May 5, 2006
Black Bean Games European Launch of Dangerous
To Portsmouth and Back - Notes of
a Traveler in Dangerous Waters
Guest Interviewer Thorsten
Bean Games held the launch of the much anticipated European
version of Sonalysts Combat Simulations Dangerous Waters at none other than the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in
Gosport / Portsmouth, England. Present were representatives
of the Spanish and Italian Press, Stewart Braybrook from Strategy
First, the Webmaster (Olivier Marchetta) of a French naval
simulation web site, Jamie Carlson, Producer of Dangerous
Waters and of course, yours truly for SimHQ.
passing the gates of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (RNSM)
I first had to cross the distance between Hamburg, Germany
and Portsmouth, Great Britain. Thank God for air travel.
only two days would pass before I would be back home, I decided
to travel light, which meant less trouble on the way to and
back from the airport, both in Great Britain and Germany.
Unlike other attendants of the event (most notably Jamie).
With only 1 hour time difference, jet lag wasn't a problem
for me. That proved to be fortunate because my travel adventures
didn't end at the Airport.
the guys from Black Bean Games (most notably Livio and David)
have been very helpful and accommodating in terms of travel
and housing, last minute issues unfortunately prevented them
from taking care of all the details of my travel arrangements.
Which in the end meant, that after I arrived in Gatwick (where
I have never been before) I had the task to first find the
right ticket booth and the right tickets and then actually
catch the right train... on time. Lucky me, everything worked
out and I ended up in the right train (and even the
right part of it apparently they split up the train
and leave behind a part on certain lines) which in the end
brought me to Portsmouth!
in Portsmouth, all that was left was to find the hotel, which
according to my directions should be close to the train station
or in other words: "Go out, turn left, walk 800m and
then you will see it." Sure Sherlock... it was a touch
more difficult than that, but being trained in Navigation
in charted and uncharted waters I finally found the right
hotel and they even had a room reserved for me. After I had
settled into the room I started thinking about how the heck
do I find something to eat now (it was around 9 PM)? Barely
had I given the idea any thought when Livio buzzed me on the
phone and invited me to a local restaurant where all the attendees
of the event would be having a late dinner together.
way down to the foyer and the cab, I stumbled into a French
fellow who turned out to be the Webmaster of the Mille-Sabord
web site (Olivier) who was also making his way over to the
restaurant. Now joined by a fellow player, we moved out to
gather a cab and on towards the unknown, or should I say Gunwharf
Quays. After not that much searching, we found the restaurant
and were introduced to the majority of other people who would
attend the presentation the next day. Among them CDR Jeff
Tall and Jamie Carlson.
had a wonderful atmosphere and the food was great, really
tasty and spicy! Never having been on a product launch, Black
Bean Games again had exceeded my expectations and this trend
continued for the entire launch.
the dinner it was back to the hotel and into the waiting arms
of some much needed sleep.
day most of the cast for this days festivities joined up after
breakfast and caught a cab to the ferry which would take us
to Gosport. The ferry ride would be less than ten minutes
as opposed to driving around the harbour, which would be 45
minutes plus (depending on traffic).
Close to the Ferry (on the
Portsmouth side) - Jamie Carlson and Stewart Braybrook.
Warrior seen from the ferry.
After getting off the
ferry, we walked to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum (RNSM)
which was only about 500m as the bird flies, but turned out
to be 10 minutes as the traveler walks. This little stroll
around the harbour allowed me to chat some with Jamie and
the other guys. While we were walking along merrily, Olivier
suddenly asked if anybody would know how to repair a digital
camera a task nobody was suited for, so his DigiCam
found a resting place in one of the garbage bins along the
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