Geek Out & Speak Out

Geek Out and Speak Out, a nerdy quiz to raise money and awareness for the stand against sexual violence and rape.

Come and get your geek on with us, while supporting a worthy charity. We’ll be upstairs in Robert Reade Bar and Cafe on Saturday the 27th of May. (I’m sorry to say the space we are using is upstairs and the venue does not have a lift, so accessibility may be an issue for some attendees)

17.30: Hosting pre-quiz social games

19.00: Get our quiz going.

A table (of up to 4 players) costs €40.
All profits are being donated to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (http://www.rcni.ie/)

We are also hosting a bake sale and a raffle! (get in touch if you want to contribute baked goods or crafted items!)

At the moment we have 15 tables available for reservation for the quiz. This reservation will last until 18.45, at which time it will be released back into wild. You can book here! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/geek-out-and-speak-out-table-of-4-booking-tickets-34390954270

If you need anything, you can message us on facebook or email us at gamesnights@gaelcon.com

Trigger Warning: Rape, Assault
This event was prompted by the recent news about the assault at Arcadecon in 2015, you can read an official statement here. http://www.the-arcade.ie/2017/04/arcadecon-2015-official-statements/

As a community we have to open dialogues about sexual violence and rape. We have to take action to ensure the safety of our attendees. We know that many members of our community are outraged and upset and need a channel with which to take action. This is an attempt to offer our support and encourage our community to speak out and stand up for each other.

 

Heroes of Conarrige

Recently the Irish Games Association, in conjunction with our charity partner Helium Arts, the Children’s Arts and Health Charity, were delighted to run a two-day live-action roleplay (LARP) event for CanTeen Ireland, an organisation working with teenagers and young people with cancer. Taking place on the grounds of All Hallows College in Drumcondra, the extensive grounds and old-fashioned buildings provided the perfect setting for a fantasy LARP.

Conarrige

Assisted by very generous members of the wider Irish gaming community who volunteered their time, effort, and equipment, we transported the twenty-five CanTeen service users and volunteers to the otherworldly Keep of Conarrige. Here these Visitors were expected to make themselves useful learning the skills of the warrior, defender, sorcerer, or healer.

Masters Healer & SorcererAfter receiving training in these arts by the Masters of Conarrige, a number of missions scouted the surrounding area for threats and dealt firmly with some upstart bandits! Meanwhile the more scholarly inclined Visitors were pondering the riddles of the Master Sorcerer and teaching the Loremaster about their own world.

OutworldersLater, tragedy struck! The Seneschal of the Keep, known for his commanding voice and abrasive attitude, proved to be a traitor. He murdered not only the Lord of Conarrige and the Master Sorcerer but also, against all law and custom, the gentle and well-loved Master Healer! Having made his escape, the Visitors to Conarrige, guided by the surviving Master Defender and Master Warrior, planned their defense against his inevitable assault on the Keep.

Healers The next day the Keep was a tense place: morning scouting missions revealed a large force massing under the outcast Seneschal. A visiting noble, Laird Lachlan, threw in his lot with Conarrige and helped organise the defense. In preparation for the final battle, a number of Visitors who had shown great skill and courage were appointed to fill the vacant roles of Master Healer, Master Sorcerer, and Seneschal.

The MastersMeanwhile research was conducted on how exactly the Lord of Conarrige had been murdered, and how the Seneschal had grown so powerful. It appeared he had drawn power from the mysterious magical stone that protected the Keep of Conarrige … fragments of which the Master Sorcerer had gifted to several of the Visitors before his tragic death. Could they be the key to destroying the fallen Seneschal?

StormageddonThe final battle was a fierce and bloody one. The outcast Seneschal strode the field with a voice of thunder, seemingly invincible, and his armies had no end. The noble defenders of Conarrige threw back wave after wave of enemies, but it seemed certain they would fall. Then, at last, a group of Visitors ambushed him with fragments of the stone, keyed to spells of protection. Cast into confusion, he was struck down and finally slain by a band of warriors. Seeing this, his followers fled.Flee

What a triumphant return these heroes had to Conarrige! Exhausted, battered, but unbowed, they returned to a Keep they had protected when all else failed, and they were justly honoured for it by the Masters and Laird Lachlan, new Lord of Conarrige. At a reception in the Great Hall of Conarrige the otherworldly Visitors were proclaimed not just guests and friends but Heroes! In preparation for their departure to their own world, they were presented with armlets of braided precious metals to show their status and as keepsakes of their time in Conarrige.

ArmletAfter all, who was to say they would not return?

Conarrige may well need heroes again.

Heroes of ConarrigeHelium Arts – www.helium.ie

CanTeen Ireland – www.canteen.ie

Armlets by Adreanna Robson Designs – http://www.facebook.com/AdreannaRobsonDesigns