First time LANners Guide

First time to a LAN? Here’s a guide to having a fun, enjoyable LAN specifically related to CGLAN events.

What do I bring?

CGLAN is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN party event. This means you will need to bring your own computer (desktop or laptop computer) to participate. Things you’ll probably want to bring with you are:

  • A computer, loaded with all the games you wish to play plus any competition games. A list of planned games can be found here.
  • A network card, installed into the above computer. Be aware that some Mac and ultrabook systems do not have a wired ethernet socket – wireless is available as a convenience but may not be suitable for gaming.
  • As there is only one power outlet available for each player, you will need your own powerboard. Ensure that it is in good condition – we will not be permitting unsafe powerboards to be used on the day.
  • All the peripherals you need to setup your computer, such as power cables, keyboard/mouse/mouse pad/controller, monitor.
  • A copy of your operating system and device drivers in case you need to reinstall.
  • Headphones! If you don’t have a pair, buy some! Speakers are not allowed.
  • A plastic storage box is worth investing in – makes carrying all your things in much easier!
  • Some cash on hand for entry, drinks, and food. EFTPOS at the event is not available.
  • Although we will be selling drinks at the event, you may wish to pack some food for yourself.

NEW!!! For CGLan #3 – Summer 2016, Consoles are also allowed. BYO Consoles. You will be required to bring your own TV and all of your required accessories (including Headphones) in order to participate. We will not be supplying any consoles or any accessories (includes TVs) that you may forget to bring to the event.

Preparing your computer

Before the event, you should make sure you have all the games you wish to play installed and patched to the latest version so you can spend the least amount of time at the event setting them up and more time playing!
Steam (Counter-Strike, Half-Life, etc) can be rather troublesome at LANs so make sure that it is fully updated before the event and that it is working fine in offline mode (disconnect your internet, exit and reopen Steam and attempt to run your games) otherwise you may find that you will not be able to play them when you’re there.

Getting there

CGLAN is run at
Cairns Municipal Band Hall
18 Charles St Cairns North, QLD 4870
There is plenty of on street parking on Charles st.

Go here to get additional info on the venue.

What about food?

It would be wise to pack some food with you for lunch and/or dinner for the event. There are some local restaurants close by within walking distance from the venue. If you don’t think that’ll be enough, a pizza run will be organised sometime during Saturday evening.

What else?

If you have any other questions, feel something could be added or are unsure about anything said in this guide, feel free to ask us with the contact form and we will get back to you ASAP.