Sunday, 29 September 2013

North Wales Does National StreetPass Day, Saturday 28th September 2013

"North Wales does National StreetPass Day" was a roaring success! 
We were a bit nervous at first, but thanks to a couple of guys in Bangor's GAME, StreetPass UK and twitter, as well as those big A2 posters in GAME itself on the day, we managed to get a total of 20 attendees! 4 of which hadn't heard about it but happened to go shopping in GAME and saw the advert!

We held a Mario Kart tournament, the "Who's got the biggest plaza" competition, and a raffle. We tried Luigi's Mansion 2 time trials, but only one group submitted before download play cut us off!
We also offered a Pikmin plush to anyone who flashed their 3DS console at us!
As one of the choices of raffle prizes, we offered someone the chance to complete their set of Pikmin, so as well as the cute Pokémon plushes, this was a great hit! :)

We managed to get a good mix of friends, locals (including a couple of children) and students. We were even able to offer bilingualism thanks to Rhys! (Very important in this part of Wales!)

Conclusion for us: Varsity was really loud, as there was a big football match on at the same time which we weren't warned about. (Apologies, I'm not clued up on Football matches!) We are going to look at a different venue for next time, and are hoping to collaborate some things with the University's gaming society. Everyone seems excited for our next event too, and looks forward to more prizes, especially Pokémon!

The other thing I learnt was when a pen says "dry wipe", I may want to do a patch test before writing out the whole board, just in case it doesn't wipe off!! (Thankfully we fixed it with a good scrub haha!)

We loved the fact that everyone was able to chat to each other, though it was quite hard to get the publicity out there in Bangor itself.
I think once everyone turned up and saw what we had planned, they joined in with the enthusiasm too. One request from a few declines was to hold the next event on a Sunday though, so on we go with planning the next event!

The First Arrivals

StreetPass Hats!

Mario Kart Winner with coveted shell trophy

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

About us, and how we Started...

It all started in early 2012 when Dylan and I put "3DS" on our wedding gift list, and ended up receiving one each because of a disorganised groomsman. Instead of taking it back, they decided we should indeed have one each!

We also held a Mario Kart Tournament at the wedding itself, for the "friends" in our wedding party. Best men, Bridesmaids, ushers, helpers and partners! An usher hosted it in his hotel room, and everyone did time trials on the original Mario Kart DS.

Wedding Mario Kart tourney!

Dylan and I got back from our mini moon to find out there was an actual Mario Kart 7 Grand Prix about to take off with chance to fight it out in a Final in Birmingham. We only had one copy of the game though, so I got my own version to take part with!
It all revolved around the community and racking up points, so because it was the last week of my holiday, I managed to qualify. We went to Birmingham at the end of October, for "Mario Fest 2012", met lots of amazing people, and best of all, I came away #3 for the UK, #1 for Wales and won a year's supply of 3DS (new release) games! (See 6:03 in below!)

I stayed in touch with a few people from the day, and was so inspired but disappointed at the same time! There was obviously a lot out there for 3DS and Nintendo fans generally, but absolutely nothing up in North Wales! In the November I created a Facebook group called "3DS Bangor Wales", and a few people found us. Nothing much happened though, as we were so small. I tried to get word out, but in the end, no one seemed to be available at the same time for events :(

I managed to get a few mini events in early in 2013, but they were all unofficial as it involved me just visiting a certain building when I knew people didn't have lectures!!!

Fast forward to Summer 2013, and I found StreetPass Manchester's Facebook Page. Essentially for our first wedding anniversary, we went to SPM's "Big Luigi"  It was one of the most well-organised and amazing events I'd ever been to! Over 140 people turned up, there were a few tournaments, a quiz and a raffle. Plenty of friendly people to talk to, and best of all I met the hosts. James and Beth were lovely, and seeing how they ran things with their helpers, inspired me again.

We were running as essentially StreetPass Bangor, but around this time, we collaborated with Rhys of StreetPass Llandudno, and became StreetPass North Wales. Plenty of ideas between us, and some good resources to help us, we're now well on our way!
One day we'd like to cover all of North Wales, but as our fan base is mainly Bangor for now, we tend to base our events in the Bangor area. 

We are a group for locals and students alike, as well as all age groups!

We aim to be bilingual where possible, and host events to recognise as many multiplayer and streetpassable games for the 3DS, especially those great for larger groups. Occasionally we may feature other Nintendo consoles too.

Our "official events" will be once a month or so, with smaller informal meets in between and some online meets. Just keep an eye on our group for upcoming events and news! :)

Follow us: @SPNorthWales

Written by Jen