Wincanton Memorial Hall, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9JF
Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
August Bank Holiday Weekend
Either on or after Boxing Day
Alec Broughton aka Noodleman
Conor Morgan aka Stoolbend
Dave Smith aka Potshot
Tony Butler aka Sir Tony of Chuntingdon
Back in the primordial soup that was the beginning of the millennium a bunch of teenage gamers decided to gather at Wincanton Memorial Hall in Somerset with our PC’s, piles of network cables, a few switches and a tangle of extension cables. The year was 2000, the internet was full of squealing, monitors were heavy and none of us could drive. Somerset’s bring your own PC (BYOPC) LAN Party was born. From those humble beginnings we hosted several more gaming events with the help of Gigabits and we called ourselves ShinyLorry because, umm, just because.
From 2004 we decided to call ourselves ShinyLAN to avoid confusion with transport enthusiasts. At the same time many of the original crew went to university all over the country to pretend to learn about things for a bit while mostly getting drunk or high (with exceptions). Several different lovable reprobates stepped up over the years to help organise the events and LANs continued in Wincanton on our usual family unfriendly dates over Easter, August Bank Holiday and Boxing Day. We’ve had gamers attend from mainland Europe, others who live close enough to the venue to stumble home for a shower and real bed (shame on them). As the years have gone by our LAN Parties have become much more than just a room full of PC’s linked up chasing frags. We are a large group of friends and we welcome like minded people to our laid back interpretation of what a LAN Party should be. We pride ourselves on our reputation as the social LAN.