Hey everyone 🙂
I don’t know about you guys but when I was a young man in the late 90s and early 2000s I loved meeting up with 3 or 4 mates, getting some booze & bad take away food, bringing our computers over and playing multiplayer games like Command & Conquer, Unreal Tournament, Counterstrike, and Civilization just to name a few. We nicknamed them ‘netbashes’ (although most of the world call them LAN parties) and had many over those years but sadly for whatever reason (grew up, got jobs, got girlfriends etc) we stopped doing them after 2001ish.
Well in 2017 we decided to bring back the netbash (possibly due to an early midlife crisis haha) and relive our youth playing some of these great old games. Thanks to the fan gaming and modding community its easier than ever to play some of these classic games on modern machines. OpenRA in particular is just an utterly brilliant and addictive way to relive C&C and Dune gaming. Since I already had a website and youtube channel devoted to retro gaming and mods I decided to start filming some of our netbash games to improve the content. Below are some of the videos of these great fan remakes and mods of great classic games!
If you haven’t seen my original post on Netbash 1 & 2 you can find it: HERE
Netbash 3 – August 2017
It took us a few months to find another weekend to get the group together but we finally got there. James also invited his old mate Mick around to join him, Dave & I allowing us to play our first 4 player match! We seemed to be having an off day as we lost the first few matches of OpenRa C&C1 and kept having to drop the AI count lol. Finally we prevailed lol. Then after Mick had to leave I asked the guys to have a go at playing a Dune 2 HD Legacy match. These games went even worse haha. We lost so many games that by the time we did win a match I wasn’t recording anymore lol! Doh! James’s partner Jane cooked us a nice roast which I then promptly vomited all over her floor due to accidentally eating it to quickly. I’m not proud lol.
We also played an OpenRA Red Alert 1 naval battle map (as I realised I hadn’t done a RA1 video yet) and then a fun OpenRA C&C2 map that has you battling over snow covered bridges. We’d had a crazy match on the map at bash 2 so I was determined to get a video of it this time!
Bash 3 naughty meal of choice: Jane’s Roast Beef!
Netbash 4 – November 2017
A few months later James & I organised another bash for november. This bash was intended to get our old mate Bryan included as we can never seem to find a day where he and Dave are free at the same time. Unfortunately Bryan bailed (for the 2nd time I might add lol) but thankfully James invited Mick again so we were able to get some good 3 player games of OpenRA going. After Mick had to go James and I decided to experiment on a new challenge in prep for a future bash. I really wanted to play a Star Trek Armada multiplayer game so we tried to get Armada 1 and 2 working but the multiplayer mode was badly bugged (players can’t see/connect to each other) so we went hunting for fixes and discovered the massive Armada 2 Fleet Ops multiplayer mod project. This project almost looks and feels like a completely different game! Best of all it supports start position selection like OpenRA. We had some brilliant Us vs the Borg matches that I can’t wait to repeat with more players at a future bash! Sadly I didn’t film any videos at this bash as I treated it more of a testing day for future bashes. Sorry guys! 😦
Bash 4 naughty meal of choice: Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill!
Sadly bash 4 ended up being the last for 2017 as we were all too busy in December however plans are under way for an early 2018 bash and we’re looking at playing matches of Star Trek Armada 2 Fleet Ops and Age of Empires II HD!