U.K.VAC Meeting 1.95 (Service Pack 3)

"Ravmeet 2" Portsmouth, June 13th, 2001




  • Dom 'Rav' Escott
  • JROK (USA Contingent)
  • Adrian 'Ade' Purser
  • Darren 'D-Zine' Hatton
  • Scott 'Nano' Green
  • Matt 'Matuga' Garrett
  • Karl 'KayDee' Doe
  • Steve 'Swallowman' Huntley
  • Ian 'BiffBoff' Boffin
  • Greg 'Motty' Mott
  • Phil 'D-Type' Eaton
  • more....
  • Tac-Scan
  • Asteroids
  • Berzerk
  • Dig-Dug
  • Liberator
  • Gyruss
  • Time Pilot
  • I Robot
  • Star-Gate
  • Moon Patrol
  • Blaster
  • S.T.U.N. Runner
  • Environ Discs of Tron
  • Tron
  • Gorf
  • Galaxian
  • Pac-Man
  • Space Invaders
  • Mad Planets
  • Wizard of Wor
  • Zaccharia Scramble
  • R-Type
  • House of the Dead
  • Killer Instinct

Dead but present in the Room :)

  • Virtua Racing
  • Space Duel
  • Gravitar
  • Upright Discs of Tron


Having barely scrapped myself back together after a very late night at Matt Garrett's at the weekend for meet 1.95, I get back to #ukVac and find JROK lurking in the channel. For those that don't know, JROK is the  infamous S.O.H.S. (Save Our High Scores) Web Site owner and maintainer, and a ex-pat living in the United States. Well, I'm surprised to learn he's actually visiting his relatives in Bournemouth - and he's a little miffed he missed the action at 1.95.

Bournemouth? Did he say Bournemouth? Hells teeth man! That's under a hour away from R-Zone (my Unit!). I learn that JROK's scampering back across the pond on Friday - damn! "Lets meet and get some games in - I'm pining," says JROK. Well - that was that. It had to be here as he wanted retro action. So we agreed on the Wednesday evening - leaving me little time to prepare seeing it was Sunday Night. Seeing I had to get the unit into ship-shape for our visitor, I thought I may as well offer open house for the evening to any local ukVaccers and so I mailed the list. Blimey o'Riely! Around 20 folks turn up on the night - some from as far as Cheltenham and Bedford! For a mid-weeker too!

So, I took the Wednesday off work as R-Zone had become a cab graveyard for the last few months and wasn't fit to fit me in, let alone 20! So, armed with a pile of PCBS, Parts, Tools and a Hoover I set about attacking each cab and battling a seemingly endless supply of Spiders (thinking of which, those buggers are probably UK/US hybrids having had some come in the cabs I've imported! Scary!). Each machine was pulled out and into position, hoovered, cleaned and sorted and put into orderly rows that you can see in the pictures below. This took all day - and a bloody hot one it was too! (Hot enough I had to skulk off to the local at the lunch for a pint or two :P) and by the time Phil Eaton rang from the station at 5PM I was hot, bothered but the place looked awesome! 

By the time I got back from the Station JROK was waiting outside the unit looking around suspiciously because it was dead and perhaps he'd been goofed! Well, I hung my R-Type marquee outside on the fence (had to be R-Type hey? :P) 

Before long the place was buzzing, as can be seen from the pictures below. We had a great time with countless beers, cokes and crisps and all the machines behaved themselves - well the Tron developed a ticking which I've yet to look at, and the two damn colour vectors decided to suddenly mutiny!

 By 11 we were in dire need of food, so we got 50 of pizza delivered to a local pub and Matt and I collected. |People started to scatter and by 1AM it was all over.

Quick thanks to everyone for coming, to Steve who valiantly had a quick fix of the Judge Dredd Pinball so it was at least playable, to the long distance visitors!



RAPID FIRE! The Gathering AR2 Worshippers
Play, Play, Play More! More! More! Matt Garrett Takes on Sarkian Empire
JROK's Pictures
The Line-up Before the Meet (Left) The Line-up Before the Meet (Right) Rav Locks and Loads!
Weird scenes within the R-Zone! Matt Ravages Rav at a R-Type Competition!