Well, here we are again then.
This mail is really a bit of a long shot, as a great many of you will have changed email addresses, or just plain lost interest in us by now, but the long-promised Shotgun 20 is officially go for launch.
We're now almost a full 2 years on from the last event, and much as I'd love to tell you that we've spent all that time planning the best LAN EVAR(!!!!!), we've had a lot of other things to do
With all this time between events, I was tempted to run a "phoenix rising from the ashes" kind of theme here, until I realised that LANs didn't leave ashes, just large-ish piles of rubbish... It'd run something like...
The book of Monket, Chapter 20, Verses 1-7
It had long been fortold that the Monket would rise once more, and wreak havoc upon the Lee of Badshot and associated areas. Fire, brimstone and Doritos would fall from the sky, and many would pray for a lack of flooding.
And so it came to pass. From beneath the Red Bull cans of a thousand lesser LANs, a rumbling was heard. The monket was summoned. He did rise from beneath the shells of discarded McMuffins, and cardboard conveyances of the fine brew of Starbucks.
And so too, the guardian of the channel was called. And the guardian did say "< Failed Auth >". "Arse,", the administrators did say, "Who can control this beast". And there was much undignified buggering about, trying of old passwords, and hassling of QuakeNet ops, until Q did speak. "+o"
All a bit less polished than we might hope for...
What we really want to say is "Come Along". We're hoping to have a bit of an SG revival, and it'd be great to see everyone again. If you know anyone who's been along previously, do give them a shout and make sure they got this message... As I say, I reckon a fair few of the email addresses this goes to will be inactive, and we want to reach as many people as we can.
If you can't make it to the event, at least drop by the site and say "Hi"... The forums are always open, and it'd be cool to find out what everyone's been up to.
The basic details, then:
Event - Shotgun 20
Dates - Friday, 15th September -> Sunday, 17th September, 2006 Location - TSS Swiftsure, Badshot Lea, Aldershot Price - Once more, the SG Standard of £15 pre-paid, £20 on the day
The finer points:
Shotgun 20. None of this dodgy Shotgun XX. 2 years has been a long time, but I'm still not having anything even vaguely Mac-related associated with this event, thankyou very much.
15-17 September. We're not yet sure of opening times and stuff, as we all have real jobs now, and getting there too early may be a challenge. Keep an eye on the site for details.
TS Swiftsure, Badshot Lea, Aldershot - Where it always is. Can't get an exact fix with Google Maps, but it's about here (just on the other side of the road) - http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en ... =UTF8&om=1
£15 in advance, £20 on the day. We're getting the prepay stuff sorted out at the minute... Details will be posted to the site when available, though it'll most likely be Paypal or similar. Cash only on the day, folks. If you're only coming for part of the event, give us a shout and we can come to an arrangement, I'm sure.
Further Information -
You can get hold of us in the following ways:
* Reply to this email - I'll do my best to get back to you ASAP
* Web - The site and forums are always available at www.shotgunlan.com
* IRC - #shotgunlan on Quakenet (irc.quakenet.org). Feel free to hassle an op
* MSN - firstname.lastname@example.org - Please don't use this address for email though.
All details and more will be kept updated at www.shotgunlan.com, so keep an eye out. Those who rely on RSS as part of day to day life may find www.shotgunlan.com/forums/rss.php handy too (I fixed it this morning ).
Well, that's all I got - Get in touch, folks, and we really hope to see you all there