This post covers questions 1-5.
This week’s questions include:
- What was your first fandom?
- What is your most recent fandom?
- What was your favourite convention experience?
- What was your worst convention experience?
- What’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever done?
Q1 – What was your first fandom?
The fandom topic I can remember being part of was (and I bet you didn’t see this coming) the Tekken franchise.
The mid-late 90s was about the time I was discovering the internet, and obsessing over PlayStation games. Tekken 3 was the first fighting game I played and owned on the PS1.
Some time after Tekken 3 was available, Tekken Tag Tournament came out. I joined the official forums and hung out there a fair bit.
I really loved how Namco gave the characters their own unique stories and ambitions!
Q2 – What is your most recent fandom?
I think it’s gotta be The Good Place. It’s the one show I’ve geeked out the most over at work. (One of my workmates frequently calls me “Janet”.)
Also, I really ought to cosplay Janet some day.
Q3 – What was your favourite convention experience?
I don’t make it a habit go to those really “big” conventions. Although I have stumbled into PAX Australia a couple of times.
The convention I have most regularly attended is Conquest: Melbourne’s Easter Games Convention. And my favourite thing to do at Conquest is freeform role-playing! (For those who don’t know “freeform” is a style of live action role-play (LARP). To the best of my knowledge, it is most prevalent and has its origins in Australia. A good starting point to learn more is on the Wikipedia article for Freeform Role-Playing Game.)
I don’t have a picture for this response, unfortunately. Most LARPs (at least as I’ve experienced it) aren’t filmed or documented. They are best learned about by participating in the activity.
Q4 – What was your worst convention experience?
Being forced out of a freeform game session (which I booked in for) because it was more important the GM’s friend got in.
Yeah, that happened.
Q5 – What’s the geekiest thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve run a whole freakin’ multi-day games convention for 3 years!
That wraps up part one of the 30 questions! Stay tuned for more! You can learn more about the challenge over at Megan’s blog.