I’m starting to think that most of us are mad as hatters, we must be. These shows are insane to say the least.

We’ll roll in at 8am bright and early to get the stand cleaned and everything ready for the crazy day that comes with the exhibition hall and press coverage, the days are long and despite the exhibition hall closing at around 6 or 7 pm the event doesn’t really stop. We’re there to network and promote CCL not only in a “buy from us” sense but in a “we’re a decent, easy to deal with, reliable and an overall good company and bunch of people” sense.  Even when you’re not on the stand you’re still working. After only a day the constant chatter, banter and work really takes its toll on you.

But we march on and keep working to ensure that the gamers have the best possible time at the LAN. Covering event such as the pub quiz and the game finals can go on until the wee hours of the morning but we’re still happy and chirpy to get up at 8am and start all over again. I don’t want you to think that I’m saying this simply to get sympathy or empathy for the gruelling task of exhibiting at one of these events, but to show my admiration and appreciation to those who do it alongside us.

So for that reason I want to dedicate this blog not only to the gamers and people who call in on a day pass to see what’s going on. But to the exhibitors, the volunteers, the stage crew, the camera crews, the photographers, the network admins and everybody else who I’m failing to mention due to total brain failure after this LAN’s dose of Insomnia.

I’ll be doing a full set of articles once I’m back in the office about the event and all of the coverage I’ve got so please head on over to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to catch up on anything that you may have missed.

Also as it's the first of December may I be the first to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

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