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Thread: Elite social get togethers - Elite Community Meet (Reading) and Portland, Oregon!

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    Elite social get togethers - Elite Community Meet (Reading) and Portland, Oregon!



    For fans of Elite Dangerous and gaming, the Elite Community Meet 2018 is heading to Reading on the 14th April.

    Run by the community (not for profit) and raising funds for SpecialEffect and Hearing Dogs, this is its 3rd year with the current team. Last year 138 gamers descended on Bristol for a day of gaming, VR, socialising and fun, the year before 90 came to Glasgow. 42 places already gone at this year's one!

    We had HTC Vive and Oculus Rift to try, space to bring a PC and get down to some games, board games, a charity raffle and a live stage performance from Hutton Orbital Radio and the Pixel Bandits. There was an Artemis bridge simulator for crews to try their hand at and even a few of the cast of Echoes from the Hold and the voice packs. OK, it was Cecil. HCS Voice Packs are sending one of their team to join in for the day.

    This year we are adding in an ED:RPG session from Spidermind games and much more. This is a day dedicated to DOING gaming and meeting fellow commanders.

    Details available at http://elitemeet.info

    Breaking Bonus News: Sunday 15th we are holding a Hutton Pizzameet for lunch at the Pizza Express in Reading where the manager and head chef will be attempting to teach 50+people how to properly toss pizzas. When you book, put the word PIZZA! in the notes box and we'll add you to the list. That's a "pay on the day" thing, but we have a special discount from the manager.

    Triple breaking news: We also have a little social gathering in Portland, Oregon on the 17th March if any American commanders want to come and meet fellow pilots.

    Content so far:

    • Oculus Rift, HTC Vive to have a go on (with controllers for that walking around like someone's about to bump into you look)
    • Retro Computers (Amiga A1200 & Spectrum Next & Sega Megadrive so far - working on BBC Micro)
    • Artemis Bridge Simulator
    • Full motion VR rig - at the moment to SEE the project by Blastard, but MAYBE to have a go - no promises on that
    • Hutton Orbital Live & Pixel Bandits
    • CMDR Wotherspoon's Elite Universe Challenge - similar to the quiz we had at Frontier Expo, which Hammers of Slough won by using a ringer
    • ED:RPG with one of the guys from Spidermind Games
    • Board Games:
      • Cards against Humanity
      • Choking Hazard
      • Exploding Kittens
      • Elite Miniatures (tbc)
      • Carcassonne
      • Tak
      • Ticket to Ride
      • Spyfall
      • Labyrinth
      • Space Base Commander
      • Elite Encounters (tbc)
      • Zombicide
      • Escape from Colditz

    • Splendour's Elite Docking Darts
    • Elite (of course) and Planet Coaster, 4 player Gang Beasts ridiculous PC game (RED BEAR WINS!!!!), Warlock of Firetop Mountain and many more PC games, Satellite Reign (remake of Syndicate War) and many others
    • Tech demo from SpecialEffect


    UK Event Details:
    • It's Saturday 14th April
    • It's at the Hilton St Anne in Wokingham UK
    • There's a mini Sunday event nearby at lunchtime
    • It starts at 10am and ends at midnight
    • There's an optional lunch and dinner you can bag with your ticket - or buy direct with the hotel
    • We have a charity raffle, a LIVE stage version of Hutton Orbital News, a quiz, a Pixel bandits Podcast
    • Loads of board games including Elite Dangerous Miniatures and many others
    • ED:RPG will be there as will someone from HCS Voice Packs
    • We have space for up to 20 PC's if people want to bring gaming rooms - we're paying for a wired internet connection
    • There's an Artemis bridge simulator for teams to try out
    • If you went to FX 2017, it's a giant version of the Hutton Orbital Radio stand at the event, but with LOADS more content
    • SpecialEffect will be there in person
    • We have Oculus Rift and HTC Vive areas set up if you want a go
    • Not for profit - everyone's paying, including the crew and any surplus goes to our two charities - last year we donated 2000


    Portland Oregon Pizzameet details:

    • Meet up for food and drinks from 7pm 17th March at

    • Talk games, meet fellow commanders
    • If anyone wants details, PM me and I'll put you in touch with the guys organising it.

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    ECM!!!! Woohooo!!!!!

    Can't wait for this. I've only ever managed to get to 3 other Elite events and never to this one. This is going to be the best start to my tour of Britain for Elite themed get togethers...plus it's run by the truckers and what could be better than hanging around with the most ludicrously crazy people in the galaxy!!!!

    o7 Fly safe Cmdrs

    #ForTheMug #TeamHOTbox

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    1st time ECM virgin, fingers x , i'll see you all there. should be a right giggle, maybe with a PC , or something else

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    We have confirmed a guest appearance from CMDR Wotherspoon - the voice of the Galnet News Digest (he reads it so you don't have to)! https://player.fm/series/galnet-news-digest

    Also - we've had a volunteer suggest that he could Organise a mini-meet in North Carolina - if anyone's interested, let me know and we'll see whether it's worth doing!

    Yes - we also did one in Australia - once again, if enough are interested, we can see if we can do a repeat one.

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    Confirmation from the Hammers of Slough that they'll be there as well!

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    Originally Posted by Vingtetun View Post (Source)
    We have confirmed a guest appearance from CMDR Wotherspoon - the voice of the Galnet News Digest (he reads it so you don't have to)!
    Last year, I managed to do an Old Saw's Almanack thing last year by correctly predicting Salome's demise at the hands of Harry Potter. Admittedly, it wasn't much of a long shot. Wonder if I can do the same again this year?

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    Went to my first ECM last year - brilliant time and loads of notable memories from then.

    I'm just wondering if Clive is going to make an appearance and whether his social standing has improved since Bristol

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    What!!! Go along to meet these drunken idiots, and have a weekend of hilarity again?

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    I've been to all the Elitemeets so far, including the two before Glasgow in Manchester (Nov 13) and Birmingham (Apr? 15) and they have all been fantastic events. My husband (Wrongway) and I went to the Manchester one not knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised to find everyone so friendly and welcoming. Every one since has been bigger and better, and a great deal of fun!

    It's great to put faces to names and many have become fairly close friends over the years. I'm really looking forward to seeing them all again, as well as making some new friends.

    If you've never been to any Elite events like this, do come along to the Elite Community Meet - you won't regret it!

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    MORE CONTENT! - Looks like we have not one, but TWO retro gaming rigs at the moment with an Amiga or two coming down loaded up with all the games you remember from back in the day...

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    HCS Voicepacks will be in attendance....a bottle or 2 of megagin for that no good layabout Cecil

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    I would love to be there this year as it was a really great day out last time but alas the date clashes with plans made a while back. I know it will all go well and everyone will have a blast, if you've not been to one of these yet... What are you waiting for, book your tickets right now!


    EDIT:

    <-- As you can see, a certain someone has been up to their usual tricks... If he's allowed to attend the Elite meet please get him drunk and film the results... I'll pay good money for footage that can be used for blackmail

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    Originally Posted by Bran Tse Mallory View Post (Source)
    I would love to be there this year as it was a really great day out last time but alas the date clashes with plans made a while back. I know it will all go well and everyone will have a blast, if you've not been to one of these yet... What are you waiting for, book your tickets right now!


    EDIT:

    <-- As you can see, a certain someone has been up to their usual tricks... If he's allowed to attend the Elite meet please get him drunk and film the results... I'll pay good money for footage that can be used for blackmail
    T.J. Unfortunately can't make it this time! We have no reps from the moderation team coming yet

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    Originally Posted by Vingtetun View Post (Source)
    T.J. Unfortunately can't make it this time! We have no reps from the moderation team coming yet
    If there is beer available they will come.

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