Friday Socials

On the last Friday of each month we down tools at 6pm and enjoy a games night

Classics include OpenRA (a Red Alert clone) but has been known to include VR and Worms.

After some time we make our way to the trusty Wetherspoons for food, drink and social as you see fit.


Details of the games we play and instructions on how to install.


-OpenRA Download Page


You can make the map span multiple monitors if you play in windowed and set a high resolution.

Sven Coop

Using playonlinux to get a game going

For this scenario we are going to be playing sven CO-OP.

First we need to install playonlinux.

Click on the above link which will download an rpm which you can then click on and open up in software centre for the easiest way to install the package.

Head on over to a terminal after that and type sudo dnf install playonlinux -y

After installation, open up playonlinux.

You will be greeted by a playonlinux window. Click on "install" and search for "steam"

Once you click on steam, you will be greeted by many installation boxes. Click next and yes and I agree to everything you come across. Microsoft fonts took a while.

Here is a few start up things to look at during the installation.

You will at one point be asked how much video memory you have. I chose 64 and was given a warning but this has not stopped anything from working.

Eventually you will be able to click on steam within the playonlinux window.

As long as Someone in the office is running sven already, everyone can do the following: Once you have logged into steam (or created an account first you can select "view" on the top left of steam window and select "servers" then "lan" and you will see the sven server. Double click and steam will then ask you to install the game. Then everything should load up for you and join. Steam store doesn't work straight out of the box for installations.

Don't forget to go into settings and change your character and display settings once the game starts.

To change things up from just the half life maps we can look into others.



"Xonotic is an addictive, arena-style first person shooter with crisp movement and a wide array of weapons. It combines intuitive mechanics with in-your-face action to elevate your heart rate."


sudo dnf install xonotic



"0 A.D. (pronounced “zero-ey-dee”) is a free, open-source, historical Real Time Strategy (RTS) game currently under development by Wildfire Games, a global group of volunteer game developers. As the leader of an ancient civilization, you must gather the resources you need to raise a military force and dominate your enemies."


sudo dnf install 0ad

Urban Terror


"Urban Terror™ is a free multiplayer first person shooter developed by FrozenSand, that will run on any Quake III Arena compatible engine. It is available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh."

"Urban Terror can be described as a Hollywood tactical shooter; somewhat realism based, but the motto is "fun over realism". This results in a very unique, enjoyable and addictive game."


Follow the instructions here.

Walks from EC

Especially in Summer, though sometimes in the deep snow, we will often go for walks.

Generally these are fairly laid back affairs that include visit a pub or three on the way.

We tend to walk from the office to other towns that provide us an easy train ride back to Shipley.

Tried and Tested

EC - Ilkley

We've done this both directions and it is a great walk that is almost entirely off road, taking in Roberts Park, Shipley Glen and then up and over Ilkley Moor.

EC - Guisley

viewranger link

Something new

EC - Bingley Three-Rise Locks

viewranger link