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Title: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on August 30, 2016, 14:32:09 PM
Should be good as always....

http://www.playexpomanchester.com/

Oct 8th, 9th

Only seems like yesterday !

Yeah its huge, yeah some people probably dont like huge events like this but its amazing how much there is there. I tend to spend most of my time walking round slowly chatting to people. Should do more gaming there ! Tons of arcade machines, tons of different computers/consoles etc

Probably just go for the day (despite being very close to Manchester) due to family etc.

Be good to meet up with a few people
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: zapiy on August 30, 2016, 20:00:58 PM
Sadly these events are just to far for me..

They need to do one in Birmingham.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: AmigaJay on August 30, 2016, 20:37:55 PM
Sadly these events are just to far for me..

They need to do one in Birmingham.
That would be EGX! ;-)
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: zapiy on August 30, 2016, 20:57:15 PM
Yup, but that's mainly modern gaming.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: AmigaJay on August 30, 2016, 21:25:41 PM
Yeah true but they do have the retro area for gaming and hanging out, I was there last year, not going this year though.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: Greyfox on August 30, 2016, 22:59:59 PM
At least you guys get shows like this..all we get is fisherman's friend get together over here, load od sh*te...
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: zapiy on August 30, 2016, 23:00:32 PM
Lol, get a flight over.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on August 31, 2016, 12:02:44 PM
Sadly these events are just to far for me..

They need to do one in Birmingham.

Eh ? Where are you based then ?

Come on people its the UK, easy to get a train (or cheap flight) for these one off events ;) I know a lot of people drive up from the south coast, worth seeing who you know and get a lift ?
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: zapiy on August 31, 2016, 17:29:13 PM
It's not just that pal, home life stops me coming all that way otherwise it would not be a problem. 


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Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on September 01, 2016, 10:54:59 AM
Shame fella.

Over the year i must admit i look after the kids a fair few times so my wife can go out with her friends etc and then when it comes to October i 'bank' in those for my geek weekend at Play expo. Saying that i normally go for just one day but i have to try for two this year.

Both my kids birthdays are in October so i'm always nervous to see what days Play Expo will be on, it doesnt clash with birthdays this year so jobs a good un.

Quite different from the older shows where you used to wear a 'badge' so people knew who you are, its just soooo huge its impossible now
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: mainvein on September 06, 2016, 01:04:57 AM
Sadly these events are just to far for me..

They need to do one in Birmingham.
That would be EGX! ;-)

also revival is in wolverhampton, where would you suggest i do a big retro game sales fair in birmingham? been thinking of expanding out of leeds for a little while too
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: zapiy on September 06, 2016, 06:28:57 AM
The only place I know would be the Birmingham NIC mate, its a huge place and I would suspect not cheap to run something there.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: guest6108 on September 10, 2016, 21:40:47 PM
I should be going to Play Expo Manchester

I love going to these events to play some classic arcade from the good old days.

But mostly I like going to these expos to catch up with friends and talk about retro gaming.




Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: Vadergb on September 11, 2016, 12:28:20 PM
I should be attending this year. Ive been twice in the last three years.

I normally book a family room near-ish to Manchester the night before so we have an easy drive to the event the Saturday morning. The Wife then goes shopping at the Trafford Centre which is next door to Event City with my eldest daughter and I go to Play Expo for the day with my son and youngest daughter. All good.
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on September 11, 2016, 19:54:42 PM
I should be going to Play Expo Manchester

I love going to these events to play some classic arcade from the good old days.

But mostly I like going to these expos to catch up with friends and talk about retro gaming.






What some people did last year was to go to Play expo in the day then Arcade Club in the evening (as its not that far)

Looking forward to the show, probably wandering about tons talking to people but i need to make sure i get a fair bit of gaming in as well!
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on October 09, 2016, 18:31:23 PM
Well spent Saturday at Play Expo and had a great time. Quite gutted its all over

Huge huge place, think it was laid out really well, good spacing. Lots to see and do, my highlight was to talk to Andrew Hewson and later Kevin Toms, complete legends !

The food had changed this year and i must admit the chicken burgers were quite nice ! I wasnt drinking but there was only one small bar selling alcohol and the queues for that were massive.

Spent most of my time walking around and around and around chatting to lots of people. Very difficult to find someone though as the signal inside the place was bad (kept having to go outside to get updated messages etc) but met a lot of good retro folks from various forums.

But its an amazing event, feet were killing me when i got home ! Didnt actually buy anything but was very tempted by a few things. But yeah great to talk to Kevin Toms who also showed me his new iOS game which is coming out soon, very similar of course to his classic game Football manager.

Roll on the next event
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: Greyfox on October 09, 2016, 18:37:15 PM
Wow, sounds like an awesome event pal, I must try and make it to one of these, gas thing nobody would recognise me nor me them lol, so it would have to be a lets meet at the bar type set up lol.

How many people do you reckon were there? In numbers as it seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year?
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on October 09, 2016, 20:51:46 PM
Unsure but there were 1000's ! Huge queue outside but to be fair it seemed to be moving well.

Like i say it was well spaced out so it wasnt a nightmare walking down the various aisles etc. Again i love the mix we have at the moment, there are smaller events which are great, also the odd big one like Play Expo. I think a lot of people went afterwards to Arcade Club (as its about 10 miles away) and apparently that place was packed out after the show.

One of my friends there has already booked his hotel for next year (as you can book the premier inn a year in advance) as they've announced the October date for 2017 so the hotels dirt cheap
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: TrekMD on October 09, 2016, 21:45:33 PM
Looks like had a good time and that the event was packed!  That's good for the organizers and should ensure another event next year.  Any pics that you can post?
Title: Re: Play Expo - Manchester
Post by: psj3809 on October 09, 2016, 23:23:12 PM
Actually didnt take really any pics this year, in the past i've taken a fair few. Quite a few on facebook i've seen

Only picture i took was of me and Kevin Toms. Great to meet him. Roll on Blackpool next June i think it is
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