Sunday, 3 October 2021

NNW: Warioware: Actually Together! 02/10/2021

 It had been a long time coming, but today was the day we were finally able to meet up in person, indoors! 

We managed two outdoor events (July & August) while the weather was better, but we weren't willing to take the gamble with this one, and just as well as it poured with rain for half the day! 

Claire & Alex kindly let use a space upstairs in their shop in central Llandudno: ACME games, so thank you to them for enabling us to get going again! 
Once our usual venue in Bangor is back we'll be returning to our "home" but for now, Nintendo North Wales can be found in Llandudno! 

We arrived just as 12pm hit, and a few were already there waiting for us.

It was nice to have a quick catch up with a couple of the younger members, and the realisation that lockdown has "stolen" so much time for us, those young people are gearing up with their university choices already!

It was good to see some of the ones who'd joined us in the summer too. 

All in all, capacity was only for 12, so we chose to ticket this event on a first come first served basis. We had exactly 12 on the day too, we'd played it well, as we'd slightly over subscribed, assuming that one or two might drop out, and that's exactly what happened! 

we ended up with two sides to the room, and two TV setups! 

Our main feature game was the recently released Warioware: Get it Together, and anyone who wanted a go, made sure to bring their own controllers (which is so much easier in the days of the Switch of course) 

The other TV featured a bit of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe to get the room started, then a bit of Just Dance... 

A few joined in on that, then came the unfortunate song where a guy whipped his top off... *cringe* 

Once everyone who joined in was danced out, they settled on Smash for the rest of the session.

Meanwhile, the first TV switched on to Game Builder Garage for a bit, and then right at the end, a few members set up 51 Worldwide Games and played a few games on that!

Just before the raffle Jen suddenly remembered her promise from when 51 Worldwide Games came out during the first lockdown... "we must get together and do the 4 console piano!"

That we did! 

4 consoles, with bits of piano, made a pretty good sounding "grand" piano! Everyone stepped back in anticipation of Jen to play something, but being that it was patchy touch screen, she ended up just playing the intro to the Pink Panther!! 
A few had a go on it, while we prepared the raffle.

We had a few donated prizes and a small pool that we'd been holding on to during lockdown. 

We thought it sensible to not have a group photo in the small space, so we waved everyone off with a promise of another event some time in November (Date TBC!)

It was good to be back as a community, doing what we do best: Socialising and Gaming! :D 

Sunday, 4 July 2021

NNW Reunited (and it feels so good!) 03/07/21

 We finally, after 16 and a bit very long months, were able to reunite in person again!

It wasn't the physical event full of competitions that some might have been hoping for, but the hosts were mainly missing the social contact! 

Jen now collects certain leggings, so after holding a vote on her socials the day before, those who voted, chose Tetris, so Tetris it was! (Thanks Tikiboo :) )

Since people used to come from all over to our events, we decided to hold an outdoor meet in Llandudno, as that's generally a more accessible place than Bangor. 

We met from 2-4ish and it went like a dream! 

The night before it'd had been a very risky decision as the forecast had suddenly decided we were due downpours and thunderstorms! 

We promised to check the forecast one last time at 10am on the day, and by then it said cloudy until 4pm then maybe rain... so we took the gamble, it was ON! 

We met by the cenotaph, and waited until everyone we were expecting had arrived and found us, then we headed up to Happy Valley. 

The views up there are simply fabulous!

Handily the big rock in the middle was "free" so we pitched up there. Half of us sat on the rock, and the others sat on the grass. We had a great catch up with old friends! And a couple had brought their lovely dog "Jasper", so of course he was the star of the "show"! He definitely wasn't short of attention! 

He was very excitable, loved all the attention, barked at other dogs, and was nearly responsible for knocking a poor lady over! She blamed tripping over a hole in the ground, but that was a dramatic few moments, complete with audible gasps! 

A member turned up a bit later so we waited for him, had a quick catch up, and got a group photo in!

Photo taken by Amy.

Just after we left Happy Valley it started to rain, and as we head to our favourite place (The Looking Glass Ice Cream Parlour) the heavens opened! 

Some had to leave earlier so said their goodbyes.

Thankfully there was an undercover bit just across the road, so once everyone had grabbed their ice cream combos of choice, we sheltered under there and continued chatting. 

By then it was time to go, so everyone parted ways as they had parked at opposite ends of the town!
We parted ways somewhat gradually....

It was great to catch up with everyone having not seen anyone in so long! 

We hope to do it again next month, so keep an eye on our socials for updates!