Despite being a little bit of a nerd (I’ve read all four Doom books! Seriously, who does that?), I’ve never actually been to a Con before. [carrythewhat?] got a vendor spot at OmegaCon, so I decided to tag along and check out my first Anime/Gaming convention!
This year, OmegaCon was located in the Main Street Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is their second year running, and they were expecting somewhere around 1,000 visitors over the three-day weekend. The Arena is actually a large ice-skating rink, with a plastic barrier placed over the ice to convert it into a (somewhat chilly) floor.
The arena was split into three rooms: Vendors, Tabletop Games, and LAN Games. There was also a separate room dedicated to console games. I was working with [carrythewhat?], so I spent most of my time in the vendor room behind our table.I did get a few breaks to go walk around the place, and I saw a lot of cool stuff! Lots of very impressive Cosplay, including Leela from Futurama, a squad from Attack on Titan, a Ghostbuster, and a bunch of other really cool costumes.
The vendors offered a little bit of everything. There were a few stands selling retro video games, consoles, and accessories, and also lots of sci-fi books and comics. OmegaCon shirts were sold at the front door, and I picked one up on the first day.
The console game room was awesome, with virtually all consoles represented. They even had an Intellivision playing an original 1982 copy of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons! Chris and I tried to play it for a bit, but couldn’t quite figure it out. We settled for Bushido Blade on PS1 and Halo 3 on Xbox 360. The game room was open 24 hours, and they were serving beer and wine!
I forgot to bring my camera on the second day, so I didn’t get any pictures of the costume judging contest, which was a bummer. There was a really cool Pyramid Head from Silent Hill costume, complete with two Nurses that were stumbling around, and they had obviously put a lot of effort into their costumes.
There were also bands playing in the main room, and a DJ playing later in the night. The panels were cool, ranging from LARP 101 to Ballroom Dance Lessons led by the University of Virginia’s Ballroom Dance Club.
Cool stuff! I definitely enjoyed it, and will be going to OmegaCon next year!