OK, I FINALLY received my email from work to confirm that I got dates around the 13th and 14th off. So I'm going this year! YAY! Hopefully I can be a part of the volunteer group for the Retro Gaming Roundup panel, that and I'll be taking a microphone and a Dictaphone with me so that I can do interviews with dealers and organisers at the event, not just for RGR, but for Stalking the Retro and Wasted Seconds too. I'd love to take some of my own equipment with it, it's just that I'm only going to take what fits into a rucksack, I don't want to haul loads of crap onto a train .
What I will take with me is my mint boxed copy of Donkey Kong MultiScreen Game and Watch, and POSSIBLY the pinball controller that I'm building, though this thing might be a we-bit too big to haul anyway, it'll depend if I can work out a way to store it in a large-ish flight case if I can find one on the cheap.
Anyway, I know there's a hotel pretty close to the event, in a Place called the Trafford centre, which I believe is a shopping centre/complex. that and the closest train station is Patricroft, though when I tried to book tickets for the trains it said I couldn't get any that were after 13 weeks away, grr...
From what I saw online, the hotel will cost me about £137, the return train ticket will cost me about £60 and the event is £22, even though it says £13.50 on the main site :/ must be the fees that the ticket site are adding to it. Which makes a total of £219, sounds a lot, but compared to the crazy £800 ticket for me to get to the states this year, a little over £200 isn't bad since it includes a hotel!
Anyway, the only other person I know, apart from UKmike and Scott who are going is BritishIBM, who funny enough lives near me. scary... Still, who has their plans for this event? I wanna know who else is coming!