Event Details and Rules

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What Makes These LAN Parties So Special ?

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There are LAN Parties...  And then there's PowersGaming.  Every year we host a competitive FPS tournament while serving up some of the best food you've ever tasted.  Our LAN Party Package Includes Everything Below:

Facility and Food:

  • Large 4 ft. Wide Personal Table with Cushioned Chair
  • Cat6 Cables Homerun to Each Individual Computer from our Primary Network Rack
  • Two Dedicated Dual Processor Servers for CS:GO and Battlegrounds
  • Fast Internet: 1,000 Mbps x 50 Mbps (link)
  • Two High-End Media Servers that Push Our In-Game Action in the Sports Bar
  • Two 65" Samsung LED TV's provide Live Coverage of Competition
  • Dedicated 12TB NAS Server for Movies
  • Dinner Fri Nite: BBQ Brisket and Jalapeno Sausage from La Barbecue Austin (link)
  • Lunch Sat: Grilled Wisconsin Brats on Fresh Sheboygan Rolls
  • Dinner Sat Nite: Custom Cut 1 1/2" Prime Ribeyes from Whole Foods - Grilled on Location
  • Appetizers Served till 2am - Stuffed Jalapenos, Nachos, assorted Tapas...
  • Homemade Breakfast Sat/Sun - Sliced Brisket Tacos and Homemade Migas
  • Award Winning German Dallmayr Coffee served All Day
  • Huge Selection of Imported and Local Craft Beers
  • Iced Caffeinated Bottled BAWLS and Sugar Free BAWLS
  • Assorted Sodas, Juices, Texas Tea, Bottled Waters
  • Wide Assortment of Sugar Free Drinks
  • Free Parking Adjacent to Venue
  • Free Assistance Unloading
  • On Site Sleeping Provided - No Need for an Expensive Hotel
  • Tent City in Back of Venue for Camping
  • 3 Bathrooms Inside, plus 2 Lighted, Flushable Porta-Potties for Tent City
  • T-Shirts - Heavy Duty 6.1 oz, Double Stitched, 100% Ringspun Cotton
  • Washer and Dryer Onsite
  • Enclosed "Sports Bar" with Seating for the Entire LAN Party:

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What Games Are Played ?

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For 2017, we'll host Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as usual, with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (link) as our second offering, assuming they go with dedicated servers like CS:GO has always done.   In the event that doesn't go our way, we'll fall back to Rainbow Six Siege (link).  This decision will be made towards the end of October as we await news from PUBG.

CS:GO and Battlegrounds will play on our own dedicated servers inside the venue (that means < 5 ping from your machine to our LAN servers).  Teams are always 5-man for CS:GO.   Battlegrounds is still in "Early Access" so we don't really know what squad sizes will be available.  Rainbow Six of course, has always been 5v5.  Tournament play is Double Elimination (you must lose twice to be out).

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When / Where Does This Event Take Place ?

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For the last seven years, we've hosted LAN Parties in Austin TX.   While we love ATX and the awesome BBQ,  Jordan, Jason and Gina Powers were born and raised on the Texas Coast, where seafood is the epitome of "fresh",  the beaches are simply gorgeous, and fishing is the only National Pastime.

So for 2017 we're headed back home...  We hope you'll join us for a LAN "Mini-Vacation" near Rockport TX.  The neighborhood has Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) installed so we're fortunate to be sitting on a 1,000 x 50 pipe (link).  She's fast enuf  fer ya Captain.

Doors open at High Noon on Friday Dec 08.  You cannot enter the venue before 12pm, unless you signed up on the volunteer list and either Jason, Jordan or Gina gave you a specific date/time to arrive.

Event is over when tournament play is complete on Sunday Dec 10.

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What About TEAMS ? How Does That Work ?

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What we found years ago, was that allowing 5v5 teams to show up wasn't fair for the lesser experienced teams, and also a guy by himself, or a couple of friends, couldn't come b/c they didn't have a complete team.  So we developed our own formula...  After everyone has registered for the event, we pick Team Captains based on leadership skills and experience.  Team Captains then attend the PG Draft (here) and pick their players from the list of current attendees using a special handicap system we designed (read more in our Blog "How We Create Teams" here).

IMPORTANT:  You will be picked to play on BOTH a CS:GO and a Battlegrounds (or Rainbow Six) team as described above.  This means you'll need to be at the event ALL DAY Saturday and all day Sunday, until your team finishes.  There are no exceptions.

NOTE: Our goal is not to create "winning" teams; instead we build teams that provide a pleasurable gaming experience for each player.  If everybody is having fun, and several teams go into overtime, then we've done our job.  This concept brings out the very best in players; all the while teaching good sportsmanship and respect.  As a result, this makes for some seriously even competition.  In the last eight years, we have consistently gone into overtime in one or more games.

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What Are The Age Restrictions ?

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Because we're serving alcohol, all attendees must be 21 or older (on or before Friday Dec 8, 2017) to participate. There are no exceptions; you must present a valid ID at the door.

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Can I Bring My Own Alcohol ?

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NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL may be brought onto the premises.  This includes hard liquor (whiskey, tequila, vodka etc.) as well as beer and/or wine.  If there's a certain beer you like to see at the event, let us know via the "Contact" tab at the top of this page.  NOTE: You must be 21 years of age on or before Friday Dec 8, 2017 to attend this event.  Proper ID required.

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Are There Any Other Restrictions ?

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Yes...  This event is a "Gentleman's Retreat"  held in a private residence on private property and financed by private funds.  As such, we do not allow women to attend.

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Can I Bring My Wife, Girlfriend, Parents, My Kids, Or My Dog ?

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Space is limited; also, we're trying to avoid distractions, and concentrate on Gaming. Please leave your wife, girlfriend and your parents at home. There are no pets, and no children allowed in this venue.

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What About Spectators; Can I Come Watch ?

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See Above. Spectators are not allowed. There are no exceptions.

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What About Smoking ?

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There's NO SMOKING inside the venue; however we do have a well ventilated "Sports Bar" with tables and chairs that can seat the entire LAN party.  There's also an open patio near the BBQ pits for those who love grilling.   NOTE: We do not supply cigarettes at our events; cigars are limited.  The freshest cigars in Texas can be found at Serious Cigars in Houston; their online ordering / shipping rocks.

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What About Drugs, Or Guns ?

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We have a strict anti-drug policy...  You'll be picked to play on two separate teams and out of respect for your teammates, you are NOT allowed to take drugs during the event.  Regarding guns...  It's not that we are anti-gun, but LAN parties are obviously not the place.

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Tables/Chairs/Reserved Seating

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Each player gets his own 4' table, and all tables have 24" deep shelving for stowing your gear.  We provide cushioned chairs, but if you have a seasoned office remnant that you want to bring, please do so.  Reserved seating is of course available when you sign-up and pay on our secure registration page.

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Where Does Everybody Sleep ?

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Our venue is a residential property that is completely emptied out and turned into a "LAN Haven".  Most players typically stay on site to save money, and just out of convenience, plus there are times when tournament overtime takes us into the wee hours of the morning.

Sleep inside near your table, or set up a tent in "Tent City" (our backyard is huge).  Average weather for December can be viewed here.  No matter where you sleep tho, best bet is to bring a sleeping bag, air mattress or foam pad, pillows and blankets.   Washer/Dryer available onsite.

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What About Volunteers ? Do You Need Any Help ?

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We've been blessed with an amazing group of volunteers that help with setup year after year, but we can always use additional hands, particularly during the event.  Check out our Blog "Volunteering At The LAN" (here) for more info.  If you're interested in construction, you'll need to contact Jason using the "Contact" tab above.

 

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How Much Does This Cost ?

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We make it simple...  You pay one fee up front, and everything else is free.   All Meals and Appetizers, Beer, T-Shirts, Bawls, Bottled Waters, Sodas and more..  No surprises.  No gimmicks.  No extras.   Fees for 2017 will remain the same as they've been for the last several years at $175.  Registration opens on 07/22/17 (info).

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How Do You Make Money ?

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We don't...  It's never been our goal to profit from a PG event.  Since PowersGaming began in 1999, we've donated thousands of dollars of our own money to make these LAN tournaments the most awesome adventure you'll ever have, at an affordable price that will keep you coming back year after year.  Check out some of our testimonials here.

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That’s CRAZY !?! Why Would You Do That ?

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We do this for several reasons.  Love and Respect of the Game first and foremost..  Beyond that, we enjoy the competition, but it's also more fun than you can possibly imagine. Nothing like partying with old friends; meeting new ones...  This is our gift to you.

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T-Shirts and Hoodies

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Your t-shirt is included in your entry fee; hoodies are something we recently added on a trail basis and are $34/ea.  All shirts are 100% ringspun cotton, heavy duty 6.1oz, double stitched on seams.  Artwork usually has at least 8-10 colors; one thing we don't do is skimp on shirts.  Same for hoodies.  For the last 10 years we've used Austin Screen Printing (here); great local company.  Back of our 2013 Shirts below:

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Our Internal Servers

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The days of "Dedicated" Servers aren't what they used to be, as most games today require leasing an online server.  We still run two boxes however...  The "PG Silver Bullet" (which hosts CS:GO internally): Supermicro Server Mobo running Dual Intel Xeon's with 5 VelociRaptor 500's on an Areca RAID card using 128g registered Corsair.  And our backup server, the "PG Black Mamba": ASUS Server Mobo running Dual Processors with 5 Raptor 150's on an Adaptec RAID card using 64g registered Corsair.

We've also got two l337 Media Servers ("PG Media-1" and "PG Media-2")  that push in-game action across our 65" Samsung TV's in the Sports Bar.  Each Media Server hosts two 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s drives with 16g G.Skill "X" Series memory.  In-game sound is piped into the Sports Bar through our Yamaha 7.2-Channel AV Receiver.  Our 12TB NAS Server ("NASSIE") is used for movies/music/videos.

Finally, our homemade router (built using pfSense), guards our network traffic.  With pfSense, we can "load balance" between multiple providers; like Comcast and AT&T for instance.  Or we can grab both a Business and Residential account from the same company and use both pipes at the same time.  We keep an identical second pfSense box for backup.  Finally, each of your computers/tables has 23g Cat6 homeruns from our Planet 24-Port Managed Switches (located in our enclosed server rack).

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Our External Servers

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We used to keep a CS:GO pub or two online, but the way CS:GO plays nowadays this just doesn't make sense.  At the LAN, we typically host at least eight CS:GO practice and tournament servers on our own local dedicated machines; all 128 tick.  Battlegrounds will function the same way.  In the past, we've set up a 64-player Public Server for Friday Night fun.  NFO/Internap/Dallas of course.

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Can I Bring My Own Server, or Switch ?

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We do NOT allow you to bring and/or connect your own personal access points, switches, hubs, your own personal server(s), etc. to our venue.  This is due to power draw, heat dissipation, and protecting the integrity of our network.  There are limited exceptions however regarding personal servers; your machine will need to be setup in the Admin Room where we have plenty of power and close proximity to our switches.  You'll then connect remotely.  Space is limited however; you'll need to contact Jordan via the "Contact" tab above for more details.

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What About In-Game Communication ?

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Over the last 19 years, we've tried every form of in-game voice communication known to man.  From Vent to TS to Mumble, we've had them all.  Currently, it is our belief that Discord offers not only the lowest latency and clearest transfer, but it's also a great way to keep abreast of all things PG.  Please join us by using the "Contact" tab above for an invite to our server.

NOTE: You must have a headset with working mic to attend this event, with "push-to-talk" enabled; speakers are NOT allowed, as you'll be in close proximity with other gamers.

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Can I Bring a Video Camera and/or Take Pictures ?

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Taking videos or pictures, posting posters or any other spreading of commercial material, propaganda or anything similar is strictly forbidden during our event without special permission from PowersGaming.

PowersGaming retains the legal right to place network cameras for publishing on the Internet, and also to publish photos and/or videos taken inside and/or outside our venue on the Internet, without asking further permission from participants that may be visible in the picture(s) and/or video(s).

PowersGaming retains the legal right to edit, publish, modify and distribute photographs, video and audio recordings taken inside and/or outside our venue on various content delivery channels such as, but not limited to, YouTube and Twitch.TV without asking further permission from persons that may be visible in the video or picture(s).

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What About Parking ?

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Parking is directly adjacent to the venue.  Pull into the driveway and use our carpeted 4-wheel dolly's to get your gear safely inside.  Assistants are there to help.  Main driveway is designated for unloading only; please park your car immediately after offloading your gear.

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A Few Words About Your Computers/Monitors/Games

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All computers must have the games we're playing installed; you may wish to bring your software with you in case of some emergency (like a reinstall).  You MUST have the games we're playing installed on your computer BEFORE you arrive at this event.

Please make sure that your computer is in good working order and ready to frag before you arrive.  Admins will have their hands full making sure that the network is secure, and that all of you can connect to and play on our servers.  We don't have time to rebuild your computers :\

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When/How Can I Register For This LAN ??

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You must first qualify for this event by registering (here) on or after Friday 07/22/17; within several days, you'll receive a notification from our Admins regarding admittance.  We'll begin sending out Invites to the PG LAN Tournament on Saturday 08/12/17 (info), so check your email.

For 2017, we're going back to our original method of signups; allowing the 2016 attendees to pick tables first, followed by previous LAN Members, and finally the General Public.

Payment can be made thru American Express/Discover/Visa/MasterCard on our secure Registration Page.  Sorry, but we no longer accept Paypal.  Our Refund Policy is below.  Reserved seating is available upon payment for this event.

PAYMENT / REFUND CRITERIA:

 We know uncontrollable things can come up between now and December -- totally understandable.   But don't buy a seat that you're already unsure you'll be able to fill, just on the off chance that you'll be able to make it, and then cancel at the last minute asking for a refund.   Please Buy Responsibly...

 Based on signups, we place orders for meals, food items, shirts, beverages, servers, etc. long before the event starts.   Also, you'll be picked to play on a team and should you cancel, it's hard to find somebody who can take time off at the last minute and replace you.

 All Package Sales Are Non-Refundable, Including All Cancellations.

 No Cash, Purchase Orders or Checks will be accepted.  You cannot pay at the door.

 American Express/Discover/Visa/MasterCard will be the only forms of payment accepted during Online Signups.  We do NOT accept Paypal.

*** Tables Cannot Be Sold or Transferred by Anyone Other Than PowersGaming ***