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Thank you so much for a great event. Pics and more coming soon!

Firstly we wanted to let you know the dates of our 2023 winter event AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. And they are January 13, 14, and 15th. Save the date!

Now to talk about some of the stuff that was in our post-event survey. Thank you so much if you took the time to fill it out!

Immediate changes and responses based on your feedback:

Here are some things we can address right away and commit to:

  • Announcements (the "notification" noise): - many of you found it jarring, and I agree. Consider it changed
  • Annoncements in general - seemed to be a bit more troubling for some people this event. I may reach out to some of you to understand better.
  • Arcade section returning - A few of you mentioned this, and at present the plan is to have that back for winter. Hopefully with some improvements
  • Wifi - We are going to do our best to have wifi at the next event
  • CS:GO - ok we'll do a CS:GO tourny
  • Ice cream stand - this, no joke, came up like 4 times. We have to hire the ice cream people to be there, and we probably aren't going to do that. We'll look into it, but not for winter
  • Hard Drive hockey will be back for winter
  • Smash bros melee is coming back
  • Hypebot will have some more controls about when its allowed to bother you
  • The guild seating the night before went over pretty well, and I think we'll try to do that again

Things that need more planning but we will be doing

  • Mask policy, covid, etc - As we stated at the end of the event, we're going to try to be more flexible with our approach to winter. We want to accommodate the maximum number of people and be as open and unrestrictive as possible while still being a safe and healthy environment. That means waiting until the days/weeks leading up to the event to see what our current guidance is and trying to stick to that.
  • Extended room for guilds - Some love it, some hate it. The reality is with restricted attendance we have more space for this. As we enter winter and look to remove restrictions this may no longer be an option depending on how many seats are sold. Our setup/layout crew is working on a variety options that we will consider as we get closer to winter
  • More merch - We're going to try to focus some time more on our own merch and give you a way better selection

Things we're thinking about and we'll let you know

  • We're toying around with the idea of 1-2 "competitive" tournaments (cs:go, LoL, RL) with prizing to match, and then just a bunch of slapsticky fun to play for a few hours games that are just fun because there's 20-40 people playing (crab game, golf with friends) and trying to focus more on that. Would love to hear your feedback on that
  • With VR more of a think we might do some VR tournaments?
  • The guild cup went over well but the point structure WILL BE changing, we just don't know HOW yet

That's it for now. Again, thanks the time for filling out the survey if you did. It's always great to hear your feedback and praise. See you guys soon!

Just 3 days away!

July 5, 2022
Our event is just 3 days away! We're here with some last-minute updates! We officially have our schedule up! You can view it here: https://lanfest.com/events/ml2022-summer/schedule We're doing our guild seating a little bit differently this year, instead of having the guild layout picked at random by our staff members, YOU will be able to request where your guild is located! Join us on Discord Thursday night around 8pm, where we will be creating the guild ... Read More

2022 Summer: Tickets, Games, and COVID

May 15, 2022
Tickets go on sale May 20th around 10pm! Join us in discord and join us as we kick things off for our 2022 Summer event. We've already picked our games, and here they are: Valorant League of Legends Back 4 Blood Rocket League Golf with your Friends Smash Bros Ultimate Magic: The Gathering (draft and commander) More on this soon! We've also made our covid policy less restrictive, you can read about that here. ... Read More

2022 Winter thoughts and looking ahead

March 1, 2022
Winter is over and we're gearing up for summer. If you're just here for the date it's going to be July 8th, 9th, and 10th at the fairgrounds again. I (AJ) really can't begin to tell you how great those people at the fairgrounds are. Anywho, it's been a bit over a month and now's usually a good time to go over some stuff we had in the survey and let you know what we have ... Read More

2022 Winter Checklist

January 10, 2022
First the "official" stuff. We're just a few days away! I wanted to thank everyone that helped make this event possible. We've still got a ton to do but we're ready. Probably more ready than we've ever been all things considered. Please take a look at the 2022 Winter Checklist to make sure that you're ready when you show up this weekend. Now, I (AJ) don't normally use this platform in this manner, but I want to ... Read More

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