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02-26-2009, 10:41 AM
From: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN_party)

What is a Lan Party?

A LAN party is a temporary, sometimes spontaneous, gathering of people together with their computers, which they network together primarily for the purpose of playing multiplayer computer games (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplayer_game). These local area networks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_area_network) (LANs) come in various sizes, from very small (two people) to very large (more than 10,000 people). Small parties can form spontaneously, but large ones usually require a fair amount of planning and preparation on the part of the organizer. The current world record for number of computers connected in the network at a LAN party is 10,445, set at DreamHack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DreamHack) Winter 2007, in Jönköping, Sweden.[1].

DreamHack winter 2004.

LAN party events differ significantly from gaming centers and Internet cafes in that they are generally bring your own computer (BYOC)[2] and are not permanent installations, often taking place in general meeting places or residences.

Small LAN parties

Usually smaller LAN parties consist of people bringing their computers or other gaming consoles over to each others' houses to host and play multiplayer games.

These are sometimes established between small groups of friends, and hosted at a central location or one that is known to all participants. Such events are often organized quickly with little planning, and some overnight events, with some stretching into days (or even weeks). Because of the small number of players, games are usually played on small levels and/or against bots.

A small LAN party requires a hub (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_hub) / network switch (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_switch), with enough ports to accommodate all the players, a fair amount of power, and suitable surfaces for all the computers. Providing refreshments is often also a duty of the host, though guests are usually asked to contribute. In larger parties where participants may not all know each other personally, an entry fee may even be charged. Another tradition of some small groups is to purchase large amounts of fast food for consumption over many days. Many LAN participants will also bring energy drinks and other food to consume over the course of the party.

To set up these parties a network hub/switch isn't always required. If all the computers have Wi-Fi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-Fi) capability, an ad-hoc network may be set up. This allows two or more computers to connect over a wireless connection, thereby eliminating the need for a wired network.

When some of the participants cannot be present or when merging a few LAN parties together, Virtual Private Network (VPN) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VPN) software such as Remobo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remobo) or Hamachi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamachi) can be used to arrange computers over the Internet so they appear to be on the same LAN.

Larger LAN parties

Many commercialized parties offer various tournaments, with competitions in such games as StarCraft, Quake III, Call of Duty 4, Warcraft III, Counter-Strike Source, Unreal Tournament, America's Army, Battlefield 2, Doom series, and the Halo Series sometimes awarding prizes to the winners. Prizes can include computer hardware such as overclocking kits, cases, lights, fans, graphics cards and sometimes even complete computers (often considered humorous as typically the winner of the competition would already have (and be competing on) a custom PC far superior to the prize).

The duration of the event is not standardized; many organized parties last for a weekend, while there have also been longer and shorter parties such as weekend wars.

Big LAN parties often offer a quiet place to sleep, shower, and eat, as well as hired security, alternative entertainment (such as music), and a dedicated support crew, as well as a professionally managed network including a connection to the Internet. Catering might come in the form of a bar, delivered food such as pizza, or nearby shops. Some parties come fully catered in the form of regular barbecues or even employment of a catering staff running a public canteen.

Gaming clans -- groups of gamers that often play in team games -- often use these gatherings to meet one another, since they typically play together over the Internet between other parties with little real-world contact. Their goal is often to win tournaments. Clans are often in "ladders" where they move up after winning a match. As well as counting for standings in national and international gaming leagues such as the Cyberathlete Professional League (CPL) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberathlete_Professional_League) there are regular events such as QuakeCon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QuakeCon) in which the very best players from around the world compete against one another, much like in popular sports. Practice matches are usually held prior to a match so competitors can get a rough idea of what they are up against.

Often case modders and overclockers attend these events to display their computers, which otherwise would be seen by few. Some come just to display their computers and look at others' computers.

Some attendees also use these parties for the purpose of file sharing. Copyright infringement via file sharing is often discouraged or forbidden by the larger parties. However, enforcement is rare and spotty due to the time involved and often a lack of desire by organizers. Some LAN parties actively support file sharing for legitimate purposes (game patches, updates, user contributed content), and may run Direct Connect hubs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_Connect_(file_sharing)) or other P2P service servers. One of the main reasons for running such servers is so file sharing can be monitored/controlled while standard Windows file sharing (SMB/CIFS) can be blocked, thus preventing the spread of SMB/CIFS-based viruses. Most P2P setups used at LAN parties also have a 'centralized' chat area, where all members of the LAN party can converse in an IRC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Relay_Chat)-like environment.

In the traditionally active demoscene (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene) countries, such as those in Northern Europe, the LAN party culture is often heavily influenced by demoparties. This is due to the fact that many of the largest demoparties were already well established in the early 1990s and their facilities were also suitable for large-scale LAN party activity. This eventually led gaming clans and other similar groups to attend these events and regard them merely as large LAN parties. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for "pure" LAN parties in Northern Europe to organize some demoscene-like competitions in areas such as computer graphics or home videos.


Many computer companies, including NVIDIA[4], Razer[5], Corsair[6] and Alienware,[7] offer sponsorship packages to large LAN parties, with funding, prizes, or equipment given in return for advertising. Many large-scale LAN parties seek such sponsorship, in order to reduce operating risk (often the organisers risk losing tens of thousands of dollars) and provide prizes for attendees.

02-26-2009, 11:00 AM
From: http://www.beetlesmod.com/useastforums/viewtopic.php?t=7977
FINISHED, look for next years event

There's one coming up Saturday Feb. 7th near BWI airport. We've been running this one for several years, with the use of a conference room in another guy's office. It can accommodate up to about 15 people comfortably. Turnout has been under 10 lately, it would be great to get some new people turn out though. Specifics:

1) Location:
7525A Connelley Drive
Hanover, MD 21076
Site for info & RSVP: InsideGamers (http://www.beta.insidegamers.com/)

2) Cost - The LAN party is $20 each player, which includes lunch. We'll typically order enough pizza & sodas to satisfy the group. There are plenty of fast food & deli places close by also.

3) Internet - Will be available; I will have the common patches available, but try to have this done ahead of time. Nothing can be more unfun then watching everyone else play while you patch, and we will NOT be holding up games waiting for NOOBS to get patched up.

5) Games - We will be playing the usual staples - BF2, Dawn of War, FEAR, etc. I will have the free version of fear/trackmania available on the server, but you WILL need to get your own key before the LAN. They are available free online, if you need the link email me or Google it.

Game versions are as follows:
Call of Duty 4 v. 1.7
Call of Duty 5 v. 1.1
Battlefield 2 v. 1.41
Command and conquer generals v. 1.3
Command and Conquer 3
Dawn of War v. 1.51
Battlefield 2142 v. 1.25
Battlefield 2: Pirates v. 1.2
Starwars Empire at war v. 1.05
Unreal Tournament v. 3369
Unreal 3 v. 1.3 (Any good mods or map suggestions pre-LAN would be great!)
Fear Combat v. 1.08
Trackmania v.???

(All of these patches will be available on the fileserver if needed)

6) Power and network cabling - A 25' or better yet 50' heavy duty i.e. 12 AWG extension cord and LAN cable is a good idea for everyone to bring. The switches may be a little ways apart, so bring your long networking cords!

--=iNSIDEgAMERS LAN Rules=--

1. Age - 18 and up.

2. Before you leave, you must clean up your own area. Your mom's not here, and we are not your maid!

3. You must bring the following: 25' or 50' Cat5 cable, 25' or 50' extension cord, power tap, HEADPHONES, and mouse pad.

4. Your own pc with -working- NIC and games you wish to play PATCHED and READY TO GO. Please check out the LAN game roster for specifics. NO SPEAKERS!

5. Food. Lunch will be provided, beyond that, bring something!

6. Alcohol. None for this location.

7. RSVP: You REALLY should post up on the forums. If I don't know you are coming, you will not be guaranteed a seat.

8. Headphones ARE required at the LAN.

9. Cover charge. $20

10. Frequency. Insidegamers hosts LAN's every couple of months, details are in the forums.

11. Internet access. Available at this location, but for the love of all that is good, leave your MMORPG's at home!

12. Personal hygiene. This goes without saying, but here it is anyway. We will all be close in the same space, so good hygiene is an absolute MUST. Anyone found to have the proverbial funk will be shot and placed outside, rain or shine. 'Nuff said.

13. Swap meet. An area will be provided where you can pile your spare PC parts for sale/trade. Please tag the items with your name, user ID, and possibly an asking price.

14. TK/Spawn campers/newb ganking. Keeping it short, everyone comes out to have fun, let's keep it that way. Team killers and/or spawn campers will be drug from the building and beaten to death with their own peripherals.

15. Networking. Common courtesy includes staying out of other folk's boxes unless they invite you. Virus protection is also strongly recommended to be installed on any PC, especially in a multi-user environment.

These rules are in place to ensure everyone has a good time and we can keep the LAN's going on a regular basis. We are all friendly and willing to help you with any technical problems you may have. All we ask is that you follow these simple rules and respect your fellow players. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please forward them along to erik@insidegamers.com or PM Junglestud within the forums.

Any questions or interest, hit me up! This is a "mature" group, I think the youngest guy I've seen there is early 20s so it's not a kiddy-fest. There's another, larger LAN that happens in Greenbelt at a firehouse hall too. Waiting on a date announcement from them but I'll post it up too if it's okay with the Admins here.


02-26-2009, 11:04 AM
Pittsburg, PA
LAN Name: LAN{US}East 2009
Event Date: Thursday, May 28 - Sunday May 31, 2009


** Announcement from www.clanuseast.com News **

LAN{US}East 2009 is officially "a go". Full event details have been posted and the private registration site has been created. This event is our 8th LAN Party, and is shaping up to be our biggest and most exciting to date! I look forward to seeing many of the {US} members in Ligioneer PA, as well as meeting many of our other community members during the weekend.

Please visit http://www.clanuseast.com/lanparty for full details on the event.

Games Supported Counter-Strike:Source, Call of Duty 4, and more.
CS:Source 3v3 Single Elimination Tournament
COD:4 Tournament
CS:Source 5v5 Tournament and more
Call of Duty 4 5v5

Registration is currently underway for {US}members. Once the {US} members have registered, invitations will be sent out to other community members. Once invitations are sent, registration is on a first come - first served basis. Once all of the seats are filled, there will be no space left. The registration site does include a waiting list, so if we do "sell out" the event, please put your name on the waiting list, and you will be automatically added if a registered participant cancels.

LAN{US}East 2009 invitations will be sent to all {US} members first, then to those who have participated in Club Conflict Season 10 (see - there is a benefit to participate in the league!). Once we have given those 2 groups of people an opportunity to sign up, we will fill any remaining seats with other community members/friends - upon approval by LAN{US}East staff.

Please remember, this is a private event. If you are lucky enough to receive an invitation, please do not share the invitation with those who have not received an invite. If you are interested in bringing a friend (not in the community), please contact LAN staff (me, Virus or Ballistics and request an invitation.

I look forward to seeing you all there!
Clan {US}East Leader
www.clanuseast.com (http://www.clanuseast.com)
Club Conflict Founder
www.clubconflict.com (http://www.clubconflict.com)
Check out their video from the 2006 Lan Party:

02-26-2009, 11:45 AM
World Series of Video Games
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Series_of_Video_Games)

The World Series of Video Games, or WSVG for short, was an international professional electronic sports competition. It held its first season in 2006, with competitions in six different games and six events held around the world including the finals of the event. The total prize purse of the season was US$750,000 which includes the $240,000 prize purse that was winnable at the finals. The WSVG was operated by Games Media Properties, an American gaming company founded in 2002.

The series was partially regarded[who?] as the continuation of the one million dollar 2005 CPL World Tour, as one of the founders of the WSVG as well as the major sponsor (Intel) of the tour left the Cyberathlete Professional League (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberathlete_Professional_League) to help fund these series.[1]


The six events took place at the following times and places during the first season:
June 15–18: Louisville, Kentucky, United States — Kentucky Exposition Center [2][3]
June 17–19: Jönköping, Sweden — Elmia Exhibition Center[4][5]
July 5–9: Grapevine, Texas, United States — Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center[6]
September 7–9: Chengdu, PR China — Sichuan University Stadium[7]
October 13–15: London, United Kingdom — The London Trocadero[8]
December 9–11: New York, New York, United States — Chelsea Piers[9]


The second season included events at the following times and places throughout 2007:
May 1–3: Wuhan, PR China
June 21–24: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
July 5–8: Grapevine, Texas, United States
August 23–26: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 18-21: Los Angeles, California, United States - Cancelled
November 16-18: London, United Kingdom - Cancelled
November 29–December 2: Sweden - Cancelled

In a surprise move on September 12, 2007, the WSVG main page announced that "Games Media Properties will no longer produce the World Series of Video Games"[12], and that the remaining three events (Los Angeles, London, and Sweden) were all cancelled. The reasons given were that revenue from the previous events were not enough to sustain the league, especially because of its extensive televising campaign and enormous event sizes.
The WSVG has stated that it wishes to continue expansion in online advertising and their network of websites

05-12-2009, 04:51 PM
UK Lan Party announcement can be found at GameOn



Check out this Lan Party Guide on how to set one up yourself



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