As you’ll have noticed, there’s been a long period of dry weather, and this means we’re going to have to be extra careful at the Festival about fire risks.
If possible, please minimise the cooking you do at the Festival (we have a good selection of stalls providing some great food options). If you do want to cook, you may use BBQs (but NOT disposable BBQs) and camping stoves, provided these are sited on concrete (each glade has a shelter that has a concrete floor suited for stoves) or close to the glade campfire where there is no grass/vegetation. If you’re unsure, please ask!
Meanwhile, I’ve been working on my pre-festival rain dance…
Never give up, never surrender! Yes, at the Festival this year, there not one but two opportunities for you and your brave crew to boldly go.
First up, we have some mega games of Space Cadets: Dice Duel, a real-time dice-rolling game. Combining two sets of the game, 20 crew will face off in the black; two starships and two fighters per side. Crew take on various roles/stations: engineer, weapons, shields, captain and frantically roll dice, readying torpedoes, powering scanners and shields and trying to out-manoeuvre the opposition. What could possibly go wrong? And while each game only lasts around 30-45 minutes, you’ll definitely need to sit down afterwards…
And if that isn’t enough for you, by Grabthar’s Hammer, we have more!
The UK Starship Bridge Simulator crew will be running a full starship bridge, with interactive bridge stations throughout the weekend. Master your stations, battle aliens and save the galaxy!
Of course, you don’t get to crew a starship without some training. Here’s your homework:
Well, the festival is now… (gets his fingers out, concentrates)… five and a half weeks away! We still have Festival Tickets, but camper van spaces and bell tents are sold out. As we usually get a rush for tickets in the last month, if haven’t bought yours and want to come to the Festival, I’d recommend getting them soon (we have a hard limit on the number of campers we can have on the site).
The team is hard at work sorting out events, planning the site and doing the 101 things that are needed to make the Festival happen.
So what can you expect from the Festival this year? We’ve got a BIG board games library that you can borrow games from (for free), more marquee space, more food options, and more fun stuff. We’ve got more happening on the stage, including the infamous Quiz, and some awesome interactive storytelling.
We’ve got more slots for archery (and we’ve added air rifles, maybe crate stacking, maybe water rockets). We’ve got a Starship Bridge Simulator where you and four others can command a starship (Kobayashi Maru anyone?), medieval combat (with foam weapons), Blood on the Clocktower, Werewolf, RPGs… a whole Smörgåsbord of gaming fun!
Behind the scenes, the team is hard at work already, making sure this festival is going to be even better than last year’s. Our food vans and bar have reconfirmed, and we’re looking at options for a fourth food van, possibly a different one each evening.
Blood on the ClockTower will be back, as well as Werewolf (of course!), plus more boardgames and RPG action. We’re talking to boardgames companies about expanding our games library, and we’ll have a second marquee area to give you additional space to play.
We’re talking to the venue, and planning on more archery and other activities (possibly air rifles, crate stacking and the return of Nerf Wars).
And we’re looking at what big games we can play, including an Artemis Starship bridge set up (be the bridge crew in command of starship, with real screens for your stations), 16-player Space Cadets: Dice Duel, Dead of Winter: Warring Colonies, Diplomacy and more.
We don’t have tent pre-pitch available yet, but we’ll have that sorted soon.
So, what’s the 2022 Festival going to be like? Awesome of course!
We’re going to build on what we did for the 2021 Festival, and we’ll keep you up to date with plans here. Two things we already know will be different: we’re going to have another marquee space (in the stage/arena area) so there are more gaming tables, and we’ll have a booking system for scheduled games, rpgs and so on.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m surrounded by boxes, to-do lists, things I’ve remembered and things I’ve forgotten. I have a van to pack, which is looking a lot smaller inside than it should, and my printer has died. In other words, I’m nearly ready to head to the Festival!
Some of us will be on site from Thursday preparing and getting things ready for your arrival; you’re welcome on-site from 2pm on Friday, we’ll be manning reception through the afternoon and into the evening. All-Hands is at 7pm, please make it to that if you can (meet at the stage/arena area). If you’re going to arrive after that, please let email@example.com know. If there’s no obvious reception when you arrive, please find someone with a yellow lanyard and we’ll get you sorted.
When you arrive, we’ll say hello, sort you into a house(!), assign you a camping spot, give you some literature and get you to sign the covid declaration, then bestow a magic wristband on you. A festival elf will guide you to your camping spot and leave you to enjoy settling in.
Then head to the village square, find a game, and start playing!
Words aren’t enough to explain how excited, happy and pleased I am to be seeing you all again after so long. Let’s make it the best Festival yet!
Oh, and if you didn’t know, this year, we’re at:
Bushy Wood Activity Centre Main Road Hailsham East Sussex BN27 3LZ
Hey all, quick update on food and drink options at the festival… Please note all take (and prefer) contactless payment.
Firstly, we have a bar again! Betsy’s Bars will be helping us celebrate in style, offering draught beer/lager, bottles, spirits and wine.
Secondly, the site shop will be open daytimes serving cold drinks, sweets, chocolate, biscuits, marshmallows (and sticks!) and popcorn.
Finally, we’ll have three food vans serving:
Scooby Snax will be serving the menus below, plus Saturday evening they’ll have Chilli Con Carne or Chicken Curry with rice and roll, and on Sunday Beef stew with veggies and potatoes. Plus cooked breakfasts!