Let’s Get Ready!

Hello Everyone!

Are you ready for another round of fragging, kill stealing and a good dose of positive competition?
Well.. you better be, because we are back again!
This time bigger, better and faster!

On March 4th, 18:00, we will open the gates to the MysteryLAN battle grounds where we will witness an ongoing onslaught across every gaming discipline! We will finish the event on March 6th with the prize ceremony where the new formed champions will receive their well earned trophies!

In order to keep the gaming gods pleased we require an offering of €15,00 for members and €20,00 for non-members! (grants entrance to the event for the entire weekend)

During the event we will have several competitions (of course with a reward for the winner(s)!). The exact details of these competitions will be announced later on. Of course participation in these competitions is not mandatory and you are free to play any game that you like at any time of the day! Of course we all do this to have fun with each other!

On both the background and foreground we have been working hard to present you the next edition of the MysteryLAN!
With new purchased hardware we can hook you up to a faster LAN connection, better network management, a steam cache (to significantly increase steam download speeds!) and an even better internet connection!
We will now also supply you with an internet cable! No longer the need to bring your own!

So what are you waiting for!? Go sign up before it is too late!

 

– The MysteryLAN crew

MysteryLAN 2016 status update

We’ve started preparations for MysteryLAN 2016 in March. We’ve arranged the location, we’re contacting possible sponsors, getting and configuring the necessary networking gear and getting ready to open up the registration forms!

Last MysteryLAN we were very pleased with the stability and usability of our network setup and we’re trying to improve upon it for the upcoming MysteryLAN! However, this depends a bit on the sponsors and what gear we can find that is affordable. This is a quick overview of last years setup:

Networking gear:
Netgear 1gbit managed switches. As the core of our network these switches tied everything together.
TP-Link 100mbit switches. Every table had a 100mbit table switch, 4 people shared a 100mbit connection.
TP-Link wifi routers. Two routers with OpenWRT, capped and separated from the gaming network for limited wifi access.
pfSense router/firewall. A custom computer with pfSense installed to provide a stable internet connection.

Servers:
Steam caching server. All Steam download traffic was routed through this server. If a download was cached it would provide it from a local SSD, otherwise it lets the participant download it from Steam and cache it locally. This lowered the load on our internet connection and increased the Steam download speed a lot.
Game server. A VM running the game servers. For several games we provided a dedicated server, for example CoD4, CS:GO, TF2, Trackmania, etc.
File server. A VM running the file server. Several free games and updates were stored here for the participants to download.

This setup proofed to be very resilient and we didn’t have any any big network issues. There were some small issues, but it were isolated incidents and fixed quickly.
For upcoming MysteryLAN we will see where we can improve our setup. Suggestions are of course welcome.

For now, let’s all get excited for MysteryLAN 2016!

– The MysteryLAN Crew

Thank you!

Well folks, that was it. Another MysteryLAN has concluded!
We would like to congratulate the winners of the tournaments and we would like to thank our sponsors for making the awesome weekend a possibility!

But foremost we want to thank our attendees for making MysteryLAN 2015v2 a success! We hope you all had as much fun as we had.
We’ll see you all again during the next MysteryLAN in March 2016!

– The MysteryLAN Crew