Gaming registration for Necronomicon 2016 is now open on our site. http://www.necrogaming.org has been updated. I found out today that I put the dates wrong on the site, but that will be fixed tonight. Whoops. Necronomicon is October 28-30, 2016 (Friday-Sunday). All game masters who sign up to run 10 hours will get a refund of their membership at the convention after their shifts are over. Gaming will open at 3pm (first sign up sheets go out at that time) with the first games launching at 4pm. Gaming is open non-stop until 4pm on Sunday. We have 4 rooms available for games to be scheduled and expect to have between 100-150 before the convention weekend starts.
Yesterday it was announced online that Megacon was coming to Tampa. Whoo hoo, right? Well, normally I’d be all for a new convention coming to the area. But in this case, I’m not. Why? Well, let’s go back in time. 35 years ago a local fan group started a small convention that we know as Necronomicon. I first attended this convention back in 1987 and loved it. I’ve not missed a single day of this convention since that first weekend. In 1989 I met my future husband at the convention when I approached him at the midnight dance and asked him to dance. A year later, at that same convention, on the dance floor, he asked me to marry him (I said yes). In 1992 we began helping to run gaming and eventually took it over and have been running it ever since.
Necronomicon is not a large convention, but it’s one that is run entirely by volunteers and we do it because we love this con. We have anywhere from 700-1200 people each year. We support a fantastic local charity called Kids and Canines and donate between $5000 and $10000 each year to them. We’re a not-for-profit convention, and we can’t do it without the fans who come each year.
Flash forward to yesterday. Several of our regulars messaged me about this big announcement that Megacon had in their program book in Orlando this week. They’re coming to Tampa to the Convention Center…October 28-30, 2016 with some HUGE names, namely David Tennant. That’s AWESOME…BUT wait, Necronomicon is that same weekend at the Grand Hyatt in Tampa. We’ve had these dates already booked for over 3 years. Someone asked me, “Can’t Necro just move to another weekend?”. No, we can’t, we have signed contracts for those dates, so for good or bad, we WILL be on the same weekend as Megacon Tampa Bay.
I liken this a little to the movie “You’ve Got Mail“. We are the small local bookstore (fitting as we have authors as our guests of honor most years) and Megacon is the big box store that’s coming into town and looking to put us out of business. Now, I’m not saying they picked that weekend with the intention of hurting a 35 year old convention, but even if it wasn’t done with malicious intent, the results will be the same. This will hurt us. I just hope it doesn’t kill us.
I love Necronomicon, it’s like a big family reunion each year. Some of the people we see there each year, we only see that one time, but it’s such a feeling of home coming to walk into the hotel and see all those familiar faces. I can’t even envision a year without this event.
Several people have made comments that we’re two totally different events and it shouldn’t hurt us. I really can’t see how that would be possible. Hell, I’d want to go to Megacon Tampa if it were any other weekend. I’d love to see David Tennant in person, I’m a HUGE Doctor Who fan and he’s one of my favorites. Even if half of our members just decide to go to Megacon one day, that is a lot of money out of our convention, a convention that relies on that membership to support our charity and to continue to run each year.
Maybe we could get everyone to write to David and tell him about Necronomicon, maybe we can get him to come drop in and see our little convention while he’s here, wouldn’t that be a hoot?
I really really don’t want to see Necronomicon die because this huge convention, with deep pockets and big name actors, comes and sets up shop on the corner of our town, basically across the street from us, on the same date.
We’re just now gearing up to launch the gaming department for this year, including working on a webpage redesign. With it being our 35th anniversary we’re planning all kinds of fun surprises and events and want this to be a fantastic convention.
Want to see who all will be at our con? Check out http://necrofl.com/
Our main guests of honor this year at Necronomicon are Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. We’re also excited to have fan favorite (and my personal favorite) Timothy Zahn returning again this year.
If you’ve not been to Necronomicon, it’s a great convention for your money. Pre-register for only $40 for all three days. We have trivia contests, talent shows, kid’s programming, costume contests, tons of gaming (usually 100-150 table top games over the 3 days and no additional fees to play) and LARPs (no additional fees), LAN room (no fee to play), panels, autograph sessions, fully stocked Con Suite (hospitality room) with food/drinks (no fees), Friday night beer tasting party (no fees – see a trend here?), dealer’s room and art show (fees to buy of course), Ice cream social, ending ceremonies with a lot of free stuff given away and much much more. We’re like a family reunion of 1000 people, come for the events, stay for the friendships you develop. The advantage to a smaller convention, you don’t feel like you’re a small fish swimming upstream, you can get into the events that you’re interested in without having to stand in line for hours ahead of time.
Be sure to check out our local charity Kids and Canines that we support each year.
Feel free to share this blog and help get the word out about our small convention. Help us fight against the big boys who would put us out of business without even knowing we’re here.
—Heather Dryer – Necronomicon Gaming Director
This post was made during a bout of insomnia at 4am in the morning, I make no promises to the clarity of my rambling thoughts.
Today hubby and I ventured to Winter Park, Florida to do our “beta” test for the new/upcoming adventure game It’s a Trap (http://www.itsatrapgame.com). We participated in their Kickstarter and for our donation we received two tickets to come try it out and give our feedback.
They’re still working on putting everything into place, doing lots of updates to the building it looks like, in addition to working on the scenario rooms.
Hubby’s only “negative” is that he thinks it would do much better if it were over on I-Drive in the middle of all the other tourist attractions. I think it has the potential to do well where it is, with the right advertising and word of mouth. It’s not too far away from a gaming store (we passed by but didn’t have time to stop) and I think it has a lot going for it.
Now, I’m not going to post anything with spoilers, as that just wouldn’t be right. So, feel free to read on with no worries that I’ll ruin it for you.
For those who don’t know what “It’s a Trap” is, the concept is you and 7 others are “locked” in a themed room and you have 1 hour to get out (you’re not really LOCKED in, it’s just part of the immersion). You win by finding clues to solve puzzles, open boxes, decode riddles, etc.
On their website they currently list 4 different “games” you can choose from. They have two fantasy and two that are zombie apocalypse themed. The one we did was the apocalypse type one, and boy was it fun.
Not only are you searching the room trying to solve the clues, there’s actually interaction from an actor who helps you to get into the storyline and really slip into character in the adventure.
In the first few minutes, I felt a little awkward trying to be someone I’m not, which is odd, since I am a GamerChyk after all. But I quickly got into it, talking back and forth with the NPC (non player character for the non RPG people…..Role Playing Game lol).
Hubby and I raced to find clues and with a couple of nudges from the NPC we managed to solve the final puzzle with 1 minute to spare and emerged victorious.
I can not recommend this experience enough. What a fun time. I can’t wait for them to open officially so we can try out the fantasy scenarios too.
Be sure to visit their website to check out the 4 listed games, oh, and my understanding is that these games will change periodically, so don’t worry that once you go 4 times you’ll be done and know how to do them all. From what I read they plan to change out the games to keep it fresh. I want to play them all! Wonder if they’d consider an annual pass, or multi visit pass in the future, hmmm.
Oh, and I’m not being paid for my blog, I didn’t get anything for free, I’m not affiliated in any way with “It’s a Trap”, I’m just a GamerChyk who found out about them on Facebook and jumped in on the Kickstarter they offered.
If you try them out, I’d be interested in your thoughts/opinions.
You can also find them on FB at https://www.facebook.com/itsatraporlando
Until Next Time
Welcome to my first ever blog. Why did I start it now? Who can say, but here we go!
I’m a self proclaimed GamerChyk and Anime fan. Yep, I love to game and I watch Sailor Moon. Deal with it 😉
I game with friends, I game at conventions and I get up at 6am every 1st & 3rd Saturday to watch Sailor Moon Crystal.
This blog is just a way for me to let off some steam, maybe share some of the things I love, and who knows, maybe entertain someone if anyone ever sees this page. It could happen.