So many special events

special events collage

Gaelcon has been running for over 20 years and so many of you may be familiar with the events. There are riveting RPGs, wonderful Wargames, lovely LARPs, brilliant boardgames, crafty CCGs and terrific tournaments.

We want you to enjoy all your old favourites and the games you like to play. Though this Gaelcon we have a lot of scintillating, sparkling and even spooky special events. Friday night is packed with our Halloween party full of games, decorations, karaoke and costume competition.

Saturday will feature a Gaelcon classic, the pub quiz. It’s also the start of our long con game the Dracula Dossier. There are still a few tickets available for those who want to try to fit a whole campaign into one week.

Sunday is when we ask for you to reach into your wallets and “think of the children” at our charity auction. Then for the night owls Alt events are bringing us an interactive cinema club. This is an interactive gaming experience where the entire audience directs the action. Somewhere in all that activity you can also try to make a great escape with Unlocking Your Potential with Lauch & Ki Marketing, our escape room challenge, running throughout the weekend.

If you still have some energy left on Monday try squeezing in a demo from Catalyst games test your best “make it so” impression with Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator both of which will be running at various times all weekend. Finish it all up with the closing ceremony, where the Fergal wranglers have guaranteed the ceremony will be comprehensive and quick.

Gaelcon has something for everyone even those uninterested or inexperienced in traditional gaming. This year try something old, try something new, borrow some games and you won’t be blue.



Why costume?

Committee costumes

So what is the definition of costume? According to Wikipedia it is defined as follows.

Costume is the distinctive style of dress of an individual or group that reflects their class, gender, profession, ethnicity, nationality, activity or epoch.

The term also was traditionally used to describe typical appropriate clothing for certain activities, such as riding costume, swimming costume, dance costume, and evening costume. Appropriate and acceptable costume is subject to changes in fashion and local cultural norms.[1]

As a member of the gaming community I can clearly see how costume makes an impact on adding texture and richness to the games we play, from descriptions used in RPG’s to visual representation of your character in a LARP. How many of us have been told for example by the GM detailed descriptions of a non player character so we get an understanding of who they might be and what purpose they fulfil?

“ He was a tall gentleman, richly dressed in midnight blue velvet. A nobleman’s garb indeed, embroidered with golden threads. The colour  provided a beautiful contrast to his well groomed blonde hair and piercing blue eyes. He also had an exquisitely made rapier hanging from a finely made leather belt at his side. Your eyes fall upon the crest emblazoned on his doublet. If his physical description alone wasn’t enough, the crest confirmed it. You know who it is that stands before you and what his mere presence here means for you and your party.”

As a LARPer and someone who has always had a keen interest in costume, I embrace the opportunity to use costume as a visual expression of the characters I currently and previously played. From my half-Orc who mainly wore mud brown clothes and faux fur and generally looked like she had been dragged backwards through a hedge each morning, to a political larp where I played a well-to-do lady in a black satin dress and heels. Or even the U.N. delegate who looked like a businesswoman on a mission.

Costume is not just the clothes you put together, it’s an ensemble of items to create an overall visual effect. Everything from face paint, make up, accessories, wigs and props can be added to your clothing for richness and texture to the character you are trying to portray. And it’s really fun! Gamers are awesome for complimenting each other when they appreciate the work you have put into your character. Your efforts often help others to get more into the headspace of a game and make it more immersive.

Some people find patterns scary and daunting to work with (myself included!), but there is a great sense of achievement and pride in making your own character kit.

That’s why so many choose to make their own costumes. It doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg and no great skills are necessary – it’s all about creativity, ideas and fun! I recently made a norse style apron dress from a tablecloth which I had picked up in a charity shop for three quid – talk about a bargain!

When comes to looking for inspiration, I really like this pinterest page. It is a visual feast of medieval style clothing.

Gaelcon 2016 will kick off with a Halloween Party including a Costume and Cosplay competition. If you have a costume or cosplay in your closet or want to pull something together in the next few weeks – Go ahead! Give it a go! There are prizes to be won and fun to be had. Whether you want to get your glam on or rock some creepy rags or gorey garb, do it!  Break out and have some fun!  I will be there in costume and up to no good, you can be sure of that! And as you can see from our pictures the rest of the committee will be joining in too.

For more information check out our website.

Irish Gaming Scavenger Hunt

It’s now two months before Gaelcon so we are launching our Irish Gaming Scavenger Hunt. We’re starting off easy with 12 Achievements that you will be able to unlock over the next few weeks. (Why 12 you ask? Well that’s what came up on the dice roll)

Some can be achieved straight away whereas some will have to wait. You’ll have to keep an eye on our social media for updates that may help you complete them. Please send all answers or queries to & make sure you use the #GaelconUnlocked & #GaelconScavenger hashtags when posting on your social media to be counted.

So we have three main types. Email is pretty obvious, you email Post Pics, put pics up on social media and use the hashtags so we can find them, and Status where you post a status or tweet or whatever and use the hashtags.

No   Name   Description
1   Colour Spray Be part of a group of people wearing a  Rainbow of Colour (Post Pics)
2   Gaelcon is the Key  Solve the cypher on the Gaelcon Flyer (Email)
3   Solo Game  Play a game of at least three people where everyone is  wearing a mask of the same face. (Post Pics)
4   Punned it Pundit!  Post a terrible/amazing gaming pun! (Status)
5   Your turn! Ugh  Stage playing a game with an inaminate object (Post Pics)
6   Hideous Hijinks  Solve 5 Ugly Puzzles (E-mail)
7   Get Hype  Post a favourite Gaelcon Memory, or thing you are Totes excited about at Gaelcon (Status)
8   Outta the House!  Playing a game outside – Bonus points for over the top poses (Post Pics)
9   Hidden Agenda  Preorder your Gaelcon ticket online (or already have entry from volunteering or similar) (Website)
10   Gaming is?  Post a picture on social media holding a sign about you and gaming (Status)
11   Argh!  You and at least two of your friends in a staged fight sequence (Post Pics)
12   Storytime   Post a story about a game that you love or loved (Status)