30 Day Geek Out Challenge – Part 1

I am taking part in Megan’s 30 Day Geek out Challenge. However, rather than post one entry per day, I’ll be answering each week’s questions in batches of five!

This post covers questions 1-5.

This week’s questions include:

  1. What was your first fandom?
  2. What is your most recent fandom?
  3. What was your favourite convention experience?
  4. What was your worst convention experience?
  5. 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.

2 comments on “30 Day Geek Out Challenge – Part 1

  1. Megan on

    Only convention I’ve went to is a small one in my area. I cosplayed as Derpy/Muffins from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It was pretty cool. I used to like to LARP with an old friend of mine. Heck I sometimes did it as myself as a kid. Kind of dumb you got kicked out of that one though.

    You actually ran a convention? That’s pretty cool!

  2. Karin on

    I love The Good Place too! The characters are amazing, and I like how they take something as deep and complex as ethics and turn it into a hilarious comedy. Also Kristen Bell = <3

    That's so impressive that you run a convention! I'd say that's pretty high up on the "geek scale" 😀 It must be so much work but, I imagine, also a lot of fun.

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