Lost and Found

Hi all,

A Wii U adapter for Gamecube controllers was left behind at the convention. This is on top of the key card which was announced at the closing ceremony. If either of these items belong to you, just send us a mail at info@ulbrocon.com.

Also, a congratulations again to Niko Winters and Garreth Allen for getting the two pairs of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses tickets. You will both be receiving emails tomorrow to confirm and your names are now on the guest list for the show. Remember all that the show is on November 22nd in the convention centre in Dublin, and even if you weren’t fortunate enough to win tickets at the con, they can be bought at http://www.ticketmaster.ie/event/18004E87ABF53A95.

Tell us what you think!

MatsFinalNothing is ever perfect, and thus our work is never done. A huge factor in the success of this event was the feedback given on what could improve from last year’s event. As such we have finally set up a designated mailbox for feedback.

If you attended this year and have some feedback and something you think could improve for next year, please send a detailed email to feedback@ulbrocon.com, and let us know what we can do to make next year’s experience the best one yet.

Note this mailbox is for constructive comments and criticisms; this is neither the place for fanboying nor flaming.

Thanks for your help everyone.

The show must go on

66It’s finally over, and we all made it out alive…I think. That puts a wrap on another awesome BroCon, and we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed it. We certainly had a great time and can’t wait to put on another great show for you all next July 8-10. Games were played, con swag bought, and smiles shown, and we have many people to thank for it.

First and foremost, our attendees. Without the attendees the show is nothing and without their contribution, support, and energy the show could not go on. We are also very fortunate to have a great audience year in and year out who respect and love the con and make a great place for us to work.

The staff! Easily the best staff I have ever worked with for anything. This year’s set-up and tear down was as efficient as I have ever seen at a con, and I was mightily impressed by what such a small group people achieved on our behalf Friday and Sunday. All heads were high and firmly screwed on, and they really trucked on with a great work ethic. I’d highly recommend each and every one of them.

The committee are the ones that get the wheels turning each year and keep it running right through to the next. This year’s committee in particular were very impressive in my opinion, and I was very fortunate for the people I got to work with. We got many thanks already, but I would like to make note on the record that 70% of our committee this year were first year’s who had never ran a con before, and many only attended their first con during the year. It’s a testament to their drive and willpower, and I hope they will all come back next year to do it all again.

Our guests. Kyle, War Panda and Diamanda were all great guests to have, and the fans seemed to really enjoy their time and company. Panels were at an all time high, in particular those from the guests. And though she could not be with us, we send our best to Pixi Styxx and wish her a speedy recovery.

The traders an artists are certainly not forgotten. We had a great bunch this year, and from the shopping bags I saw all over the hall it looks like many a success was had. We did our best to make them feel at ease and well cared for, and we hope they all felt as such. The donations for the charity auction were outstanding and helped raise an impressive sum for a great cause. We would be honored to have you all back next year. A special mention within this particular group goes to Evan Kennedy and Ken Coleman who did a lot of work to help promote us throughout the year and still do. We are highly appreciate of the continued support you guys share.

Those who gave support from the college and outlying communities in Limerick. The Gathering, I Love Limerick, Pieta House, Easons, GameStop, the Sports Bar, UL Sport, the Students Union, and so many others. Special mentioned here though goes to Darragh Hogan who literally turned the PESS building into our home for the weekend and provided unmeasurable support to the convention as a whole. Above and beyond the line of duty, he is a great friend to us all and we thank him greatly.

And last but not least, we would like to thank Colm Lundberg and Green Ronin games for giving us the streaming material for this year’s event, and helping to try and spread the word of BroCon internationally as well. We were happy to give a home to Colm and Love 2 Hate over the years and look forward to what he brings to us next.

There are too many people to count in thanks, so I hope I remembered you all. To anyone I have not mentioned, you know you deserve thanks, and so know that you have it, now and always. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year. And tomorrow we will be setting up a feedback method to get your thoughts on ideas for next year, to make it the best year ever.

#broconwolfpack

Imperial Charity

lazernowauction‘Cause lazers, pew-pew. Get it? You will.

Hi guys. We are nearly there. Only a few hours left. But it’s super on! And Lazer Now just sent us this picture of the piece they are donating to the charity auction this year. This is a super cool piece worth quite a pretty penny, and is the size of an A4 piece of paper. This just adds to an already impressive roster for the auction; I think we are all going to make a huge difference for Pieta House together this year.

And remember, everyone can donate, so if you have something you think could make aid for charity, bring it along and sign it up at our charity desk over the weekend. And don’t forget to check out the auction at the Sports Bar Saturday 9pm.

Bring it, buy it

MatsFinalHi all,

Just under 48hrs away and I would like to address the details for this year’s Bring and Buy. Any item can be entered so as long as it is an item that could be legally sold in stores here. You can enter as many items as you would like so as long as they don’t take up excessive space, and it is free of charge. You may also set your own charge for items. At the end of the day or weekend you may check in the see if you item sold and collect your money. It’s that simple, so get together your hand-me-downs and see what has some value.

Also, many of you will have seen our mascot by now (he’s on our timetable and above), and while he looks great, and still has no name. We will be running a suggestion box competition over the course of the weekend to decide on a name. At the end of the weekend we will pick the name that we like the most and will give the author a prize. Please be tactful and appropriate; this is a family friendly event.

It’s almost here, and it’s happening.

Journies After Dark

kenHi all,

For those of you who attended last year, you might remember our more mature initiative, BroCon After Dark. Well BroCon After Dark is back this year with some more events. We start with the pub quiz Friday night, and continue Saturday night with Werewolf, You Don’t Know Jack, and God Hates Charades. The most important event however is the charity auction Saturday night in aid of Pieta House suicide prevention.

The auction is fueled by the generous donations of the everyday person, and a lot of these come from the artists, traders and guests each year, but also the attendees. We have some great stuff already signed up to auction and there are more to come. Ken Coleman has created a great art piece which you can see above that will be auctioned off as a one off piece. We have our custom card mats thrown in as well. But the most generous donation so far is from an old friend, Neal ‘Bubbles’ McNamara, who has donated his convention guitar for the auction. The guitar has been played across the country in conventions as part of the infamous Man of Action panel, and has signings from several great guests from cons over the past few years, including Steve Blum, Spike Spencer, Patrick Seitz, Paul St. Peter and David Vincent, among many others. This is a great piece and will be highly sought after. It will also be played for the last time by the current owner during Man of Action before the auction.

So be sure to hit up BroCon After Dark this year, have fun, and give something back for charity. Every little helps.

Lights, camera, more cameras

Hi all,

Big announcement for all people entering the cosplay competition. We will be doing an official photo shoot for all people entering the cosplay competition. The booth will be open between 2 and 4 around the cosplay competition, and this is how it works.

Basically, if you enter the competition you will be able to get your photo taken for free either during pre-judging or after you come off stage, and this will be taken on green screen by local art legend Ken Coleman. Ken will be adding backgrounds later on also, so this is your chance to get some awesome photos done by a professional to immortalize the hard work you have all put into your costumes.

Even more reason to enter the cosplay masquerade at BroCon (let’s not forget about those Zelda tickets).

Your friendly neighbourhood Spider-spoof

spidermanHi all,

Screenings are a big part of every anime convention experience, and we are happy to announce that local filmmakers Saorise O’Connor and Mikey Casey will be debuting their fan-film the Marvelous Spiderman at BroCon this year. The film is comedy fan-flick parody of the Spiderman franchise.

“The Marvellous Spiderman (get it?) is a comedy fan film which takes spidermans origin story and completely flips it upside down. During a press tour of Oscorp industries, the company that has everyone thinking “what do they actually do?” young photographer Peter Parker is bitten by a super spider and given incredible spider powers, but when rival reporter Eddie Brock, finds an evil alien symbiote suit at Oscorp only bad things can happen. This crazy comedy film combines spiderman with both the Marvel and DC universes, with a bunch of nerdy references, and even a cameo from a certain someone. The Marvellous Spiderman (get it?) is Directed by Saoirse O Connor, Written by Mikey Casey, and stars Mikey Casey as Peter Parker, Olivia O’Malley as Gwen Stacy, Conor Foy as Eddie Brock, Stephen Clancy as Uncle Ben,James Corr as Harry Osbourne , Saoirse O Connor as J.Jonah Jameson, Ross Dunworth and Derek Williams as everyones favourite Avengers,Brandon Nash, Megan Hourigan, Kalin Foy and Jack McKeon as the cities innocent civillians. And Tom Holland as no one. The Marvellous Spiderman(Get It) is a fun film for superhero fans everywhere. Imagine if Kung Fury and Guardians of the Galaxy had a baby- you’d get this movie”

It is great to have some local talent displayed at the convention, and we are more than happy to give the guys the platform to show off their work. Please come along and show them your support. The film will show at 11am Sunday the 12th in the screenings room upstairs.

Also folks, the UFC PS4 rules are now up on the consoles page, so if you are interested in participating, check them out.

Stay tuned to the site; big news for cosplayers coming tomorrow.

Guests; food for thought!

Hi all,

With the con less than a week I thought it a good time to tell you about some of the new things in the hall this year. As you might have seen on the floorplan we have a specific guest area set aside. The guest will be in and out of here throughout the day when they don’t have events or panels, but it should be pretty easy to catch them. Kyle Hebert will be doing signings for free but will also be selling head shots if anybody is interested in some prints to get signed. The girls War Panda and Pixi Styxx will also be around to sell prints for the RSPCA. This is a red rope section and we would ask that if there is a large group waiting for a guest to line up in and orderly fashion and not block walkways as otherwise people may be asked to move on and come back later. Safety first.

We also have the return of both the BroCon Maid Cafe and Dungeons and Donuts this year, and they will be set up side by side in what might be known as the BroCon food court. The best treats around with something great to wash it down, on what is bound to be a hot weekend. And if you would like a spot of lunch during the day, the cafe in the venue will be opened this year as well selling sandwiches and the like. Never say we made you go hungry!

Can’t wait to see everyone next week.

More updates

Hi all,

Just a few more event updates for you all. Starting with some bad news unfortunately, we have had to cancel the Warhammer Fantasy Battle event due to a severe lack of demand from the public.

We are also adding another event to the Demo Day. Mark White will be doing demos of the Batman miniatures game in the main hall starting Friday at 4pm. Everyone is welcome to try the game out and Mark is more than happy to teach.

Lastly, if you are intending to enter our Magic pre-release, you should head over the special event page on Facebook and RSVP so our TO knows you are attending. Knowing numbers in advance can help toward having a smoother event, so be sure to head over an RSVP.