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Unleash the beast inside you

Beast? Savage? Maybe?

Looking for some company next weekend? You silly, twisted boy. Get yourself to a LAN party instead. The ATI-sponsored Savage LAN 3, taking place in Coventry from the 2nd to the 4th of November (Friday to Sunday) costs only £37 for three days of non-stop LAN action. ATI will be putting up the prizes for the Quake 3 events; five brand new Radeon 7500 graphics cards, and other prizes include Savage Clan Ports and a Scan DVD player. The organisers have asked that any players who have signed up should pay as quickly as possible to confirm their place. With the final deadline approaching, spaces are in short supply, so if you haven't booked already it could be first-come first-served. SavLAN3 can be booked online at this address, and you can read the various details of the event here. 160 or so players have signed up thus far, including some top British clans, so the standard of play should be high. Dedicated servers will be running for Quake 2, Quake 3, Counter-Strike and newcomer Return to Castle Wolfenstein, and the main competitions are Quake 2 CTW, Quake 3 CTF, Duel and Deathmatch.