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    School LAN Gaming Club...

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    i'm planning on setting up an after school gaming club at my school... any tips hits?

    what games should i buy? issues with licencing? age restrictions?

    what do you do if you have one?

    thanks in advance...

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    As the Quake 1,2 & 3 clients have all been GPL'd for a while now there have been some great community enhancements with respect to network play and user created content.

    It also helps that it great originally

    Free is good.

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    Shockingly enough i have never played quake....

    i always played halflife, which i know is based on a 'heavily modified quake engine'...

    i take it i would need a host pc/server for the game as well as the clients...

    I have been looking at:

    Age of Empires 1 & 2
    Midtown Madness 2
    Halflife
    Battlefield 1942
    Starcraft

    Any other good games that would be good for a 50min session?

    Plus they have to be able to run on SIS 730 GFX cards

    PC's themselves are ok ranging from Athlon 2800+ M to some sempron 3300+, all with at least 512mb ram... most 1gb...

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    We used to have Enemy Territory battles at lunchtime but some of the staff deemed that it was 'too violent' and we had to stop it.

    :-(

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    We used to have Enemy Territory battles at lunchtime but some of the staff deemed that it was 'too violent' and we had to stop it.

    :-(
    lol, padman is more cartoony - but much of the same

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    I think I'd be tempted to avoid first person shooters, and concentrate more on mini-games or strategies -

    startopia?
    civilisations?
    red alert?
    total anniliation?

    anything from the worms series...
    puzzle bobble

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    We used to play Decent back in my day on our school computers. It was only the demo but it did let you play multiplayer and had a few levels to kick ass at.

    Otherwise Quake is always a good option, Age of Empires or Starcraft if you want strategy games.

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    Most of the kids want a first person, a strategy and a racing game...

    i'm going for Halflife or Quake/age of empires/ midtown madness 2

    Is there a way of installing these on a share on a server and then getting the kids to play from there? (basically so i can stop the games from being played at other times...)

    i know its possible with aoe... its what we had when i was at secondary school lol!

    just can't figure out how atm... any ideas?

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    Half-life has a BBFC rating of 15, are the students who are going to play this 15? I know these ratings are voluntary, etc but is this really good practice.......

    Several of the quake titles have ratings as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jona View Post
    Half-life has a BBFC rating of 15, are the students who are going to play this 15? I know these ratings are voluntary, etc but is this really good practice.......

    Several of the quake titles have ratings as well.
    i have been thinking baout sending a generic letter home with the students asking parental permission to play the games...

    its a tad annoying when kids yr7s come in and ask if we can play CoD4 though....

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    Original Neverwinter Nights might be worth looking at, multiplayer with co-operative or competitive, and you can adjust the 'gore' content of the game. Plenty of modules available online as well.

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    At the moment we have the original Unreal Tournament installed in two rooms that is used for after school gaming.
    If you do go for quake, then NQuake (i think its called) is a good one now. It comes prebuilt with a bot, quakeworld server, loads of little enhancements, gl gfx.

    As for security, we have a 'gamer' login that has redirected start menu to links to the games. that way they cant copy the shortcut from start menu to their home area as the login is different. that login is also time restricted so they cant logon during school hours.
    if you want added security, i suppose you could always modify the games exe permissions to only allow 'gamer' or whatever to run it, not the other kids

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    At the moment we have the original Unreal Tournament installed in two rooms that is used for after school gaming.
    If you do go for quake, then NQuake (i think its called) is a good one now. It comes prebuilt with a bot, quakeworld server, loads of little enhancements, gl gfx.

    As for security, we have a 'gamer' login that has redirected start menu to links to the games. that way they cant copy the shortcut from start menu to their home area as the login is different. that login is also time restricted so they cant logon during school hours.
    if you want added security, i suppose you could always modify the games exe permissions to only allow 'gamer' or whatever to run it, not the other kids
    Thanks both of these sound like a good idea... i like the idea of a separate gamer logon... i can also restrict what PC's this has access too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK-2 View Post
    At the moment we have the original Unreal Tournament installed in two rooms that is used for after school gaming.
    If you do go for quake, then NQuake (i think its called) is a good one now. It comes prebuilt with a bot, quakeworld server, loads of little enhancements, gl gfx.

    As for security, we have a 'gamer' login that has redirected start menu to links to the games. that way they cant copy the shortcut from start menu to their home area as the login is different. that login is also time restricted so they cant logon during school hours.
    if you want added security, i suppose you could always modify the games exe permissions to only allow 'gamer' or whatever to run it, not the other kids

    a classic! have you thought about medal of honour allied assault and add on packs? old school doom or duke nukem.

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