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LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest

ISBN: 978-0-7645-5895-5
375 pages
April 2004
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  • LAN Party is the first and only book to tap into the growing popularity of LAN parties-literally thousands gather each and every week across the country to duke it out, computer to computer, playing games like Quake, Diablo, and others
  • Players are tired of the slow response of playing games over the Internet, and are gathering in garages, basements, and even large convention centers to play their favorite games head to head
  • Throwing a LAN party is not as easy as it might sound, but author William "The Ferret" Steinmetz knows all the tricks, from setting up PCs to blocking cheaters, managing power drain, and debugging the network
  • No matter if the party is with a few friends, the whole neighborhood, or a large convention, LAN Party will transport the reader to gaming nirvana
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Introduction.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1: The Elements of a Good LAN Party.

Chapter 2: Setting Your Party’s Parameters.

Chapter 3: Choosing a Site for Your Party.

Chapter 4: The Complete Preparty Timeline.

Chapter 5: Saving Money on Your LAN Party.

Chapter 6: Avoiding Power Failures.

Chapter 7: The Least You Need to Know about Networking.

Chapter 8: Networking for Large Groups and the Internet.

Chapter 9: Sample LAN Party Layouts.

Chapter 10: The Least You Need to Know about Configuring Your Computer.

Chapter 11: Staffing Issues and Common LAN Party Roles.

Chapter 12: Setting Up a Dedicated Game Server.

Chapter 13: The Complete Day-of-the Party Timeline.

Chapter 14: Legal and Safety Issues.

Chapter 15: Something Just Went Wrong! Fixing Party Problems.

Chapter 16: Cool Things to Do at Your LAN Party.

Appendix: The Party Checklists.

Index.

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William "The Ferrett" Steinmetz is an avid and eminently qualified gamer and LAN party participant, planner, host, and author. His gaming philosophy? "If it moves, shoot it."
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“…the ideal guide to kick-starting your network gaming career…” (PC Utilities, July 2004)
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http://www.bluesnews.com

Chapter 1

Check out the BluesNews site for new games, patches for games, news, and up-to-date information about games.

http://www.lanparty.com

Chapter 1

The LAN Party site is the place to be for everything you need to know about LAN parties.

http://www.meetinglocations.com

Chapter 3

Access this site to find out suitable meeting locations for your next LAN party.

http://www.yahoogroups.com

Chapter 5

This site offers free mailing lists.

http://www.starcitygames.com

Chapter 7

This is the place to be for all StarCityGames (and there are lots).

http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/home.jsp

Chapter 8

The ZoneAlarm Firewall can be found here.

http://server.counter-strike.net/server.php?cmd=howto

Chapter 12

Check out the CounterStrike Dedicated Server Tutorial.

http://www.fileplanet.com

Chapter 12

You can find dedicated servers on this site.

http://www.planetbattlefield.com/bf1942/game/server/guide.sh

Chapter 12

The Battlefield 1492 Dedicated Server Tutorial can be found on this site.

http://www.planetwolfenstein.com/server/

Chapter 12

Go here for the Castle Wolfenstein Dedicated Server Tutorial.

http://syntechsoftware.com/ST07052002P.php

Chapter 12

Check out America´s Army Dedicated Server Tutorial.

http://www.unrealadmin.org/modules.php?name=Sections&op=listarticles&secid=5

Chapter 12

Access this site for the Unreal Tournament 2003 Dedicated Server Tutorial.

http://www.gamespy.com

Chapter 12

If you didn't find a tutorial for the game you were looking for, try this site. Not only do they have updates on all the latest games, but they're famous for creating fan sites for the most popular games. You may have noticed planetwolfenstein and planetbattlefield up above, but they also have www.planetunreal.com, www.planetdoom.com, www.planetcallofduty.com, www.grandtheftauto.com, www.planethalflife.com, and a planet for pretty much every major game in the lineup. These sites invariably have a page or two dedicated to server configuration tutorials and, as such, they are invaluable for the novice.

http://www.grisoft.com

Chapter 13

You can find AVG antivirus software on this site.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com

Chapter 13

This site features the HouseCall online virus scanner.

http://www.pcpitstop.com/antivirus/default.asp

Chapter 13

This is another good site for an online scanner.

http://www.asylumlan.com

Chapter 14

AsylumLAN features some highly entertaining videos, including the Office Triathilon.

http://www.tomshardware.com/game/lanparty.html

Chapter 14

Features reviews of past parties, with many many pictures.

http://www.DDRfreak.com

Chapter 14

Videos of championship battles are featured here, as well as step guides and song lists.

http://www.nerf.com

Chapter 14

Check out the Nerf catalog--with all their cool Nerf guns--at this site.

http://www.supersoaker.com

Chapter 14

If you´re looking for great water pistols, this is the place to go.

http://www.d-link.com

Links of General LAN Interest

If you're looking for hardware information, here's a major manufacturer of LAN party-ready switches, routers, and switch/routers.

http://www.linksys.com

Links of General LAN Interest

If you're looking for hardware information, here's another major manufacturer of LAN party-ready switches, routers, and switch/routers.

http://www.netgear.com

Links of General LAN Interest

If you're looking for hardware information, here's another major manufacturer of LAN party-ready switches, routers, and switch/routers.

http://www.ebay.com

Links of General LAN Interest

Of course, if you're looking for cheap hardware, there's always eBay.

http://www.tomshardware.com

Links of General LAN Interest

Toms Hardware also has some rather nifty reviews and tutorials for the beginner.

http://en.wikipedia.org

Links of General LAN Interest

If you're confused by a networking term or definition you haven't heard before, this site has a pretty decent lookup system that explains these things in plain English.

http://www.webopedia.com

Links of General LAN Interest

This site may also help, if you're confused by a networking term or definition you haven't heard before.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts/gaming

Links of General LAN Interest

This site has some pretty cool gaming T-shirts.

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Welcome to the publisher's companion Web site for LAN Party

Welcome to the publisher's companion Web site for LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest. On this page you will find LAN party links and errata to the book.

To find out more about LAN parties and to find Web sites with cool LAN party features, click on Extras on the menu to the left.

Periodically, updates to the book will be posted on the site. Please check out the menu to the left to see if any Errata has been added. If no Errata link appears, it means none has been posted.

The author would welcome your comments and suggestions. You can contact him at theferrett@theferrett.com.

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