It’s time again for the third to fifth-ish somewhat (bi?)annual LVL1 LAN party! Come to LVL1 noon Saturday the 22nd to hang out and frag your fellow hackers in these free but awesome games. Team Fortress 2 has been the standby game at these events but this time I would like to introduce a few more games that have proven themselves to be a blast at small LANs and are easy to learn:
Xonotic – Beautiful graphics, unique weapons and lots of gameplay options
Warsow – Cell shaded arena shooter with a fun movement system that can make Quake III feel slow
Urban Terror – More realistic shooter (in case people get tired of rocket launchers)
TeeWorlds – quirky little 2D shooter
Armagetron Advanced – quick and addicting 3D multiplayer lightcycle game (like from TRON)
If you don’t download and update Team Fortress 2 beforehand you’re going to have a bad time. The other games are optional since I will have copies available locally but I do encourage people to go ahead and install the latest versions ahead of time so you can tweak your controls and graphics settings.
Bring cash for pizzas and drinks.
The Monoprice order of cables for the classroom might be showing up Thursday or Friday, if anyone is interested in putting ends on cables before the event please keep an eye on the mailing list. If they don’t show up in time I’ll just randomly distribute a few extra switches around the space.
Charles has been working for a while to get this workshop set up, and it’s finally here!
Do you want to learn how to surface mount solder? Do you want to build a kit that can turn off hundreds of TVs with only one button press? Do you want to get kicked out of major electronics tradeshows?
LVL1 has the deal for you! Learn how to surface mount solder a Surface mount TV B Gone kit, designed by our own Charles Lehman! Learn everything you need to put this kit together, and walk out with a working TV-B-Gone!
This is a $25 hands-on crash course to learn to Solder a Super Surface Mount TV-B-Gone. You will make and keep a device capable of generating over 230 different TV power codes, which can turn off almost any TV, great fun for sports bars and supermarkets!
Learn the skills you need to solder surface mount components!
You need bring only yourself, all materials are provided!
There are three sessions on the 13th of December. Sign up for the timeslot most convenient for you, and make a cool gadget! $25 for non-members, $20 for members (members, check the member list for your discount code.)
Session 1, Noon
Session 2, 2pm
Session 3, 4pm
If you’ve got any questions, send ‘em to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Saturday November 1 will be LVL1’s 5th annual Sumobot tournament and Halloween party. I know it is the day after Halloween, but you will not be ready to put your costume up, will you? So dress up and bring your Sumobots down to the space and fight them for eternal glory and fame! Don’t have a sumobot? There is still enough time to build one. There are links to kits (and the sumobot tournament rules) on our wiki. Or just come down for the fun. Also, if you have other robots that you have built, bring them down to show them off. It will be a robot extravaganza!
On June 2nd, 2014 it was announced that LVL1 won a Shapeoko2 CNC machine kit in the Inventables 50 States 3D Carving Machine Giveaway contest.
The Shapeoko is a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine which in its default configuration uses a light-duty rotary tool as the spindle. It is a 3-axis machine; able to move the mounted tool up/down, left/right, and forward/backward under computer control with some measure of repeatable precision.
This Friday night (8/22/14) we are going to start building this machine. Drop by at 8 pm if you are interested in helping. It should be fun and a great opportunity to learn a little about CNC hardware.
Meanwhile, here is the LVL1 wiki page for you to read: wiki.lvl1.org/Shapeoko_CNC_build
Hope to see you there!