Well BUG at last appears to be settling down and making some real
progress. Many of the members who came to the Constitution meeting at
the end of November seem to have stayed away from subsequent meetings
but they have missed some good meetings since. Agreed the constitution
evening was a bore, but it was vitally necessary for the survival and
well being of the Club.
Our 'Christmas Special' meeting on the 9th December, although perhaps
a bit early to be really festive, went very well with plenty going on.
The local retailers generously supported the evening with the donation
of prizes for the various competitions and in fact there were so many
prizes available that we found it hard to give them all away! The main
event of our meeting of 27th January was a talk by Lawrence Miller of
Games Workshop on strategy and adventure type games, an area which is
not too well represented in the present 'arcade' era. If you missed
either of these meetings you missed something good.
Mike Aston has begun a series of beginners classes for basic which
represents a good opportunity to discuss any problems you may have if
you are just starting, whilst Colin Boswell is trying to get together a
discussion group on Assembler. Other courses and classes are possible
but the success of those already arranged and future events depends on
you. You must let the committee know what you want and more importantly
be prepared to join in and support any activity.
There have been some changes recently on the Committee and the
Officers of the Club are now:
Mike Reynolds-Jones Vice-Chaiman - Keith Mason
- Mike Aston
- Steve Gould
Get to know these people and the rest of the committee and let them
know what you want the club to arrange and how you are willing to help.
Steve Gould now has a software library running where you can off-load
your unwanted software and borrow other games, books and magazines. The
scheme is growing fast so make sure you don't miss out, ask Steve for
details at the next meeting.
Lots of other ideas are in the melting pot and we are making contact
with other User Groups. Come along to future meetings to find out more,
but don't just sit there, bring along some ideas or your programs. Even
if you just grab one of the committee members and say 'Would it be
possible to ........', you will have done your bit to help BUG grow into
the best User Group in the U.K. Watch out America!
One area we should be looking into is building a library of software
written by members of the Group. If you bring along programs you have
written you can discuss these with other members and when they are ready
they can build into a 'user written' library. Once built up, the
possibilities for exchange with other groups arise, particularly with
User Groups in America where exchange of libraries is one of the best
means of contact and learning. Some of the bigger Groups in America have
libraries of over 3000 programs.