I'm relatively new to NS (but enthusiastic), and am planning on having a LAN party in my basement to introduce my friends to it...
I understand that 6v6 is optimal, but how does it play with fewer? What would the bare minimum be in order for it to make sense to play? If there's an odd number would people recommend putting the extra on Marine, Alien, or just sit out?
Also, if anyone has suggestions for good 'starter' maps, or good introductory hints for getting a whole bunch of new players up to speed quickly I'd appreciate some thoughts. I have pulled some nice guides off the board already, but any other ideas would be appreciated -