Laclede's LAN is a group of computer-gaming enthusiasts who have developed our organization over the last 10 years. We are hoping, with your support, to refresh and rebuild the LAN Party community in St. Louis and the Midwest. We have always been about bringing people together in a fun environment to enjoy computer games in a rare way, where you can socially interact with the gamers around you. We have hosted 13 events in the past that all grew upon this idea. While the process of a LAN party might seem simple, there can be significant hurdles to get so many computers organized for competitive tournaments and many hours of gaming in a large location…
Well let’s first start with the basics of what a successful LAN needs:
1. Large space for computers and people - Room for 200 gamers and their computers is no simple task, especially when you account for fire code, power availability, room for tables, restrooms, and then finally the availability and cost of such a space. We are working with Saint Louis University (“SLU”) to develop these events and are very grateful that they are accommodating our needs for such a space. Not only have we received permission to host an event in one of the SLU buildings, but we have also mapped out the power outlets and square footage of the entire building to effectively prepare for a large LAN.
2. Competitive Gaming tournaments - Most people that are familiar with LAN parties know that the tournaments offered at these parties are really the headline of the event – without good tournaments, it is difficult to have a good LAN. So, we have decided to hold tournaments in League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive ("CS:GO"), Hearthstone, and Minecraft – all very very well-known games with millions of avid players. Aside from the fact that we have thrown dozens of successful large tournaments at our past events, we are working with high level players and industry gurus on exactly how our tournaments should be structured. While the competitive tournaments are often the headline, casual gaming with friends is a fundamental aspect of LAN parties and we offer lots of game servers for all attendees to enjoy.
3. Advanced electrical and network hardware (cords, cables, servers, switches, et al) - Not only do we already own some of these valuable tools (5 high performance servers and a managed gigabit core switch -- woohoo, less money to raise!), but for the equipment that we still need we have already laid out complex floormaps of our power grid and have a reasonably accurate estimate of the cables that will be required to bring clean, safe power to all our attendees and their machines, along with a gigabit backbone network. We have also made contacts at Fabick Caterpillar and SLU to provide the necessary power equipment needed for a large LAN.
4. Interesting and compelling sponsorship - We have already reached out to many large companies and are developing relationships to build sponsors – some have even sponsored our LANs in the past and know who we are. Many other large sponsors are being pursued by our staff, but often times those companies need to know we can deliver a large number of people before they will commit to providing highly valuable sponsorship. This means we’ll be tracking down more prizes as we approach the LAN date – I sure bet a successful kickstarter would perk some ears! ;)
Previous sponsors of our past LANs include: Ranken, U.S. Army, Legit Reviews, Nerds on Site, Adrenaline Gaming Zone, Gold's Gym, DeVry University, Steam Powered Servers, Data Jacks, CoolerMaster, Abit, Muskin, Thermaltake, Crucial, Zombie Squad, Case Ace, Nvida, Alienware, Dakota PC Warehouse, A Perfect Fit Promotions, Razer, Fontbonne University.
Why do you need these funds?
Short Answer: To host fantastic video gaming events that are fun, consistent, safe, and a healthy mix of competitive and casual.
Long Answer: To develop a long-term strategy to serve the growing video gaming market, it requires industrial-level power equipment to ensure that all the computers and consoles are running safely without putting our attendees personal hardware at risk. This is a large chunk of our costs, and is generally a one-time expense. When the equipment is purchased, it will support semi-annual LANs for many years -- forming a foundation for the gaming community.
Tell me about the upcoming LAN...
The LAN will be held on January 3rd, 2015 at Saint Louis University and will include casual, semi-professional, and professional gameplay. Tournaments will be held in…
League of Legends - 5v5 Double Elimination
- 3v3 Double Elimination
Counter Strike: Global Offensive ("CS:GO") - 5v5 Double Elimination
Hearthstone - 1v1 Double Elimination, best of three games. Finals are best of five games.
Minecraft - a triathalon of challenges will test your ability to build, survive, and navigate!
Tournament sponsorship and prizes will be developed if the Kickstarter meets funding goals.
Did you say Non-Profit?
In our pursuit of building a thriving gaming community for LAN parties, we decided that it would be great to develop a non-profit organization to support educational programs that teach topics like programming and robotics to young kids. Why? Because we wish that was available to us 10-15 years ago!
As Tony mentions in the video, this will not be forced upon our gamers, and none of the funds raised by this Kickstarter are going to charity. We simply want to build an organization that can grow along side Laclede's LAN and provide meaningful benefit to the young tech-enthusiasts in the Midwest. We have actually already formed a Missouri non-profit corporation, but will need help from the community to be approved on the federal level.
How do I help? What's in it for me?
Anything you give will help build the community and support computer gaming in the Midwest, even if you just throw some change in the jar or adopt a cable in need. We will have shirts for every attendee and getting in at the Early Bird level saves you $10!
Laclede's LAN Staff:
Because we aim for this Kickstarter to develop a community, we hope to keep our stretch goals focused on long-term objectives.
- $800 Above Funding Goal: This additional $800 of funding will purchase a small, quality server rack, along with a heavy duty cart and tubs to better manage the servers and cables. These are mostly small items, but can go a long way in protecting our equipment investment.
$1,300 Above Funding Goal: This additional $500 will be applied to the cost of snacks, food, and drinks at our LAN parties until it is exhausted. We will sell these items at slightly below our cost to pay-it-forward to our gamer community.
- $2,000 Above Funding Goal: This additional $700 of funding will purchase custom mouse pads for as many of our LAN attendees as possible.
- $3,000 Above Funding Goal: This additional $1,000 of funding will be used on the legal and application costs of getting our Non-Profit entity approved by the Federal government.
- $4,500 Above Funding Goal: We will use these funds to reduce the entry price (by a fixed amount) on as many future LAN parties as possible making the events lower cost to our attendees.
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