Next Retro Events and the aftermath of Revival

What a fantastic weekend, myself (Dave), Gil and Zeb met up with Craig, Duncan and Simon, where we headed up to Walsall football stadium for the 3rd year running to support the computer section of Retro Revival and it certainly was a good spread of Commodore history on show. We have found that people are interested in our meetup’s over the years which has made our group significantly larger. Videos are currently being sorted but recent member to our meet is Pixels’ at Dawn (Part of the Amigo’s YouTube Channel) has done an overview video.

Pixel’s at Dawn Revival 2019 Video
Barry and Josh of Retro Shed

Zeb will be this weekend (21st – 23rd June) at the annual Nova Demo Party which is held in the Budleigh Salterton Public Hall which is quite near Exmouth which is a half an hour drive from Exeter. See their website for more details of what is happening.


Gil will be at the first Horsham Gaming Festival for the weekend of the 29th and 30th of June 2019. He will be showing Visitors will be able to try out a range of gaming genres from table top, to digital, with a mix of modern games and some retro classics from the past.

SWAG#9 – We Returned to Chipping Sodbury

After a successful Workbench meet in Chipping Sodbury, (which was supposed to be a unique one-off) we ended up back for meet number 9 with some help from our sponsor Checkmate and we had our best meet-up to date by far. We had over 40 machines, we had two talks, we had many YouTube channels, we had the Speedball 2 finals, rare computers, etc!

‘Let’s talk Retro’ Colin and James have done a video explaining what happened on Saturday 18th of May.

Let’s Talk Retro, Chipping Sodbury – 18th May 2019

Thank you to all that came, especially to our sponsors. Over the next week we will be posting some more details of what happened during our day.

SWAG#9 Checkmate A1500 plus

We are returning to Chipping Sodbury near Bristol for our next meet but this time we will be in the presence of Stephen Jones of Checkmate. 30 Years after the original introduction of the Checkmate case, Stephen is now putting his finishing touches to his latest creation following a successful Kickstarter campaign that will bring a new highly configurable case for your existing Amiga. Follow the progress on his website or come and see the new case for yourself at SWAG #9.

Stephen has also very kindly sponsored the event and covered all room hire costs. If you see him on the day then please do say “Thank you”. He, more than anyone else, has made the day possible.

The event is being held at Dodington Parish Hall, Chipping Sodbury, on Saturday 18th May, and runs for a whopping 12 hours from 10am to 10pm. Along with Stephen’s case unveiling we’ll have our tech team on site upgrading and repairing classic Amiga hardware, mod tracker demonstrations, Deluxe Paint tutorials, game tournaments and much more besides. If you haven’t been to a previous SWAG all day event then this would be a great time for you to come along. 

Since we have been growing rapidly, we’ve decided to set up a booking system so you can reserve a table. The booking system will open at Saturday at 6pm UK Time, so get your order in sooner rather than later. Tables are limited! If you just wish to attend but do not require a table then you will still be very welcome. Regardless of whether you’re booking a table or not, the attendance cost is £5.50, to be paid in advance. This covers the cost of lunch, snacks, soft drinks, tea/coffee and disposables. Under 18s accompanied by a fee paying adult are free, but do let us know you’re bringing them so that we have an idea of numbers and know how many sandwiches to order for lunch.

We look forward to seeing you!
p.s. Javascript is being used in the booking system, if your booking fails please contact us for help.

Poster by Vasileios Psomiadis

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