By Nicholas Lawrence
It’s the little things in life that matter, and that’s why I went to GnomeCon.
I jogged into the Savannah Conference Hotel early Saturday morning expecting to hone my punting skills, but was stunned that I wasn’t the tallest one there. It turns out GnomeCon isn’t even about gnomes. It’s a three day sci-fi fantasy convention with board games, miniature games, card games, but what sold me — a man dressed as Luigi.
I spoke with an event coordinator, Phillip Schweier, to discuss the origins of GnomeCon and their beautiful plans for the future.
“We had hosted through Morningstar games some charity events to raise money for local charities and they were very successful. There was a great turnout and it got to a point where we felt we wanted to take it to the next level maybe hold something larger and reach out beyond Savannah.”
I frolicked around the rooms observing games being played. One game called “It Came from Beyond the Still” involves the Hillbilly McCoys and aliens called the Greys locked in vicious combat.
“Then you got Kricks, the undead empire….”
In the other room against the wall was another, called War Machine. Brian Cape, a volunteer from Press Gang, told me the premise of the game. Essentially two factions are at war. The players’ dice and use of strategy determine the victors and the utter defeated.
My personal favorite was BloodBowl — A fantasy football game that was actually fantasy. Orcs vs dwarves? Definitely. Elves vs vampires? Hell yeah! Lizardmen vs nurgles? My favorite. I love conventions.Contact Nicholas Lawrence.