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Wednes[DA] and Anzac WAN Party [DA]

It looks as though Wednesday evenings have become the game time of choice for the Battlefield 1942 clan known as Dad's Army. Pretty much every week has seen a fairly regular crew of four to six players join up on a server and kick some arse.

It's actually been quite easy for us to do so and more fun than I would have expected, thanks mainly to two free programs:

Xfire is an instant messaging client for gamers. What it does beyond ICQ and MSN (or even Trillian) is to let you know who wants to play what (or who is playing what), and if someone is in a game, the server details are listed on that person's profile. You don't even have to copy-and-paste the IP address of the server into your game client - just click the "Join" button in Xfire and your game will fire up straight into the server!

Not only that, Xfire also hooks into the other freeware application, TeamSpeak, a voice-chat program that allows you to join a server and either enter an existing chat channel or create your own! Voice chat makes co-ordinating strategies and just generally chatting with your fellow players so much easier, and TeamSpeak will run in the background regardless of the game you're playing. If an Xfire user is running TeamSpeak, Xfire will display the server and channel they're in - and, just like the game server "Join" button, click "Chat" and Xfire will start TeamSpeak and take you straight there!

In fact, it's TeamSpeak that gave the top man of Dad's Army the idea of actually organising what he called a "WAN party". Rather than going through the combined hassles of carefully packing our PCs into our cars, hauling them to one place, carefully unpacking them and connecting them up on someone's router (and then doing the packing/hauling/unpacking jazz all over again going home), we're instead using our broadband internet connections and TeamSpeak to have a "LAN party at home", if you will.

As everyone pretty much gets the day off on Monday the 26th, that's when we've decided to give the WAN party idea a shot; we'll probably be starting at or after ten AM. Needless to say, Battlefield 1942 is on the list of games we'll be playing, but we're also considering other games, including Real Time Strategy (probably WarCraft III). We're probably going to sort out who can play what over TeamSpeak on the day.

We'd love to have some more players around - hey, the more, the merrier - so if you're interested, grab Xfire and TeamSpeak, set yourself up an Xfire account, and go looking for [DA] IMAGinES. Hope to see you online!

Old Comments


56k me hates your cable-riding arses!

Posted by: SIm at April 23, 2004 01:09 PM

Ahhh, Loz, what can we say but :-P

Seriously, though, I remember you talking about internet access at your party last Sat... did you mention anything about whether you could get broadband there?

Posted by: IMAGinES at April 23, 2004 01:27 PM

Sounds like you guys had a great time without me - do I detect mutiny ?!?!

Posted by: bugga! at April 26, 2004 11:21 PM

You'd have to speak with Corporal-Captain Boots about that, sah! He was the one giving the orders! :-D

Posted by: IMAGinES at April 27, 2004 10:34 PM
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