The room itself was a perfect shape and size for a BYOC event of this size (80 spots). It offered exits that were easy to control, but also allowed decent circulation and space for movement. We ended up having enough room for almost 90 people to setup and play, but unfortunately we never filled up to capacity.
The BYOC room was amazingly stable and secure for an event of this size. During setup we realized there'd be a minor issue with connecting the Lanwerx systems and the BYOC systems on the network due to assigned ips, but a short walkthrough was written to explain how to configure your system to work with the network to be given to all who arrived. During the event I ran into one person who had a problem with this, and Bigred told me he ran into two himself. Three out of many? Not bad. Aside for this IP issue, we had no other substantial technical issues that affected the BYOC area during the event. Amazing!
The volunteer staff did an amazingly great (to the max and/or extreme) job with the BYOC at all hours of the event. Due to the unexpectedly low turnout for the BYOC room (it was around 40-75% full at all times) any problem was solved almost as fast as it came up by the volunteers working the room and the front desk. This level of efficiency allowed most of the staff to spend their time at the front desk answering questions and checking people in and out. They also were able to show off their creative abilities by making the world-reknowned Fruit Fucker and Div mural out of Bawls bottle caps. I'm sure you'll see a photo on these forums of their artwork. http://bigredwa.com/LPNW/IMG_0083.jpg
Thank you Matt B, Khahil, David, Darin, Jacob, Mike, Jason, and Ben! Without you, the BYOC room wouldnâ€™t have worked at all. Also, thanks to the unofficial volunteer Jarhouse who helped Matt B (aka BigRed) with setting up the network. Best. Volunteers. Ever.
I also must thank BigRed for the system he provided to use as a file server to serve patches and game updates during the event. Not only was this convenient for those at the LAN, but this helped save us in a few situations involving game update errors. One row of the Lanwerx systems had CoD 1.1 installed, while all others had 1.4. Without this server the CoD tourney might have been in trouble. Another round of thanks for BigRed who helped save the network from lag by purchasing a switch on his own dime. Without this weâ€™d have enjoyed a LAN running at the speed of your Momâ€™s 56k modem. Thanks Matt!
As my final round of thanks for the BYOC room, I must thank all those in attendance. We had no known reports of theft of any kind nor any malicious computer use. Awesome job, all around! Jesus would be proud.