Slowly but surely, The Border House community is gathering steam. We’ve had a great month getting things up and running since my last post. The IRC is busy with a mix of authors, editors, readers, and some people who stumbled in from places like the wonderful GirlGamers on Reddit. We’ve played a few games of DOTA2, Guild Wars, Uno and word games in our IRC games channel, talked about a huge range of issues, and generally plotted world domination.
To join our IRC, Mumble, Steam, or anything else - the server connection details are on the last post. A “proper” community page will be up soon. On to the new features!
This month we’re going to try a new feature – Multiplayer Mondays. Every Monday, an article will be published (this is the first!) with a set of gaming get-togethers in the coming week. So far we have volunteers for organising Magicka, Left4Dead 2, Guild Wars and DOTA2.
Organizing cross time-zone is very confusing, so we’ve made an iCal feel you can add to your Google Calendar/iCalendar. If you’re signed into Google, it should convert all times to your current timezone – I recommend “agenda” view.
If this doesn’t work for you, here’s the list in the two most requested timezones! This won’t definitely be kept updated though in the event of change, so check with the calendar in the first instance.
- 29 Feb, 00:00 GMT – 28 Feb, 19:00 EST: Dota 2 with kimadactyl.
- 29 Feb, 19:00 GMT – 14:00 EST: Magicka with Llamaentity.
- 1 March, 19:00 GMT – 14:00 EST: Left4Dead 2 with Llamaentity.
- 2 March, 23:00 GMT – 18:00 EST: Guild Wars with SerCorbiuGeisha
For Magicka, Dota 2 and Left4Dead 2, join our Steam group chatroom. To do this go to the “Groups” tab on your friends list, click the arrow next to “The Border House” group and click “Join Group Chatroom”. We will start the game from there.
For Guild Wars, join our IRC, and we will add you to the clan guild as soon as possible.
If you want to play some games with fellow readers, we’re happy to book you in for next week’s calendar – join our IRC and let you know what you want to see.
Finally, we’re starting a Dwarf Fortress succession game soon, organised through the IRC (and Dropbox?). Register interest in the comments, or pop in. A succession game is where everyone takes it in turn to run the fortress for an in-game year, so are suitable for novices and experts alike.
This is now closed – thanks for all the responses, we have had over 500! A very generous reader and statistics wizard has volunteered to process all of this for us and give us the results. Watch this space, and thanks again for all your wonderful feedback.