FAQ – Attending the LAN

Badge policy

As BoiseLAN is a bring your own computer event and space is limited we provide badges to our attendees to wear.

Badges must be worn at all times during the LAN as security will strictly be enforcing that only LAN attendees are in the LAN area.

What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring identification to pick up your ticket(s), your own computer with peripherals(mouse/keyboard/monitor/headphones), and if you are able to, please bring a power strip with surge protection. We have many surge protectors that will be set out but as the LAN has grown it has become prohibitively expensive to keep buying them.

We lay out network cable for you to plug into at your table but just in case bring a network cable as well!

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 – we recommend bringing a headset so you can communicate with other LAN attendees in our Discord too.
  • 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.

Is there an age restriction for BoiseLAN?

Yes, if you are under 18 you will need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver with you.

If you are under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also an attendee for the duration of the LAN. Children 12 and under must be supervised at all times; guardians are expected to actively monitor their minors.

Please note that while we are a community event, BoiseLAN is not designed to be a children’s event. Generally the atmosphere is PG-13 with banter and language.

LAN organizers try hard to make sure it is an event with a positive environment but parents need to be aware there will be some adult language and some video games played will also be ESRB Rated M which contains content not suitable for all ages.

Am I guaranteed to win a prize?

As much as we try to make sure everyone goes home with something, we cannot guarantee prizing.

Everyone (except staff) will have the opportunity to win something through tournaments, contests, and our raffle!

Please note: Staff can NOT win prizes. That’s just not a line we want to cross.
Staff may participate in tournaments, but they must donate their prizes if they win to the raffle at the end. They also sometimes play with bounties on their head, so if you take them out, you get a prize. Staff may be sent special goodies from our sponsors and partake (heavily) of the energy drinks though!

Can I bring my speakers to share my Backstreet Boys collection?


Please bring headphones. Speakers are not allowed, please be courteous to your LAN neighbors!

What are the hours of BoiseLAN?

The LAN generally begins Friday night and ends Sunday late afternoon. The LAN has a “shutdown” period between 4-11 in the morning each night where everyone must leave and only security and BoiseLAN staff have access to the building. The 4-11 shutdown period may be adjusted on a per LAN basis and those changes will be communicated out.

The shutdown period is so staff can get rest. We have run 24/7 over a weekend and had only a few make it all night. If enough people can stay the entire night we may consider extending the hours.

Hardware curfew begins at midnight and goes until the LAN opens the next day. Hardware curfew means nothing moves in or out of the building except for laptops. Please take your laptops home with you overnight!

How do I sign up to attend?

To attend the LAN purchase your ticket through our LAN reg link here. Your name must match your ID, or if you buy seats for a friend please give their names.

Please be aware of our rules and policies before purchase.

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.

What comes with a seat at the LAN party?

Each seat is a 4 foot long by 30 inch deep spot. The tables sit two attendees and are 8 foot by 30 inch deep. You may place your machine on the floor or table.

If you need the extra real estate you can buy two seats together to run your triple monitor setup. Otherwise you are restricted to the normal seat size.

Bring a network cord just in case but each spot will be provided a network run.

We also try to provide surge protectors that are set up and ready for you to plug into but bringing an extension cord/long power wires are a good idea.