Event Details and Rules

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When / Where Does This Event Take Place ?

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Since 1999, PowersGaming has hosted LAN Parties all over Central and South Texas.  Most of our time was spent in Austin, the Music Capital of the World.  While we loved ATX and their awesome BBQ,  Jordan, Gina and Jason 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...

After the 2016 LAN was packed up and put away, we decided to head back home.  Back to "Island Time" where nobody's ever in a hurry.  Where there's no traffic, no city noise ordinances, no county restrictions and zero obnoxious suburbanites living 20 feet to either side of us :\

A couple of months after the move, as we were preparing for the 2017 event, Hurricane Harvey hit Rockport (Gina/Jason) and Houston (Jordan) with a vengeance.  It was a massive setback.  With help from family and friends, neighbors and the local community, we still managed to pull off the ultimate LAN Party.  

As the 2018 event approaches, we hope you'll join us for a LAN "Mini-Vacation" near Rockport TX.   Our backyard is protected wetlands and borders the Intracoastal Waterway.  We've installed Gigabit Internet for the perfect gaming connection.  It's quite the panacea for the perils of everyday urban life.

Doors open at High Noon on Friday Dec 07, 2018.  Event is over when tournament play is completed on Sunday Dec 09.  We'll see you on the water!  (photo: Backyard at the 2017 LAN)

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What Makes These LAN Parties So Special ?

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PowersGaming has been keeping the LAN alive since 1999.   Every year we host a competitive FPS LAN Tournament while serving up some of the best food you've ever tasted.  (Check out our testimonials here)  Our LAN Party Package Includes everything below with your entry fee; there are no extras, no surprises, no gimmicks.  

Facility and Food:

  • Large 4 ft. Wide Personal Table with Cushioned Chair and 24" Shelving Above
  • 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 (Speeds / Ping to Dallas here)
  • 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: Grilled Prime Fajitas with Sliced Jalapeno Sausage (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 Sliders...
  • Homemade Breakfast Sat/Sun - Homemade Migas tacos
  • Award Winning German Dallmayr Coffee served All Day / Night
  • Huge Selection of Imported and Local Craft Beers (2017 Selection here)
  • Our Kegs: United Coffee Stout and Mexican Chocolate Suburban Ninja (here)
  • Iced Caffeinated Bottled BAWLS and Root Beer BAWLS
  • Assorted Sodas, Juices, Texas Tea, Bottled Waters
  • Wide Assortment of Sugar Free Drinks
  • T-Shirts - Heavy Duty 6.1 oz, Double Stitched, 100% Ringspun Cotton
  • Free Assistance Unloading Your Gear
  • Free Parking Adjacent to Venue
  • On Site Sleeping Provided - No Need for an Expensive Hotel
  • Tent City in Back of Venue for Camping
  • 3 Bathrooms Inside, plus 2 Lighted Commodes Outside (Not Porta-Potties)
  • Commercial Water Heater For Non-Stop Showers
  • Washer and Dryer Onsite
  • Enclosed "Sports Bar" with Seating for the Entire LAN Party (photo: 2015 LAN)

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What Games Are Played ?

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For 2018, we'll again host Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (link) with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (link) as our second game.  Tournament play is always Double Elimination (you must lose twice to be out).

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What About TEAMS ? How Does That Work ?

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What we found out 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 (hereand 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).

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.

IMPORTANT:  You will be picked to play on BOTH a CS:GO and a PUBG 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; leaving early would obviously leave your team shorthanded.

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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 7, 2018) 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'd like to see at the event, let us know via the "Contact" tab at the top of this page.  We do not serve any kind of "light" beer at our events.

NOTE: You must be 21 years of age on or before Friday Dec 7, 2018 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:  Cigars are expensive these days, so we can't hand 'em out like we used to.   Plus everybody's tastes are different.  We would prefer that you bring your own cigars.  The freshest cigars in Texas can be found at Serious Cigars in Houston; their online ordering / pricing / shipping is simply the best around.

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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 use drugs during the event.  Regarding Guns...  It's not that we're against guns, but LAN parties are obviously not the place.  Leave your guns, and your drugs, at home.

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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. (photo: 2015 LAN)

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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, like constructing our Sports Bar 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, use the "Contact" tab above.  (photo: Jason building the 2017 Sports Bar)

 

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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 gimmicks.  No extras  No surprises.   Fees for 2018 will remain the same as they've been for the last several years at $175.  Registration Information here.

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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; just show up and boot up.

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T-Shirts and Hoodies

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Your t-shirt is included in your entry fee.  Hoodies are extra $34/ea.  One thing we don't do is skimp on shirts or hoodies.  All shirts are 100% ringspun cotton, heavy duty 6.1oz, double stitched on seams. (photo: back of our 2013 Shirts)

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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 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 to the Sports Bar, as well as our backyard, through our Pioneer Elite 7.2-Channel x 200w AV Receiver.  All speakers are Episode All-Weather.  Our Plex and NAS servers both host 12TB and are used for movies/music/videos.

Finally, our Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Pro 8 guards our network traffic and allows us to "load balance" using multiple providers; like Comcast and AT&T for instance.  In the past, we've used both a TW Business and a TW Residential account; whatever it takes.  Finally, each of your computers has a 23g Cat6 homerun from our Planet 24-Port Managed Switches, located in our enclosed server rack.  (photo: Jordan in the Admin Room at the 2016 LAN)

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Our “Internal” Website

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All announcements and patches, as well as map overviews, and software such as Steam, Mumble, HLSW, etc. are available on our "Internal Website" (below), so you won't have to get online to update or download anything.  The internal site automatically pops up on your system when you access the Internet, with all the info you need...  Hit the "ESC" key to take you outside to the real world.

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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 however, we typically host at least six CS:GO practice and tournament servers on our own local dedicated machines; all 128 tick.  Battlegrounds is currently online, but hopefully will function the same way in the near future.  In the past, we've set up a Public Server for Friday Night fun...

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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 network.  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; 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 20 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 dollies to get your gear safely inside through the garage.  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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You MUST have the games we're playing installed on your computer BEFORE you arrive at this event.  You may also wish to bring your software with you in case of some emergency (like a reinstall).

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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Registration for the 2017 LAN attendees began on Thursday 02/15/18 (info).  Open Registration for the General Public started Sunday morning 04/01/18 at 10am, and will close at midnight 11/25/18 (info).

NOTE:  This is an "Invite Only" event.  You must have at least 5 hours playing time (in the last 12 months) in both Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (link) as well as PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (link) to be eligible for attendance.

PAYMENT / REFUND CRITERIA:

 We know uncontrollable things can come up now and then -- totally understandable.   But don't buy a seat that you're unsure you'll be able to fill, just on the off chance that you'll be able to make it, and then cancel before the event and ask for a refund.

 Based on signups, we place orders for your meals, food items, shirts, beverages, beer and so forth long before the event starts.   More importantly, you'll be picked to play on both a CS:GO and Battlegrounds team; should you cancel, it's difficult to find somebody who can take time off and replace you.   Please Buy Responsibly...

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 ***