By SS*Ryly and {DFM}Ice-IX

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I registered within the first minute but a few people still managed to get in before me

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The site lagged about a minute into registration and Ryly received this cryptic confirmation

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The registration statistics were posted on the Quakecon site the next evening

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Our room had a long entry hall

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Which turned into a trapezoid-shaped area

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The bathroom was serviceable

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With the expected amenities

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Another view of the room while Ice-IX adjusts the bungee cords on his monitor cart

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King-sized bed and a small sitting area

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Another view of the sitting area

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This is the last corner of the room . . . The A/C unit

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We checked the check-in area at 9 PM and it was already open so we brought our stuff down

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The Anatole had lots of oriental art all over the hotel and grounds

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Hmm . . . I've seen these before

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9:30 Wednesday night and the check-in area is a bustle of activity

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The head of the check-in line

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Who let this guy in?

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Another piece of oriental art

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MrSeflDestruction's PC case. The PC pretty much filled the case

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10 PM and we are almost to the check-in area!

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Hack tests his BF 2 server build from his PC

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Quite a few empty seats on Wednesday night but they will fill up

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Hack is still testing his BF 2 server build

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The nerve center of the BYOC network . . . the N.O.C.

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10:30 and EvilCow and Ice-IX have their PCs setup and ready to play

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Heh . . . Another loyal Mac user

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EvilCow and his parents

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A lounge area next to the Tournament area . . . Matches were broadcast on the flat-panel monitors

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The nVidia booth had a 16-node LAN set up for gaming

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The giant, glowing Quake symbol in the Intel booth

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I guess if nVidia spent a bunch of money on these chairs, they have to keep using them

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Thursday afternoon and the BYOC is getting pretty full

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I counted 8 SATA drives in the double-wide PC

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It also has its own LCD monitor displaying system status information

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Wide-screen LCD monitors that swivel

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The core routers in the N.O.C.

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A Vintage Radio/Phonograph PC mod

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Another view of the same mod

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The Vintage Radio/Phonograph mod in the dark

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The builder claims no Macs were destroyed in the building of this mod

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Mountain Dew cans are provided for scale

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This mod is radio controlled and mobile!

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It even has little windows for the driver :P

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These Jedi are using their light sabers to attack the glowing balls of light in front of them

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The girl at the Enermax booth said those hats were all the rage at Quakecon this year and everyone was wearing them

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While waiting for the tourney finals to being, an impromptu cup-stacking contest began

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Cup number 17

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Cup number 18

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One team, I'll call them Team XBM, stacked 18 cups . . . Not bad

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The other, Team Q4Max, equaled that mark

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Then added cup number 19, FTW!

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. . . But failed to get in the Guinness Book of Records with the 20th cup

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Front: Ms Moody, MasterTech, EvilCow
Back: MrSelfDestruction, KGB, Ice-IX, and Ryly

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EvilCow and his parents

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The stage for the 1v1 Tournament Finals

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This is kind of what it looked like sitting down

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EvilCow's parents

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Bawls can art

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Start of the 1v1 Finals, Toxic from the winners bracket vs. Cooller from the lower bracket

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You've got to love that Quake 4 hit box!

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Toxic, the winner, asks one of the Quake Girls for suggestions on spending $15,000

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There were a number of additional acts to entertain the crowd

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This guy, Rubber Boy, was just painful to watch

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How the f*** did this happen?

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This box is 18" x 16" x 14", capacity: 13 gallons . . .

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. . . Or one contortionist!

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Hmm . . . Might not be a Mac after all

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Driving the radio-controlled tank-PC out of the BYOC

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Convention news was posted on wide-screen monitors, though it was not always timely

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What time is it kids? Time to check out of the BYOC!

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Now that it's over, this should probably read, "Follow me home from Quakecon 2006!"

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Loading the car for the grueling 6 mile trip home

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The Intel vendor booth fit into 4 Semis like this

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One final look at the Hilton Anatole

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Picking up the boys . . .

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. . . And the cat, too

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The happy reunion