I know a lot of people have been looking for updates for a long time, honestly I’ve been in the same exact boat as well. So this might end up being a big wall of text but I’m going to update everyone on the status of our fall event that we had tentatively scheduled, other upcoming events, and LanOC as a whole so hang on this is going to be a long one.
LanOC V20 Update
So to start things off, as you may have guessed we aren’t going to make our September date. I will be announcing a new date in the future once things are locked in rather than trying to run with a tentative date and miss it. I really hate messing up everyone's schedules. The reason for us not having a fall event is basically an extension of what was going on for us in the spring but I wanted to go into more detail because given the number of people who have contacted me (seriously I hear from a few people a day asking about the LAN, I love you guys/girls). Before I do, I really want to be clear that while this has been a rough year, this IS NOT the end. I just want everything to be perfect for you guys/girls.
Basically the building we have been using dropped another renter, a theater production company that would host small events there as well as do their practice each weekend. This affected us in a big way though because they had their own break out box upstairs with five circuits that dropped right into the middle of the room. I considered just going with a smaller event but with our next event being our 20th, I wanted to make it even better, not go smaller. All year there has been some confusion from the building and the production company. The building was trying to buy that hardware so that we would be able to use it but I could never get an answer on it. In the end, I found out just about 3 weeks ago that the production company took it. I was waiting on Cory (because he was local) to go with me up to the building to get an idea of what we would need to build a similar setup of our own but he ended up being way too busy. Alex and I stopped up there two weeks ago and got some idea of the setup, but without someone more versed in power I wasn’t going to lock anything down.
I finally got an idea of what the costs would be with the main cable going from their box upstairs being by far the largest cost (between $350 and $750 depending on the length we would need). We do have a heavy duty cable stored away that was given to us (by Cory) years ago that we need to check to see if it is the gauge we need but Cory thinks it isn’t the gauge we need. The costs of the breakout box and the 5 extension cords we would also have to pick up should be doable but the waiting to find out anything pushed us way too late into the year to be able to put together a proper event on the date we had scheduled.
In addition to all of that, we still need to replace a few staff members and bring on more help on top of that. I was holding off on staff until the building stuff was worked out. I will be looking to add two network staff and one photographer that can also flex to help in other areas as needed. At the start of the year, I did get a few responses when I asked who would be interested in helping with the staff. I’m looking for people who aren’t also on staff for other regional events when possible, there has been a huge amount of staff overlap and I’m concerned that scheduling conflicts could cause issues in the future, not to mention burnout from helping with too many events in a year. Network staff should also know their way around PFSense and Linux. They would be handling our router configuration including QoS and load balancing. In addition, they would also handle game server configurations and maintain those servers at the event and would need to setup and maintain a Steam Cache server to keep the network load low. Bringing on two network staff should help give time for breaks and relieve some of the stress from the job.
The photographer job is self-explanatory really, you would be taking photos of our raffle winners, PCs and people around the event, and other activities. Beyond that, you would be helping at the start of the event to get people seated, help make sure people are hooked up to the correct power, and anything else needed.
All staff needs to be friendly and willing to help people with issues. You also have to understand that there is planning ahead of the event, especially on the network side. Network staff would also most likely have to be able to make it to Van Wert before the event to get equipment to setup and test ahead of time. Anyone interested in either staff job please reach out to me at (wes at our domain) or via the contact form on the website include LAN Staff in the title.
Beyond network staff, I might as well take this time to mention that on the review side of things I am looking for new review staff. If you think this might be a good match for you contact me at wes at our domain.
-Our tentative September date isn’t going to work, will be setting a new date soon
-Looking for Event Staff, information above
-Also looking for Review Staff