|What's all the fuss about LARP?|
The first gaming convention was in Hamilton (New Zealand) back in the 80's. I can't even recall what it was named. I do remember playing D&D, Battletech, Gamma World, MERP, a Super Heroes game and a variety of other lesser known games and homebrew systems. Over the following years I kept coming back to play, enter miniature painting competitions and run RPG sessions, although the convention was at a new venue each time. I'm not sure if this was because the event was growing in size or that we weren't welcome again at the previous venue... perhaps because of the LARP?
There are some fantastic gaming conventions in New Zealand, like Battlecry and KapCon. Also, Armageddon is a huge convention for those who are into sci-fi/fantasy comics, TV and movies. You will see quite a few cosplay enthusiasts (er, gamers) at Armageddon, even though it's mainly about merchandise and movie-stars, not playing games.
As a celebration of Dungeons & Dragons 40th Anniversary, I will be running a D&D tournament at The New Zealand Festival of MindSports. I may even bring some funny hats.