04 Sep

Convention RPGs and LARPs for first-time gamers

If you’ve never played an RPG or LARP at a convention before the idea can be a bit daunting. Sitting down for three hours to play a game you might not be familiar with alongside four or five complete strangers can be intimidating the first couple of times. So, with that said; here’s some tips for first time role-players looking to give RPGs or LARPs a try this Gaelcon.

One of the main differences between LARPs and RPGs at conventions is their structure. Where a lot of regular games might be long-term campaigns played over a number of sessions LARPs and RPGs at conventions tend to be standalone three hour affairs. That being said however, some game writers like to write convention games that follow on from one another, either at another convention or at a different slot at the same convention.

Deciding what game you’d like to play is the first, and in some cases, the most difficult step. There’ll usually be a variety of different kinds of games on each slot; from suspense laden horror in the 1920’s to exciting interplanetary adventures of the distant future. Some games are even inspired by popular films or TV shows such as Game of Thrones, BattleStar Galactica or Star Wars. The important thing to find something that stands out to you as something that you think you’ll really enjoy.

Either way you’re sure to find a game that will appeal to your tastes. It can also be a good idea to listen out for any gamers being particularly excited about a specific game or ask around and see what people recommend.

RPGs sound slightly intimidating but the important thing is to relax. If you are not familiar with the RPG rules or the setting of the game then you can ask the GM to give you a quick rundown of the rules (most GMs will do this at the start anyway). It can also be all too easy to get overwhelmed and accidentally let the more experienced gamers run the show, and if that’s what you feel comfortable doing that’s cool, but it’s a good idea to try and participate, you might find out you’ve got a talent for it.

LARPs can be even more daunting; they generally have a larger number of players and can often be more free-form as the players move about the room and interact with one another and the GM(s). LARPs can be a lot more role-playing focused than RPGs with less ‘out-of-character’ conversation. It’s a good idea to ask the GM(s), or even a more experienced gamer, about the etiquette, but don’t worry if you don’t get it right away; most GMs and players are very patient and helpful to new players.

On the flip side of this there tends to be fewer rules to worry about so you can focus more easily on playing out the scenario and role-playing your characters. As always, if you’re having trouble following everything you can always ask your GM(s) for advice.

Lastly, the most important thing is just to have fun, after a while you’ll get into the swing of things and before you know it you’ll be a seasoned role player queuing up for game tickets every slot.

Happy gaming!

27 Aug

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 achievements@gaelcon.com & 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 achievements@gaelcon.com 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)



01 Jul

Get Hype

We have a lot of cool stuff planned, both in the run up to the convention, and at the convention itself.

We will be having riddles and challenges to help promote the con and chase away that summer boredom.

We will also have a whole host of games at the con.

More info to follow in the coming weeks, but get excited!