Gamewagon’s Summer of Minecraft

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Mind Craft Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops by Gamewagon

As part of Gamewagon’s Month of Minecraft this August, we’ll be hosting extra-special workshops for gamers aged 7-11. We call it MindCraft.

Creativity, Crafting and Co-operation

Every MindCraft session is led and supervised by the same Game Experience Managers that run our parties to the highest standard.

Each session is crammed with fun, stimulating activities both in-game and out, we’ll be getting Minecrafters thinking, creating and imagining, whilst playing the most popular game on the planet!

Activities and Timing

The programme of activities will encourage teamwork, creativity, ingenuity and cooperation in a format that is familiar to players of Minecraft in all its forms (PlayStation, XBOX, PC, mobile, iPad).

Each event takes place over two hours with a mix of team work, creativity and challenges. All our Mind Crafters can look forward to building challenges, free play sections, competitions and Minecraft goodies to make and take home.

How much does it cost?

The two hour session costs £20 per head in our Gamewagon with our talented Game Experience Manager to run the whole event so you can relax and enjoy the weather.

Where are the workshops taking place?

We come to you in our custom built (weatherpoof!) Gamewagons that allow up to 12 players to all play together. All we need is somewhere to park and a power socket to plug into.

How to Book

Simply fill in our booking form and we will contact you to sort out all the details. Then simply gather some friends (8-12) and then you pay on the day.

Book Now

If you’d like to find out more, give Julie or Niki a call on 0845 319 4263.

Mind Craft Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops by Gamewagon

Summer Holiday Minecraft Workshops

As part of Gamewagon’s Month of Minecraft this August, we’ll be hosting some extra-special workshops for gamers aged 7-11. We call it Mind Craft.

Creativity, Crafting and Co-operation

Every Mind Craft session is led and supervised by the same Game Experience Managers that run our parties to the highest standard.

Each session is crammed with fun, stimulating activities both in-game and out, we’ll be getting Minecrafters thinking, creating and imagining, whilst playing the most popular game on the planet!

Activities and Timing

The programme of activities will encourage teamwork, creativity, ingenuity and cooperation in a format that is familiar to players of Minecraft in all its forms (PlayStation, XBOX, PC, mobile, iPad).

Each event takes place over five hours (with one hour for lunch and free play). All our Mind Crafters can look forward to building challenges, paper-craft model making, free play sections, competitions and Minecraft goodies to make and take home.

Where are the workshops taking place?

We are working with our favourite Family Friendly Cafe – That Place on the Corner, 1-3 Green Lanes, London, N16 9BS. Gamewagon has exclusive use of the Cafe for these workshops held on the weekends throughout August.

How to Book

Tickets can be purchased from our page on Eventbrite https://mindcraft.eventbrite.co.uk

If you’d like to find out more, give Jack a call on 0845 319 4263 or e-mail on jack.manuel@gamewagon.co.uk.

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server launched at the start of the summer holidays. It allows your children are able to play on their favourite game in a safe and secure multiplayer World. We run weekly sessions with our Game Experience Managers taking the lead in a time focused way setting challenges, helping educate and running competitions.

Family Friendly Minecraft Server

Gamewagon’s Family Friendly Minecraft Server

At Gamewagon we truly believe that gaming is better together. We have proven this with our video game parties that bring everyone together for sociable, fun and interactive experiences that are really difficult to replicate at home.

Minecraft is a phenomenon that you will have done well to avoid. It is like a massive Lego set with interactivity, physics, engineering, exploration, communication, creativity and good old fun to boot.

 

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Many kids will have played on iPads, iPhones and some others on Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles (it has also just been launched  on the Next Gen consoles – PS4 and XboxOne). The Apple iOS versions are quick fixes and focus on individual game play. On the Xbox and PS3 friends can be invited to play together, if they are in your friends list.

However, on the MAC and PC versions Minecraft opens up huge worlds with hundreds even thousands of people playing in massive worlds. Some of these worlds are open worlds where anyone can join. Others servers have a level of protection and features that make them family friendly, allegedly!

As a parent this opens up a number of concerns; Is there bad language? Is the behaviour appropriate? Are these people who they say they are? How safe are my children online? Can I trust the companies hosting these worlds?

We are often asked for our opinion and for that reason we have decided to create our very own Family Friendly Minecraft Server managed and moderated by our Game Experience Managers.

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There are other family-friendly servers. Gamewagon has a high touch validation process to focus on safety of all our players in our community.

REGISTRATION PROCESS: Every customer wishing to use the Gamewagon Minecraft server must submit a request to join, as well as agreeing to follow the world’s rules. Every request is checked by a real person, Mojang account names validated and credit card details confirmed against registration details before being added to our list of validated users (known as a Whitelist).

CHAT MONITORING: One of the most popular reasons joining Gamewagon’s family friendly Minecraft world is to protect your kids from bad language, usually found on open servers. We maintain a strict chat censor that monitors every word, and turns an offending user offline. Our Game Experience Managers are trained on how to promote positive online behaviour and act as guides in Gamewagon’s online Minecraft world.

HIGH TOUCH PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: In any cases of misbehaviour or not understanding the World’s rules, our GEMs work directly with you (Parent or Carer) in the communication process. This ensures that any undesirable actions are not continued and it is clear what they may have done wrong, why it’s an issue, and how they can continue to play in our world. Persistent offenders will be taken offline and will understand why.

APPROPRIATE TIME LIMITS: Balance in video gaming is important, too much time spent on any one thing can become a problem. We realise this and have implemented appropriate timings to help you manage your child’s access. The Gamewagon servers will be active during specific events that we advertise on a regular basis.

Anyone that has had a Gamewagon Party can request free access after their party. Their friends can join for a small  fee of £1 per annum and then they can attend our published events. We feel this is the best way to deliver a focused and fun event with the correct level of moderation and support.

Peace of Mind: As a parent or carer you can be reassured that your kids are playing in a secure, safe and protected environment, moderated by the same Game Experience managers that run our fantastic birthday parties.

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We look forward to seeing you and your family online. Gaming is fun but Gamewagon makes gaming better by bring people together.

Minecraft XBOX 360

Minecraft XBOX 360 ReviewAs a parent of two I have been amazed how the Minecraft craze has slowly crept into our lives. I’ve also been stunned by the creativity and depth that a very basic scenario created. Here is a world, you have nothing, craft, mine, build, survive! That simple premise has been a catalyst for so many to be so creative. The advent of the iOS versions helped smooth out many a long family car journey.

The advent of the XBOX version gives game pad controls the Minecraft test. Can they be as flexible, fast and precise as on previous PC and iOS versions? The answer has been a resounding yes! The pad controls are intuitive and quick. For experienced crafters they are off like lightning. For newbies like myself I quickly got involved and actually felt as though I was helping and not hindering!

You will have been aware that the Minecraft phenomenon was already out there. The difference with this version is that you no longer have an excuse for not joining your kids and playing with them, you’ll be amazed at what they can teach you!

Presentation – Visuals, Sound and Theme

There is an innate charm to the Lego approach of building your own world on your terms. The graphics that represent this are, well, blocky. Endearingly the clever use of atmospheric music and passage of time effects (day turns to night beautifully) allows you to quickly overlook the sharp edges of the world you are now a part of.Minecraft is a blocky but endearing world

Minecraft’s power is in the way it guides you towards the creation of stuff. The interface is quickly learnt and encourages exploration, discovery and experimentation. The underlying theme is of survival providing the basis for your motivation and rewards. Decision-making under time constraints and problem solving capture interest and sustain it through the first few survival days.

It is the multiplayer aspect that then helps sustain the experience.

Multiplayer in the Gamewagon:

Here is where the real magic happens. We are always looking for games that can recreate the MarioKart shuffle, where the living room couch suddenly becomes a social family event where fun and conversation burst forth when focused on a fun and engaging focus.

Sharing your Minecraft experiences with friends and family is now very easy. No more getting PCs together, getting online and making sure you have the right versions! With split-screen local multiplayer it is now a frenetic and enthralling experience in the safety of your own home (or in the Gamewagon).

Players can co-operate or compete, they can build or destroy, all in a hilarious concoction of exploration and discovery. This version will see the Minecraft phenomenon spread even further, look out!

Tips & Tricks:

Despite the great multiplayer ability of the XBOX 360 version one of the tips that we found uses that same functionality but when playing on your own! Use a second controller (split screen) when you are building and use that player to view your main player crafting and building. The second perspective gives you a never seen angle on your constructions and really helps refine your masterpieces. Give it a go.

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