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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    EDIT: On this subject, I was talking to some Phalla people about setting up a BBS a few months ago... but I couldn't get LoRD in because I couldn't get a hold of anyone at Metropolis (the people who currently own LoRD) to get my registration code. BUT I wouldn't mind shelling out another 15 bucks to get another one, and I have the patches that you need to make LoRD run on a modern system if you wanted one of the attendees to host it. Otherwise, if you guys would rather host it I could snag that stuff anyways and pass it over to you =)

    Check out this site:

    http://gamesrv.ca/

    It's a *bare* bones BBS door emulator, that can run *most* of the ancient games pretty well via hyperterm or other programs. It emulates Fossil drivers and a few other BBS emulations, but it's painful to update, maintain, and configure. It's what I used to run, and I had a 10 or 12 node server at the time. It worked well, but would bog down if I did other stuff on my server.

    Synchronet is open source now, which is awesome, and web based I believe. You might want to look into it too.

    Aye, I believe I was using Synchronet the last time I tried to run a BBS, the guy that made it is a trooper for sure... he's STILL maintaining, upgrading, and modernizing that software after all these years. I want to give that man a freakin' medal. =)

    EDIT: Also, I'd GLADLY be down for a game of Tribes 1 or 2. Admittedly, I never played Tribes 2, I've been meaning to =( But Tribes 1 blew me away. It's probably the only FPS for which I've gone through a stint of genuine addiction, other than Marathon: Infinity.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    WE NEED AN ONLIVE SERVER. Quick, someone get to work capturing the necessary unicorn farts to power the magic network latency remover hardware!

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    jonxp wrote: »
    WE NEED AN ONLIVE SERVER. Quick, someone get to work capturing the necessary unicorn farts to power the magic network latency remover hardware!

    KillerNIC's?

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  • Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Do those actually work?

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Yes, they will actually reduce the cpu load consumed by networking. However, this is such a minuscule load to begin with that it does not justify the cost unless you have no other use for your money.

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  • ViscountalphaViscountalpha Registered User
    edited April 2009
    jonxp wrote: »
    Yes, they will actually reduce the cpu load consumed by networking. However, this is such a minuscule load to begin with that it does not justify the cost unless you have no other use for your money.

    they claim it boosts connection speeds but all the reviews I've seen have been very subjective. I can understand intel wanting more money for a standard nic card with extra needed features, but killer nic? eh...

    Also, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be able to byoc this year at pax. I'm looking forward to it.

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  • WormdundeeWormdundee Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I don't think they've ever claimed it boosts the actual speed of your connection, mostly because that's impossible to do for a NIC.
    All it does is reduce any latency on your end caused by processing the data received. Although I don't see it doing too much unless you have a datacentre at home, because the network load for a home gaming PC is generally going to be pretty low.

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  • ZankaboZankabo Registered User
    edited April 2009
    Gods, old BBS games.. I remember those well.. I was on an old mac back then even.. I miss those old BBS games.

    Could always try and run a trivia contest (like every hour a new question) on the network for the weekend. Means you just need to check in every hour to answer the question, and are otherwise able to run about and do things (or sit in the room and play games).

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  • babelfishbabelfish Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    JEDI ACADEMY TOURNAMENT

    WITH FORCE POWERS

    GODDAMMIT DEEZEE

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  • Raptor007Raptor007 Seattle, WA, USARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Wormdundee wrote: »
    I don't think they've ever claimed it boosts the actual speed of your connection, mostly because that's impossible to do for a NIC.
    All it does is reduce any latency on your end caused by processing the data received. Although I don't see it doing too much unless you have a datacentre at home, because the network load for a home gaming PC is generally going to be pretty low.

    I thought the main point of it was that it took some of the network stack work off the CPU and gave it to the NIC instead? Either way, that price for a NIC always seemed silly to me.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Raptor007 wrote: »
    Wormdundee wrote: »
    I don't think they've ever claimed it boosts the actual speed of your connection, mostly because that's impossible to do for a NIC.
    All it does is reduce any latency on your end caused by processing the data received. Although I don't see it doing too much unless you have a datacentre at home, because the network load for a home gaming PC is generally going to be pretty low.

    I thought the main point of it was that it took some of the network stack work off the CPU and gave it to the NIC instead? Either way, that price for a NIC always seemed silly to me.

    The amount of work current gen cpus does for networking is trivial at best. Offload NICs arent new, they are mostly found in servers where those machines get hundreds of connections at once and are often transfering at 100% during the day. Offload NICs work well in those situations.

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  • Raptor007Raptor007 Seattle, WA, USARegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I've recently gotten really hooked on the Project Reality mod for Battlefield 2 (realitymod.com). As the name suggests, it's an ultra-realism mod for BF2, and it makes the game way more intense. I love it, and it's got a pretty strong community behind it for a 3rd-party mod.

    Are there enough other PAX-ers interested in this mod for there to be a dedicated server up? (If so, it would also be nice to have it installed on the freeplay machines.)

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    The Jedi Academy tournament idea is intriguing. That was a fun game. I never played it multiplayer, but if they fixed the "duck and strike" unblockable hit problem from Jedi Outcast, I'd definitely be down for it. And the server should run with realistic lightsaber combat on, so that we can have flying severed limbs all over the place. =)

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  • DaNerdDaNerd Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    That sounds interesting Raptor, I'd be willing to play that if I do bring my PC.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff regular
    edited May 2009
    Jedi Academy is an awesome lan game.

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    JKII is better than JA

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  • Oz K. FodrotskiOz K. Fodrotski Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Something with force powers and lightsabers, anyway.

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  • Raptor007Raptor007 Seattle, WA, USARegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    proXimity wrote: »
    JKII is better than JA

    I enjoyed the JK2 single-player campaign more, but JA seemed to work better for multi-player.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff regular
    edited May 2009
    I just liked JA for the rocket launcher anyway. Running around, camping out in the shadows, finding jedi masters who were waging epic lightsabre battles, and turning them both to gibs.

    Score = Score + 2

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA.

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  • jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    proXimity wrote: »
    JKII is better than JA

    This.

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  • Oz K. FodrotskiOz K. Fodrotski Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    proXimity wrote: »
    JKII + JediMod is better than JA

    Qualified, then limed.

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  • SerenitySerenity Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    heh, sweet...
    well I've got a few ideas:
    1. a PC building contest. Maybe we can get some awsome hardware from some sponsors and then at the end the rigs could be auctioned off for charity?

    2. Tetris tourney, 'nuff said. Projectors would make it epic.

    3. a bawls relay. Don't know what that is? Just look here.
    it's the bottom video.

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  • SlickShughesSlickShughes Registered User
    edited May 2009
    Tetris thing has been done:

    PAX 2006 Omegathon

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  • VThornheartVThornheart Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Though, that being said SlickShughes, I would love to see a few rounds of:

    TetriNET

    If anyone was up for it. That's some intense 6-player Tetris action. And free!

    EDIT: Suckfest... apparently I'm way behind on the times here. TetriNET 2's server got shutdown and pulled from the internet due to copyright issues. Lame... that was by far the best version of Tetris ever made, on any platform (in my opinion). =(

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, Penny Arcade Staff, PAX Staff regular
    edited May 2009
    I looooved me some Tetrinet. =/

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  • Raptor007Raptor007 Seattle, WA, USARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    DaNerd wrote: »
    That sounds interesting Raptor, I'd be willing to play that if I do bring my PC.

    Project Reality definitely takes some getting used to, and it's a big download (1.4GB client + 1.8GB levels). Better get it set up in advance. :mrgreen:

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  • ValanderValander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I recently grabbed the PC version of Blood Bowl, and it's a hoot! I noticed Tycho was pretty happy with it and mentioned it a few articles back, and I was just wondering if there were any plans to do a PAX Cup or something for it during PAX. It shouldn't be that hard to get a small league for the weekend set up.

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