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Have some questions about the event? Take a look here to see if they have been answered!
Where do I park and load in equipment?
The Grand Wayne Convention Center and FortLAN highly suggests parking at the Civic Garage, just East of the GWCC. There is a sky-bridge connected inside the Civic Garage that will lead you directly into the Hilton and then into the GWCC. We won’t have any carts for hauling gear, so please be prepared to bring your own.
- Metered parking on the streets is FREE after 5:00pm on Friday and is FREE on the weekends.
- The Civic Garage and Harrison Square Parking Garage is $8 a day.
- Parking at the Harrison Square Parking Garage is free to those staying at the FortCON hotel, The Marriot Courtyard
- For Fort Wayne parking information, refer to this resource.
!DO NOT LOAD IN ANY GEAR THROUGH THE GLASS DOORS ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE GRAND WAYNE CONVENTION CENTER! THEY ARE FRAGILE AND THE GWCC HAS INFORMED US THEY HAVE BEEN BROKEN IN THE PAST! SO PLEASE RESPECT THEIR REQUEST!
However! Feel free to drop off equipment and load in through the side doors toward the Southwest side of the GWCC and the doors just East of the glass doors. The loading zone parking on Jefferson/Lincoln Highway isn’t long and your car may be towed. Any cars left unattended for a lengthy period of time are subject to towing or ticketed! The GWCC and FortLAN are not responsible for your car or any of your equipment so consider having a friend watch your equipment while you park your car. Please be considerate to others when using these loading zones!
Is there an official FortCON hotel?
Yes! The Courtyard Marriot right across from the Grand Wayne Convention Center has a FortCON rate of $109 a night. Complimentary parking is provided to all FortCON attendees. Here’s the link for the FortCON rate. Also consider posting on the FortCON event page as well as our Discord server if you are looking to share a room with another attendee.
If you are looking for an alternative, check out Airbnb for local rentals in the area. There are plenty of good deals on there!
What’s the deal with security? Is my equipment safe?
We have never had any issues in past with thievery and rowdy people. That’s not to say it will never happen, but we like to give our attendees the benefit of the doubt. With that being said, we will have a FortLAN staff member around at all hours of the night as a liaison for the GWCC desk staff and the Fort Wayne Police. We will have a Fort Wayne Police Officer on hand during after hours (10p – 8a) if a issues arise. There are also plenty of security cameras around the venue to ensure security.
If you are concerned, we suggest investing in a Kingston Lock and a means to tie your cables around that and/or your computer. If feel unsafe and plan on leaving for awhile, pack your peripherals (keyboard, mouse, headphones, etc.) in a backpack or bag and take them with you. Also, ask your friends and those around you to be vigilant and do the same for them as well.
Do I have to sign a waiver for this event?
Yes! You absolutely must! Please read through it carefully.
When is registration/sign-in open?
There will be no registration/sign-in after 10:00p any night due to security concerns as discussed with the Grand Wayne Convention Center and Fort Wayne Police.
- Friday: 6:00p – 10:00p
- Saturday: 8:00a – 10:00p
- Sunday: 8:00a – 3:00p
- VIP can start signing in at 5:00p on Friday!
XscapE Gaming Center Cafe
XscapE Gaming Center Cafe will be hosting our console games for FortCON after a successful partnership at FortLAN VIII. They will be hosting our $300 prize pool Super Smash Bros. Wii U tournament, as well as Street Fighter V, Call of Duty Black Ops II, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Check out their XscapE Gaming Center Cafe on Stellhorn Rd. in Fort Wayne and their gaming cafe! They host plenty of tournaments and special events to bring gamers together!
The Deck Factory is a new partner with FortLAN this year and we are excited to involve them in our gaming event. They will be hosting our Magic The Gathering and X-Wing tournaments. Visit them on Parnell Ave. in Fort Wayne for the area’s best Magic The Gathering tournaments as well as other great board game and tabletop events! The Deck Factory will also be selling various table top and card game items at FortCON!
FW Artemis Armada
FortLAN is excited to be teaming up with the FW Artemis Armada group again! Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator is an exciting multiplayer game where you and 5 friends run and maintain a spaceship while surviving in the harsh realities of space. You will have a role of Captain, Helm, Science, Communication, Engineering, or Weapon Control. Find a group of people and check out this awesome simulation. The FW Artemis Armada will help you learn the game and get you started!
Nocturne Kittie is a recent friend of FortLAN’s and we have sometimes dubbed her our unofficial staff member because of all of the love she gives us on social media! Nocturne Kittie hails from Arkansas and is making her third trip to Fort Wayne for her third FortLAN event. She is a case modder and is bringing multiple PCs that she is showing off, sponsored by big name companies such as AMD, XFX, Kingston HyperX, ThermalTake, and many more! Stop by and say hi to her while at FortCON!
Rainbow Moon Shop
Looking to buy some geek related crafts, necklaces, earrings, decorations, and more? Jenna Rothaar of Fort Wayne, IN will be on site promoting her Etsy business, Rainbow Moon Shop. She is building up her inventory and will have her equipment on site to make custom perler bead creations just for you! Make her feel welcome to FortCON and check out some of her creations. And if you are a Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire fan, bring your 3DS along with you to trade or battle her. 🙂
Books, Comics, and Things
FortCON 2016 is not only about playing video games, enjoying gamer comradery, and competing in tournaments, but also discussing and learning about our community in areas we might not have considered before. With that being said, we would like to welcome our three speakers to FortCON 2016!
Brian Leitson – Gamers Outreach
5:00p on Day 2, Saturday
Brian is the Administrative IT Directory and Event Coordinator for Gamers Outreach and their annual event, Gamers For Giving, and has been for over 7 years. If you are unfamiliar with Gamers Outreach, here’s their truly powerful mission statement:
Gamers Outreach is a 501(c)(3) charity organization that provides recreation to children in hospitals through the power of video games and the gaming community. Hospitalization can often be a lonely, isolating, and scary experience for young people. We ease those burdens by providing equipment, technology, and software that help kids cope with long-term treatment.
Gamers Outreach raises money for Project GO Karts (Gamers Outreach Karts). They are portable, medical-grade video game kiosks that enable hospital staff to easily provide bedside recreation to children who are unable to leave their rooms in hospitals.
Brian will be speaking about Gamers Outreach, their story, and their mission. Don’t miss this chance to learn about this fantastic organization and how you might be able to impact the life of a child and/or family!
Edward Crisler – PC Gaming Then, Now, and the Future
6:00p on Day 2, Saturday
Ed has been friends with FortLAN for the past 4-5 years, been a part of the gaming community and industry for over 30 years, and has seen it all! Ed hosted his own Internet radio show from December 1997 to August 2014 talking about computer related topics, he has worked as a computer technician for over 20 years, and currently handles the North American PR for Sapphire Technology. He’s a man with knowledge and experience of the industry like no other and we are excited to hear him speak about the trends of PC gaming in the past, the current state of gaming, and what the future holds.
Following Ed’s short 15-20 min. talk, he is going to open the floor to a Q&A discussion with attendees. If you have any questions about what the LAN party scenes were like in the past, why old games still hold up to today’s standards, where VR is going to take us in life and gaming, and pretty much anything gaming related, he can deliver. He is a great resource to chat and talk with!
James Fislar – Water Cooling 101
7:00p on Day 2, Saturday
Ever thought about doing custom water cooling on your PC? Too afraid it might leak and ruin your expensive gear? What are the pros and cons to water cooling? James Fislar will have answers and tips on how to setup a custom water cooling rig on your PC! Stop by this informative discussion and learn about water cooling where he will demo different tube types and fittings for your righ. James will answer questions and help guide you in making the best choices for your PC!
James has been building PCs for over 15 years and has over 10 years of custom modifications! You might have seen his work on the cover of CPU Magazine and in multiple articles, at CES 2015 at MSI’s booth, Quakecon, Polygon, Gamers for Giving 2016, and more! He’s not just your stock equipment modder, but James also fabricates many of his own pieces to make his mods truly one of a kind.
Virtual Reality Demo – HTC Vive
Here is your chance to experience VR from the HTC Vive! We will have sign-ups at the event, first come first serve for a 20 minute virtual reality experience. We will have a list of demo software available to try out. If you have any suggestions, let us know and we’ll see what we can do!
We will be bringing back console village to FortCON! Feel free to play retro games on the original consoles! We will have an NES, SNES, N64, Wii, XBOX, XBOX 360! Feel free to bring your own games for these consoles. If you want to start your own mini tournament that you want to run and organize, let us know and we can make an announcement for ya!
Fort Wayne, IN has some really wonderful local and regional vendors coming to hang out with FortCON and all of the attendees. Some will be selling crafts, artwork, board games, card games, and other things geek! Check out our Exhibitors page for more detail on what will be made available!
We don’t have enough time in the day to have large tournaments for every single game, but we will be hosting some smaller, more casual, mini tournaments for everyone to participate in. Look forward to some League of Legends ARAM, Heroes of the Storm, Quake, and possibly some Overwatch! If you are interested in hosting your own mini tournament and running it, let us know and we will help you get the word out!
PC Case Mod Contest
Do you have a sweet PC case that you want to show off? Have you spent some time being creative? Would you like to win a prize? Bring your best PC Case Mod to FortCON and enter it in our PC Case Mod Contest! James Fislar will have more information about the judging of the cases, coming soon!
FortLAN likes to get creative and have a little bit of fun with our charity raffle. If you and/or some friends are interested in getting innovative and building a sculpture out of donated goods, this is your chance to get tap into your imagination and build something cool. We will have some sort of prize for the winners!
For questions and concerns, please contact the appropriate host.
- Hosted by: Deck Factory
- Registration Ends: Saturday, 4:00p
- Start Time: Saturday, 5:00p
As a way of saying thanks to our attendees and sponsors, FortLAN has traditionally hosted a general seat raffle. For every seat that is purchased, a raffle ticket will be given to that seat owner. If you purchase 3 seats, then you get 3 raffle tickets!
General Seat Raffle Information
- Must be present in order to win.
- Each seat gets 1 general seat raffle ticket.
- General Seat Raffle Times
- Friday, 11:00p
- Saturday, 10:00a
- Sunday, 12:00a (midnight)
As a way of thanking our volunteers, we will be hosting a raffle for those who have spent their personal time making FortCON 2016 run smoothly! If you are interested in volunteering, all of the information is listed below.
- You will get 1 volunteer raffle ticket for every 4 hours of work you put in at FortCON2016.
- We will have our volunteer raffle around 3:00p on Sunday.
- You don’t have present to win!
- Contact jjSky5000@gmail.com for information about volunteering.
Areas Of Need
- Setup and Tear Down
- Running cords, organizing tables, odd jobs as needed.
- Helping attendees check-in, monitor doors, answer questions.
- Aiding in 24/7 stream of event, including production, OBS set-up for stream, and possible interviewing/on-screen time.
- Vendor Aids
- Assist vendors during event, help attendees with VR demo booth, and other duties as needed.