Whether or not you're a regular to Couch Athletics, you hopefully should be aware that there's usually an event happening almost everyday, involving games from Team Fortress 2 to StarCraft II to Audiosurf. Yeah, THAT Audiosurf. Welcome to Better Know a CA Event, the series of articles that introduces you to community events that you may have forgotten about. This week, our focus is on the event that doesn't really have a specific game associated with it, hence the name Thursday Night Gaming Shuffle. As a heads up, though, the event hasn't happened in a while; however, we are trying to get it started up again.
The main drive of Thursday Night Gaming Shuffle, or TNGS for short, is that every week, a different game is played. It may be a free or cheap game, or one that's been around for a while so that most people can play. An excellent example of a game that's a prime goal for TNGS would be the original Doom, since it's been out since 1994, and it's still fun.
The basics of joining the event are the same as almost every event. You join the events channel in Ventrilo (Server: ventrilo.couchathletics.com, port: 28587) and meet up with everyone else. The game is usually announced early in the week so it is easier for people to get the game prior to the event.
If it's needed for people to be split up, for, say, Monopoly Night, there will be captains, and people will be picked similar to Captain's Night/Worst in Class. For the most part, however, everyone will be in the same channel. The rules of the game will most likely determined at 9PM Eastern, when the event starts.
Generally, this is not a competitive event, this is more of an event for a group of friends to get together and have fun playing games that may not get recognition otherwise. It helps bring people together. Examples of games we've played in the past are Monopoly on Pogo.com (free), Alien Swarm (free), Bloody Good Time ($5), Counter-Strike: Source ($20... wait.), Audiosurf ($10), Day of Defeat: Source ($10), Gunbound (free), Spiral Knights (free), as well as other games that are either cheap or free. We need to do straight up Doom one of these days, though.
Alrighty, this Better Know a CA Event is a little short, but hopefully, you understand the information I've conveyed. Next week we're going with an event that's popular with our Minecraft players, the Minecraft Building Competition!