BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3

It’s tempting to simply type several paragraphs of “Aaaaarghghghhg!” at this point, as the BristolCon team readies the castle for the coming onslaught of writers, readers, editors, gamers, Very Hard Quiz Questions, workshops, flashing lights and cake. Banners are flying. Chargers are snorting. The jousting schedule is almost ready.

These last few weeks before the convention always seem to surprise us, despite the fact that some of us have been doing this for quite a while now. Every year we promise ourselves we’ll do things earlier, and every year Life gets in the way and it’s a mad scramble to pull all the essential elements of a BristolCon out of the maelstrom surrounding us and nail them in place. OK, that might be too many metaphors.

By the end of this week we should have published:

  • Main programme of panels and events
  • Small Group Sessions, with signups open
  • Art Show programme
  • Games Room provisional timetable of hosted games, and list of other games available to play
  • Details of Open Mic and workshop(s) on the Friday night.

Programme participants will be contacted shortly.

Minions will be invited to check the programme so that our Minion King, Ade, can design the rota to everyone’s satisfaction. If you are interested in being a Minion, please contact volunteers[at]bristolcon[dot] org. We need people to time panels, ensure water jugs are filled, move chairs and so on. The more Minions, the lighter everyone’s duties, and you get a) a special rate on next year’s convention membership b) a warm fuzzy feeling and c) cake, of course!

On the day, we’ll be recruiting people to the Committee for next year; if you’re interested in that please contact chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

Any questions? We love to catch up with our members on Twitter (@bristolcon) or on facebook.

Indie games a go-go

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By Elliot Scholes

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We are proud to reveal the first batch of Indie games coming to PLAY Expo Manchester this year along with our our new Alt/indie.expo zone curated by We Throw Switches…

Unbox (Prospect Games)

From tropical islands to frozen peaks, filled with collectibles and cardboard characters, Unbox takes you around the world to save GPS, defeat Boss Wild and his miniature minions. Find and complete challenges on each world to earn stamps and, once you have enough, it’s time to take on Boss Wild! Using the power of Unreal Engine 4, the world of Unbox is filled with physics fun: buildings will crumble and boxes will tumble in this explosive adventure!

Once you’ve saved the world, grab your friends for classic four player fun! Enter the arena to battle your buddies in a range of game modes: – Boxing: Shoot fireworks, avoid water! – Collect: Grab the most tape, where will it appear next? – Thief: Steal coins, ruin friendships! – Oddbox: Become the most wanted, avoid the hunters!

Gotta go fast? Try Delivery, a racing game mode where boxes will plummet down perilous routes as they try to reach the finish box first! With 11 diverse Local Multiplayer maps and a fully customisable tournament, prepare for endless cardboard carnage!

RUYA (Miracle Tea Studios)

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Trapped in a coma, a young girl explores her dream on a journey of self-realisation. Come and experience the imagination of a young girl in a dreamworld by swiping shapes and solving puzzles!

The player character, ‘Ruya’ floats gracefully atop an imaginary garden of her emotions. Your goal is to awaken her by matching her coloured traits which she absorbs, making her increasingly wise and elegant. Once she reaches enlightenment this will result in a moment of self-realisation.

The game is built for mobile devices for the casual audience. You begin by placing and sorting coloured seeds into a grid. Once the target shape is formed you can swipe across them to complete the shape.

Ruya provides hours of relaxation as you become increasingly immersed and focused in solving puzzles that become challenging and wondrous. Each level provides continuous excitement as you master your creativity in sorting and popping shapes. Help Ruya on her awe inspiring journey of waking up.

Guns of Icarus Alliance (Muse Games)

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Guns of Icarus: Alliance is a truly cooperative experience where you and your friends fight against AI controlled enemies in a world where steampunk airships rule the skies. A single pilot can adventure alone. Two to four friends can crew a single ship, or up to 16 players in 4 airships can unite in their battle for the wasteland, completing objectives in all new PvE/Co-op game modes.

Defending your base, securing cargo, and assaulting strongholds will be met with heavy resistance. Enemies will fight back based on a dynamic tension systems that will keep the battle tough and exciting.

Since Alliance is Player vs. Environment, you just need to grab your friends and go. You’ll quickly find yourself fending off waves of aeroplanes, airships, and even massive boss ships! Choose a faction to join and unlock their special costumes, weapons, and airships; but most importantly, to move your faction one step closer to their ultimate goal and reshape the world of Guns of Icarus.

Dragon Bros (Space Lizard Studio)

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Four teenage dragons go on an adventure to save their kidnapped mom. The culprits? The mechaliches! They are an evil robotic society who survived the collapse of a technologically advanced alien civilization. On their way, our dragons meet various mega bosses and learn more about their enemies goal.

Dragon Bros is an amazing Run & Gun with gorgeous pixel art graphics and a punchy soundtrack. It finds its roots in Metal Slug, Broforce and Super Time Force. You can explore the multiple levels alone or with a friend. Test mad weapons and try to survive the harder difficulties!

The Mystery Of Woolley Mountain (James Lightfoot)

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The Mystery Of Woolley Mountain is a brand new point and click adventure for Windows and OSX, set in a surreal fantastical world where five renegade time travelling audio scientists are trying to save a town of children from a malevolent witch on the mysterious island of Woolley Mountain.

Influenced and inspired by the classic The Secret Of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, DiscWorld and Space Quest games, The Mystery Of Woolley Mountain’s world is a fantastical sprawling universe, where beasts, witches, automatons, ropemen and other strange and wonderful beings exist.

Alt/indie.expo (We Throw Switches)

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We Throw Switches (Andrew Dyce & Craig Fairweather) are a curation and production duo, based in Edinburgh, who specialise in bringing incredible video games and other wonderful digital things out from behind closed doors and into amazing social spaces. In the past they’ve organised and collaborated on games collections for everything from film premieres to game jam arcades. They also run and curate the games club/bar night, GamesAreForEveryone.

The guys will be bringing something a little different to PLAY Expo Manchester this year in our Alt/indie.expo zone, but we aren’t saying any more about it – you’ll have to come and see for yourself…

More games to follow in a few days!

Source:: Play Expo

      

Wristbands Collection & a New Ticket Policy for Future MCM London Shows

mcm letters familyFollowing on from feedback we have received after the weekend tickets for MCM London Comic Con sold out in record time, we’re happy to announce that if you have bought multiple single day tickets you will be able to collect your wristbands in advance to avoid having to queue each morning.

MCM London Comic Con 2016 October Wristband Collection

Working with the venue, we’re happy to announce that if you have purchased a Friday Priority Ticket or a Weekend Ticket then you can collect your wristbands early on Thursday 27th October 17:00-20:00 at the west entrance industry desk.

If you can’t get to the venue on Thursday and you have Saturday Priority Tickets you can collect your wristband at 17:00-19:00 on Friday in the queue hall.

If you have Sunday Priority Tickets you can collect your Sunday Wristband at 16:00-18:00 on Saturday in the queue hall.

These additional wristband collections are applicable to Priority Tickets only (not General Entry). The closest tube stop is Prince Regent DLR.

You can of course still collect your tickets on the day if you wish to.

 

Plus, we’re making a change to the ticketing of future London shows to make things easier for you as the event becomes even more popular. 

2017 MCM London Comic Con Ticketing

Beginning in 2017, an Early Bird Weekend Ticket will be available in the same quantity and same price as current Weekend Tickets.

Once these have sold out you will be able to purchase a Standard Weekend Ticket for the same price as 3 single day tickets. This ticket type will be available to purchase until Single Day Priority Tickets sell out on any one day.

Buying a single Priority Day Ticket or General Day Entry will of course still be options too.

 

 

 

Go to Source – London Comic Con

Wristbands Collection & a New Ticket Policy for Future MCM London Shows

mcm letters familyFollowing on from feedback we have received after the weekend tickets for MCM London Comic Con sold out in record time, we’re happy to announce that if you have bought multiple single day tickets you will be able to collect your wristbands in advance to avoid having to queue each morning.

MCM London Comic Con 2016 October Wristband Collection

Working with the venue, we’re happy to announce that if you have purchased a Friday Priority Ticket or a Weekend Ticket then you can collect your wristbands early on Thursday 27th October 17:00-20:00 at the west entrance industry desk.

If you can’t get to the venue on Thursday and you have Saturday Priority Tickets you can collect your wristband at 17:00-19:00 on Friday in the queue hall.

If you have Sunday Priority Tickets you can collect your Sunday Wristband at 16:00-18:00 on Saturday in the queue hall.

These additional wristband collections are applicable to Priority Tickets only (not General Entry). The closest tube stop is Prince Regent DLR.

You can of course still collect your tickets on the day if you wish to.

 

Plus, we’re making a change to the ticketing of future London shows to make things easier for you as the event becomes even more popular. 

2017 MCM London Comic Con Ticketing

Beginning in 2017, an Early Bird Weekend Ticket will be available in the same quantity and same price as current Weekend Tickets.

Once these have sold out you will be able to purchase a Standard Weekend Ticket for the same price as 3 single day tickets. This ticket type will be available to purchase until Single Day Priority Tickets sell out on any one day.

Buying a single Priority Day Ticket or General Day Entry will of course still be options too.

 

 

 

Go to Source – London Comic Con

The Force is strong with MCM Kids!

sabres3Is the Force strong with your little Jedi? Have you ever wanted to join the Rebellion? Or fight with the First Order? Whether you sway towards the dark or the light, train them young with the Silver Sabres!

Hone those lightsabre skills with a team of Master Jedi’s who will sharing their skills all weekend to train the family in this exciting new combat sport, combining elements of traditional martial arts and theatrical expression!

All Silver Sabres instructors are fully qualified professional coaches with current DBS, First Aid and Child Safeguarding certificates

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The Silver Sabres Team will be holding FREE 20 minute sessions for attendees in the MCM London Kid Zone

Want to sign up? They’ll be taking bookings for class slots once the doors open on the morning of each day.

May the force be with you!

Find out more about the Kids Zone here
Find out more about Silver Sabres here

 

Go to Source – London Comic Con

The Force is strong with MCM Kids!

sabres3Is the Force strong with your little Jedi? Have you ever wanted to join the Rebellion? Or fight with the First Order? Whether you sway towards the dark or the light, train them young with the Silver Sabres!

Hone those lightsabre skills with a team of Master Jedi’s who will sharing their skills all weekend to train the family in this exciting new combat sport, combining elements of traditional martial arts and theatrical expression!

All Silver Sabres instructors are fully qualified professional coaches with current DBS, First Aid and Child Safeguarding certificates

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The Silver Sabres Team will be holding FREE 20 minute sessions for attendees in the MCM London Kid Zone

Want to sign up? They’ll be taking bookings for class slots once the doors open on the morning of each day.

May the force be with you!

Find out more about the Kids Zone here
Find out more about Silver Sabres here

 

Go to Source – London Comic Con

KONAMI’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is coming to PLAY Expo Manchester

By Andy Brown

Following a raft of positive reviews from critics upon its release, PES 2017 will be available to experience in its entirety at the show allowing visitors to view every aspect of the game.

PES League – the official PES 2017 eSports competition – will also be present throughout the show to run a number of drop-in tournaments with prizes on offer for those good enough to win one. To enter a tournament simply visit the Pro Evolution stand near exit VE4 in Hall 3, and speak to one of the staff present.

PES 2017 centres on the concept of ‘Control Reality’, as the game ups its levels of intuitive control and its recreation of top-level football. With its ‘Real Touch’ system to ensure players can receive a pass and make space with a variety of movements, all-new ‘Precise Pass’ elements that ensure the user has complete control over the weight and speed of every pass they make, and stunning advances to both the out-field and goal keeping AI, PES 2017 delivers the definitive match day experience in every way.

The PES series has long been famed for its gameplay, and PES 2017 is designed to be played with and against friends. The intuitive controls and instantaneous response times deliver a game where players will feel the sheer joy of delivering a perfectly-weighted pass, or completing a flowing attacking move with an unstoppable shot to the top corner. The on-pitch detail also boasts an incredible level of tactical options, with players adding on-the-fly instructions to break down stubborn defences or to implement set-pieces in dead-ball situations. Similarly, the game’s proprietary ‘Adaptive AI’ ensures that the game will constantly analyse playing styles and look to counter specific threats using intelligent solutions.

PES 2017 is out now on Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox One, Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC.

Source:: Play Expo

      

RWBY stars Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle arriving at MCM London Comic Con!

Two of the stars of Rooster Teeth’s hit web animation RWBY, Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle, are coming to London Comic Con!

rwbyblakeArryn Zech voices Blake Belladonna, one of the persecuted Faunus and a former member of the extremist White Fang organisation. Quitting the group when it became too violent, the somewhat aloof Blake joined Beacon Academy to become a Huntress, keeping her Faunus identity a secret by concealing her distinctive cat ears beneath black bow.

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Meanwhile, Kara Eberle voices Weiss Schnee, the white-haired heiress of the shady Schnee Dust Company. Her haughty attitude softened by being Ruby’s partner in Team RWBY, 17-year-old rich kid Weiss battles the forces of the Grimm with her powerful weapon Myrtenaster, a Multi-Action Dust Rapier that she wields with poise and elegant precision.

 

Volume 4 of RWBY is set to debut this October. The first three volumes of RWBY are also available on DVD from Animatsu Entertainment.

— This news story is for October 2016’s MCM London Comic Con —

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Go to Source – London Comic Con

RWBY stars Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle arriving at MCM London Comic Con!

Two of the stars of Rooster Teeth’s hit web animation RWBY, Arryn Zech and Kara Eberle, are coming to London Comic Con!

rwbyblakeArryn Zech voices Blake Belladonna, one of the persecuted Faunus and a former member of the extremist White Fang organisation. Quitting the group when it became too violent, the somewhat aloof Blake joined Beacon Academy to become a Huntress, keeping her Faunus identity a secret by concealing her distinctive cat ears beneath black bow.

rwbyweiss

Meanwhile, Kara Eberle voices Weiss Schnee, the white-haired heiress of the shady Schnee Dust Company. Her haughty attitude softened by being Ruby’s partner in Team RWBY, 17-year-old rich kid Weiss battles the forces of the Grimm with her powerful weapon Myrtenaster, a Multi-Action Dust Rapier that she wields with poise and elegant precision.

 

Volume 4 of RWBY is set to debut this October. The first three volumes of RWBY are also available on DVD from Animatsu Entertainment.

— This news story is for October 2016’s MCM London Comic Con —

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Go to Source – London Comic Con

MCM Scotland 2016 Review

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By admin

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MCM Scotland 2016 was something of an eye opener for this reviewer. And I don’t say that because of the parade of movie version Harley Quinn cosplayers either.

Once upon a time this con was called Collectormania, and a modest, unexciting thing it was. It was held in a smallish hall in Glasgow’s Braehead Shopping Centre and even at a fiver admission felt a bit of a rip-off. So a few years back I stopped going, contenting myself with bigger cons in London and the real “comic cons” in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This year the hosts had the good taste to invite comic legend Bob Layton, Mr Iron Man – or, for a few days, Mr Irn Bru Man. Layton needs no introduction, or at least he shouldn’t, with his characters in comics and on the silver screen, and so I rolled up, eager to get another sketch from him.

That’s how MCM Scotland was able to sneak up behind me.

The little con was now big enough to fill two cavernous halls of the SECC. It is now on a scale comparable to one of the biggest London cons, which really surprised me. Saturday was sold out, and Sunday a near-sellout, and it was certainly busy inside the halls, although generally not so much that you couldn’t move around easily.

There was an amazing array of products: art prints, autographs, replica film scripts, props, comics, clothing, toys and pretty much anything that could amuse a geek of any stripe. Fans of manga, anime and all things Nihonjin were particularly well catered for. There was also a comic village with rows of small press wares. I especially enjoyed Lundy/Sepulveda/Ibenk’s Wired, Robertson/Fisher/Giles’ Old World Order and Lennox & Devlin’s Vietnam Zombie Holocaust. Add into the mix areas for card playing and gaming, and plenty of food stalls, and your day was sorted. In fact, such was the depth of choice I was often disoriented and couldn’t figure out which where I was.

The guest list, I have to confess, was mostly a list of strangers to me. However, that statement, while true for me, was not true for many, as long queues were permanently attached to the tables of the likes of the YouTube celebrities from The Hillywood Show. The population of that queue was very young and clearly there’s a dedicated audience the organisers know more about than I.

I did see a few familiar faces at the signing tables. Chris Barrie and Hattie Hayridge – Rimmer and Holly, respectively, from long-running cult hit comedy Red Dwarf – were in attendance, neatly dovetailing with the launch of series 11. The well-attended panel with both cast members on Saturday was enormous fun. Barrie is sharp and droll, and Hayridge is adorably batty.

Bob with young fan, Ben.

Birthday celebrations with Bob!

The only fly in the ointment was not the fault of MCM: British Airways managed to misplace Bob Layton’s portfolio. All his original art, his prints, even his paper and pens, was lost. It was suspected it was going round in circles on a carousel at Gatwick, although that theory has not been confirmed. With The Search for Layton’s Luggage being acted out in London, no one was able to ask him to draw Iron Man, either with or without a bottle of Jack Daniels. Bob, to give him his due, was philosophical about the whole affair and his annoyance level was much lower than it could or should have been. It was only after he tweeted that the FAA and Homeland Security should look into BA’s post-911 airline security that the airline unearthed the location of said items! Even then, alas, it did not appear before the close of play on Sunday.

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The venerable Bob Layton

All in, MCM 2016 was a pleasant shock to the system. Suggestions for the future? More high profile comicbook guests of the calibre of Layton. Preferably with artist’s tools.

And lastly, bring the wonderful Hattie Hayridge up here regularly. Every second week will do. I’m not unreasonable.

Robert Menzies

Source:: Comic Conventions Website

      

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