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Skoshi Tiger
07-21-2006, 10:16 PM
Hi there!

I've had a bit of an idea about hosting a lan party (some time in the future)with the emphasis on Pacific Fighters and was wondering if anyone has done the same? (I could possibly convice about half a dozen people to turn up.)

I have a have an old 24 port 10/100 switch that I use and access to cat 5 cables, power boards and extension cords ( My adsl connetion is running on a combination of wireless and cabled network).

Has any one organised a lan part?

What spec computer would be required for a dedicated server? and what would be the process to set it up?

Is it better to set up the party on a completly seperate network and keep it apart from my nome network?

Any other comments, suggestions or observations would be greatly apreciated as I have not done this sort of thing before? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Skoshi Tiger
07-21-2006, 10:16 PM
Hi there!

I've had a bit of an idea about hosting a lan party (some time in the future)with the emphasis on Pacific Fighters and was wondering if anyone has done the same? (I could possibly convice about half a dozen people to turn up.)

I have a have an old 24 port 10/100 switch that I use and access to cat 5 cables, power boards and extension cords ( My adsl connetion is running on a combination of wireless and cabled network).

Has any one organised a lan part?

What spec computer would be required for a dedicated server? and what would be the process to set it up?

Is it better to set up the party on a completly seperate network and keep it apart from my nome network?

Any other comments, suggestions or observations would be greatly apreciated as I have not done this sort of thing before? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

sparrow420
07-22-2006, 08:11 AM
Hi!

Every once in a while I try to organize a LAN party with a few friends. Unfortunately they hardly know what a joystick is http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif , so we end up playing something like Ghost Recon. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Some tips:
- Do not hook up any computer to the Internet
- Switch off fire walls (all of them! Some people may have more than one firewall installed and don't even know it)
- Use the fastest computer as host. Sometimes it can happen that computer A can see computer B, but not vice versa. Maybe due to firewall issues, maybe there are other causes; but be prepaired to setup another computer as host.
- Have one or two memory sticks at hand for transferring files (if needed), this is usually easier than creating a shared network drive where everybody can collect the stuff.
- Network bandwidth is not a problem: there are only a few planes flying around. If you play something like Age of Mythology then after a while things slow down a bit due to the hundreds of creates that have been created.
- If you play coop missions: then the load on the server is larger, but it should be ok. Also: be prepared for complete chaos! Discipline among your team mates probably is limited to not shooting you entirely intentionally if you happen to appear in between him and a bandit.
- Be prepared: perhaps it is good to test a few things before inviting everyone. Especially if you don't have much experience with setting up a LAN system.
- Also make sure that everyone is running the same (identical) software version, BEFORE they show up. It can be quite frustrating if the first hours are used up by getting everything started.
- More is better: in a 1 vs. 1 after the first one has been shot down, the winner can achieve air superiority: he has the altitude advantage. In a 10 vs. 10 game this will not happen easily (although I somehow doubt that you will get 20 computers hooked up... wall outlets might get overloaded... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )
- And finally: make sure that everyone has a good time, because if they have they probably want to come again!

Have fun!

Sparrow


PS: I have always managed to get everything working, even though we sometimes had quite a few different versions of Windows...

JFC_Rautaristi
07-22-2006, 05:17 PM
Hi mate!

I've done a few lan parties myself, but i haven't really been the one to set things up, a friend of mine knows a lot of that.

Only thing i can say is that have a positive attitude. At least our lan parties have always suffered from all sorts of problems, but we've always been able to work them out (except once...).

Sparrow420, Why should none of the computers be hooked up to internet? At least we've had them all on and surfing all the time. I know playing online as a "LAN group" can be tricky, but normal surfing? Shouldn't have any problems, at least if you can trust the guys with you...