Mark your calendars for March 3rd.
Why the third of March? First and foremost, that is the latest break I get in teaching this year – it is St. Paul College’s Spring Break. I think it is best to do this sort of thing when I don’t have to get a class nailed down during the same weekend. Also, and importantly, most of the longest tenured NATLAN attendees said they could make it on the third.
Current plans for the LAN:
It’s going to be in the garage at my home in Minnesota. It looks like the “normal” high for early March should be just above freezing – I think that if we put ~2kw worth of “heaters” out there and keep the doors closed it should work. That said, while planning to do it in the garage the basement has been getting more and more cleaned up and it should be possible to move up to sixteen folks inside should the weather prove to be really foul.
Gamewise I think we are looking at the typical collection (steam games, TF2, CS:S, DOD:S) plus Serious Sam BFE depending on the stability of COOP there. 16 player coop should be a hoot.
New for this LAN, and one of the main reasons I am thinking to do it at my house, is that I am considering providing for remote players. More to come on this – and as much a possible, I’ll incentive those who can attend to be onsite – so check back for more details.
Finally – I’ll have a nine month old at this point. What that means is that I am cool with some people being in the house, but it won’t be a crazy sleep over like it is sometimes. To that end I’ve talked to the Mooney’s who have graciously opened their house so that up to five people can sleep in beds there. We’ll be covering this in some more detail down the line too…