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AG LANFest 2017!

parallax aCSGO posted Mar 28, 17  -  LANFestabyss gamingAG LanFestEventlanfestLANFest 2017
|.aG.| LANFest 2017!
Friday, June 16 through Sunday, June 18

Venue
Monaca Station 57
913 Taylor Avenue
Monaca, PA 15061
Returning the the 5th consecutive year!

Registration Info
See you next year!

Other registration Need-To-Knows

BYOC LAN Admission - $35
In order to bring your own PC and truly participate in the LAN, you must purchase a BYOC pass; this covers your physical space, power, and network port. We just need you to get here with your rig and set it up. We can accommodate up to 40 BYOC players.
General Admission - $20
Grants you access to the event space if you are not bringing a PC. In doing so, you will have access to consoles (ooh, Towerfall. ooh, Goldeneye) D&D, Drawful, tabletop/cards, etc. You will also be able to play audience to ongoing tournaments and any random giveaways or non-PC tournaments that may occur.
(NEW!) Bring Your Badge from last year to get a $5 kitchen voucher!
Games
2017 will feature another delightful Siamese CS:GO tournament, more HL2DM, more Towerfall, and Drawful. Other games and tournaments will be announced after we gauge interest. We eagerly seek your input on what games or events you'd like to see, so head over to the forum and tell us what YOU want to see at LANFest 2017.

You Should Bring...
  • Computer (Desktop or Laptop)
  • Monitor, if needed (Only one, 27" or less so er'body has space)
  • All cables & adapters, power, display, networking*, etc.
  • Power Strip Plug/Surge Protector
  • Headset (no speakers, please!)
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • Mousing surface (the tables will not be conducive to mousing!)
  • Charger and/or batteries if you have any wireless peripherals

* If, for whatever reason, you do not have a cable/it doesn't work/it isn't long enough, we will have CAT6 on site that we can custom-cut (ensuring proper length). These cables will be $5 for up to fifteen feet and are yours to keep. This makes your life easier. Why?


  • it is one less thing to have to remember to pack
  • you will not have to make another stop if you forgot to pack one
  • you will not have to pay ludicrous retail prices for it
  • you will be sure you have the correct length for the event (from your seat).


Also, please ensure that the computer you bring is up-to-date with OS updates, Steam Updates, and any games you plan to play before you arrive. This doesn't only mean more time to play for you, but it also means that bandwidth isn't being hogged by such downloads/installs so that everyone can enjoy high-quality network connectivity and gameplay.

Food

As always, we will have made-to-order food available for purchase at the event. Although our menu changes slightly from year-to-year, you'll always see our usual items. Orders will be able to be made via our Ordering System, which will feature enhancements over last year's version.

Otherwise, there are a handful of restaurants nearby. Our brochures will have a map with that info.

Hotel Info

As of 3/28/17, the five hotels near the venue have availability. Rates start at $87 per night and run through $144. Google conveniently lists the available options here. Remember, you may be able to get a better rate with a AAA membership or corporate affiliation. Remember: Hotel rates change all the time, so you may rate ranges may differ from what was posted above. We suggest splitting a room with a friend!

Merchandise

Abyss Gaming shirts will be available for purchase at the event. Buying shirts helps support the LAN and allows it to continue living!



As always, tell your friends! We grow mostly by word of mouth.
Send them our way to check this info out, or just flat out have them tag (or drag them?) along!

You can find the official LANFest 2017 Discussion Thread here.
Also, you shouldn't really drag your friends. Consent is important, and is as simple as tea. You should, however, encourage them not to be shy! We've had only good, albeit weird (aka all of us; part of the territory) people at our events. We hope to see you in October!



NOTE: This event (and all other Abyss Gaming events thus far) is not a "For Profit" event. Any money that is collected on top of our costs will be reinvested in the next event, prizes or tournaments. All staff are volunteers. There are no paid positions associated with this event.

BawlsRed BullSurge.

A LAN party without gratuitous caffeine is like a bar without alcohol. We're always prepared with multiple cases of caffeinated fizzy drink, and have run stealth resupply missions mid-event. (We also have non-caffeinated beverages from the weak at heart)

This year, we decided to institute a new perk:

Attendees can get a free caffeinated beverage of their choice!

To get your voucher for a free caffeinated beverage of your choice, simply bring your own lanyard to LANFest. This can be the one you got last year, or one you have laying around (I, for instance, have one with zombie alpacas on it).

When you check in at the event, let us know that you have your own lanyard. You will then get your badge and voucher that you can redeem with the Kitchen whenever you wish during LANFest 2016. Vouchers won't be transferrable year-over-year, though, so be sure to redeem before the weekend ends!

Soon...

AG LANFest 2016

parallax aCSGO posted Apr 20, 16  -  Community LANFestabyss gamingAG LanFestEventLANlanfestLANFest 2016
|.aG.| LANFest 2016!

We are getting closer!! More news about this year to come. Please stay tuned for additional information!


...The fourth annual Abyss Gaming LANFest event!

Date
Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23
The whole weekend

Venue
Monaca Station 57
913 Taylor Avenue
Monaca, PA 15061
Returning the the 4th consecutive year!

Registration Info
Buy tickets here.

Other registration Need-To-Knows

BYOC LAN Admission - $30
General (No PC) Admission - $15
 

 Click HERE to purchase tickets.


Explanation of Admission

In order to bring your own PC and truly participate in the LAN, you must purchase a BYOC pass; this covers your physical space, power, and network port.

General Admission is to grant you access to the event space if you are not bringing a PC. In doing so, you will have access to consoles, tabletop/cards, etc. You will also be able to play audience to ongoing tournaments and any random giveaways or non-PC tournaments that may occur.

Modus Operandi
BYOC (bring your own computer). We just need you to get here with your rig and set it up. We can accommodate up to 40 BYOC players. We will also have consoles (one word: Smash), tabletop (DND and perhaps others), and cards. We will have two rates for access - general admission and with a PC.
Games
2016 will feature another delightful Siamese CS:GO tournament, more HL2DM, more Towerfall, and Drawful. Other games and tournaments will be announced after we gauge interest. As always, we not only welcome but eagerly encourage input on what games or events you'd like to see, so head over to the forum and tell us what YOU want to see at LANFest 2016.

You Should Bring...

  • Computer (Desktop or Laptop)
  • Monitor, if needed (Only one, 27" or less so er'body has space)
  • All cables & adapters, power, display, networking*, etc.
  • Power Strip Plug/Surge Protector
  • Headset (no speakers, please!)
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • Mousing surface (the tables will not be conducive to mousing!)
  • Charger and/or batteries if you have any wireless peripherals
* If, for whatever reason, you do not have a cable/it doesn't work/it isn't long enough, we will have CAT6 on site that we can custom-cut (ensuring proper length). These cables will be $5 for up to fifteen feet and are yours to keep. This makes your life easier. Why?

  • it is one less thing to have to remember to pack
  • you will not have to make another stop if you forgot to pack one
  • you will not have to pay ludicrous retail prices for it
  • you will be sure you have the correct length for the event (from your seat).


Also, please ensure that the computer you bring is up-to-date with OS updates, Steam Updates, and any games you plan to play before you arrive. This doesn't only mean more time to play for you, but it also means that bandwidth isn't being hogged by such downloads/installs so that everyone can enjoy high-quality network connectivity and gameplay.


Hotel Info

As of 9/17/2016 for days 10/20 thru 10/23. These are the regular rates published on the below hotels' sites; you may be able to get a better rate with a AAA membership or corporate affiliation. Remember: Hotel rates change all the time, so you may find rates different from what is shared below.

Comfort Suites - Rooms start at $99 per night, some rooms have microwaves and mini fridges. Room rentals include complimentary hot breakfast.

Hampton Inn - Rooms start at $144 per night.

Holiday Inn Express - Regular rooms start at $108 per night, suites start at $141 per night. Room rentals include complimentary breakfast.

Fairfield Inn - Rates vary dependng on room type, seem to go from $127 thru $169 per night.

MyPlace hotel - $98 per night regardless of if you get a single queen bed or two queen beds. Because this is setup as an extended stay hotel (there's no minimum stay duration), rooms are outfitted with a kitchenette featuring a small (but not mini!) fridge, microwave, sink, coffee pot, and two-burner stovetop.

Merchandise

Abyss Gaming shirts will be available for purchase at the event.



As always, tell your friends! We grow mostly by word of mouth.
Send them our way to check this info out, or just flat out have them tag (or drag them?) along!

You can find the official LANFest 2016 Discussion Thread here.


Also, you shouldn't really drag your friends. Consent is important, and is as simple as tea. You should, however, encourage them not to be shy! We've had only good, albeit weird (aka all of us; part of the territory) people at our events. We hope to see you in October!



NOTE: This event (and all other Abyss Gaming events thus far) is not a "For Profit" event. Any money that is collected on top of our costs will be reinvested in the next event, prizes or tournaments. All staff are volunteers. There are no paid positions associated with this event.

LANFest 2015 Hotels

parallax aCSGO posted Jul 10, 15  -  hotels LANFesthotelsLANFestLANFest 2015

Hey there non-locals! The LANFest 2015 venue is about 15-20 minutes away from Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as close to several major highways; pretty easy to get to.

Those of you who cannot successfully seduce Alucard and his wife to crash at their place will need crash space. Fortunately, several hotels within five minutes of the venue - a few more have popped up within the last year. The closest hotels are listed below, rate data was collected as of 7/10/2015 at 5PM EST for Thursday, October 15 thru Sun October 18.



    Fairfield Inn & Suites (2.5% Back) - Rates start at $125 for a double queen. They have single King rooms, too. Rooms have both wired and wireless network connectivity included in the nightly rate.


    MyPlace Extended Stay - Yes, they do brief stays! By far the most economical option, normal rates are $84-93 per night for both single King and double Queen rooms. Rooms have both wired and wireless network connectivity included in the nightly rate.


    Hampton Inn - Rates start at $144 for a double Queen per night. Internet access is included, unsure if wired or wireless.


    Comfort Suites (3.5% Back) - Rates start at $109 for a single King, $114 for a double Queen. Rooms have both wired and wireless network connectivity included in the nightly rate.


    Holiday Inn Express (4.5% Back) - Rates start at $112 for a double queen. Wireless is included.


LANFest Area Map with Hotels, Venue and Airport

Hope this helps you guys


Tips:

  • When booking, try clearing your cache & cookies first to ensure you're seeing their best rates.
  • Utilize eBates to get cash back on hotel booking fees! Hotels that had cash back available are indicated above with the percentage. It is free to sign up for, and in spite of the weird commercials that make it seem like it is too good to be true - it isn't. Really. You can sign up here. We get a $5 referral bonus, but that's it.
  • Check to see if your employer offers accomodations at any of these brands - you may be able to book cheaper.
  • If you have AAA, be sure enter that on the hotel-of-choice's site to take advantage of any discounts they have there.
  • Book with friends to cut individual costs!

Note: This is NOT locked-in pricing that we have negotiated, so prices may fluctuate between then and now. This post is to relay information, not provide guarantees.

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|.aG.| LANFest 2014 Raffle Information


We are holding a raffle for some awesome prizes this year! The deets:

General Admission gets 1 Ticket with Entry
BYOC Admission gets 5 Tickets with Entry
You may purchase additional tickets. Additional tickets are $3.00 and you receive as many tickets as Phixious' arm's length (basically, we're using his arm to measure)

RAFFLE PRIZE:


DAS LAN Keyboard Gaming Sling 
(recently discontinued, valued at $120)
This LAN bag is equipped to transport your keyboard, mouse, headset, and other cables or peripherals you need (cables, flash drives, what have you). The equipment pockets are thoroughly padded to protect your gear en route to your gaming destination. The strap itself is also padded so carrying is pleasant and not miserable.
Check it out here. Ask Phixious to see it at the LAN!

IF WE REACH 20 BYOC PARTICIPANTS
we will hold an additional raffle!

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED Raffle:

SteelSeries Merc Stealth Keyboard
(now discontinued and therefore hard to find, valued at $150+)
This is the awesome, badass version of the SteelSeries Merc keyboard. Phixious and I have been using them for literally years. They are robustly constructed and hold up well against nerd rage. It features three-color backlighting (purple, red, and blue) with adjustable brightness, as well as media hotkeys. The left side of the keyboard is outfit with a gaming pad that is configurable for different games depending on your playstyle; the included Z-Engine software includes presets for over 150 popular titles, but you can progam each and every key if you desire. Anti-ghosting allows seven (7) simultaneous keystrokes. Additionally, it is outfit with two USB 2.0 ports on the upper left and audio ports.
Check it out here. See it in action at the LAN at Phixious' and Parallax's setups!

Help us unlock the bonus achievement raffle by coming and encouraging your friends to join you! See you at the #LAN!

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