What is a LAN?

LAN 43

LAN 43 (2014)

A LAN or LAN Party is where we all get together in a room with our computers, link them together to create a local area nework (LAN), and play all sorts of multiplayer video games.

SLUGSoc LANs have grown over the past years to become huge 40+ hour spectacles, with turnouts ranging from 40 to 80 gamers! Everyone gets their own section of a table to setup on, with power and networking provided. Just bring along everything needed for your PC, Laptop or Console to work and you’ll be good to go. We also set up a number of society consoles on our projector for those wanting to play local multiplayer games together without crowding around a single monitor. We also have a quiz, a task list of games and goals to achieve, and we play Jackbox on the main projector during the LAN.

We tend to run LANs from Friday evening to Sunday evening, with a range of passes being offered for different durations. For those wishing to get the full “LAN experience” we provide a sleeping room away from the main area for you to recover each night. During the event we have a rough schedule of when certain games are played, to encourage the entire room to get involved. If there’s a game you want to play that isn’t scheduled, ask around and you’ll usually find someone else who has it and wants to join in. We also provide a tuck shop for drinks and light snacks throughout the event, there’s also a bar next door to get meals and drinks from if you wish!

To see what our past LANs were like, check out our Photo Gallery or visit our YouTube Channel.

What to Bring:

    • Yourself.
    • Desktop/Laptop/Console.
    • Monitor/TV (ONE PER PERSON ONLY PLEASE!)
    • All your cables to make your gear work.
    • Headphones/Microphone (NO SPEAKERS!)
    • Games installed (there is nothing worse than waiting to download/install games whilst others are playing!)
    • Sleeping bag if you plan on making use of the sleeping room
    • Money for snacks, tuck shop and Edge Bar food.
    • Deodorant
    • Munchies!
  • Game face.

What to expect:

    • Fun and stuff.
    • Half of a large table to sit at.
    • Two 13A mains socket.
    • The end of a Cat5e network cable (RJ45).
    • High-speed internet.
    • Large multiplayer games.
    • Tournaments and prizes.
    • Big-screen console gaming.
    • Board & Card games room.
      • Pub Quiz.
    • Task List.
    • A place to sleep in a room separate to the main room (dark and quiet.)
  • Committee members keeping an eye out for your stuff! (We have yet to have anyone lose anything, get to know your neighbours too!)

LAN Favourites:

    • League, Dota, Starcraft
    • Hearthstone
    • Overwatch
    • Apex Legends
    • PUBG
    • Unreal Tournament (We have a DRM free copy)
    • Left 4 Dead 1 & 2
    • Team Fortress 2
    • Battlefield 4/ 1
    • Counter Strike Source/GO
    • Age of Empires 2 (Needs more Age of Empires 3!)
    • Civilisation V (Let’s TRY and finish a game?)
    • Supreme Commander
    • Minecraft
  • And lots more!

Worried about your equipment?

Prey

The best way to deal with this is to bring a friend or ask a member of the committee, if you need to leave your kit give them a yell so your equipment is safe.

We also suggest installing Prey, it is an opensource security program which you can activate and use to track your equipment if it is lost or stolen. With this program installed (supports virtually all operating systems) the chances of you getting your device back is a lot higher!

How to Sign Up.

You need to be a SLUGSoc member and to buy a LAN pass for these events.

Memberships can be purchased at the LANs and LAN passes are sold via the SU website, the link to which will be posted on this website, Discord and on our Facebook General Chat when the event is near.

Anything else.

We suggest you get a lift with someone or share a taxi.

You will have to find your own way there but we are generally have events on the Student Ranmoor campus in the Edge.