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TLS Weekender NL Edition 2020

Cthulhu

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Yop
#1
Hi all!

In 2018 2017, Mage organized the TLS Weekender; we managed to get a good amount of people together for a fun, casual weekend, catching up and hanging out and drinking all the things and all that.

We'd like to organize an event like that again. This time around, I'd like to organize it in the Netherlands (given that that's where we live now, lol). I've googled around a while ago and there's plenty of accommodations that could host a group of any size, and at a wide range of cost as well.

One uncertainty is that probably by the end of this month, the UK will leave the EU; at this point it's uncertain what traveling from the UK to NL will be like. Personally I expect it shouldn't be a problem, but still.

You'll also likely need a passport and all that to travel here.

We do plan on hiring a van again like last time, so transport from within NL or within the airport shouldn't be a problem, or from our accommodations to any activities.

Re: activities, there's a billion options there; feel free to spew ideas here. I mean we can go to Amsterdam if you really want to, personally I think it's a bit naff but hey :monster:. We've got a wide range of locations to go, activities to do, at all price points.

I don't know yet where exactly we'll end up, it depends on a number of factors including but not limited to: number of participants, available budgets, requested anemities, etc etc etc. I'll look up a list of accommodations once I've got more information on participants and budgets etc.

On budgets, I think we can come to an arrangement where we can share some of the financial burdens; if anything you won't have to worry about not being fed or getting about in the country.

I've made a poll to gauge interest and get some information; please only fill it in if you have the intention of coming. I'll do another more definitive signup later on.

Please fill in the form at https://forms.gle/ThrG2rd2p6pBggU6A. Feel free to ask questions or put in suggestions and / or wishes in this thread as well!
 
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Cthulhu

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Yop
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Random ideas / activities that I've done in NL that are good:

* Pub crawl in my current hometown of Amersfoort; it's got a loooot of pubs and restaurants in its historical city center.
* Go to Utrecht for dinner and beer at Cafe Olivier; it's a big pub in an old church with great food, for me it was the first pub I went to that had a lot of different beers and shit. Only stipulation is that you need a fairly sizeable group if you want to make a reservation for a table. Also it's a very noisy place, being a church and all.
* Visit random museums. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is a popular destination, although keep in mind that the tourist destinations in / like Amsterdam are going to be fuck busy most of the times.
* Hiking, idk where though, there's a few options.
* Beach, can be done at any time of the year, it's just going to be windy and miserable during the off seasons.
* Airsoft / Paintball / Kart racing, I've done this with work a few times and it's h*cking fun. Airsoft can be a bit pricey though, think €75 / person for a two hour session.
* National Videogame Museum in Zoetermeer, actually a (former) colleague founded and runs this place.
* Awesome Space in Utrecht, a much smaller venue, more like a hacker space. We can probably reach out to them if we want to organize a day out there. But we'd get to sit down and play, eat pizza, etc there.
* FFVII and FFVII Remake streaming marathon; we'd need an accommodation with a big TV and good internet connection (in a pinch we could do it at my place), as well as people that know how to set up something like that on a technical level. But we could get a group together and play through the game(s) (or in case of the remake do it back-to-back). Actually we could do this as a fundraiser event so we can get people here who can't afford such an outlay normally. IDK how successful it would be but fuck it, we're TLS, we need to make a Name for ourselves as the FFVII experts. It'd give a lot of material to republish on the youtube channel as well. A side-by-side playthrough would also be interesting to do.

Stuff!
 

Tetsujin

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Tets
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Love me some hiking so I'd be all for that and shit. I like the idea of maybe doing a streaming marathon as well (my impossible dream scenario for a TLS thing to do was always to steal Easy Allies' idea of renting a beach house and streaming from there for 50h non-stop :wackymonster: )

(also, wasn't the weekender in '17? :P)
 

Cthulhu

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Yop
#5
I just looked at the title of Mage's most recent post and it said 2018 without reading it, my bad :monster:

We can do September if moar people are available then, :monster:. Or if someone's won the lottery and can sponsor everyone in the TLS orgy mansion or whatever we can do multiple this year, I dunno! Options! :monster:
 

Lex

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How warm is it at those times of year Yop <3

You know me, I can't hack heat and in a country that close to sea level *grimaces*

(I'm half joking... half). Long overdue to visit you!
 

Cthulhu

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Yop
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What airport is the closest to you guys?
Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Eindhoven?
Amsterdam probably, but there's not that much of a difference; if you can get a cheaper flight to Rotterdam or Eindhoven instead of the default Amsterdam airport then go for it. We can either detour to there or you can take a train to somewhere closer to us. We don't yet have a location for the venue though, it'll depend on the number of signups and budget etc.

How warm is it at those times of year Yop <3

You know me, I can't hack heat and in a country that close to sea level *grimaces*

(I'm half joking... half). Long overdue to visit you!
Spring / Fall: Up to 20 degrees; winter: usually anywhere between -5 and +10

Summer: I want to say it goes up to 36 the hottest but honestly lately it's just shit. But, summer edition will involve swimming pools and shit.

Man, I wish I lived in a place where I could reasonably just hop on over to another country for a casual weekend.

Color me jelly.
We've had people going to and from the US and Europe to attend e.g. Kupocon, so it is possible. If costly. Ideally we would be able to raise a lot of money to help people come over. I mean there's a bunch of people that have been with us from the start that nobody's met IRL yet <_<.
 

Cthulhu

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Yop
#13
That's ok, we can just crash your house instead, :monster:

We've got 7 responses in the poll so far and... the dates are all over the place :closedmonster:. 3 votes for late May and summer holidays though. IDK what to do with this, lol :monster:. I should probably just pick a date and go for it. I mean we can make it any scale we want to, :monster:
 
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