Queen of the #broconselfie

Hi folks,

Sorry for the delay in posting this; even with the con finished things are hectic. But without further ado, we are delighted to announce the winner of the BroCon Selfie competition as Chloe Moriarty Daly.

You will be contacted shortly regarding your prize Chloe, and well done.

Cheers.

 

The dust has settled…

…and we all survived.

The final tear-downs are finished, bank details sorted, and everybody has finally gone home after what was an amazing BroCon 2014. With 594 people through our doors across the weekend, all of our expectations were blown away and BroCon 2014 really did grow to a whole other level. We have many thanks, congratulations, and a considerable amount of other facts to throw about here, so let me get started.

Thanks go out first and foremost to all of the attendees that came to BroCon this past weekend. Be that a day pass or weekend, be you an adult or a wee child, every set of boots through the door takes the day somewhere new, and I’m not afraid to say that by as early as Friday evening we were on cloud nine, with over 300 people already through the door by that point. We genuinely hope you enjoyed the experience and hope you will all be back next year for even more fun and games.

Thanks also go out to all of our great traders and artists, without whom the very atmosphere of the main hall would have been lost. They are also the stars of the Charity Auction, donating most of the items that collectively made €2,036, which along with the collection buckets and maid cafe donations see the total raised for Pieta House this year go to a heart-warming €2,222.52. That is an incredible achievement and belongs to every person that came through that door, be it to work, to trade, or to attend.

And huge thank you to our guests who were all incredible throughout the course of the weekend. Paul, Tabitha, Diamanda, and Dave, ye added an experience to the con not found anywhere else in Ireland, and we really hope to see you all again in the future.

Last but certainly not least, our sponsors and friends that gave so much to make this con what it was this year, and hopefully will be right there with us to help it grow into the future; Pieta House, Crunchy Roll, Easons, The Gathering, Kromlech, Omniplex Cinemas, Four Season Pizza, Backspindle Games, Rachel Fleming, the Knaves, and the Oldhammer crew. Raise a glass!

And to finish things off on a very successful 2014, we would like to congratulate all of the winners from this year’s events at BroCon. Thank you all, and see you all on July 10-12th 2015, for BroCon VI.

 

Selfie competition!

It’s the name of the game. Selfies. If you can fulfil this BroCon Selfie Tasklist, then you could find yourself with an amazing prize! There is an entry fee of €2 Euro. You will have to sign up at the sign-up desk in Fenris and register your Facebook name so we know who to look out for on the page. The list will be available when you register your name at the desk. The cut-off date for entries will be Monday the 21st of July.

The results of this competition will be available on Friday the 25th July. A public announcement will be made on the BroCon website and Facebook page and the winner will be PMed by the Bros account. The prize will be sent out as soon as possible to the recipient of the prize.

How to enter:

It’s simple! Post your pictures to your own page with the hashtag #broconselfie!
Remember: Unless your name has been registered, we cannot accept unregistered entries.

 

Yes, this is a 4am post!

Hi all,

It is indeed 4am as I sit down to post this, and though it will be morning before you all get to read it, things will be too busy for us to do it then as BroCon is about to begin!

Unfortunately however I am the bearer of bad news, as Dungeons and Donuts have had some difficulties in getting down and have had to cancel their trip to the convention this year. They will be greatly missed by all I am sure.

Other than that (albeit huge) mishap, things are going well; quizzes are printed and prepped for tomorrow night/tonight (which would you say?) and all the pieces are moving into place.

We can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow/today at the convention; we have some great surprises in store for you.

Cheers.

 

To be the very best

Hi all,

We’ve had some queries on the Pokemon VG rules for this year, especially give that we are running two separate formats. Furthermore, with Gen. 6 still being relatively new, its tournament rules system on Smogon is still a bit in Fluxx. As such I would like to clarify the rules system for the 6th generation tournament below; the 5th generation rules can be found here (the OU tier is being used for this tournament).

OverUsed

OverUsed, or OU, is Smogon’s standard tier. The highest level of play is generally seen in this tier, and it is the basis for all other tiers. The most powerful Pokémon are banned from this tier up to Ubers. Pokemon cannot rise from OU to Ubers based on usage. Most of the cover legendaries in addition to select other Pokémon are on the banlist.
Play Restrictions

Endless Battle Clause: Any moveset on any Pokémon that is capable of intentionally causing an endless battle is banned from competitive play. Thus:
A Pokémon may not carry Recycle and hold a Leppa Berry in conjunction with Heal Pulse and Milk Drink, Moonlight, Morning Sun, Recover, Roost, Slack Off, Soft-Boiled, or Wish.
A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Pain Split on its moveset.
A Pokémon may not hold a Leppa Berry and carry Recycle and Fling on its moveset.
Evasion Clause: The moves Double Team and Minimize are not permitted in play.
Moody Clause: Pokémon with the ability Moody are not permitted.
OHKO Clause: A Pokemon may not have the moves Fissure, Guillotine, Horn Drill, or Sheer Cold in its moveset.
Sleep Clause: Only one Pokémon may be put to sleep on the opposing team at a time, if not induced by a move such as Rest.
Species Clause: Players cannot have two Pokémon with the same Pokédex number on the same team.
Pokémon may be up to level 100.

Banned Pokémon

Arceus
Blaziken
Darkrai
Deoxys
Deoxys-A
Dialga
Genesect
Giratina
Giratina-O
Groudon
Ho-Oh
Kyogre
Kyurem-W
Lugia
Mewtwo
Palkia
Rayquaza
Reshiram
Shaymin-S
Xerneas
Yveltal
Zekrom

Banned Items

Gengarite
Kangaskhanite
Lucarionite

Banned Moves

Swagger

 

Tickets please!

Hi all,

We have been getting a lot of questions this year from ticket holders so we would like to clarify how the system works in full for you all.

If you have pre-booked tickets or are attending as a PRO, you will need to queue at the pre-registration desk rather than the main desk. There they will have a list of names and what tickets people have booked/are owed. All you do is simply give your name and you will get your pass. It’s that simple.

Note there are also a number of people who get in half-price because they are running a single panel or game. These people are also on a list at the main desk and should give their name in order to avail of their half-price offer.

Lastly then, if people need to avail of accommodation that they have booked, they will be directed to the accommodation venue where they can pick up their keys at the village reception any time after 2pm.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

 

2014 Cosplay Picnic

BroCon is excited to bring you this year’s cosplay picnic!

If you like cosplay, photography, or just hanging out with fun people or other anime fans, join us on Sunday at 2.00pm in the green area behind the main venue.

Bring your own snacks and goodies, or purchase from the Maid Café or Dungeon and Donuts on the day. Cosplay is encouraged, but not required – you are welcome in or out of costume.

See you all there.

 

A Magic weekend

garruk-m15It’s strange sitting here and looking at the timer on the site and seeing those last 5 days ticking down; BroCon 2014 is almost upon us. Over the next few days we will be giving you daily site updates, many of which will be some last minute announcements or reminders, but we will also try and highlight some key events for you all to partake in.

One such event is the M15 release. Many of you may of course hit up a pre-release event somewhere this weekend, however for those of you who didn’t get the pleasure, BroCon will be your first chance to get your hands on the new M15 set cards. With two drafts taking place on Saturday, and a plethora of traders selling cards throughout the whole weekend, it really could be a Magic weekend if you play your cards right.

So come down to BroCon this Friday to Sunday, and let the Magic happen.

 

AMV cancellation

Hi all,

Unfortunately, due to lack of interest and total lack of entries, we are cancelling this year’s AMV competition. The roster is so jam packed full of events that we have agreed that holding a place for an event that does not seem to be gaining in popularity is in the best interest in the con, and in the best interest of the other events that you are all excited about.

We would like feedback however as to how to make AMVs and more popular subject for future years, so please feel free to leave a comment.

Cheers.

 

Musical cosplays

Hi all,

Something we have decided to do this year for our cosplay masquerade is to give all of the entries a bit of music to spice things up. This can be stock, or ideally something special.

If you are planning to enter the cosplay masquerade at this year’s BroCon, please send any musical requests to cosplay@ulbrocon.com. Get these in soon, as any requests left too late may be unfulfillable.

Get those costumes ready; it’s almost here!