Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

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Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by samhain81 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:31 am

Anyone going this year?

At 20 quid a ticket now from 16 last year they can suck a wet fart

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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by DPrinny » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:08 am

At least it isnt a ComiCON, the type of event with bugger all to do and stalls selling tons of tat

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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:30 pm

DPrinny wrote:At least it isnt a ComiCON, the type of event with bugger all to do and stalls selling tons of tat
To be fair I went to the one in Liverpool, and whilst there were all the usual stalls, there was an auditorium with lengthy Q&A sessions. Highlights included Starsky,Hutch and Huggy Bear , Cat and Rimmer and best of all Sam Jones.
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Post by flatapex » Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:02 pm

it was £18 last year for one day (might have been less than the £34 for the weekend that it is time round)

I am in two minds:
I really enjoyed last year, and its a fun couple of days just as the weather is turning crap and my holiday seems ages away

but
its a lot of money for what it is. Especially right before going on holiday. Tickets, getting there, food etc, is best part of £100
I don't need any more games.

I tend to go to see people and catch up with them rather than looking for rare items for hundreds of pounds, tc is about 5 times the distance for me as arcade club
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Post by markopoloman » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:02 pm

I am going to try and make the effort to go to this one. I've missed the last few due to work issues...

Will attempt to gain a discounted or free ticket for myself, sons and two mates - we 'worked' at a fair few events with the promise of pay, but never received a penny. Not sure who is running the company now, but payback would be a nice gesture!
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:14 am

In the late 80s, 10 quid would see a good afternoon down my local arcade.

In 2017, 20 quid for a whole day of free play on hundreds of games, as well as access to all the sellers and talks going on seems like like a bargain.

I have no issue with the entry price.

8 hours on a train necessitating a day or two off work and hotel costs are what makes it expensive for me. Love to go, but those dates are iffy, going on holiday shortly afterwards and its very close to Mrs Ant's birthday.
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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by DPrinny » Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:44 am

paranoid marvin wrote:
DPrinny wrote:At least it isnt a ComiCON, the type of event with bugger all to do and stalls selling tons of tat
To be fair I went to the one in Liverpool, and whilst there were all the usual stalls, there was an auditorium with lengthy Q&A sessions. Highlights included Starsky,Hutch and Huggy Bear , Cat and Rimmer and best of all Sam Jones.
True some have Q&As, but a lot is just come here buy s**t, spend, see everything in half an hour

Then theres this
http://fortheloveofsci-fi.com/

Worked at it last year, decent selection of stuff for sale, props, orchestra, guests, sets

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Post by flatapex » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:41 am

markopoloman wrote:I am going to try and make the effort to go to this one. I've missed the last few due to work issues...

Will attempt to gain a discounted or free ticket for myself, sons and two mates - we 'worked' at a fair few events with the promise of pay, but never received a penny. Not sure who is running the company now, but payback would be a nice gesture!
if you want help finding a hotel, just let me know. the ones nearest the venue have been charging silly money for the last few years (£87.50 for saturday night)
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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by DPrinny » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:41 am

Just do what a lot of people in Manchester seem to do

Sleep on the streets, usually after taking some spice..........

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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by paranoid marvin » Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:40 am

Usually if you book a Travelodge or Premier Inn several months before you travel you get them much cheaper. For instance I booked a hotel room in London for £42 2 months ago - same room if I booked now is £87. The myth of last minute deals on hotel rooms is - imho- exactly that - a myth.
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Post by flatapex » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:20 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Usually if you book a Travelodge or Premier Inn several months before you travel you get them much cheaper. For instance I booked a hotel room in London for £42 2 months ago - same room if I booked now is £87. The myth of last minute deals on hotel rooms is - imho- exactly that - a myth.
it all depends.....

a lot of the time it depends on individual places. The only way to get the premier inns near the trafford centre cheap is to gamble on a date before they get announced, as soon as the dates of playexpo are announced the prices shoot up there.
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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by RetroBob » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:01 pm

I found booking hotel early helps thoug for the last two years I have driven.

I am hoping to make it again this year, I have stopped buying games now but that's not the main draw, it's playing games, the talks and chatting with people.
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Post by flatapex » Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:56 am

RetroBob wrote:I found booking hotel early helps thoug for the last two years I have driven.

I am hoping to make it again this year, I have stopped buying games now but that's not the main draw, it's playing games, the talks and chatting with people.
Exactly, if i find something i want then that's all the better but meeting up with retro people is the best bit.
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Re: Play Expo 2017 Oct 14/15

Post by Treguard » Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:14 am

Anyone else here attend the Leeds event this weekend. I really enjoyed it- decent sized venue, not completely rammed (I actually got to play some of the modern pinball tables! In other news, I still suck at pinball). Would have been nice if they'd had some guests, and some more actual game traders, but I dont really see where they could have been situated really.

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Post by flatapex » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:19 pm

Treguard wrote:Anyone else here attend the Leeds event this weekend. I really enjoyed it- decent sized venue, not completely rammed (I actually got to play some of the modern pinball tables! In other news, I still suck at pinball). Would have been nice if they'd had some guests, and some more actual game traders, but I dont really see where they could have been situated really.
I was there.

It's totally different to any other event, ideal for those that would think bigger events are too big, Manchester and Blackpool can be intimidating for some due to the size
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