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  1. 8 points
    So we announced this earlier to our Facebook Community Group (you should join that for early previews and stuff).  We've just received news that the long-awaited improvements to the internet connection at the venue have been installed and activated!  The venue now has a 1Gbps line and we will be using part of the new connection for epic24.  Now as we haven't run one of our events on the new line yet, it may take some time to reconfigure everything to make the most of the connection. As we've only just been given the green light, all the old connections will remain in place for this event as a back-up.  There will still be bandwidth management and prioritisation taking place as it can't be a complete free-for-all. The new connection has to last us for quite some time as we grow and the venue grows with its plans, so it's important to make sure that the connectivity is shared out fairly and used for important things like gaming traffic, games updates, official streams and for viewing external streams (particularly when other events such as ECS are taking place). Similarly, the venue infrastructure also has to go out over the same connection, so we have to guarantee things like the gym, office PCs and other customers who may be using the site.  So bear with us while we get everything balanced out next event, but it's a major improvement to epic.LAN that has been a long time coming and will benefit everyone who attends and watches the event online.
  2. 6 points
    Community esports at epic25 has received a prize boost thanks to Sunny Broadband who have signed up as headline sponsors for the CS:GO tournament which takes place 11-14 October at Kettering Conference Centre, UK. The support will see the minimum prize locked in at £1500 going up to £4000 up for grabs if all team slots are filled. Sunny Broadband has been set up with its community and customer service at the heart of everything they do, created out of frustration with mainstream providers to give people a friendly and efficient alternative. Luke Derbyshire, Sunny Broadband’s Managing Director, explained, “I have always been a gamer and I love grassroots gaming events such as epic.LAN, so as we launch our new services here at Sunny Broadband, I am keen to support epic.LAN and the CS:GO community that I’ve been a part of for so long. I fully understand the importance of a quality connection when gaming online, so we hope to introduce some new gamers to our platform and show them a different and hassle-free approach from a UK ISP.” Jon Winkle, Managing Director at epic.LAN, adds, “We’re already having a great year of UK esports, and the CSGO community benefits hugely from that with the major in London later this year, the Grosvenor CSGO tour currently taking place and many other opportunities in the calendar. So it seems fitting that we round out the year by partnering with Sunny Broadband to make sure that everyone at a community level gets their opportunity to be a part of one of the busiest years of esports in the UK for a long time.” epic25 will also see community esports tournaments for Dota2, Starcraft 2 and Rocket League as well as a wide range of casual gaming activities. Tickets are available at www.epiclan.co.uk
  3. 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
  4. 4 points
    How does everyone feel about a GamingWithoutDiscs cosplay?
  5. 4 points
    We know this is really important to some of you attending epic24, so here are the real ale choices for the next event, as always from the local Kettering-based Potbelly Brewery.  Penalty Snout Out (4.0%) - New brew with Centennial, Simcoe and a good dose of Citra giving a hoppy flavoursome pale IPA Beijing Black (4.4%) - A strong dark mild, mild but not meek! Hedonism (4.5%) - A light coloured bitter with a citrus hoppy flavour, brewed to give a lifting but not overpowering flavour. S.O.S (6.66%) - Winner of Strong Ale Northants CAMRA 2016. Superb fruity flavoured deep red.  Oh and of course the Rhubarb cider is back, it wouldn't be a summer LAN without it! 
  6. 4 points
    It may not have been as bad as originally predicted
  7. 3 points
    Lakeside 25/01/19 - DRAFT #3
  8. 3 points
    OK, we'll sort this the usual way then.
  9. 3 points
    Here's the menu for epic25 available from the on-site catering. Breakfast Served from 8.00am - 11.30am Big Breakfast - £6 (or £16 if you pre-book all 3 days before the event) - 2 bacon, 2 sausage, 1 egg, 2 hash browns, beans, mushroom, 2 slices of toast & cup of tea or coffee Small Breakfast - £5.00 - 1 bacon, 1 sausage, 1 egg, 1 hash brown, beans & a cup of tea or coffee Vegetarian breakfast available (as above with vegetarian sausage & extra egg) Bacon roll - £3.00 Sausage roll - £3.00 Hash Brown & Egg roll - £2.50 Large Breakfast Roll - £4.00 (all of the above) Sweet Belgian Waffle with/without Bacon & Maple syrup - £3.00/£2.50 Beans on Toast - £1.75 2 Slices of Toast with Butter & Marmalade - £1.00 Tea/coffee - £1.00 Lunch Menu Served from 12noon - 4pm Bacon & Cheese Panini - £3.50 Tuna Melt Panini - £3.50 Cheese & Sweet Chilli - £3.00 Burgers, Wings & Sides Served 12noon - 9pm Beef Burger - £3.20 Pulled Pork Burger - £3.70 Bacon & Cheese Burger - £4.00 Spicy Refried Bean Burger (V) - £3.20 Southern Fried Chicken Burger with Tomato Salsa & Cheese - £4.50 Epic Burger (Double burger, double bacon & double cheese) - £5.50 Chicken Wings (x7) with very hot sauce - £5.00 Onion Rings (x7) - £1.50 Chips - £1.50 Side Salad - £1.00 Evening Meals Served 4.30pm - 9pm You can also pre-purchase an evening meal voucher before th eevent covering all 3 evenings for £13.50 (main meal option or up to £5 from burgers and sides) Thursday Evening - Italian Night Spaghetti Bolognese - £5.00 Chicken & Tarragon Pasta Bake - £5.00 Tomato & Mascarpone Gnocchi - £4.50 Friday Evening - Chippy Friday Battered Cod - £5.50 Battered Sausage - £5.50 Battered Halloumi - £5.00 All served with chips and either mushy peas, garden peas or curry sauce Saturday Evening - epic.LAN 25th Celebration Party Night Chilli Chicken Wrap - £5.50 Minted Lamb Pitta - £5.50 Charred Cauliflower Pomegranate Pitta - £5.00 All served with salad, tomato, red onion & cucumber Bar Snacks Served from 9pm - 2am from the Fair Isle Bar Chilli & Nachos (with jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole & melted cheese) - £4.50 Nachos (with jalapenos, sour cream, guacamole & melted cheese) - £3.50 Southern Fried Chicken & Fries - £3.50 Chicken Wings (x7) with very hot sauce - £5.00 Onion Rings (x7) - £1.50 Chips - £1.50 Special Dietary Requirements We had a few people asking last event about vegan options and other dietary requirements. The team at KCC is always happy to accommodate such requests, but it would be near impossible to print every possible option for every requirement, but don't assume that just because something isn't on the menu that there isn't anything for you. If you do have any particular dietary requirements, simply ask to speak to the chef at the catering area (usually Giles) and they will happily discuss your needs and try to work something out for you. It may take a little longer to prepare, but do just ask! Feedback If you have any feedback on the catering, please do talk to the team during the event (either us or the KCC team) so we can make changes there and then, the feedback survey is great to gather thoughts after, but it's much easier to put things right during the event!
  10. 3 points
    Catering feedback? Ho ho hoooo! Fiction CAN be fun! But i find the reference section, much more enlightening. I've complained about the catering by KCC for so long i assumed people just stopped listening. The slop turfed out has been so inedible for so long that we, as a community, club together to cook our own food. Un/fortunately i was so gopping for something to eat before our takeaway on Saturday evening (the PUBG tourney pushed back when we usually ordered but nae bother about that) that i cracked and tried it again by ordering a panini. The bad news is that it was predictably terrible. How a kitchen that isn't busy can over-cook two bits of bacon but under-cook the cheese and bread in the same panino (i refuse to use the incorrect, though commonly (wrongly) accepted, plurality from now) is a feat of physical impossibility that should not be overshadowed. The good news is that it has given me a leg to stand on to be able to jump up on my over used soap-box and chime in on how poor the catering truly is. KCC is irredeemable as a catering establishment. I considered taking the remainder of my panino home to feed to my dogs but i don't think i could bear cleaning up the resultant (and inevitably more appetising) uber turd, nor did i want to risk the lawsuit from the RSPCA, ironically as half-baked as the offending food item. With little more than two small camping stove's and a head torch, one (sometimes two) people have been able to cook the following, amongst others, in everything from -5°C to force gale winds for easily in excess of 10 people at a time; Fajitas & Chilli/Cheesey Nachos Rabbit Stew & Dumplings Partridge Stew & Dumplings Tikka Masalla Chicken Biryani Kaesespaetzle All; Fully hand made With fresh ingredients In the KCC camp site On the day of LAN For a fraction of the indoor catering cost. How the KCC staff can use a fully equipped catering kitchen to such woeful result is mind boggling. Safe to say, KCC catering is terrible and those who disagree were probably dropped at birth. For those with the lack of self respect and still consider this an adequate eating establishment please let me know and i will bring some cattle feedbags to Epic 26 that will probably suit you better. Shut this place down. Fin.
  11. 3 points
    Me+Gumpster+JoeShow+Doopz playing musical chairs. How much insurance do Epic and KCC have?
  12. 3 points
    I'll add this to my list of ways in which I can still feel youthful
  13. 3 points
    Peace out flower child! Or is it rock out with your... erm, or perhaps just sit back, and relax with the chill beats. It's Summer Music Festival time at epicLAN, and we're going to be letting it all hang loose on Saturday night from 8pm with a variety of festival music - from Woodstock era to Download, Isle of Wight to Ibiza, and we're going to be asking you to join in with some music festival themed games (although we're not doing the Glastonbury mud-wrestling thing, not even if you ask nicely, okay?) There'll be a Battle of Bands Rockband competition in the Gallery, as well as a dance-off with Just Dance - there'll also be a few other festival style party distractions (including the return of beer pong tournament), and as ever the bar staff are going to come up with some stunning summer-themed cocktails that will be available from the bar. We're also planning some suitabley summer themed food for the evening. You're encouraged to come in suitable attire - so whether it's your grandmother's tye dye shirt, your uncle's crusty old sandals, or far too much leather than should be worn in the height of summer we'd like to see you get your groove on, and join us. If any of you are aspiring face painters, we'd love to see what designs you can come up with to bring on the summery feelings - although you'll have competition in the form of our own Squirrel... Oh, and we're not holding it in a field, right? It's in the gallery. See you on Saturday night!
  14. 3 points
    So we're doing something a little bit different at epic24. We'll still have the schedueld big games, but we've not put as many on, plus we'll be inviting you to take part in score-and-survive challenges (both at your PC and in the console area) to see who can proclaim themselves LANchamps. Or a title that isn't quite as twee as that, at any rate. The timetable will be added on nearer the event's start, but for now, this is what you can look forward to: PUBG (We have access to a custom server with a variety of modes; squads, solos, zombies...) Minecraft Hunger Games (Java Edition) Blur Golf with Your Friends \ Golf It! TF2 ETS2 Early Morning Trucking Hour (using Truckers MP) Overwatch Quiplash \ Jackbox Games (in the Gallery, midnight following pub quiz) Darwin Project Remember - these aren't the only games you can play at LAN, and are by no means the only ones we're running; these are designed to get as many people as possible playing together; you can advertise for players for other games on community timetable, or ask the events team in Lakeside to gather people for other games. Be ready for reech to wander round and ask what you're playing, and why everyone else should be playing it too... In addition, we'll be hosting the following fun tournaments - information will be added at least 2 weeks before the event so you can sign up on the tournament site, to guarantee your place. (As always - if you're in a prize tournament and haven't been knocked out, you should not sign up to a fun tournament. Check with reech or Freddie W at the event if you have any queries.) Hearthstone PUBG Squad Mario Kart (Switch) Factorio Scenario Streetfighter 30th Anniversary (SFIII: 3rd Strike) Arms Keep checking back on this page and on the facebook\twitter feeds as we'll release more information as signups become available.
  15. 3 points
    As always, the KCC team have come up with some food and drink based items to go along with our themed evening. For your epic24 cocktails on Saturday night we have the glorious sounding: Muddy water Vodka Baileys Kahlua Lagerita Tequila Lime Juice Orange Liqueur Lager Pharmaceutical Stimulant Vodka Espresso Sugar syrup Kahlua The Portaloo Vodka Orange Juice Galliano I'm sure drinking the contents of a portaloo will bring back many wonderful festival memories for some of you...
  16. 3 points
    Can we have an epic.WallOfDeath please?
  17. 3 points
    Agreed - I thought the venue were really on point with the cleaning and bin emptying this time around, our cleaning checks were pretty uneventful!
  18. 3 points
    "The Vegans" have been catered for well. Staff checked what breakfast items were suitable and we had a nice breakfast of mushrooms, beans, toast and sausages made just for us. The chef was nice enough to cook us a nice dinner of stuffed peppers with couscous, which was great. Very much appreciated!
  19. 2 points
    As we celebrate five years of support from ASTRO Gaming here at epic.LAN, we’re excited to announce that both ASTRO and Logitech G will be back to support epic27 in force this June for both casual and esports participants. Firstly, the Rocket League tournament prize pool has been boosted thanks to LogitechG with participants now able to win up to £2500 plus Logitech G prizes for 1st & 2nd Place. Then the casual gamers will have the chance to win amazing ASTRO and Logitech G gear in a range of fun tournaments. And to top it off they will also be supporting the epic27 pub quiz, which means that all entry fees in to the pub quiz will be donated to our friends at Special Effect who are doing amazing work by bringing fun and inclusion in to the lives of people with physical disabilities through gaming and technology. LAN fans will also get the opportunity to win tickets to epic27 over the coming weeks, keep an eye on @ASTROGamingUK and @LogitechGUK for your chance to win. Jon Winkle, epic.LAN Managing Director, said “A massive thank you to both Logitech G & ASTRO Gaming for coming back to support epic27. Both brands joined us for our arena event earlier in the year and having worked together for 5 years now, they really understand what epic.LAN is about, particularly the great balance we have been community and competitive gaming as shown by the range of activities supported at epic27 this June.” "We're very excited to be supporting epic27 this June with both Logitech G and ASTRO Gaming. epic.LAN continues to create fun, engaging and competitive experiences for its community. Logitech G will be supporting the Rocket League tournament with ASTRO providing product support for the stage and fun tournaments. We can't wait to see the action take place in June." added Anne-Marie McGarry, Logitech UK There are still tickets left for epic27, but they’re going fast, so check out www.epiclan.co.uk/epic27 to grab your space now.
  20. 2 points
    Ladies and Gentlemen. The time has come. The Earth sunders beneath your feet. The peal of lightning steaks the sky. The ashen ruins of all your life lie before you as the tautologous vapours that have been your existence to date pale to insignificance. Yes. LANMaster. Is back. Today we open the door to the Epic LAN community to enter the greatest achievement of your lives. LANMaster Season 2. The next episode of LANMaster will air live on the main stage during Epic LAN 28. To be eligible to enter you maintain the following minimum credentials; 1. You MUST be in attendance for Epic LAN 28 ( - Attendance is strictly provided by yourself. 2. You MUST be willing to share your full current address and phone number with the LANMaster team. 3. You MUST have the ability to video yourself for ALL tasks either through a modern Smart Phone or Video Camera. 4. You MUST be available to film 6no tasks over the coming 4 months. 5. You MUST be moderately entertaining. 6. You MUST be prepared for you and your entries to be forensically scrutinised in front of a crowd on stage. 7. You MUST be prepared to wager at least one tangible possession. Everything else is a bonus. As you know, points are awarded for guile, creativity and resourcefulness. This single chance to rise above the merits of your sires is upon you. Do not pass up this opportunity. Successful candidates will be selected on the basis of compatibility and how much I dislike you (Note, this applies to you all). To enter, send myself a PM through Facebook or the Epic LAN community forums stating WHY you should be picked for the next battle of the ages. Entries close two weeks today. Be ready. Good Luck out there Buddy. You're gonna need it. The LANMaster.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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!
  24. 2 points
    Gloucester-based hosting provider Fasthosts have joined forces with epic.LAN to sponsor the epic26 CS:GO tournament this February which will see the prize pool boosted as well as a 12-month match server for the winning team which will be managed by epic.LAN’s game server control platform. epic.LAN hosts the majority of its online infrastructure with the UK-based hosting company and has a long history of working together going back to 2012 when the companies worked together to deliver two huge online CSS and COD4 tournaments each with 128 teams taking part. During epic26, epic.LAN will be showcasing the new Fasthosts Bare Metal Server range with online aspects of the event including external CS:GO TV relays and Twitch stream relays to show off their capabilities.   The Fasthosts team will also be sending along LAN survival packs for epic26 attendees to power the players as well as the infrastructure. Jon Winkle, epic.LAN Managing Director said, “As a long-term Fasthosts customer, it’s great to be working alongside the team to improve our online service quality but also to give something back to the CS:GO community who have supported epic.LAN in force over the past few years. Outside of our LAN events, we’re currently working with several clients to deliver online projects utilising Fasthosts Bare Metal Servers and we’ve been seeing some amazing performance results which we will be sharing soon.” Catherine Grayson, PR Manager at Fasthosts adds, "Fasthosts is very excited about supporting epic.LAN this year. Not only is this an exciting event to be part of, but working with the epic.LAN team is a great opportunity for technical event organisers and gamers to find out how we can support them, from dedicated to bare metal servers. I’m really looking forward to attending next month and reporting back on the success of the event." epic26 takes place from 7-10 February at Kettering Conference Centre, tickets are available at www.epiclan.co.uk. Find out more about the technology being used for the online services at www.fasthosts.co.uk/cloud-servers/bare-metal-servers.
  25. 2 points
    First thing that came to my mind too...
  26. 2 points
    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!
  27. 2 points
    As some of you have spotted, we're now offering PC rental as an additional service to our main epic.LAN events, especially useful for those of you with long journeys on public transport, so all you have to worry about is bringing your keyboard, mouse and headset.  The PC specs provided are: CPU: Intel i7 8700k Motherboard: ASUS ROG Z370-F STRIX RAM: 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 3000MHz GPU: ASUS ROG Strix Advanced GTX1080 SSD: WD Black 250GB Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG248Q 180Hz G-Sync   We've been using these for a number of external events now and they've been getting some great feedback! Here's how the hire works, with some terms & conditions: The PCs will be set up at your desk on arrival and are available for you to use for the event duration, they will be collected at the close of the event, or when you leave (whichever is earliest).  The use of the PCs is the same as any of the other event terms and conditions, and must only be used for normal LAN activities, if they are misused in any way, it will be treated as any other breach of the event terms.  The PCs will be provided "clean" on arrival with basic Steam, Discord etc. installed and should be returned with all software uninstalled and your personal accounts logged out.  You are required to use your own peripherals on the machines (keyboard, mouse, headset, mouse surface), the relevant drivers may be installed.  You can use USB devices on the machines to transfer configs, game files etc to speed up the installation process.  You are responsible for the PCs while they are hired out to you, if they are damaged while in your care we will not be able to offer a replacement and you may be liable for any damage. In particular, please ensure that you are careful with liquids near to the PCs to avoid any spillages.  Should the PCs have any faults, please report to a member of the help desk as normal.  The PC rental is £95 (inc VAT) in addition to your chosen event ticket which we feel is great value for the PC spec and very competitive compared to other events for a similar spec machine. 
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  29. 2 points
    I'm *probably* in Portland upstairs, but will be darting around with a fairly dazed expression by the evening on Thursday.
  30. 2 points
    Hi, Have you joined the waiting list? If not instructions are here:
  31. 2 points
    We're all sold out for our final event of 2018 - it's going to be a BIG one!  Sorry if you missed out, but the capacity is final - we don't have any hidden seats that we spring on people; when they're gone, they're gone! Now that's happened, a waiting list will be set up for any tickets and cancellations. Read on for more details about how to join the waiting list... Joining the Waiting List We will work through the waiting list by the following priorities: People wishing to join existing teams/groups who have part paid and need to finish their lineups Individual teams/participants who do not already have groups attending Waiting list tickets only become available if people cancel their spaces.  If you wish to join the waiting list, make sure you already have an epic.LAN account and then create a support ticket explaining whether you are on your own or part of a team or group, if you are part of a team, let us know which one! Make sure your team has signed up to the tournament website if you are taking part in the esports tournaments as it helps us to prioritise the waiting list accordingly.  Check your emails regularly once you are on the waiting list. If a slot becomes available you will be emailed with instructions and a time by which you need to claim the space (usually 24h), if you don't respond on time, the place will be offered to the next person on the list. If you don't respond to multiple offers, you will drop off the waiting list.   Cancelling Your Ticket Normal cancellation policy applies, as we are beyond the cutoff date for refunds, we can only refund your ticket if we are able to resell your ticket to a member of the waiting list.  Cancellations will be refunded, minus the £10 admin fee, back to the original account used for payment.  Transfers Tickets are non-transferrable unless you have either bought multiple tickets (in which case the first ticket is yours and the additional tickets need to be allocated to your other players). Alternatively you can buy or upgrade to a flex ticket which can be transferred. If you did not buy a flex ticket originally, you can upgrade by going to your booking and adding the Flex Ticket Upgrade service to your account. Once you've done so, create a support ticket letting us know who you wish to transfer the ticket to.  Seating We will try as much as possible to help groups sit together, but with a full event, it is very difficult to move people around as every move has a knock-on effect on other groups. We will try where possible to rearrange people to get groups sat together, but we cannot guarantee that those who have booked last will get to sit together. In the mean time, we would advise you to pick seats as close as possible together. We are planning to "defrag" the seating shortly, please look out for updates. 
  32. 2 points
    Lakeside (@MRated) 4th Draft (Updated 18/09): @MoleInHole, @vinnythenoob, @GrandmasterSmash, @Neon_Rabbit, @Dav_Ral, @Cools, @Nifty - Lots of vouchers, Please assign these ASAP Thanks,
  33. 2 points
    Games developer, Coatsink will be sponsoring the pub quiz once again for epic25, which will see a guaranteed £100 minimum prize.  Always one of the most popular activities at epic.LAN, the pub quiz brings casual and competitive gamers together for a few hours to challenge the minds, with a few beers thrown in of course. Thanks to Coatsink's support, the quiz prize pool will be locked in, meaning that 100% of your entry fees will be donated to gaming charity, Special Effect.  To take part in the quiz, you'll need to be at epic25, which takes place 11-14 October in Kettering. Tickets are still available from epiclan.co.uk/epic25 and are expected to sell out soon!  For more details about Coatsink, check out their channels at: Website:  https://coatsink.com/games Twitter: https://twitter.com/coatsink Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Coatsink Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coatsink
  34. 2 points
    It's time to step up again as we announce our dates for 2019. After many sell-out events over recent years, we've finally agreed to move into the arena space at Kettering Conference Centre which will start to give us significantly more capacity, especially when combined with the new internet connection we had from the last event.  So get your diaries, in 2019 we'll be bringing you epic.LAN events on the following dates: epic26 - 7-10 February - 650 Spaces epic27 - 13-16 June - 450 Spaces epic28 - 10-13 October - 650 Spaces For February and October, the entire event will take place on the ground floor of the centre, using the Lakeside and Arena spaces for participants.  We're working on the detailed plans for the arena layout and will share these soon, but it will include areas for specific games so casual and competitive communities can sit together as well as all of the activities that currently take place in the Gallery area, with a bigger stage space. It will also be home to the bar and catering areas as well as the epic.SHOP so you don't have to travel far for your food and drink. The majority of our staff teams will also be sitting together in the arena so you won't have to go far to get any help and it will be better for our own communication too.  Our June event is currently the smallest of the year and the venue didn't have any other availability for 2019, so we've retained this as a smaller event using the existing event spaces.  Growing the event by over 1/3 is going to be a challenge for us, but we've done it before and we're determined to make sure that it stays the same epic.LAN you all love, just bigger and better! 
  35. 2 points
    its a group booking, but there is a planned defrag, so if you all get a seat in there, and have the same clan tag, hopefully the defrag gets you closer together
  36. 2 points
    Yeah you'll be fine, the car park is huge and surrounds 3 sides of the building, so even if you're on the furthest space from the door, it's not that far. The only time it struggles is if there is something on in the sports hall, theatre, busy gym and our event taking place all at the same time, and even then there's loads of overflow parking and I don't think anyone has ever not been able to find a space somewhere on there.
  37. 2 points
    We've been asked through the feedback forms to make a comment on security, which I'm quite happy to address. In general, from my point of view as the person whose shoulders the security of the event ultimately rests on, I was happier with the security provision for this event than any other one in the past. Of course, there are always some improvements that can be made and we've already passed these on to the venue who subcontract the security in on our behalf. Similarly, I've also passed on my compliments to the external security team who were part of this event as I felt that they were more vigilant and also had the right balance of talking to people while taking action as needed. People may be surprised that there were a number of occasions when security did have to take action over the course of the weekend as they all get reported back to me and we are on radio comms with them, but the fact that it was dealt with so quickly and without disruption is exactly why I was happy with how things went. In terms of camping specifically, as some people wouldn't have been around when we first had to introduce the summer camping charge. A number of years ago there was an incident in the campsite involving people from off-site who caused quite a bit of damage and disruption. When we sat down with the venue to debrief after that, one of the conditions was that when a certain number of campers is reached an additional security member is required as part of the overall event numbers. The alternative was that camping would have to cease. Because that increase is directly tied to the existence of the campsite, we felt it was only fair to attach that cost to those camping, rather than pass that cost on to people who are not staying at the venue. What is charged is only a small contribution towards that security person as well, it costs us around £900 to add 1 more person into the security rotation over the course of the weekend, we collected around half of that through the camping charge and subsidise the rest ourselves. I don't particularly want to post the exact details on a public forum of when and where security are tasked to be throughout the event, as that potentially gives people information to cause trouble with. But between myself and Mark we regularly check up on security ourselves to make sure we are happy with what they are doing and if not, raise it with their team leaders or the venue. For example, we regularly went outside into the vicinity of the camping area and timed to see how long before security were nearby as part of their patrols. If we want to put one person solely dedicated on the campsite gate 24h a day throughout the event, based on the number of people camping, the charge wouldn't have been £20, it would have been £90 per tent just to cover the actual costs, not making any additional profit out of that. If that's what everyone wants us to do in future, then we will, but I suspect it's not! To be really clear, it's not us trying to make a quick few quid out of campers. If that was the case, I'd charge people all year round for the camping and not put the security on for the quieter events, but that's not how we operate. It's always a fine balance between keeping the events affordable and safe for everyone attending. Hope that clarifies for people who are asking.
  38. 2 points
    Here's the almost obligatory tabletop RPG thread. Given that Epic.24 is a week after UK Games Expo I'll have a ton of games I can run. Fantasy, Weird West, World War 2 Commandos and I've also got the itch to run some post apocalyptic sci fi. There will be other folk running games as well I'm sure. All welcome including folk completely new to D&D and tabletop roleplaying, we're usually playing in the board game area.
  39. 2 points
    No one ever verifies my age. Except Saga. Who are now sending me junk mail about over 50's holidays.
  40. 2 points
    You've probably all noticed, the last few days have been pretty toasty, and it's set to continue for the rest of the week. Combine that with 400 bodies and PCs and that means it is going to get warm inside the venue! There is air conditioning, it will be switched on, but ultimately it's pretty much impossible to keep the temperature down with that many things generating heat. Here's our advice for managing throughout the weekend: The air con/fans are controlled for the room as a whole, and we need to take the average room temperature in to account when we make our decisions. You may be sat under a fan so you may get cold, but the other end of the room may be overheating. Be sensible about what you're wearing! If you're sitting in jeans and a jumper all weekend, then you're going to get toasty, time to get the shorts out! Drink plenty of water! Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic and non-energy drinks to keep you hydrated. Showers...(not saying anything more!) Throw your rubbish away using the bins provided, clear away your meal plates to avoid attracting any unwanted attention from flies etc. Get some fresh air! Take breaks between games, head outside and enjoy the weather. Desk Fans - Normally you are only permitted to plug in your PC and related devices, but for this event, with the lower capacity, we will be allowing you to bring small desk fans. Note that items like mini fridges are still not permitted, and in fact will make the heat situation worse as they pump out heat into the room to keep the insides cool. Turn your machines off when not in use - It would help to bring down the residual temperature if you shut your machines down if they're not going to be in use for a long period of time, e.g. overnight when you go to bed or if you're going out for a while. Thanks everyone, see you later in the week.
  41. 2 points
    We've been working closely with KCC who have been listening to your feedback from the last event survey and we can now announce the epic24 menu. Breakfast Served 8am-12noon Big Breakfast - £6 (or £16 if you pre-book all 3 days) - 2 bacon, 2 sausage, 1 egg, 2 hash browns, beans, mushroom, 2 slices of toast & cup of tea or coffee Small Breakfast - £5.00 - 1 bacon, 1 sausage, 1 egg, 1 hash brown, beans & a cup of tea or coffee Vegetarian breakfast available (as above with vegetarian sausage & extra egg) Bacon roll - £2.80 Sausage roll - £2.80 Egg roll - £2.50 Large Breakfast Roll - £3.50 (all of the above) Sweet Belgian Waffle with/without Bacon & Maple syrup - £3.00 - £2.50 Beans on Toast - £1.50 2 Slices of Toast with Butter & Marmalade - £1.00 Tea/coffee - £1.00 Lunch Menu Served 12.30pm - 4.00pm Bacon & cheese panini - £3.50 Tuna melt panini - £3.50 Cheese & sweet chilli panini - £3.00 Burgers, Wings & Sides Served 12.30pm - 9pm Beef burgers - £3.20 Pulled Pork Burgers - £3.70 Bacon & Cheese Burger - £4.00 Spicy Refried bean burger (V) - £3.20 Epic Burger - £5.50 - Double burger, double bacon & double cheese, until Jamie Oliver bans it... Chicken Wings (x7) - £5.00 - With Very Hot Sauce - Onion Rings (x7) - £1.50 Fries - £1.50 Side Salad - £1.00 Evening Meals Served 4pm - 9pm You can also purchase an evening meal voucher covering all 3 evenings for £13.50 (main meal option or up to £5 from burgers and sides) Thursday Evening - Noodle Night Sweet & Sour Pork - £5.00 Salt & Chilli Chicken - £5.00 Quorn & mixed Vegetables - £4.00 Served with egg noodles, mixed vegetables & prawn crackers Friday Evening - Curry Night Beef Rogan Josh - £5.00 Chicken korma - £5.00 Quorn Tikka - £5.00 Served with rice & naan bread Saturday Evening - As part of epic.LAN's Festival Night Jerk Chicken Refried Bean Pitta bread, chilli sour cream & cheese - £3.50 Braised Brisket Burrito, Rice, Tomato Salsa, Guacamole -£3.50 Falafel, Braised Red Cabbage Slaw, mixed Bean Wrap -£3.00 Rice salad, Potato salad, pasta salad, coleslaw, mixed leaf salad - Choice of 2 - £1.50 Bar Snacks Available from 9pm-close at the bar Chilli & Rice, Sour Cream, Guacamole & Melted Cheese - £4.50 Chilli & Nachos, Jalapenos, Sour Cream, Guacamole & Melted Cheese - £4.50 Nachos, Jalapenos, Sour Cream, Guacamole & Melted Cheese - £3.50 Onion rings (x7) - £1.50 Fries - £1.50 Chicken wings (x7) - 5.00 6” Sausage Roll - £1.00 Special Dietary Requirements We had a few people asking last event about vegan options and other dietary requirements. The team at KCC is always happy to accommodate such requests, but it would be near impossible to print every possible option for every requirement, but don't assume that just because something isn't on the menu that there isn't anything for you. If you do have any particular dietary requirements, simply ask to speak to the chef at the catering area (usually Giles) and they will happily discuss your needs and try to work something out for you. It may take a little longer to prepare, but do just ask!
  42. 2 points
    I'm disappointed you did not turn it off and on again as Step 1
  43. 2 points
    I still love Flat Out, I could play the hell out of that game all day. 8 people in a figure 8 demolition derby, or crashing the driver into a rocket powered long jump.
  44. 2 points
    Hmmm, want some non-standard game modes to play? I have a bunch of game modes that I do with a few others over at the PUBG Subreddit Discord channel. Happy to share/do some with ya'll! (e.g. Normal game but circle isn't known. Mad Max Furygrounds, King Of The Hill...)
  45. 2 points
    not speaking on behalf of epic here one bit. but my god when did kids get so picky on what they sit on!, my first Lan i sat on the bloody floor, and later a bean bag that i stole from the exhib hall. anyway got that out the system, as far as i'm aware Epic don't provide any chair "upgrades" its the steel padded ones and that's your lot. though if epic wanted to provide decent gaming chairs that could be a decent earner for them, and i'd like to see this. as any additional service that folks pay for ultimately improves the event for the rest of us here, meaning it will keep the ticket price lower for longer for everyone. whilst epic sort that out, you've got a bunch of options: pillows, put a pillow on the back and one under your bum, bingo, like sitting on a cloud. rent a van, £120 for 5 days from enterprise more than enough space for all your crap as well. courier. epic let a courier deliver to the venue before and after the event. leave the bambinos at home, come and enjoy a jolly weekend of games. buy chairs from Argos/PC world and return them to store afterwards i'm sure theres more options
  46. 2 points
    The usual rules folks, free fire as well, don't hold back. The Good best epic event ever, no hiding that, might have been the best Lan i've ever been too. i can't remember many of them over the last 10 years, but yeh well organised well managed well maintained despite my early predictions about a pootroplis engulfing the KCC, the toilets were good to go all event, only one occasion where there was no paper but other toilets were available. got to mention the guys, the 404 community helped me celebrate my 10 years of lanning in style, bought me cake and a card, helped with the construction and deconstruction of the grand hall, and community tents, love everyone loads. the streetfighter film/game went down a storm, and was honestly a major highlight of the weekend the pub quiz had an excellent mix of questions and challenges, we won as a result the boat race was actually an enjoyable experience both during and afterwards late night lanwiches were good and didn't give food poisoning shout out to the day time security guard, who was very friendly and polite, more importantly he recognised most of the punters during the event meaning he didn't need to stop everyone all the time to check wristbands. epic staff becoming ever closer friends dishing out those drinking mugs to winbar, mrated and reech, and having a little speech right before the pub quiz will be a memory i take to the grave. sorry more of you didn't get mugs but they don't grow on tree's unfortunately, and i'd already robbed a bank to afford this event a decent selection of drinks at the bar tj's rocket fail. the cold keeping many of the gypsies out the campsite. the KCC staff seemed happy to be part of the event didn't experience the food much sadly, though it looked nice and the chips that i stole actually tasted good. The bad the bar running out of the the middle barrel pretty quickly, then followed by staroprahamen and a bunch of other stuff. the bar prices were still somewhat prohibitive for a good drinking session. finding out that they were selling carling bottles (500ml) at 2 for £4 after spending the entire afternoon drinking pints of carling for £4 some sods on the saturday night sitting down and playing a game of jackbox in the board game room, we were playing a game ourselves, and they stole all the wifi and killed our game, thought not their fault i guess. The Ugly My wallet at the end of event, shit i spent a lot. Lan came and went far to quickly a lot of angry people at this event. My Two Cents: honestly epic, best event ever in my opinion, and i'm sure other members 404 will agree. i'm sure they'r plenty of points I've missed that others will pick up. but yeah, it was pretty incredible, i hope to buying a ticket for next event very soon.
  47. 2 points
    Sounds like we've (I've?!) got try and arrange something!
  48. 2 points
    I'm after help and suggestions to be be put forward to the epic team and hopefully the kettering team to improve food and drink at the venue. Catering at Kettering has been lapsing for the last few event. the food quality has got poorer, the options less numerous and inviting it doesn't always have to be burgers and sticky finger foods. I'm sure the chefs could do a wonderful stew or paella spegbol or curry, maybe a simple sandwich bar else where in the venue would be just as appetising for some, they could have a hotdog trolly that could be pushed up and down the isles providing at seat food. over 400 people at Lan, most of them stuck there due competitions and or alcohol. They could be doing so much better if they just made an effort and used there imagination somewhat to help sell us good quality products. can we please also get the menu's up little earlier so we pass over them and make suggestion to improve them prior to the event or offer up additional options and maybe discuss those effected by allergies to foods. just as importantly can we also take a look at the Bar. i've heard the rumours about the bar at this event, orders failed to arrive on time because papers weren't signed with new suppliers etc etc. piss poor planning, Kettering and the suppliers made mistakes and they both lost out i think. despite this i hope they both learn lessons. Gamers and Lan events soak up alcohol like sponges and squeeze out later in the toilets/floor. towards the end of the event there were plenty of bottle options but the ale kegs had long been dry. which leads me onto my final point. slabs, deals and pricing. i find it annoying that at every Lan i go to both at Kettering and NEC now i get fleeced at the bar. i was unsure if the £14-4pints deal was still going as the poster looked old. but still. Kettering has the license with the bar. there's no reason why it shouldn't be cheaper over the 4 days. its not like a stage show, where we might buy a drink at the start and one at half time. this could also be dealt with if Kettering let us buy slabs of beer. crates of 20 or 12. i'd happily pay £40 for a 20 crate of something for the pubquiz, and Kettering would get my money, not the local pub up the road. they could do flash sales of a particular beer on the cheap. didn't they have fish bowls on in summer. with a little imagination they really could do well. i'd like to see the kettering staff encouraged to have fun as well, dressed up in suits with ties all event can't be comfortable for them, epic is fun so the staff should be enjoying themselves too. anyway i'm happy to fire ideas off all day at Kettering if they're interested in listening. but i'd like to see everyone else's ideas on how they could improve food and drink too.
  49. 2 points
    Or speak to the staff located in your room! Please do not use another DNS server, it won't have fixed your problems, and will lead to slower downloads of game updates for you. Please check that if you have anything updating in the background on your PC that you stop it. We give everyone their own virtual 3mbps down, 1mbps up pipe for the event; and if you exceed that you will start getting packet loss and lag.
  50. 2 points
    Hey gents, I'm just wondering if the epic staff were able to get some of these ideas and feedback to the guys at the KCC over the winter. Is their any good news? anything for us to get excited about? Will the bar and catering menus be added shortly?