Giant Bomb Forza Race Night
Born in November 2009, this is where the Giant Bomb community gets together to destroy roads, race hard, and most importantly, have fun playing Forza Motorsport 3.
Hosted by (Laz) PsEG.
Every Thursday Night, 10:30 PM ET (7:30 PM PT)
until people get tired (usually 1 AM or 2 AM ET)
How To Join
Send the gamertag GiantBomb Forza a friend request.
Don't worry if it isn't accepted quickly -- it'll be accepted before the next race night!
Then, when the time comes around on Thursday night, either:
- Be on Xbox Live in Forza 3. Depending on the time, either Slowbird or I will send invites to anyone who we see is in Forza at the time.
- Watch for a joinable party and/or game of Forza 3 on Giant Bomb Forza's friends list (usually started by slowb1rd for Scrub League or Laz PsEG for Race Night). Join the party and game!
You're free to send my gamertag (Laz PsEG) a friend request as well, though I may reject it due to a lack of space on my friends list. Just know that if you don't have GiantBomb Forza on your friends list, you might have problems getting into Race Night if there's more than one lobby or if I'm actually sick or unable to host a Race Night.
If more than eight people show up:
You might not get in immediately. :( If you wait around while still in Forza 3, we'll probably fire an invite your way as soon as space opens up. Should this become a recurring and serious issue, we'll nominate someone to start a second lobby to grab all the overflow.
What To Expect
Expect to have fun playing Forza Motorsport 3. More specifically, we might do any or all of the following things on any given night:
- RACING. Sometimes we'll have a serious structured race, like Giant Bomb GT or a spec race, but other times I'll just ask the lobby for a class or a track suggestion, and we'll go with that.
- DRIFTING. We enjoy taking drifting to Fujimi Kaido and the speedways at times. FWD drifting are our specialty!
- CAR!SOCCER. Benchmark ring has two warehouses. These make for nice goals. Add in a small car, and teams of cars with phenomenal pushing power, and you see why we have to use an exclamation point instead of a space (because the excitement's all up in it). Click here for an example of our furious soccer frenzy.
- CLUNKER PUSHING. Take severely underpowered Datsun 510s and put them at the bottom of a mountain. Give them teammates to help push them up said mountain. First team to the top wins. Here's an example of how crazy it gets. Sometimes we'll do a downhill variation, and that's even more insane since I take away all the grip the Datsuns wish they had.
- VIRUS TAG. We do virus tag right, by which I mean in Benchmark Ring, with fast cars and a proper power penalty for those who wish to evade the infected lizardmen. Yes, I use the term lizardmen often. You'll understand in time.
- OTHER CRAZY AND HORRIBLE IDEAS. I have an evil imagination. Sometimes you'll have to put up with it.
In the increasingly rare event that we have a small turnout, we sometimes will join public lobbies for our daily dose of chaos. We don't like doing that, though.
Race Night Regulars
Here's a list of some of the people you might see quite often in Race Nights. Pro designates someone unsuitable to compete in Scrub League, while Scrub designates someone who is eligible to compete at Scrub League.
|Giant Bomb Username||Xbox Live Gamertag||Status||Thoughts|
|Keval_N||Keval N||Pro||Probably the fastest duder overall in the whole group, and a clean racer to boot. Champion of both the 2010 and 2011 GB100s.|
|pakx||PAX MORTE||Scrub||Pax is the founder of the North American version of Race Night. He's not typically in the front of the pack, but he's been improving as of lately. He's also really good at car soccer.|
|PsEG||Laz PsEG||Pro||That's me! I show up and make lots of crazy races. I'm also wildly inconsistent in my driving ability. Run-off sections were made for me. GBGT Season Two and Miatathon Champion.|
|Jugnutts||Jugnutts||Pro||One of a crew of many cool dudes that's started joining us out of nowhere. He's cool. He's cocky. He's fast. One of those three is a lie.|
|beefdaddy82||Beef Daddy||Pro||Another of a crew of many cool dudes that's started joining us for Race Night. He's pretty good with the same sort of cars I like!|
|Hay4z||hay4z||Pro||Had terrible connection conflicts with Coldfront in the past. He's also extremely good at defending his position from anyone who tries to pass. I have a tendency to ram him because he brakes way earlier than I do.|
|slowbird||slowb1rd||Pro||Slowbird devotes a lot of time to making way too many cars to contend in the front of the pack. In short, it works. He also puts together awesome videos. I'm not sure he ever sleeps. GBGT Season One Champion.|
|ShaggyChu||Falcon 304||Pro||Falcon's a decent driver that thinks he's The Stig. He's not, but if anyone else screws up during a race, he's usually there to take advantage and gain a position or two. He can also be kind of a jerk. >:(|
|Magicallystoopid||RazorbackKing||Scrub||I never thought someone could walk back into Race Night with a mind as completely messed up and full of pop culture humor as my own. I was WRONG.|
|GTFan712||GTFan712||Pro||GTFan loves his BMWs. Also, the GT stands for Georgia Tech, I believe, and not Gran Turismo or Grand Touring.|
|wrathofconn||thewrathofconn||Scrub||Wrathofconn had a rough time during GBGT, but he's a pretty solid driver overall.|
These dudes haven't shown up in a long while, but we still love and appreciate all the support they've given us over the months.
|Giant Bomb Username||Xbox Live Gamertag||Status||Thoughts|
|Br0nZ3||Br0nZ3||Pro||He wasn't originally a member of Giant Bomb, but Race Night convinced him to join the ranks. He's surprisingly good at tuning fast cars, turning oversteer-happy beasts into faster, tamer vehicles. I assume he burned out after too much Forza.|
|Coldfront||Blarg247||Pro||We call him Blarg during Race Night due to his gamertag. He's pretty fast with just about anything. Unfortunately, it seems school and work have taken him away from us.|
|UnsolvedParadox||UnsolvedParadox||Scrub||He's not the fastest guy on the track, but he makes up for it with his skill in all the non-racing stuff. I assume his crazy workload at a Canadian network has kept him away too often. Wouldn't be surprised if baseball played a role in it, either. Dude loves his Blue Jays.|
|gpbmike||gpbmike||???||The only Whiskey Media employee to have joined Forza Race Night, Mike's made appearances now and again, and he's that much cooler in our eyes for it. I assume his absence has to do with working on the site, especially the mobile stuff, although there's a nagging worry we drove him away with the "Rich Gallup" races (which is why I don't use those anymore).|
Final Notes You Should Know
Newcomers are always welcome. If you like Forza Motorsport 3 and want to join other Giant Bomb duders in races, you should join us!
We have a wide range of skill levels that join us each week, and we're more than willing to accommodate any shortcomings in the personal garages. Also, feel free to use whatever assists you need to be competitive. We don't look down on any of that.
We don't give a damn if you're late.
It's more than fine to show up late, and we do what we can to keep an eye out for late arrivals. Heck, quite a few of our regulars have a habit of showing up a little later than 10:30. You might have to wait a little while if we have a full lobby, but that's the only possible issue you might run into.
You don't need any specific cars, but owning a favorite car in F through S class would be nice. Pay attention to the "Special Events" section below for any other requirements.
If you still want to join us but can't afford a car for a special event, let me know by sending PM before Race Night or sending me (Laz PsEG) a message during Race Night. Depending on your situation, we might have a spare car to donate or loan you. Obviously, someone new to the game has a better chance of getting help than someone who burned all their money on dozens of drifting machines. Outside of special events, don't worry about this: We'll just have more stock tune races if somebody has a lacking garage.
If you're short on cash but have lots of time, consider trying to build up money through single player or a private multiplayer room against AI. Both can yield a good amount of cash given enough time.
You don't need any DLC, but having the Benchmark Ring track is nice, and downloading the sampler packs lets you see other players driving the cars in each DLC pack.
If you bought a new copy of Forza 3, you should have a code that let you download the Benchmark track we use for a few events. Redeem that if you haven't already. If you bought Forza 3 used, it's available for 400 points on the marketplace. We use Benchmark Ring to play Car!Soccer, Virus Tag, and some other events.
Remember to have fun, for crying out loud.
Occasionally we might hit each other or cause accidents, but there's never any hard feelings or long-lasting complaints. If you're a cool dude who likes Forza 3 and is willing to try and play fair, we'd love to have you join us!