By Ryly and {DFM}Ice-IX

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March 6, 2009: Counting down to the start of registration for QuakeCon 2009

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Ic3-IX was number 414 to register

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Nine minutes later, Ryly was number 1190 to register

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The next morning, these statistics from registration were posted

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August 13, 2009: Passing Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World on the way to QuakeCon 2009

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… A store so large, it has a street named after it

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The Gaylord Texan, next right

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The Con site is to the left, the hotel spreads out to the right

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This must be the right place!

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We got to the exhibit space and saw nobody in line at registration and thought "Yes! No waiting!"

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Turns out there was a problem and we were shown to the BYOC pre-registration waiting line :-(

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The BYOC waiting list line wasn't too long … yet

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Ryly whiles away the time playing Word Warp on her iPhone

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Rounding the last turn in the line, heading down the home stretch to the door

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We're almost at the door with these people are still behind us

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The BYOC waiting list line has grown a bit in the last two hours

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This will be our "home" for the next four days

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Ic3-IX's computer is set up and ready for some Quake Live

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… And he's off to frag

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Ryly enjoys the new Quake Live client for Mac OS X

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Longcat is looooooooooooooong!

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An interview being conducted on the row next to us

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Ventrillo was giving away a Kona blue 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 Coupe

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The car had a supercharged 5.4 liter V-8 that produced 540 horsepower and 510 ft-lb of torque … w00f!

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A Craftsman Truck Series Toyota on display

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Sponsored by Ventrillo

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Ryly ventured into this crowd to grab some swag … She came out with a T-shirt

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The QuakeCon 2009 tournament area with computers were provided by Alienware

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CTF action in the tournament area

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The QuakeCon tournaments were broadcast in and

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djWHEAT provides frag-by-frag and commentary for the Quake Live Masters match between k1llsen vs. chance

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Some of the production crew in the background that make the broadcast magic happen

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Rapha and others watch the match between k1llsen and chance

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AMD/ATI was filming an overclocking demonstration … Just add liquid nitrogen and crank the voltage

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Your PC doesn't need an expensive case …

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… Some wire baskets work just fine

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Gamers … Powered by Bawls

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Liquid cooled PC

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Nice paint job on this case

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A 15-disk array with room for another shelf of 15 disks

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PC with a case made of Legos

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Double-wide case

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A 5-disk array mounted inside the case

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The Stormbringer PC

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Grabbing some shut-eye in the BYOC

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Super Mario Bros. blocks

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2009 was the largest QuakeCon ever but there were still a few empty seats in the BYOC

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Acrylic cases seem to be making a comeback this year

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There were a number of clans and clubs with banners in the BYOC

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We got a chuckle from this wallpaper

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A wallpaper commemorating the first QuakeCon in 1996

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A very neat and tidy liquid-cooled PC

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Even the SLI video is liquid cooled

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When designing cooling for your PC, be sure to consider the human element

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Using an LED fan can provide some ambient lighting as well as some local air conditioning

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His and hers Mr. and Ms. Pac-man cases

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Pikachu is ready for QuakeCon

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More empty seats in the BYOC

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This custom machine can play a bazillion different arcade games

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Some seats were informally reserved but never seemed to have been claimed

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The Barbequer PC returns to QuakeCon

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A surplus ammo carrier repurposed as a PC case

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The business end of the ammo carrier PC

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This PC was given away during the finals party at QuakeCon 2007

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If there is an age requirement to join this clan, Ic3-IX probably qualifies

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The Geezer definitely has a nice PC

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This PC has been to QuakeCon before

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This PC was displayed in the nVidia Lounge area of the BYOC

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We're not sure how this tied together but the mod was called "Project Away Team"

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Another case mod on display in the nVidia Lounge area of the BYOC

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A Galaga case mod built from wooden blocks … The front

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… And the back

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A Craftsman tool chest case mod

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This suitcase mod has the PC in the base and the LCD monitor mounted in the lid

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A very simple acrylic case

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We have to give a fellow Aggie some props … Wh00p!

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We've heard that people start to look like their dogs but do PCs start to look like their owners?

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Another water-cooled rig

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A nice mini-PC case

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He's not sleeping … He's just resting his eyes

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Pizza, breakfast of gamers

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It looks like optical drive repairs are underway on this acrylic-cased PC

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The six story Bawls tower in beautiful Grapevine, Texas

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More liquid cooling

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This acrylic cased PC was entered in the case modding contest

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Another acrylic cased PC

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The internal lighting of the acrylic cases photographs well in the dark BYOC

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Another mini-PC case

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This custom cased PC is small and lightweight

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It looks pretty good in the dark too

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We like the gauge on this PC

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This huge monitor was at the end of our row

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Case mod using a plastic milk crate

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We like the hinged and lockable acrylic cover too

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Another case with a flame paint job

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The green glow under the case really tied into the green flames

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Playing Quake Live on a netbook … About a constant 38 FPS

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Plz keep this area clean

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Each gamer was allocated 3 feet of table space in the BYOC … In some places, things got a bit tight

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Another Danger Den acrylic case

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This one has liquid cooling

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The beer micro-keg PC

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Another liquid-cooled PC with blue LED lighting

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The CPU was liquid cooled but the GPU was not

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This guy is ready for a long night of gaming

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The paint theme on the case extends to the monitor and the mouse pad

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This BYOC clan banner is for Team 1337

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Taking a break from Quake Live

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Even more liquid cooling

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Liquid cooling the CPU and the GPU

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A surplus gas mask gives this case a unique look

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Even in the dark, the look is very unique

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Another excellent flame paint job on this case

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This case has a very intricate cutout design

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Obviously a d0g lover

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This seems to have almost everything you need for some MAME gaming

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It looks like this PC can handle some serious overclocking

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Another view of the same PC

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A very spartan case design

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A lot of time went into building this beautiful walnut case

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Another acrylic case with cold cathode tube lighting

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That's colored aquarium gravel at the bottom of the case

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Interestingly, this case appears to have liquid cooling but the CPU also has a Zalman CNPS9700 cooler

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Todd Hollenshead kicked off the Quake Live Grand Finals event on Saturday night

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Marty Stratton also said a few words

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The last two teams in the CTF Championship wait off-stage while Todd introduces the broadcast team

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The QuakeCon Girls for 2009

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Team fnatic (l1nkje, stermy, Spart1e, fox, and deus) finished third in the CTF Championship and collected $4000

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Team Who Run It (eisenkreuz, icel0re, pyro, and kgb) finished second and collected $6000

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Team Evil Geniuses (DaHanG, clampOK, id_, and Viju) won the CTF finals 2-0 and collected $12,000

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In the Quake Live Open Tournament, Cliffy finished third, HardUp finished second, and Flysher won the $1500 first prize

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Todd and Marty kill some time by tossing swag to the crowd

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The swag included copies of Wolfenstein for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 … The game, at the time, had not been publically released yet

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The Quake Live Masters Tournament was a best of five match with Spart1e taking the first map (Trinity) 5-4

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The second map (Campground Redux) also went to Spart1e 9-8 although both players made comebacks to take the lead during the game

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Rapha won the third map (Vertical Vengeance) 12-9 to stay alive in the finals

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Rapha completely dominated on the fourth map (Lost World) 17-1 to tie the match at two games each

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Rapha won the fifth map (The House of Decay) 9-3 to win one of the most exciting QuakeCon Duel finals ever, three maps to two

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Cypher finished third in the Quake Live Masters Tournament and collected $4000

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Spart1e collected $7500 for his second place finish

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Rapha was crowned the QuakeCon 2009 Masters Champion amid wild cheers and collected $14,000 for his efforts

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The three winners from the QuakeCon 2009 Masters Championship

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Of course, you cannot bring a PC to QuakeCon and not play in the BYOC

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Despite a city-wide power spike and a DDOS attack, pings were generally single digit all weekend

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It seemed like there were more Quake Live players and servers last year

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But we never had a problem finding a FFA, CA, or CTF game to join

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id also created an InstaCTF server type especially for QuakeCon 2009

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This was one of our last games … Nice ping :-)

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Quake Live keeps track of each players stats during play

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A feature that returned to Quake Live just in time for QuakeCon 2009 was the leader board which ranked players based on performance

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In the Atrium of the Gaylord Texan, a 1/24 scale model railroad and town was set up

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At night, the ferris wheel was lit

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There were several trains running a separate circuits

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This guy was cleaning the tracks with a long-handled duster