Possible summer event (not AWS)- University of Reading

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Possible summer event (not AWS)- University of Reading

Post by teamocean » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:00 pm

Hi Guys,

I've been reading through the comments on the rules thread about wanting to try some different things at an event without it being an AWS and may be able to offer a solution.

Mark and I have also been discussing a potential new venture to try to improve the stream aspects of our events and to make everything a little more professional and more entertaining for the viewer while hopefully keeping things relaxing and interesting for the roboteers at the event.

Anyway to get to the point. Would anyone be interested in attending a smaller scale event at Reading Uni? For this format we are considering for this 'test' event we would be limiting people to 1 or 2 entries into the competition but will be running additonal games as well. This is still in the early stages of planning but the idea would be to hold the event sometime around August so that it won't conflict with other events.

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Post by Remote-Controlled Dave » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:21 pm

I got the impression in the other thread that Rhys was volunteering to run a similar thing. Are you jumping on him? ;-)
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Post by EpicentrE » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:21 pm

As I said in the other thread, I'm definitely interested in more events. I was discussing something similar with Andy; the possibility of an event where you're only allowed to enter one robot, but the first round of the tournament would operate on a league system (like the FW champs but with no 3-way melees), so everyone would get a lot more fights with their robot.

I'm also interested in anything that will expand on the streaming aspect of events. I know Mark was concerned about using Twitch as it's primarily a video gaming service, but Brad from RobotRevo mentioned on Facebook that he's actually been in touch with people at Twitch who sound like they've been very supportive of his streaming, and are looking to support his channel directly in the future. I've also seen Magic the Gathering and poker tournaments on there drawing huge amounts of viewers, so despite it seeming like they're not interested in anything non-gaming, this certainly doesn't seem to be true. They're the streaming site that most people are most familiar with, so I really think it would be beneficial to use them in future.

Anyway, sorry for going off topic. Yes, more events are good and I would be interested in whatever you come up with.
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Re: Possible summer event (not AWS)- University of Reading

Post by Occashokka » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:33 pm

Any extra events seems good for me
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Post by teamocean » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:35 pm

I hadn't seen that Rhys was planning a similar event- if he would would prefer to run an event that's completely fine with us. We would like to run one at some point so that we can try some changes to our setup without the pressure of a big AWS.

As for the stream itself I am leaning towards Twitch for our future events. We have a lot of things planned which requires a more stable host for the stream.
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Post by Occashokka » Thu Apr 02, 2015 12:36 pm

Rhys was thinking before the next AWS I think whereas this would be between the July one and the October November one
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Post by joey_picus » Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:35 pm

I'd definitely be interested in attending either Rhys's (I've never been to Wales before!) or yours, probably both - the more events the merrier as far as I'm concerned and I'm up for anything new :) I will be in Canada until the middle of May but I guess this would be further in the future than that? (EDIT: apologies, I see the August date now, I need to get better at reading XD)

As far as the streaming's concerned, Tracy (in Alberta) had no issues with the stream until the last couple of hours - I'm intrigued by what you'd do to make it more interesting though, I'd be a terrible interview subject probably!
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Post by BeligerAnt » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:52 pm

When Simon ran Reading Robot Club it was always popular and well attended. I think it would be great if we could get to the state where we have 6 or more regular events/dates throughout the year, or possibly more if the non-AWS events are more "regional" in nature.

John and Dan have established their events in January and November respectively. It would be nice to have some events either side of the summer AWS, whether annual events or one-offs.

I would suggest September might be a little better than August to avoid the peak holiday time. IIRC Simon ran RRC at the beginning of September, far enough in advance of the October/November AWS not to be a problem.

Different competitions are always fun and it's important to try to give everyone as many fights/drives as possible, so limiting the number of robots per driver in the main event is a good idea.
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Post by Occashokka » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:56 pm

Why not set a limit of three and warn on bringing down to two on the day if too congested?
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Post by peterwaller » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:09 pm

I would be interested in any extra events,

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Re: Possible summer event (not AWS)- University of Reading

Post by Rhys » Thu Apr 02, 2015 6:49 pm

I didn't have my heart set on organising an event, I was just a bit gutted about having to miss the AWS last weekend and didn't want to wait until the next one for some action. And then then when I saw the rules thread I thought it might be an idea to have a more experimental antweight event.

But if Will wants to run a summer event, there's nothing to stop us having two non-AWS events before August is there? I don't mind organising and paying for a venue, as long as a decent number of people were interested. Plus we could maybe mix the two events up in different ways and see what works and what doesn't?

But anyway, yeah, definitely up for an event in August if you want to organise one!
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Post by Hogi » Fri Apr 03, 2015 7:59 am

dates permitting we would like to come but both august and september are looking busy for us especially since i start college in september.
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Post by TeamCrash » Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:35 am

I don't mind attending AWS and Ant Freeze but to come to Reading in between is a bit of a struggle for me. Wolverhampton is a very annoying location.
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Post by Rapidrory » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:31 am

What venue would we be using? Do you think it'd be possible just to use the SSE common room or something?
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Post by joey_picus » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:11 pm

Apologies for bumping this thread, but is there any prospect of this happening? I'm slightly concerned at the nearly five month gap we're currently looking at between any ant events at all, so if it is you can sign me up right away...
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