Event: A Wake For LucasArts – The After Shots

On Saturday the 13th of April, Big Red Barrel were invited back to help host another evening at Loading Bar in Soho London. To quote the Order of Service from the night;

Welcome to an evening to celebrate the life of LucasArts and the legacy of games they leave behind. Although we are saddened by the loss, we are united by our passion for the hours of joy that they bought into our lives.

Tonight we remember the good times and commemorate the loss of LucasArts in the manner expected of the adults they helped mould us into – by playing videogames and drinking cocktails with silly names. It is what they would have wanted.

Please join us in lifting a glass and toasting, not to a death, but a life well developed.”

Loading-Window

The Loading Bar window. But don’t hang around outside. Come in, we have cocktails and cake!

Cake-and-Condolences

See. The cake wasn’t a lie. Also, note on the right hand side of the picture, we had a book of condolence for attendees to record their favourite memories of LucasArts. The best entries made on the night were read aloud and awarded prizes.

Happy-Bar

It wasn’t a sombre occasion though.

SNES-and-cocktails

It was a time to get together and enjoy the history of LucasArts games. With Zombies Ate My Neighbors being enjoyed on the SNES in this picture.

Laughing-Bar

With a chance to raise a toast and have some fun at the bar. Cocktails concocted especially for evening included my favourite, the Monkey Island Iced Tea or the or the more generally popular, Gin Fandango.

Let-the-Wookie-win

However, if you are going to play games in a hive of scum and villainy, then always remember to let the Wookie win.

Hunting-for-Skywalker

Other prizes were given out throughout the night with copies of The Cave available and Keyrings made especially for the evening. A copy of Star Wars – The Card Game, was also given out later in the evening.

Use-the-Force

Everyone was divided into two teams – Lightside and Darkside – the two teams then faced off to draw Star Wars Top Trumps. Whoever drew the card with the highest Force power advanced to the next round with prizes going to the those that stayed the course. Keyrings were awarded for anyone who drew Luke Skywalker.

Winner-with-Prize

The overall winner walked away with a copy of The Cave and a Day of the Tentacle T-shirt.

Kyozo-Kicks

T-shirts kindly supplied by Nick from KyozoKicks.com

Star-Wars-1313-Memorial

It wasn’t all fun and games though. Attendees could take the chance to make the pilgrimage downstairs to visit the Star Wars 1313 memorial. Gone, but not forgotten.

Short-for-a-Storm-Trooper

These two look a little short for Stormtroopers.

Readings

Near the end of the evening we read out the best entries made in the Condolence book. The best entry won a Day of the Tentacle T-shirt and a jigsaw and action figure from The Cave autographed by Ron Gilbert. Five of the other best entries won some of the LucasArts themed artwork that was displayed on the walls for the evening, a copy of The Cave and keyrings.

Cake-Cutting

We then cut (and quickly ate) the cake. Thanks to everyone that came along and helped make it a great evening and a fitting send off for a studio that had, at least in the past, made some truly great games.

Thanks

A Big Red Barrel thanks to Gaming Bunker for the loan of a truly awesome PC for the evening.

Gaming-Bunker_Horizontal

A Big thanks to SEGA for supplying copies of The Cave to give away on the evening. (With one more to go! See below.)

A Big thanks to Esdevium Games for supplying a copy of Star Wars: The Card Game to give away on the evening.

A Big thanks to Nick from Kyozokicks.com, who without us even asking, kindly turned up with some awesome Day of the Tentacle T-shirts for us to give away.

A Big thanks to Ace Ashun for the photographs of the event.

And finally thanks to Jimmy from Loading and Jon from MADD for inviting us back to host another event, also a Big thanks to all the people from, and friends of, BRB that helped us to make it such an enjoyable night.

Contest

To WIN a copy of The Cave on Steam, just add your favourite memory of a LucasArts game to this thread. The best entry (either the funniest or most touching) will be awarded the prize.

Rules

Entries must be made prior to 12 midnight (GMT) Saturday 27th April. Multiple entries are permitted by no more than one entry in every 24 hour period will be valid. All other Standard BRB terms and conditions for contests apply and can be viewed here.

 

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Comments

  1. Diarmuid

    /places hand on heart

    I WILL be coming to the next event! Guaranteed! Looks like it was a blast.

  2. Dangerous Brian

    I second that.

  3. BilboTeabaggins

    Some people will say I’m not a true player of Lucas Arts but I remember them mainly as the Star Wars publishing house. I was torn between two moments, leaving Sev behind in Republic Commando but in the end I went for a game earlier in my gamer career. So my main moment comes from the titan that is KotOR.

    The twist in KotOR is my greatest memory from any game that bore the Lucas Arts logo.

    I was late to the KotOR party. I was a mere 12 years old when I first experienced that game. It was the first RPG I ever played. And the game as a whole shaped the style of game I enjoy. I loved everything about that game and I still enjoy playing the game to this day. But the twist in KotOR. To me, it’s just a stand out moment in gaming never mind Lucas Arts. It’s fantastic. That moment has stuck with me and I still enjoy it when ever I replay KotOR.

    So yeah, there’s my greatest Lucas Arts moment (and I’m gonna go play KotOR again).

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