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.