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Retrovision feedback . . .
« on: February 07, 2010, 11:02:09 PM »
My thoughts . . .

Good points: Nice machines, good company, good competitions.

Bad points: Venue was a little small and very stuffy saturday night, car parking was terrible too and finally a little expensive for what it was.
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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2010, 12:45:00 AM »
Thanks for the feedback. With it being too expensive, do you mean the ticket price or the venue and taxi prices?

Next year RV2011 is being run by Markie and is pencilled in for the first weekend in April 2011 at the same venue. I hope to still be a part of the team (perhaps just taking a few systems along), but in a much smaller capacity than this one.

I might still run an event locally... Perhaps sometime around August 2011 so not to clash with RV.

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2010, 01:06:10 AM »
Good points:
Excellent people, a great selection of machines, met some new & interesting people and an all round great way to spend the weekend

Bad points:
Maybe a bit of nit-picking, but everything locally seemed a little pricey (such as food & drink) but I was seriously watching the pennies as I was on a super-tight budget (this didn't help)
Also, not many people were willing to help with setup and packing away, to be honest. This is one thing that I find the hardest about an event, and that is disconnecting, packing away and loading up the car, especially after an exhausting weekend of gaming, drinking and socialising (and several late nights in a row) .... it would be nice if people helped out a bit more.

Anyway, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank StarshipUK for laying on a decent event. Without him, this event would not have been what it was.

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2010, 10:42:24 AM »
@Starship . . .
Basically i meant most things, I do think the tickets were overpriced a little, the taxi's were horrendous though.
If it is at the same venue I don't think I would attend - I like a little more space personally and semi-decent parking too.

Andy

Just to add - I would also like to say a big thank you to the organisers etc . . . I know how much work goes into these events. Well done guys! :)
« Last Edit: February 08, 2010, 12:57:52 PM by AndyRCM »
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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2010, 10:47:04 AM »
I agree with all the points raised especially the taxi cost, parking and venue size being too small.

Other than that we had a great time :)

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2010, 03:32:42 PM »
I thought £15 for the ticket was fair as it works out to £5 a day. The venue was a bit on the small side and far to many people turned up on the Saturday so room was a really problem and the Rock band was a pain in the arse (far to loud). Pub food and beer was nice but a little to expensive which is like every other two day event I've been to.

Overall I enjoyed it and would go again although next time it would be from the the Fri-Sun.
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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2010, 03:57:12 PM »
I thought £15 for the ticket was fair as it works out to £5 a day.
I thought the ticket price was spot on, tbh. £5 a day is rather cheap for the event, imo.
I've been to other (non-gaming) events that cost at least £7-£8 per day!

The venue was a bit on the small side and far to many people turned up on the Saturday so room was a really problem ....
Well, it was nice to see it was so popular, but there was barely room to move during the afternoon/evening on the Saturday, especially during the raffle.

.... and the Rock band was a pain in the arse (far to loud).
As much as I like Rock Band, it's the one thing I detest at events.
Every event I've been to, Rock Band is TOO F*CKING LOUD which not also drowns out the sound of the other machines, it also has an impact on socialising.
On the Saturday night, myself & the RCM crew went out for food and I have to say, it was a great way to give my ears a damn rest.

Pub food and beer was nice but a little to expensive which is like every other two day event I've been to.
Well, I was on a super-tight budget and found just about everything to be too pricey.
I think I'm gonna supply myself with my own food & drink on the next event I go to, as prices range from a bit expensive up to stupidly unacceptable!
I know inflation has a big part in it, but f*cking hell, we have to pay out for petrol, accommodation, ticket price, food & drink ..... it's a bloody expensive weekend.

Overall I enjoyed it and would go again although next time it would be from the the Fri-Sun.
I did think that a lot of people packed up very early on the Sunday, and the atmosphere was less 'buzzing' than on the Friday and Saturday.
Still, it was an excellent event, and I really enjoyed myself.

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2010, 05:05:20 PM »
One other thing I have thought about that was really good . . . the wall of autographs/signatures etc . . . ;)
That was a great idea and one I might copy if that is okay with the retrovision guys?

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2010, 05:22:41 PM »
I agree with the points raised so far... especially after getting ripped off by a local taxi company - nothing to do with the event I know.

Parking is always an issue but there was no where to park locally.

Good computers, good company...but got too full Sat afternoon/evening.

I agree with Woody...I hate the too loud DJ Hero/Rock Band/Drum game.

Sorry if this sound negative...I did enjoy myself  :D

Like Andy said a big well done to all the organising team as I know it is hard work.

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2010, 05:28:13 PM »
I agree with Woody...I hate the too loud DJ Hero/Rock Band/Drum game.
The drum game in question is called Taiko Drum Master and was released in Japan on the Wii.
However, there's a UK release on the PS2.

I found it interesting for about 2 minutes as I'd never seen it before, but it's quite a hollow experience and something that I'd probably get bored of after a couple of go's on it.
Hey, I'm got bored of Rock Band after a couple of months, and although I had a go at it, I could not take the singing seriously and eneded up replacing lyrics with as many 'Your Mum' references I could get into each song :D

As much as I can see that Rock Band is great for getting everyone together, in future, can the volume be quite a bit lower. I sometimes suffer from tinitus and f*cking loud Rock Band agrivates it. Also, I could not here a word anyone was saying to me, so it makes socialising difficult .... which is the main thing that attracts me to these events!

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2010, 07:56:44 PM »
Thanks for all the feedback. I will pass it onto the organisers of RV2011 and will also take it into consideration if I decide to run a local event at some point in 2011 myself (I'm currently feeling like I never want to organise another event again though!)

The ticket prices were £20 each in 2009 and I made sure they were reduced in 2010. There was a poll about ticket prices on YakYak in 2007 where the majority of people said they would be willing to pay £30 a day to attend: http://www.yakyak.org/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=68822
I would be interested in what price people would be prepared to pay for this type of event, with everything on freeplay and free entry to competitions.

The RV website did list local B&Bs which had their own free private car parks and within walking distance of the pub. There were even more down the road we did not list such as the Green Gables. Several people on the RG forum had suggested staying in a Travelodge a few miles away and using a taxi, and I did warn them against it as there are so many hotels nearby. I did make a post about parking on the RG forum, YakYak forum and Facebook, but for some reason forgot to post it here. Sorry, that was my fault, but it reads:
PARKING NEWS:
The Pub has a limited amount of parking, the majority of which is likely to be used by those who are bringing systems. If you are staying in one of the nearby B&B Guest Houses, the majority of these have their own car parks which I would recommend using. The roads around the area of the pub all have restricted parking which are regularly patrolled by traffic officers. However, there is unrestricted street parking available which is around a 5 minute walk away from the pub. Upon my last visit to Oxford all roads around Lake Street and below have no restricted parking. Here is a map showing Lake Street and the route from it to the Pub: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Lake+Street&daddr=38+Abingdon+Road&hl=en&geocode=%3BFQ-MFQMd29Xs_ymTKhI5t8Z2SDGB0_XqyHlnow&gl=uk&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=51.740424,-1.255488&sspn=0.012144,0.027595&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16

I don't think parking will ever be a good situation for any event based near a city down south, although there are benefits are for those taking Public Transport and being near a train/coach station (which some people did to get to RV). I had difficulty parking at Byte Back and that had a massive car park. I had to park on the road. I also had difficulties finding a space in the car park at the last RCM event, but luckily someone was leaving and I got somewhere to park. I had to pay for parking at Console Combat in Manchester. And I think at the event in Sheffield (if it happens) is recommending using NCP car parks, which can be a tad expensive.

The pub was not overly expensive unless you are comparing it to one of the yuppie chain pubs. £4.50 for a very good quality cheese and beans Jacket potato and £7 for a mountain of Sunday roast seemed good value to me. You could also pay a lot less and get small portions and sh1te quality food. There was also a McDonalds up the road in the town centre (although McDonalds ain't that cheap) and the Kebab van just up the road was extremely good value for money (£4.50 for a double vege-burger with chips and can of drink!)

Rock Band was actually quieter than last year (Really!). Unfortunately this venue (which I inherited for the event) has no separate rooms to stick rock band. If there was no Rock Band at all there would have been complaints so it seems to be a no-win situation. It was only run after 9PM each night, which meant people could still play on the other machines from 11AM to 9PM for 10 hours each day before the rock band. Those who found it too loud and wanted to talk did also have an option of going down stairs to talk and could have also played on my Pac Man board game  :) The event did also run much longer than most other events, which I was hoping the non rock-band people would take into consideration.

Sorry if people thought I started packing up early on Sunday. I only packed away systems which people were not using and had a lot of stuff to pack away. Did not get home till about 11:30PM and also had work today.

I knew it would be busy, and expect there will be less tickets available next year as a result. There was also an extra table placed in the middle of the room which I had not planned, and without that it would have felt less crowded methinks.

Andy - Of course you can steal what I like to refer to in my mind as the "Cool Wall" and what we actually called the "Signing In" wall so not to confuse people. I look forward to singing it  ;)

Sorry also if this seems like I am attacking your feedbacks - I do appreciate the feedbacks though - good and bad (prefer good ones though  :D )

I also wondered what you guys thought of the system information and instruction sheets I made for the systems. It is something I would love to see the RCM to also steal and do at their events and I am also happy to provide the Publisher file (containing 30 pages) if you would like it.

On a last note I spoke to quite a few people who said they would be going to the next RCM event, who did not know much about it before, so I think the RCM team appearance and flyers in the blue bags has helped to get a few more people along to the next RCM event. I will also take the flyers I had left over to Aldershot and Sheffield (if it happens).

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2010, 08:02:24 PM »
Steve,
Thank you for your replies to lots of the feedback - always good to hear what your thoughts are :)
I know what you mean about most of it - don't feel it was personal (although I do!!!! when people attack RCM) ;)
The system info sheets were brilliant to be honest as were the instructions for various devices - really nice work mate - and yes please to the offer! :)
And finally thank you for pushing our event and letting us put the flyers in the goodie bags! It will be great to see that our flyers worked too!
Also thanks for taking the left-over flyers - do what you can matey! :)

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2010, 10:19:19 PM »


:D

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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2010, 10:20:26 PM »
Nice picture Dave! ;) What a bunch of misfits we are! ;)
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Re: Retrovision feedback . . .
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2010, 10:35:37 PM »
For the three or four people on here who *aren't* on Facebook, here's the accompanying lyrics to that picture :)

They're geeky and they're nerdy
Mysterious and weirdy,
They're all together worldy,
The RCM Family.

Their hobby is a museum.
When people come to see 'em
They really are a screa-um.
The RCM Family.


(And once again, apologies! But it really does fit the picture soooo well) :)