patch it. If you all wait until the day of the LAN to install and patch with only Brandon’s (and maybe Jason’s) CD, we will never play games together because it takes awhile.
BEFORE THE WEEK OF THE LAN, if you want to play WCIII, Dawn of War, Unreal Tournament (the first one), Diablo, Rise of Nations, Quake III, Starcraft, etc:
Why play WCIII when we could instead play an actual Blizzard RTS?
j/k. I’m up for whatever. (And by “whatever” I’m referring to whatever genre WCIII is in.)
Google’s highly accurate translation of the above comment:
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Lets collect money for an expensive cut of meat–ala last year’s bbq. We’ll also pick up some cheap $20 pork ribs because we’ll get a bit of mileage out of ‘em.
So, everyone pony up $10 or so for a slab of fantastic beef of Gatt’s choosing.
I’m back from Europe! (Almost!)
I’m planning to be at this thing, and Lindsay wants to come and play Smash Brothers and Mario Kart (and then probably distract me). Dawn of War sounds cool, I suck at Warcraft III, D&D Online sounds cool, Diablo II sounds cool, I want to try some Wii games, I’ll be disappointed if I don’t play at least one rollicking dota match, I’ll chip in for food, and I’ll plan on making the commute between Ogden and SLC.
Kisses to to you all.
You kids and your interweb slang!
So, Seth, now that this is imminent, I have a bunch of logistical questions. I can help you figure things out if you want to call me or something.
How many people are going? And how crowded will your house be, and will it ventilation/temperature be a problem? Will it be too hot to sleep? Do we all need to bring chairs? Do we need to bring tables? Are your tables and chairs conducive to video gaming or are the tables really small or the chairs really angled back (etc)? Do those who are going to sleep over have space appropriate to their needs? Do you have enough food or a plan for how food will be handled, and if so, what is it exactly? Do we need to bring TVs for consoles or do we have enough (maybe we should figure out what “enough” is, too)? Is there space to comfortably play on consoles and computers while allowing walkways and space for people to scoot chairs back if they need to? Do we have enough outlets and cables for everyone, and do the cords stretch as far as they will need to?
If I think of more potential issues we can nip in the bud, I’ll post them.