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Not sure if I should laugh or cry over this one.

A guy in Belfast, Northern ireland, who was arrested after stealing female underwear at knifepoint has claimed that he thought he was a female elf shamen called Beho, who was his character in a Shadowrun game.

Elf Defence For "Lingerie Thief" (BBC News Online; Tuesday 6th March 2007)

In other news, I was on a site visit this morning at a truly amazing venue we're thinking of running a potentially massive convention at. Maybe a Dragonmeet Deluxe? It's a fantastic site (even has it's own pirate ship AND a large pub for our exclusive use :p). I'm going to arrange a second site visit for some of our major sponsors for feedback and also to talk about plans.

Fingers crossed though.

Anyway, Rosie and myself saw some of the sights of London, had lunch in the city, and have now returned home. She's crashed out and I'm catching up on some work before getting ready and heading off to the Nine Inch Nails/Ladytron gig this evening. Can't wait :)


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Mar. 7th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
How massive would it need to be?
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
The venue are happy for us to only use part of the site - so we could run a regular sized Dragonmeet there. But we could also use it to develope and grow aand also to spotlight the hobby and related industries alot more.

Personally if we're to keep Dragonmeet a similiar size then I won't be using this new venue as it'd be a waste. If we do more of a deluxe convention - maybe over the weekend or a long weekend which is one thing that a number of our attendees have frequently asked us to do - then this is an ideal venue. Especially in regards to trader security, space for gaming of all types and national/international championships. It has both Tube and British Rail stations near by, a bus stop round the corner, a large 600 capacity car park adjacent to the building. The only thing it's really lacking is on-site accomodation but there are hotels near by and with the transport links - plus being in the (literally) heart of the city it's easy to get to.

So really we could run an event anywhere from a 1,000 person one (probably smaller to be honest) to a 40,000 - 50,000 one if the games biz was really that healthy and attractive in the UK (which sadly it's not - oh for the German market...).
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
I have been having a Ladytron Squee attack all afternoon. :-)
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
8.00pm Ladytron
9.00pm NIN
Curfew 11.00pm

Mar. 7th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)
 pirate ship and a pub? Does this mean real beer and real food?

Does it have many small rooms for quiet gaming so you can actually hear the other players across the table?
Mar. 7th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
**Â pirate ship and a pub? Does this mean real beer and real food?**

We'd have to bring in our own catering crews but there are kitchens on site so we can arrange proper food. Drinks would be bottles and cans as the pump system is currently inactive due to the venue only being used a few times a year at present. We can look at pump systems if we go for it though but I think we'll probably stick with bottles and cans (sorry Matt!).

**Does it have many small rooms for quiet gaming so you can actually hear the other players across the table?**

It has plenty of rooms and plenty of space. Some of the rooms are certainly smaller than others but none are really small enough to have solitary RPG/Board/Card groups in. Space certainly wouldn't be as much of a premium as it currently is at Kensington Town Hall though so we would certainly be able to have much more space around each gaming table and that would help with the noise levels.
Mar. 7th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm more and more intrigued as to what sort of venue it is now...

Even three or four tables per room would be an improvement and having the trade hall just as such, with the demos being run in a separate hall/room would help, too.
Mar. 7th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I can't really say much about the venue at present as nothing is signed or even verbally confirmed at present. It is a very nice site and certainly not, as far as I'm aware, a type of building that has ever run a games event before.

The Trade Hall certainly has a lot of possibilities.

Once things start falling into place - *if* they fall into place - then I'll certainly talk more about it then. Sorry.

Mar. 7th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I'm just mentioning a few things I (and others I've talked to) would wish from a venue.
Good transport links are good, too so it sounds very good so far, especially if you can keep the entry price at a reasonable level. Obviously, if you're going full weekend, that will go up I'd be happy to pay 20 quid or so for a weekend con with more to do.

Good luck!
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Mar. 7th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
The prosecution certainly feel he's using it as an excuse and actually knew full well what he was doing.
Mar. 7th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
[snork] There's a reason my SR2 players used to refer to them as PEGs - "Pointy Eared Gits".
Not to mention the fact that most of the characters are criminals is in order to be able afford lingerie ... [grin]
Mar. 7th, 2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Knew someone who did something a little like that in the early 80s - not a good defence, especially when he admitted that he'd lied to the police to "keep his options open" as role-players so often do. Fortunately it was a minor theft, and he got probation.
Mar. 7th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Forgot to say that the venue sounds VERY interesting, and I would love there to be a big London weekend con if it's as good as it sounds.
Mar. 7th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Oh, one question - if it's in the heart of the city is it inside the "ring of steel?" Might deter traders a bit if it is...
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