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Windy City Rendezvous
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Lange
May 23, 2014

Update 5/28/2014

Given the unexpectedly large amount of people attending, this event is no longer pay-at-the-door. Additionally, the price has been dropped from $55 to $48 per person. To be guaranteed a seat, you must pre-pay. As Ignite has no ability to accept advance registrations from individual attendees, they have asked that I collect all the registration fees and forward them as one lump sum. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please email me at email@alexvan.camp

There are few things in this world that I enjoy more than a good LAN. Putting faces to names is endlessly satisfying, and there's an undeniable energy when meeting an old internet friend in person for the first time, or even the eighteenth time. Point is, I love LANs and I've been wanting one close to home for as long as I've been gaming. I've finally grown tired of waiting and have decided to make it happen.

Windy City Rendevous is a casual LAN at Chicago's Ignite Gaming Lounge where socializing and fun are the primary goals. Nothing does a better job of fostering a close-knit and respectful community than regular LAN events. Once names are put to faces so much of the online drama just fades away and it's easy to sit down and have a good time, be that a friendly conversation, some pick-up games, or anything else. We're all here because we love Team Fortress 2, and that's the way it should be.

Ignite has plenty of both PC and console stations.
  • When: Saturday, July 26th, Noon to Midnight (12 hours)
  • Where: Ignite Gaming Lounge (3341 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618)
  • Price: $48 per person for the full 12 hours, paid in advance

FAQ

Q: How do I sign up?
A: To be guaranteed a seat, you must pre-pay. You can do so by clicking the "pay now" button below:

Q: Can I arrive earlier than noon and stay later than midnight?
A: You can stay until 3AM if you buy additional hours at the register, but you cannot arrive earlier than noon.

Q: What if I don't plan on staying the full 12 hours, can I buy fewer than the full 12 hour package?
A: Yes. If you want to buy different hours outside of our event package, you can do so at the register.

Q: What is parking like at Ignite?
A:Ignite has a parking lot available right next to their building that can fit approximately 20 cars. Additionally, all street parking around Ignite is meter and permit free. It's one of the better Chicago neighborhoods to park in.

Q: Is the event all-ages?
A: Yes.

Q: Is alcohol consumption allowed?
A: Yes. The event is BYOB, and all alcohol will be stored in a private room that only we have access to. Anyone wishing to access this room must have valid ID and be over the age of 21. They will then receive a wristband allowing entry into this room. Alcohol can also be consumed on the main floor if you are wearing your wristband. Anyone found consuming alcohol without a wristband risks being ejected from the venue. Anyone behaving in a manner that others find objectionable may also be ejected from the venue. Please drink responsibly and know your limits.

Q: Will I have access to consoles and the Rock Band studios as part of this package deal?
A: No. You must purchase access to those separately at the register. To access consoles is an extra $10. Rock Band studios are a separate fee from consoles.

Q: Can I bring my own peripherals?
A: Yes, and you are strongly encouraged to do so. If you decide not to though, all stations have SteelSeries peripherals that are suitable for gaming. Please note that all your gear must be plug-and-play, no driver installations are allowed.

Q: Can we bring our own configs and HUDs?
A: Yes. Ignite is making special arrangements for us to have access to the "Steam\steamapps\common\Team Fortress 2\tf\custom" folder. Normally users have no access to the filesystem, so I'm very thankful that Ignite is making a workaround for us.

Q: Are the monitors 120hz?
A: No. You can bring your own but we ask that you only do so if you truly cannot bear to play on 60hz. Swapping out 30+ monitors is a significant hassle, and Ignite is making a special exception in letting us bring in monitors at all.

Q: Will the event be streamed?
A: Yes. We will have a dedicated streaming station with professional lighting and camera(s). My current plan is to act as host, but let others come and commandeer the stream so it's not just me talking at the internet for twelve hours. You can play or you can commentate or you can just sit and talk to chat. I'll leave it up to whomever is in the hot seat.

Q: Can we stream from our personal station?
A: No, sorry. There will only be the official stream, but as mentioned in the previous question, we will be letting community members come up and be on stream for parts of the event.

Q: Will there be a tournament?
A: No, but you are more than welcome to organize some casual pugs if you like. Please keep in mind though that the #1 goal of this event is to socialize and meet people. Serious competition might not occur.

Q: Is there food nearby?
A: Yes, Ignite itself has a full-service cafe with paninis, hot dogs, shakes, etc. If you are looking for other food, there are a few places within walking distance. If you don't mind walking about 30 minutes, Roscoe Street in Roscoe Village has fantastic restaurant after fantastic restaurant.

Q: Are there hotels nearby?
A: Not within walking distance, unfortunately. There are a few hotels scattered in the nearby neighborhoods that would be easy to Uber or taxi to. Barring those you could definitely find a hotel near O'Hare and use either the Blue Line or Uber to get to and from Ignite. A one-way Uber ride from O'Hare to Ignite will run about $20.

Attendees: 46 (* = not pre-paid)

  • Lange
  • Dashner
  • meb
  • Sezco
  • freakin*
  • tagg
  • Disengage
  • nokk*
  • TicTack*
  • Cloudmaker2*
  • Twilitlord
  • Kip
  • Mr. Owl
  • raxozellet*
  • wasabi*
  • Cold
  • toxic*
  • CelticLady +1*
  • ChaChi*
  • Fenryr
  • Epoch*
  • capnfapn*
  • SirBlitzkrieg*
  • Thorn
  • rainy*
  • Dr. Ploxo
  • julesdoingwork
  • drshadowpuppet
  • MATHYOU
  • Odin's Beard
  • PK
  • LessGhost
  • Pistola*
  • Justin*
  • Pascal*
  • Skyrolla
  • Bluebeefman
  • duder
  • Klepp*
  • gaberoll
  • Frostfire
  • Bob
  • sigafoo
  • Note
  • Loops
  • Grawgs
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#1
Tip of the Hats
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Thanks to Kip for the name!

Thanks to [url=http://teamfortress.tv/thread/17431/chicago-meetup-july-26th/?page=4#117]Kip[/url] for the name!
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#2
14 Frags +

chi-town showdown is better

chi-town showdown is better
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#3
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cyzerchi-town showdown is better

It's not really a tournament though, so there wouldn't be much showing down.

[quote=cyzer]chi-town showdown is better[/quote]

It's not really a tournament though, so there wouldn't be much showing down.
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#4
25 Frags +

you know you could just accept that you made a poor decision here and in life

you know you could just accept that you made a poor decision here and in life
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#5
21 Frags +

I am so sorry you're a beautiful man

I am so sorry you're a beautiful man
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#6
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Chicago is right around the corner, but work's telling me no :(

Chicago is right around the corner, but work's telling me no :(
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#7
10 Frags +

"Once names are put to faces so much of the online drama just fades away and it’s easy to sit down and have a good time"

I love this sentiment! Thanks SO MUCH Lange for putting this together! GXL and ESEA Lan and i55 are nice and all, but having something in the midwest is really awesome!

"Once names are put to faces so much of the online drama just fades away and it’s easy to sit down and have a good time"

I love this sentiment! Thanks SO MUCH Lange for putting this together! GXL and ESEA Lan and i55 are nice and all, but having something in the midwest is really awesome!
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#8
24 Frags +
Q: Are there hotels nearby?

anywhere can be a hotel if you're brave enough.

have fun out there folks.

[quote]Q: Are there hotels nearby?[/quote]

anywhere can be a hotel if you're brave enough.

have fun out there folks.
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#9
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Count me in

Count me in
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#10
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Walk-in casting booth? So you're saying we can just do casting FGC style?

H E L L Y E S

Walk-in casting booth? So you're saying we can just do casting FGC style?

H E L L Y E S
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#11
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GgglygyQ: Are there hotels nearby?
anywhere can be a hotel if you're brave enough.

have fun out there folks.

Don't worry, Chicago shootings are occasional at best.

[quote=Ggglygy][quote]Q: Are there hotels nearby?[/quote]

anywhere can be a hotel if you're brave enough.

have fun out there folks.[/quote]

Don't worry, Chicago shootings are occasional at best.
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#12
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Sounds groovy 8)

Sounds groovy 8)
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#13
8 Frags +

I need to build uber to travel to a hotel?

I need to build uber to travel to a hotel?
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#14
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count me in, i'm bringing capnfapn

count me in, i'm bringing capnfapn
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#15
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I'm using a deathadder 3.5 with synapse 2.0 for my appropriate settings. Anyway I can make my mouse plug and play with the appropriate settings without using the drivers?

I'm using a deathadder 3.5 with synapse 2.0 for my appropriate settings. Anyway I can make my mouse plug and play with the appropriate settings without using the drivers?
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#16
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ChaChiI'm using a deathadder 3.5 with synapse 2.0 for my appropriate settings. Anyway I can make my mouse plug and play with the appropriate settings without using the drivers?

Just set the settings you want on Synapse and that's what it will be when you plug it in to a computer without Synapse.

[quote=ChaChi]I'm using a deathadder 3.5 with synapse 2.0 for my appropriate settings. Anyway I can make my mouse plug and play with the appropriate settings without using the drivers?[/quote]
Just set the settings you want on Synapse and that's what it will be when you plug it in to a computer without Synapse.
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#17
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count me in!

count me in!
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#18
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Thanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?

Thanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?
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#19
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can we have an official afterparty here? https://www.geekbarchicago.com/

can we have an official afterparty here? https://www.geekbarchicago.com/
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#20
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ChaChiThanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?

I don't think so, I use 800 without issue. But I'm not an expert on sensors. I think someone is spreading bunk if they say it's just 1800.

[quote=ChaChi]Thanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?[/quote]
I don't think so, I use 800 without issue. But I'm not an expert on sensors. I think someone is spreading bunk if they say it's just 1800.
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#21
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manaChaChiThanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?I don't think so, I use 800 without issue. But I'm not an expert on sensors. I think someone is spreading bunk if they say it's just 1800.

I think the DA's default to their highest DPI. Just wanted to throw that out there, since you won't be able to change it.

Are we able to change the DPI on the SteelSeries mice? Are the keyboards mechanical? I doubt they are, but I just want to ask.

[quote=mana][quote=ChaChi]Thanks, mana. I also heard that only 1800 dpi is reliable on the deathadder. Is that true?[/quote]
I don't think so, I use 800 without issue. But I'm not an expert on sensors. I think someone is spreading bunk if they say it's just 1800.[/quote]
I think the DA's default to their highest DPI. Just wanted to throw that out there, since you won't be able to change it.

Are we able to change the DPI on the SteelSeries mice? Are the keyboards mechanical? I doubt they are, but I just want to ask.
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#22
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Add me to the list, I guess I can make the effort to be there :P

Add me to the list, I guess I can make the effort to be there :P
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#23
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chachi to be clear what mana's talking about only works with the 2013 death adder which can store settings. my old death adder didn't do that, i needed to use synapse every time (piece of shit software). you should check and see if you can do it at home, maybe just uninstall synapse temporarily?

chachi to be clear what mana's talking about only works with the 2013 death adder which can store settings. my old death adder didn't do that, i needed to use synapse every time (piece of shit software). you should check and see if you can do it at home, maybe just uninstall synapse temporarily?
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#24
Tip of the Hats
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hookyAre we able to change the DPI on the SteelSeries mice?

Some of them. Not all the stations have the same peripherals.

hookyAre the keyboards mechanical? I doubt they are, but I just want to ask.

No.

[quote=hooky]Are we able to change the DPI on the SteelSeries mice?[/quote]
Some of them. Not all the stations have the same peripherals.

[quote=hooky]Are the keyboards mechanical? I doubt they are, but I just want to ask.[/quote]
No.
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#25
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hanbrolochachi to be clear what mana's talking about only works with the 2013 death adder which can store settings. my old death adder didn't do that, i needed to use synapse every time (piece of shit software). you should check and see if you can do it at home, maybe just uninstall synapse temporarily?

I was going to say that you have it backwards and that the 2013 does not save settings because it has no internal memory while the old ones can because they do. I looked it up first and saw one post saying it was possible to save DPI. I guess I'll check this out later, but I don't think it will work.

[quote=hanbrolo]chachi to be clear what mana's talking about only works with the 2013 death adder which can store settings. my old death adder didn't do that, i needed to use synapse every time (piece of shit software). you should check and see if you can do it at home, maybe just uninstall synapse temporarily?[/quote]
I was going to say that you have it backwards and that the 2013 does not save settings because it has no internal memory while the old ones can because they do. I looked it up first and saw one post saying it was possible to save DPI. I guess I'll check this out later, but I don't think it will work.
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#26
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They took out the internal memory starting with the 2013 and replaced it with the cloud servers/offline backups on any synapse you've logged into online. the 3.5g has onboard memory, though, so you should be fine.

Default dpi for the 2013 is 1800, I believe, and it defaults to that without Synapse.

They took out the internal memory starting with the 2013 and replaced it with the cloud servers/offline backups on any synapse you've logged into online. the 3.5g has onboard memory, though, so you should be fine.

Default dpi for the 2013 is 1800, I believe, and it defaults to that without Synapse.
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#27
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oh maybe i had it backwards, huh. my bad. been using an fk for too long i guess

oh maybe i had it backwards, huh. my bad. been using an fk for too long i guess
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#28
1 Frags +

My team was trying planning a meetup, and this gives us the perfect excuse to actually do it!
So MATHYOU, Odin's Beard, myself, and possibly Grawgs will be attending.

My team was trying planning a meetup, and this gives us the perfect excuse to actually do it!
So MATHYOU, Odin's Beard, myself, and possibly Grawgs will be attending.
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#29
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PKMy team was trying planning a meetup, and this gives us the perfect excuse to actually do it!
So MATHYOU, Odin's Beard, myself, and possibly Grawgs will be attending.

I've added you, MATHYOU, and Odin's Beard to the list. Let me know when Grawgs is 100% sure he is going.

[quote=PK]My team was trying planning a meetup, and this gives us the perfect excuse to actually do it!
So MATHYOU, Odin's Beard, myself, and possibly Grawgs will be attending.[/quote]

I've added you, MATHYOU, and Odin's Beard to the list. Let me know when Grawgs is 100% sure he is going.
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#30
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I'll be attending, might be able to give someone a ride on my lil commute from Louisville to Chicago.

I'll be attending, [i]might[/i] be able to give someone a ride on my lil commute from Louisville to Chicago.
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