Escapism UK Had an Awesome Christmas Meetup

Escapism UK Had an Awesome Christmas Meetup

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Last week, 22 members of the Escapist community gathered for their annual Christmas celebration.

Escapism UK is a group that was founded in 2009 by some of The Escapist's community members in order to more efficiently organize real life meetups. Revelo is one of six organizers - along with sky14kemea, thenumberthirteen, Trivun, razer17 and Andalusa - and spoke with me about the group and the latest Christmas meetup in Newcastle.

Escapism UK is "A fantastic opportunity for people from the Escapist to meet up, play a few games, explore new locations, try new activities and make new friends," according to Revelo. "It's a chance to let your hair down, have some fun and hopefully you'll get to know the people behind the usernames. Everyone enjoys themselves immensely and it's become an important part of everyone's year."

22 members from Escapism UK gathered last week for a few days of games, food, games, cats, and more games. There was Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens, Pong and karaoke, bowling, a snowball fight and a cat cafe. A. Cat. Cafe.

Revelo believes that what sets the group apart is how close knit they have become.

"Everyone who comes has a developed a really strong bond over the years; we are always doing things as a group, whether it's gaming online, simply catching up one afternoon to getting everyone together at short notice," Revelo said. "What began as a simple idea to get people together has created close friends who are always there for one another. The same people return for each event, which says a lot about how important Escapism UK has become to everyone involved."

"It shows the strengths of the Escapist community as a group of friendly, everyday people with common interests, and how such friendships have evolved from simply interacting on the forums."

(Photos courtesy of Revelo, Zowie, Trivun, Zero Originallity, thenumberthirteen and aldurvale.)

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And here I am, sitting in the U.S. Where we're too lame to even do something like this. Glad you had some fun together, British Escapist.

That's a way up north that. I would have assumed "escapism" is a great excuse to leave the country shortly to sip margaritas on a stormy, rocky island. Missed out on a...hang on...a cat shop?? Well i'll be a feline's fluffer toy, that's a new one!

I'm surprised I'm actually in some of those pictures. :O

Though I'm disappointed the one where my finger slipped wasn't used...

I've been to many of the Escapisms now, and they're always a blast. They're well worth going to if you can get there. It's not just Brits, either. We've had Americans, Germans, and there's always a Dutch contingent. I think the early stages of planning for the main summer event usually happen around March, so keep a look out if you're interested.

There's always a core of people who already know each other quite well, but I think that newcomers usually fit in pretty quickly. It's kind of a unique environment, and it's cool that people can start fitting into a group where some people have known each other for 8 years within a weekend.

Once we did one of these in Toronto! Only like 5 of us showed up but it was fun enough.

Firstly thanks for a nice article, Liz. :) and for your interest!

Secondly, everyone is welcome to come and we'll always make you feel settled in. While a couple dozen people can feel exclusive, No one is left out and there is always something for everyone to enjoy. We see the same people come back each year, which should tell you how much those who attend enjoy Escapism.

Keep an eye out for an announcement in March and don't be afraid to get stuck in. Check out the group below for more information.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/groups/view/Escapism-UK

Suck on my big green ball... Mr Garrison!

I would urge anyone having a gander or a shufti at this thread to consider getting involved! Or at least join the group, join our Facebook group and see where it will be next time. You never know, the next one may be near you? (As long as you live near a city on the GB mainland!)

All I have left to say is that for the sake of the family friendliness of this article, I'm glad you can't see my Xmas jumper from the front! :P

Have to name-check the Cat Cafe - purely for the pun

http://www.mogonthetyne.com/

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Sir Francis.

Aerosteam:
I'm surprised I'm actually in some of those pictures. :O

Though I'm disappointed the one where my finger slipped wasn't used...

Yeah, there is a reason I didn't give Lizzy photos like that, and there were a few :P

I swear to you guys down there on the Island I will join this from Northern parts of Europe (Finland) at some point!
My life is right now in a state were I could actually try to join in, and not the chaos it has been these past 3 years due to studies and work. I will really really try to join in next time :D

I'm gonna go back to Beamish and steal that Authentic 1940s Hat from the Authentic 1940s Farm.
Also I think it might be time to re-dye my hair, it's looking more pink than red...

Aerosteam:
I'm surprised I'm actually in some of those pictures. :O

Me too, given that I was only there for roughly one third of the event.

Elementary - Dear Watson:
Suck on my big green ball... Mr Garrison!

*gasp!* What did you say?!

Andalusa:
I'm gonna go back to Beamish and steal that Authentic 1940s Hat from the Authentic 1940s Farm.
Also I think it might be time to re-dye my hair, it's looking more pink than red...

Oh, so the pink was accidental?

Weaver:
Once we did one of these in Toronto! Only like 5 of us showed up but it was fun enough.

Must be a lot harder to do this sort of thing in such a huge country. The travel time and costs would be way higher than they are in Britain. The original Escapism was in Australia, but I think they stopped after 1 or 2 because travelling across Australia was too arduous for most to bother with.

razer17:

Andalusa:
I'm gonna go back to Beamish and steal that Authentic 1940s Hat from the Authentic 1940s Farm.
Also I think it might be time to re-dye my hair, it's looking more pink than red...

Oh, so the pink was accidental?

Weaver:
Once we did one of these in Toronto! Only like 5 of us showed up but it was fun enough.

Must be a lot harder to do this sort of thing in such a huge country. The travel time and costs would be way higher than they are in Britain. The original Escapism was in Australia, but I think they stopped after 1 or 2 because travelling across Australia was too arduous for most to bother with.

I think they tried a few other American Escapism's but they were region specific as well. The UK one began after the first Australian one went quite well.

razer17:

Andalusa:
I'm gonna go back to Beamish and steal that Authentic 1940s Hat from the Authentic 1940s Farm.
Also I think it might be time to re-dye my hair, it's looking more pink than red...

Oh, so the pink was accidental?

Yeah, though it's a question of going back to red or purple this time. Would go teal like I wanted to but stripping the dye from my hair, bleaching it and dying again would damage it so much.

Revelo:

Aerosteam:
I'm surprised I'm actually in some of those pictures. :O

Though I'm disappointed the one where my finger slipped wasn't used...

Yeah, there is a reason I didn't give Lizzy photos like that, and there were a few :P

*innocent whistling*

Andalusa:

*innocent whistling*

Mighty fine tune there, I like your style

That one picture of me in it is truly terrifying....

 

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