Almost exactly one year ago I attended Konline. It was my first virtual convention. Now, after twelve months, I had the chance to attend second Konline. It changed in many ways but at the same time it kept its strong points.
Lajconik is one of my favourite conventions and every year, I am looking forward to it. I usually tend to spend most of the con playing RPGs (as this is the main idea for it). Lajconik 2020 was a different experience to me and there was more than one reason to that.
I recently posted on entry on my blog about online geeking, so I had to try and see how online conventing actually works. I had a great opportunity to experience it since during the last weekend of March a Polish online convention Konline was held. Since I attended it and I enjoyed myself, I have some more thoughts on the topic now.
Plansówki 2019 was the second convention with this name for me. Similarly to the last years’ convention, it was devoted to board games yet there was one additional thing this year added – a location-based game. Apart from that the rest of the con was to a certain extent similar to what I experienced in 2018.
Lajconik is one of my favourite conventions and I always do everything I can to attend it. When I became the chair of the SFF club organizing it, I decided to appear there as an attendee ant not as one of the staff members (I am always available for any help if needed, of course). This year, my time at Lajconik was limited, but it was still a lot of fun.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the ZjAva convention. I did not participate in all of the previous editions, but this one was not my first either. It is a con that concentrates on gaming (and, in my opinion, mainly on RPGs). With over 130 RPG sessions over the weekend it is currently, I believe, the biggest RPG event in Poland.
Sometimes, I do make mistakes when judging conventions. I have not attended first two editions of Plansówki. It was not because I had thought it was not a good convention. It was just not appealing to me enough somehow. Now I can only regret it took me so long before visiting this con in my hometown.
I already stated before how much I like Lajconik. It is a wonderful small convention where I can play RPG both with people I know and those who I haven’t met before. This year it was kind of special to me as I am chairing the SFF club that organizes it. Despite this I was a regular attendee and not staff member, even though I had participated in some staff meetings in order to offer my help (that wasn’t really needed).
I started my convention year 2018 with ZjAva – a relatively big gaming convention in Warsaw. It is completely different than Lajconik I was describing last year, but at the same time both events have things in common. And those are games, of course.
The majority of Polish conventions are made by fans for fans and they aren’t run for profit. Still, with fandom being relatively big, it was only a matter of time when commercial cons would appear. Warsaw Comic Con that took place in the first four days of June was the first to happen, but not the first that had been planned.