22 September 2009
GenCon was held in Brisbane this last weekend. So was Animania, actually (and who on earth had THAT bright idea?), but I had to make a choice, and since Animania Brisbane is a TINY, TINY affair, GenCon it was.
GenCon is actually more a gaming convention. There's a small anime presence, but the focus is mostly on LAN, card and board games, with a few arcade games and console demos set up around the place. Merchandise was on the thin side, but I did manage to snag a good deal on the Final Fantasy Dissidia trades, and there was no shortage of Yoshi plushies! Also, AN INCREDIBLY AMAZING FFXII GABRANTH STATUE:
As for the rest of the con, the venue was excellent. The Brisbane Convention Centre has air-conditioning, and heaps of space so people weren't constantly tripping over each other. The only place where traffic tended to slow down was the cosplay events area.
Which brings me to the point of this post. We all know what everybody really wants is cosplay pictures! Nowhere near the percentage of cosplayers that you get at Supanova, but the ones who did turn up were quality!
Probably won't go back next year, as the cover charge is not really worth it unless you've got some intense board gaming or lanning planned. Some decent guests though! Caught a bit of a talk from Sam Witwer and a girl from Battlestar Galactica. And it's only their second year in Brisbane! Could become quite an epic event with a little nurturing.