Saturday, 26 October 2013

Online Meet #1 - Mario Kart 7!

What better game to start our series of Online meets off with, than Mario Kart?!

It is the easiest one to organise, with the community function at your fingertips! 
There was about 5 of us for the first meet, which made for a good few races. People seemed to have fun, and it also gave those members of the group not currently living in Bangor, still chance to take part in our happenings :) 

We posted the community code shortly before the races happened, and most people got on it ok, with only a few disconnections during the session.

Mario Kart is definitely a fundamental of any Nintendo gaming group, but we do hope to circle round a number of games that are good for online multiplayer. We will be taking votes for the next one probably, so watch out in the Facebook group for that :) 

One thing we have to consider is the fact that while our main fanbase is in Bangor, a lot of that fanbase are students. Students move on after a few years, and aren't usuallly there outside termtime. 
We hope to host one or two online meets between official events, to encourage all to stay involved, whether they missed the main event, are away from Bangor, or are at every single happening. 

Also I know some are on Twitter and not Facebook (and vice versa), but obviously there is a lot more space for content on Facebook. We strive to keep our twitter fans up with all our goings on though, so if you feel like we've missed anything, don't forget to give us a shout!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Informal Meet #1 - Caffe Nero

We organised a "mini" meet for Monday 7th October 3.30-7pm.
It was a free for all, and just for fun, and a bit of getting to know each other. 
We got a couple of Mario Kart cups in, discussed some upcoming games, and compared eshop buys. We also discussed our potential next event, and how we might get the word out.

We arranged this meet for a weekday, after a request from the GAME guy, who works both Saturdays and Sundays. This worked well for some and not for others. Unfortunately the GAME guy had an emergency to tend to, some were still at work, and others had lectures.

Those who finished at 5 popped up for a bit, and a couple joined us earlier who had lectures at 5.
There were approximately 4 of us at any one time, which was nice for the more intimate gaming, but also a little disappointing for numbers. We saw about 8 faces altoether, with a few requests that a different day might be better.

Thus a dilemma. We don't want to clash with Bangor University's Gaming League (wednesday afternoons) and every other afternoon, someone is going to have work or lectures!

The venue itself was very good for atmosphere and food provisions, but again, the wifi connection interfered with the local connection, so playing Mario Kart and anything else was a struggle!
If we use Caffe Nero again, we need to take the interference into account, though on the other hand it's the perfect central location complete with relay, for multiple Streetpassing opportunities!

We do intend to do at least one mini meet in between the main events, but venue may change or alternate between a few ideas :)