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    Posted: 20 Aug 2010 at 10:52am
So you've been a collector for a bit and you'd like to meet a few more fellow collectors, put faces to names and generally talk arcade for a day - it's time for a meet!    You might have read or heard about meets in the past and been confused by the different types, generally meets can be split into the following types;

Regular Meet - is where a member decides to open up their home and/or game room to fellow ukvac collectors.   This can be for just a single day or an entire weekend depending on location and availability of accommodation.   A lot of people bring things to trade at a meet so there's always the possibility of picking up a bargain!

Tech Meet - is a meet that often precedes a regular meeting, the aim being to fix and get working as many broken machines for the main meet.   Often taking place on a Friday before a weekend meet.

Pub Meet - does exactly what is says on the tin, members gather in a pub (usually in central London or Brighton) to have a jar and arcade chin wag.   These were the staple meets during the UKVAC dark ages.

Event Meet - These are meets that are combined with another event like the Honiton Star Wars charity event or full on Retro shows like CGEUK.

Trade Meet - There are usually several trade meets a year where members usually gather to try out the latest/greatest new games and grab handfuls of freebies.

Meet etiquette

There's very little to adhere to when attending one of these gatherings.   If it's a regular meet it's nice if you can bring your own weight in beer and snacks.    Generally treating other peoples cabs as nicely as you would your own is a good way to go :)

If there is a machine you'd love to play and it's not currently switched on, most people wouldn't be offended if you ask.  It could be the machine is dead, or just not expected to be popular so give it a try!

If you'd like to bring your partner or a friend, just ask ahead of time and most people will be happy to extend the invitation, as long as they can stand arcade game playing and chat for the duration they'll be fine :)
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