The RPS Thinkosium: Book Now!

The London Games Fringe asked if we wanted to run an event as part of this year’s fringe. We said – hell yeah! To that end, on the night of October 28th we will be running the world’s first RPS Thinkosium downstairs at the Alphabet Bar in Soho, London. You are all welcome. While tickets are free, you have to book them in advance. And since the venue isn’t exactly enormous, you probably better get a move on. You can do so here.

But what is the RPS Thinkosium? Well, glad you asked…

Rock Paper shotgun is the world’s biggest PC gaming blog. Which is a funny to thing find yourself writing, but it seems to be true nevertheless. It is devoted to three . The clever, the stupid and the PC games. Their event as part of the London Games Fringe aims to pull all three together.

The basic set up is Question Time. Kieron Gillen acting as host to a panel of PC Gaming experts, including Mark Morris of Introversion (DARWINIA, DEFCON, MULTIWINIA) and Splash Damage’s Ed Stern (ENEMY TERRITORY: QUAKE WARS). Plus others to be announced when we’re sure they’re actually going to turn up. We gather questions in advance, and then ask them to the panel. They will then talk over the issues as cleverly and funnily as they can. The truth will be located.

Which is the clever – but there’s a twist, and it’s a stupid one. It’s also a drinking game. Whenever certain words are mentioned – which aren’t known in advance, and are only revealed as and when they’re spoken – everyone has to drink. The words will be, perhaps predictably, ones which are fairly likely to turn up in the debate. Like – say – “Piracy”. Everyone will end up getting a bit tipsy, unless you’re drinking soft drinks, and then you’ll get – er – a bit sugar rushy. Which is nearly as good.

There’s also some money behind the bar, so some drinks will be free too. As is the entrance fee, though you do have to book a ticket on this splendid page.

It’s a unique chance to come along and mingle (and mingle drinks) with other lovers of PC games. We demand your attendance. WE DEMAND IT.

As I said, tickets can be booked here. We’ll give updates about others guests when we actually know for sure, but promises to be a highly amusing evening anyway. The doors will open at 7 for canvasing of questions, while the actual questions will start at around 8 or so, continuing as long as it seems funny and/or we have questions. Probably the former.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you there.

[This event is part of The London Games Fextival 2008, so check out their website for a selection of the other, lesser events you can take a look at in the Big Smoke around the same time.]


  1. Lu-Tze says:

    The one week i’m on holiday this year… Oh well.

  2. Sideath says:

    Oh, I am so there.

  3. Tom Armitage says:

    Go on, then.

  4. James G says:

    Aww, in London, and on a Tuesday. Can we have someone recording it please for those of us not able to make the journey into the big smoke? Or, even better, a live streaming.


  5. parm says:

    Oh, arse. I’m flying to Ireland from Stansted at horrifying-o-clock in the morning the day after that.

  6. Kismet says:

    For us geographically-impaired RPSirs, please place a cam or at last hide a mic somewhere. :)

  7. some guy says:

    And…. booked.

  8. Ian says:

    You guys need to start doing things in places that might be less convenient for you, but are more convenient for me.

  9. StalinsGhost says:

    Ooo, think I might have to get in on this, I’m already at the Eurogamer Expo that day, so I think I’ll have to add this to my list of things to do. Just gotta make sure I plan when to take my train back to Reading :D

  10. Noc says:

    I’ll second the calls for live webcastery; it occurred to me that there are plenty of people who would want to drink play along at home.

  11. Seniath says:

    Ticket sorted, days booked off work. Now I just need to pester one of my cousins for a couch and get some form of train ticket.

  12. Ging says:

    booked and I’ve organised it with work so I can get in late the next day (I have no desire to spend 7 hours at Newark waiting for the next train to Lincoln, so will instead be returning the day after).

  13. phuzz says:

    I’m actually in london that day doing some M$ training, but typically I’ve already booked my train home at 7ish, so no chance of making this.
    How about an event in bristol/bath? That would be easy to get to for you guys and for me :)

  14. StalinsGhost says:

    Hmmm, it says it ends at 10, but I presume there’s going to be much mingling and drinkage post-questions?

  15. mrrobsa says:

    Capital idea! And it doesn’t clash with anything else!
    Truly a meeting sent by the gods (of PC gaming blogs).

  16. MonkeyMonster says:

    A definite bonus to living here!

  17. crozon says:

    damn it, i would if i could but i don’t live in london any more :(

  18. James Tao says:

    I don’t suppose you’ll be inventing a teleporter to transport your faithful overseas readers? No? Shame on you for not circumventing physics, RPS.

  19. Butler` says:

    If I can find someone to go to the London Games Festival with in the next few days I’ll definately be going to this!

    Btw, it’s quite funny how they refer to PC gaming as “fringe”.

  20. Tarn says:

    Doh! I’m attending the Eurogamer Expo on the following day, but won’t be able to attend this, alas. Shame, as I imagine it will be utterly marvellous.

    Hopefully this will be the first of many such events? And, dare I say suggest maybe doing the next one at a weekend? :)

    And yes – make sure someone has a video camera.

  21. MacBeth says:

    Will be there – hopefully this time the SHOCKING LACK OF RPS T-SHIRTS as (not) seen at PC Gamer Showdown will mean that the Hive Mind members can be first recognized (for those who have not seen the photos) and then slavishly imitated

  22. Simon says:

    oh god, is it worth commuting from Ireland to attend this?

  23. Pishtaco says:

    I’m actually in London that week, but can’t make it, since Tuesday is Diwali.

  24. The Klugman Revolution says:

    Booked. Hurrah!

  25. Kieron Gillen says:

    Butler: It’s more that we’re fringe and our approach is fringe rather than the subject.


  26. Dolphan says:

    Booked. I’ve lived within an hours cheap train journey of London during term for two years and gone there precisely twice (for a protest and for live). Passing this up when I’m only here for another 9 months would be silly.

  27. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    Booked and ready. And hurrah for being able to go to Eurogamer earlier too.

  28. Pod says:

    Is RPS reaaaaaaally the biggest PC gaming blog?

  29. Kieron Gillen says:

    Someone told us we’re probably the biggest blog full stop in the UK recently. We’re not sure if we believe him. But it’s a fun thing to think for a second.

    And biggest PC blog? Well, there may be individual games that are bigger, but can’t think of a PC only blog which is bigger…


  30. arbitrary says:

    Heh, I actually leave London that morning.

  31. Alex May says:

    DRINKOSIUM, more like. Booked!

  32. lungfish says:

    Could come, if anyone cares to donate a sofa?

  33. Butler` says:

    KG i was more referring to an ad on the LGF site that says something like “It’s not all consoles, vist the Games Fringe”.

    Unless I’m missing something :p

  34. Larington says:

    This is really tempting, I’ve worked out that I can take a 4:55PM train from Cardiff, get there in 2 hours and take an 11:30 train back (which oddly takes 3 hours) though I would have to sleep at the parents house to do it… Hmmmm. Verrrry tempting.

  35. Aubrey says:

    Yay! I get to heckle my lead!

  36. StalinsGhost says:

    Similar to me Larington – my train in is half an hour… but the trains after 11 are an hour…

  37. Nny says:

    I’ll join you guys for a drink, sure thing! :D

  38. dartt says:

    Booked. Time to start preparing questions…

  39. Meat Circus says:

    I have gone and booked my face off.

    I’ll do the EG expo and then be straight there.

  40. Jay says:

    Christ, even thought I’m in the middle of nowhere, I can go to my lectures, hop on the train, stay the full event, get back on the train and be back in time for lectures.

    I may be coming

  41. Chris Evans says:

    Hmm 10.45 train back to Cardiff or 11.30…gargh I don’t know =[

    I’m sure that if I pretend to sleep then the ticket man won’t care if my ticket is for the wrong train :P

  42. McF says:

    link to
    is surely bigger, although RPS might get more readers than
    link to

    (“blog” is just a format, after all)

  43. Kieron Gillen says:

    McF: Well done, but no.

    I don’t really read too much into it. I just think it’s a funny idea that someone mentioned to us.


  44. Frosty840 says:

    Well, shit. I’m down to London on the Wednesday, but I can’t make the Tuesday.
    Dagnabbit :/

  45. Draycen says:


    Just need to catch a cold and take the day of sick now.

    *cough* <—- hurrah!

  46. mandrill says:

    Is one of you not doing EVE’s fanfest this year? This”l be a good warm up for it ;) Not that I’ll be able to make Your London gig, did you think of streaming it?

  47. Jim Rossignol says:

    I can’t make the fanfest this year, but what we’re doing instead should make up for it.

  48. firefeenix says:

    God damn this sounds like marvelous game related socialising. And now i even live in wonderful Bristol, only a number of hours away from terrific Londinium Town instead if the deepest darkest jungles of Cornwall where traveling such distance takes many months by donkey and a goat herder called Jim. Why does it have to be in the middle of the week???
    Anyone want to put me up Tuesday night so i can catch the first train back to Bristol Wednesday morning?

  49. Bhazor says:

    I’m very tempted except it would mean braving Kings Cross after midnight as well as Brighton station.

    But if you can get Peter Molyneux in that drinking game I’m in. His galloping crazies would be enough to guarantee a good night.

  50. qrter says:

    Great idea about the drinking game. That just makes it sufficiently stupid to become a lot of fun.

    Alas, I do not preside in the UK – so do please make a recording of the event, be it visual, aural or both. :)