WORKBENCH 2022 – Chipping Sodbury – May 21st

We are finally putting final preparations for the Workbench event in May and tickets will be available this Sunday from 7pm.  Previously we have sold out of tickets within 4 hours which for a small group like us is an amazing achievement and we had some fantastic gatherings and also helped many projects showcase themselves.

The Booking Page will open Sunday the 3rd of April 19:00 BST.

We did manage to have a Workbench before the dreaded virus took hold, which was a success and we did raise money for both ourselves and the Museum of Computing in Swindon.  Keith from the Digital Orphanage will be taking the small stage once again as he will present a line-up of talks and short presentations, like last time we were teaming up with the Museum and shall be doing the same again by raising money with a raffle and presenting it later on in the day.

Retro Games Ltd have been working on the A500 mini, which is a smaller version of the Amiga that first blew away the competition back in the late 80s, it is a solution for those who require an Amiga but doesn’t want all the problems associated with getting it running on a modern TV, it is a straight out of the box solution that also comes with preconfigured games and it is now possible to load onto the unit your own backup games.  You will be able to see the A500 mini which will be on show on the table at Workbench if you’re undecided about ordering one and they will be doing a presentation during the day.

We been working with Steven Fletcher now for the last few meets, himself (and with the help of the Retro Shed team) have been filming and interviewing *you* To be included in the Kickstarter that he launched about Amiga today, after the success of the Commodore Story, he brings us ‘Amiga: Alive and Kicking’ which talks about why we are looking back at the old computer today and how it shaped some of our futures.

We had a lot of raffle prizes in the past and this time with no exception and this is going to be a fantastic raffle, we got donations from Steve Jones who has donated a new and complete A1500 Plus Checkmate case that came from the original Kickstarter run, this allows you to make your A500 (or other system) look like A3000. The Museum of Computing is also donating a Amiga 500 which is still a favourite for many people and also a boobie prize, more to be revealed.  Other donations will be announced shortly including items from ourselves and Retro Lemon and if you want to donate something then please message us.

Later on in the day, we will be doing the first ever PT1210 DJ Battle between two well known Amiga enthusiasts DJ’s H0ffman and Formula (Retro Ravi mostly known from the Retro Hour) and we will see who will not make any mistakes and keep us entertained ! Most DJ’s today use modern equipment like a laptop but back in the day we had turntables made by Technics called the SL1210, a software project that H0ffman took on called PT1210 allows you to beatmap and mix Amiga music using the Amiga and it’s fantastic sampling capabilities. 

SWAG #12- Tournament Announcement

It’s been some time in the planning stage but we can now reveal that our main sponsor for all forthcoming SWAG meets in 2022 is Retro Games Limited; developers of the C64 Mini, THEC64 and the soon to be released A500 Mini.

To celebrate this sponsorship we will be running an All Terrain Racing (ATR) competition at our next meet on Saturday 5th February. ATR is one of the many games bundled with the A500 Mini which goes on sale in March.

Retro Games Limited have generously provided the prizes for this tournament, which are:

Third Place – C64 Mini

Second Place – THEC64

First Place – A500 Mini*

*As this has not yet been released it will be sent to the winner when it launches.

We will be judging the final prizes outcome based on competitors’ best ATR lap time on the first “sports” course (the top one) in 1-player arcade mode. The player can use whichever car, car mods in the shop (choose carefully between power and control!) and control system (stick or keyboard) they choose. Each race consists of 6 laps; competitors are allowed 3 races in total throughout the day. When the competition ends, the 3 highest scoring players will be awarded the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively. Only 1 prize per competitor! Racing will take place on the same designated Amiga

Final Judging will be done by Gil and Derek (from Amiga Spirit) who will be running the tournament.

Just a reminder that we’re almost sold out of tables for the 5th, so if you want to attend, you must purchase a ticket then please don’t delay! Name badges will be provided upon entry. Your ticket price covers a buffet lunch, snacks and drinks. If you don’t wish to bring any kit then please book a “seat” ticket.

There may be filming going on during the meets, so please be aware of this.

We look forward to seeing you and extremely excited to be running the Tournament in conjunction with Retro Games Ltd.

SWAG #12 – Book your tickets now

Please be aware that there is a price increase to £10. This is to cover Covid related supplies and any venue / food and drink prices increases. The booking system is limited to book a maximum of four people, as we get closer to the meet, we will be following current government and council guidelines regarding the use of the venue.

Please be aware that there is filming that does go on at our meets, we have been part of DVD documentaries, YouTube and Twitch channels which helps increase our exposure. Please let a SWAG team member know if you have a problem with this.

If you are bringing anything that might be of interest, unique or new, then please contact the SWAG team please let them know, we do enjoy seeing the Amiga’s being used in different ways.

A SWAG meeting is for YOU, this is a meet that is purposely for showing off your Amiga warez, it is not for traders.  If you wish to sell with us, then you need to contact us and talk to us about our more exclusive trader event ‘Workbench 2022’ which we are hoping to reschedule around May.

Please remember Children ARE FREE, use a SEAT booking to reserve them, when booking please write their names in the Notes section of the booking and any information we might need to know

For anyone booking a hotel, we are currently looking around for somewhere to sleep, we will follow up on that ASAP and post about it on social media/website.


Start: 2022-02-05 00:00:00
End: 2022-02-05 00:00:00


SWAG #12 - February 2022

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