In addition to the Internet Games browser, Kali also has a game lobby system available to Kali users. It does not go through any game server, but assists you in setting up a peer-to-peer game for excellent game performance. In the tree display to the left, you will see a "Game Lobbies" folder. The number in parentheses next to the folder is the number of lobby games currently forming. Practically any of the 300+ Kali-compatible games can be played through this system, not just the games that appear in the Internet Games section (although they can be played this way as well).
All fully registered Kali users can create as many lobby games as they like. The total number at any given time of lobby games created by persons using the trial Kali registration is limited. Persons with a trial registration can try to create a lobby game, but if the number of games by trial users is maxed out, you will receive a message stating that the maximum number is already reached and to either register Kali or try again later.
One benefit to joining a lobby game: Kali will use
its built-in file transfer system to automatically download the correct map if
you try to join a game for which you do not have the map.
In the game lobbies display, you will see a listing of all currently forming lobby games. Lobby games already under way are not displayed here, so there may be many more being played that you do not see. Colored arrows appear next to each forming game:
The green "play" icon means that the game is in formation and you should be able to join the game.
An orange icon (or brackets around the game name) means that they are close to having enough players and you may not be able to join the game, but you may want to try.
A red "stop" icon may briefly appear meaning that there are enough players and you can no longer join this game.
As in several of the Internet Games displays, maps that you do not have for lobby games will appear in red. The name of games that you have not setup in Kali will also appear in red in the Game Lobbies area. The number of players will appear in red if the game is full and ready to be launched. You can sort the lobby games by clicking on the columns at the top. When a game is highlighted, you can see information about the players currently in the game in the bottom left window, and other game information in the bottom right window. Lobby games can also be limited to show only games you have setup in Kali; just click the "Filter Games" button or right-click in the Game Lobbies display and select "Games to Show".
To join one of these games, just double-click on the game itself in the display. Please note that for several lobby games, you must manually select the multiplayer/LAN game option when the game is launched.
This is a legacy method of launching multiplayer games from the old days of the Kali system. You won't see it used very often, but it is still a valid method of launching games. This method will launch a virtual LAN (LAN emulation) game for most compatible multiplayer games. The game icons along the bottom of the chat screen shows games that can be launched in this way. To start a game, highlight the game icon on the bottom, and either hit the "Enter" key or right-click and select "Run on Server". You can join a chat server based game by launching the game yourself and look for the game in the LAN game list contained within the game itself. A few older games are commonly played this way on Kali, notably Red Alert and Descent.
This is where you will find game servers on your own Local Area Network (LAN). This is great for LAN parties as well! This folder can also serve as a catchall folder for a mix of Internet game servers. It can hold mixed types of favorite game servers, such as your favorite Counterstrike/ff on servers, your favorite friendly fire off servers, and your favorite Quake 3 servers.