Originally Posted by Xhumeka
What about trying something very different like an outside venue? Seeing the generators and cabling setup at the AMD event made me realize how easy it is to get power to remote locations - FILTERED power that works well with no surges or brownouts. I'm pretty sure ALL of us were running off generator power at AMD and I don't know a single person who had a problem with their power supply or computer.
That just leaves us with an internet connection, and there has been a lot of progress lately with line-of-site radio and even two-way satellite setups. We don't need great pings (latency) we just need a fast pipe - I'm assuming at a LAN PARTY we'll focus on LAN gaming and not Internet gaming - the only reason we need internet is for steam access and killing time when not gaming.
Any thoughts on renting an open field for a weekend and a huge tent?!?! Lots of places to pitch a sleeping tent for those who "need sleep"
Given the state of gaming right now the only major title which has "true LAN" would be CS:GO. We're looking to revamp the games list, likely dropping TF2 for Dota 2 or League of Legends. Both games require a low latency connection so satellite is more or less out of the question. As far as a fast enough line of sight system we'd need to set that up directly with an ISP as the faster corporate ones need fixed dish positions so we'd need it to be near an existing communications tower (within 1 km with direct line of sight for best performance). Overall it's not a perfect option. There are venues that work fine for us but Admin has a pretty distinct idea of what he wants our venues to look like visually and most of my proposed venues got shot down due to not meeting the profile or being too bland/generic. A tent outside a venue like the Toronto Congress Centre, International Centre, or Exhibition Place would give us a great opportunity to have on site internet nearby but bringing in mobile cooling to keep it at a reasonable temperature could double our power requirements.
I'll pursue it though as it is a suggestion I hadn't considered.
At the moment the potential dates are:
6th of July if we manage to get Airship 37 again (would have no internet again)
6th of July if Berkeley Church accepts our event and isn't too expensive
13th of July if Admin changes his mind and we use Wychwood Barns
None of these are official or confirmed in any way. They're just the only available days for the event venues and there's a lot more planning than that where something could go wrong and take the event off the table again.