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GameBlast18: March 2018 update

It’s been a bit of a bumpy road towards GameBlast18. We couldn’t make the official dates of 23-25 February 2018 due to a family birthday and friends’ wedding, and instead had to make our arrangements for the first weekend of March. But then sadly the ‘Beast from the East’ hit the UK, and heavy snow and travel chaos prevented Ben and Nathan from reaching our location in Essex.

On top of that, my gran-in-law was taken critically ill and admitted to hospital during the week prior to the event. This saw us postponing until the following month and I’m extremely sorry to say this was the right decision: she sadly passed away on the day after we would have completed our stream. Our focus has therefore been elsewhere recently while Pete and I spend time with family.

We’re now ready to get back in the game and sincerely appreciate the support received for our GameBlast18 event so far. We didn’t expect to reach 64% of our £400 fundraising target before the stream had even started, and it’s all thanks to you awesome people. We’d love for you to join us while we’re live on Twitch for 24-hours straight from 08:00 BST on Saturday, 07 April 2018 so we show our appreciation.

We’ve got plenty planned for our event this year. Our schedule (full details of which can be found on our Twitch channel) includes an RPG section in honour of the Year of the RPG project hosted by Athena over at AmbiGaming, along with an hourly discussion topic sponsored by Megan from A Geeky Gal. Expect some great video games, plenty of snacks to keep us going, and singing from Nathan.

All money donated via our JustGiving page goes directly to SpecialEffect, a charity which uses technology to help people with disabilities benefit from the fun and inclusion of games. They make it possible for everyone to play the titles we enjoy and take for granted through assessment and equipment modification; and what’s more, they do all this amazing work free of charge.

Ben, Nathan, Pete and myself believe in the positive power of gaming, and the GameBlast event gives us a chance to put this belief into action by showing out support for SpecialEffect,. More details can be found on the official website and in our press release – wish us luck and we’ll see you on Twitch in April!

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