It has begun…

Doors are open, gamers are here and the streams are up. More of that later…

Yesterday saw the EAS (early arrival service) and approximately 1500 gamers turning up to drain every bit of goodness out of LAN. A lot of the UKCS box was in and feeling at home last night, partaking in the famous stone willys, the pizza shop.

Well, like the olympics, insomnia has an opening ceremony too. This one comes with swag for those willing to fight tooth and nail for it, including the boxes the free stuff comes in!

Kritzkast are in the box over the hall with some amazing banners, pictures to come later.

What about the UKCS clanbox? Well if you can’t make it here you can enjoy all of the gaming goodness on the official twitch TV stream. Watch Salva rage or the ballonicorn make a rare appearance.

What about the gaming? Tournaments begin later on today with the preliminary rounds. History has taught us that our TF2 teams have ‘mixed fortunes’ when it comes to competitive play and to me it looks like our DOTA players are into their serious business. Good luck to everyone who enter.

If you have questions for anyone here then hit us up on our facebook, twitter, stream chat or leave a comment here.

Mere Days!

The action is really starting to hot up now. It’s time to think about what to take and giving your PC a spring clean before making the mammoth trip (for some) to sunny Telford.

Public Service Announcement: Don’t forget to bring your O/S install disks with you just in case! Also make sure you have all your games up to date and your location set to LAN rather than where you live.

If you think that gaming will be a little boring 24/7 (or should that be 24/4?) then you could give LanWAR a go. If stalking strangers and constantly watching your back is not your kind of thing then there are loads of exhibitors in the hall including some new faces* such as scan.co.uk / J!NX and the Amazing Cake Company. If that gets you salivating then you are in luck. MP themselves are planning to sell proper Mr Whippy style ice cream at the event.

There are so many competitions on the MPUK i46 Forum that you’d be mad not to enter some of them. In addition to this KritzKast are planning to give away 2 Novint Falcons. Details to come about that one.

Tournaments signups are open for some games. If you are looking for a team, why not post in the i46 forum**? There are already a few floating about for TF2 / LoL / DOTA2 etc.

Plenty more in the pipework so make sure you keep an eye on the minisite in the run up to the event and throughout i46.

 

*They weren’t there at i43!
** If you dont have access, make sure you have PM’d Xerxes with your booking ID!

Multiplay Ticket Giveaway!

Just a quick note to say that Multiplay are giving away a free i46 ticket! It’s on short notice as you have to share their post on facebook by 3pm GMT today. In other news the 20% discount ends TODAY!

The post is on the Multiplay Facebook Page. It is the top post on their timeline.

The UKCS Clanbox may be full, but we are planning to have a waiting list. If you are lucky enough to win and want a place on the waiting list then send Xerxes or Trell a PM on the forum.

Best of luck to you all!

Bring on the summer!

Well that’s all for i45 folks. I was sad not to be there myself, but thanks to Vanillatf2.org you can relive the TF2 side of i45 with loads of interviews with various teams and coverage of all the matches on their youtube channel. The final is hosted on Multiplay’s own Fileplay site where you can also find all the videos multiplay themselves made for every i series for some time. I highly suggest checking out the TF2 finals from i40 and i43!

However, nostalgia is so last weekend. i46 was already a hot topic of conversation for vanillatv at i45, but it does look like the event is going to be huge. UKCS already has 49 people signed up to sit in the clanbox with us. Spaces are limited so if you are thinking of going then it is time to get your skates on! Multiplay has also announced that their Early Bird ticket offer will end on June 6th! Early Bird tickets still come with a massive 20% discount on the face value of the ticket.

If you are thinking of coming, apprehensive or want questions answered then either leave a comment or head on over to the forums where we have an iseries specific subforum. The link’s on the right hand side of the page.

Remember, if you book your ticket and want to be in the clanbox then you need to send a PM to Xerxes or Trell on the forums with your booking ID. There is a small fee involved in this but all the benefits and information is on the Clanbox Information page.

Last few earlier bird tickets!

It’s not very surprising that according to Multiplay the earlier bird tickets (£64.40) are almost gone! There are still plenty of tickets available, but the price will increase. Expect ticket sales to rocket after i45 in may so if you are planning to come to i46 try and secure your ticket at the cheaper price!

Link to Multiplay post.

Photos now taggable on site!

We’ve just implemented a new feature on the iSeries site – photos can now be tagged to show exactly who’s in them! Here’s a photo of SilentImage, Trell and Garner playing Xbox which has been tagged:

Why have we added this? Whilst we were at i43 we got a lot of requests from users to say exactly who was in each photo, and this new system should show exactly who in the photo without any hassle. What’s more, any members that are tagged in photos will also have the photos shown on their profile. Have a look at Trell’s profile to see what we mean! :)

Welcome to the iSeries Minisite

New Multiplay LAN Guide

Don’t say we never give you anything, this is hot off the press!

We have our own LAN guide here. Multiplay have released a new LAN guide, which although is geared towards i45, it is well worth a read if you plan on attending any iSeries LAN.

The multiplay guide is here (PDF Document).

Should you buy EAS?

Yes.  That was an easy article!

If you don’t know what EAS is, it stands for Early Arrival Service, and allows you to take your computer in and get set up the day before the actual event starts.  Off the top of my head, you’re not actually allowed to enter the venue and set your equipment up until 9am on the Friday morning normally, whereas buying EAS (15 GBP) allows you to enter with your equipment and setup at roughly 6pm on the Thursday.  Whilst Multiplay do not guarantee stable internet until Friday morning, it hasn’t normally been an issue in the past.

Being setup and inside early enables you to meet and greet your fellow LAN’ers and enjoy the feeling of starting the Lan relatively early!  I highly recommend you pay the extra monies and enjoy the extra few hours of LAN time.

i46 Clanbox costs

We have been speaking to Multiplay and they have confirmed that clanbox costs will be set at £10 per ticket (exclusive of EAS).

As a result all players who are joining us in the clanbox will need to send payment of £11 via PayPal to LAN@UKCS.net ASAP. The additional £1 is to cover PayPal transaction fee costs and does not reflect a profit for UKCS – there are two transaction fees covered by the extra £1; firstly for us to receive the money from you into the PayPal account and then secondly to Multiplay.

paypal

 

When you send your Clanbox payment, select the Payment type as “personal” and then “gift”. Please include in the comments for the transfer your name, in-game name and your booking ID and ensure that the “I will pay the fee” box is unticked. If you tick it, you will end up paying more for your place as we cannot refund the extra amount.

This information has also been added to the Clanbox information page.