What is a LAN?
LAN stands for Local Area Network: It’s the act of linking electronic equipment together, in our case computers.
Once connected, computer can share information and join in on multiplayer gaming.
- I would like to participate in a DGA event, what do I do?
- What do I need to bring to a DGA event?
- When does the DGA event start?
- Will there be any food on sale?
- What games get played?
- What sort of computer do I need to play multiplayer games on?
- How do I setup my computer to work at a DGA event?
To participate in a DGA event we urge you to register. The registration can be found on this website. Once the form is completed you will then receive an email requesting you activate your registration. If you then decide you would no longer like to attend, you can unregister by following the steps in your activation email.
Due to spacing issues, if numbers swell to greater the capacity numbers (40+) we may not permit entry for those who’ve not registered. We highly recommend all participants register.
The computer requirements depend on what games you want to play. If you can play a game in single player mode without any trouble then it should be playable over a LAN. However if you are only just within the specifications you will be at a disadvantage when playing against people with more powerful computers with higher frame-rates and resolutions.
For example here are some system recommendations for some frequently played games at DGA.
- 30″ or less LCD Monitor – recommended for ease of moving your computer around
- 3D Hardware Accelerator Card required
- DirectX 10 or greater compatible capable graphics card with latest drivers
- 2GHz or more Dual Core (or greater) (CPU)
- 1GB or more of memory (RAM)
- Enough harddrive (HDD) space to install and play the game
- Standard Peripherals like Keyboard and Mouse
Make sure you have brought all the necessary equipment as detailed here. Setup your computer just like you were setting it up at home. Plug your computer cables into your power board. It’s important that power boards are not daisy-chained together. This will cause power overloads.
To configure your computer (PC),
Right click My Network Connections > Properties
Click on Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) settings > Properties
Make sure Obtain an IP address automatically and obtain DNS server address automatically are both selected.
Click OK to all.
To ensure you are on the DGA network you can try either of the below.
Click Start > run
If it mentions DGA in the values returned you are on the DGA network.
If it does not mention DGA values ensure that your network cable is correctly plugged into your nearest switch, then try the process again. If that does not work then ask the person who is sitting next to you to ping your computer. Your computer name can be found under,
My Computer > Properties
Full Computer Name
The person sitting next to you then types
Click Start > run
If no results are returned then find a DGA Admin for help. If values are returned it is possible that someone has not configured their network connection settings correctly or at all. In which case find a DGA Admin and in all cases explain the problems and what you have tried to do to fix it.
A DGA event kicks off at 10:00AM on the Saturday of the scheduled event.
This allows for continuous gaming until 10:00PM of the Saturday Night. However pack down time may be earlier depending on the participation left at the event.
Food and Drinks
DGA offers drinks throughout the event available for purchase.
A Pizza run is on offer to the majority of gamers who wish to order pizza.
Check this website for details about upcoming events to see what has been organised.
Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own reasonable sized esky. If drinks get spilled please do not hesitate to find an admin for assistance in cleaning the mess up.
Your assistance in keeping your personal area tidy are greatly appreciated.
As these events are catered for Multiplayer type gamers we don’t stop you from coming along and still enjoying games you would usually play at home in single player mode. We recommend having games associated to the Steam Client:
- Counter Strike Source
- Left 4 Dead
- Team Fortress 2
Please bring along anything you would like to play as we encourage everyone to enjoy their time while attending a DGA. Also during the event we provide a Timetable of popular games to enable all the gamers attending to come together and play large multiplayer challenges and speciality events.
What do I need to bring?
- Your computer with a network card.
- Monitor, keyboard and mouse.
- Headphones (speakers are not permitted).
- Good Sportsmanship.
- Nibbles and drinks.