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PAX 08 BYOC Information

David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
edited September 2008 in PAX Archive
This is a copy of the email that went out to all the byoc participants, reposted here for your convenience.

--- Basic LAN Party Information ---

If you've never been to a lan party, be sure to bring the following equipment:

BYOC Ticket from Brown Paper Tickets and 3 day PAX pass
Computer
Monitor (Please no bigger than 24" LCD or 21" CRT)
Keyboard
Mouse (Wired mice and keyboards are recommended for lan parties)
Mouse pad
Ethernet cable (15 feet should be sufficient, but it's better to have
longer than shorter).
Power cables
Power strip
Headphones
Games CDs/DVDs, Windows CD, and backups for other programs you may
need to install/reinstall.

I would strongly suggest printing out that list and keeping it close to check things off as they get packed. If you forget a cable, feel free to talk to an enforcer and we may be able to help you out.

While we will have Internet access, it is strongly recommended that you update Steam before packing up your computer and download/install any and all other patches you may need. Every minute you spend downloading stuff is a minute you can't spend having fun!

It is also mandatory that you run virus protection on your computer before connecting it to our network. Any computers that are found with a virus will be immediately disconnected from the network until the matter is resolved.

--- Basic PAX BYOC Information ---

The PAX BYOC schedule is as follows:

Friday: 2:00pm - 3:00am
Saturday: 10:00am - 3:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Everyone should have received a BYOC ticket stub from Brown Paper Tickets in the mail, and you should also either have received a 3 day pass, will be receiving one shortly. Please have both items with you when you first come to PAX. If you don't get the 3 day pass, you can pick it up in will Call on the 4th floor South Lobby, and the window will be open all morning to help you out.

You will need both a red 3-day admission badge as well as your BYOC ticket stub to access the BYOC area this year. Both of these are mailed out beforehand – if you don't receive one or either, don't stress!, we'll take care of you at the will-call window on the first floor of the Washington State Convention and Trade Center. The window will be open all morning to help you out.

Entry into PAX BYOC is in the north lobby on the fourth floor just south of the Exhibition Hall. BYOC badge pickup will be before the glass doors on the fourth floor, and we're going to try real hard to start letting people in an hour or two before the start of the show on Friday to give you time to set up your computer and still make the mad dash to the expo hall when everything opens.

If you're coming as part of a group, check out the seating chart to pick an area (posted here: http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=48874 ) and have one member of the group contact BigRed at [email protected] so we can make sure you can all sit together...the deadline for that is August 22nd, so don't delay!

--- Security Information ---

It's very important to us that you feel secure in leaving your computer alone to see panels, concerts, and participate in any of the other gaming opportunities available at PAX. As such, we do put more emphasis on security than most lan parties. Before you enter the PAX BYOC area, you will have to quickly register any computer and monitors that come into or out of the computer area. We've gone to great lengths to keep the check in and check out process as streamlined as possible, but do be patient. You can help us out by making sure your BYOC badge is easily visible, as nobody without that badge will be allowed inside the BYOC room.

When PAX closes Friday and Saturday at 3:00am, just leave your computer there and we'll lock up the entire room until staff arrives the next morning.

While we will make every attempt to keep all equipment in the room safe, do be aware that there is little we can do to prevent ipods, portable game consoles, cd's, big wads of cash, and other small items from walking off. We strongly suggest you keep such items out of plain view and use some common sense when it comes to your own security.

If you're coming with a laptop, we strongly recommend you invest in a laptop lock particularly if you plan on leaving your laptop unaccompanied while you rock out to the Minibosses. Here's one for $10 after rebate.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834999204

--- Tournament Information ---

All PC Tournament information can be found on the PAX forums, at this address:

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?t=65415

--- BYOC Activities ---

If you joined us last year, you'll be familiar with the BYOC activities we run. Unlike the tournaments, they're kept pretty casual and serve as a great way to have some quick fun, and perhaps win some prizes along the way.

Details will available at PAX, but here's a quick rundown...also note that all of this is especially subject to change. Check the pax forum for updates.

Scavenger hunt Twitter contest: Sign up and follow PAX_BYOC (twitters will also be sent to our Intranet site) to get objectives and lead your three man team to victory as you solve puzzles and track down objectives from the far corners of PAX. Additional information can be found here:

http://forums.penny-arcade.com/showthread.php?p=6671054#post6671054

Pong: A quick and dirty pong game will be on the local Intranet (the address will be http://pax). Your high scores will be recorded on a leaderboard posted on the main Intranet site, and whoever's on top of that board at the end of PAX wins!

Geek Wars: A multi-staged battle to the death represented by two main teams, orange and blue. As each of the contests listed below are completed, not only will the individuals be awarded prizes, but the team the individual represents will also score points. And what happens if your team wins? Win and find out!

Friday ---

2:30pm (depending on our ability to let people into the pc room early and other factors). Blindfolded FPS - one person steers while blindfolded, and the other barks orders. Whoever can rack up more points wins at life.

4:30pm. Peggle: You will have just watched the omeganauts compete in this PAX 10 game, now it's your turn to see how you do!

6:00pm. Tetris: Really now, what else needs to be said?

7:00pm. Informal session with THQ featuring a quiz and prizes!

10:00pm. Gemcraft: If you haven't played this tower defense styled game, you should definitely give it a whirl. Perhaps while trying to win prizes?

Saturday ---

1:00pm. Battlefield 2: Join in what hopes to be an epic scale Geek Wars battle between Orange and Blue.

4:00pm. Flatout Ultimate Carnage: This new incarnation of the celebrated motor demolition game could not go uncelebrated at PAX. The game will be on our freeplay machines to give it a whirl if you haven't yet purchased it.

7:00pm. BFG Sponsored Trackmania: Completing the track may feel like an achievement in of itself, but you'll have to do it faster than anyone else if you'd like to claim the prizes provided by BFG!

10:00pm. Multiwinia: The sequel to Darwinia from the developers of DEFCON, we're going to get a sneak peak at this game as they'll be on our freeplay computers...but the contest, that is all for you.

1:00am. BFG Rocket Race: This contest includes a field trip out into the sky bridge where your objective will be to throw your BFG Rocket as close to the target as possible, and preferably, closer than anyone else...unless you DON'T want to collect on some prizes provided by BFG.

Sunday ---

1:00pm. Audio Surf: You've probably heard about this PAX 10 game available over Steam...but have you competed in it? This will be your chance.

4:00pm. MS Paint Contest: The rules are simple...draw a picture using only MS Paint. The picture must not be crude, but they must be funny. The funnier the better. Pictures to be judged by PAX celebrity, Mike "Shocker" Baum.

--- Sponsorship Information ---

PAX BYOC 08 is brought to you in part by:

Intel
http://www.intel.com
Intel is back with a vengeance providing hundreds of systems for freeplay and tournament use. If your computer starts to feel down, feel free to check out one of the provided Intel machines and see what's there!

BFG Tech
http://www.bfgtech.com
Frustrate your future BYOC neighbors with the latest BFG GeForce GTX 280 OCX 1GB PCI Express graphics card, reliability overclocked to peak performance with a lifetime warranty and free 24/7/365 technical support. Or if your rig is starved for juice, check out the new ES and LS series power supplies from BFG featuring 80% plus efficiency and our unique Frequency Conversation Technology.

Antec
http://www.antec.com
Check out the Antec Skeleton which will be displayed in the Expo Hall. It is designed for unprecedented airflow and includes layered component trays, and rackmount quality side rails.

Sapphire
http://www.sapphire.com
Sapphire Technology, the innovator of ATI-based graphics solutions for the PC, is delighted to support the fifth annual Penny Arcade Expo's BYOC tournaments with some fantastic VGA prizes and plenty of free swag. Look out for Sapphire's very own PMS clan who you will find competing and making an all out impression throughout the show.

Altec Lansing
http://www.alteclansing.com
If you're in the market for some new headphones, check out our pc freeplay...we've got some brand new rocking sets from Altec Lansing you can test out for yourself.

--- Intranet Information ---

We will be have a local Intranet page setup. From this page you can communicate with others on a basic shoutbox, check on additional tournament information and updates, view a list of the servers we have up and running (often that will have information as to what maps and how many layers are in each server), and a link to the ftp server we will have on hand where you can find piles of demos, patches, and more. The address for this page should be http://pax

--- Voice Chat Information ---

We will have several Ventrilo servers available for tournaments and public gaming. While we will have the client available on ftp, it is recommended that you download and install Ventrilo before you come to the event. You can download the client at www.ventrilo.com. Server address information will be available at PAX on the intranet site.

On behalf of the entire PAX PC team, thanks for signing up and we hope you're as excited as we are! See you in a couple weeks!

See you in 15 days!

--
David Coffman
Penny Arcade Expo
PC Room Manager
http://www.pennyarcadeexpo.com

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    PAX 2008 BYOC Scavenger hunt Twitter contest.

    THIS ISNT YOUR TYPICAL SCAVENGER HUNT!
    Your scavenger hunt missions will be unknown until they are assigned via PAX_BYOC on twitter!
    Don’t worry if you don’t want a twitter account. On our intranet page there is a twitter feed for PAX_BYOC. It is highly suggested that you sign up for twitter and follow PAX_BYOC. At PAX you might want to set it for device updates so you get the latest missions right to your phone* for the best chance at winning. Otherwise you will just have to check the intranet page in BYOC often for the latest updates.

    *(as long as you don’t mind a bunch of text messages during PAX. We aren’t responsible for costs if you don’t have an unlimited plan or if you go over)

    Details/rules/prizes/misc info in spoiler tag
    Details:
    This is a team based contest, Teams will consist of 3 people. No more, no less. Team Signups will take place Friday just after we get everyone checked into BYOC.
    This contest will take place throughout all of PAX
    The majority of missions will try to avoid major PAX events that a lot of people are attending, but I’m only shooting for 70% avoidance of those, there may be a mission anytime during PAX hours, and possibly an overnight mission or two.

    Your Team will have to retrieve something from the target and your whole team return it to BigRed / the BYOC security desk for mission credit
    And/Or
    Take a picture (digital camera/cell phone) of the target with all team members in the picture and return to BigRed / the BYOC security desk for mission credit
    Details about which you will have to do will be in the twitter mission.

    Missions will have a “To be completed by” time attached to them, the objective must be returned to BigRed / BYOC security desk by that time for mission credit. Most missions will be 30-60min in length.

    This contest is only for PAX BYOC attendees. All team members must be PAX BYOC attendees.

    Scoring:
    Teams will be scored on the number of missions completed.
    For every mission that is returned, it will have a “time score” attached to it.
    (First team back gets 1, second team back gets 2, etc.)
    # of missions completed and the time score will be added up on the final sheet.

    Winner will be the most missions completed.
    In the event of a tie, the winning team will go off their time score, lowest wins.

    PRIZES:
    There *WILL* be prizes for this. The first and second place teams already have prizes for them. I may have more by the time PAX rolls around but its staying unannounced for the time being. At PAX itself I will announce what the prizes will be.
    There also may be little prizes attached to some of the missions.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    I'm actually gunna hold off on the email a bit so if someone here catches a mistake or has questions, I have the option of fixing it pre-send.

    So don't panic if you're byoc and don't get one right away!

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  • proXimityproXimity Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    DiscoDave wrote: »
    4:00pm. MS Paint Contest: The rules are simple...draw a picture using only MS Paint. The picture must not be crude, but they must be funny. The funnier the better. Pictures to be judged by PAX celebrity, Mike "Shocker" Baum.

    This is PAX... do wangs count as crude?

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    We'd like to keep the wangage to a minimum.

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  • tr0tskytr0tsky Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    which version of Ventrilo will the servers be running? I assume 3, but I still know people who run v2 (or even v1, lol)

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  • Pat McRotchPat McRotch Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Uh, I never got this email...

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Uh, I never got this email...
    DiscoDave wrote: »
    I'm actually gunna hold off on the email a bit so if someone here catches a mistake or has questions, I have the option of fixing it pre-send.

    So don't panic if you're byoc and don't get one right away!

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    tr0tsky wrote: »
    which version of Ventrilo will the servers be running? I assume 3, but I still know people who run v2 (or even v1, lol)
    Good question, we'll be using 3.

    And yea, I haven't sent it yet, but I will be in the next hour or so.

    edit: Sented.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    What game will the Blindfold FPS be? I want to make sure both my buddy and I have it.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    The plan is UT2k4, but if not enough people have it, we'll probably move to UT3 and do it on the freeplay computers.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    ugh. Neither myself or my buddy have that...

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited August 2008
    No! Give us UT99!


    ...please?

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  • ZankaboZankabo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Yay.. contest! must do em!

    Okay, so it says we can get in 'a couple hours early' (maybe) to do setup, but what time is the best time to show up? Last year I showed up nice and very early and actually ended up first in line, which was cool, but did entail a bit of a wait (yay for the DS).

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Zankabo wrote: »
    Yay.. contest! must do em!

    Okay, so it says we can get in 'a couple hours early' (maybe) to do setup, but what time is the best time to show up? Last year I showed up nice and very early and actually ended up first in line, which was cool, but did entail a bit of a wait (yay for the DS).

    Dont show up any earlier than 8 or 9am, but you are welcome to line up again like last year.
    Depnding how setup goes I may even be doing a couple line events/contests before pax opening :)

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  • ElectricTurtleElectricTurtle Seeress WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Moe Fwacky wrote: »
    No! Give us UT99!


    ...please?

    Original UT is the only true UT. Seems like that for a lot of FPS series. I still think Q1/QW is more fun for deathmatches than Q2-4.

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  • Pat McRotchPat McRotch Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Sorry, as you can see it was nearly 6 and I did not read the whole thing. :(

    This is gonna be fun guys! Did you know there is some sorta other thing at this LAN? They have booths and concerts and stuff?? That will be awesome!

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Looks like this has to be mentioned here:

    1) only PAX BYOC attendees can get into BYOC. There are no guests allowed into BYOC.
    2) only PAX BYOC attendees can participate in all of these BYOC contests and get the prizes for the BYOC contests.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    Original UT is the only true UT. Seems like that for a lot of FPS series. I still think Q1/QW is more fun for deathmatches than Q2-4.
    There's a really big part of me that agrees with you. Man, I had such good times in the original UT.

    But, alas, that's not really in the cards on account of not many byoc people having it plus the unjustified difficulty of getting it on our freeplay systems.

    But yes, the original UT rocked. One of my favorite games ever.

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  • altmannaltmann Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    So is the blindfolded FPS game going to be done on the freeplay systems? That seems preferable given that it makes a level playing field and no one has to worry about having the game. I for one, don't own any UT game after the original, neither does the dude I'm bringing.

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  • Moe FwackyMoe Fwacky Right Here, Right Now Drives a BuickModerator mod
    edited August 2008
    We should get a BYOC exclusive UT99 tourney.

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  • David CoffmanDavid Coffman Registered User, PAX Staff regular
    edited August 2008
    altmann wrote: »
    So is the blindfolded FPS game going to be done on the freeplay systems? That seems preferable given that it makes a level playing field and no one has to worry about having the game. I for one, don't own any UT game after the original, neither does the dude I'm bringing.
    We'd prefer to run it on byoc because there are so many other byoc contests we'll end up having to use freeplay machines on. A final decision hasn't been made yet, and it may well depend on the pool of participants and what games they have.

    This one isn't really about the game itself, it's about the teamwork required.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    If you guys arent following that twitter account yet id start doing so.

    Im doing a pre-pax mission. No teams, all individuals. Prize will be a $50 gamestop giftcard.

    This one isnt a race, those who complete the mission will be entered into a drawing for the prize at the BYOC lineup before PAX. The winner will be drawn just before we start seating people.

    Mission Details will be posted in a few days.*

    *I wont be posting mission details here, just giving everyone a heads up to start following the twitter account :wink:

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  • ZankaboZankabo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I in fact signed up for Twitter _and_ installed a bar into my Firefox to keep track of twitter just because of this particular twitter account.

    hmm.. I don't think I said enough twitters in that last sentence.

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  • magiicmagiic Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Finally got around to getting twitter

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Update:

    Ill be doing 2 pre-pax missions.

    First one I previously spoke of will go live monday evening.
    The second one I havent decided yet on :P

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Also I mut say something:

    I noticed a few non byoc people following the twitter contest account. You may do so if you want but you guys cant enter in any of the contsts. Everyone who enters must have a BYOC pax badge.

    BigRed on
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  • ThePimpImpThePimpImp Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I'll see all you guys at pax, my cousin is getting married in Hawaii and I'm going. My roommate and other friend are bringing my comp across the border, hopefully I see it all in one piece (going straight from Hawaii to Seattle). So this is probably my last post. I'll be at the will call window (sending discodave a pm), then see you all there.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    First pre-pax mission posted.

    All the pre-pax missions are indvidual missions, not team. Only the ones during pax are team missions.

    All acceptable entries will be entered in a drawing. If you participate in all the pre pax missions you get 1 entry per mission.

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  • ZankaboZankabo Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Quick question...

    Do we just bring the picture with us, post it in the forums, or e-mail it to ya? I wasn't seeing any submission directions, though I guess I coulda missed em...

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I posted to twitter again, you bring them to me when you guys line up for BYOC friday morning.

    for the team missions during pax, the instructions are in the 2nd post of this thread.

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  • mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I can't wait to for the BYOC at East Coast PAX. I have never taken my desktop anywhere to play games
    before. Flying with my giant 90lbs case is not something I am comfortable with.

    By the time 2010 arrives my quad core 4GB machine will probably have 8 cores, 8GB of DDR4 and be running
    on Windows 7.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    You could always just ship it to yourself if you really want to go....

    For future info that is, since byoc has been sold out for a while now :P

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  • RaymanRayman Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Ok, I must be blind. I have read the thread and I just cant seem to find out what the policy is on bringing in food/drinks/snacks into the byoc room....then again it is early....
    r

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Default policy for the WSCTC is no outside food or drinks, but if you are carrying in something just for yourself from like subway or something, in the past you dont get stopped.

    Just dont bring in a suitcase full of food or cooler of drinks (You can keep that stuff in your car and walk down to retreive items out). Also dont make a mess.

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  • Qs23Qs23 Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Wait, I only have a digital camera and no printer. So how am I supposed to bring the Pre-PAX mission stuff to you?

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I didnt say to print off anything, just power on the digicam/cellphone and show me the pic :P

    I will be providing a share for everyone to upload pics to, mostly for lulz for after pax. Uploading is optional but awesome.

    for any of the twitter missions all you gotta do is show the pic on the device to me.

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  • magiicmagiic Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    Is the wired peripherals preferred bit to avoid conflicting signals? Im not really sure i want to buy a second mouse.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    wireless would be fine, wired is just a sugguestion.

    I always use a wireless mouse at Lans with no problems.

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  • magiicmagiic Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    BigRed wrote: »
    wireless would be fine, wired is just a sugguestion.

    I always use a wireless mouse at Lans with no problems.

    Ok cool, thanks for the info.

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  • BigRedBigRed Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited August 2008
    I am going to have to mention something that I hope people see in time.

    If you bought a BYOC ticket from somebody else you *NEED* to let me know who you bought it from and your infos.

    Easiest way would be to get the previous ticket owner to PM me his name/addy/phone, and you also would PM me your name/addy/phone.

    To get your actual BYOC pass im comparing your ID to whats in the database of people who bought tickets. Also if you bought a lot of tickets yourself for many people that are coming with you... only you can get the BYOC passes since its your name/addy that will be on file.

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