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Free and Cross Platform LAN Party

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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.

LVL1 have moved! Grand Opening – 8/9 at 4pm!

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LVL1 Entrance

It’s finally here! After months and months of hard work, we’ve been granted occupancy of our new space at The Pointe in Butchertown, 1205 E Washington Street!

Starting on 8/5, we’ll be holding our regular Tuesday meetings at the new space (join us, 8pm, every Tuesday!), and on 8/9 we’ll have a grand opening celebration at 4pm!

LVL1 is Louisville’s Hackerspace. We’re a community of engineers, artists, makers, tinkerers, scientists, and hobbyists of all types. With over 75 paying members, and a huge community of non-members, Louisville can come to LVL1 to learn, teach, or discover just about any skill on the planet. We give Louisvillians access to the tools they need to make anything they might want to make, including 3D printers, laser cutters, soldering irons, sewing machines, vinyl cutters, large format printers, welders, and lots more.  At The Pointe, LVL1 has 8800 square feet of space for making, including a fully featured Wood and Metal shop (each over twice as large as our old space!), a main work room (again, twice as large as the old space!), classroom space, and a huge boneyard of derelict, decrepit, and unwanted goods for your tinkering.

Over the past 5 years, LVL1 has become a community hub for tinkering with just about everything. From our humble beginnings meeting in bars and coffee shops (thanks, BBC and Heine Bros!), to our original space on E Broadway, now to The Pointe in Butchertown.

Join us, 4pm on 8/9 for a short ribbon-exploding ceremony, followed by tours and demonstrations at the new space. Are you a Louisville Maker? Bring your project and show it off! Stick around and celebrate the new space with the rest of our community!

Questions? Send an email to BradLuyster@gmail.com, or hop on the mailing list thread here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/lvl1/QLUUHZH9VQM

Sketchup Workshop – 5/27 @ 6pm – 8pm

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John Pagya of Verdant Design is back on May 27th, teaching another Sketchup Workshop!  John’ll be reviewing the basics, and going into more detail about how you can actually design parts for the 3D printer!  If you’re interested in 3D design, art, or printing, you should stop by on Tuesday, May 27th! Sketchup is a completely free tool, and John is a downright Sketchup professional.  This tool allows you to create 3D models, which you can then take and print on one of the two LVL1 3D printers.

Like many of us, John Pagyga was immediately taken by the idea of 3D printing.  As a landscape architect, he has already adapted sketchup into his daily routine, so he was able to translate those skills into near-immediate 3D printing prowess.  He’d like to share these skills with others in the LVL1 community.  On May 27th, from 6 to 8pm (immediately preceding one of our regular Tuesday meetings), he’ll be teaching a workshop about the ins and outs of Sketchup in a 3D printing context.  Come on down, and learn you a 3D design tool!

You can sign up now using Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lvl1-sketchup-workshop-527-tickets-11565762507

Seating is limited to 15, so sign up now and sign up often!  This is a pay-what-you-want workshop, with all proceeds going to LVL1.  Eventbrite imposes a $0.99 minimum, but anything above that goes!

If you’ve got any questions, email workshops@lvl1.org, or pop over to our mailing list!

#GiveLocalLouisville, Help LVL1 Move, May 6th ONLY!

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LVL1 is participating in GiveLocalLouisville, an event supporting donations to local non-profits with matching funds!  Help us move into our new location at The Pointe by donating $25 (or more)!  LVL1 is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and all donations are tax-deductible.  Your donation will be enhanced with magical local matching funds, and TODAY ONLY, all donations will be match 1:1 by an anonymous donor!

Over the 3 years we’ve been around, thousands have walked through our doors and created amazing things. Help keep that going by supporting your local hackerspace!

You can donate by following this link: https://www.givelocallouisville.org/#npo/lvl1

Here’s a form you can fill out directly, as well:

LVL1 Hackerspace
1205 E. Washington St.
Louisville, KY 40206