London sans the interesting bit.

By: Craig Lager

Published: March 18, 2009 Posted in: PC Gaming Nonsense

I went to London yesterday for a preview event surrounding “Battleforge”. I’m currently waiting on some pictures from the event to suppliment my thoughts-turned-into-words text with; so no write up yet, but as a little today bonus I thought I would write up the micro-diary I kept of my day out. The problem is I was too busy in the actual event to update the thing so you could say it is a little tenuous in terms of gaming relevance and you would be correct. Have it anyway.

  • 09.00 – Up and very awake. Play TF2 to pass the time. Train isn’t until after 12. I needed a lie in today.
  • 12.00 – On train platform. Think about putting iPod on. iPod is in bag. Bag is in car.
  • 12.15 – On train, with bag. Seat next to me is empty. Hurrah.
  • 12.18 – Announcement confirms I am on correct train.
  • 12.20 – Train is moving. Am I on the correct train? Yes.
  • 12.22 – Buffet car is open. Am told baguettes are a bargain £2. I’ll pass.
  • 12.45 – Told that food is available for the millionth time. Every time this happens I can’t hear the podcast I’m listening to. Shame I can’t rage quit a train.
  • 12.50 – Phones. Random beeping. Announcements. I remember why I got a car.
  • 13.05 – Hungry. Should have got a baguette.
  • 13.15 – Trains are fast, but not fast enough to be impressive.
  • 13.20 – Coffee and quavers.


    London: crap coffee and quavers



  • 13.25 – Worst. Coffee. Ever.
  • 13.30 – Tunnel!
  • 13.35 – Why am I still drinking this coffee? Should of had hot chocolate.
  • 13.40 – Looking out of window I misinterpret ‘Polish Market’ and wonder briefly how you base a market around a specific cleaning product.
  • 13.42 – No phone reception. In this day and age?
  • 13.50 – If my life has a montage, it should be to Spaceman by the killers.
  • 13.55 – Pluck PC gamer out of my Resident evil bag while listening to the World of Goo soundtrack. Too much?
  • 14.00 – London!
  • 14.15 – Wandering around trying to find Charring Cross road.
  • 14.20 – Find comic shop. Feel out of my depth inside.
  • 15.00 – Walked in an hour long circle. Ask for directions.


    London: a building being built



  • 15.05 – Find place I need to be at later. What took an hour could have taken 5 minutes. It is above a bookshop which doesn’t sell anything interesting.
  • 15.06 – Bookshop is above a sex shop…
  • 15.07 – How can they justify 3 DVD’s for £50?
  • 15.09 – Look up from writing a text message to find I have wandered into the gay section. I hurriedly leave.
  • 15.15 – Find a Wetherspoons. Surprisingly quiet.
  • 15.20 – Numerous people are wearing Guinness hats. Is it St Patricks day?
  • 15.21 – Dreading drunken central London tonight.
  • 15.45 – Feel full up after dinner. Wondering how to kill 2 hours.
  • 15.46 – Take picture to kill 20 seconds.


    London: kill 20 seconds



  • 15.55 – Wander around looking for a game shop.
  • 16.00 – Stumble across Chinatown.
  • 16.10 – 2 Chinese guys are playing some board game on a podium thing. 1 of them is really aggressive with his pieces. I think he is losing.
  • 16.20 – Given a free paper. It’s in English which is a bonus.


    London: chinatown



  • 16.30 – See yet another sex shop. Don’t want to make the same faux pas as earlier so leave it.
  • 16.40 – Milling about aimlessly.
  • 16.55 – In forbidden planet megastore. Don’t think it’s mega then find a whole new floor.


    London: Forbidden planet



  • 17.20 – Back in Wetherspoons for a rest. Flick through paper from earlier.
  • 17.25 – Feeling slightly nervous.
  • 17.30 – Decide paper is unsubtle in it’s anti-Chinese government message.
  • 17.35 – Try to get iPod to connect to the internet. Fail. Listen to Mitch Hedberg instead.
  • 17.45 – Head over to event.
  • *passage of time*
  • 21.30 – Leaving event.
  • 21.45 – At station. Train isn’t for ages. Slightly worn out.
  • 23.15 – Train is moving. Someone is sitting next to me this time. I choose to ignore them.
  • 23.40 – Person sitting next to me leaves, but replaced by another person. 2 new people are sitting next to me. They look the annoying type. Hope for the best.
  • 23.41 – They are drinking.
  • 23.41 – Looks like they are aiming for drunkenness.
  • 00.30 – Sitting on my own now. The opposite people are drunk.
  • 00.55 – Wish they would shut up. Who gets drunk on a train anyway? I am silently annoyed but obviously do nothing about it.
  • 01.10 – Feel a bit rubbish. Very grumpy.
  • 01.15 – About half hour of journey left…then driving…then lovely bed.
  • 01.30 – Wrote a note to whoever clears up trains about drunken people. Hopefully it will make them smile.
  • 01.35 – Decide against leaving note.
  • 01.40 – Arrive in Derby. Finally.
  • 01.43 – Start the drive home. It’s cold.
  • 02.15 – Home. Bed.

And that was my quest, though obviously without the bit that everyone’s interested in. More on that tomorrow or something.

Craig Lager
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