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YSDC Games Day 4 28 September 2015

Fourth in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan Baildon (suburban Bradford). All images are cc-by-sa.

I set out a bit earlier on the Friday this year, so even though the drive took over six hours again thanks to multiple lots of roadworks, I still arrived in time to relax a bit before things got started.

I stayed in the Ibis again: it may be minimalist and soulless, but at least it doesn't get things wrong, and the breakfasts are still excellent.

This decoration near the Boathouse in Saltaire was not put up in our honour, though it might as well have been. (Image enhanced; it's in quite a dark place.)

I gave my new GURPS scenario, TRUANT INKWELL, its first public run. It went pretty well: one dead, one with near-terminal radiation poisoning, world more or less saved.

In the evening we went off to Pickles, the deli and tea room, for supper and boardgames and, to be fair, mostly chat. Though I did get in games of Revolution, Red7 and Coup.

I sometimes think that these things might be an excuse for toys. What do I mean, sometimes?

Free 3-D glasses for all! (Yes, all.) These interact interestingly with my new eyes.

The Most Disturbing Likeness of Cthulhu, in Cake, contest.

For the trip back I decided to evade the boring slog around/across Bradford, and struck out north-east-wards (through heavy fog) for open country, picking up the A1(M) near Tadcaster. This avoided only some of the roadworks, and being fifteen miles longer it would probably have added time to the journey if I hadn't been doing the trip back on Sunday morning with less traffic (in fact that leg took about an hour less to get back to M1/J31 than the trip out), but it made the driving very much more pleasant and I may well use this route again.

The next YSDC Games Day will be on 24 September 2016, and ticket sales will be announced at

  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:28pm on 28 September 2015

    The slog round Bradford is truly awful, my parents live in Holmfirth and we know that area.

    I notice you went down to the M25. Why not go up the M40 a way and then cut across to the M1? The likely route being past Silverstone I believe.

  2. Posted by RogerBW at 01:31pm on 28 September 2015

    Sometimes I do; it depends on my whim, and what the forecast for road works on the M40 is like compared with the M1.

  3. Posted by Owen Smith at 01:55pm on 29 September 2015

    How about using the A1? It's not much further round the M25 than the M1 at the bottom, and at the top your new route back uses the A1 anyway. It's generally a less busy road than the M1, and there's a big stretch in the middle through Licolnshire which is very light.

  4. Posted by RogerBW at 01:59pm on 29 September 2015

    Yes, I might try that. What I've seen of the stopping-places on the non-motorway sections is pretty ghastly (the only food being McDonald's, loos apparently uncleaned for several weeks), but that just means slightly more planning.

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