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andywhy last won the day on February 23 2015

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  1. Flashy Light Tube in Lakeside

    I got my LED strip yesterday and managed to whip up an Arduino circuit to mimic the Lumazoid and it seems to work
  2. THE GOOD BAD & UGLY

    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
  3. THE GOOD BAD & UGLY

    The Good The arena was really great for a first event on that layout. I think the only improvement I could think of was on the stage it was really dark, so maybe a lighter backdrop and more lighting would improve it hugely. Bigger screens would be nice but I know you opted for those over a projector for various reasons. Lakeside - Staff got us doing all sorts of things including a big singalong and plenty of fun games. More of this please! The Bad Brought my wheel in anticipation of some racing and none happened! And on top of that the Forza matchmaking servers wouldn't work either so I couldn't make up for it that way. Thanks to one of the epic staff whose name I forget that kindly came to diagnose that for us, sadly it was Microsoft's fault we think. The music request system - I love that it uses Spotify as that means we can request anything on there, but I think there needs to be a restriction on how many songs you can request and how many from one artist per hour like we used to have on the internal request system. When people make 10-20 requests one after the other it can get quite annoying if the genre or artist isn't of your personal taste. It would also be nice if you could see what songs were coming up next in a better way. It seemed to be random sometimes and not others, and you couldn't tell where it's up to in the list either. Missed out on getting an epic hoodie, but that's my fault for forgetting and leaving it until Saturday evening! Whoops I'll grab one next time. Group games seemed a bit empty compared to previous events, possibly due to a lot of them not running on time. I also didn't get any Steam pop-ups for things that were about to begin which was useful in the past as they come up in game (did you stop using it due to having the epic.hub?). The Ugly Lack of sleep, my bad back and having a cold Sugar and paracetamol kept me going through this one! I'll finish with a shout out to the epic crew for putting on another great event. See you in October! (damn you clashing with Le Mans in June!)
  4. epic26 - Event Defrag

    @Winbar I think it may be a good idea to have a notice in big flashing red writing on the seating plan page highlighting that your chosen seat is not a guarantee since so many people seem to be missing it... An especially important highlight for first timers.
  5. epic26 - Event Defrag

    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.
  6. epic.26 - Lakeside defrag

    Now now, there's plenty of room for everyone...
  7. epic.26 - Lakeside defrag

    Me and dminting have had a go as well. Probably no point as it'll ultimately be done by staff but we got a bit bored https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WELr-IaCHqmCcXC19mcNp7p-3HoK1xW1qZgTXsc8PMg/edit?usp=sharing Edit: Dave screwed up and missed people off some how. I guess that's the danger staff have whenever they do it too!
  8. epic.26 - Lakeside defrag

    @anoamas321 would you be open to swapping with the two seats opposite you so our group of 6 is together?
  9. epic.26 - Lakeside defrag

    We definitely need some kind of defrag for Lakeside. We have a few people from our group scattered around as they booked fairly recently when few seats remained. Would be pretty unfair if they didn't get to sit with us especially considering for one of them it's their first epic.
  10. Epic 23 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good - Great atmosphere as always from fellow LANers. - Some good banter again with staff as we were next to the staff tables. - Reech finding some last minute prizes for winner and runner up of the Minecraft Hunger Games. I now have an awesome dragon hat from MSI - Sleeping... I have never slept well at epic in the past but this time I had no trouble at all. I must be getting old. The Bad - Still not impressed with KCC catering when it comes to food temperature but I've been told more improvements are likely on the way again so thumbs up to that. - Being really cold in the mornings when the a/c had been on all night. Luckily I had a coat with me! Soon warmed up as people got up. - Internet speeds were dire at peak times topping out at 60KB/s which isn't ideal when you need a quick patch or something that isn't cached. The Ugly - The PUBG chat turned very salty when someone couldn't join the game and wouldn't let it go. No need to carry on after the point was made. - The pain in my stomach after eating far too much pizza...
  11. epic23 - Menu & Catering Feedback

    Had a cheese burger earlier and not only did the burger not get put into the bun properly by the person serving me (how did she miss?!) it was only luke warm even after a quick nuke in the microwave so definitely was very cold! Cheese also didn't get melted. Wasn't the best burger taste wise either but just about passable. Maybe I'm too picky but I'm still yet to be impressed by the catering I only use it out of necessity.
  12. epic23 - Event Defrag

    Team uwotm9 are happy with our new location
  13. Lets deal with this (kettering's food an drink)

    Food temperature... Sometimes it's hot, sometimes it's not. They need to improve the food warmers. I suggested in the epic survey that they mention perhaps getting halogen food warmers instead of the ones they have now. I've never had cold food from a halogen warmer! I'd be much more willing to buy food from there knowing it was going to be nice and hot. I prefer what is meant to be hot food to be that temperature when I sit down to eat it.
  14. The good As always a welcoming event by staff and other attendees. My brothers first LAN. I think he's hooked! Top form banter by the staff on the PA in Lakeside. Our group being sat at the front near the staff probably helped Security. Although a tad annoying having everything searched, it's definitely welcome to make sure we stay safe and rules are followed. The bad Internet speed definitely felt noticeably much slower compared to my last LAN in February. I'm guessing this is down to it being a sellout. I know Winbar said improvements are on the way again in his interview video so hopefully it'll be sorted in future. No Steam event notifications. Did I miss these or have they been stopped? I have the epic hub notifications but they don't appear in game unlike Steam. Not really bad but not quite on form was the catering. I only had a simple sausage butty but it was cold despite there being food warmers. That damn cricket again in the sleeping room! Is it someones phone app? And the snoring. Oh my god the snoring. One evening I went in and someone was snoring so loudly I thought the place was going to fall down. A few other people had just got in as well and they were laughing as the snoring got louder and louder. Suddenly it stopped and all was silent. Jokes about the snoring persons death were very quickly made.... The ugly Shower privacy, or lack there of! Whose idea was it to change this to half-circles instead of full on cubicles like it used to be? Hopefully it's changed for next time. Unclean toilets and no soap. Someone had vomited in the sink in the changing room toilets over Friday early morning and this was still not cleaned on Sunday! Plus I had to mention to epic staff 3 times for them to pass on to KCC for the soap to be re-filled in the toilets behind the board games lobby. KCC kept saying it was done but it wasn't. Eventually Winbar took it upon himself to get it sorted (thanks Winbar). Me by the time I got home on Sunday. I was a very broken man. LAN death is not a nice thing. See you all in Feb
  15. Catering Menu and Feedback

    I only used the catering for breakfast this time around. I had 2 sausage sandwiches on different days. One was hot as the sausages were freshly cooked (I watched them bring them out whilst I was in line) but the other was almost stone cold despite them having food warmers. The food was always left uncovered which is probably why it doesn't keep them warm. I think KCC would be better off with halogen food warmers to keep them hot as I've never had food from one of those (from elsewhere obviously) that wasn't nice and hot since it's directed heat from above. The 2 sandwiches I had however did taste great - no complaints there, I just would have enjoyed the cold one more if it were hot. One further thing was one of the times I had to point out that I was being charged too much for my sandwich. For some reason the lady that served me tried to charge me 30p more until I pointed it out. She seemed confused, fumbled with the till for a few seconds and said that's OK at the other price. No idea how that has managed to happen but I hope that wasn't the case for others.
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