Student wizards and goblins prepare for battle

WIZARDS and goblins from other realms will battle it out in Cork this weekend in what organisers claim is Europe’s largest student-run gaming conventions.

Some 700 people are expected to attend Warpcon — University College Cork’s (UCC) annual war-gaming and role-playing convention — which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Organised by UCC’s Wargaming and Roleplaying Society (WARPS), they say it is largest student-run convention is Europe.

The first convention attracted just 40 people to a one-room venue.

But last year’s event attracted some 650 people and raised €10,000 for the Cork Children’s Hospital Charity.

The same charity, which takes seriously ill children on trips to Disneyland every year, is set to benefit again this year from Warpcon’s auction on Saturday, to which attendees donate rare and collectible items.

Different games will be available over the weekend, including role-playing games, live action role-playing games, war games and card games.

Popular games such as Magic: The Gathering, Yi-Gi-Oh, World of Warcraft CCG, Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Fantasy will be played.

Several smaller games written by other convention attendees will also be played.

Most events will be held in the student centre, Áras na Mac Léinn, but there will also be several events taking place in the Kampus Kitchen, the Mini Rest and the O’Rahilly building.

WARPS is one of the largest and most active societies in the university and has been awarded UCC Society of the Year three times over the last two decades.

Warpcon itself has won the UCC Societies Guild best society event three times, and recently it became the only games convention to win the coveted Best Society Event, awarded by the Board of Irish College Societies.

Warpcon has attracted several high-profile guests from the world of gaming over the years, including John Kovalic and Steve Jackson from Steve Jackson games and Jervis Johnson from Games Workshop.

Last year, Warpcon invited David Nykl, an actor from the TV series Stargate Atlantis to the convention.

This year’s special guests include Alessio Cavatore; Eva Widermann, an internationally renowned gaming artist who now lives in Cork; Diane Duane and Peter Morwood.

The doors to Warpcon XX open at 5pm on Friday and it runs until Sunday.

* www.warpcon.com


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