One of the most baffling things all weekend was the apathy/hate for the byoc. Obviously there is a lot to do at pax and playing games you already own might not be a big priority, but they sure as hell take care of you there. Many of the people I talked to didn't seem to understand why you would want to attend a lan at pax, and some even thought it was a terrible idea.
Yes this is a partly a brag thread, but I hope this will convince a lot of you guys to attend the byoc next year. The enforcers working the area were running nearly non-stop tournaments and contests to keep things interesting with an insane amount of hardware and prizes to give away. It was great to have something entertaining to come back to when there were no panels I was interested in and sick of walking the expo floor for the 5th time. Everyone at the byoc was very friendly and I met a ton of cool people.
On top of all of that I walked away Sunday night with $2600
in prizes (Two i7's, two 3D monitors, a video card, several games and other swag)
, and that was only a fraction of what was given away over the 3 days. That is more than enough to get myself out to pax prime and I can only hope for a chance to do it all over again.
I'd like to thank all of the admins, enforcers, and sponsors one last time for all of their hard work. 300 people isn't close to the biggest lan I've been to, but prizes or no prizes it was the most fun I've had at an event of that kind.
I highly encourage any PC gamer to attend future byoc's. The $30 ticket was reimbursed the second you walked in the door with a copy of BF Bad Company 2, a nice backpack and other swag. If the interest and attendance grows the byoc can only get better