In the most literal sense, a LAN party is a gathering of PC or console gamers for the purpose of playing multiplayer games. In the case of PCs, a Local Area Network is set up to facilitate the data traffic, and then everyone plays PC games all day long. It’s probably the most fun you can have as a PC gamer!
In our opinion, though, LAN parties have never just been about games. We go to LAN parties to hang out with people that share our interests and are just plain fun to hang out with. The Laclede’s LAN staff consists almost entirely of friends who met at LAN parties, and we want to give others the chance to make new friends as well! That’s why we try to offer more than just tables and cables – we really do try to give the event more of a party atmosphere, playing music and offering console games on the side to encourage our casual crowd to feel welcome and comfortable.
Laclede’s LAN was originally just a group of guys from the Saint Louis area that liked to dream about putting together a fifty-man LAN party instead of going to class. Over time, the small fifteen person events swelled into twenty, and then thirty, until they eventually grew larger than the dream itself. The staff grew too, as gamers grew interested in what Laclede’s LAN was trying to do and offered to help. It wasn’t long before Laclede’s LAN became the largest LAN in the Saint Louis area, offering the best tournaments, the best prizes, and the strongest sense of community and fun.
Laclede’s LAN is a community. Staff members may change, new games will come out, and computers will be rebuilt. But at its heart, Laclede’s LAN will always be the same: a group of people who love games enough to sacrifice an entire weekend, lug a fifty pound computer hundreds of miles, and subsist on caffeine and sugar alone. Laclede’s LAN is our finest tribute to everything that PC gaming can be.
When we started putting together Laclede’s LAN, we wanted to establish ourselves as fundamentally different in terms of the way we viewed ourselves and the community. We didn’t want to paint ourselves as hardcore or extreme – we just liked having fun and thought the site should reflect that. At the time, every LAN website was black, army green, or gunmetal grey, so we chose a lighter color scheme with light blues and understated greys. Laclede’s Landing is a spot in downtown Saint Louis that honors the French fur trader Pierre Laclede, who started something simple that grew beyond anything he could have imagined – a trading post that turned into the biggest city in Missouri. So “Laclede’s LAN” is sort of a mission statement rolled into a play on words. We have high hopes for LL, but we won’t ever take it so seriously that we can’t have a bit of fun.
Our mission, as a LAN party group, is pretty simple. We want to create a PC gaming event good enough to draw gamers from all over the country. We want to point to that army of gamers to show sponsors that we’re worth their time and resources. And we want to combine all of it into something familiar to PC gaming, but also unique to us: a LAN party that everyone can enjoy, but only we could have created. So buy a ticket, grab your rig and come on in.
Step 1: Socialize!
It’s important! We have a Facebook page, a Steam group, and a Twitter page for our community to get in touch with us. Whether you’re engaged in discussions about upcoming events or just shooting the breeze with other gamers, these are the places where we keep the community alive between LANs.
Step 2: Go to Laclede’s LAN!
Come to one of our events! Buy a ticket to our next event and tell all your friends to do the same! Enter a tournament and bring a team, or just come for the casual gaming and social atmosphere.
Step 3: Give Us Feedback!
We build each event for you and your fellow gamers, so we need to hear from you. What would you like to see at the next LL event? What did you like about the last one? What do you want to see changed? What tournament do you want to see added? If you’ve already completed Step 1, then you know what to do!
Step 4: Volunteer
We are a volunteer organization and are always on the look-up for help developing the community. We firmly believe the power of diverse ideas is what’s need to make the STL LAN party scene great! If you’d like to help us out in an official capacity reach out to a staff member at one of our events or use the “contact us“ form.