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15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« on: November 17, 2008, 04:11:40 PM »
Hello guys,
Early days I know - but anything wrong with this years events that we can put right next year?
Ideas and input through this thread please.

Andy and Linda
« Last Edit: November 17, 2008, 04:42:17 PM by AndyRCM »
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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 04:28:00 PM »
My only real complaint is that you didn't have any Diet Coke at the food counter. You catered well for the wheat-free diet but not the sugar-free one! (I'm diabetic)

If you're thinking of using a different venue next year, one with a bar would be a winner!  ;D

Also if you want to attract a bigger crowd it might be better doing it on a Saturday as people might be willing to travel further if they had Sunday to recover...

Just a few thoughts really.
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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2008, 04:29:52 PM »
I think the PC was missed out from the event.

Maybe a 'History of Windows/Mac OS/Unix/Other OS" I can supply a old IBM AT machine. Not much Apple stuff on display either.

How about WIFI access?

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 04:30:53 PM »
If you're thinking of using a different venue next year, one with a bar would be a winner!  ;D

If there is a bar, think we would need local hotels too...

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 04:33:49 PM »
You could have done it differently.

differently wouldn't neccesarily have been better though.

i thought it was pretty good all round.

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008, 06:02:40 PM »
It was brilliant, even more so because it was the first time round.

Having the event closer to a rail/bus station would be ideal for me, but I seem to be the only one without a car. :'(

I'll try to get my friend(s) to come along next time.

A bar would be great on paper, but how many people might get a bit sauced? Saying that, a drunken bomberman tournament would be great. Provided it didn't get too rowdy/violent.
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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008, 07:47:36 PM »
Thought it was a great event - very well done. I particularly liked the layout of all the machines - you could see them all, there was plenty of room to sit at them or watch others and there always seemed to be free consoles to have a go on.

Improvements ? Not much really - a few minor things

The bring/buy thing didn't really seem to attract much interest as we were all too busy enjoying the machines, so probably needs to be either scaled up or left out. The informal side deals arranged though this forum seemed to work best, so why not make that a proper feature before next time.

It was great that there were loads of spare games for a lot of the consoles, but faced with an unfamiliar console a few written instructions could have been useful in how to get games to run on it. For the most part it was obvious but a few were - shall we say "temperamental".. And we never did find out how to use the hand grenades on Cannon Fodder  :) (OK so you're probably not going to be able to fix that one)

Food was great, and well done to the lovely ladies in the kitchen who were really friendly and chirpy all day despite their long serving shift. Couple of spare tables to eat at would have been nice since I was nervous of dropping food bits into peoples precious retro gear.

About it really, but if I think of anything else I'll let you know...

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2008, 07:55:03 PM »
I had been looking forward to this event since I found out about it and was not disapointed (apart from no Dragon 32!)

4 of us travelled down from Doncaster and all enjoyed the event. 

Looking forward to next year.  If you want a Dragon 32 for next year let me know and I will be happy to bring mine along.

Thanks for a great day. ;D

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2008, 08:12:41 PM »
I agree that the Selling room was a waste of time/space.

I did like the layout as everything was accessible and even if someone was on something you could still see things in action.

My only negative would be that Rock Band was too loud and you could not hear some of the other systems.



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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2008, 08:19:02 PM »
Can't really think of any negatives apart from when I turned around to see a small child forcing cartridges into my Famicom Twin the wrong way round  :o. Oh well, can't watch em all the time, maybe next time I'll put the precious things behind glass 8)

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2008, 08:28:44 PM »
Couple of spare tables to eat at would have been nice since I was nervous of dropping food bits into peoples precious retro gear.

I'm dreading the day when they find the crumbs I dropped into the priceless ZX81 by mistake...

Only joking.

We might have to do a car-pooling thread nearer the day. Depending on the distance travelled and the cost of fuel, the passengers could pay the driver a return fare. Would cut carbon emissions and confusion.
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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2008, 08:32:01 PM »
Event was fine for me .. only downside was the "reception" we got in the only pub in the village - well, there was two but one was closed down by the looks of the pile of post on the inside of the porch ....

I've been to more than a few this year, single & multi-machine events and they've all had little bits that could do with tweaking and other bits which were an excellent idea.  So kudos to Andy & Linda for the hospitality and organisation etc.

Funniest bit was the two kids (obviously siblings) about to go into WWIII over who's turn it was next on the Rock Yawn drums .. the younger of the two "dinner ladies" sorted it out and *neither* of them got a go.  What a fine sulk the smaller of the two gave .. reminded me of 25+ years ago and the fights my brother & I got into over who's turn it was on the Spectrum next :)

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2008, 08:37:46 PM »
Mug,
they were my two nephews - Cameron and Elliot, the younger of the two ladies is my sister Sharon, the older lady is my mum Tina. I have thanked them personally.

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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2008, 09:09:46 PM »
Your mum was doing a grand (and sound) job.  She knew every time I went to the hatch that it was a strong coffee with not much milk in :)


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Re: 15th November 2009 - RCM Retro Gaming Event
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2008, 09:18:54 PM »
Just wanted to thank everyone who turned up and made my son's day a great one. I thouht it went well.