LAN Yarns: How To Lose Friends And Ingest People

Giants: Citizen Kabuto was a favourite at our LAN parties for a long time.  It’s an interesting game;  predominantly a single-player game it had a rudimentary multiplayer tacked-on, seemingly as an afterthought.

That meant multiplayer was a massive sand-box to play in with very little thought to balance.

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LAN Yarns : How not to bluff, or “I’m The Phantom!”

We play a lot of Starcraft 2 at LAN parties especially the free mods in the arcade.  There are some great games on here, many of which with totally different gameplay to vanilla Starcraft 2.  One of our favourites is Phantom, a game less about Starcraft 2 and more about deception, bluffing and intricate plots to back-stab your friends.

Of course you can always be too clever for your own good…. Continue reading “LAN Yarns : How not to bluff, or “I’m The Phantom!””

LAN Yarns : Fear Of The Dark

Back in a time that my children referred to as ‘ago’ we used to like staying up at LAN parties late into the night.  Games stretched into the small hours with the only light coming from the glow of our monitors and the odd peripheral.  The silence was infectious so the normal shouting was replaced with long bouts of silence; quiet occasionally broken by the frenzied mashing of keyboards or the odd sigh of dismay.   Pure gaming atmosphere.

Of course this kind of immersion had its downsides if someone was feeling unscrupulous… Continue reading “LAN Yarns : Fear Of The Dark”

LAN Yarns : Warcraft 3 Maginot Line

Or;  Those Who Don’t Learn From History are Doomed to Repeat It : RTS Edition
WC3 A LAN party-staple for a number of years was Warcraft 3 : The Frozen Throne.  Apparently, there were some very popular mods for it but as that whole WWW-thing was in its nascency we just stuck with FFA.  Out multi-tasking and micro-managing skills were a bit sub-par (read:non-existent) so most games followed a similar pattern.  But occasionally, a cunning plan was able to get into the mix.

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LAN Party Games

There’s nothing like a LAN Party. Being able to get together, meet your friends face-to-face and then shoot them is brilliant fun. I’ve been going to these since the second ever Insomnia, though now we all pile around someone’s house rather than a large room in Swindon Football Club.

The games we’re currently playing at LANs are here.