Some time back we were discussing the first week of the new semester. One of the things that we talked about was the very first weekend that new students spend away from home. We thought it might a good time to do something social. So we decided to set up a Frag Fest.
We gave the event a name "Festival of Daring and Excitement" and got entry forms and tickets printed. The basic structure was a bit like an all day Christmas Bash (a party we have at, er, Christmas) with PC games, console games and board games spread around the department and a massive pizza drop around half way through.
We weren't sure if anyone would be turn up, but then we sold around 110 tickets and so I thought we might be on to something. We ran the event for 12 hours, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
At 10:00 am a few folks turned up and by mid-day the top floor of our building was buzzing nicely. Some folks turned up, signed into their favourite game and settled down for the long haul. Others formed a posse and went from room to room, trying PC gaming, Xbox 360, Xbox One and a totally crackers game called "Gang Beasts" in one of our Lecture Theatres. And some sat down played board games, including a four hour marathon session of Risk.
By the end of day we were down to the hard core of games playing in what we will now be calling "The Steam Room". A good time was had by all. We ran a little survey afterwards and two thirds of the respondents want a festival every month, which is nice. We're not sure about that, but there is a strong chance we will do one every semester and open it up to all students, not just the new arrivals. And the Hull Computer Society (Hull Comp. Sci.) will be running multiplayer gaming on Wednesday afternoons for those that want their fix of mayhem every week.