This weekend I took a break from swearing at Java to head on down to Oxford for the first Retromission event. Rising from the ashes of the now sadly defunct Retrovision, we had a new name, a newly-
renamed pub, and more-or-less the same crowd of drinkers and gamers as usual.
Being an easily-led numpty, I’d let myself be talked into running one of the gaming competitions, and thus “Beerman’s Beercade Homebrew Challenge” was born! A high score tournament across four top notch homebrew games made by event and associated forum regulars. With a flash of last-minute inspiration leading to having a homebrew beer kit as the prize, it turned out pretty well.
Juno Hunter (Some cowboy outfit called Beercave or something)
All-in-all the competition was a great success, and I’ll definitely be up for organising a repeat at next year’s event. With a bit of luck, it’s inspired a few of the regulars to take a crack at making their own games as well.
Flush with the success of the homebrew contest, I decided to enter the Sunday afternoon Warlords tournament (well, technically it was Medieval Mayhem). Despite (to my shame) never having played it before, I dominated the competition to secure myself the coveted trophy, and had a great time in the process.
I’m thinking that it might make an excellent candidate for October’s game - simple, great fun, and feels like it could make a great 4 player tablet game. Apparently there’s an iPad port out there but as far as I can tell there’s nothing for Android. Now if I can just get Electric Sex Cannon finished before the end of the month…