Often I play with friends at a LAN party. We don't play Insurgency online, so our standard of play is much lower than average, making it completely unenjoyable for us to play on public servers. We'd like to play on a server with nobody else there, but we couldn't find a button in the GUI to start a LAN server, or anything related.

After some googling, we found some instructions for setting up a LAN server with console commands, but there are several disagreeing sets of instructions, and none of them worked for us.

I also asked the developers in their official livestream, but they just answered, "Just start a custom server," with no further specifics.

Obviously a LAN server is preferable, because there's less lag and no need to rely on the one internet connection we're all sharing, but if it's easier to set up a private server online, that's fine. How can we achieve this?

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    As a preliminary answer, you should have an "insurgency dedicated server" under Tools in Steam. Once you get that running, it should be visible in the server browser, or at least accessible via console. I'm not sure if there is a proper LAN mode, but that's what passwords are for. Try following this guide: steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/… – Pvt. Grichmann Mar 16 '15 at 18:45
  • @Pvt.Grichmann Since your comment adds more information than the only posted answer, would you mind making it an answer? Then I can accept it once I've tried it out. – Dan Hulme Mar 31 '15 at 17:43
  • I don't think that's what we're supposed to do. If the question remains marked as unanswered, someone with a good explanation is more likely to come by eventually. I'll only post an answer once I can myself provide instructions that will work. – Pvt. Grichmann Apr 2 '15 at 21:42

This works the same as it does on every source game, just make a dedicated server then set a password and join, then invite your friend and tell him the password.

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