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Create your own LAN party!
slaapliedje 24 August 2019 at 10:39 pm UTC

1) Find a lot of 10 Thinkpad T400s on ebay for cheap (in this case I got 10 for like 380+shipping).
2) Install Linux on all of them (went with Fedora 30, it really does have a smooth power button to desktop experience).
3) Find some Linux games that'll play on Intel GPU / Core 2 Duo.
4) Profit???
5) Have some drinks with your buddies! (at least if there is spillage on a laptop, it cost less than 40 bucks.)

Just need some help with part 3. Anyone got some good ideas for LAN games? I need to test to see if I can play NWN:EE, but I'm sure I could use Wine and play Diablo, though I think that maxes at 4 players.

Mnoleg 25 August 2019 at 12:20 am UTC

If the hardware is modest you could just play the classics. Here are some random free(ware) and libre titles that came to my mind:

Sorry for all the missing awesomeness.

slaapliedje 26 August 2019 at 5:57 pm UTC

Huh, thought I replied to this.

Project is coming along. Ordered 10x 4GB sticks (so it'll bring them up to 6GB of RAM, though Linux (tried Fedora 30 and Debian 10) run perfectly fine with Gnome on these systems, if I ever want to do Windows 7 it's horrendously slow at 2gb of RAM) and also ordered 10x 240GB SSDs, which should speed these up tremendously!

Gonna do some testing in the next few days to see how they perform with some gaming. I did find that they sent only 4 of the correct power supplies, and I also found someone selling Docks for all of them (5 bucks each!) so may get those as well. Though that only really gives me parallel / serial ports.

This is going to be fun. Once I get a good image / setup on one of them, I plan on cloning it and then using clonezilla to make them all the same.

dulsi 19 October 2019 at 1:44 pm UTC

Why did you post this? Now you have me looking for laptops on ebay. Are the laptops powerful enough to run an open source FPS shooters like Xonotic or Red Eclipse?

slaapliedje 20 October 2019 at 6:54 pm UTC

dulsiWhy did you post this? Now you have me looking for laptops on ebay. Are the laptops powerful enough to run an open source FPS shooters like Xonotic or Red Eclipse?
Ha! So the T400s I got do not have the ATI in them, so they max out at OpenGL 2.1. Red Eclipse seems to work on it though.

g000h 21 October 2019 at 7:21 am UTC

If it were me, I'd probably be death-matching in all the old classics - Unreal Tournament, Doom 1 + 2, Quake 1 + 2 + 3, Heretic, Hexen, Duke Nukem 3D - and using whatever Linux game engine that works with them. I also used to play a fair bit of Nexuiz (Classic Edition) and Xonotic - which have native Linux versions.

Some more possibilities: Alien Arena, Cube 2: Sauerbraten, OpenArena.

RafiLinux 6 November 2019 at 2:26 pm UTC

My LAN setup is 6 Dell Optiplex 780s. Got them for free awhile back when my job upgraded. I also have a custom PiArcade Cab and a Dell Optiplex 9020 connected to a 40inch monitor to play fighting games with 2 Hori RAP 4 KAI fight sticks. The games on the desktops are:

* AssaultCube
* FreeDoom with Brutal Doom via GZDoom with HiRez Texture mod + HRXtxC Hud Mod
* Xonotic
* Cube 2: Sauerbraten
* OpenArena
* UT99 - Linux Native version

The first 3 are the games that are normally rocking during my Sunday gatherings.

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