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Title: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Murtceps on November 15, 2009, 05:29:42 PM
What better way than to spend my 41st birthday than at the Retro Computer Museum Open Day.

Thanks and congratulations Andy et al.

Highlight of the the day - explaining to a twenty something how to the high jump in Track and Field.

Lowlight of the day - Could not find a rubber keyed speccy.


Edit:-  Posted some Photos Here  http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=27317 (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/showthread.php?t=27317)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: PJ on November 15, 2009, 05:49:25 PM
All I can say about todays event is that you are really going to struggle to top that next time !

Many thanks to Andy, Linda and everyone else who contributed to make everything so enjoyable. Great variety of machines, loads of good games, food exceptional as always and as for the arcade room - wow !!! (even though the pinball and House of the Dead did relieve me of a few quid between them..)

What a brilliant day - hope you made loads of money for RCM !!!!
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: muguk on November 15, 2009, 07:35:32 PM
Got back about 10 minutes ago (thanks to Rinoa & Blackpanther for the lift there and back @ short notice) and have to hand it to the team - what a day.  Soooo many people to talk to that I knew and so many others that I've only met the one time before (plus loads of new faces).

Great turnout (the best amount of people through the doors, easily) and lots of fun.  Even I managed to get past round 1 of the Bomberman competition .. that was a shock!

Roll on the next one :)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: jimbob005 on November 15, 2009, 07:45:10 PM
thanks to all had a good day sorry i left early but just felt a bit bad

the best time i have was seeing ppl's face's when i turned the st upside down and used it as a lap table the arcade room was superB

bad thing was being beaten by rinoa agen

thanks to andy and linda and the rest a very good day
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: filecore on November 15, 2009, 08:18:18 PM
Just echoing others really :)
Great organisation, superb systems, great food, great arcade machines. Super day. Goes from strength to strength.

Thank you and well done to all involved.  :)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Blackpanther on November 15, 2009, 09:36:10 PM
Same as above

Had a great day and enjoyed talking to so many of you. It was amazing to see how many people turned up to it, and it just shows
how well RCM are doing. The layout and systems on offer to play were superb and also the Bomberman competition.

Well done to eveyone
Thanks
Mark
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Akastaff on November 15, 2009, 09:47:58 PM
Finally back home and agree that the event was great, lots of faces and tons to do. Was great to see people enjoy the arcade machines as I rarely get to see people actually playing on them. As always a great selection of machines to play on and the XBox Tank control panel was just an amazing bit of kit.

CU all at the next event.
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: woody.cool on November 15, 2009, 09:52:53 PM
It's been a great day.
I got back about an hour and a half ago .... been playing with my Beeb & MMBeeb for a bit .... well impressed.

As usual, there was a great selection of hardware and games. It was also loads better with us all wearing name badges, as I was able to track down people who I know but have only met once (and hence can hardly remember what they look like .... Sorry ::) )

I'm really looking forward to the next RCM event or maybe even a 'members only' meetup sometime.

Thankyou to everyone I spoke to and I think a big shout out should go to Linda & Andy (& the rest of the RCM team) as they layed on another decent event.
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Blackpanther on November 15, 2009, 09:54:17 PM
Finally back home and agree that the event was great, lots of faces and tons to do. Was great to see people enjoy the arcade machines as I rarely get to see people actually playing on them. As always a great selection of machines to play on and the XBox Tank control panel was just an amazing bit of kit.

CU all at the next event.

Forgot all about the Arcade machines, really enjoyed playing The House Of The Dead, Puzzle Bobble and Operation Wolf 3. Many thanks for bringing them along for us all to play.
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Panther on November 15, 2009, 10:48:16 PM
Great to meet some people again, and some people for the first time. Great day, nice to see my 13 yr old son and 16 yr old nephew enjoyed the day.

Wished I could have helped out more.

Thanks to those people that donated various bits of kit to me (1200XL, StarshipUK, PJ, jimbob005 and anyone lese I may have forgotten)

Big thumbs up to Andy, Linda and the rest of the team.
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Scarlettkitten on November 15, 2009, 10:51:18 PM
Great day, brilliant bomberman compo and it was great to meet everyone again :) Thanks to Andy & Linda and everyone :)


PS:- PhoenixTLB rematch, rematch, rematch
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: PJ on November 15, 2009, 11:04:36 PM
I somehow missed seeing that Steel Battalion controller - who brought that ?
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: resident paul on November 15, 2009, 11:09:02 PM
I somehow missed seeing that Steel Battalion controller - who brought that ?
Vinny (vp002)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: resident paul on November 15, 2009, 11:19:46 PM
It's been a fantastic day today with the sounds of a amusement arcade place & so many people there.
Special thanks to Andy, Linda & rest of the crew.
And a special thank you to Phu for fixing my slim PS2
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: PhoenixTLB on November 16, 2009, 09:27:14 AM
I think the atmosphere this weekend was just perfect, I'm still feeling the buzz.

I thought the layout of the tables and the way the machines were mixed up a bit was great, the arcade room was fantastic, and again seeing the beeb with SID chip, still makes me go wtf!

The refreshments were spot on, I think I managed to try almost all of them (couldn't quite bring myself to try two jackets spuds with the different toppings)  ;)  Made especially amazing as it was all wheat & gluten free!

Phu - After seeing the secret project I can't wait to see it working.

@Quagmire - if you think you can handle another spanking - 'bring it on'  ;D

And to everyone who attended - thank you for making the event into what we all dream't it would be   8)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: stiggy2009 on November 16, 2009, 09:27:35 AM
What a wonderful day, great people, great machines, great games & GREAT food. Thankyou so much to Andy, Linda & crew for putting on yet another cracking event.

Best bits for me -

Chatting to people that I'm becoming to know a little better.
Never used a Jaguar before so really enjoyed Tempest (scouring eBay later...i want one)
C16 with Kikstart running
Although out in the first round, Bomberman compo was great.
Great Chilli
Vinny's big stick
More than enough systems to keep me click-happy with my camera
PJ - Retro pressie
Picking up a few goodies from the trade stand
Arcades, arcades, arcades.

Despite the groin wrenching antics of loading/unloading the van with arcade machines after the show, getting to see Akastaff's private collection of arcade machines in his lockup was the perfect end to a perfect day.

Regards

StiGGy





Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: vp002 on November 16, 2009, 04:22:25 PM
Dear all,

OOOh thank you regarding me big stick , i will be bringing it to all the rcm bashes from now on but just a little  favor to ask leader spencer is that can i have a more central table as quite a few people were missing it as it was tucked away in the corner.

Also andy it wouldnt be unreasonable to raise the food and drink prices as its cheap and nice but to make cash you need to squeak the pips as we say,unpopular suggestion i know but it will bring more revenue to the rcm in the long term.

Apologies

Vinny
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: vp002 on November 16, 2009, 04:27:41 PM
ps but andy and all involved it was the best rcm you guys have laid on , so from here it can only get better and bigger ,theres not one thing i had gripes with and it all seemed to fall into place,

well done to all ,

Vinny
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: AndyT on November 16, 2009, 04:35:31 PM
just a little  favor to ask leader spencer is that can i have a more central table as quite a few people were missing it as it was tucked away in the corner.

 :-[
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: thx1138 on November 16, 2009, 04:37:37 PM
Just got back, stayed in a travel lodge, and then had a look round Ashby de la Zouch today.

There was a main room full of games machines, a side room full of arcade machines, and another side room set aside for torturing Acorn's in.  8)

Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: 1200xl on November 16, 2009, 04:38:49 PM
and another side room set aside for torturing Acorn's in.  8)


and a lonely Atari 1200xl >:(
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Scarlettkitten on November 16, 2009, 05:08:40 PM
@Quagmire - if you think you can handle another spanking - 'bring it on'  ;D

@PhoenixTLB

You know me, I'm always up for a spanking ;)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: woody.cool on November 16, 2009, 05:11:57 PM
I neglected to mention a big thank you to the following people:
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: woody.cool on November 16, 2009, 05:12:38 PM
@Quagmire - if you think you can handle another spanking - 'bring it on'  ;D
@PhoenixTLB
You know me, I'm always up for a spanking ;)
Ooooh Errrr! Shall I give you two a private moment alone ;) :D
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: imnogeek on November 16, 2009, 06:11:54 PM
Great day for me and minime, like stiggy said it is great to meet you all and get to know you better :)

Food was great too but if the prices go up will you sell as much??? swings and roundabouts
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Panther on November 16, 2009, 06:21:11 PM


OOOh thank you regarding me big stick , i will be bringing it to all the rcm bashes from now on but just a little  favor to ask leader spencer is that can i have a more central table as quite a few people were missing it as it was tucked away in the corner.


only complaint I got from my son was he wasn't able to play with Vinny's big stick as it was always in use  ;)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: felicemaggie on November 16, 2009, 07:22:09 PM
Many people have already said this, but I'd like to thank Andy, Linda, Mug UK and the other organisers for making the day such a great success. It was a first for myself and CiH, along with my wife and his good lady in terms of attending these types of events, but rest assured we will visit again and hopefully see people at other similar events too.

Cheers,

Rich
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Rinoa on November 16, 2009, 07:49:14 PM
Had a great time yesterday, thanks to Andy, Linda and the rest of the team for putting on a fab day :)

Really enjoyed meeting the usual crowd again, all lovely people! Also loved the arcade room, that was a fantastic addition to the event. Good job the machines weren't on freeplay though, otherwise I'd have been stuck in that room all day (Super Kixx was awesome!).

Oh! And the chocolate orange cake was delicious too! :D
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: StarshipUK on November 16, 2009, 08:09:01 PM
@Quagmire - if you think you can handle another spanking - 'bring it on'  ;D
@PhoenixTLB
You know me, I'm always up for a spanking ;)
Ooooh Errrr! Shall I give you two a private moment alone ;) :D

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v71/lpski1/Misc%20Gifs/worthless_thread_wo_pics.gif)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: StarshipUK on November 16, 2009, 08:32:54 PM
Thanks to Andy and the RCM team and thanks for letting me put a few machines in the corner of the room.
Thanks to Linda again for the Chocolate Muffins!

I also took away a bad cold (thanks MugUK!). I've been sucking sweets all day. To be honest, wasn't really MugUKs fault. I felt a bit weird that morning and it got worse throughout the day, so sorry if I seemed less talkative than my already less talkative normality.

I liked the idea of the spec sheets for every machine, but it would have been nice to also have had a few facts or some info from wikipedia about each machine. Just figures and numbers is a bit boring, and it would be nice to read a bit more history of each machine - especially the rare ones. Perhaps even a little book or magazine people can buy on the way in with some more info. I do enjoy reading about the old machines.

I am still a bit undecided about having to pay to use the arcade machines, but can see why it was done. I hope they took enough to make it worth bringing them down. The arcade room did look a bit empty at times. I did have a go on the pinball machine though.

I don't think many people missed your massive joystick Vinny. It looked quite popular all day, as was my outrun setup which was also in a corner of the room. Being in a corner and less crowded might have been better imo. It seemed to get very busy and crowded and noisy at one point during the day and I freaked out a bit. I don't like being to crowded, but don't think the oncoming cold helped.

And we now know someone who has a bottle opener for the next private event :D
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: thx1138 on November 16, 2009, 08:35:48 PM
I loved the pinball table.  8)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: Akastaff on November 16, 2009, 09:08:04 PM
Just to give an idea of how well the arcade machines went down there where 430 individual games played accross the 10 machines raising funds for RCM, not bad for 6 1/2 hrs play time.

Next Open event I might let you loose on the Andamiro Dance Machine I've converted to run stepmania with full underfloor lighting etc, beast to move but great fun  ;D

Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: muguk on November 16, 2009, 10:31:09 PM
Many people have already said this, but I'd like to thank Andy, Linda, Mug UK and the other organisers for making the day such a great success. It was a first for myself and CiH, along with my wife and his good lady in terms of attending these types of events, but rest assured we will visit again and hopefully see people at other similar events too.

Cheers,

Rich


Glad you enjoyed it but to correct a minor point, I'm not one of the organisers but I am one of their sources of donations / European PR pimp and subscriber (although this is a moot point too as me & my Abbey online account aren't talking any more!). 

I just wear the T-shirt to big up RCM when I'm at the other events so probably a daft thing for me to wear it at a real RCM event and expect people to think I'm not an organiser :)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: muguk on November 16, 2009, 10:57:30 PM
The photo of the event has to be this one .. StarshipUK & Woody cemented their friendship by way of this gift .. which has had to be censored due to the age - mental or actual - of some of our visitors.

The uncensored ones are on Facebook (until someone complains about me posting disgusting pictures on Facebook that is!)

Although I'm in two minds whether this picture means that this post should be in the 'What's in your slot' thread :)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: AndyRCM on November 16, 2009, 11:02:12 PM
@muguk - to be more precise mate - one of the most important people outside of the admins etc that we have! ;)

Andy
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: muguk on November 16, 2009, 11:08:46 PM
@muguk - to be more precise mate - one of the most important people outside of the admins etc that we have! ;)

Andy

Aww shucks .. cheers Andy :)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: flicky on November 17, 2009, 01:18:42 AM
Huge thanks to everyone from me too. What a great event! Really glad to see so many people attending and supporting RCM.

But I have to add that the event was a bit surreal for me personally - how I ended up in the Bomberman final I'll never know :)

Cheers
Jon
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: vp002 on November 18, 2009, 09:56:23 AM
Dear panther ,

Well next time im bringing TWO big sticks if andy will let me :)

im still buzzing from the day i have to admit !

vinny
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: stiggy2009 on November 18, 2009, 01:35:46 PM
Quote
TWO big sticks

'Thats no moon, it's a space station'

Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: AndyRCM on December 14, 2009, 06:48:06 PM
Do you have two big sticks then vinny? should be interesting to see! ;)
Title: Re: Open Day 15th Novemeber 2009 Reviews
Post by: billdooruk on December 14, 2009, 10:58:21 PM
I have one big stick!!! ( and I do mean the game)  ::)