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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.

BobLAN 2012.2 Confirmed
The LAN party dates have been confirmed - setup (including Asda curry) starts next Thursday evening, and runs through until Sunday early afternoon. Follow the game discussions on the Forums.

BobLAN 2012.2 Dates
Our LAN party host DFC-Lynx has pencilled in the weekend of 9th-11th November 2012 for the next event. The dates are only provisional, but most of the regulars have confirmed their availability.

The BobLAN page has been setup, as has the Forums Topic covering the weekend. Feel free to post game suggestions.

FarCry 3 PC Specs
Ubisoft have revealed the recommended PC spec required to play the third game in the FarCry series. As per usual, the specs are demanding if you want to run the game in its full glory - they recommend an i7-2600K coupled with a high end DX11 graphics card for best effect.

Read the full specs on Shacknews.

Still on the subject of FarCry 3, Ubi have also announced that the game will only go online to activate once for single player usage (as opposed to FarCry 2, which required always-on internet access). Multiplayer sessions will check DRM at each launch, but that's nothing out of the ordinary these days.

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