In Motion Staff Writer
The Daytona State College Tabletop Gaming Club hosted the second annual Falcon Con in mid-March at the DSC Lenholt Center to a crowd of more than 100 video gamers.
Chair of the event Jay Waddick, a DSC student, said the goal of Falcon Con is to reach out and form a more constructed community of anime and gaming fans in the area.
“You’d be surprised at how many people you talk to and you find out that they’re Pokémon fans or anime fans or Magic fans when you would never think so. This is our attempt to unify the community.”
Among the main events were demonstrations by the Indie Game Alliance, which provided an area for convention goers to test out prototype card games and leave feedback for the creators. There was also a large selection of games for guests to take to their tables and play.
Other events included a Magic: The Gathering tournament, an anime screening room, a cosplay (EXPLAIN WHAT THIS IS) contest and steampunk themed live-action-role-play or LARP escape room, where a group of six had 20 minutes to search the room for clues and solve puzzles to escape before a masked villain stormed the area. Groups were awarded miscellaneous prizes for escaping the room or fulfilling special objectives.
Professional cosplayers Rick Stafford “The True Aquaman” and Rose Piercy “The True Mera” were special guests at the event.
“I grew up in the Daytona Beach area. I actually came here to DSC, got my A.A. degree before going on to my many other accolades in education. This is one of my alma maters so I thought I’d come back and be part of Falcon Con,” said Stafford. NAME SOME OF THE *ACCOLADES*
He and Piercy announced the winners of the cosplay contest.
Waddick said this year’s turnout pulled in more than 100 attendees and organizers are already in the process of turning in the paperwork for next year’s Falcon Con. He says he hopes to organize more events like it throughout the year as well.
The Tabletop Gaming Club currently meets every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Lenholt Center/Cafeteria Building 130.
For more information about Falcon Con and upcoming events, visit its Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/Falcon-Con-Gaming-Anime-Convention-1024957700958188 .