I Searched the forums and found nothing on the subject, figured the community might be interested... anyway, here it is: Thanks to the great work of many dedicated fans, there is a non invasive way to play SC2 with LAN support, that WILL NOT -EVER- get you banned from B.NET! It's called StarFriend, currently at version 0.89 - its free, Super easy, and again - WILL NOT HARM YOUR B.NET ACCOUNT! Legit owners of SC2 version 1.4.2 (current version) can simply download the StarFriend program to its own respective folder and run it you then either start and host your own server or enter in the details of the one you wish to join, and then choose to start SC2... It provides you with a custom username and password for your lan parties and keeps that account totally isolated from your legit b.net account every avatar icon is unlocked off the hop so you can totally customize your setup when you game with your buds, or if you prefer, you can sign up to any number of private servers to game with others without having "Big Brother" breathing down your neck! Everything you need can be found quickly through your preferred search engine. Take a look - its worth it!