After a short part of the program in the hotel International, like on Thursday, Eurocon's program continued in its traditional venue, on FER. This year though, they put a stargate on the entrance. (Why did they have to use the one from Atlantis?)
|Eurocon 2012 convention entrance
Anyways, FER is a big improvement over hotel International. Bigger, more roomy, with plenty of space for sellers, associations, etc. and their stalls. It was like a regular SFeraKon on steroids - bigger, better, with more rooms open, international associations and their stalls, and more people.
The attendance changed drastically from Thursday (as expected, since Thursday was free for everyone in masks). LARPers no longer visually owned the convention. As conventions go, SFeraKon is usually overwhelming. And how wouldn't it be? If you were to see everything, you'd have to be on 20 places at the same time - so everyone's experience is rather unique. And as Eurocon, this simply grew bigger. I'd say - based on my Friday experience - that we're looking at the best SFeraKon so far.
As I mentioned yesterday, I was participating in a LARP panel considering the future of LARP. It was... short. Far too short for my tastes. Should have been three hours, not one. It did have some interesting news and announcements, such as the announced Steampunk convention on Sep. 29th, and a week later (Oct. 6th) a rule-less 24 hr fantasy LARP based on works of Croatian fantasy authors (it has been postponed for some time so here's hoping it happens).
|Eurocon 2012 Ognjeni Mač stall
There were rather few non-LARPers on the panel, but we had some talk with all of them afterwards. I was running around arranging things, and then I participated in a short 1 hour modern horror LARP called Love is Blue - it had pregenerated characters, and an excellent atmosphere. I'm recommending it if you ever get the opportunity.
I won't be there today due to some other plans I have... But today's likely to be the big day, so if you had any plans to attend - go there. Not only because of LARP, but because of its rich SF and Fantasy content and excellent guests of honor. And there's a LARP tournament tomorrow at 2, would be a shame to miss it.