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Q-Con round-up… three days of fun, gaming and cosplay

June 25th, 2012 by Marc Comments

Greetings once again my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes from Day 3 of the QUB Q-Con, and what a day it has been.

This was the third and final day on what has been an amazing game con that participants have thoroughly enjoyed.

Once again I arrive bright and early to find that there was already a queue forming both for those already registered and for those who were arriving for the first time. By now I recognised some familiar faces and indeed after two days of hardcore gaming, the tiredness was maybe showing a little today.

But still walking around with a smile upon my face, I practically ran over to the RPG sign-up area for my morning session. Sadly, the Ghostbusters game was cancelled but I still managed to sign up to a brilliant in-depth comic book inspired game based in Gotham City.

Whilst I was totally engrossed in this ,there were so many other activities going on that it impossible to keep track of. Sunday being the final day, is when most of the competitions and prizes are awarded, and from the morning onwards there were many eager competitors all vying for that coveted “Champion” status.

As had been the previous day, there were numerous RPGs, LARPs, table top games, card games and retro gaming console games taking place not to mention an invasion of cosplayers. Oh, and speaking of invasions, The Emerald Garrison (Ireland’s premier Star Wars costume club) also made an appearance to the delight of – and maybe even bemusements of – some of the participants.

Carrying on in the similar vein from the previous day, I fluttered from one RPG to, what was certainly the highlight of my weekend, the Star Trek: Next Generation LARP Competition Game.

This LARP was for 15 players and would last a number of hours so that the players could fully immerse themselves in their respective character. I myself chose to play Lt. Worf and relished the part (especially when it came to eradicating the Tribble!). Though as good as I was, there were three players that certainly deserved to win the prizes due to their portrayals and personality traits; hearty congratulations to you all.

During my afternoon game there was also the highlight for many other attendees and that was the Cosplay Masquerade Ball. With more participants than comic books in a shop, the judges and fellow attendees were in awe at both the quality and imagination of the costumes on display.

By now, it was into the early evening and there many tired eyes who sat at the Closing Ceremony. However, tired they may have been, everyone was still enthusiastically applauding the winners and champions of the weekends competitions as they collected their prizes, with both winners and runners up (there are no real losers in gaming) remembering the events of the entire weekend.

I have enjoyed all of the activities that I have participated in and I personally wish to thank everyone, both organisers and participants on a wonderful gaming con and I literally can’t wait until next year.

Check out Owen’s FULL gallery of pics here (Pics by Owen Quinn).
Also check out our friends Wee Gamers’ pics here

Phil’s report Day 1
Phil’s report Day 2


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….