The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN partyS

Online gaming may be the preferred form of multiplayer showdowns these days, but the LAN party still exists. They're grueling, caffeine-fueled affairs that can span multiple days, and intimidate the uninitiated. So here's everything you need to fit in.

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN partyS

X-Keys Programmable Keyboard

Get a leg up on your foes with a programmable keyboard that lets you assign and arrange macro combinations for your game of choice. That bag of dicks on the receiving end of your digital beatdown will be regretting the day they ever brought a QWERTY keyboard to the party. $130

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN partyS

NZXT Bunker

If you go to a giant LAN party with hundreds of random dudes (and one girl!), someone might try and steal your limited edition Fatal1ty gaming mouse. Unless you want to be peeing in bottles the whole time as you lord over your domain, slap a USB hub with a port lock in your tower and urinate in peace. $25

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN party

Seamless Web

You're going to be button mashing nearly non-stop for hours on end. You won't have time to pick up food, let alone sit in a restaurant to eat it. Luckily there's Seamless Web. You can set up your order ahead of time so that all you have to do is bring up the restaurant between matches/battles/raids/whatevs and click order. The best part is, you don't have to talk to anybody! Just don't order something that's utensil dependent. Varies based on delivery fees

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN partyS

Mountain Dew

Gamers these days seem to love that Bawls energy drink. But a LAN party just doesn't seem right without at least one person with a half-consumed, room-temperature two-liter bottle of Mountain Dew sitting next to their keyboard. Be that person. You'll have a classical aura swirling around you. $2-3

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN party

Extra Large Towel

When it's 4:32 AM and and you're strung out on Caffeine and Doritos your ability to focus will deteriorate. You'll have your ass handed two you in a 1v1 match by a seemingly-robotic opponent who apparently requires no rest because you're seeing orcs and night elves flying around the room. The best way to block out the noise is by throwing a giant towel over your monitor and your head, creating a zone of solitude to frag the living shit out of someone. Sure, you'll look like the type who still lives in their childhood bedroom (and who knows, maybe you still do), but hey, that's the price you pay for LAN party supremacy. $10

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN party

Ibuprofen

Starting at a screen all day is not easy on your eyes. Clicking and mashing all day is downright brutal on the joints and muscles in your head. You need painkillers, but not ones that will turn you into Paula Abdul during a morning show interview. Nor do you want ones that will tear your stomach up. Ibuprofen is a good option! $3

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN party

Sunbeam LAN Party Bag

If you don't have a gaming laptop that's up to snuff, you're gonna be lugging around a cumbersome tower. That shit's no fun. But with the Sunbeam LAN Party Bag, you can latch on a pair of backpack straps to it and carry it around without having to lose the functionality of your hands. $13

The Tools You Need to Survive a LAN partyS

Old Spice Anti-Perspirant Deodorant

You'll be surrounded by a critical mass of nerds who don't believe in the value of proper hygiene. There will be a five mile cloud of B.O. surrounding the party. And you don't want the guilt of that weighing on your conscience. $5

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