Every year we have our annual gaming awards in Manchester and this year I am organising the engraved plaques for the trophies. We hold this very important event in all of our diaries around Easter time each year. It’s a great way to catch up in the real world although most of us keep in touch online for the rest of the year.
There is about twenty awards that we award from best retro gamer to a classic Manic Miner Boss award which is for a giggle but fiercely contested every year. It is also a great excuse to get wasted and there are always enough funny stories to keep us all amused for the year until we meet up again and someone does something really stupid whilst under the influence.
With plenty of trophies up for grabs we all have a good shout of winning one and this year we have done a cracking deal with the Radisson Blu to make this year a weekend event spectacular.
Local company are engraving the plaques ready
I have commissioned the work now for the trophies and they are with the engraver now and in about three weeks time I will be picking them up ready for the big night. I ended up going with the company I eventually picked as they were easy to deal with and helped me make some decisions I was pondering over. They helped with the design process too as I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the job and something that had not been done before.
I have added some visuals to the plaques and they were great from the point of view they even came up with the designs for each of the awards. It has cost a bit more than last year but I hope they will have the desired effect and add a bit to the event.
Many hours practice to ensure my names on the plaques
I have put in the hard yards to ensure my names on at least one of the awards. What started out as a bit of retro fun has turned into an obsession of mine. The Spectrum favourite Manic Miner now takes up way to much of my time and effort but I am hoping I can bag the awards then go cold turkey post win. To say its addictive is an understatement and I am guessing I will have the shakes when I hang up my boots on it after April.
For next year we are planning a different retro game award and Escape from Colditz and Lunar Jetman are both early front runners. The vote will take place on the night and then we all have to get a copy and start racking up the high scores.
If you want to join our merry band of gamers get in touch and I will let you know the details and how you could get your name engraved on one of the gamer zone plaques. http://www.stonesign.com