I am very behind on event recaps, and there’s nothing I can do except just try to catch up. I will start with MAGFest (The Music and Gaming Festival), which took place the first week of January. This post will be on the convention itself, but I will also follow up with cosplay photos (and there were A LOT of cosplayers this year, more than last year, I think).
Beth and Michelle joined us in attending on Thursday and Friday (Michelle also stayed for Saturday), and then on Saturday and Sunday we hung out with Kate, Liz, Katie, and Rom. It was great to be able to see so many friends, including those from out of town. We split a lot of our time between playing table top games, playing arcade games, and shopping. I only saw a couple panels (a talk on cosplay makeup and the costume contest), but they were both enjoyable. I feel pretty fortunate to have a con like this less than an hour from me. The DC-area con scene is really awesome.
On to the photos!
Michelle playing Rampage. The mechanics of this game, which involve physically tossing or launching game pieces at the board, are ridiculous. Hilarity usually ensues.
Beth scrutinizing her move in Rampage
The Rampage game board. Part of the point of the game is to knock over those multi-floored structures built of meeples.
Mike playing a skiing game in the arcade
The cosplay contest had a nice twist: the judges started by choosing a pool of costumers that would then advance into a tournament. Each round two cosplayers would be pitted against each other and would have to execute an action (such as “best taunt” or “best combat move”). Audience cheers would decide who advanced. So people got points both for their costumes and their acting ability. The two finalists both had great costumes but were even better at acting out their characters. Teresa of Fire Lily Cosplay was one of the judges.
There was a computer museum room that had a number of old machines running 1970s-early 2000s games. Remember this one?
Me playing Alhambra
The Gaylord Hotel lobby was packed with cosplayers, photographers, and folks socializing each evening! This was Saturday night.
Unlike most cons, MAGFest goes over four days, not three. By Sunday morning I needed some extra caffeine. In my Mulan mug, while wearing a Mulan dress, of course.
Katie and Rom in the arcade
An example of the humorous signage posted throughout the con
Playing Scotland Yard, with Rom as Mr. X
Sunday selfie with Liz, Katie, Rom, and Kate!
Our purchases: a Japanese-style Legend of Zelda print by Jed Henry, a Rainbow Dash tote by Argibi, a Hamilton pin by A Sunny Disposish, and a fox pin by Naomi Romero