FAQ – Rules/Policies

Is alcohol allowed at the event?

Alcohol will not be served by BoiseLAN unless explicitly stated. For example if we host a “BeerLAN”.

Alcohol brought to the LAN is tolerated so long as it doesn’t cause a problem. Please use common sense.

BoiseLAN reserves the right to ask you to leave or to remove alcohol from the premises if it begins to become an issue.

Power restrictions?

To reduce the chance of overloading power circuits and causing power outages, potentially damaging equipment and interrupting game time, BoiseLAN restricts and enforces a maximum of 600 watts of power per machine; about 3AMPS of power are allotted for each machine.

This is not the wattage rating of your power supply unit but the amount that is pulled from the power supply while under heavy load.

This is the same power rules as enforced at PDXLAN who has run 500+ person LAN parties for over 15 years. Their rules are as follows:

– Attendee seats are allotted 3.75 amps each.
– As a general rule, most single GPU systems, non overclocked parts, are below 3.75amps
– If you don’t know how much power your computer uses, check out a product called a “kill-o-watt” on Amazon
– To stress test your power draw, fire up a game or benchmark software to see what your max load is using a Kill-A-Watt.

If you’re unsure of how much power your system draws, you can rent a Kill-A-Watt from the Boise Public Library to measure your draw.

Restricted Items

Do NOT bring:

  • UPS’s (uninterruptible power supply). They add unneeded load to the circuit. If you are concerned about protecting your hardware, get an adequate surge protector.
  • Speakers. Due to the number of people, headphones are required.
  • More than one monitor, or a giant monitor/tv. Exception: If you truly need the screen real estate you can purchase two seats next to each other or we may offer VIP seating that will allow dual monitors.
  • Weapons of any kind; guns, knives with a blade longer than 3 inches, bear mace, swords, etc. We love to talk about our guns but please leave them at home.

Being a good LAN neighbor

When you sit next to people for a weekend, you get to know them. Treat who you are sitting by how you would want to be treated.

We expect attendees to respect the people around them, the venue, and the staff.

If someone is building a garbage collection, in need of a shower, raging, or otherwise being a bad LAN neighbor please inform the staff and we will hose them down with Axe and/or ask they remedy the situation – depends on how much sleep staff has had.

Tournament and contest rules

Tournament and contest rules will be posted and discussed prior to tournaments and contests occurring.

If there is a dispute on rules or a situation comes up not defined in the rules; the staff member running the event has the final say.