Milton Keynes 2016

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Last year’s inaugural CoMK was the most well-attended Countdown event in history, with over 50 fans squeezing in to battle it out on a boiling hot August day. Can the event set a new record this year? Come along and be part of it!

Date: Saturday 20th August 2016
Venue: The New Queen Victoria pub, Wolverton, Milton Keynes, MK12 5JN
Admission: £16
Doors open: 10.15am for 11.15am start
Presented by: Genghis Khan descendant and keen cook Zarte Siempre
Games to be played: 8, plus the final
Finishes by: 7pm

From Zarte: We’re back!

Hoping that MK2 can be bigger and better than the first.

Last year Dylan came out on top after 3 conundrums. Maybe this year is your year. Or maybe you’d just like to get quite pissed whilst playing some Countdown in a pub.

The tournament will run as it did last year – the letters will be done Bristol style with picks rotating around the room. The numbers will be done in such a way that everybody can have their preferred numbers pick at one point during a game. This may be done by just improving how we did it last year, or we may have something completely different – tests are in place! 🙂

The format will also be the same. 8 qualifying 9-rounders, 3 before lunch, 3 after, and 2 after a quick break, before a final to decide who will be the 2nd name on the Concrete Cow Cup. (I know it’s a shield, and it doesn’t say that on it, but I wish I’d thought of it last year). The 3 games before lunch will be done from a seeded draw based on the results of last years .co.mk – players will be assigned to pot A-D and one from each pot will be drawn to play against one another in a 4-person round robin. This does mean that those who didn’t turn up last year will be put into pot D, sorry about that, but I don’t believe in seeding based on other events.

The venue itself is in Wolverton which is the next train station on from Milton Keynes if you’re coming from London on a London Midland service, or the one before coming from Birmingham. It’s around a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of MK and it’s also well linked from MK train station via bus. It is up some stairs, which might seem an odd choice from me, but it was preferable to having to hike the entry fee right up. If you’re driving, the best place to park in the area was I think decided to be the Tesco car park last year.

Options for food are abundant in the area, including the venue itself, who last year left menus scattered around from their cafe downstairs and were more than happy to bring food up on our lunch break. If you’d rather go somewhere else though, there are food outlets and supermarkets dotted around, including the aforementioned Tesco.

With regard to accommodation, I would advise perhaps using the Travelodge in the centre of Milton Keynes. It’s right on the doorstep of MK train station, not too expensive, and if Friday night stayers were organised, you could probably split a cab to the venue for a quid or 2 each should you not wish to take the bus. There are many other hotels available in the area though with a range of prices, and I’m sure people who stayed in those (JR, Mark M etc.) would be happy to run you through their experiences.

I’m set up to take payments myself this year using the marvellously fast paypal.me. When you wish to make a payment, go to paypal.me/ZSiempre/16 and then all you have to do is click go. No need to enter details, it’s all done for you. If the link doesn’t work, the email address to send money to is zarte.siempre@gmail.com.

One final note, I think last year was just about on the limit of what that venue can handle. So I will be formally limiting this year’s event to 52 places. Let’s try and fill them 🙂

Hope to see lots of you lovely people there!