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Welcome to the PDXLAN FAQ.

If you still have a question after reading this
please contact our online help desk or ask in the PDXLAN forums.

 

 General Questions
Help! I am new, what is PDXLAN?
What is a BYOC LAN Party?
What are PDXLAN's hours?
Is there a layout of the event?
What software does PDXLAN use for communication to attendees at the event?
Can I bring a guest / spouse / child / friend who doesn't have a ticket?
What games are played at PDXLAN?
What are the age restrictions at PDXLAN?
 
 
 Registration Questions
How do I purchase a ticket?
When do tickets go on sale?
Can I get a refund?
How much does the event cost?
What's the difference between Vector LAN, PDXLAN, and PDXLAN Nov?
How do I purchase seats for a group less than 12 seats?
How do I purchase seats for a group 12 or more?
How will I get my badge?
What should I bring with me to claim my badge?
What is the difference between a regular seat and a leet seat?
Should I bring my child to PDXLAN?
 
 
 Computer / Hardware Questions
What size monitor am I allowed to bring?
How many monitors am I allowed to bring?
How much power am I allotted?
How do I see how much power my computer pulls?
What is provided? What is needed?
May I bring speakers?
Can I put my computer on the floor?
Will there be WiFi?
What kind of Ethernet cord do I need?
What can I do if I do not have an Ethernet port on my computer?
What network / DNS settings should I be using?
Can I bring a UPS power supply?
Can I bring (Insert Network hardware here)?
What software / things are not allowed?
 
 
 Venue Questions
Where is the event located?
Is there a room block / hotel for the event?
What type of Internet connection does the event have?
Are there on-site showers?
What food options are nearby?
Can I bring my own food? What are the restrictions?
Can I BBQ in the parking lot?
Does the parking lot allow RV's?
May I sleep in my vehicle?
Is smoking permitted?
How much is parking?
 
 
 Tournament & Contest Questions
When will tournaments / contests be announced?
What are the prizes for the tournaments and contests?
Are there unofficial tournaments or contests?
When are tournament / contest signup's?
Do attendees have to participate in contests and tournaments?
When are tournament / contest signup's?
Do attendees have to participate in contests and tournaments?
 
 
 Forum & Facebook Questions
Where are the forum / Facebook rules?
Can I post advertisements in the forums or on Facebook?
Where should I go for Facebook announcements?
Does PDXLAN have a Discord server?
 
 
 Prizing Questions
What do I do if a prize becomes or is non-functional?
What types of prizes does PDXLAN have?
 
 
 BONUS: Expanded FAQ - Questions we answer a lot. 
Why doesn't PDXLAN just move venues to create more seats?
Advanced Power explanation. Power Supply vs Power draw.  
Buying two seats for more power and space
Is there a Counter Strike or CS tournament?  
Why not -insert game- tournament?

  

 

Questions & Answers 

 

 General Questions
 
Help! I am new, what is PDXLAN?
- PDXLAN is a BYOC LAN party where PC gamers bring their computers to play PC games with one another, socialize, play in fun contests, play in for-fun tournaments, and win prizes. PDXLAN takes place 2-3 times per year.
 
What is a BYOC LAN Party?
- A BYOC LAN party is where all attendees bring their PC, monitor, keyboard, headset, mouse, mouse pad to a location to play video games with one another.
 
What are PDXLAN's hours?
- PDXLAN opens at 6PM the first day, and closes at 6PM the last day. days in between are 9AM-3AM
 
Is there a layout of the event?
- PDXLAN Event layout.
- Vector LAN layout
 
What software does PDXLAN use for communication to attendees at the event?
- PDXLAN uses Discord to communicate with attendees. It is recommend that everyone has this software pre-installed and be pre-joined to the community Discord server that is active at all times, not just at events.
 
Can I bring a guest / spouse / child / friend who doesn't have a ticket?
- PDXLAN only allows ticketed attendees. Anyone walking through the door will need a ticket pre-purchased online.
 
What games are played at PDXLAN?
- PDXLAN attendees play the most popular games. For a really good idea of what will be played, take a look at our Discord server's voice channel headings.
 
What are the age restrictions at PDXLAN?
- Our Minor Policy can be found here.
 
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 Registration Questions
 
How do I purchase a ticket?
- PDXLAN uses the LANREG system for all of it's ticket sales. You can find our ticketing homepage here.
 
When do tickets go on sale?
- Tickets go on sale about 5-6 months prior to an event. For exact timing on this please join our main FB Group for such announcements.
 
Can I get a refund?
- PDXLAN does not offer refunds but does allow you to sell your ticket via the PDXLAN ticket exchange. Generally speaking if you try selling your ticket at least 1 month prior to the event, you will find a buyer. Last minute sales are hardest.
 
How much does the event cost?
- The price of each event is shown on the LANREG event page for the specific event you are looking at attending. Prices vary depending on type of event, and duration of event.
 
What's the difference between Vector LAN, PDXLAN, and PDXLAN Nov?
- The PDXLAN organization runs different styles of LANs as a way to better fit some gamers. In short, PDXLAN are our "Main Events", PDXLAN Nov are our Charity drive events, and Vector LAN is our 21+ event with a bar in the room. Full details of all the events can be found here.
 
How do I purchase seats for a group less than 12 seats?
- PDXLAN does not do group seating for groups less than 12 people. The best way to get a group of 11 or less to sit next to one another is to have 3 people on buying up to 4 tickets each when registration goes live.
 
How do I purchase seats for a group 12 or more?
- PDXLAN does do groups that are 12 or more, but you will need to contact Matt Conwell (mconwell at pdxlan dot com) at least 1 month prior to registration. At that time he'll let you know if there are any group seats left. PDXLAN only sells 50%-60% of it's total seats to groups per event, based on group longevity.
 
How will I get my badge?
- The venue doors will open by 6PM on the first night. You can claim your badge in the lobby. Be sure to bring your waiver and Photo ID.
 
What should I bring with me to claim my badge?
- You will need your waiver and Photo ID.
 
What is the difference between a regular seat and a leet seat?
- A regular seat comes with 3 feet of space and 3amps of power. A leet seat comes with 4 feet of space and 5amps of power. Sometimes there may be more swag offered to Leet Seats, but this should not be counted on. In addition, Leet seats may bring their own chair to the main events where regular seats may not.
 
Should I bring my child to PDXLAN?
- Please check out the minor policy and if that looks ok, buy a ticket. Children must have a ticket in order to attend.
 
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 Computer / Hardware Questions
 
What size monitor am I allowed to bring?
- Regular seats are allowed up to a 27" monitor, provided the attendee's total power draw is < 3amps
- Leet seats are allowed double monitors, or a single larger monitor.
- If you have two regular seats, you are considered a leet seat for power and monitor purposes.
* Monitors must fit in space allotted.
* Single USB 3 Monitors are allowed in addition.
 
How many monitors am I allowed to bring?
- Regular seats: 1
- Leet seats: 2 or 1 larger than 27"
- If you have two regular seats, you are considered a leet seat for power and monitors.
 
How much power am I allotted?
- Regular seats are allotted 3 amps each.
- Leet seats are allotted 5 amps each.
- If you don't know how much power your computer uses, see the next question.
 
How do I see how much power my computer pulls?
- Check out a product called Kill-o-watt
 
What is provided? What is needed?
- Each seat is provided table space, a chair, power, and an Ethernet jack on the table. Attendees will need all of their power cables, surge protector, monitor, keyboard, computer, mouse, headphones, and mouse pad. Please note that unless you have a seat in the Leet Seat section, you are not allowed to bring your own chair.
 
May I bring speakers?
- External speakers or monitor/tv speakers are not permitted. Please use a headset.
 
Can I put my computer on the floor?
- Yes, you can put your tower on the floor but keep a few things in mind:
1. Please make sure it does not impair movement in isle ways
2. Please make sure it is safe for your tower.
3. Wherever you put your computer, you are responsible for making sure it is out of the way. (We'd hate someone to dent/scratch it or something because of its location)
 
Will there be WiFi?
- PDXLAN does not provide WiFi. If you are a hotel guest, you will have access to their WiFi.
 
What kind of Ethernet cord do I need?
- You will need a 25' foot Ethernet cord. Sometimes people on the ends of the table can need a little more than that.
 
What can I do if I do not have an Ethernet port on my computer?
- Buy a PCIe ethernet card and install it before the event.
 
What network / DNS settings should I be using?
- Your computer should be set for a DHCP network, and DNS should be set to obtain automatically. Setting anything but those two settings will prohibit you from connecting to our network.
 
Can I bring a UPS power supply?
- Sorry, but PDXLAN does not allow UPS power supplies. If you are concerned about the safety of your hardware, please get an adequate surge suppressor.
 
Can I bring (Insert Network hardware here)?
- PDXLAN does not allow any external networking devices such as routers, wifi broadcasters, etc.
 
What software / things are not allowed?
- PDXLAN does not allow any type of torrenting application. This doesn't just apply to torrenting illegally, but also to game and software applications that use your internet connection to help distribute files. Some games such as League of Legends, World of Tanks, Blizzard games have this option. Please disable it before you come or you may be blocked.

- PDXLAN also does not allow any type of Network applications intended to disrupt the PDXLAN network. The admin's will find you, and you could be ejected from the event when caught.
 
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 Venue Questions
 
Where is the event located?
- Our events are currently held at the same location:
8439 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97220
 
Is there a room block / hotel for the event?
- Yes. Generally this can be found on the LANREG event page under links.
 
What type of Internet connection does the event have?
- PDXLAN is hooked up with Comcast Business 10GB fiber service.
 
Are there on-site showers?
- For attendees with hotel rooms, yes.
 
What food options are nearby?
- PDXLAN recommends Cascade Station for many, many options. The hotel does have a small restaurant as well.
 
Can I bring my own food? What are the restrictions?
- Yes, you can bring in food for yourself and a friend. The venue does not allow catering of any kind, or delivery of food to more than 4 people at a time.
 
Can I BBQ in the parking lot?
- PDXLAN wishes they could say yes, because BBQ is amazing... but no, the venue does not allow any type of cooking devices in the venue or in the parking lot.
 
Does the parking lot allow RV's?
- The venue does not allow RV's
 
May I sleep in my vehicle?
- The venue asks that you do not.
 
Is smoking permitted?
- Smoking is permitted where legal under Oregon law. Smoking/vaping is never allowed inside PDXLAN.
 
How much is parking?
- Parking prices vary based on length of stay and if you are a hotel guest. Please inquire with your reservation agent or hotel front desk.
 
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 Tournament & Contest Questions
 
When will tournaments / contests be announced?
- PDXLAN announces these on Facebook leading up to the event. Generally speaking contests and tournaments are not finalized until 2 weeks before the event.
 
What are the prizes for the tournaments and contests?
- PDXLAN tournament prizes are given to one random team that participates in the tournament unless otherwise specified. Contest prizing is announced either before the event in the Facebook group, or before the contest at the event.
 
Are there unofficial tournaments or contests?
- Attendees are welcome to start their own unofficial tournaments and contests. In fact in some cases, the event admin will sponsor your event if you have enough teams participating.
 
When are tournament / contest signup's?
- Tournament and Contest signup's are generally at the event. During the opening presentation is when this is announced.
 
Do attendees have to participate in contests and tournaments?
- Nope. You are free to game to your hearts content while at the event. Even if you game by yourself or with just one friend.
 
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 Forum & Facebook Questions
 
Where are the forum / Facebook rules?
- The forum rules are located here.
- Facebook rules are located in the description of the group.
 
Can I post advertisements in the forums or on Facebook?
- No. PDXLAN does not allow company advertisements on either unless you are an official PDXLAN sponsor.
 
Where should I go for Facebook announcements?
- PDXLAN's main Facebook group is where things are announced.
- PDXLAN also has a community group where attendees ask questions and chat about gaming and PC Hardware.
 
Does PDXLAN have a Discord server?
- Yes! You can find it at http://www.pdxlan.net/discord
 
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 Prizing Questions
 
What do I do if a prize becomes or is non-functional?
- First, we are sorry that your prize either broke or is non-functional.

We'd love to help you, but the prizes given to PDXLAN are given to us by the representatives of the company and they do not give us a receipt of any kind. Your best bet is to let them know in the RMA process that this prize was given to you at PDXLAN by the "COMPANY NAME HERE" marketing team.

Please remember to act professional and courteous in your interactions with companies as you are a reflection of LAN attendees everywhere not just PDXLAN. Don't threaten to be mean on social media and tell all your friends - just be nice. You'll always get better service.

 
What types of prizes does PDXLAN have?
- So many prizes. It's a candy store for hardware enthusiasts. Generally PDXLAN has about $100k in hardware prizes per event.
 

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 BONUS: Expanded FAQ - Questions we answer a lot.
 
Why doesn't PDXLAN just move venues to create more seats? 
 
Advanced Power explanation. Power Supply vs Power draw.  
 
Buying two seats for more power and space
 
Is there a Counter Strike or CS tournament? 
 
Why not -insert game- tournament?
 
 

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