This post might be a little brief because Spencer and I pushed the Oldschool Gaming kit into the back of his car and spent the weekend at the Play Expo in Manchester.
So I’ve had a weekened of babysitting temperamental 1980s and 1990s home computers – the CPC464 developed a fault two days beforehand, the Spectrum +2’s DivIDE conked out completely during the set-up and one of the VGA monitors was dead on arrival but it probably wouldn’t be quite the same if everything had worked perfectly – whilst talking to people about recent 8- and 16-bit homebrew games and getting to meet with some friends who I only get to see in person at these events; I was joined once more by Mark Ball with his Intellivision and some new games he’s been working on and Frank Gasking who arrived with the Games That Weren’t rig. And of course there were the amazing cosplayers who put so much time and effort into their costumes only to be
stalked approached for pictures by me so I should probably apologise for being so shameless. Again.
Even after a pretty good night’s sleep I’m still fairly thrashed this morning to the point where I’m having to look at the keyboard once in a while just to keep my typing straight! I’ve repeatedly said that I’m getting too old to do these events and that my poor joints can’t take it (usually from around 3pm on Saturday onwards, give or take an hour) but then the next one comes around and off we go to have another great time with some lovely people and shouted conversations over the white noise of coin-ops and pinball tables. A metric bucketload of photos were also taken, some of which come handily packaged thus:
And as a footnote, whilst driving around slightly [ahem] “misplaced” on the Sunday morning we went past Coronation Street! There’s a big version of the sign by the gates an’ everything.
Just a quick post because today I went down to Margate for the shiny new Play Margate at the Winter Gardens with Frank Gasking and Sean Connolly. My regular readers (there’s three I think?) will possibly remember that we rocked up to the same venue back in February for the most recent GEEK and were pretty disappointed by the lack of retro stuff, but this time there was loads to look at and appropriately enough play.
And between games of the coin-op 1942 or Fire Track on the BBC and some time spent in the bar area talking about ongoing projects, I did get a few photos taken and although I’m still not sure how spent some of that time harassing cosplayers without getting into trouble!
So to maintain what appears to be the trend for these posts, here’s a gallery of photos taken whilst wandering around with captions that probably say more than the post itself.
The pictures have been up since the event itself last weekend, but here’s the “official” post about myself, my Beloved, Spencer and three storage boxes of Oldschool Gaming systems heading off to Play Blackpool. This year we were set up in the corridor to one side of the main hall rather than the entrance which was more noisy (making conversations about the games running with people who were playing them more difficult) but warmer than last year and conveniently placed near where the cosplayers were gathering for photos.
Sadly, there’s just a couple of pictures I took of the heritage trams that passed us on our final journey from hotel to venue on Monday because I ended up suffering with a raging toothache that day and was of absolutely no use to anybody. Since then I’ve been trying to sleep through the pain and have actually visited an emergency dentist to have work done despite a deep-seated childhood phobia, all of which is my excuse for this post and the May workprint being late – there’s not much to say anyway, but it’ll be sorted during the coming week.
Despite my being useless on the Monday, there’s still quite a few pictures from the other two days in the relevant gallery.