I argue the game being best played through LANing. You just need a reliable mod to play on (I don't bother with vanilla due to TSOP).
I know the game was built to be played on most systems. If you have friends with laptops, they could probable play it without much issue. Doesn't require much to get a session together and play. My sessions are weekly and usually burn up the whole evening (4-6 hours of gameplay). Sometimes more if we decide to waste a day on the weekend. Good times, really.