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Multi-Year Badging

parallax aCSGO posted Oct 25, 16  -  LANFestAG LanFestLAN

Gents and Ladies,

On Sunday we wrapped up another successful, albeit small, LANFest. We made some new friends and met some regulars, missed some folks who planned to make it and couldn't, we missed some people we usually see, and we missed some peple we lost.

But we also had a great time.

For those of you who came,

Do not throw away your badge;

We are adopting a multi-year badging system!

"But parallax," you say. "That won't be very secure."

With year-specific holos it will be! We haven't decided if we're doing a new shape per year, or just keeping track of what we issue, but we'll make that decision later.

You will notice that one side of your badge was where you put your name or handle, and the other side features eight circles, and that this year, the upper-left circle is occupied by a holographic sticker. Remember Book It? It's like that, except instead of books, it's LANFest(s).

We designed and printed these badges ourselves, at home our base of operations, and cut them manually via a die-cutting machine on waterproof, tear-proof paper. They're awesome. We put a lot of work and rage (ask us about the Cricut) and love into them, and thought it would be a cool way for our LANFest veterans to demonstrate they attended multiple years since apparently signing a multi-year banner in the right year is challenging *cough*

So aside from filling all the slots with gym badges admission stickers and having AG cred, what's in it for you?

Each year you return with your same LANFest badge to be re-used, we will offer a perk - much like the lanyard perk. I can't say what those perks are yet, but we want to celebrate return attendees.


parallax aCSGO posted Oct 21, 16  -  LANFest LANFest 2016LAN

The first day of the LAN is a glorious sunny Autumn rainy AF day in western Pennsylvania. We rolled about a 3 on Chance for Precipitation. That rain resulted in us encountering a smidge of a delay with setup, but we're good to go now.

When you arrive, feel free to pull up as (reasonably!) close as you can get to the door to unload. Please do not pull onto the grass or block the garage doors; the garage doors must be accessible at all times for the fire trucks. If it is still raining, we have umbrellas and gigantic bags that you may use to cover any equipment that might need it.

We have much more parking flexibility this year, we can direct you when you arrive.

We have coffee, cold Surge, Bawls, Red Bull, and more.

See you 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!

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

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.
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.


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.

Remember when Coca-Cola discontinued Surge? It was a dark time for a lot of you, right?

Thanks to the outcry of thousands of nerds and other caffeine junkies, Coca-Cola brought it back. It is my distinct pleasure to announce that


This throwback drink will be available in addition to all four flavors of BAWLS (original Guarana, Root Beer, Cherry, and Orange!), plus Red Bull (and also coffee, which is delicious but perhaps not as exciting to you).

Other menu information is available in this thread on the forums.

The countdown begins...

As of the date of this post, anyway. If you have not yet registered, you may do so here ($30 with a PC, $15 without). The when-wheres and other general info can be found in this news post.

We've been busy tying up loose ends and getting things together. The badges were ordered a while ago and are actually set to arrive tomorrow (very exciting!); 

Phix has thrown together a huge, informative forum post with a lot of details about the game tournaments (including sign up information) we will be running, other events, raffle info, and so forth. That post will be being updated fairly regularly leading up to the LAN, so be sure to check it for info.

I am currently putting together the kitchen menu so you don't have to venture into the wilderness away from your rig to forage, sacrificing precious play time. That will be added to that thread as well.

See you at the LAN!

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