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Why We Can’t Wait for Skycon 2018

Skycon is a Kitchener-Waterloo based gaming convention in its second-year. With planners aiming for between 1,000 and 5,000 participants, this is going to be the convention to go to for gamers and game developers. With this important of an event....

Skycon is a Kitchener-Waterloo based gaming convention in its second-year. With planners aiming for between 1,000 and 5,000 participants, this is going to be the convention to go to for gamers and game developers. With this important of an event, we have put together a small list of 8 reasons why we can’t wait for Skycon.

1. Gaming Tournaments

Skycon is the place to be for competitive gaming. Not only are they playing a tournament style Pandemic, there is also a National Qualifier for Settlers of Catan. What that means for you is that you may be able to finally become the very best. Like no one ever was! In the very least, you can maybe pick up some tips so that your cousin Gary doesn’t keep winning ever single game of Catan.

2. Role-playing Games

At the time of writing, there is currently a whole day dedicated to Dungeons and Dragons. As some of you may know, I’m very much into that D&D scene and look forward to getting some games in. Any chance to roll some dice and get my adventure on!

3. Fantastic Guests

3 amazing guests are going to be going to Skycon currently, Victoria Rogers of The Broadswords fame, Lar De Souza of Least I Could Do illustrator fame, and Assad – the creator of Genesis: Battle of Champions. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and listen to some of the best names in the Canadian gaming industry. Not to mention that Ed Greenwood was there last year…just sayin’…

4. Marvellous Miniatures Games

Whether you’re looking for some Blood Bowl action, Malifaux, or some inspiration for your next miniature hobby, there are events both on Saturday and Sunday that will whet your appetite for miniature destruction.

5. Game Developers Connections

Locally-based Maple Games and Genesis: Battle of Champions will be represented at the convention with many opportunities to connect amongst other game developers to meet, collaborate, and playtest. Even if you don’t find any developers, there are over 200 titles in the Skycon library to play!

6. Largest Gaming-centric Convention in the Tri-Cities

Large isn’t necessarily better. When it comes to taxes, moving boxes, and the price of gas, I’d prefer things that were a bit smaller. When it comes to new faces to meet, make friends with, and game with – the more the merrier. If you’re looking for your gaming tribe, you may just make the connection you need here.

7. The Maple Protoroom

Games still in alpha or beta testing and you get some neat swag! It’s a little extra on top of Skycon admission, but just think of the bragging rights amongst your gaming friends. To the visitor goes to street cred.

8. The Vendors

Okay. So you have a fun-filled weekend, what are you going to do between games, eating, more games? Shopping! There are some wonderfully talented vendors and artists coming for your amusement and gaming needs. Truly this convention will have it all!

Disclaimer: I’m receiving no monetary reimbursement for this advertisement. I just like seeing people gaming. Hope to see you there!

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