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The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby ApacheFlame on Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:49 pm

A few people have asked about this and I sent out a PM. A version of it is below:
<cut PM, wasn't interesting>

TL;DR:
Go here for a kitlist Multiplay Kitlist
Go here for a what not to bring Multiplay Not-Kitlist
Ticket Price: Early bird ~£60 Normal ~£100?
Clanbox: £10/person
Camping: free (last night of camping is SUNDAY night)
i43 Hotel price: £50/room/night (Fitted 2 without a problem, 3 would start to get snug?)
Food available onsite (and delivered to your seat!) or from Asda 5 minutes away. Last year no takeaway pizza was allowed in due to in house pizza place, but anything else was fair game.
You cant bring booze into the venue as then have a bar. Soft drinks they didnt seem to mind.
All big bits of kit are security sticker'ed. This has to match the pass around your neck to take kit away (Towers/Laptops/Monitors etc).


The Big UKCS Kit List (That isn't on the multiplay site)

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Have you got any tips for people new to LAN? Semi serious answers at least please :P
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Binerexis on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:40 pm

With setting Steam to 'Lan Event - Europe', can that be done when I get there or does it have to be before I leave home?
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby ApacheFlame on Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:46 pm

Before you leave home is best, it doesn't make much difference really. Just where it looks for updates. If it is the last thing you do before packing up your gear then you are all set.

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Saves having monitor boxes and stores all your cables etc.
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Unspecified on Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:34 pm

Id just reiterate that you are not allowed to plug anything other than your pc & monitor in, with the possible exception of a phone charger - no mini fridges, no desk fans, no hairdryers etc

Prices
Normal BYOC is £92
Earlier bird is 30% off - £64. That's available for like 1-2 weeks after the previous iseries (so the day after i45 finishes in may)
Early bird is 20% off - £73. That's available for like 1-2 months after Earlier bird.

BYOC covers you from 9am friday morning until sunday afternoon officially & that includes camping. As said above you should be able to camp over on the sun night and travel home on the monday, though the event will be closed. We all we for food before going home on the monday morning at i43 :)

You might want to consider EAS (early arrival) for £15 and that allows you to setup and start gaming from 6pm on the thursday though its often earlier than 6pm unofficially.

You can rent a monitor for a certain fee if you book in advance too.

Keep an eye on the iseries forum too: http://forums.multiplay.co.uk/

'Foodplay' is awesome - order food right to your seat from the website and pay with paypal.

Drinks aren't too expensive. More expensive than buying in bulk from tesco yes, but no worse than most bars or pubs. As apache said you cant bring your own boose into the venue. If you are camping then you can stock your tent with your own boose.

Might want to bring a security cable etc. There were no security problems whilst we were there, the clan box felt quite secure and the guards do mostly check what you are taking out, but multiplay take no responsibility for your kit. Guide here: http://iseries.multiplay.co.uk/i45/security-guide
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby MittinsKittens on Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:44 am

Unspecified wrote:Might want to bring a security cable etc. There were no security problems whilst we were there, the clan box felt quite secure and the guards do mostly check what you are taking out, but multiplay take no responsibility for your kit. Guide here: http://iseries.multiplay.co.uk/i45/security-guide


It also helps if you actually put the security cables on properly too. Not going to name person, but someone had his on completely wrong and did obsoletely NOTHING in securing the monitor xD
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby MrsSekhmet on Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:33 am

Question about power supply.

How to do that? Can we get english plugs there? or do we have to bring them our self? And what is the voltage there. Not that i will blow up my hair straighter, blow dryer etcetc and of course, laptop.....
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby BelovedKiller on Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:53 am

Mrs_Sekhmet wrote:Question about power supply.

How to do that? Can we get english plugs there? or do we have to bring them our self? And what is the voltage there. Not that i will blow up my hair straighter, blow dryer etcetc and of course, laptop.....


1) Voltage in the uk is 240 volts
2) im sure if you look around an airport/ferry terminal/shops near wherever you're travelling from you can easily get some british plug adaptors!
Failing that, im sure someone else can find some and or bring them :P
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby MrsSekhmet on Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:52 pm

Hmm okaj thanks :)

We have 220 volts over here. That's ok right?
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Unspecified on Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:51 pm

It should be fine for almost everything modern, the UK has moved to a nominal 230V anyway. The EU has standardised to 230 V ±10% (I.E must be supplied between 207 V to 253 V) and apparently the UK changed to meet that in 2008.

You'll still need the pin adapter plug, but they are alot cheaper than a voltage transformer :)

If you go to america where its like 120V then you need to be quite careful as not everything can handle that.

Don't forget you cant plug the hair-dryer/straighteners in within the venue, only in your hotel room :)
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Binerexis on Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:51 pm

Are there any bags that you guys would recommend for bringing a PC case down in?
Do I need to bring my own network cables or are they supplied?
I heard that surrounding hotels have certain deals on for the convention dates, is this true?
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby re# Skilgannon on Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:57 pm

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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Xerxes on Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:00 pm

Unspecified wrote:Don't forget you cant plug the hair-dryer/straighteners in within the venue, only in your hotel room :)


Do people really straighten their hair at LANs?...or for that matter shower then walk to their PCs to dry their hair? :P
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Unspecified on Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:44 pm

Binerexis wrote:Do I need to bring my own network cables or are they supplied?
I heard that surrounding hotels have certain deals on for the convention dates, is this true?


No, network cables are supplied. Basically they run this stuff under the desks and you end up with 1 network cable and 1 power socket per person (2 people per wooden desk that you can see there), so you need your own power cables and probably a 4 way.

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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Trell on Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:02 am

The International Hotel fitted 3 per room quite nicely. We were 2 in 1 bed, 1 in the other, if you're really uncomfortable, one of you can sleep on the floor with ease, more than enough room imo.
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Berath on Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:46 am

Xerxes wrote:
Unspecified wrote:Don't forget you cant plug the hair-dryer/straighteners in within the venue, only in your hotel room :)


Do people really straighten their hair at LANs?...or for that matter shower then walk to their PCs to dry their hair? :P


Believe it or not someone actually seriously asked if they could dry/straighten their hair at their PC on the Multiplay forum. It was gently suggested that she not and that she ought to get a hotel room for that sort of thing :lol:
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby MrsSekhmet on Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:38 pm

Xerxes wrote:
Unspecified wrote:Don't forget you cant plug the hair-dryer/straighteners in within the venue, only in your hotel room :)


Do people really straighten their hair at LANs?...or for that matter shower then walk to their PCs to dry their hair? :P



Whaha not behind my PC but in the hotelroom..... :)
But that is some important information for me. So thanks. I will bring my old straightener so if it gets broken it's ok. Haha.



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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Binerexis on Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:06 pm

Where exactly is the page online for me to get my hotel booked? Wanting to get that out of the way soon.
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby ApacheFlame on Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:29 pm

Best thing is to ring them: http://iseries.multiplay.co.uk/i46/accommodation/

That page has the phone numbers/prices and secret codes needed to get the correct rates.
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby Binerexis on Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:58 pm

Cheers for the page there Apache! Think I'll book myself up with Gray's.
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Re: The iSeries LAN newbie guide

Postby ApacheFlame on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:43 pm

I think it may be just the international and holiday inn on site? Dont think Grays is too far away though :)
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