With all the hype, misery, awesomeness, and cosplay of Comic-Con, there is a little place to go that would put your inner geek at ease from a nerd overload, Gam3rCon is a chill venue for those of us who are tired and just wants to relax with a couple of buddies and play some video games. Set in an old church with each floor set to a different aspect of gaming, the convention is broken down into floor groups.
The first floor has the game arena where a plethora of console and PC games are playable. Players have the opportunity to win prizes and attend tournaments and challenge your friends in “Th3 G3me” in which I will get into later.
The second floor sadly has no interest unless you like networking and A/V equipment.
The third floor is the Tabletop Lounge. The room is fully loaded with tabletop, role-playing, and card games, you can sign up for scheduled games with the GMs in the lounge. Part of the experience is to play games that you have never played before.
The fourth floor holds the G33K Theatre, it comprises of four plays which is free for all attendees with all seating the following plays are; “GAM3RS”the play”, “I Wish My Life Was an RPG”, “Spider Baby the Musical”, and “HORRIBLE IMAGININGS.” Also on this floor is an art exhibit. It is a special art show and event debuting at Gam3rCon. We had the opportunity to look at some of the amazing art and how much gaming culture has influenced our art and lifestyle.
The Fifth and final floor is the Rooftop Venue, it boasts parties from 7:30pm-midnight with a bar and a view. You got to be 21 and over to hang out there except on Friday.
There is a number of sponsors and exhibitors along with their new “Th3 Gam3″ event which takes place all of Gam3rCon. “Th3 Gam3″ is an interesting thing. I still can’t really find a good way of making participants attend this because people are here to play games. To have them complete with quests makes me feel a bit iffy about the whole idea, luckly its still in Beta and I feel it may be better next year. For such a small event, it seems to get good headway, but hey, Comic-Con wasn’t always big.
“Big things have small beginnings…” – DAVID [Prometheus]
The pricing is great compared to many other cons around California, the entry fee for the four days is $12 at the front door without reservations. That is really cheap! Other fees and/or events in the con would be an average of $5 which again is friggin’ cheap. If Comic-Con is too busy or if you are overloaded, Gam3rCon is on 10th and Broadway. If I were you I’d go and check it out.