WORKBENCH 2019

On Saturday 26th January the South West Amiga Group will be holding a double-length meet, running from 11am – 10pm.

Moving away from our usual Swindon Makerspace venue for this one-off special meet, we’ll be holding it in the modern Doddington Parish Hall, Chipping Sodbury, just off junction 18 of the M4.

The venue has around 20 dedicated parking spaces right outside the main doors (with more at the back), wifi, and a kitchen. We have the entire venue to ourselves for the day. There is a takeaway a short walk away, which opens mid afternoon, and if there’s enough interest we could always order brunch in. Brief details of the venue can be found here: https://www.dodingtonpc.org.uk/services-facili…/parish-hall/

With several of our regular attendees also active within Amiga North Thames, we’d like to invite ANT members along to make it a joint meet of epic Amiga related proportions. A number of SWAG members have expressed an interest in staying in the area overnight, so you may want to join them and make a weekend of it.

We’ll have a very special guest for this meet in the form of the one and only Trevor Dickinson. Trevor will be over in this part of the world as he’s attending Amiga Ireland the weekend before, and will be visiting us, accompanied by Matthew Leaman of Amigakit. (Note that to keep room hire fees low and avoid the council charging us rates for traders, there won’t be a stand selling Amiga hardware / software).

We need to raise the funds for the room hire, which has to be paid in advance. To cover this, we are asking those SWAG/ANT members who wish to attend, to pay £7 in advance.

If you would like to attend, please respond to this post, email (swag@southwestamiga.org.uk) or contact us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/southwestamiga/). We will note your names and be in touch in due course to collect your entrance fee.

This has the makings of being a fantastic day long session, and could potentially see larger Amiga events organised if the interest is there.

Merchandise Available for Workbench 2019

With Workbench only a week away, we have now put together some T-Shirts for you to wear. These are only available to order online and you will need to order them at least 3-5 days in advance as they are printed to order. I suggest you order them NOW as Amazon are giving a 1 week lead time, however I did get my tester in 3 days.

With regards the price, I have been able to offer these at £17.99 including VAT and FREE DELIVERY, (I heard there is a problem ordering under twenty quid to get FREE delivery without Prime. If you want, PayPal me the money and I will order it with my Prime to your address but you must supply me an email and message in the comments and i get back to you).. Any monies raised from the sales (typically £4 a shirt) will go toward our membership fees at the Swindon Makerspace for our regular meetups.

Workbench: Our First Ever SpeedBall 2 Prize Tournament.

Speedball 2 Tournament is now scheduled for Workbench. We been working frantically over the last few days to try and get this together, sadly not everything is ready but I wanted to announce this now and we are still working on many things, the prizes, the format and when the finals will be played. We will be utilizing the venue the best we can, we will have few Amiga’s available to play these games on.

Entry

Everyone attending is allowed an entry, you can pay on the day by seeing one of us or by commenting below with your email, name and we will get back to you, you will be marked onto the bracket list and give you a link to make a PayPal payment of £1.50, you will then be entered into the Tournament and receive an email confirming this.

Between 12-1pm, we will be testing computers, 1pm the tournament will kick off with the first leg. Second Leg will start hopefully around 2:30PM. More times will follow once confirmed.

Prizes

1st prize will be 50%, 2nd prize will be 35% and 3rd prize will be 15% of the Prize Pool. The Split of prize fund will be 50/35/15. Eg £50 collected, £25/£17.50/£7.50

Rules

No cheating allowed will result in a disqualification.

A draw will result in one extra round with 1 half.

A no-show player will result in the other player proceeding thru the tournament.

You may use your own joystick

No emulators.

Scores will be recorded on paper and other player must agree with submitted scores with judge.

Settings

Knockout – All games in first and second round.

Semi/Final will be Best of 3.

Judges

SWAGDerek, SWAGDave and SWAGGil will oversee the tournament.

SWAG #8 Confirmed

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The next SWAG meeting takes place on Saturday 29th September 2018.

The event kicks off at 11am with brunch at the greasy spoon next door. The session at the Makerspace starts at 12 noon.  For directions please see The Events Page.

SWAG #7 Confirmed

June 2018 SWAG LogoThe next SWAG meeting takes place on Saturday 30th June 2018.

The event kicks off at 11am with brunch at the greasy spoon next door. The session at the Makerspace starts at 12 noon.  For directions please see The Events Page.

The Commodore Talk at Revival 2018

SWAG member Zeb attended Revival 2018 and filmed ‘The Commodore Talk’, featuring David Pleasance, Simon Butler, Colin Porch, Anthony Ball and Archer Maclean.

SWAG at Retro Revival Generation X

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SWAG will be attending Retro Revival 2018 “Generation X”, showcasing  members’ machines including the Amiga 4000, 1200, 600, 500, CDTV and CD32.  Please do visit our stand and check out the exhibits and demos!

REVIVAL: Generation X 2018 is the latest upcoming show from Revival Retro Events, featuring the very best in dedicated retro video gaming exhibits and unrivalled gaming atmosphere! With literally DOUBLE the floor space of the previous year, 2018’s main event will feature well over 250 playable systems and interactive attractions that will entertain any old school gamer, families, children and casual gamers alike.”

19th-20th May, Bank’s Stadium, Walsall, England.
https://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

SWAG #6 Confirmed

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The next SWAG meeting takes place on Saturday 27th January 2018.

The event kicks off at 11am with brunch at the greasy spoon next door. The session at the Makerspace starts at 12 noon.  For directions please see The Events Page.

SWAG #5 Confirmed

The next SWAG meeting takes place on Saturday 30th September.

The event kicks off at 11am with brunch at the greasy spoon next door. The session at the Makerspace starts at 12 noon.

See events tab (above) for more details and directions.

SWAG #4 Confirmed

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The next SWAG meeting takes place on Saturday 10th June.

The event kicks off at 11am with brunch at the greasy spoon next door. The session at the Makerspace starts at 12 noon.

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