A gaming center which combines computer-based learning with video gaming. Math tutoring, spectator gaming, tournaments and more.
What is LAN Mob?
LAN Mob consists of two core parts. First and foremost, LAN Mob is a gaming center - a place for people of all ages to come together to enjoy video and tabletop gaming. Secondly, we are a place for people to help one another learn math and other subjects through computer-based tutoring.
Why does Rome need LAN Mob?
In a town of 35,000 people our entertainment options are limited to a bowling alley and a movie theater. On Friday nights you may overhear teenagers talking about Walmart as a viable entertainment option. This speaks to a lack of community and culture which has overtaken the region. LAN Mob will offer an open, vibrant, creative outlet and a fresh entertainment alternative to the region.
In addition our after school tutoring program aims to help students succeed in math and science to prepare them for career opportunities in and around Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
Where will LAN Mob be located?
We will be located at 803 Black River Blvd, Rome, NY at the opposite end of the Teddy's shopping plaza.
What types of gaming systems will you have?
LAN Mob will have forty PCs and twenty consoles (XBOX 360, PS3, Wii U). In addition there will be space for tabletop and other games. See our stretch goals below for additional gaming systems which may become available!
What is the learning/tutoring center?
For three hours every weekday afternoon LAN Mob will transform into a math/tutoring center. Utilizing Khan Academy software we will create a technology-enabled classroom allowing students to work at their own pace and tutor each other in math and other subjects. We will have an on-site tutor to supervise and help organize the class.
How will LAN Mob become a reality?
We've been offered loan assistance from the city of Rome and have tentative property leasing agreements in place. Funds from this Kickstarter will be combined with personal funds and a combination of city and bank financing to fund the total project. $15,000 is the amount we need to raise in gap funding.
What else does LAN Mob do?
Monthly tournaments, 24 hour lock-ins, spectator gaming, food & drink, and a creative space for acoustic shows, stand-up comedy, public speaking and more.
We've developed a series of awesome stretch goals for in-store improvements, sponsorship giveaways and more. Spread the word and help us hit these goals!
$20,000 - Spectator Gaming program
A room dedicated to spectator gaming. Watch in person or live streaming over the web. Is there a modern game you're very good at and would like to play in front of a live audience? Qualify through our program to earn free prime time gaming time in front of an audience.
$25,000 - Free Wi-Fi
We will make free high speed Wi-Fi available to anyone in or around the store. Bring your own laptops and plugin to game from one of our lounge chairs.
$30,000 - Popcorn machine
Because what's better than gaming with popcorn?
$35,000 - Big screen 3D gaming station
Enjoy 3D gaming with friends on a comfortable couch and a gigantic 60" 3D gaming screen.
$40,000 - 1st Gaming Sponsorship
We will have an open competition to give away a sponsorship to a major gaming event. We pay your airfare, hotel, and entry - you wear our logo.
$45,000 - 2nd Gaming Sponsorship
$50,000 - Retro Gaming room
Feeling nostalgic? Can't seem to find a copy of BattleToads at any local gaming store? Want to go Duck Hunting or play some 8-bit Mario? We'll have every gaming station that's not in a museum along with a variety of games to choose from. Relive your childhood!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Setting up and configuring the LAN network for such a complex gaming center can be a difficult task. We have contacts at the Griffiss Technology Park in Rome, NY who maintain computer networks including servers, PCs, routers and firewalls. We plan to utilize these contacts to help solve any issues which may come up.
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