Sword and Board

Hi all,

Exciting news today, as pre-registration for BroCon is now open! As announced last Wednesday via social networking, you can get your tickets for BroCon 2016 right here. It is going to be an exciting year with many great things, so get your tickets while they are hot.

Also, as a tradition of something we have done over the years, for one night only, you can buy tickets to BroCon at their online price live in cash at BrOccasion this coming April 9th. For many of you who do not have PayPal available to you this may be your best chance to secure tickets early for BroCon. Make sure to avail of the cheaper pre-reg. price.

And that is not all the news we have for you, as on-campus accommodation booking for BroCon are now open also! For many traveling to the convention staying on campus is both easier and cheaper than booking into hotels, and so we bring you this option once again for BroCon 2016. If you would like to book a room on campus for the convention, look no further than right here.

A few things to note before I sign off here guys; if you are booking either tickets or rooms for this year’s event, please take time to read the respective pages and make your bookings correctly so neither you nor us get left out in the cold over a mistake. Similarly, be sure to head over and read up on the BroCon Cancellation Policy, just incase of the most unfortunate circumstance that you have to change your plans leading up to summer. Again, it is for the good of us both, so read up, and they get booked in before it is too late.

Pre-reg. ticket sales will remain opened until June 10th, while accommodation booking will remain open until June 24th.

A Web of Trading

Hi everyone,

It’s been awhile since we have put out some new content for the website, and we are working on a brand new look as we speak that is almost ready to go live. We are back however with some big news; submissions for the artist alley and trade hall are now open!

As usual, there is limited space in our hall, so if you would like a spot please go to the respective page below and get your forms to fill out. All instructions are on the pages listed.

http://brocon.info/events-and-guests/artist-alley/
http://brocon.info/events-and-guests/traders/

For those unsure as to which sort of stall they should apply for, the simple break down is that the artist ally is for those who sell their own craft and trade, while the trade hall application is for shops and vendors selling merchandise etc. Simply put, if you did not create any of the goods you are selling, you are part of the traders hall, while anything else is artist alley. Do not worry however, as the artist alley will be located once again in the trade hall itself. We can tell you now in advance that the trade hall will be opened this year from 3-6pm on Friday July 8th, 9.30-6 on Saturday July 9th, and 10.00-5.30 on Sunday July 10th. These times are subject to change but such changes will be informed immediately.

As mentioned above, there is limited space so don’t delay on applying, with the deadline being June 3rd. And stay tuned further, as submissions for RPGs and Panels will be opening shortly also, not to mention ticket sales and accommodation. The convention countdown is officially underway!

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.