I know there's an FAQ on the H3XU5.net site, but I thought I would write a fuller one here as well for new people to browse. It's also an excuse to avoid doing something more productive!
Fell free to point out what else should be added/modified. Rai can edit my posts anyway if need be.
What should I bring?
Computer/Monitor/Keyboard/Mouse (or laptop): -
Pretty essential really. If you're missing something, or if it's impracticable to bring everything, just post on the forums and someone will no doubt be able to help you out.
No networking gear is needed!
You can go the NoCD crack route and not bother; it certainly helps not having to change the CD every couple of hours, but it's always handy to have the original in case there's patches or other problems with getting it to work on the network. Reinstalls happen quite often happen!
*4-way power extension: -
Not too critical, as most people only need 2, so chances are someone near you will have spare sockets if you need them. One of more common things to get left behind!
*Gamepad/Steering Wheel: -
Mainly for driving games. Some can be done with keyboard, often with amusing consequences! If you want some football action, then there's usually a console or two around, so bringing an Xbox controller will kill two birds with one stone.
Obviously, 40 people with speakers would never work, so headphones are needed. It'll also help lower the background noise as you sneak around (in game).
Not as vital as you would think. I don't think I've used mine at the last couple of LANs. Shouting across the room seems to do the job. With larger teams, we might attempt to set up some sort of voice comms.
You will need to sleep there at some point over the weekend. I think the best JK did was to get through to Saturday night. Sleeping facilities consists of an empty room. Therefore, a sleeping bag is a minimum. Pillows are good as you can use them on the chairs that you'll be sat on for over 24 hours on! Some sort of airbed is also highly recommended. Duvets have also been known to make a good substitute.
*Ear plugs/Face mask
If you're a light sleeper and are easily disturbed by noise/light, than these might be useful. If you just pass out after drinking, then you can probably ignore these!
Tents are a possibility, as you can deploy a pop-up one on the balcony is you so wish. As for camping properly, I'm not sure. Rasher (the guy who runs these LANs) is only one I know that brings a caravan, and I'm not sure what the arrangements are with the race course are. I did very briefly consider getting a caravan after the first LAN due to the lack of sleeping, but it's been better since then.
Wash kit: -
Nobody likes to be the “smelly one”. For 3 day LANs, you can get away with a flannel and deodorant. For the 4 day ones, a shower is nice. There are showers there, but they aren't that good. They also might be locked for the weekend.
Again, helps keep the smell under control. Depending on the time of year and where you are sat will determine whether you'll be hot or cold. 40+ computers can keep the room toasty, but a cold draught can quite easily cancel that out.
Unless you have something special, or you just happen to do some shopping before you go, it might be best to wait until you get there. Tesco is literally just up the road (about 10-15 minutes walk), and there will no doubt be someone sober enough to drive you up there if need be. There's also hot food available in the main room (see facilities below).
Mainly for the food there. There's always Tesco for cash withdrawal if necessary.
*Lots of free hard drive space: -
The more you have free, the better. It'll become obvious once you get there!
If you're blessed with a big car, then you can bring your own chair. The ones there aren't that good for sitting on for such a long time.
Sense of Humour: -
Alcohol should help in this department! However, it's understandable that you might start getting stressed at 5am as you get killed by me from behind yet again in CoD4!
What games do you play?
The more popular ones played are: -
Left 4 Dead (1&2)
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2nd is NOT played!)
Team Fortress 2
Goldeneye: Source (HL2 mod)
C&C Generals: Zero Hour
Supreme Commander (Forged Alliance and 2)
Company of Heroes
Sins of a Solar Empire
Unreal (various versions)
New for Lan #80
AvP (the newest one)
With the exception of the top two, the others can be had pretty cheaply now.
Is it serious?
Hell no! There's no competitions normally. It's all for a bit of fun. Drinking, chatting with mates and playing games. However, there might be the odd bit of rivalry between us and the other regular GameOn clan, [LIMBO] (being the two largest normally at these events), but it's never serious and is for bragging rights at best.