First timer FAQI am by no means a fraga veteran or whatever; I’ve been there once. But I feel a got a pretty good grasp on how things work. This is the typical questions I think most noobies are wondering, mostly ones I was thinking last year.When you arrive:
So if you were nearly as excited as me, you probably got pulled over on your way to the event but now you are finally there. If you show first thing on the Thursday morning, go for a quick stroll inside so you know where you are going before you start bringing gear in. If you get here right for 9, you’ll have to wait in line, as people will be lined up. If you are as nerdy as me, it’s actually the best line you’ll ever wait in. Registration:
The staff will give you your cool pass (try not to rip it off the first day) with your name. You need that to get in and out – don’t lose it. They’ll check your list of gear, which you should already have filled out and give you your ID stickers for your tower and monitor. Make sure you have ID with you when you get to the front.
Now go find your spot and set up. Might as well introduce yourself to other people around where you’re sitting seeing as they’re your friends for the next 4 days.
* I will post a link to the gear form when it’s uploadedSeating:
Most people I found are quite reasonable about seating. If you and your friend were like me last year and reg’d late and couldn’t get a seat beside your friend – don’t fret. People don’t mind moving down a seat or whatever, and some won’t mind switching places all together. If you’re there early before people get situated you might have better success. Sleeping Arrangements
Don’t come thinking you are going to stay up the whole time, because you won’t. Sleeping under tables:
It's not allowed. I know it might sound all awesome to sleep under a table, but it’s not ideal – trust me. See post below by Cova for an explanation. Tent City:
Typically there is an area to set up a tent. There should be more information posted on this, I don’t know too much about this seeing as I never went out there. I would say if you are going to bring a tent, have something to hold it down, or tear it down. You don’t want to be the guy hearing “Whoever’s tent is outside blowing away, you might wanna go get it” over the intercom. This is probably the best option besides going home or a hotel.
I slept on a cot in the corner of the field and there were a few other people there with air mattress and stuff, a lot better than sleeping under tables I’d say.What to bring:
There is a list already in the http://www.fragapalooza.com/site/sitepages/about/
section, but I’m going to try and expand on that a little.Food and drinks:
This part really is up to you, but generally I think most people end up bringing stack food and a good amount of drinks. Most people still end up eating out pretty much every meal. Software CD’s:
I think a lot of people overlook this but it’s worth the 4 minutes putting them in your bag. It saves you having to download a game off steam, or trying to find someone else with a disc if you just have yours. Downloading isn’t good for anyone and it will just make your non-gaming time longer. Games fuck up a lot – so bring your discs.Chair:
I didn’t bring my own last year due to space, if you have room bring your own. The ones there are not bad, but after a few hours / days it’s worth the time to bring it. It can also be nice rolling your computer in the line up.Showering:
Pretty straight forward, you can use the showers in the change rooms. There are 6 rooms I believe, so yes you can lock the door if you want. You can also use the pool showers but you got to pay for those. Please shower at least once throughout the event. It’s free so twice wouldn’t be a bad idea either.Minors:
This is an all-ages event. The waivers are posted usually later. You will need to get that signed – do it before hand.Rides
: While writing this I came up with an idea: Why don’t we set up an irc channel for people to car pool for food and stuff? Gas prices are expected to get even higher, so that might be a good idea. I’m going to make another post about that and update this. Dual Monitors:
The rule about bringing two monitors is simple: You want to use two monitors - you pay for two spots. As much as your spot may have room, there are power concerns. You really don’t need to have two monitors for the weekend either.Side Note:
If you like movies and programs and stuff, bring an extra hard drive or two. If you have a file server with stuff you would want to share bring that too. But there is a lot of stuff you can quite a lot faster than torrenting.
I know I'm missing a lot of things, post what needs to be added and if you have a question just ask. I'm on here just about everyday so I'll try to keep this updated.