By Rebecca-ann Severy, Staff Writer

Computer Club Students at the Student Center for event

Ralph Plumpton, Nate Carey & Kyle Arsenault at LAN Party
(Photo by Rebecca-ann Severy)

   Friday night’s Local Area Networking Party (LAN) at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) proved to be a successful night with a positive atmosphere and the love of gaming being at the forefront.

   The Computer Club’s LAN party had one of the biggest turnouts the club had ever seen and created an event where, “everyone had a good time,” according to Nathaniel Carey, a psychology major at UMF and the night’s host.

   “It was a really nice, friendly environment,” said Carey, the Computer Club’s Event Coordinator. “That’s what we try to shoot for—a safe, friendly environment where people who enjoy computers and videos games can just hang out. We try to make it a gaming community.”

   Joshua Richardson, the President of the Computer Club, was very enthusiastic with how the event went. He said the night was a major accomplishment due to the surprising turn out. “We had a bunch of people stop by that we hadn’t seen in the club,” said Richardson. “I saw people poke their heads in, and a few sat down at the computers and joined in.”

  LAN parties take place two or three times a semester and go on from 7 p.m.-7 a.m. In LAN parties, people will bring computers onto the beach in the Olsen Student Center and hook them all together. Many people choose to stay the whole 12 hours, which is filled with gaming, eating food, socializing and playing in tournaments, which gives attendees the opportunity to win prizes. Tournaments, which require a fee to participate, are considered the highlight of the night by many people.

   “As usual people loved those,” said Carey. Twenty-three people played in total for both tournaments, which was enough to turn in a profit for the club. The Computer Club will use the money for fundraising and club events. The tournaments feature two different video games for each one. The first one is for, “League of Legends,” a partner based video game in which players randomly get assigned characters to play as and defeat the opposing team, and the second tournament is for, “Hearthstone,” a card game that, “requires a lot of skill,” said Richardson.

   “I definitely enjoyed winning,” said Kyle Morrison, winner of both tournaments. “It was much better than the alternative and it was really great to rub it in Trevor’s face.” Trevor Courdone, a local high school student, was Morison’s partner in the, “League of Legends,” tournament.

   Morrison, who is a UMF graduate, will receive ten dollars in riot points, an in-game currency for, “League of Legends,” and, “a yet to be determined number of packs of cards,” for the “Hearthstone” game.

   Sandy Pov, a Computer Club member and junior early childhood education major credited the tournaments as one of her highlights of the night.  “It’s always good when it comes to gaming to have a competition,” said Pov. She came in second place to Morrison in the “League of Legends,” tournament.

   The Computer Club also saw an improvement in participation with the setup at this LAN party, which was credited by Carey as another highlight of the event.  “Set up was really quick and it only took 20-25 minutes to do all the set-up,” said Carey. “It’s nice to see the club member’s not just show up for the tournaments and food.”

   Even though Carey said the event overall was a success, there was indeed a mishap where computers almost got damaged. A student was running near the computer wires and ripped the computer tower off the table. However, nothing was broken.

  “For the next LAN party… we are going to have a lot more thought put into how we set up,” said Richardson. “We are going to set up the tables up in the arch against the wall and have LAN chords there [against wall in Beach], so they’re set back.”