So over the past few months we’ve been getting into Dungeons and Dragons mainly inspired by themed episodes in Community and IT crowd Having loved what we’ve played we wanted to do something to make it easier for people to get into the game themselves.
D&D Sunday is going to be us setting up larger tables then offering up a wealth of materials you can use to run your own campaigns. No idea where to start? We’ll also be trying to help link up wanna be DM’s with novice adventurers so if you want to play D&D but weren’t sure where to start come down from the 8th of March then any Sunday and form a party.
What items do we have?
Starter Sets, dice, counters, DM screens, Tile sets, player guides and more!
So all you need to do is pay us a visit after 3pm on a Sunday.
So due to circumstances within our control we kinda Britta’d the season premier idea, one idea was to Winger it, we also Troy-ed with canning the whole thing. Had it Dean (pause) Annie other franchise we’d of Fat Niel-ed on our sword and the dream would Shirley have died…but we’ve Chang’d things up a little and had Abed-er idea and will be celebrating the new season by screening classic episodes and showing all three of the new season…erm PIERCE
Downstairs we’ll be crafting our best blanket fort but if you’re more of a Pillowtown person you can bring your own pillows and set up home elsewhere.
We’ll be kicking things off from 6pm on the Thursday the 26th with newer episodes from 9.30pm, with an event of this Magnitude there’ll be cocktails in honour of each of the main characters, Subway, KFC and free use of a computer to try Yahoo’s search engine!
If you’re the first person to make Star Burns side burns out of Fuzzy Felt and wear them all night a £20 bar tab is yours, £50 if they are real!
While conventional wisdom would say if you want to do a rewards system in a bar you get a really cheap to produce business card and stamp system…
We decided to make a whole system involving Bluetooth key fobs and fail safe back office settings, somehow it seems to of been approved Apple for your downloading pleasure here
At the moment things are fairly basic, open the app in the bar and you’ll unlock an item of clothing for our Mr Lumber Lumber man (Soon to be joined by a few other avatar options) get all 7 unlocks and you earn a free beer/wine/soft drink.
If you have an iOS device please give it a download and if you have ideas of what you’d like to see, say unlockable happy hours like ‘Be At Ones’ app now’s the time for suggestions.
Why no Android?!
It is coming, our app wizard is busy getting this version working before getting a port for Android under way.
It was a little over 12 months ago Thomas and John from Roll 7 brought an unreleased build of Olli Olli into the bar for people to sample, it’s taken me about this long to learn that you really don’t need to press X to jump and instead tap to land. (Thanks Tony Hawks muscle memory)
A fair few sales later and critical success their bringing it back the sequel only this time it’s not just the Vita version and instead of keeping my failure consigned to the small screen I have to do it alongside 3 other people in local co-op.
Upstairs we’ll be offering up prizes for the winners (and the odd monumental losers) who brave the new mode and get the bragging rights of being the first time public can get their mitts on the mode.
Our resident DJ has been briefed to play some classic skate tracks and he’s refusing to listen to my demands to just play this on loop:
As well as this we’ll be bringing our own abridged history of skate with a selection of classic and not so classic *cough* Tony Hawks Ride *cough* games.
So back in March 2010 Loading opened with the idea of offering games and drinks, thanks to all kinds of people its now 5 years old and still doing just that. To celebrate we’re reuniting the team that put together our Eurogamer party last summer and going all out so expect:
Midnight Resistance Stage – Boldly taking their podcast where it hasn’t gone before with them recording live 8-9 on the stage as well as curating our games offering.
Games – As well as party favourites we’ve got titles like Volume ahead of launch with a level set in the bar!
Live Sets – Sabrepulse is back behind the decks along with friends to start the party upstairs.
New Menu – First Person Shooters are returning and they’ll be plenty of new cocktails.
Late Licence – Well if you’re heading out you should be able to relax so the music winds down at 2am but people can drink and play until 4am.
Giveaways – We’re calling in favours from all our games industry friends to get shiny things to give away all night.
Cake – Well it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake!
Tickets? IT’S FREE ENTRY – YOU JUST BUY THE DRINKS!
Details? We’ll add more details as we reveal them but the important part is it’s March 14th from 8pm
So with it being the new year we thought it was time to make some much needed performance tweaks to the downstairs, if you’ve never been before this won’t make much difference to you, tl;dr it’s better and drinks haven’t gone up in price.
Xbox ‘Two’ we’ve added a second Xbox One (thanks to Xbox UK!) to allow people to sample co-op together rather than passing the pad.
Arcade plug-in with new multi MAME cab with 60 classic games installed all on free-play.
Fixed Lack of Audio with Bluetooth speaker. (If you’re in first you can listen to your own music)
Graphics Upgrade with an extra screen and lowered fighting area screen for comfier play.
Reconfigured seating with two new tub seats for fighting area with back rests as leather cubes aren’t the best for wannabe champions.
Mario Warp Pipe inspired?
Fixed a Playstation issue with additional PS4 controller so our demo unit is back in action with two pads again.
Solved known issue with screens being on left hand wall blocking walk way by switching them over and raised consoles for more space.
Room to swing a Madcatz
Lighting engine fixes (We’ve replaced every light fitting in the ceiling so they all work now)
Evolve Beta is playable on the bar account with the pre-order classes unlocked.
So at the end of last year Sony went a little crazy and offered up 94 PS4 consoles to the first people stupid enough to queue all night and claim one, with the event happening just outside my house I decided it was a job worth doing and proceed to tweet spam my exploits.
With the cargo secured it made it’s way back to the bar and we decided to get to work opening and sticking the thing on display, as Thomas Was Alone/Volume developer Mike Bithell was around Lucy roped him into our first un-boxing video which you can see here:
Thanks to the Pocket Gamer conference happening this week we’ve got Jesse Freeman, Amazon Developer Evangelist (Whether this means there’ll be a gospel choir on site we’re not sure) who’s putting the company credit card behind the bar to trade drinks for open ears.
All you need to be eligible is have a game or something in development that you’d be tempted to port over to Amazon Fire, you can come show your stuff or keep it under wraps.
As well as the drinks there’ll be some giveaways so if like me you got suckered by auto renewal by Amazon Prime so got a Fire TV come learn how to make that subscription fee back in game royalties!
One of the perks of our new larger home is the potential to pursue stupid ideas that wouldn’t happen elsewhere, so inspired by the E3 reveal of Rainbow Six Siege, the universal appeal of Nerf guns and 101 Youtube videos we’re challenging YOU to siege the bar.
You’ll be armed with Nerf guns, if you own your own deluxe ones you can bring the element of surprise otherwise ones will be provided.
You’ll get plans of the place and two entry points offered while our elite team of mercenaries lay in wait having garrisoned the bar to make your life more difficult, if you’re shot on the chest or head you’re out but as long as one of your team make it out with the hostage you win things!
We’ll have an impartial ref doing the best to keep people honest and they’ll have final say on if people live and die (at least metaphorically anyway)
We haven’t got detailed rules but there’ll be some safety nonsense like
No attacking on the stair wells
No hand to hand combat
No C4 unless it’s play dough you’ve fashioned into a charge shape.
If you think you can find a team and want to enter email email@example.com and we’ll send full details when the time comes in the meantime we’re busy trawling the web for guns.