FAQ



1. General LAN Questions

- What does LAN Stand for?

- What is a LAN Party?

- What is BYOC?

- Do I need a special type of computer?

- What is a network card?

- What is a network wire?

- What does NIC stand for?

- Why come to a LAN Party when I have Broadband at home?

 

2. General Venue Questions

- Will there be a place to sleep?

- Is smoking allowed inside the facility?

- Does the facility have security?

- Is there enough power at this facility to run so many computers?

 

3. General Event Related Questions

- How do I know where to sit?

- Will I need to bring my own table and chair?

- Do I have to pay to get in the LAN?

- How do I register for the LAN?

- Do I have to prepay?

- What type of payments do you accept? Is it secure?

- What do I do if I want to pay by Money Order?

- Do I need to provide my real address and name while registering?

- Will there be spectator passes available?

- What is a parent pass?

- Why does my friend or parent have to pay to stay at the event?

- I paid for a spot and my friend paid for a spec pass, can my friend play?

- What should I bring to the LAN?

- What will not be tolerated?

- Can I rent a computer at the event?

- How do I check in?

- Is alcohol allowed at the event?

- Will there be food available? Is it free?

- Will there be free beverages available?

- Will there be Bawls?

- Is there transportation to eateries or hotels provided by theGXL?

- Will there be Internet available at the event?

- May I bring more then one computer?

- How much room is the table space?

- What are the requirements for attendee´ s under 18 years of age?

- Do I need to stay with my child during the event?

- When will event registrations open?

- How do I purchase a money order?

- Do you need a PayPal account to prepay online?

- I paid, why am I not confirmed?

- I paid, but I can not make it to the event. What do I do?

- What if I have a problem during registration?

 

4. General Gaming Questions

- Will you have tournaments at the LAN?

- Do you have to pay to enter the tournaments?

- How and when do I register for the tournament?

- Will I be able to play in as many tournaments as I want?

- What type of games should I bring?

- Will my warez (cracked copy) work?

- What games do people play at the LAN Party?

- What prizes will you have at the event?

5. General GXL Questions

- How did theGXL become?

- What does GXL stand for?

- Is theGXL a Non-Profit Organization?

- I am interested in volunteering for theGXL, who do I contact?

- Who do I contact if I have further questions?

- I am interested in sponsoring theGXL, who do I contact?

1. General LAN Questions

Q. What does LAN stand for?

A. LAN is an acronym for Local Area Network. A LAN is a way of connecting multiple computers together to communicate and transfer data at high speeds; or in our case, allow a group of people to share the same experience together in a video game.

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Q. What is a LAN Party?

A. A LAN Party is a gathering of gamers who connect together by a LAN and participate in multiplayer versions of popular computer games. A LAN party may consist of a small group of gamers or scale into the masses like theGXL, either case, the meaning “party” is to ensure that everyone has a great time playing games together.

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Q. What is BYOC?

A. BYOC is an acronym that stands for Bring Your Own Computer.

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Q. Do I need a special type of computer?

A. The type of computer is more based on the type of games you wish to play at the LAN party. Chances are, if you are currently participating in a title, you will be fine playing it at the LAN. What you do need is a network card to be able to connect to our network.

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Q. What is a network card?

A. A network card is a peripheral that allows you to connect to a network by joining the network card and a network switch together with a network wire. If you are unsure if you have a network card, contact your computer manufacture or search a spec sheet. If you do not have a network card, you can buy one from any local computer shop or major computer store, i.e. BestBuy, CompUSA, & Staples.

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Q. What is a network wire?

A. A network wire is much like a telephone wire with more connectors that allow not only voice but data transmission between two devices. While a telephone wire is RJ15 specs, a network wire is RJ45. A network wire may also be referred to as a Cat5, Cat5e, or Cat6. A network wire is an essential part in connecting a network card to a network switch. You can buy a network wire at any local computer shop or major computer store, i.e. BestBuy, CompUSA, & Staples.

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Q. What does NIC Stand for?

A. NIC is an acronym for Network Interface Card, otherwise known as a network card (see above).

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Q. Why come to a LAN Party when I have Broadband Internet?

A. Experiencing a LAN Party is one of those experiences you can not put into words. A great comparison would be: why go see your favorite band in concert when you all ready have their album? A lot of the same answers used to justify the concert question can be used to answer the LAN Party question. Basically, it boils down to having tons of fun, meeting key people in the gaming industry, creating new friends, competing to be the best in the area, and having one of the best times possible.

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2. General Venue Questions

Q: Will there be a place to sleep?

A: TheGXL tries to accommodate those who actually sleep by designating an area of unobstructed floor space to lay out a sleeping bag and rest. As well, most gamers sleep right under their tables, in their cars, or where ever they can find a spot. Although this is great for some, there are also local hotels in the area. Some hotels less then 2 miles away and will offer discounts on rooms if mentioning the event while reserving a room. You can find a complete list of local hotels at theGXL´s Event Info page.

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Q. Is smoking allowed inside the facility?

A. Smoking is not allowed inside the facility.

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Q. Does the facility have security?

A. The facility is equipped with a top of the line security system that covers every inch of the facility. As well you can count on volunteers from TMG and theGXL to ensure the safety of you and your belongings.

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Q. Is there enough power at this facility to run so many computers?

A. TheGXL has invested thousands of dollars into the Millville Rescue Squad to upgrade their power. Currently, theGXL has installed a massive 1 Ton, 300 KVA transformer to guarantee zero tolerance to power outages.

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3. General Event Related Questions

Q. How do I know where to sit?

A. A seating chart will be provided at the registration desk at the event. theGXL staff members will be available to help escort you to your seat if needed.

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Q. Will I need to bring my own table and chair?

A. No. An 8 by 2.5 foot table will be provided to share with 2 other gamers. A chair will also be provided, however; those wishing to maximize their comfort may bring their own chair as long

as it doesn´t interfere with surrounding gamers.

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Q. Do I have to pay to get into the LAN?

A. Yes. The registration fee is $55 accepted by credit cards, PayPal, and money order.

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Q. How do I register for the LAN?

A.  TheGXL has crafted an Online Registration system to provide convenience and speed for registering you for the event. If there is room available, theGXL will take registrations at the

front desk as a “first-come-first-served bases”. TheGXL Events have always sold out in advance, so be sure to confirm your spot early online.

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Q. Do I have to prepay?

A. No, you do not have to prepay, however; Prepay is the only way to guarantee your spot at the event. Only complete payment for your spot will ensure that you have a place to game at the

event. So be sure to prepay as soon as possible if you´re set on attending − it would be a disappointment to have to turn someone away at the door.

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Q. What type of payments do you accept? Is it secure?

A. TheGXL accepts major credit cards, PayPal, and Money Orders for payment. All transactions and personal information is 100% secure and will not be sold to third party companies.

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Q. What do I do if I want to pay by Money Order?

A. If you wish to pay by money order, you must mail the money order before April 20. Any money order post marked after that date will be mailed back. The money order must be for a complete payment for at least one attendee. You are asked to mail the money order to our accounting officer and not the Millville Rescue Squad. Any money orders sent to the Millville Rescue Squad will not be accepted. Information on where to mail, and what to include with the money order can be found on the registration page while registration is open.

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Q. Do I need to provide my real address and name while registering?

A. We require your full information for several reasons. Emergency contact, prize notification & distribution, and to assure that payments are correctly applied. This information is kept confidential with no exceptions. Your personal information will not be shared with 3rd party companies, and will only be used in relation to past, present, and future GXL LANs.

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Q. Will there be spectator passes available?

A. YES.

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Q. I paid for a spot and my friend paid for a spec pass, can my friend play?

A. A person with a spectator pass may play on the BYOC floor using their friends computer. They may not participate in any tournaments or side events at the GXL.

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Q. What should I bring to the LAN?

A. Computer with a NIC card, a monitor, power strip (surge protector), 25´ network wire, power cables, mouse & keyboard, mouse pad, headphone (speakers are not

permitted), sleeping bag, deodorant, tooth brush & paste, change of clothes, pillow, and money for food and merchandise. Also we recommend that you bring all the latest drivers for your

hardware, and the latest patches for your video games along with a operating system install disc. You never know when something will go wrong, and it´ s best to be prepared for the worse at

the LAN, then to pack up and go home because of computer problems.

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Q. What will not be tolerated?

A. Examples of what may result in removal of the event are: Drugs, weapons, alcohol, nudity, theft, pornography, smoking inside the venue, obscenity that directly offends other attendees.

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Q. Can I rent a computer at the event?

A. Currently theGXL has no sponsored to provide such services. Therefore you must bring your own computer to participate in the LAN.

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Q. How do I check in?

A. Once you wait out the line queue, you will arrive at the main doors. As soon as you exit your vehicle you will walk in and be greeting by the registration desk. Here you will register

yourself, anyone you came with and your equipment. More information will be available about this process before the event in the “Event Info” section of the website.

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Q. Is alcohol allowed at the event?

A. Yes. Alcohol is not allowed at the event.

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Q. Will there be food available? Is it free?

A. theGXL will feature a food court for gamers to  enjoy breakfast, lunch and diner − however the food will be for purchase by the gamer.

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Q. Will there be free beverages available?

A. Yes, there will be beverages available. Currently there are no free drinks except water fountains by the facilities bathrooms.

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Q. Is there transportation to eateries or hotels provided by theGXL?

A. TheGXL provides no transportation to any places outside the venue. TheGXL has put effort into provided a designated sleeping area, and local food court to grant every gamer the option on

staying at the facility during the whole event.

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Q. Will there be Internet available at the event?

A. Internet is not available on the BYOC gaming floor during tournament times. TheGXL staff will open Internet access up for web browsing, e-mail, etc after tournaments have completed. Steam access will be available to the BYOC areas at all hours.

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Q. May I bring more then one computer?

A. The admission fee for the event covers one person, one computer. If a gamer wished to bring and use a second computer during the event, they must make payment for two spots. The gamer

will be issued two adjacent seats at the LAN. This is due to power / network requirements.

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Q. How much room is the table space?

A.  The tables are 8´ x 2.5´ in size with three gamers per table, which estimates to 2.5&acute x 2.5&acute per setup.

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Q. What are the requirements for attendee&acutes under 18 years of age?

A. TheGXL requires that an official GXL disclaimer must be filled out by a parent or guardian and presented at the time of registration. Information about this process may be found at the

´Registration&acute section of the website while registration is open.

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Q. Do I need to stay with my child during the event?

A. theGXL does not require a parent to be on site at the event unless the child is under the age of 13. If your child is over the age of 13 and you have signed the underage GXL disclaimer,

then staying with your child throughout the event is your choice.

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Q. When will the event registration open?

A. Registration is open!.

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Q. How do I purchase a money order?

A. You can purchase money orders at banks, post offices, most convenience stores, and “quicki marts”. Money orders typically cost under a dollar to purchase.

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Q. Do you need a PayPal account to prepay online?

A. No. The PayPal system allows you to submit payments by the use of major credit cards without having to create a PayPal account.  Instructions about how to make payments online with PayPal

are available during registration checkout.

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Q. I paid, why am I not confirmed?

A. If you paid by money order, your status is pending in our registration system until the money order is received. If your payment was by PayPal “Bank Account Transfer”, please allow 2-3 days for transactions to clear – you will be marked as pending during the waiting process. All other transactions are immediate; we depend on PayPal to send your account status to us. While

rare, PayPal can take up to 3 days to transfer funds. If you feel payment has not been applied after 24-48 hours, and it should have been applied, please contact

href=”mailto:info@thegxl.com”>info@thegxl.com

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Q. I paid, but I can not make it to the event. What do I do?

A. Refunds will be given up until two weeks before the event. After the two week cut off, we can not issue refunds due to monitory commitments for the event. You can transfer your reserved

spot to a unpaid friend by contacting info@thegxl.com with specific information.

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Q. What if I have a problem during registration?

A. Be sure exercise all available freely publicized help documentation by visiting the F.A.Q.

If further assistance is needed, please contact info@thegxl.com. Be sure to include a detailed explanation of the problem.

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4. General Gaming Questions

Q. Will you have any tournaments at the LAN?

A. Yes. TheGXL will have several major tournaments and as well be hosting several side games / tournaments. To find out more information about theGXL&acutes major tournaments, visit the ´Event Info&acute section of the website.

Complete details including rules of the tournaments will be available before registration

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Q. Do you have to pay to enter the tournaments?

A.If it is a Pro Tournament you will have to pay to register for those games other than that the only fee you have to pay is the fee to come to the LAN. Once you are confirmed and completely paid for, you may sign up for tournaments.

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Q. How and when do I register for the tournaments?

A. Registration for the main tournaments at the GXL will begin soon after registrations opens for the event. You can register for the tournaments online, more details to come.

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Q. Will I be able to play in as many tournaments as I want?

A. No. Because of time restrictions, some tournaments will inevitably overlap, so restrictions will be set in place to make sure no one is playing in two overlapping tournaments.

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Q. What type of games should I bring?

A. You can bring whatever games you wish, it is only a matter of having others to play them with you. Counter-strike, Quake 3, Team Fortress 2, Call of Duty, and Left 4Dead 1 and 2 are popular LAN games, but are definitely not the only games people play at theGXL.

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Q. Will my warez (cracked copy) work?

A. TheGXL does not support any type of warez or cracked copied game. This is including but not limited to no cd patches and unofficial patches. To ensure that you will be able to play your favorite games with everyone at the LAN, be sure to have a legal copy installed, patched to the latest version, and tested before leaving for the event.

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Q. What games do people play at the LAN Party?

A. With such a wide variety of gamers coming from all walks of life, there will probably be no titled untouched. Popular games at theGXL are Quake III, Call of Duty, Counter Strike, Unreal Tournament, Starcraft, and MORE. As you can bank on people playing those titles, we are sure what ever game you want to play, you can find someone else who would like to play with you.

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Q. What prizes will you have at the event?

A. When available, an official prize list will be posted on the ´Event Info&acute section of the website. Please bare with us while we work hard to maximize the goodies and work out deals with sponsors.

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5. General GXL Questions

Q. How did theGXL become?

A. TheGXL was formed by three tri-state organizations who supported each other for years. theGXL was created with a mission, to host the biggest and best LANs the East Coast has ever seen – taking all aspects of fun, gaming and entertainment to the next level. As the tasks of hosting such a LAN party became more involved and complicated, theGXL outreached to fellow diehard community gamers; s2i being the first to join the GXL. Now theGXL contains a variety of staff members that bring an unlimited amount of resources and talent that has ever been seen on the East Coast.

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Q. What does GXL stand for?

A. The three local NJ gaming organizations who founded theGXL: GoDS, Xtreme Players, & LanSynergy. To date theGXL stands for community and the love of gaming as theGXL has grown and adapted to a variety of staff beyond the founding organizations.

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Q. Is theGXL a Non Profit Organization?

A. The GXL is a not-for profit organization. theGXL helps raise money for selected non-profits.

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Q. I am interested in volunteering for theGXL, who do I contact?

A. If you have a special talent, resource, currently an event host or staff member and feel you can contribute to our team of hard working zombies, then please send an e-mail with detailed information about yourself and how you feel you can contribute to theGXL to our public relations department at info@thegxl.com

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Q. Who do I contact if I have further questions?

A. Our public relations department will be more then happy to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact them at info@thegxl.com

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Q. I am interested in sponsoring theGXL, who do I contact?

A. Please send all sponsorship inquires to info@thegxl.com

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