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LAN Party: Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest (ExtremeTech) Paperback – April 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0764558955 ISBN-10: 0764558951 Edition: 1st
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“…the ideal guide to kick-starting your network gaming career…” (PC Utilities, July 2004)

From the Back Cover

Invite a few friends over to save the world

Been thinking about a LAN party, but not quite sure where to start? Well, relax. Buy this book, and you’ve already started. Everything you need to know is here–not only the necessary networking technology, but also the social stuff to make your frag fest an unqualified success. Here’s the scoop on setting ground rules (what and why), power plays (the plug-in kind), locations (your apartment or the VA hall?), getting connected (hubs, switches, and routers, oh my)–even what to order on the pizza.

Some secrets you'll learn

  1. What makes a LAN party rock
  2. How to prevent power outages
  3. Good games to choose
  4. When size matters
  5. How to set and enforce rules
  6. Proper party (network) protocol
  7. Good physical and network layouts
  8. How to assign a TCP/IP address to an Xbox
  9. Directions for setting up a game server
  10. Tips for dealing with a jerk
  11. Ways to protect the equipment
  12. What to do when something goes wrong
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Product Details

  • Series: ExtremeTech (Book 9)
  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764558951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764558955
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,299,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Yeah, I've hooked a few PCs together to go head-to-head with buddies, but getting more than that organized? No chance. We've talked about it, but who wanted to do the legwork? Now, the legwork's done. This book covers everything, from putting it together to making a big party work. There's security information and stuff we just wouldn't have thought about. We're getting ready to set up a frag fest, thanks to this book. Awesome!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "evanescenced" on April 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
A compilation of all the knowledge needed to host a killer LAN party without having to search through thousands of web sites on the subject has got to be a good thing.
Ever tried taking a website to the store to use as a reference when buying equipment? Why waste all that time searching websites and gathering information, organizing it all into something easy to read, and then printing it all off for easy reference? Just buy the book.
Even if you do like to do your own searches, this book should still make a handy reference for those times when you're not at your computer and want access to the information.
[...] The fact is not everyone knows how to perform a good web search. Some people find it easier to read text off a page rahter than off a screen.
If you're going to throw a LAN party, get this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ejbrazell" on June 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
As someone who has hosted a number of LAN parties, I found the book to be very helpful for the seasoned hosts as well the first time host.
The book is well written and organized to allow readers to quickly find information that is pertinent to their plans. It covers all aspects of setting up a LAN Party from the small friendly gathering to a large professional event. It covers all of the technical aspects as well as all of the social and logistic issues that each type of LAN Party must deal with. It also provides realistic expectations for the hosts to have from each LAN Party.
"LAN Party : Hosting the Ultimate Frag Fest" is a must read for the first time LAN host and is highly recommended to the seasoned host as well.
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