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After two years, the 2old2play.com LAN -- the premier gaming event for older gamers -- returns with Halo 4 to Chicago, Nov. 9 - 11.

Strechgoals:

We made it! Now that the LAN is fully funded we can focus on building a better 2old2play. For strechgoals we're shooting to fund server costs for a year ($3360 at 280 a month), and building out a mobile version of the site. We want to still keep things interesting for those not going to the LAN so if you have any ideas for rewards, please let us know!!!

Please remember entry to the LAN still costs $100 dollars regardless of backing! The LAN will not be FREE nor will it be placed on the backs of others that helped to fund this project. If you want to go, please make sure you back with the $100 option or more. Remember all cash goes back into 2o2p regardless.

The Hotel is now ready to accept reservations. If you haven't booked yet please use this link https://resweb.passkey.com/go/2Old2Play to book your rooms. Booking without using our group code means we are not properly counted for each night we stay which raises the cost of our LAN room significantly. As always, check back here and on 2old2play.com/lan for more information. Go ahead and start booking your rooms!

What is the 2o2p LAN?

The 2old2play Chicago LAN party is one of the first and largest gaming get-togethers on the planet created solely for gamers over the age of 25. It was created as a place for members of the aging gamer crowd to meet up with their fellow peers in an adult atmosphere void of screaming teens and pre-pubescent children.

Over the course of 2old2play.com’s 7 year existence the LAN grew for nearly 4 years without signs of stopping. With that growth we continued to buy more equipment and space each year to fit the growing demand. Then on it’s fifth year the economy imploded and we were forced to take a loss while closing down the LAN for the foreseeable future.

Well now, the future is here and with your help we’d like to build the biggest older gamers LAN party yet. So please join us at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago on November the 9th - 11th as we make history.

2009 LAN
2009 LAN

The Bottom Line

In order to do this we need your help. The reason we chose kickstarter is unlike the years of past, crowdsourcing has giving us a unique opportunity to create a LAN party based on your gaming interests. As many of the original 2old2play members can attest, Halo was the driving force behind our first LAN and it only seemed fitting to hold a LAN party on the weekend of Halo 4’s release.

However we know older gamers have more interests than that. We want this LAN to be the LAN of the community. This means, games like Forza, GOW, Guild Wars 2, Call of Duty, and Battlefield 3 will all be present.

With that we need money. All the cash generated here will go toward the LAN infrastructure. We will be providing all the Networking, Internet, Monitors, LAN space, and Power. All you need to bring is your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC. We will also be hosting tournaments, give-a-ways, and more to help raise money for the future of the 2old2play Community.

Given our experience in the past and our current proposals, we asking for $5,000+ to hold the event. That is enough to cover the aforementioned provisions as well as hotel fees and emergency funds. However this isn’t just about the LAN. 2old2play has always survived by its donations, and small group helps to keep the lights on at 2o2p with their hard earned cash on a monthly basis. As such, any funds over our limit will go to directly into keep 2o2p online and less the burden of these few for the year to come.

So if you’re over the age of 25 and happen to be look for a community of older gamers to meet up with, the 2old2play Chicago LAN will be the place to do it. Our community has a membership of thousands with an average age of 34 and a passion for great games, good fun, and lifetime friendships. Help us make this the best LAN party yet!

2005 LAN
2005 LAN

The Rewards

We tried to come up with rewards that had some value whether you were attending the LAN or not.  Please keep in mind that all rewards will be fulfilled near the date of the actual LAN.  Please make sure you leave the information needed such as gamertag, name, and address to make sure we get you the stuff on time!

As a reminder, this LAN party is for gamers OVER THE AGE OF 25.  Please do not buy a LAN ticket unless you meet this requirement as we cannot allow entry to the LAN if you're not of age.  If for some reason you wish to buy a ticket while underage then we thank you for you're support and we'll see you in a few years.

The Story

Two years ago, the dream died.

It was a sunny, hot August Sunday. Outside the hotel, people drove cars and ate stuff, the world going on as usual. The hotel had Vadered the contract and was trying to run up the bill, and Doodirock was praying they didn’t alter it further.

Attendees had fled the state, not bothering to help pick up the stray cables, to box up the extra monitors. He was alone with the suit in a small room, feeling like he was about to walk the green mile.

He was on the hook for all of it, his credit cards maxed out and nary a safety net in sight. There was no money for the children. It had all been for naught.

“Never again,” he swore, raising a fist to the sky. “Never again.”

But never’s a long time. Days passed. Games came and went. Other LANs were held in other parts of the country, but they weren’t the same. They were missing the scope. The locale. The camaraderie. The Irish Car Bombs. In the absence of LAN, the community splintered, drifted apart. People started to get too … old.

2o2p was on the brink. It needed a spark. It needed an event.

And then, from the neon glow of the electronic ether, Doodirock received a sign … the Halo 4 release date.

Halo, the game that had built 2o2p, was again coming to save the site. The Chief wasn’t the hero we deserved, he was the hero we needed …

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What Happens at a LAN?

The 2o2p Chicago LAN: The final level party for older gamers.

What happens there is a whole lot of gaming, cavorting, taunting, drinking (or not) and having a generally guilt-free good time. Every year, legends are made, some good some bad. No one ever leaves not having had a good time.

Does that sound like your kind of party? Are you too old to play?

FAQ

  • Unfortunately no. While we will rent as many monitors as funds will allow, it's always a possibility that space will go fast in the LAN. You can always bring your own monitor if space allows and set up your own station. However if previous LANs are any indication we generally only use about 50-70% of the stations built at a time. People actually want to talk to each other and not just game!

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  • Absolutely not. The average age of a 2o2p member is 34 years old and the entire point of this LAN project is to create an atmosphere of older gamers. Sure age is just a number, but as a community we needed to create a cut off date somewhere.

    Think of it like getting your drivers licence. Are you really ready to drive at 16? I'm not sure, but the state seems to think 16 is a perfect time. Don't be mad though, who wants to grow up and be old anyway? Just thank god you still have a working prostate and your emo haircut looks totally great on you!

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  • You "can" however this severely hurts our ability to fund the LAN. The LAN space cost is based on the amount of rooms we sell the for weekend starting the day before the LAN starts. Each room that is booked means a cheaper cost for space and more funds for monitors, networks, and internet.

    Thankfully the room rates are fairly cheap so you shouldn't have any issue booking through the Hyatt. If you are looking to save some money and want to split a room, just our forums for finding a roomie.

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  • You bet your bum you do. Anyone who chooses to back more then the $100 cost of the LAN ticket will gain entry into the LAN as well. Sorry if this wasn't clear!

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