No Greater Power In The ‘Verse: Raleigh Geeks Band Together At Illogicon
For the third year in a row, Sci-fi and gaming fans came out to experience Illogicon, the fan-run convention that grew as a grassroots labor of geekdom love right here in Raleigh. This weekend was full of fun-loving nerds from around the Triangle area and beyond, enjoying this ever-growing convention.
This year featured guests of honor Mary Robinette Kowal, award winning novelist and puppeteer, and Lawrence M. Schoen who holds a Ph.D in cognitive psychology and is one of the foremost authorities on the Klingon language.
In addition to guest panels, dealers like Blibbering Humdingers brought music and other nerdly knickknacks, and War Bunny’s War Chest sold fine steel work for the budget-minded. Of course, you could also shop from a plethora of sci-fi novels and board games.
When you’re not hanging out with the con’s mascot, Professor Schrödington, there are booths, gaming rooms, and new friends to make around the lovely Embassy Suites hotel which acts as the venue. This year, Illogicon held its first cosplay contest and gave out awards to the many awesome cosplayers who showed up.
I had attended the first Illogicon back in 2012, and I was happy to see that it has grown and acquired an even nicer venue.
The con is relaxing, with a very chill environment and friendly staff that will gladly join in on the fun with everyone else. Illogicon is usually the second weekend of every January. As a homegrown convention started by Raleigh natives, it’s incredible to see how the fandom and local geek scene has supported the expansion of Illogicon. Posters hang in local gamer hangouts, like Game Theory. More than just a small group of Sci-Fi and Fantasy lovers hanging out to share their geekdom, Illogicon has expanded to become a staple of the Triangle’s few conventions. Each year, you’ll likely to run into familiar faces and friends.
And now, the best part of a con: PICTURES!
Looking forward to next year!