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CS:GO Chicken Changes
I was trawling back through the CS:GO update list, and spotted this one from a week ago:

Chicken changes based on pro feedback:
  • Reduced chicken sounds dBs and volume.
  • Reduced idle clucking rate.
  • Reduced range that scares chickens when running.
Read full details of this and other changes on Steam News:

XBox One Launch Date
Microsoft have announced the release date for the XBox One - it will be available for retail on Friday 22nd November, one week prior to the PlayStation 4 launch.

The releases will bring the total of new consoles this year to three (the Android-based Ouya being the other one) and following the Wii U last year.

CS:GO Update
An update to CS:GO yesterday introduced a bunch of weapon and gameplay changes. Full details can be found at Steam News, but here are a few highlights:
  • Added Silenced M4A1.
  • Added Silenced USP.
  • When a player reloads their weapon, they now drop a magazine that persists in the world.
  • Machine gun belts now visually match the ammo count in the viewmodel when firing and reloading.
  • Added holdable action key +lookatweapon that allows players to visually inspect their first person weapon while in-game. This has been bound to the F key by default (if that key was previously unbound). [Guessing this is in response to being able to buy customised weapons via the new Arms Deal section of Steam Workshop]
  • Players now automatically crouch while planting bombs.

MiniBob Reminder
Here's a quick reminder for everyone coming along to the MiniBob on Friday - please update your local Steam installations before you set off!

MiniBob July 2013
Bob is holding a mini LAN party for just one night, on Friday 26th July. Please let Bob know if you are coming.

Note that it's vital that everyone updates their local Steam/Origin game files before they come, due to recent changes in the Virgin Media traffic shaping policy. It would only take a couple of people updating TF2 and CS:GO to push us over the new threshold.

BobBoard 2013 Roundup
The board game evening at Bob's was a thoroughly enjoyable event. Despite there being only four players, we had plenty of fun.

The games we played were: No doubt some of these will be making an appearance alongside Ticket to Ride at the next BobLAN :)

As always, big thanks to Bob, and also to Dan for bringing along a selection of games to try!

BobBoard 2013
Tonight sees the inaugural BobBoard - a board games event at Bob's. This follows a successful pilot scheme at the last BobLAN, where Trebz brought along some games, and we had a go at Ticket to Ride. If all goes well, this could become a regular fixture.

More to follow after the event.

CS:GO Update
Last month, Valve released an update to CounterStrike : Global Offensive which saw the return of one of the original CS maps - cs_militia. This is a hostage rescue map where you can go overground or through tunnels to reach the hostages. Whilst retaining much of the layout of the original, it has been improved to give more attack points for both sides.

In terms of the hostage rescue itself, that has change considerably. One CT can no longer lead all the hostages out in one go - they have to be picked up and carried individually (although rescuing one hostage adds time to the clock). It does make it more realistic, and adds to the tension at the end of the round. Should be a winner at the next LAN :)

Further information can be found on PC Gamer and Steam News

BobLAN 2013 TBC
No dates have been announced for this year's BobLANs. However we do know that the traditional Easter weekend will not be the weekend again due to family commitments. More to follow when Bob picks a date.

Mani to Close
We received the sad news on Sunday that the Mani Admin plugin for the Source engine games will be closing down. We have been using Mani for years to add features to the BobLAN CounterStrike, Day of Defeat and Halflife 2 DM servers. I'd only just got it working with CS:GO too :( Mani has been a great addition to the CS community since the start, and it will be missed.

There is an alternative, which I will look into - that is eXtensible Admin for Eventscripts. We've already got Eventscripts in use, and according to the documentation, XA supports Mani config files.

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