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PUBG Guides Part 1
Shacknews have started posting a series of PUBG guides. The first two cover weapon attachments: Hopefully more to follow soon...

DFC Review of 2017
This last year saw a couple of great BobLAN events, and the switch of this site to SSL. PUBG was a big hit at the last LAN, and now that it is in full release, it should be improving steadily in the runup to the Spring BobLAN!

Thanks for the past year go to:
  • [DFC]Lynx for hosting the best LAN parties ever
  • Pup and Trebz for sending in the photos from November - it's great to capture the group at the LANs, and to see how little the line-up has actually changed over the years
  • }data{ for continuing to host this site, and enabling the Let's Encrypt auto-renew functionality
  • Let's Encrypt for providing free SSL certificates to hobbyist sites like ours, who otherwise would not be able to afford one
  • @Scott_Helme for providing his site, where we were able to go from an F security rating to A+ with a few simple tweaks to the site's header information

All in all, a pretty good year. Here's to an even better 2018...

Asus Merlin Roadmap for 2018
Eric Sauvageau, the developer behind the Merlin firmware for Asus routers, has published his plans for 2018. This is largely focussed on moving to the new codebase that more recent Asus routers use, and taking advantage of any opportunties that may bring.

Some older router models, such as the RT-N66U and RT-AC66U, may lose the ability to update to the latest firmware versions. Some models already have the new version, with the popular RT-AC68U due to receive its update early in the new year.

Read the full readmap on SNB Forums

Steam Holiday Sale 2017
The annual Steam Holiday Sale is now on, running into early January. Visit the Steam Store to pickup a bargain, or at least something costing a little less than usual!

Asus Merlin Firmware 380.69
Independent driver developer Merlin has released version 380.69 for all supported models of Asus router. The update includes various fixes and security enhancements, plus the ability to disable Asus NAT tunnelling (a CPU and memory hog)

Read the full changelog on Merlin's site

PUBG 1.0 Only a Week Away
The much anticipated full release of what is the world's most popular game is scheduled for 20th December 2017. The full version will bring several new features, including the new desert map Miramar, new vehicles (the jetski sounds fun) and some new weapons, for example a sawn off shotgun to occupy a sidearm slot, and a Winchester rifle. The ability to jump over small obstacles will also make its debut.

You can read plenty about it on pcgamesn and also on Gamespot

BobLAN 2017.2 Roundup
Great gaming...
  • Loving the PUBG, a fantastic concept - let's hope they tidy up some of the rough edges. Great tactics by Thembot. But need microphones, even in same room - so you can hear footsteps and team chatter.
  • Battlefront II a bit of a mixed bag. Some great potential - but you're essentially just running in for kills until you get able to play as a special (AT-AT, BobbaFett, A-Wing, etc) which is where the real fun seems to be. And not good for groups - no one likes spending 15 minutes in a queue
  • CS - standard. A couple of tweaks for next time - would nice to be able to play dust 1. Would like grenades included (or the ability to do so) in gun game
  • Grid - standard. Very inclusive.
  • Rock Band - standard
  • Rocket league - standard. Always enjoy. Could probably have played more of it
  • Doom - great fun for a blast
  • battleborn - doesn't even boot. Couldn’t get working. Shame - might have been fun (and free)
  • Overwatch - still a bit too expensive for wide spread play - maybe one to try next time as a TF2 style game
  • Fuzz ball - had a game with Shane. Seems to get neglected these days
  • Battlefield 1 - enjoyed, but we didn’t seem to play much?

Other bits...
  • Graphics - anything in the 10x0 range of cards will rock any game at the moment
  • Hardware - ASUS ROG 27 monitor continues to be the monitor of the Lanners... 1440p is a great Res without impacting frame rate too much
  • Network - killed a few times by big install copies - let's try and get the game list circulated and agree a little sooner next time
  • People - would be completely remiss not to say that the real highlight of every LAN is the people... awesome to see you all

And finally, how could we forget Rockband Bohemian Rhapsody - view the evidence on youtube

BobLAN 2017.2 Update
The Autumn 2017 BobLAN is well underway. Games played so far include CS:GO, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Battlefield 1 and GRiD Autosport. We're averaging 6-a-side, which is great fun. More updates to follow...

BobLAN 2017.2 Eve
It's BobLAN 2017.2 eve, so make sure you have all updated your PCs and all games that we are likely to play. Don't forget to start all the game managers - Steam, Origin, Uplay, etc, and let them do all their heavy lifting before you set off.

As always, the LAN schedule and webcam will be available on our dedicated BobLAN page. We tested the webcam yesterday, and these was around 7 seconds of delay, so not too bad. The camera will be enabled for general viewing tomorrow.

CS:GO Dust2 Interview
With the revamped version of Dust2 now live, it seemed like a good time to post an interview with the original creator of Dust2. Whilst not involved in the remake, Dave Johnston shares his views on current map making and Dust2's longevity (it was created in 2001!)

Read more on Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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