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Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies
Yet another drive-filler from Activision in the Call of Duty franchise - Vanguard Zombies. It looks utterly ridiculous but I'm sure fans of CoD will enjoy it. The game is available on 5th November 2021 and you can watch the trailer on Youtube
Age of Empires IV on Game Pass
The latest instalment of Age of Empires will be available from day one for Game Pass for PC (included with Ultimate) account holders. The game is due for release on 28th October - view details and the official trailer at Microsoft
BobLAN 2021.4 Roundup
When we pencilled in the date for this BobLAN, it was more in hope than expectation. As the day drew nearer we dared to dream, but excellent planning and a strict vaccination/testing regime meant the event went ahead with no issues whatsoever.
And what an event it was! Gaming aside, it was just great to see everyone again for the first time in nearly two years - hopefully it won't be as long to the next one!
Here are a few highlights of the weekend:
- Wednesday night as a sleep over night
- Mass testing of attendees
- Setup night curries and Friday pulled pork sandwiches
- Finding out that Bob had a crochet lawn. Who knew?!
- Trebz breaking crockery with his arse powers from 2 metres away and blaming Themy
- Themy deciding to check if the Quooker tap really did produce boiling water
- Scenes when Trebz got his first chicken dinner
- Mesmer's addiction to tea
- Quatoria discovering he wasn't Russcky's favourite victim
- Pup bringing 20+ bottles of DFC branded hand sanitiser
- Daz awarding Pup his very own Dobby the House Elf crochet set
- Shenanigans with crisps and keyboards
- First Pup Quiz physical award
- Revelation that Lynda runs the BobLAN from a spreadsheet
- Themy calculating that if you spend the same amount on petrol but at a higher price per litre, you get...less petrol
- The inception of BobLan Premium, which may or may not include ladies
- Finally playing CoD Warzone - on about our 4th attempt, only for it to last around 15 minutes
- Themy's DayZ disaster
- The takeaway deliveries actually being accurate
- Bob's internet and electrical circuits holding up the entire weekend
Of course none of this would have happened without Bob and Lynda - huge thanks from all of us for a special weekend! Don't forget - £25 per day to Bob to cover costs please!!!
It's BobLAN Day
BobLAN 2021.4 setup day starts today. Well, for some it started yesterday :) First breakfast done, now onto the beer and gaming...
FarCry 6 Gameplay Demo
A 30 minute gameplay demo of FarCry 6, due for release next month, is available on Shacknews. The demo shows the early parts of the game and some of the NPC interactions, including an alligator that's thankfully on your side! Needless to say, the game looks stunning, and is all the better for returning to its usual island setting with plenty of foliage and water effects.
View the demo over on Shacknews
BobLAN 2021.4 Update
With a month to go until BobLAN gets underway, the rules regarding entry have been agreed:
- Only those double-jabbed are allowed
- Take a lateral flow test before setting off
- Further LFTs will be taken during the weekend
- Undervoltage your RTX30xx to avoid excessive power draw :)
IEM Cologne 2021 Groups
The group stages for the Intel Extreme Masters in Cologne have completed this weekend and the playoffs lineup has been set. View group stage results and the playoffs draw on the IEM Cologne page
The playoffs are due to start on Friday 16th July at 3pm and will be streamed live on Twitch - esl_csgo
Undervolting a 3080
It is a well known fact that the new Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards run hot. That's not a good thing - heat means faster, louder fans, more ambient heat which may affect the CPU, and fluctuations in core clock as it gets throttled and unthrottled. There is a simple way to reduce heat without sacrificing much performance - undervolting.
We've seen this work very well on recent Ryzen chips, and it also works well on graphics cards. Following the instructions in the link below, I have reduced core temps by about 6-7 degrees, fan speed never exceeds 50% and even the coil whine seems to have been eliminated. I ended up with 825mV at 1800MHz which has so far proved stable in Port Royal, Control (RTX+DLSS) and Battlefield V (RTX). It takes a couple of hours, although most of that is letting the Port Royal stress test run to completion several times.
Follow the guide on bjorn3d.com
Steam Summer Sale
The annual Steam Summer Sale is now on and runs until 8th July. Spend your CS:GO crate earnings on the Steam Store
QWAN started yesterday with a mix of Assetto Corsa for those who like driving games, and PUBG for those who don't. The evening was rounded off with some CS:GO and a return to Team Fortress 2 in Mann vs Machine mode.
It's QWAN Day
Today marks the start of QWAN - hopefully the final virtual WAN party ahead of a return to BobLAN proper. Follow the event on Discord and here on our QWAN
The Making of Quake
Quite a long read and bits of this will likely have been seen before, but Shacknews have published interviews and commentary from staff at iD software in the early 90's to give an insight into the thought processes behind Quake and how it evolved from their earlier creations. Have a read over at The Making of Quake Part 1
More Nvidia Cards You Can't Get
Nvidia recently announced the RTX3070Ti and RTX3080Ti cards, which will sit in between existing cards in the 30xx range. Prices for the FE editions will also be in between others in the range, however AIB manufacturers may charge a lot more.
The 3080Ti is due for release on 3rd June 2021 with the 3070Ti a week later. Good luck!
You get a Youtube channel, so what do you do with it? You convert all your old QuakeWorld demos of course! We have a mix of MCW matches and friendlies with Mere Mortals in our QuakeWorld playlist
DFC Youtube Channel
DFC now has its own Youtube channel, primarily for game captures from Friday nights. There are playlists per game, currently including CS:GO, PUBG, GRID and Assetto Corsa. Head over to Youtube
and get subscribed!
BobLAN 2021.4 Dates
Yup, that's right - we're planning a physical BobLAN later this year! Covid permitting, it is due to start Thursday 23rd September and run until the Sunday. Assuming it all goes ahead, you can follow the schedule on the usual BobLAN page
DFC 23 Today
It's quite fitting that DFC should get a new outfit just before its birthday. Also great to see that many of the original QW squad are still playing on Friday nights alongside all our newer members. Long may it continue!
QWAN 2021.3 Dates
Date voting for QWAN (not WANQ as some wanted) has now closed, and the selected weekend is Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th June. More information regarding games to follow nearer the time, and you'll be able to follow the event on the QWAN page
Updated Site Header
Massive thanks to Trebz and Bean for some amazing graphics work. We now have a new DFC fox logo and header image, plus a few tweaks to the CSS here and there. They will also make their way onto all our social channels over the coming days!
New HLStatsX URL
A new HLStatsX website is up and running which is always-on (the previous one was only up when the CS:GO server was up)
The new location is hlstatsx.desertfoxclan.com
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