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  1. 4 points
    I had some very kind words about my RGB flashy light tube on the lakeside desk and few of you wanted to know how it worked so i thought i would together a parts list https://imgur.com/a/iZdnlXP https://coolcomponents.co.uk/products/lumazoid So this is the circuit board that powers it all. the tube comes from http://clearplastictube.co.uk/opal-acrylic-tube (The tube must be Opal, as this has a right detraction and low light pass through so you cant see the individual diodes.) This the cheapest ive found, but look about If your willing to wait a little while you can grab LED for really cheap, otherwise Amazon is fine, All you need is a set of WS2812b leds. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1m-2m-3m-4m-5m-ws2812b-ws2812-led-strip-individually-addressable-smart-led-strip-black-white/32682015405.html?spm=2114.search0204.3.13.682c1c607p9fHQ&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10130_10547_319_317_10548_10696_10192_10190_453_10084_454_10083_10618_10307_10820_10301_10821_10303_537_536_10902_10059_10884_10887_321_322_10103,searchweb201603_57,ppcSwitch_0&algo_expid=e6bc95e7-9045-446d-bbf6-8c499b6ec5a4-4&algo_pvid=e6bc95e7-9045-446d-bbf6-8c499b6ec5a4&transAbTest=ae803_5 If your willing to wait a little while you can grab LED for really cheap, otherwise Amazon is fine, All you need is a set of WS2812b leds. All thats left is a power supply https://www.lovehoney.co.uk/product.cfm?p=38028&fo_c=24&fo_k=f1c47fa53cd74ff365030346d2cad328&fo_s=webgains&wgu=12161_196673_15496715608343_47c87cdd3d&wgexpiry=1557447560&utm_source=Webgains&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=196673&utm_content=https%3A%2F%2Fuk.redbrain.shop%2F you can go usb, along the draw isnt too high or a wall version https://coolcomponents.co.uk/products/5v-2a-barrel-jack-power-supply?variant=895036620814&gclid=CjwKCAiA7vTiBRAqEiwA4NTO689q0iWCZMq0gmMiG4IHGD1LSMXuM6K4O_fEKcnqzTfkK14nysC0ThoCCQIQAvD_BwE All you gotta do is thread the leds through the tube, wire the leds in, soldering helps, or solder on a flappy extension for easy removal https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5Pcs-3-Pin-10mm-LED-Connector-For-WS2811-WS2812B-SK6812-RGB-LED-Strip-Solderless-/182561826989 cut one end off, solder on and then you have a solid quick release find yourself some 40mm pipe clips and then attach how ever you wish, my plan is once my 3d printer arrive to print out some multi functional brackets for it. Any question feel free to respond Neon Rabbit
  2. 3 points
    Lakeside 25/01/19 - DRAFT #3
  3. 2 points
    Hello Guys & Gals, As you may, or may not have seen, this is now officially THE BIGGEST epic.LAN EVER! With that said, it makes the defrag even more difficult to pull off. However, we are going to stick with the status quo and get this sorted for you within the next couple of weeks. This is a major responsibility to shoulder with regards to the seating plan and how to keep everyone fairly happy. In previous events, we have accomplished of keeping the majority of people happy with this, however please understand that this is a tough thing to accomplish. We have people attending on their own, all the way up to groups of 10+. We will be reaching out as much as possible to organise this the best we can. The logistics of this is very time consuming and takes a lot of work by ourselves. We are happy to discuss alternatives and as much as we want everyone to be 100% happy, their may need to be some compromises and I would ask that you work with us to come to such agreements if needed. As a final further point. We will not tolerate any sort of toxicity within this thread or anywhere on these forums or any other public forum (social media, discord etc.) Please respect both ourselves and each other throughout this process. We don't do this for our own benefit, we do this to make sure everyone has a... EPIC LAN! Here are some vital things to follow
  4. 2 points
    EPIC BREAKFAST Served from 8.00am - 11.30am The Big Breakfast - £6.00 2 Bacon, 2 Sausage, 1 Egg, 2 Hash Browns, Beans, Mushroom, 2 slices of Toast & Cup of Tea or Coffee The Small Breakfast - £5.00 1 Bacon, 1 Sausage, 1 Egg, 1 Hash Brown, Beans, 1 slice of toast & A Cup of Tea or Coffee The Veggie Breakfast - £5.50 2 veggie Sausages, 2 Eggs, 2 Hash Browns, Beans, Mushrooms, 2 slices of Toast The Big Breakfast Roll - £4.00 Bacon, Sausage, Egg, Hash Browns Bacon or Sausage in a roll - £3.00 Hash Brown & Egg in a roll - £3.00 Beans on Toast - £1.80 2 Slices of Toast with Butter & Marmalade - £1.00 Tea/Coffee - £1.00 GRAB & GO Served from 12.00pm – 4.00pm Lamb Pasty - £2.50 Chicken Slice - £2.50 Steak Slice - £2.50 Cheese & Onion Slice - £2.00 Pasta Pots - £3.50 Millionaire Shortbread - £2.00 Sliced cake - £2.00 EPIC SANDWICH BAR Served from 12.00pm – 4.00pm Panini, Baguette, Sandwich or Roll - £3.50 With a choice of one filling and unlimited extras Choose Your Bread: - Panini, Baguette or Sliced Bread Choose Your Main Filling: - (extra main filling £0.50) Ham, Bacon, Roast Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Tuna Mayo, Falafel Choose Your Unlimited Extras: - Mixed Leaf salad, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Gherkins, Sweetcorn, Red Onion, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Mayonnaise, Mustard Mayo, Peppers, Jalapenos, Tomato & Onion Salsa Sides – from £1.00 Coleslaw - £1.00 Onion Rings £1.00 Potato Salad £1.00 Chips £ 2.00 EPIC BURGER BAR Served from 12.00pm – 9.00pm Cheese Burger in a Bun - £5.00 Add an extra Beef Pattie for £1.50 With a choice of one topping and unlimited extras Veggie Burger in a Bun - £4.00 With a choice of toppings and unlimited extras Choose One Main Topping: - (extra main filling (£0.50) Bacon, Pulled Pork, Onion rings, Mushroom Choose Unlimited Extras: - Mixed Leaf salad, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Gherkins, Sweetcorn, Red Onion, Sweet Chilli Sauce, Mayonnaise, Mustard Mayo, Peppers, Jalapenos, Tomato & Onion Salsa Plain Beef Burger in a Bun (no Extras) - £4.00 Sides – from £1.00 Coleslaw - £1.00 Onion Rings £1.00 Potato Salad £1.00 Chips £ 2.00 THURSDAY DINNER Served from 4.30pm – 9pm Beef Lasagne or Vegetarian Lasagne- £5.00 With mixed lead salad and coleslaw Why not add a side of Garlic Bread? Pork Sweet & Sour - £5.00 With egg fried rice and prawn crackers Sides – from £1.00 Coleslaw - £1.00 Onion Rings (x7) £1.00 Potato Salad £1.00 Garlic Bread £1.00 Spring Rolls (x3) £1.00 Chips £ 2.00 FRIDAY DINNER Served from 4.30pm – 9pm Chicken or Vegetable Jalfrezi - £5.00 With turmeric rice and garlic Naan bread Why not add a side of Onion Bhaji, Vegetable Samosas or Poppadums? Steak & Ale Pie - £5.00 With mixed vegetables, chips and gravy Sides – from £0.50 Coleslaw - £1.00 Onion Rings £1.00 Potato Salad £1.00 Garlic Naan Bread £1.50 Onion Bhaji (x3) £ 1.00 Vegetable Samosas (x2) £1.00 Poppadum (x3) £0.50 Chips £ 2.00 SATURDAY DINNER Served from 4.30pm – 9pm Chilli Con Carne - £5.00 With steamed rice, grated cheese, salsa & Guacamole Why not add a side of Tortilla Chips or Coleslaw? Pork Sausage or Veggie Sausage & Mash- £5.00 With mixed vegetables and onion gravy Sides – from £1.00 Coleslaw - £1.00 Onion Rings £1.00 Potato Salad £1.00 Tortilla Chips £1.00 Chips £ 2.00 EPIC BAR SNACKS Served from 9pm – 2am Beef Chilli on Nachos - £4.50 With Jalapenos, Sour cream, Guacamole & Grated Cheese Nachos - £3.50 With Jalapenos, Sour cream, Guacamole & Grated Cheese Sausage Roll - £1.50 Onion Rings (x7) - £1.00
  5. 2 points
    Hey Kimski, I understand there's always going to be different points of view on this one and it's something that we'll never win! We do try our best to make it clear when people pick the seats that the process will occur (it's right at the top of the seating plan from the outset and then that text updated as the process kicks off to its current state) and we emailed everyone at the start of the process on 20th Jan to point everyone at this thread and shared multiple drafts with people to comment on before actually changing anything. So as painful as it is, we try to do it as transparently as possible and give people many opportunities to comment on those drafts before we actually change anything. It's nothing about favouring any groups/individuals, it's just about helping as many people as possible come to LAN and sit with their friends. Here's an old post that explains why we do it at all - Initially I thought this was something relatively unique to LANs, but we went to a couple of sporting events over recent years where the same has happened to us, so I do see it from both perspectives, like i say, I don't think there's a perfect way of doing this, so we just have to try to come up with a method that works for as many as possible. Feel free to catch @Gumpster, myself or any of the team during the event to chat further and we appreciate your cooperation with the move suggested above by Gump. ------------------ Just as a side note for anyone else in that area, there is going to be a huge heavy black surge curtain down the side of the stage and that row from the back wall to the main walkway, the sort that you'll see at events like EGX used to screen off stage areas. We know it's something that people are unsure about with it being our first LAN in the arena, so we've invested quite a large sum of money in screening that off as it all has to be raised on motors, suspended from the ceiling with around a 10m drop!
  6. 1 point
    Hey Girl. Hey Boy. Superstar TJ. Here we go; The Ugly - Debatably just a bad item but so infuriating it was that it gets relegated here. Yes ladies and gentlemen i am talking about the use, or more specifically, the non use of the usual KCC entrance. Sitting security next to a door to stop people using it rather than just checking wrist bands is as INSANE as it sounds. Learn from nature, a force will always take the path of least resistance. Making someone walk a 20 minute round trip to grab something from their tent or car is a criminal waste of human life. Fortunately those on the front desk had the brains to overlook this policy. Please borrow some of their common sense when considering this policy in the future. The Bad - The music in Lakeside. As mentioned by others, the noise was more obnoxious than usual. I understand epic want to garner a community spirit in this area, maybe even a bit of a party atmosphere? But just turning the volume up and drowning out any other noise (which happened on more than one occasion by more than one of the admin staff) is not how you do it. We're all sat with headsets on? I just ..... it defies logic?? A good many times the music was louder than my headset with the volume maxed out, god rest the ear drums of the guys who were sat in direct line or adjacent to the speakers. Maybe relocating this is an idea? Let the masses come to the party rather than imposing it on them?? and if it turns out not to be popular then your answer is ... - The smash tourney ... one of the best attended fun tournies of the weekend thrown in the corner of the arena whilst the main stage and seating was used for???? Again, another rethink please! The Good - Good amount of fun tournies and timed better than usual. - Ben & Ben2 and his crew who sat opposite us in LK. Good bunch of guys who seemingly enjoyed the 404 banter, also good to play PUBG with them and all round good sports .... now just to annex them into 404 .... - BREXIT LAN was good laugh - The showers on Friday morning were actually quite respectable for a change. The first (and only) time ive EVER heard the drain working though i credit this for having figured out when and using the showers after the regular morning fumigation by KCC - Beer. Good to see a different choice for a change. The Citra is the tits but it was getting particularly yeasty half way down, maybe let it settle longer if possible next time? The Taylor served as a moderate replacement. Just the cost ..... plz .... you can buy a bottle of citra for 1.20 a fecking Waitrose - 10TMP was a good craic - Calm Down Stalin. Just lol. - VR stuff in lakeside was good though constantly 5 deep in queue. Some peeps need to learn to play shorter tracks on Beat Saber or give it up to the peep behind. - Good to see Rock band again but not a pair of guitars?? - Keeping the CS screamkids kettled in their own pen on the other side of the venue. Top work. - The pub quiz. Good lolz but looked a bit rushed at the end, probably due to dem jaegers (excellent work btw) - The admins in general. More banter with you guys than usual seemingly, met a few more of you, keep up the good work. - LANMaster. I guess. And that's the way the news goes.
  7. 1 point
    Apparently if the venue serves alcohol they MUST provide tap water free of charge. "All licensed premises in England and Wales are required by law to provide "free potable water" to their customers upon request." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39881236
  8. 1 point
    thank you to all the werewolves player tonight for a brilliant 4 hours
  9. 1 point
    We keep switching the air blowers on and off periodically and monitoring, however we cant leave them on permanently as they're really breezy for the people sitting right next to them.
  10. 1 point
    Picked up on some of these here - However, the venue feel that with the three sets of toilets available (Lakeside, Arena Changing, Upstairs by Portland) that there are still more than enough for the number of people on site, larger events with thousands of people in the arena cope fine and these are often events where everybody rushes out at the same time (e.g. an interval). We've also been promised that all of the existing toilets being used are being deep cleaned and refreshed before the event to ensure that none go out of action. There are enough showers for the number of people attending (still a higher ratio than other events) as long as they are kept clean regularly, they will also be open 24H a day during the event. Of course there's going to be a peak time around 8-11am where everyone wants to use them, but with them available around the clock if people spread the time they're used, there's plenty to go around. We've raised the cleaning and maintenance of the showers with the venue since the last event so they know they'll need to keep on top of them, but obviously they can't get in and do that every day during the peak time, so it probably will be after the morning rush each day. Our team will be regularly checking too and informing the venue management of any cleaning/maintenance issues as soon as possible. I'd say the showers previously got neglected because it was in a bit of no-man's-land between the conference side of the venue and the sports venue and people just forgot that we were using them, that shouldnt happen with the main hall right next to them. Even though there is an increase in capacity, it's not going to be another 300 people on site, and from our previous counts, we only actually have around 30-40% of people who stay on site overnight, so more than half of people attending stay in nearby hotels and will obviously have their own wash/shower facilities there, so it's not 100% of people staying on site. We did debate hiring in more toilets, but (obviously) they'd end up being outside on a car park and we don't feel that people actually want to go outside and use them, plus you're talking thousands to hire in more external toilets/showers so would definitely be more than a £2.50 price increase for that! There is another point though, in that these areas get messy quicker when people misuse them! It's not the venue's or epic's fault that people don't put rubbish in the bins, don't flush the toilets or piss all over the seats and floor, leave rubbish in the showers like empty bottles, that comes from people who don't respect the event and venue! If everyone just takes a few seconds when they've done their business to make sure it's ready for the next person, everything will cope far better! Like, every event, somebody leaves their skidmarked boxers in the changing rooms...no need! We'll see how it goes for this one.
  11. 1 point
    Ok thanks To be fair I'm not into pissing matches .. because this is what it will turn into. I'm not interested in excuses, I'm only interested in solutions to the problem. Thanks for moving us.
  12. 1 point
    The reason why those rows are fairly empty is because I defragged the rest of the hall and grouped all the relevant teams together and put them in their relevant seating areas as best as I possibly could. It was only recently just opened as a set of rows because logistically we open rows up when we believe ticket sales will be fluid enough. There isn't much I can do, and the people who are there now, kinda have to be because everywhere else is filled. I have now moved you to the bottom right hand area of the arena, you are sat with a rather large group of community casuals and sat next to a CS:GO team. To answer your first point, another particular LAN event used to do that before they had a seat picker, and sorting seats out is a time consuming thing which is why it was originally dropped in the first place to make way for a seating plan where people could chose seats. The unfortunate downside to a seating plan, is people try their best to "soft reserve" seats for their friends and thus we end up having to do a seating defrag. Now from my perspective and something I absolutely try my hardest to do is I try to honour the original seats people pick. However that becomes very difficult to do when dealing with large groups (say 20+) or teams with additional friends/management (7 - 8 people) or a group of casuals (10 - 15), whilst juggling the 3's of Rocket League, 1's of SC2, 5's of CS:GO & Rainbow Six. I don't particularly enjoy moving people, and if I don't have to, then I won't. But it is a necessary evil. It took me and Mark 8 hours roughly to defrag the seating plan a few Sunday's ago. It took me a further 6 hours the following day, and then I've had to cater for the many requests we get through these threads. There is no winnable way with a seating plan, and unfortunately whilst some people have said in the past "well people should book earlier" or "you should just leave it be", the way of the world is different. Would epic.LAN have 40 CS:GO teams if all those teams were split apart because of the seat picker? No not really. Would epic have large contingents of casual groups that come to LAN and organise as best as possible, just to see some of their group elsewhere because unfortunately their paydays weren't in line with the rest of the group? No not really that either. You may not agree with me on this but as Jon has said above, there are other events out there who do change your seating arrangements, and don't even tell you until you turn up on the day. At least we tell people through email, facebook, twitter and the forums. At the end of the day we try our best and as Jon said above, you can come find me at the event, and I'll buy you a drink and go over why we do it in the way we do it, you are more than welcome to suggest ideas to help us improve this experience for you and your friends. We of course don't want to disappoint you. So come catch me and we can have a lovely debate over it.
  13. 1 point
    @MRated As we are such a small group we would prefer to be in a line than back to back
  14. 1 point
    Hi, We're really really unhappy with this draft in that you've moved us (Badacid) to row H of the main hall to be honest. We picked row G ages ago as we didn't want to be right on the bar but thats were we've ended up. If you're going to make an area starcraft why not do it at the start? We've had those seats booked for ages then we just get dumped at the end. We'd be a lot happier with A or anywhere a bit further from the bar... Seems a bit pointless having a seat picker if this is whats going to happen. If this down to other (larger) clans booking late then shoving smaller clans out the way then it seems really unfair.
  15. 1 point
    DRAFT #3 FOR ARENA AND LAKESIDE ARE NOW UP. PLEASE CHECK!
  16. 1 point
    Hi, I've just booked a seat next to the SC2 people but just wanted to make sure you know in case things are moved around that I'd like to go where the other SC2 players are. Thanks.
  17. 1 point
    @chigger Giles has replied back to say that some of the items will be (and will be marked up on the day), but if you chat with him around breakfast and let him know what/if you want for the day he can plan things out for you!
  18. 1 point
    I've asked, but if not, same as before, have a chat with the catering team like Giles (who I think you spoke to a couple of events ago) and they'll accommodate this and any other dietary requirements, even if it means a slightly longer wait while they do.
  19. 1 point
    I think it's fair to say that epic.LAN has become the home of the UK Starcraft 2 community over recent years. Bearing in mind the game was released nearly 10 years ago, epic26 is about to see a full SC2 tournament with 32 players, with a community that is showing some more recent titles how it's done.  The SC2 players are always friendly and show the event and the epic.LAN staff a world of respect; because we keep supporting the community, they keep coming back, event after event and they're a pleasure to have at our LANs.  Earlier this week, I was contacted by someone who attended their first epic.LAN as a Starcraft 2 player in 2014, and went on to win the tournament at epic14, take 2nd place at epic15 & epic16 before moving on to play (and win) Overwatch at epic20 and of course Overwatch is where you will find Boombox playing now, but now with OWL team, Philadelphia Fusion.  Boombox has kindly offered to contribute towards the epic26 Starcraft 2 prize pool and specifically asked for prizes to be paid out to more participants, down to 8th place, which seems like the perfect reward for the Starcraft 2 community's biggest attendance at epic.LAN.  Isaac didn't actually want any credit for his kind gesture but I felt it was such a nice thing to do, and that it's so heartwarming to see people remembering where they started their esports careers after moving on to bigger things, we really should make a fuss about what he's done for the SC2 players this event, though he probably won't forgive me for posting his epic14 winner picture and may suddenly change his mind!  I look forward to seeing the SC2 community in force at epic26! 
  20. 1 point
    Hey @Gumpster / @MRated et al. Appreciate the job you guys are doing here... I know it cannot be easy. If possible, ideally we would love to sit back to back from each other, so that we can spin around to see each other's screens. There are 9 in my group, all of us were at the last LAN and are frequent attendees (Everyone is booked with my account, so you can see our entire group as "GrandmasterSmash"). We are a group of casual gamers with no real allegiance to any particular game, so we would prefer to be sitting with people similar to this rather than big groups of specific game playing people if poss. Usually we have been in Lakeside, before this new event/arena space was announced. Good luck with the defrag guys!
  21. 1 point
    #perryparty rep dropping in, we're cool with draft #1 for Lakeside. Appreciating the kept end seat for Narstyle too. Cheers!
  22. 1 point
    Sorry, SLM isnt in our clan so if that space can be moved and have Jesse sat in his place
  23. 1 point
    Hiya, most of us SC2 peeps are wanting to be kept together as a whole. We would like to be in the bottom left SC2/RL/Casual section (the one facing the stage), preferably closest to that corner of the arena as possible, we wish not to be near the R6 and CSGO areas you see. Here are the relevant people that all want to be in the SC2 area together: FoFoG - Fazedgg, Savage, Wok, Arcair, Phoenix, Emtee, Prospect, Gamerrichy, Magico, Ziroy, Bellator, Aster, Exolightning, Chelch, Fluffy, Iamgrunt, Bilborcado, Weskimo, Floaffy Individuals - Gleepower, Voltacus, Razerblader TSI - Cladorhiza, Mythic, Sugartits, Wardi, Risky, Seb, Figaro, Aicy, Grimmzy If you could keep us all together in our teams and in this order (at least for the teams), but also have us together so we're one big SC2 collective then that'd be great. Thanks so much
  24. 1 point
    Already sorted on my draft
  25. 1 point
    As per the draft I did out of boredom our other team members knine and samuraipxi need to be sat with the rest of uwotm9. We'd prefer to stay where the bulk of us are on the first row.
  26. 1 point
    Won’t be able to set up indoor sleeping in either room until 4pm, besides, if people are standing in there with drinks, I’m sure people won’t want beer on their sleeping bags!
  27. 1 point
    OK, we'll sort this the usual way then.
  28. 1 point
    Many years ago I started a LAN Survival Guide, firstly when it was a bunch of guys after work playing Duke Nukem 3D on a bunch of 386 PCs in the mid 90's. Then it became a scout hut with 8 people. As the years progressed the LANs got bigger, the venues varied in quality massively and the whole thing has evolved into the amorphous blob of chaos we see today. Enjoy. ********** LAN SURVIVAL GUIDE: VR Hololens Version 13.37 (First Decade Edition) What is a LAN? A group of people bring their computer to a venue, network it and play games. Some games have structured and organised times for a tournament and event sponsors can offer prizes. Usually they happen over a weekend with food and sleeping in-between. That is the easy description, the harsh reality of course is that all the things that you take for granted at home can be sadly lacking at a venue as you have to bring it all with you. This guide has been painstakingly crafted and modified over several years to take into account real world experiences, pitfalls and pleasures. To quote Pitch Black, “It’s amazing how you can do without the essentials in life as long as you have the little luxuries”. SLEEPING Some of you will try to stay awake from whatever time you wake up in the morning, possibly have a full day at work then go to the venue, possibly after a long drive, then attempt to game solidly till Sunday evening. You will fail, despite mainlining energy drinks and sugary snacks. You will need a few things to make the weekend bearable, but with a bit of planning can actually be very comfortable. An airbed with a battery pump, foot pump or mains pump. An inflatable Lilo is suitable alternative. Sleeping bag / quilt cover, especially if you sleep nude, or we will draw on you with markers. Or shave you. Also comfortable are sleeping bag suits, like a sleeping bag with arms and legs, it is very possible to fall fast asleep at your PC with these however so you may want to stick with sleeping on the floor to avoid wearing a spacebar shaped groove into your forehead. Most venues have a separate area for sleeping, but die-hards may insist on setting up camp near their desks, just be mindful of your surroundings in terms of equipment and people. Some venues do not allow sleeping next to desks, so try to find somewhere comfortable. LIVING ESSENTIALS Pillow - not just for sleep, those venue chairs can make you ass go numb unless... Chair - not everyone has one, not everyone can bring one, but if you do and you can - bring your own big-ass comfy chair. Washbag - with razor, soap, facecloth & towel. There may be a towel onsite, which has probably been rubbed in 500 other people’s ass-crack first. Do you seriously want to dry yourself on that? Deodorant. Deodorant - just in case you didn’t see it the first time. More than one set of clothes. More than one set of socks & underwear. You know you stink!!! TOILET ROLL!!! GENERIC TOILET ROLL IS RUBBISH AND YOU KNOW IT!!! Also, in a big venue if they do have a proper cleaning crew and good paper, 600 guys can get through the stuff on the roll very quickly. Nobody wants to be the guy in the cubicle saying "erm, excuse me, can you help?" to guy in the next cubicle who is playing Candy Crush whilst also having a dump. Cup or glass, you will drink at the LAN and from the can or bottle is fine unless you want a cup of tea or a dram of Jack with that coke, plus drinking straight from the bottle makes you look like a hillbilly. Some venues have a bar. I’m not suggesting you retain the glass to use. But I’m not, not suggesting it either. Knife, fork, spoon, little spoon - well duh, there may be cutlery in the kitchen at the LAN, but would you trust where it’s been? Bits of dried Pot Noodle on a fork from 3 LANs ago are nasty. Venues with professional catering, don’t bother. Coffee, tea, milk, sugar - I personally find that grabbing handfuls of sugar and milk at McDonalds and a few teabags from home does the trick. Mobile phone, not to be forgotten, good for ringing the Admins to ask how to get back to the LAN when you wander off in the middle of the night to buy cigarettes/milk/food/hookers and get lost. Mobile phone charger, almost every phone uses micro-USB, Lightning or USB Type-C, but really old Nokia dumb-phone chargers will not be in the possession of other attendees, guaranteed. Slippers, OK don’t laugh, 3 days with the same shoes or trainers on can be very uncomfortable and stinky, also barefoot or socks only is nasty when walking to the loo and other attendees have peed on the floor. Comfy clothes - I have had LANs spent sitting in the most uncomfy jeans EVAR!!! Bring some trackies, you won’t regret it. Some people may bring Onesies, you get extra brownie points for having a Pikachu, Godzilla or Batman onesie; you may look daft but they are very comfy. Big comfy top or fleece – Most venues have sufficient heating, plus lots of PCs and bodies generate heat and it can be very toasty warm, but if you are playing an all-night Unreal-athon till 5am the temperature can drop and staying toasty warm is important. Going outside (Outside? What’s that?) for fresh air/cigarettes/flying a kite it will be BLOODY COLD, especially LANs in Autumn or Winter. Wallet and cash - If you pay on the door then essential, but don't forget nearby shops to acquire essentials like a crate of lager, or to pay for Dominoes deliveries, or for the aforementioned cigarettes/milk/food/hookers. Site with catering or a bar may take plastic, but good old cash never goes out of fashion. TECH STUFF Flash drives and/or external USB hard drive, sometimes it's just faster and more convenient to transfer the 7 seasons of Game Of Thrones to the guy next to you that way than burn the bandwidth on the network. Plus, any decent LAN network admin will see you burning the bandwidth and may feel your collar about it. Blank CDs / DVDs, for the luddites that still use physical media, also don’t forget the CD marker pen. Paper and pen. Yes, ordinary paper, for use with ordinary pen. If you use battery powered devices, like a wireless mouse, bring spare batteries. If you use rechargeable ones don’t forget the battery charger. Headphones or headset. Essential for TeamSpeak/Discord, etc, but also good for drowning out the din of battle if you want a quick desk-snooze. Earplugs are available at some venues also, but seriously, who doesn’t have headphones? USB hub, if you need a powered one don't forget its power supply. Screwdriver – Preferably with multiheads, for dismantling your machine whilst 'effing & blinding how much you hate it when whatever widget that sometimes pings off leaving you paralysed - pings off leaving you paralysed. Or for picking wax out of your ears, like all good Phillips screwdrivers. Spare watercooler fluid - If it leaks in transit or you now have minimum levels then a top up is always welcome. Some other attendees may have a watercooler and may have fluid, but they are not all the same and mixing them may be like mixing drinks on a night out. Be warned, bring your own. FRAPS – Record your moments of glory, or abject failure, for posterity. YOUR RIG PC or laptop, hell, even a Mac, but don't blame us if your Mac can't play LAN multiplayer games with PC's unless it is a Steam game, even then you are pushing your luck. Thanks to Gabe Newell you may also be able to run some Steam games on Linux. If you do run Linux, don’t forget the elbow patches on your tweed jacket, to smoke a pipe and your vegan diet. SteamOS may make an appearance at the LAN at some point, but bear in mind only a small percentage of your games will work, you have been warned. Also, some games played are standalone or use an alternate vendor like GOG, Epic, Ubisoft, etc and not run via Steam at all, so SteamOS would be pointless. Monitor, with the VGA, DVI or HDMI cable, don't forget it as no one will have a spare cable. Keyboard & mouse. If keyboard and mouse are wireless, don’t forget the receiver, (DUH, well it has happened before). Bring spare batteries too. Mousemat. Additional HDD space, either internally or externally, leeching is a fact of life. No matter how much stuff you think you have there will always be at least 20Tb of stuff you don't have and really, really, really want. Multiplug surge strip, with enough spots for each of your plugs, borrowing from the guy sat next to you is just rude. Power cables, one for each item that requires power, remember any different types like figure 8 and cloverleaf. Bring at least one spare. Ethernet cable, at least 5m. The venue may have quality cables. I have had issues where the cable to my machine did not reach as I use a left-handed case. Plus if it is coloured it will be easier to identify where yours is. Also, as the network will likely have a Gigabit switch and lots of file sharing then a CAT6 cable is ESSENTIAL. Big organised quality venues do not have this problem and if there is a problem their admins will sort it for you. But a dozen guys in a scout hut probably not. Recovery media or Windows disks, someone always does a fresh install onsite, they don’t know it yet, but it will happen. Games, either on original disk or those handy backups. The Steam library folder is good, but not all your games are on Steam. Don’t forget install codes for all your games. Some venues have internet, this is great for using Steam in its intended fashion, but for venues that don’t have internet you should update Steam client AND ALL THE GAMES, set to offline mode, cut off point 9pm the night before (usually). Ensure you have activated and run each game at least once whilst online or it won’t work offline. STUFF TO LEAVE AT HOME Speakers, 30 people all at once with music blaring or machine guns or engines roaring, no No NO!!! Alarm clocks, you may have set your alarm 30 mins after the guy next to you who has just had a marathon 18 hour Rocket League session went to bed, they deserve a nap. This also applies to alarms set on your phones. Electric Heater, sounds stupid I know but imagine what happens if you plug in a 1KW electric heater into a surge strip with a couple of people PCs attached, yep, it flips the breakers and it all goes dark for a bit, if you are cold there are heaters on site or like your Mum said when you were a kid “put a jumper on”. And yes, some Einstein has already done it. You know who you are. UPS - Do not bring a UPS for the same reason as an electric fire, any good LAN organiser will go Ape if you blow out the power and if you are still playing on your PC it will be a dead giveaway who you are. HEALTH & SAFETY (Booooooooorriiiiinnngggg!!!! but please, read it) The urge to run and leap around should be resisted at all costs, a few LANs ago someone (who shall remain nameless) mis-timed a jump at speed, tripped and went chest first into the corner of a large wooden box. The box did not yield and could easily have resulted in broken ribs, collapsed lung, death, etc. Please just take care when moving around the venue as there are a lot of wires, sleeping bags and other trip hazards. Even if you don't injure yourself, if you trip and pull my PC on the floor I will kill you myself. Usually the event organisers will try to have a half table per person, with a limit on attendees to ensure everyone has space. Tables are quite large and should be able to accommodate 2 people and all their gear. Some PC cases are very large though and it may require you to place them on the floor. Even if you do have space and place the PC on the desk, you do so at your own risk. THE BASICS Not everyone can bring the kitchen sink, so despite all the stuff listed above, bear in mind that I personally have attended LANs before now with only 5 items - laptop, PSU, mouse, headphones and a sleeping bag. All in a single backpack. SETTING UP On arrival at the LAN it can be quite chaotic, there are lots of things to do and the urge to simply plug in the PC and play is very high but practicalities are very real and not something that will be fun to do if you leave them to the early hours of the morning. In my humble opinion the timeline on arrival should consist of the following:- Arrival, you will either drive yourself in a car, or be driven to the event, or have small enough list of equipment to arrive using public transport, but assuming car you should enter the venue without any gear and once you have your numbered seating spot you can begin to unload. Take all your gear to your numbered seating spot, but don’t setup yet. PC or Sleep setup, either way round is fine with plugging in your rig or your sleeping arrangements but if you do your rig first resist the urge to just plonk down and play. Please setup your airbed or whatever during sociable hours, if you have a foot pump or motorised air compressor to inflate it then doing so whilst other attendees may have already gone to sleep is very unsociable. At some point after setup, if your venue does a big pizza delivery, get the order in quick. If everyone gets in on the action then seeing a delivery of more than 600 pizzas is a sight to behold, one of nature’s true wonders. FINAL WORD Just remember to have fun and enjoy the LAN, see you there!
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