Seeking adventure? Roll up to KamCon

Inaugural gaming convention on next weekend at TRU

Prepare to embark on an adventure filled with all types of mythical characters if you roll up to Thompson Rivers University next weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28, the Grand Hall will play host to KamCon18 — the first of what is hoped to be an annual event celebrating tabletop gaming culture in Kamloops.

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Kamloops residents Tyler Carpentier and Julien Leader organized the convention in an effort to bring other gaming enthusiasts together.

“It’s shaping up to be a neat weekend,” Carpentier told KTW.

The convention is centred around games like Dungeons and Dragons and will feature content tailored toward experienced gamers and those who have never rolled up a character alike.

In addition to D&D, the convention will expose people to myriad other role-playing board games, such as Scion and FATE.

People can sign up for game sessions or take in introductory workshops on what to expect from the game, how to train new dungeon masters and how to paint game miniature figurines.

An extensive board game library will be available for people to try, as well as a half-dozen vendors.

Want a few laughs to go along with your gaming? The Freudian Slips comedy troupe is scheduled to attend KamCon18 on Sunday to do a live D&D roleplay.

“They’re really funny. They do a really good job, so we’re excited to have them there,” Carpentier said.

KamCon18 will also feature a cosplay contest where people can dress up as their favourite characters from books, movies and video games.

Demonstrations from the Society for Creative Anachronism — a non-profit organization dedicated to research and recreation of pre-17th century skills, arts and combat — will also be on hand, Carpentier told KTW.

The event is also fundraising for a non-profit aimed at solving youth homelessness.

“We have a silent auction where the entire proceeds will be going to A Way Home,” Carpentier said.

Tickets for general admission to KamCon18 are $5 and available at the door.

About 100 to 200 people are expected to visit over the course of the two-day event.

“It’s exciting. There’s been a lot of support within the community for sure,” Carpentier said.

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