Behold, RPS Manchester Social Club This Sunday

By Adam Smith on December 18th, 2012 at 4:00 pm.

If you are in Manchester or thereabouts on the 23rd of December, you may be interested to hear of a gathering in the city’s awkwardly hip Northern Quarter. I shall be there, as shall Handsome Dan Griliopoulos and Lewie P, who is travelling home for Christmas from the small village of Bargains, Kent. We shall meet at Terrace, a new bar that sells drinks of all varieties – hot, cold, hard and soft – and has plenty of space. I’ll be in the rear, away from the bar, from around 3PM but show up whenever you can. Approach tables muttering about PC games until somebody responds and then you will know you have found sanctuary.

If there are loads of us later in the evening, we may move on should Terrace be extremely busy but we’ll be there ’til at least 8, so as not to lose any late arrivals. There are plenty of other places nearby, although none quite so large and accommodating.

Terrace doesn’t have a massive sign out front but the main entrance is on Thomas Street, in between Teacup and The Bay Horse. If you’re travelling into Manchester or simply don’t know the area very well, feel free to email me for helpful directions.

Hope to see lots of people there and hopefully this will become a regular event in the new year.


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  1. apocraphyn says:

    Ooh, interesting. Might pop by, cheers for the heads up! (Bloody trains on a Sunday, though…)

    • Adam Smith says:

      That’s one of the reasons I’m going to be there early afternoon rather than just the evening. If people struggle to get back later on, at least there’ll be some merriment to share.

      Also, more drinking time for me.

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  2. AndrewC says:

    As someone who lives in London, this is too far away from me and I am shocked and, indeed, appalled at these kinds of exclusionary practices that are, frankly, tantamount to racism. Against me. Personally. Still, I shouldn’t expect any better from northerners.

  3. Jams O'Donnell says:

    Goddamnit, the first Christmas in years I’m not visiting my folks near Manchester and there’s an RPS gathering I might have had a reasonable chance of getting to. Bah humbug!

    • Jonith says:

      Same with me kind of

      Well I’m in Manchester on Saturday, and then this is on the Sunday and I don’t want to be going back into Manchester/Can’t get back in for the Sunday

      So nothing like you at all really

      Edit: Even worse… I’m now going Manchester Friday as well. The world is against me.

  4. LennyLeonardo says:

    Just wanted to say that that headline image is really excellent.

  5. Shockeh says:

    As a Mancunian PC gamer, I will be delighted to attend sirs.

  6. Kinth says:

    I live in a town close by but getting to Manchester on the 23rd would just be hell.

  7. AmateurScience says:

    I may be able descend from my ivory tower in Keele and make the journey, tis but a relatively short train journey away after all.

    You will know me by the red rose clenched between my teeth.

  8. Ravenger says:

    Darn it, I’m away that weekend, Otherwise I’d loved to have gone.

  9. mpk says:

    As someone who lives in London Perth, this is too far away from me and I am shocked and, indeed, appalled at these kinds of exclusionary practices that are, frankly, tantamount to racism. Against me. Personally. Still, I shouldn’t expect any better from northerners sassenachs

    • Rao Dao Zao says:

      As someone who lives in LondonGlasgow, this is too far away from me and I am shocked and, indeed, appalled at these kinds of exclusionary practices that are, frankly, tantamount to racism. Against me. Personally. Still, I shouldn’t expect any better from northernerssoutherners.

  10. sinister agent says:

    I don’t understand. I’ve lived in London for years, and never heard of Manchester borough.

  11. McDan says:

    Curses, if I was not working this sunday I’d be right there as it’s closer to me (Scarborough) than the London meetups. This always seems to happen with RPS meets.

  12. Jockie says:

    One day I will live in a place near wot other people live. Until that day: bah!

  13. Hezzy88 says:

    In between Teacup and Bay Horse?? But they’re right next to each other!

    • ruaidhri.k says:

      only if you ignore the shop units that have been there since time began ( i normally do since they normally dont serve booze)

  14. Dwizzy says:

    Way to make the American RPS readers envious Adam, I’m going to go in the corner and cry thinking of the beer and happy thoughts that could have been…

  15. ruaidhri.k says:

    I’m quite often in the bay horse (known as the hello horsey) for a pint on a sunday so could well swing by.. there is also an old mans pub across the way called the unicorn thats all right for curmudgeonly old men like myself so if you lot are all too tall/young for me i can escape

  16. Chorltonwheelie says:

    It’s called Shudehill.
    Those who call it the Northern Quarter will be regarded with disdain.

    Find Fringe and Odd if you like beer.
    Find the Hare and Hounds & the Unicorn if you like beer and fighting.
    Good luck.

  17. StormTec says:

    Aw, man! If It weren’t on a Sunday, I’d totally be there. I live all the way away in Nottinghamshire, and I have work on Monday =[

    • Maxheadroom says:

      Could be worse, you could live on the Isle of Man.
      I’d pop over myself but all the other villagers would be out with pitchforks and flaming torches looking for me

  18. Kefren says:

    Yay, Manchester! This is good timing, I’d only just finished a blog post about my trip to Manchester for research, and I stayed in the Northern Quarter (though we never called it that when I lived there), as one of the pics in the blog post shows – right next to Affleck’s Palace (now just Afflecks). Typical that a social club meeting takes place in between my trips to the city! Game on people, stay gamey.

  19. FionaSarah says:

    Darn, heading back home that day. Shame!

  20. Lone Gunman says:

    Now if only I wasn’t so socially awkward :(

  21. Gerbick says:

    A cursory look at train times from my humble city on the t’other side of the Pennines, and this has gone from a hmmm to a possible hell yeah. Only the wife and wallet now stand in the way.

  22. Max Ursa says:

    awesome! a manchester meet and im in stockport!
    on sunday? at 3pm?
    damnit i’ll be on the M62 back home to white rose (best rose) country for christmas.


  23. thesundaybest says:

    Now that I actually live in London and not in the wastelands of Canada, I should really pluck up the courage and attend. It’s been 7 months. I give myself a year for the necessary pluck.

  24. Tams80 says:

    The train tickets are so cheap from where I live (less than £20 there and back!), but add in accommodation and alcohol and my student budget comes out with a resolute NO. =(

  25. Da5e says:

    I live in Manchester but I’m frightened of you all.

  26. Droopy The Dog says:

    Jolly good fun. It was a pleasure to meet, and shout inuendous sci-fi commands at, you all!

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