If you wish to attend the meet, could you please register using the link available from Future Events section of the SimSig web-site. It is important that people register even though there is no charge for the event so that we can advise the venue of the likely numbers attending. This will enable them to plan their catering accordingly.
Derby is served from various parts of the country by CrossCountry trains . A direct service is available from London on the Midland Main Line, provided by East Midlands Trains . Lots of local services mean access from other cities is easy. The pub is a 15 to 20 minute walk from the railway station; suggested routes are shown in the Google Earth clip below. For those who do not wish to walk that distance, board a bus at Stop S1 opposite the station entrance to the City Bus Station at Morledge. The venue is then a 5-minute walk over the Derwent Bridge.
The Tap is a 5-minute walk from the main Bus Station in Derby which is served by local services from all parts of the City. The Bus Station can be seen just above and to the right of "The Derby Ram Statue" text in the Google Earth clip below.
Coaches operated by National Express coaches use the new Riverlights bus station, so proceed as for local buses above. The local buses to the meet go from the same building.
There is on street parking around the pub but it is limited to 4hours maximum. There are long stay car parks around Derby if required.
The Tap at the top left and the Railway Station at the bottom right. Walking routes are marked with Google's preferred route shown with blue dots.
Food is not being provided at this meet, but The Tap has a bar menu which can be viewed on its website .
Prices subject to change (although normally rather less expensive than many parts of the country). The pub has its own microbrewery on site and also serves a good range of other cask beers as well as the usual lagers, ciders and "smooth" beers. Drinks will be served from the main bar downstairs.
A Wifi network without internet access will be set up so that the multiplay of the sims being used can take place. The venue has free WiFi available for those requiring internet access.
We will have use of the two upstairs rooms (the Arc Room and the Royal Room) which are across the passage from each other. The pictures below show the Arc Room, the Royal Room and the main downstairs bar.
Those with laptops for use by the SimSig public, please arrive by 11:30 to set up. If you are fetching your laptop you are advised to set up a separate User Account for the meet so that your personal information and data cannot be accessed. There will be someone at the meet who will be able to grant temporary licences if anyone's machine does not have a licence for a sim that is to be used for multiplay and chaining.
Those without laptops, please wait until noon when (hopefully) everything will be ready.
There is no entrance fee for this meet. However, If you are going to attend, could you please register using the link available from Future Events section of the SimSig web-site. so that we can advise The Tap of the likely demand for bar food.
Shared access to multiplayer simulations.
The Alexandra which is a pub you pass between the Railway Station and the venue is currently offering rooms at "from £30 pppn". TripAdvisor Reviews (although they tend to concentrate on the pub side of things rather than the accommodation).
Please offer other recommendations if you know of further suitable accommodation.
Please offer recommendations. Previous years have included a meal at a Mexican restaurant followed by drinks at one or more local pubs.
The Everest usually benefits from several hungry SimSiggers seeking a post-meeting curry.
There is no visit arranged to date.
Despite the travel difficulties caused by the extreme weather on the Friday before the meet and the usual over-playing of the problems by the media, 16 people managed to find their way to The Tap (including travellers from London who reported on-time journeys on half-empty trains). You can see most of those who managed to make the trip below.
The kit for the meet was set up in the Arc Room and those attending were given the choice of taking part in a multiplay of the Hong Kong sim previously released by Clive or trying out a beta version of the new Three Bridges sim. All involved seemed to be suitably impressed with both sims. There was a good session of nearly five hours of sim time so everything got a good work out. Overview of the Three Bridges sim below:
The venue worked well for us and the kitchen dealt with all of the requests put forward by a hungry set of SimSiggers. After the meet, several of the group went off for a curry. More details will be provided by one of those in that party.
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