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Q-Con 2014 Belfast – possibly my first RPG convention

Q-Con is definitely on the cards for me this year. I’ve not been to a proper gaming convention (aside from Claymore, a few years back). There’s no way I could afford to to go to GenCon in the states. Here’s the blurb from the official Q-Con website.

Q-Con is the annual Gaming & Anime Convention hosted by QUB Dragonslayers, the Queen’s University Belfast Gaming and Anime Society. Q-Con XX was our most successful year to date with a footfall of 7,000 over the weekend – this year we’re upping our game yet again! – See more at: http://www.q-con.org.uk

This year, a group of us Edinburgh folk are heading over for a weekend of gaming in Belfast. Q-Con is a popular convention and it looks like there’s quite a few of us making the trip. As well as participating in some games with any luck, I’m also planning to run some as well. Probably the following:

  • I’ve become a Silvershield for Modiphius, and possibly plan to run a Mutant Chronicles game (I backed the Kickstarter), and definitely a game of Achtung Cthulhu!
  • I’ll probably take a Call of Cthulhu scenario, possibly the New Forest one that is tried and tested now – the one with the Wamphyri!
  • And I’d be remiss if I didn’t take along The Void as well. There’s a chance I’d be running another game too, but it’s early days.

Someone remarked recently that I’m something of local gaming “Celebrity”. Personally, I’m no that fond of the term. It implies some sort of claim to fame, or notoriety. I’m just someone who gets things done. Most of the local gamers (mainly those who play RPGs) know who I am. I’m active on a number of fronts for ORC Edinburgh, but I’m starting to wonder if I should be more “outreach” especially at Q-Con or similar.

There’s some benefits to this. Notably, I get better known along with ORC and the Edinburgh Gaming scene. It might also mean a bit “networking” on a professional basis. perhaps getting to know more of the publishers and designers.  I have had my work published before and wouldn’t pass up the opportunity of further freelance work. I’ve got to admit I did pretty well last time finishing ages beyond the deadline. My work did need editing, but as Ed Greenwood once said to me “Everyone gets edited”. Sage advice (HA!) from Elminster himself.

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