Monday was a bank holiday here in the UK, which usually means an extended weekend, a long lie-in and a possibly a few video games on the sofa. But that wasn’t the case for myself, my other-half and stepson: in a burst of unusual spontaneity, we decided to book tickets for Insomnia 61 at the last moment. This saw us waking up at 06:00 on Sunday and jumping in the car for a three-hour road-trip to the Birmingham NEC to visit ‘the UK’s biggest gaming festival’.
Later Levels (@LaterLevels) August 27, 2017
This was our first time at the event and we didn’t really know what to expect, but there was indeed almost a ‘festival’ feel to it: half of the space was dedicated to a huge LAN party and tournament stage, while stalls of various types were located in the other section. We tried out a number of indie games (Nature’s Zombie Apocalypse went down well with the boys); checked out the merchandise (but fortunately didn’t bankrupt ourselves); and saw a show featuring one of Ethan’s favourite YouTubers (more about that later this week).
Although Rezzed remains my favourite UK event, Insomnia 61 was a great experience and we’d consider going again in 2018. It would be great to actually join in with the LAN party and pitch a tent in the hall for four-days straight but unfortunately parenting makes that a little difficult! Take a look at the photo gallery below to see some of the games we played and other what else we got up to.