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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
9:54 am
UL BroCon July 16th-18th 2010 UPDATE!
Our Events timetable is up as is our Anime Screening timetable. RPG blurbs to come later. http://brocon.skynet.ie/
Thursday, April 29th, 2010
11:48 am
UL BroCon July 16th-18th 2010 UPDATE!
Hi all,

We’ve some more big news to announce as BroCon 2010 nears.

- First of all Wargaming.
We’re running a Warhammer Fantasy tournament on Saturday 17th and a Warhammer 40k tournament on Sunday 18th. The entry fee is €5 per tournament.

If you wish to guarantee a place in either or both tournaments please email ulbrocon@gmail.com and include your Name and any Student ID number you may have.

Our door staff will have these details on the mornings of the tournaments and will have game passes organised for you.

The rulespacks for the tournaments are on our forum -> http://brocon.skynet.ie/forum/topic/whfb-wh40k-brocon-rulespacks

- Our first Special Guest is confirmed!

Francesca Dani, who is one of the world’s most talented and famous professional cosplayers, has kindly agreed to be one of our special guests at Brocon 2010.

Francesca has appeared at many of the world’s top conventions and has a top class portfolio of media and modelling work. You can see more info about Francesca on her website http://www.francescadani.com

- We’ll be announcing more surprise guests, competitions and events soon so keep an eye on our site brocon.skynet.ie
Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
9:10 pm
Q-Con XVII QUB Students' Union Belfast 25th-27th June 2010
Pre-registration for Q-Con XVII is now open!

Q-Con is the annual Gaming Convention hosted by Dragonslayers, the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Gaming and Anime Society. This year sees Q-Con enter its

seventeenth year and we will be taking over the entire QUB Students’ Union for a weekend of gaming and anime fun, from the 25th-27th June 2010!

Q-Con will feature a wide selection of games and events over the convention weekend, with Role-Playing Games, Board Games, LARPs, War Games, Collectable Card

Games, Console Games, PC LAN, Anime Screenings, Cosplay, Special Events, Special Guests and much more!

Big events to watch out for: Rock Band Live on Stage, the Cosplay Ball, and Games Workshop's 'Field of Blood' Warhammer tournaments.


This year Q-Con will be accepting electronic payments through the University's event registration system, we also accept a number of other payment options

including cheque and postal order. Full payment details can be found at our website.

For those who pre-register a full weekend ticket for Q-Con will cost just £14/€16.

Accommodation is available for just £19/22 euro per night. Availability is limited, so pre-register early to avoid disappointment.

For registration/accommodation forms, information on all our games and events or if you would like to run games at Q-Con XVII then please visit our website for

full details:


Chris McWatters
Publicity & Trade Coordinator

Q-Con XVII, QUB Students' Union, Belfast, 25th-27th June 2010
www.q-con.org.uk | info@q-con.org.uk


Chris McWatters

Publicity Coordinator

Q-Con Committee
QUB Students' Union, Belfast, 25th-27th June 2010
Monday, November 16th, 2009
6:31 pm
2010 Con Clashes
Domincon was on last weekend and there was a very short gap between it and Gaelcon an that seem unfortunately to be the trend for conventions this year.

Warpcon XX, 29 - 31 January 2010

Itzacon, 19-21st Febuary 2010
( the site and forums seem to be down atm hosting issues)

That means for those who are paid monthly both cons are in the same pay month.

Leprecon, 12th to 14th of March 2010

Vaticon 16, March 26th - 28th 2010.

Again two cons in the same month.

Really don't con directors talk to each other?
Thursday, October 29th, 2009
1:46 pm
So that was Gaelcon2009...
The weekend flew in, a whole year work and planning payed off.
The best comment made over the weekend to me was "Can we have 3 more days of that, starting tomorrow".
But all good things come to an end, until next year.

So what was your favourite moment at Gaelcon2009?
Friday, October 23rd, 2009
1:57 pm
One more Sleep till Gaelcon: A quick final round up.
Re parking at the convention here is a special rate for con goers of €5 per day.
If you bring your parking ticket to the hotel main reception with your Gaelcon ticket they will apply this rate.

Re gaining entrance to Howl at the moon on Sat/Sun, it is a 21s venue but gamers who are over 18 who have proper ID and can prove they were at the con with their ticket will be allowed in normal management rights reserved.

This year Gaelcon has a new perpetual award, "The Gamer of Steel" award Design by Oisín Creaner, Sculpture by Rúairí Creaner. (c) Creaner Bros. 2009

"It's made of sheet steel, 20mm a side and weighs in at over a pound. It's been cut, welded and scorched like the mind of the gamer who wins it. This trophy, to be awarded every year to the most insanely dedicated gamer at the con is not for lightweights."

If you want to check your directions this evening as you gear up for Gaelcon you can find them here along with most of the information you will need for the weekend.

See you all tomorrow

9:36 am
We're gonna be at Gaelcon
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
with lots to do and I know where to go-o-oh I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
Just get me to the convention put me on a plane
Hurry hurry hurry before I go insane
Quickly Cthulhu is after me and I've lost my dice again
Oh no no no no no

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
with lots to do and I know where to go-o-oh I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
Just put me in a snottling pump wagon, here come the fanatics again
Hurry hurry hurry before I become a bloodstain
I wonder if Felix really knows, what goes on in Gotrex's brain
Oh no no no no no

Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
with lots to do and I know where to go-o-oh I'm gonna be at Gaelcon
Just let me roll my d20 and loose my arrow
Hurry hurry hurry Drow coming up from below
Cos Dark Night and pumpkin Jack are after me and you don't want to know
Oh no no no no no

Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba we're gonna be at Gaelcon
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba we're gonna be at Gaelcon
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba we're gonna be at Gaelcon
Ba-ba-bamp-ba ba-ba-ba-bamp-ba we're gonna be at Gaelcon
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
12:28 pm
Live action Role Play at Gaelcon.
There is a intresting variety of Live Action Role Play running at Gaelcon this year.
Those who want to take on the challenge of walking, talking, acting and re acting as someone else for 3 hours will have the choice of:

A late night Mardi Gras party at Minskey's New Orleans' finest burlesque theatre.

The Lasdraad meeting after the latest quarrel between House Atredis and House Harkonnan.

The Cabinet meeting as Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan unveils the proposed budget.

Trying to hunt down a rabid killer on an interstellar cargo craft.

Finding out who built the Jumps ship which have helped reshape the universe.

For more info on these and the rest of the LARPS running this year check the website here.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
only 10 days to go.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
2:35 pm
Dust off your Browncoats and come have a Horrible time at Gaelcon.
Gaelcon is proud to announce a performance of Joss Whedon's Emmy award winning Dr Horrible's Sing a Long Blog.

The performance will take place in the main all of the D4hotel's conference centre at 6:30 pm on Sunday the 25th of October
and is affiliated with Can’t Stop the Serenity 2009.

The performance is free to all those attending Gaelcon but there will be a collection box
and for those wishing to attend just to see the performance there are Horrible tickets which will cost 4 euro.

All funds raised by this will be going to charity, 75% to Equality Now and 25% to Gaelcon's award winning charity endeavours.

Looking forward to see you there, it will be shiny.
11:38 am
Timetable change for console competitions.

Gaelcon has always been about having fun and trying in include as many gamers as possible.
After several dialogues with those in the emerging fighter games community,
we are happy to announce that the Street Fighter IV competition is being moved to the Sunday afternoon slot,
with smash bros now taking the Saturday slot.
This means that those who are taking part in the SFIV comp at Lanparty.ie the day before now
have a weekend double header, will the same person win both competitions?
Will there be many grudge matches from the day before?
This throw down will happen in the Console lounge at Gaelcon on the Sunday and spectators are welcome.

The rules for the SFIV comp were also revised and now stand as

Street Fighter 4

A true successor to Street Fighter 2 has emerged at last!
Following some rather heated discussion the rules for our SF4 tournament are going to be:

Single elimination format.
Each match is the best of 3 sets.
Each set is the best of 3 rounds. Players may change character between sets.
All characters are allowed. 
Players may use their own controllers.
Players may customize their key configuration before the match.
Pausing mid game results in a forfeit of the round by the player who pauses this, unless its agreed by both players to restart.
In the event of concerns about counter picking, double blind picking will be used.In the event of concerns about which side people are starting on a coin toss will be used to decide who gets which side.

Thanks to the mods of the fighting games forum on boards.ie for their help and to the organisers of Lanparty.ie for their support.
10:57 am
You are cordially invited to Gaelcon's 21st Birthday parties...
Yes parties, for as we know all good things come in threes and for three nights there will be revels. Saturday and Sunday in Howl at the moon and then Monday post con drinks in Cassidy's.

Gaelcon celebrates its 21st birthday this year so, of course, we're ready to party!

For those of you who have had your gaming fix sated during the day at Gaelcon and don't want to continue rolling your dice on into the darkness with the late night games slot, we're planning a whole bunch of night time social fun for the convention!

The festivities begin from 8pm with the Gaelcon Pub Quiz on Saturday and the award-winning Charity Auction on Sunday - both taking place at the convention centre.

These will be followed on both nights by a mass exodus to the Gaelcon Club - Howl at the Moon on Lower Mount Street! In this luxurious venue, there are four floors of bars, including an underground bar (The Zimmer Room) and a heated roof terrace - it's looking to be a lot of fun.

The Monday evening slot begins with the closing ceremony at 7pm and continues with a more relaxed night in Cassidy's on Westmoreland Street.

Be sure to arrive before 11.30pm on Saturday night to avoid cover charge. No charge on Sunday. club winds down at 2.30am. Costumes are welcome. Bring ID!

Howl at the Moon is only an 11 minute walk from D4hotels in mostly a straight line ( or you can jump on a bus ) there and it is halfway from Gaelcon to where the nitelinks leave.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
Friday, October 9th, 2009
11:01 am
Card games at Gaelcon 2009
If your not a card player, you can often wonder what keeps them so busy,
well the answer is there are a a lot of card games which run each year at gaelcon and this year is no exception.

12:00 - Magic the Gathering GP Paris GPT
13:00 - Yugioh Advanced Tournament
15:00 - L5R Constructed Tournament

Drafts for all of the above games and also for VS System available as soon as 8 players have registered all day and evening.

12:00 - Yugioh Tag Duel Tournament
14:00 - Magic the Gathering Bring Your Own Standard Tournament
15:00 - Vs System Bring your own Modern Age Tournament

Drafts for all of the above games and also for Legends of the Five Rings available as soon as 8 players have registered all day and evening.

12:00 - Yugioh Traditional Tournament
12:00 - Magic the Gathering Vintage Tournament (10 proxies allowed)
15:00 - Vs System Bring Your Own Legend Tournament

Drafts for all of the above games and also for Legends of the Five Rings available as soon as 8 players have registered all day and evening.&
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
2:28 pm
What rpgs will you be playing at Gaelcon?
There is a wonderfully varied array of rpgs running this year at Galecon.
This year sees the return of Paranoia with not one but two games running,
several types of Gurps games including GURPS Horror and Discworld.
There is a World of Darkness game running as well as Werwolf the Forsaken and Vampire: the Masquerade
Also Deadlands, Spirit of the Century, L5R Adventure and the newest oldie 4th Ed. D&D

For information on what else is running and the blurbs on the games above check out the rpg section of Gaelcon's website.
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
5:08 pm
A timetable for fun and games...

It's the 1st of October, we all know what that means, the count down to Gaelcon has begun 23 more days to go.

So what will you be taking part in over the 3 day weekend of gaming, we have done our best to have fun for gamers of all sorts and ages.
The Timetable is up on the Gaelcon website what on it tickles your fancy?
Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
12:46 pm
Accommodation update for Gaelcon 2009 in D4hotels.
What is the shortest stroll to Gaelcon in the D4Hotel conventions centre?
Why it has to be from a hotel room in the Ballsbridge Inn and for those who are looking at booking in for the weekend
there is a 'Gaelcon price'. For the Saturday night the it is 79euro per room and for the Sunday night the price is 59 euro per room.
To make sure you get this price mention Gaelcon when making your booking.

If you do not wish to stay in the hotel attached to the conference centre ( which Gaelcon is taking over for the weekend)
and are looking for other suggestions then there are listings on the Gaelcon website.
Friday, September 11th, 2009
2:52 pm
How much for a weekend of glorious gaming at Gaelcon?
As we are only 6 weeks away from the doors opening for Gaelcon 2009, we are all making plans for that long weekend of gaming.
Part of those plans is budgeting for the weekend and sure to start that process you need to know what the cost of the tickets are.

So how much for a weekend of glorious gaming at Gaelcon?

14 euro for a 1 day adult ticket and 28 euro for an adult weekend ticket for the 3 days.
7 euro for a 1 day child ticket and 14 euro for a child weekend ticket for the 3 days.

Child tickets are for those who are under the age of 17 and under and there are free Parental/Guardian Tickets
for parents and guardians who are not participating in the gaming festivities.

For any further information check our website http://www.gaelcon.com/gaelcon or email info@gaelcon.com.

Looking forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
5:26 pm
Leaflets, leaflets everywhere but not a drop of ink....
Don't we live in a marvellous age?
It was in years gone by that those of us who were lucky enough to be able to adventure to our local games emporiums could try and pick up a copy of the leaflet for that years gaelcon. Some times alas such quests would fail or we would find the last one and be loathe to take it with us wanting others to read about what wonders and attractions would wait us come October.

These day we can deliver it to you right, here right now, in pdf.

Yes I know it's not the same as one you have picked up in store, folded and put in your back pocket to be warmed to your body temp and take on that certain curve, but you can always print one up, put it with your gaming books for a while and then stick it in your back pocket for a few hours if you really feel the need to.
8:53 am
Planet Irish Gaming update
 I only realized in the last few days that Irish Gaming Planet was down and no longer working. It should now be back up to full strength. If you know of any feeds that could be included, please feel free to drop me a line!

The current list of sites:

I've also created a twitter account associated with Irish Gaming Planet and the wiki @irishgaming (I would have used irishgamingwiki but thats too long). Currently only "blogs" from Irish Gaming Planet are cross-posted there (if I include anything else, the traffic will be quite high) but I'm open to suggestions for use.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
2:30 pm
Autumn is here and that means it will be soon be time for Gaelcon.
The summer is over and soon all the children will be back at school and we have the crisp Autumn days and evening to look forward to and of course Gaelcon

Please make sure ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and gamers of all ages
to mark it on your calendars that this year Gaelcon; is on the 24th to the 26th of October and in it's new home in D4Hotels (directions may be found here).
You are all invited and we are so looking forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
10:17 pm
The ENnie Awards
In case anyone else wants to vote in the ENnie Awards.

Quoted from their website:

    The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards (the "ENnies") are an annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. The ENnies give game designers, writers and artists the recognition they deserve. It is a peoples' choice award, and the final winners are voted upon online by the gaming public.
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