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General Information about MS2002

The party place is located in Fallingbostel. Situated between Hamburg and Hannover, this is the only town in Northern Germany that offers a hall suitable for both the expected amount of visitors and for our budget. At this place, the MS parties have been taking place since 1997, so we know its infrastructure and limits quite well.

The party starts on Good Friday (March 29, 2002) at 12:00 CET and ends on Easter Monday (April 1, 2002) at 12:00 CET. The address of the party place is:

        Heidmarkhalle
        An der Heidmarkhalle 1
        D-29683 Fallingbostel
        GERMANY

The entrance fee amounts to 40 Euro. We don't accept currencies other than Euro. We don't have single-day visitor tickets. Mat/Ozone gets in for free. Girls do not get in for free, sorry.

There is no table reservation, and no possibility of paying in advance. If you want to have a better opportunity to choose your seats, we suggest that you arrive early.

Money which is left is spent on the repair of damages to the hall and on competition prizes (in this very order, so please behave).

If you bring your own computer equipment (you don't pay extra for this, of course), please bring your own power connectors. We might have some in stock for sale, but you better don't rely on this.

Features...

  • Lots of competitions for Atari, Amiga, PC and C64 - and some platform-independent ones such as a Graphics competition and various music competitions. Atari support has been added in this version of mekka & symposium for the first time since 1996!
  • Competitions presented on a big screen (8 x 6 sqm, NEC XT5000 projector with 5000 ANSI lumens), including powerful sound equipment - yes, the sound will be loud if you are sitting in the first table row. No, we will not turn the volume down. Choose your seat at the front side of the hall if you want loud sound (note that you don't need your own stereo to make even more noise), or at the remote side of the hall if you are in need of a quiet place (note that some guy next to you will be pissed if you turn up your own stereo too much). Also, some wax to put into your ears when you want to sleep will really come in handy.
  • Place for about 1400 visitors plus equipment; enough power for everyone - but: please do not bring equipment you don't really need. This has two advantages: You can't lose it, and it can't bring the power down (see here for more on the subject of electricity)
  • A warm sleeping hall - Just like on ms2000 and ms2001, comfortably small and warm. Of course you can sleep in the main hall as well. If you want to, you can also stay at the local youth hostel, which is located about half a kilometer from the party place (note that you need a membership!):
            Jugendherberge Fallingbostel
            DJH Landesverband Hannover e.V.
            Liethweg 1
            29683 Fallingbostel
            Phone: +49 5162 2274
    
    If you really can afford it: A listing of hotels is available on the Fallingbostel homepage.
  • A party network will be available. We will provide enough TP ports for the visitors using sponsored equipment. The ports will connect to 10Mbit and 100Mbit network cards, but will be limited in bandwidth considerably. Packets of popular games will be filtered by the backbone router.
  • Food supply - there's a city nearby, with shops and bars; and we have inexpensive drinks and snacks available on the party 24 hours a day. Of course you may and should also bring your own food and drinks, as it will be less expensive this way. A nice snack-bar providing fries, hamburgers etc. will be situated next to the main hall, operating during daytime.
  • Clean toilets. Yes, the Heidmarkhalle has reconstructed part of the building, and integrated a larger number of new, fresh toilets. Let's keep'em like this! :-)
  • Several music live acts, about which we won't tell more about at this point. No, we won't have Welle:Erdball another time...
  • Traditional entertainment provided by Steeler, cool party t-shirts ... and the unique Mekka & Symposium party feeling!
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