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BatVink
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Posted: 28th May 2008 22:30 Edited at: 1st Sep 2008 11:25


*** RESERVE YOUR PLACE ONLINE! http://www.devink.co.uk/convention ***

2008 sees the return of The Game Creators' Official Convention. Last year was a great success, with a great turnout and fantastic presentations by the TGC team. The date this year is the weekend of the 11th and 12th October, with accommodation available from the Friday. The venue will once again be Hinsley Hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire. It proved to be an ideal spot with good amenities, and lively local nightlife. The bar provides a perfect venue for socialising and talking business with the team, and is exactly where many updates to the products were formulated and devised at the last convention.

Once again, this is your chance to meet the people behind the products and get a unique insight into the future of the company. The successes of last year will be built upon, as well as tailoring the weekend to the suggestions and feedback received.

The two options remain the same. You can take advantage of bed, breakfast, lunch, evening meal, tea/coffee and the convention as a package, with only your transportation to organise. You can also attend as a day delegate, which includes lunch, and morning/afternoon tea and coffee.



Convention Day Rate - £32.00 per day (£64.00)
Convention Attendance
Tea/Coffee/Biscuits throughout the day
2-course Buffet Lunch

Full Weekend Rate - £180
Convention Attendance
Tea/Coffee/Biscuits throughout the day
2-course Buffet Lunch
Accommodation (Friday/Saturday evenings).
3-course, self-service Evening Meal (Friday/Saturday)
Breakfast (Saturday/Sunday Morning)

Most of the accommodation is en-suite, but it is advisable to book early to guarantee your room. Other parties will also be using the facilities and booking rooms.

You can download the booking form here, and return it with a small deposit to reserve your place. We are very excited about this event, and hope that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity.

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Posted: 29th May 2008 10:02


Convention announcement


Count me in as per usual




1 beer = 1 attendee

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Posted: 29th May 2008 16:05


Will hopefully have something to demo this year just wondering which drink i should vanquish the supply of this yr

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Posted: 29th May 2008 18:21
Hey Mnemonix, will you be demonstrating any vegetable based PC cooling systems this year?



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Posted: 29th May 2008 20:05
Sure why not. It is the way to go. I have seen the future of computer cooling systems.

I am attending numerous conventions this year to preach this idea and you will soon see me on dragons den.

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Posted: 29th May 2008 20:18
Hmm, I'll be there next year... IF it is planned in a time which is suitable for me, Since its always planned around the time we have class over here
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Posted: 29th May 2008 21:52
Quote: "IF it is planned in a time which is suitable for me"


Quote: "The date this year is the weekend of the 11th and 12th October"
IIRC that's the first weekend of half term is it not? Either way, it's still on a weekend

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Posted: 29th May 2008 22:24
count me in again, just need to save up as i will proberley have to buy a round this time as i didn't pay for a single drink last year

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Posted: 29th May 2008 22:24
My wife and I are planning a trip to the UK either this year or the next, so I will plan it for the convention time.


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Quote: "IIRC that's the first weekend of half term is it not? Either way, it's still on a weekend"


Read my post, Next year I will, if it is planned on a suitable time then... This year would be a suitable time, If I had the money, and wasn't in the Exam period by then
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Posted: 30th May 2008 15:21
The cheque is in the post.

No, really! It is - you can trust me.

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IanM:

I never recieved my cheque off you, which was payment for substantial military installations on the moon which I provided.

You still owe me £2812948732819230129847

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Posted: 30th May 2008 19:31
Yeah? Well as soon as you replace the peas in the main base computer with a proper cooling system I'll release the cheque.

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Posted: 3rd Jun 2008 12:49
There will be a complete ban on pea-based discussions this year. Please be innovative in your selection of vegetables, points will be awarded for multi-coloured options.

Every time somebody mentions one of the bizarre conversations that took place, my need for the next convention increases.

I'm guessing it's 5 beers so far? Mneominix, El Goorf, Mson, IanM, me.



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I need to check my diary a bit closer to the time but as last year was good fun I'd be up for it again!!

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Posted: 3rd Jun 2008 18:37
i'd preffer a coke, vodka, ginger beer, southern comfort, fruit squash, apple juice with lemonade.. i'm not rly a beer fan




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Posted: 3rd Jun 2008 22:04 Edited at: 3rd Jun 2008 22:05
Quote: "I'm guessing it's 5 beers so far? Mneominix, El Goorf, Mson, IanM, me."


You guess wrong young BatVink, try again. I did mention that I'd be there ... right?

So, using a system similar to last years, I believe one vodka = 5 beers


Looking forward to Mson getting the first 12 rounds in



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It does? Well in that case, when you buy everyone a vodka, I'll have 5 beers

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I shall definitely consider it. If I can gather enough funds together, you can count me in.

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I don't think we can have a convention thread without at least mentioning Nick who hosted the four unofficial events in Chichester to which I went to 3 of. So cheers Nick.

As for beer, I think we wil need a bottle emoticon to represent the rush of attendees that is about to come...

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Posted: 4th Jun 2008 13:03
Any ideas what is going to be on the agenda this year?? or is it still early days??
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Quote: "i'm not rly a beer fan "


Despicable!

I might try get over this year, although I doubt it. We need an Australian convention dammit!


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Posted: 5th Jun 2008 17:34
Maybe it should be fancy dress this year?

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you mean you werent last year?



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Posted: 5th Jun 2008 22:20
Quote: "Maybe it should be fancy dress this year?"

Hey great idea!

I think I'll go as a coder visiting a convention looking to socialise, get some ideas and tips, maybe help out a little, and get lightly and pleasantly inebriated ... but not necessarily in that order.

What are the rest of you going to go as?

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Posted: 6th Jun 2008 10:14 Edited at: 6th Jun 2008 10:15
Ian, it really was in the post! Thanks, you are number one on the list of committed attendees.

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Haha, fancy dress would be awesome. I'd come as... a pilot, or if not, i'd come as a 70's disco dancer, i've got all the costume and everything.


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Quote: "you are number one on the list of committed attendees"

Committed? That doesn't involve the white 'jumper' with the really long sleeves does it? Again?

But blimey - a whole week for it to get to you? British post isn't what it used to be.

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Quote: ""Maybe it should be fancy dress this year?""

Quote: "What are the rest of you going to go as?"


Robert Mugabe!

In all seriousness, that is only a few short days from my birthday (Oct 16th *hint hint*) so I may attend, any excuse for drinking + cake. My coding isn't up to scratch anymore (to be fair it never was) so anything to do with that would most likely be over my head but hey, that problem can be solved with drink!

IF I attend (and that is a big IF, depending on what I am doing closer to the time) I would gladly give anybody in the near-York area a lift in exchange for navigation/conversation on the way, it's not a million miles but I'm sure I can get lost and I'll be buggered if I'm stopping to ask for directions!

p.s. I'm talking the full weekend here. Hardcore!

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foapysish - You could come as gogo yubari!

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Quote: "I don't think we can have a convention thread without at least mentioning Nick who hosted the four unofficial events in Chichester to which I went to 3 of. So cheers Nick."

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I'll dress like a Canadian tourist.


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How about coming dressed up as Lee Bamber - best impersonation gets a prize! You'd need to perfect the Lancashire accent too.

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Hmm, what happens at it really, and all the pictures look really posh and fancy is it like that or more of a casual meet everyone in jeans and a T-shirt, dont want to come under or over dressed lol Also what age limit is there = For childrens lol ( Incase i bring my kids with me :s )

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Quote: "all the pictures look really posh and fancy is it like that or more of a casual meet everyone in jeans and a T-shirt,"


Very casual

Quote: "Also what age limit is there"


Under 16's have to be accompanied, there is nobody there that can take responsibility for minors.

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Quote: "How about coming dressed up as Lee Bamber "

That sounds a bit unfair! Lee has a 'small' advantage.

I thought about suggesting we come as our avatar characters but I don't want to see Philip in a shirt and collar with no pants



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Posted: 12th Jun 2008 19:24 Edited at: 12th Jun 2008 19:26
Lee and Rick will be attending (confirmed). So read that whichever way you like - you have the real things to compare your fancy-dress with, or you can give up knowing that you can't be better than the real thing

All things going to plan, another "secret project" will be revealed at the convention. My guess on this one is that the worst-case scenario is that we all get to see it and Rick spends the evening before furiously writing up the NDA - again!

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Quote: "I thought about suggesting we come as our avatar characters but I don't want to see Philip in a shirt and collar with no pants"


last yr i was wearing my "El Goorf" T-shirt but i dont think anyone noticed apart from Ravey

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Mike will be attending - so far that's Rick, Lee and Mike from TGC Towers.

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I wonder if Eric the barman will be there this year!



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Why? So you can drink he place out of Stella again?



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Quote: "I thought about suggesting we come as our avatar characters "


Batvink-

Quote: "Under 16's have to be accompanied, there is nobody there that can take responsibility for minors."

I suppose its a sensible limit but that means I can't go.
Well it would be £64 for one day
Which to me is HUGE. Its 6 months+ savings!

I alaways wanted to see what it would be like!


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The fees are exactly what it costs per person for the venue etc, so unfortunately nothing can be done to change it.

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Quote: "The fees are exactly what it costs per person for the venue etc, so unfortunately nothing can be done to change it."

Don't worry. I'll begin modelling for the TGC store and see if i'll be able to make a bit of cash


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I'd love to go, but the cost of a transatlantic plane ticket these days is crazy. Hope there's a good turnout!


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No NDAs this time. So far anyway!

BTW, Dave the Ravey (secret project man) will be attending and so will Paul Johnston (Dark AI, Dark Lights, Dark Shader, Ragdoll and Game Creator Store)!

Richard Davey will also attend.

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I'm not too sure at the moment about getting there as car problems may result in me having no money

But I suppose I should book and just find a way of getting there.

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Anybody who can get to London Euston can get to Leeds for less than £20 return by train and coach.

Virgin Trains offer cheap fares to Manchester of between £7 and £9 each way, then you can take advantage of national express coach funfares which can take you from Manchester to Leeds ad back for as little as £1 each way.

Just thought I would throw that out in case anybody is having transport difficulties. If anybody else is coming from a different part of the country and is having difficulties organising transport then tell us about it and I shall have a look.

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I might book my coach ticket next week as I work round the corner from the coach station, but last year I still managed to miss the £1 each way deal

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Quote: "I'm not too sure at the moment about getting there as car problems may result in me having no money "


Quote: "Location: Hemel Hempstead "


skank a lift off Ravey! oops, did i say that out loud?

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