I set up a thread eons ago on basically the same topic: https://www.teamfortress.tv/34946/future-toronto-lans-discussion
My takeaways from that thread and general feedback and reception of the little LANs at Hunter & Lucas were:
- Ideally a LAN should be a mixed BYOC-PC rental setup
- Do we want small LANs that could potentially happen more often, or go big?
- If we want a BYOC event, we need a venue where we can use the venue's LAN
- Picking a date in advance, what time of year is most optimal for people?
Personal life bullshit at the time aside, I also didn't want to organize another LAN unless I could resolve some of the suggestions people put forward, the big one being having a BYOC option. During that time, Hunter & Lucas closed, obviously losing that as a venue option.
I inquired at Raiders eSports (Now called Hive) some time ago. Their gaming space offered the best compromise of PC rentals, space for people to hang out, eat, drink, and place computers. However when I had inquired, they had discontinued allowing BYOC events. Now that they have renamed/restructured, there's a vague possibility that may have changed.
I visited Meltdown eSports bar around that time as well. The advantage to that space is that it's modular and they're okay with you moving furniture around to make things happen. I can't remember if the PCs they had were rent-able, but BYOC I assume would be possible. I didn't pursue further because the space would be hard pressed to fit more than 12 PCs comfortably in that space.
There's now Ministry of Game on Wilson near the 400, however I haven't contacted them nor have I visited so I do not know if that would be appropriate for our needs. Anyone been?
I spoke the LAN organizer at OCN about organizing LANs in Toronto. The issue they've run into while organizing LANs is that one can't simply call Rogers or Bell for internet for a weekend without forking out thousands of dollars; not feasible for a local event.
Outside of dedicated event spaces, which are very costly especially in Toronto, the next option would be a church's hall. Now, while one could secure a church accessible via TTC and with decent parking, does anyone know the logistics of hooking up a cluster 20-40 PCs? Would we have to rent a generator, or would a room with enough plugs on different circuits be sufficient?
Gritomainstead of wearing pats gear in eagles country i can wear bruins gear in leafs territory
Nobody in Toronto will bat an eye, we're too nice. :)
bleghfarecis this a revival of that sidular lan joint or is this being done independently of that
Is Sidular still active in TF2?