World of Warcraft (WoW) University Event

I’m almost 100% sure you’ve heard about World of Warcraft, or just WoW for short, at some point, right? It’s the most popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) in the world, and it has been for the last 15 years. Today, I’d like to tell you about the event we’re organizing at Your University.

But first, let’s talk about what WoW is. Released in November of 2004, World of Warcraft was something new, something MMO fans haven’t had back then. In the days of EverQuest, RuneScape, Ultima Online, MMORPGs were supposed to be hard, unforgiving and time-consuming. Blizzard wanted to give players that same experience, but not as hard-core as people were used to. The time was right, Lord of the Rings trilogy had just been released, Harry Potter movies were popular, the fantasy genre was at its peak. The people needed something like WoW.

Blizzcon Cosplay Competition

Basically, Blizzard gave players exactly what they needed, and they were completely hooked. Peaking at 10 million players in 2009, and with over a hundred million registered accounts by 2014, World of Warcraft is (and hopefully will continue to be) the most popular MMO of all time.

There are 7 expansion packs for WoW:

  • The Burning Crusade
  • Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cataclysm
  • Mists of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
  • Legion
  • Battle For Azeroth
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Vanilla WoW

Classic World of Warcraft Announcement

But the most exciting thing to happen to WoW since (probably) Wrath of the Lich King is the Classic announcement. Revealed on Blizzcon 2017, after a long “battle” between the Vanilla and modern wow fans, Blizzard agreed to start development on the original version of the game. The fans were ecstatic. Set to release in summer of 2019, Classic World of Warcraft will go back to the game’s roots and show us what the game was all about back in 2004. We’re really looking forward to experiencing it again.

Now, about the WoW event.

There will be lots of stuff for WoW fans, and MMORPG fans in general, to see at our event. In cooperation with Your University, we have managed to secure enough PCs for everyone to try out this game. You’ll be able to run dungeons and raids with your friends, play battlegrounds and arenas, and much more. In addition, we are bringing exclusive gear from Blizzard’s official store, and we will give it away to you! For instance, we have a few in-game mount and pet codes, WoW mouse pads, shirts, and backpacks.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Yet Another Tabletop University Event

Recently, the University Gaming Network Society organized a board game event at few universities across the US. Since it was a huge success, we are looking to bring it back, but this time, we will be focusing on RPG tabletop games like Dungeons & Dragons, Shadowrun, Blades in the Dark and many more!

Let’s explain tabletop RPGs first.

What you need to know about these types of games is that they can last for hours and hours. Also known as pen-and-paper role-playing games, participants describe their characters through speech. There are a certain set of rules that must be followed, but players have the freedom to improvise, meaning that their choices shape the outcome of the game. But before you start the game, each of the players assigns themselves a role they would like to play. Characteristics and statistics are recorded on a form called “Character Sheet“. Most of the time, character’s stats are based on the class you pick, but you have the freedom to change it up a bit. That is the basic tabletop RPG model.

tabletop games

One of the first role-playing games was M. A. R. Barker‘s Empire of the Petal Throne, released in 1974. But the most popular tabletop RPG is, and you’ve guessed it, Dungeons & Dragons, released also in 1974. In its first year, roughly 1000 copies were sold, followed by 3000 in 1975. In 2005, products branded Dungeons & Dragons made up over 50% of the RPG tabletop products. And even today, in 2019, you can still hear about the game here and there, showing just how tabletop RPGs withstood the test of time.

Our tabletop event, what is it about?

Well, we are bringing everything to you. We have hundreds of games to show off and play with you. There will also be some cool stuff for you to buy and bring home. We’ve managed to even dig up an exclusive Dungeons & Dragons original 1974 game. One proud gamer will be able to take it home after the event ends.

You can sign up for the event at event@sotongamesoc.com. There are no requirements this time, just invite your friends to come along and let’s enjoy this unique experience. We’re looking forward to seeing you there soon!

RPG University Gaming Event

I would bet that every single gamer reading this right now has at least at some point in their life tried some type of RPG (Role-Playing Game), am I right? Think games like Elder Scrolls, The Witcher, Final Fantasy, and many more. Today, the University Gaming Network Society (that’s us!) is looking to bring an RPG gaming event to Your University!

First of all, if you’re new to Role-Playing Games, let’s talk about what an RPG is. The definition of RPG is a game in which you assume the role of a fictional character in a, most of the time, fantasy or sci-fi setting. In RPGs, you navigate this fictional world, working through the narrative and completing quests and side quests. These types of games are fun because your actions usually have consequences and you must think about your next step very carefully.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

What people like about modern Role-Playing Games is that their narrative is so rich with incredible characters, voice acting and all different types of situations you can find yourself in. Personally, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is the best RPG I have ever played, no doubt at all. The game is just, simply put, a masterpiece. The story, the side quests, combat, etc, is right on point. Especially the world. But I would assume that’s due to the game being based on a book series by a Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

At the end of the day, all gamers enjoy a well put-together RPG. So that is why we want everyone to experience these amazing games.

The RPG Event itself, let’s talk about it.

If you’re a big fan of RPGs like myself, you will definitely enjoy what we have in store for you. You will be able to try out both new and old classic RPG games with your friends, play co-op campaigns and meet other gamers. We will also have some cool gaming peripherals for you to buy and souvenirs to bring home!

Unlike the events and tournaments we organized in the past, this will be a 2-day event. So even if you can’t be there on day one, we are making sure you don’t miss a thing!

So if you are an RPG enthusiast, don’t be hesitant to come and hang out with us. We are looking forward to seeing you there!