Mim's Cancon 2016
Canberra hosted its yearly Cancon gaming convention two weeks back and I thought I'd take some time to post a bunch of pics from the event.
Cancon is not your conventional convention (that sounded oddly funny). The primary focus is on turn based board gaming revolving around collectible miniature strategy combat of varying scale.
Traditional miniature gaming requires the purchase of armies comprised of units big and small, that (generally speaking) require you to assemble and paint them for use. The medium is as much about expressing your artistic talents as it is about out witting your opponent(s) an a table top game of strategy.
Over the years many satellite hobbies have been drawn to Cancon and been accepted into the family friendly event. These include old school pencil and dice Dungeons and Dragons role-play, modern family board games, collectible card games and in recent years even cosplay.
The event naturally has a large dealer turn out as part of this almost symbiotic relationship of supply and demand. A number of smaller startup's have booths to show their wares and this year we even had a kick starter selling their very first release books for a role playing game!
As with each year I work as a volunteer over the weekend and help out with odds and ends where needed. We had a pretty crazy turn out this year round with the first day seeing over 5000 people come through the main doors in the first 3 hours.
Here is my post from the 2012 event if interested in seeing more http://www.figure.fm/en/post/36380/Mim+s+Cancon+2012.html
Pics via iPhone 6 (2012 event taken with an iPhone 4 so kinda interesting seeing the advance in picture quality since then)
Kinda hard to gauge scope. This area would soon fill up with hundreds of gamers the next day.
That fenced off area is for the more modern board games. You basically pay for a day or weekend pass and get to check any board game you like out of the library, open it up, read the rules and play it with family and friends.
The idea being you get to basically try before you buy it from the dealer stalls or simply have a ball of a time playing some older classics just to pass the time with friends. It keeps getting bigger and bigger each year and fills to capacity quickly.
The twilight hours of the second hand goods store.
3D printed goods.
And there's the printer!
You got to love the terrain used in many of the board games. This was a tournament for an old Games Workshop game called Epic 40K.
There was a another huge turn out of players for the old Games Workshop Blood Ball game. Very popular each year with upwards of 40 players.
Foam swords. Feel good in the hand with nice taped grips and look the business without the danger of being metal and dangerous if swung round.
He sold 60% of his entries stock in the opening hour of the first day.
Made to order custom leather goods. They look amazing and last just about forever.
There was a special cosplay dinner and auction of various goodies. This was the display for said goodies.
This steam punk cosplay was really nice.
Second hand stall up stairs is great. You bring a bunch of things you don't want and they sell them over the weekend for a 10% commission. I use it to fund my trip down each year and as a way to clean out un-wanted things.
The Privateer press game Warmachine has been growing year on year with this time nearly more players than Games Workshops Warhammer and 40K combined.I beleive ther was upwards of 120 players.
I call this the money shot. There were a number of card dealers including this one with old Magic the gathering cards. When I say old I mean the oldest.
Yest that's $5500 AUD for a Black Lotus.
I used to own one along with a set of Mox's back in the day (those 5 to the left of the Lotus on the bottom row) Orz
Laser cut wood for easy assembly of terrain that you can then paint for your games like the examples in the foreground.
Those two nerf guns had some after market parts. Rumor has it the top one could fire a dart 300m. Yes that's not a toy scope and that's a fully functional pressure gauge on the second one.
Stock nerf guns and also a service to customize them. There is a whole side hobby to nerf guns many never realised existed with boosted electric motors, battery packs, up-rated springs. All to boost performance.
Real metal Armour and swords. There is a hobby where people craft authentic olden day Armour and weapons and then do battle with each other. I hear its fun, but the pain is real.
Some miniature games are historical based. Occasionally you will see famous battles re-enacted like this one. The line of thought being, if you were in command of your sides forces on the day. How would you of commanded them?
Yep. Every single one of those was hand painted.
Pokemon tournament. I hear its very much alive and strong as a yearly event.
Magic the gathering is also still quite strong though not as strong this year round as past ones.
Yep those are dice made out of actual precious stone.
The Tungsten set was the dearest at $800 AUD. I was politely asked to not roll a Tungsten dice on the glass.... wonder why? :P
Some might wonder at the idea around why you would want to buy such an expensive set of dice. To me it makes sense if you role play and generally only need one set of dice and perhaps an extra D10 or a few D6's and that's it along with your tablet PC / iPad holding all your rule books.
Was tempted to buy a set of Copper dice for $130 AUD. Being solid copper they will slowly turn greenish over time with wear. That sounds cool to me.
Painting Comp entries.
Worth noting these are only 2 inches tall.
The owner of this custom made and painted the base to theme with the main figure.
Again only 3 inch's tall or so.
Some of the role players. This was the Pathfinder area. There was another room with loads of Dungeons and Dragons players also.
The scene was custom made and painted along with the figure.