Monday, 8 July 2019

Summer is What You Make it! 07/07/19

This event was part of NPUK's Building the Kingdom Challenge which was happening all over the UK throughout the month of July.

There were 3 classes to enter, but we also had to fit in our two league rounds and an art contest!

The art contest was all day, people could use the official Mario Maker 2 sketch book's graph paper, grab some of the provided pencil crayons and get creating! (Winner will be edited in to the end of the post at a later date.)

The raffle was of course on all day too. There was a good selection of prizes, all for just 50p a ticket.

We started the event itself with the Super Bell Class. Here, people had made levels at home and signed up using the level's code. We downloaded them onto one console, and put them on the big screen to showcase.
We asked a volunteer to play through the level, the requirements being it wasn't the level you created, and you knew how to play the game!

You can check them out here:

Some levels were quite hard though, so after two people attempted it a handful of times each, we let the creator show us the rest of it!

There was laughter at Paul's "Moley Land" and the craziness of it, but Luke's Chase the Claw won with the most votes after all 7 entries had been played through.

(once all 7 stages had been played, everyone was supplied with a small piece of paper. They had to write the number they wanted to vote for and put it in a tin.)

League Round 1 featured Crash Team Racing. The "different" bit was that the screen was upside down!
A lot of players opted to lie on the ground so they were looking at the projector upside down too!
One member had an interesting angle...

Mushroom class was next. This was a timed solo challenge where people had 45 minutes to create their levels. It was so quiet for those not taking part, but they took the chance to play on the big screens. We saw some 1,2, Switch, Mario Kart, Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, Rocket League and Mario Tennis Aces (amongst other things)

After 45 minutes was up, people had to clear their levels and upload them so we could acquire the codes.

Due to time constraints, we saved all the codes, and posted them online after the event so that people could vote on their favourites once they'd had chance to play them through themselves.

Round 2 of the league featured Super Mario Party.
The groups had to play a Remix of Sound Stage, but with no volume! It confused some, but others took to it really well.

The final NPUK challenge was the pairs challenge - Double Cherry class. We had 5 pairs, and they had 45 minutes to design their level. Some used two player mode. Others did solo mode but with both inputting ideas. Again, once the 45 minutes was up, they had to clear the level and upload it, for the later online voting.

To check out both Mushroom and Double Cherry Class levels, see the picture below:

(Results will be edited in to the end of the post once they've been declared.)

The final item of the day was the league tie breaker. This was between Bill and James. They had to do 'Barreling Along' - controllers were turned around so left was right and right was left.  It was neck and neck throughout the whole race, and Bill only just beat James at the finish line!

We finished with the raffle and the group photo.

Thanks to everyone who made it (apologies again that it had to be changed to a Sunday, though it was nice to see those who can't make it on a Saturday too!)

Monday, 17 June 2019

NNW Does Anglesey Comic Con 15/06/19

It was the second year of Anglesey Comic Con and the sun was out! Perfect day for showcasing our community to the public!

We had a double table this year, as originally we were supposed to be collaborating with PuyoGB, but unfortunately they couldn't make it in the end.
We instead used the second table for Labo Demos (both the older versions and the newer VR editions.)

The first table had Smash Ultimate on it, and we invited up to 4 players to fight each other for glory.

We had free haribo and stickers, and also showed off what we'd done in the past, with our photobooks.

Rhodri also managed to set up a Switch on an OJO projector in the café area, so that got quite a few involved.

All in all a good day! It was well attended and of course ours was the busiest stall again! We even had batman playing Labo VR Blaster!

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

And Thanks to those who came to help us on the day, it was VERY much appreciated! :D 

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Pokémon Lab(o) - VR? 11/05/19

We had a big day planned for everyone, with a main event, cinema trip and even pizza to round it all off!

We had to shorten the main event by an hour, so we chose not to do a main tournament, but instead focus on the league session and the Labo opportunities.
we had two challenges throughout the day.

The first one was the original Toy Con Labo - people had to try and catch the biggest "fish" (yes this DID include sharks :P )

The second challenge was to get the highest score on the first level of the Blaster VR challenges. #

There was also a screen of Smash Ultimate for people to play on for most of the day.

We demoed Puyo Champions for a bit, but it wasn't long until people reverted to either Tetris 99 or Puyo Puyo Tetris!

The league session's first round was ARMS.
People had to use the joy cons the other way round.

In the middle of the day we allowed North Wales team 1 to play their NPUK Spoil the Broth tournament match against Manchester 1. Unfortunately it wasn't to be though, as Manchester's JasonVMX and his wife seemed to be in a league of their own!!
Was fun to watch though regardless!

The second round of the league featured Ultimate Chicken Horse.
As a group we're used to playing Party mode on the premade levels. It was done differently because Dylan had made a custom level for everyone to complete on challenge mode.
You can find it using this code:  W6EP-FKVN.

People picked their characters, dressed them up and got going!

Dylan tried to show everyone how to do the level but couldn't finish it! (He did at home, honestly!)
A lot tried to speedrun it and got caught out. No one actually finished it, but people got scored according to where they died...

Once the round was over, people kept playing it, but only Jack M and James managed to complete it in the end!

The tie breaker saw Spid and James fighting it out in party mode.
Some items had increased probability, jet packs were turned off. The fire rate was sped up, but the speed of it was slow.... which resulted in a slightly impossible crossbow at one point.
We were hoping for more in the tie breaker, but on the second round, the other two with 5 ended up in the same group, and neither of them got the second 5 points...!!
The stage was the Crumbling Bridge.
The issue was that because there were only two players, once one had gained an advantage it was pretty plain sailing from there! (well done to Spid!)

It wasn't all bad for James though - Due to him getting the maximum points for the session, he's now joint top with John on the leaderboard!

John won the Blaster VR challenge, and Drn won the Fishing challenge with his 633m shark..!

We did the raffle and made everyone promise that if they won a plush and were going to the cinema, the plush had to watch the film with them too ;)

We had a good even spread of the prizes, and a big Jigglypuff, along with a Ditto and a few Pikachus made it to the cinema with us!
Thanks to Teki for donating some of the prizes for this one :)

Once we'd packed up at 4, we started heading over to Llandundo Junction for the Detective Pikachu at 5pm. A few of us only just made it in time, so we got our snacks and headed in.

The film had mixed opinions. Some thought it was amazing, and others thought the plot itself wasn't deep enough. What we didn't realise was that we brought an accidental spoiler with us ;)
Jigglypuff seemed to have some fun of its own too...!!!

We managed a group photo after we came out (apologies to Cat who we didn't realise had disappeared until she reappeared!!) and then headed over to pizza hut!

21 of us crammed into one corner of the restaurant, and finished off the day by eating loads of pizza!
We actually ran out of time for pudding, but some of us had to leave by a certain time.

It was an immensely fun day, and maybe we'll do it again one day :D