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July trip to Omega Sektor Birmingham UK

LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
edited July 2008 in PAX Archive
A few of us have decided to go to the Omega Sektor in Birmingham, UK on Saturday 26th July.

This is your invite to join us. So far, the plan is to arrive in Birmingham city centre about 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., and then walk to Omega Sektor. Its not far from New Street station.

If you become a member, you get your first hour free, membership is free, too, and noobs like me get free lessons. It costs £5 for all day.

So far, my tentative plan is as follows:

1. Arrive at 11:00 a.m. at Omega Sektor, have a mooch around, see what's what and where it is.
2. Play the free 1 hour on whatever games you like.
3. Have lunch somewhere - probably not in Omega Sektor, but depending on prices.
4. Play for 3 further hours (whilst I go to Selfridges if I get tired of playing games!)( and maybe to Druckers Viennese Coffee House, mmm )
5. Find a pub.
6. Drink beer til its time to catch my train home with LewieP.

I'm going to contact Omega Sektor to see if they will offer us any deals if there are a big enough group going, so lpost in this thread if you'd like to come.

I'll keep adding to this as i get more info, and will post here who's coming.

LewiePs Mummy
LewieP
APZonerunner
kropotkin
Willeth
Bad-Beat
Centipeed
Lightreaper + friends
McMonkey
Mr Ray
Zilla360

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Uh...I thought G&T would be a better home for this, since it's not actually related to PAX.

    Other than that, I am looking forwards to this.

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    APZonerunnerAPZonerunner Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    A quick note - The prices have changed - the ones on the website are incorrect.

    It's £5 in. All day. Unlimited access, except Arcade Machines. On Saturday Nights Omega tends to have all-nighters, too, so if anybody is up for staying all night for some insane gaming/drinking there, you could go home Sunday morning.

    I'll have to wrangle the day off work, but I'm happy to be a guide to Brum in general.

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    Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I've never been to Birmingham so this would be a good excuse to do so.
    The plan seems pretty solid, in fact LewiePs Mummy has managed to organise more in one day then a group of people managed in 6 months, so congrats to you, Mummy. I'm definately up for it, travelling up from London I'm sure there will be some places (Travelodge, local hotels etc..) to stay at overnight.

    One question; Is it definately set at July 26th now? because it has been switching for the last couple days or so.
    But yeah, thanks for taking the time to sort it out LPs Mummy. Anything you need help with just ask.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Yep, it has to be that Saturday - the following one, which was the other possibility we will have our younger foster children for the weekend. There's no way I'm bringing them with me, and LP's dad would not be best pleased if I left him at home to look after them by himself!

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    Uh...I thought G&T would be a better home for this, since it's not actually related to PAX.

    Other than that, I am looking forwards to this.

    Yeah, but its my post, so I can put it wherever I feel like ... :P (I have put a link in the G&T UK bargains thread as well though xoxoxo<3)

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Lol, I just meant people who aren't going to PAX are less likely to see it here.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Well as the originator of the idea I've actually made a logo which looks like this:

    PAX08_UK_Gathering.jpg

    If it gets big enough I'll even do a video of the event and possibly have some competitions or something, who knows. I am also travelling from the Big Smoke so anyone else also going from the capital let me know and we'll all go on the same train from Euston.

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    So I looked up train ticket prices, Redruth (Cornwall) to Birmingham... £73. Two singles is cheaper, but it'll still come out at about £30-40.

    Tickets from Cardiff are far cheaper, but I won't be here by that time.

    If I can think of a way to get to Birmingham that isn't going to cost me a ridiculous amount of money, then I'll definitely try and make it.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Centipeed: What about National Express? Checked it out - £11 to Plymouth return, then £38 train to Brum, cheaper and faster to go by train all the way.

    Kropotkin: That's fabulous!! I can feel Tshirts and a banner happening! (or at least badges)

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    4. Play for 3 further hours (whilst I go to Selfridges if I get tired of playing games!)( and maybe to Druckers Viennese Coffee House, mmm )

    Been to the Bullring before? The Selfridges there is pretty big. Good (if expensive) food on the ground floor too.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Oh, yes.

    Mind you, I miss the old Bullring and the Rag market, but at least the original Druckers is still there - the Manchester one is rubbish.

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    OK, I'd really like to be there for this. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could sleep, if I did come up? Obviously coming up to Birmingham the day before and then leaving the day after is the best solution, so I have all day at Omega Sektor or whatnot.

    Edit: OK, I'm probably going to do this. I've booked a bed for two nights in a hostel, on the 25th and 26th of July. The great thing is I only have to pay a deposit for now, which is just £3.60, so I can cancel easily enough if it doesn't work out.

    The train is going to cost about £36, which is not fantastic but I can cover it.

    Just because I like to research this kind of stuff, my train ticket will be to Birmingham Station, but is there any other station I should choose instead? I don't want to accidentally arrive on a station outside of Birmingham or something.

    Edit 2: Am I to understand that New Street Station is the main station at Birmingham, and the one that trains are likely to arrive at? If so, that's awesome, because my hostel is close to both the station and Omega Sektor.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I am pretty sure that APZonerunner said that Omega Sektor is 24 hours.

    You could be hardqore and do an all-nighter.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    I am pretty sure that APZonerunner said that Omega Sektor is 24 hours.

    You could be hardqore and do an all-nighter.

    Oh god. Don't get Qore puns banned, as well.

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Centipeed wrote: »

    Edit 2: Am I to understand that New Street Station is the main station at Birmingham, and the one that trains are likely to arrive at? If so, that's awesome, because my hostel is close to both the station and Omega Sektor.

    Yep that's the one. It's pretty much in the city centre. Although there's also Birmingham International station (which is where the NEC is), so it's best to double check that you're not heading for that station.

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    I am pretty sure that APZonerunner said that Omega Sektor is 24 hours.

    You could be hardqore and do an all-nighter.

    The website says 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, but that late-sessions are available. It doesn't really matter, because I've booked a hostel now for both nights, so I can sleep in a bed.

    But is New Street Station the main station in Birmingham?

    Edit: Already been answered, I see. Well, The Train Line just says "Birmingham Station", so I can't imagine they'd sent me to the international one. Once I have a lift to the station in Cornwall confirmed, I'll book the train tickets and LewieP's Mummy can add me to the list.

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Yay!

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    subediisubedii Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Centipeed wrote: »
    LewieP wrote: »
    I am pretty sure that APZonerunner said that Omega Sektor is 24 hours.

    You could be hardqore and do an all-nighter.

    The website says 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday, but that late-sessions are available. It doesn't really matter, because I've booked a hostel now for both nights, so I can sleep in a bed.

    But is New Street Station the main station in Birmingham?

    Edit: Already been answered, I see. Well, The Train Line just says "Birmingham Station", so I can't imagine they'd sent me to the international one. Once I have a lift to the station in Cornwall confirmed, I'll book the train tickets and LewieP's Mummy can add me to the list.

    To be fair, even if you do somehow end up at Birmingham International there are trains going from there to Birmingham New Street around every 10-15 minutes, I think it's only around £1.50 for that one.

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    Bad-BeatBad-Beat Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    yeah just to confirm I am going. Didn't make it clear in my previous post.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Well it would appear the interest is high for this event so I'm going to go ahead and start organising some stuff for it.

    First off thanks for responding so positively to the idea of us British attendees meeting up prior to the big show. I really regard it as a kind of send off for us intrepid PAXonieers who are braving the rain soaked pricipice of Washington State Convention & Trade Center [sic] a month after the gathering.

    As for the event itself I have a number of ideas of what we could do on the day. Here are some I had which could work out, some not:

    1) A video and picture blog of the event showing those who failed to show up what they missed and who to look out for when we get to PAX 08.

    2) Special edition of my podcast with a round table of some of the attendees to discuss PAX, past and future.

    3) Have the DVDs of PAX 07 (which I have) playing in a room at Omega Sektor for people to view.

    4) Video game related pub-quiz after the gaming at Omega Sektor

    5) Tips on surving PAX especially what British food to take on a leaflet.

    6) Small tournament with the games at Omega Sektor.

    If there is anyone wishing to step up and organise items 4 & 6 that would be great. More news on the event as we get our s**t together. Best you can do now is sign up and join the fun. Remember this event is not solely for those going to PAX, anyone else is more than welcome to see us off in true PA style!

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I've booked my train tickets now, so I'm officially coming. Please to be adding myself and bad-beat to the list in the OP.

    Also, I'll have the day before Friday in Birmingham from about 2pm onwards to do whatever, so if anyone happens to be arriving then, I can meet up with you.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Well after some thought I've decided to revamp the poster into something more fitting for the name I have decided to give to the folks that are going to the land formerly known as 'The Colonies' in August. That name being *drum roll*

    THE ROYAL PAXONIEER CORPS: 32ND BATTALION

    Before you ask no there is no special meaning to '32nd' other than it sounded good. The new official poster is shown below which is inspired by the ever so British film Zulu that starred Michael Caine and you can't get more British than him. Except possibly Stephen Fry.

    PAX08_UK_Gathering_poster.jpg

    Note any 32nd members that are participating in the West Coast Train Trip 2008 can request an honourable discharge in order for them to join the People's Republic of Arcadia armed forces.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Wooo, I love it when a plan comes together!
    I'm thinking about t-shirts with Kropotkin's wonderful logo on. I'll either cost out white Ts plus logo, or will just print out logos on tshirt printing paper and post them to whoever wants one for people to iron them on to their own tshirts. And yes, I know you have to reverse the image, I've done it before! (Live8)

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    Oz K. FodrotskiOz K. Fodrotski Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    That there are no places comparable to "Omega Sektor" in the US is proof against any God.

    Or, proof that there is one, and he hates us.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Yep. He loves us Brits!

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Just posting to keep this on page 1.

    If you know any Brits who might be interested, link them to this thread! Thank you!

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    Mr RayMr Ray Sarcasm sphereRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    A question for those who have been to Omega Sektor before; where can I park? Having looked at the price of petrol to drive there (one arm + one leg) vs the price of train tickets (one human soul), i've decided that actually Birmingham isn't all that far to drive at all. But will I be able to actually park, or is there somewhere else convenient nearby where my tyres won't be missing on my return?

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Look here for city centre car parks. the Omega Sektor is on Corporation Street.

    Also, I've just bough mine and Lewie's train tickets, £11 return each from Manchester, but it was loads cheaper to buy singles each way - same train, but hey, saved £55 each!

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    LewiePLewieP Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    So I went to the cinema with Lightreaper and a bunch of his mates from uni today, and they are up for coming too!

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    LewieP wrote: »
    So I went to the cinema with Lightreaper and a bunch of his mates from uni today, and they are up for coming too!

    Excellent work Mr P. I was worried that the event had fallen flat on its face, especially after I got swatted out of Rllmuk forums for alleged spamming *sigh*.

    Anyway, glad to see we're gathering some more people, no doubt this will gather further interest closer to the time!

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    LightReaperLightReaper Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    kropotkin wrote: »
    LewieP wrote: »
    So I went to the cinema with Lightreaper and a bunch of his mates from uni today, and they are up for coming too!

    Excellent work Mr P. I was worried that the event had fallen flat on its face, especially after I got swatted out of Rllmuk forums for alleged spamming *sigh*.

    Anyway, glad to see we're gathering some more people, no doubt this will gather further interest closer to the time!

    Hey, any excuse for a trip.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Wooo, McMonkey, not seen you in ages and ages!

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Actually, getting to meet LightReaper would be pretty dope.

    If only for your Ruger skills in Soldat. Or whichever weapon you happened to be particularly good at.

    Edit: I just realised, that if they let you install whatever games you want, or if they can do it for you, we can totally play Soldat over LAN. Bitchin'.

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I'll watch! (Oh, that sounds a bit creepy, maybe I won't)

    I'll play portal, badly, and hide from the gun turret thingies, they scare me.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Oh I remember Soldat! Hilarious game. Must see if I can get it to run in Vista 64 Bit :P

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Blatant bump post for this event. It's about a month away and more concrete plans will be made over the next week or so.

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    kropotkinkropotkin Forum Badge Creator London UKRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Yet another bump post. This event is a month away now so keep your eyes peeled for more details.

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    WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Haha I completely forgot about this :P

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    LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Back from Glasto, will post a t-shirt design in the next couple of days.

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    CentipeedCentipeed Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Since this is 2 days after LewieP gets back from LA, I wonder if he'll be jetlagged?

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