Please take a moment to read through the comprehensive FAQ to better understand this event. Questions can be asked right here in this thread. This is an 18 and older event.
1. General LAN Questions
Q. What does LAN stand for?
A. LAN is an acronym for Local Area Network. A LAN is a way of connecting multiple computers together to communicate and transfer data at high speeds; or in our case, allow a group of people to share the same experience together in a video game.
Q. What is a LAN Party?
A. A LAN Party is a gathering of gamers who connect together by a LAN and participate in multiplayer versions of popular computer games. A LAN party may consist of a small group of gamers or scale into the masses, either case, the meaning "party" is to ensure that everyone has a great time playing games together.
Q. What is BYOC?
A. BYOC is an acronym that stands for Bring Your Own Computer.
Q. Do I need a special type of computer?
A. The type of computer is more based on the type of games you wish to play at the LAN party. Chances are, if you are currently participating in a title, you will be fine playing it at the LAN. What you do need is a network card to be able to connect to our network.
Q. What is a network card?
A. A network card is a peripheral that allows you to connect to a network by joining the network card and a network switch together with a network wire. If you are unsure if you have a network card, contact your computer manufacture or search a spec sheet. If you do not have a network card, you can buy one from any local computer shop or major computer store, i.e. BestBuy, CompUSA, & Staples.
Q. What is a network wire?
A. A network wire is much like a telephone wire with more connectors that allow not only voice but data transmission between two devices. While a telephone wire is RJ15 specs, a network wire is RJ45. A network wire may also be referred to as a Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6. A network wire is an essential part in connecting a network card to a network switch. You can buy a network wire at any local computer shop or major computer store, i.e. BestBuy, CompUSA, & Staples.
Q. What does NIC Stand for?
A. NIC is an acronym for Network Interface Card, otherwise known as a network card (see above).
Q. Why come to a LAN Party when I have Broadband Internet?
A. Experiencing a LAN Party is one of those experiences you can not put into words. A great comparison would be: why go see your favorite band in concert when you all ready have their album? A lot of the same answers used to justify the concert question can be used to answer the LAN Party question. Basically, it boils down to having tons of fun, meeting key people in the gaming industry, creating new friends, competing to be the best in the area, and having one of the best times possible.
2. General Venue Questions
Q: Will there be a place to sleep?
A: We try to accommodate those who actually sleep by designating an area of unobstructed floor space to lay out a sleeping bag and rest. As well, most gamers sleep right under their tables, in their cars, or where ever they can find a spot. Although this is great for some, there are also local hotels in the area. Some hotels are less then 1 mile.
Q. Is smoking allowed inside the facility?
A. Smoking is not allowed inside the facility. We has taking regards to this matter and has providing gamers with a designated smoking area outside. The area will feature close access back in to the gaming floor and several ash trays.
Q. Does the facility have security?
A. The facility is equipped with a top of the line security system that covers every inch of the facility. As well you can count on volunteers to ensure the safety of you and your belongings.
3. General Event Related Questions
Q. How do I know where to sit?
A. A seating chart will be provided at the registration desk at the event. A staff member will be available to help escort you to your seat if needed.
Q. Will I need to bring my own table and chair?
A. No. An 8 by 2.5 foot table will be provided to share with 2 other gamers. A chair will also be provided, however; those wishing to maximize their comfort may bring their own chair as long as it doesn’t interfere with surrounding gamers.
Q. Do I have to pay to get into the LAN?
A. Yes. The registration fee is $20 accepted by credit cards, cash, and money order. If you pre-pay before March 1st you will receive a $5 dollar discount!
Q. How do I register for the LAN?
A. We have crafted an Online Registration system to provide convenience and speed for registering you for the event. If there is room available, we will take registrations at the front desk as a "first-come-first-served bases", so be sure to confirm your spot early online.
Q. Do I have to prepay?
A. No, you do not have to prepay, however; Prepay is the only way to guarantee your spot at the event. Only complete payment for your spot will ensure that you have a place to game at the event. So be sure to prepay as soon as possible if you’re set on attending - it would be a disappointment to have to turn someone away at the door. Pre-pay will be accepted online as well as at Moondog Multimedia located at 4896 South Virginia St., Reno, NV.
Q. What do I do if I want to pay by Money Order?
A. If you wish to pay by money order, you must register at Moondog Multimedia. The money order must be for a complete payment for at least one attendee. Note, payment by money order waives the $5 discount; full payment of $40 is required.
Q. Do I need to provide my real address and name while registering?
A. We require your full information for several reasons, emergency contact, prize notification & distribution, and to assure that payments are correctly applied. This information is kept confidential with no exceptions. Your personal information will not be shared with 3rd party companies.
Q. Will there be spectator passes available?
A. Yes. You can purchase a spectator pass at the registration desk. Spectator passes are $15 for the weekend, $10 for a 1 day pass.
Q. Why does my friend or parent have to pay to stay at the event?
A. Registration fees and passes do not only deal with gaming. These funds also provide the ability to have food and drinks available, as well as access to discounted vendor goods. The Army National Guard Sergeant’s Major Fund also benefits greatly from these funds.
Q. I paid for a spot and my friend paid for a spec pass, can my friend play?
A. A person with a spectator pass may play on the BYOC floor using their friend’s computer. They may not participate in any tournaments or side events at the GXL.
Q. What should I bring to the LAN?
A. Computer with a NIC card, a monitor (no larger then 19"), power strip (surge protector), 25´ network wire, power cables, mouse & keyboard, mouse pad, headphone (speakers are not permitted), sleeping bag, deodorant, tooth brush & paste, change of clothes, pillow, and money for food and merchandise. Also we recommend that you bring all the latest drivers for your hardware, and the latest patches for your video games along with an operating system install disc. You never know when something will go wrong, and it´ s best to be prepared for the worse at the LAN, then to pack up and go home because of computer problems.
Q. What will not be tolerated?
A. Examples of what may result in removal of the event are: Drugs, weapons, alcohol, nudity, theft, pornography, smoking inside the venue, obscenity that directly offends other attendees.
Q. Can I rent a computer at the event?
A. Currently we have no sponsored to provide such services. Therefore you must bring your own computer to participate in the LAN.
Q. How do I check in?
A. Once you walk in you will be greeting by the registration desk. Here you will register yourself, anyone you came with and your equipment. More information will be available about this process before the event in the "Event Info" section of the website.
Q. Is alcohol allowed at the event?
A. No. Alcohol is not allowed at the event. Any gamer found "drunk" or under the influence by the staff or police will be ejected from the event.
Q. Will there be food available? Is it free?
A. We will feature food for lunch and dinner at no charge; however, if you would like to eat at other times, you’re on your own.
Q. Will there be Bawls?
A. Yes, we will have Bawls available for discounted prices.
Q. Will there be Internet available at the event?
A. Internet is not available on the BYOC gaming floor during tournament times.
Q. May I bring more then one computer?
A. The admission fee for the event covers one person, one computer. If a gamer wished to bring and use a second computer during the event, they must make payment for two spots. The gamer will be issued two adjacent seats at the LAN. This is due to power / network requirements.
Q. How much room is the table space?
A. The tables are 8´ x 2.5´ in size with three gamers per table, which estimates to 2.5 x 2.5 per setup.
Q. What are the age requirements for attendees?
A. We require that all attendees verify that they are 18+ years of age with proper identification. Due to the restraints of the venue, we are unable to accommodate younger participants.
Q. When will the event registration open?
Q. I paid, but I can not make it to the event. What do I do?
A. Refunds will be given up until two weeks before the event. After the two week cut off, we can not issue refunds due to monitory commitments for the event. You can transfer your reserved spot to an unpaid friend by contacting Moondog Multimedia with specific information.
4. General Gaming Questions
Q. Will you have any tournaments at the LAN?
A. Yes. We will have several tournaments and as well be hosting several side games / tournaments. To find out more information, visit the “Event Info” section of the website. Complete details including rules of the tournaments will be available before registration
Q. Do you have to pay to enter the tournaments?
A. The only fee you have to pay is the fee to come to the LAN. Once you are confirmed and completely paid for, you may sign up for tournaments.
Q. How and when do I register for the tournaments?
A. Registration for the main tournaments at the LAN will begin soon after registrations opens for the event.
Q. Will I be able to play in as many tournaments as I want?
Q. What type of games should I bring?
A. You can bring whatever games you wish, it’s only a matter of having others to play them with you. Counter-strike, Quake III, Unreal Tournament 2004, Call of Duty, and Left 4 Dead are popular LAN games, but are definitely not the only games people play.
Q. Will my warez (cracked copy) work?
A. We doe not support any type of warez or cracked copied game. This is including but not limited to no cd patches and unofficial patches. To ensure that you will be able to play your favorite games with everyone at the LAN, be sure to have a legal copy installed, patched to the latest version, and tested before leaving for the event.
Q. What prizes will you have at the event?
A. When available, an official prize list will be posted on the website. Please bare with us while we work hard to maximize the goodies and work out deals with sponsors.
5. General GXL Questions
Q. Where does my registration money go?
A. 100% of the proceeds go to the Army National Guard’s Sergeant’s Major Fund. This fund goes to help Soldiers here in Nevada.
Q. I am interested in volunteering, who do I contact?
A. If you have a special talent, resource, currently an event host or staff member and feel you can contribute to our team of hard working zombies, then please offer it here in this thread or stop by Moondog Multimedia (4896 South Virginia St., Reno, NV) and talk with Tom or Lisa.
Q. I am interested in sponsoring the LAN, who do I contact?
A. Please contact us, or send all sponsorship inquires to Moondog Multimedia at 4896 South Virginia St. Reno, NV.
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