My First High Altitude Balloon (HAB) Launch

Last week I experienced my first High Altitude Balloon (HAB) launch, by helping Wigan Council launch a Pi into (near) space & chasing it across the country.

Last week I had the privilege of being involved in my first high altitude balloon, or HAB launch into (near) space. I’m hoping that this will become the first of many!

Paul Banks, a Digital Inclusion Officer for Wigan Council, headed up the launch. He was assisted by Rob Jones and Pete Bell, who also do ballooning in the North West. The project also engaged two Wigan Borough Primary School classes, who were following our progress from the classroom throughout the day.

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Starburst International Film Festival Announced

Starburst International Film Festival comes to Manchester for August Bank Holiday weekend 2016, and is a celebration of genre and the magazine itself.

Wuhoo! Manchester has another awesome looking film festival on it’s way! This time, it’s the Starburst International Film Festival…..

Starburst International Film Festival

Starburst Magazine has announced the Starburst International Film Festival, which is a celebration of genre and of the magazine itself. It takes place in Manchester over the August bank holiday weekend, which is from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of August 2016. Starburst will be celebrating everything the magazine has done since 1977, so the festival will be including sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cult. The festival will also be featuring films from the biggest blockbuster to the most niche indies, and all via the very best of the small screen.

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Game picks from the 2016 UK Games Expo

A few weeks ago we visited the 2016 UK Games Expo. Here’s our top picks of all the games we played and looked at on the day.

2016 UK Games Expo

It’s been a few weeks since we left the 2016 UK Games Expo at the NEC in Birmingham. My only regret is that we couldn’t stay for the full weekend, a mistake we will surely rectify next year!

I’m not convinced that we got to see every game, but out of those that we did, here are our favourites!

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Working at MadLab – one year on

Here’s a look back at my first year working at MadLab, the amazing things I have been given the chance to do, and all the opportunities it has brought me.

I almost can’t believe that I’ve now been working at MadLab for over a year. So much has happened, and I have had so many opportunities to develop. I’d hate to think what I would be doing right now had I not taken the plunge.

I started with MadLab in June 2015 as their Bookings Manager, but now, I have become so much more. I was originally in charge of looking after venue hires, courses, desk hires, and general day to day management of the building, but this has now evolved into;

  • Venue hire management
  • Courses management
  • Desk-hire management for two venues
  • Day to day management of two venues
  • Workshop development
  • Workshop delivery
  • Event organising
  • Project management
  • Training
  • Community management
  • Staff management
  • Staff development
  • Bid writing (although I’m still crap at it)
  • Marketing (also not my strongest point)

Despite the comprehensive list, I’m still not convinced that entirely covers everything I do. The thing about working at MadLab is that no two days are the same, and I can be doing completely different things from week to week.

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Pandemic Legacy: January – March

Pandemic Legacy is a one time only play board game, with a story arc taking you through 12 -24 games, & permanent consequences making each campaign unique!

Pandemic Legacy

We have finally got around to playing Pandemic Legacy. With our team assembled and plans to meet up and play once a month, we’re excited to see what the latest instalment that the Pandemic world has to offer.

The world is on the brink of disaster. In Pandemic Legacy, your disease- fighting team must keep four deadly diseases at bay for a whole year. Each month will bring new surprises, and your actions in each game will have repercussions on the next. Will you let cities fall to the diseases? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? Craft your own unique Pandemic experience with Pandemic Legacy.

Pandemic Legacy brings us a whole new way of playing board games. Gone are the days where you can bring out your favourite game time after time, you become familiar with the rules and unsuccessful campaigns can be put aside and redone at a later date.

Pandemic Legacy is a one time deal. An overall story arc takes you through 12 – 24 games. The result of each game has permanent effects on future games are played, and each group’s overall experience will be unique. There are no do-overs, mistakes can cost you dearly, and you cannot plan for what is to come. Rules change, objectives change, cards are ripped up and written on, and events in each game have consequences for games to come.

Pandemic Legacy has turned the world of board gaming as we know it upside down, and I love it!

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Supernova 2016 Review

May Bank Holiday 2016 was Supernova, Manchester’s first sci-fi film festival. For two days at Odeon Printworks, we saw sci-fi cult classics to UK premieres!

May Bank Holiday saw the first ever sci-fi film festival come to Manchester. Supernova is brought to us from the creators of Grimmfest, and again held at Odeon Printworks, which seems to have now become my home for three weekends of the year, (Grimmfest, Manchester International Film Festival and now Supernova) and from past experience, we know that this is a great partnership.

The festival ran over two days, and brought us nine feature length films and six shorts. The line-up ranged from a UK premieres, classics from the sixties and eighties, and recent releases, and even threw in some intro talks from the film crew

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Game Review – Eldritch Horror

Eldritch Horror is a complex & immersive game based in Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. The game is cooperative & is filled with random & luck based elements.

I’ve had a few people tell me about the Arkham and Eldritch Horror games. The general consensus seems to be that the games are both good, but complicated and challenging, and they’re not wrong.

If you think Zombicide has a substantial rule book, then wait until you see the one for Eldritch Horror. While the rule book itself might seem more comprehensive than most, but still manageable, it’s when you come across the Reference Guide, which seems double the size of the rule book, where heads start to explode.

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My Summer Moroccan Adventure

In April 2016 we visited Agadir in Morocco for four nights. Here’s our handy Agadir travel guide, and tips for if you’re planning your own visit.

This year I completed my first ever proper holiday in the sun, with a challenge given to try and spend some time just relaxing, instead of trying to pack in as many excursions as possible so I need a holiday when I come back to recover from my holiday away. Here’s our handy Agadir travel guide to give you some tips if you’re planning your own break in this amazing country.

We decided after Christmas to book four nights away in Morocco. Other than a day spent in Egypt as part of a Mediterranean cruise when I was 16, this would be the first time either of us had been on holiday to Africa. Travelling to Agadir, we were looking forward to a sun filled beach break.

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Supernova 2016 – Full line-up released

Supernova 2016 have released the full line-up for Manchester’s first sci-fi & fantasy film festival, and it looks like it’s going to be an amazing weekend!

Supernova 2016 line-up

Supernova 2016 is a two-day sci-fi & fantasy film festival coming to Manchester on the 28th and 29th May. Hosted by Odeon Printworks, the creators of Grimmfest are bringing us a fine selection of films to occupy our weekend.

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Game Review – Knit Wit

Knit Wit is a social game for all the family, using Venn diagrams and adjectives to test you creativity, this is a game for all word geeks.

Knit Wit is one of the strangest games I have played for a while. It’s designed by Matt Leacock who also designed Pandemic, one of my favourite games of all time, but Knit Wit is something quite different.

What is Knit Wit?

Knit Wit is a light social game with easy to pick up rules and quick play. A far cry from the in depth co-operative and strategy style of Pandemic, and with a knitting theme, I wasn’t initially sure what to make of this game.

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