The previous Saturday saw me and most of the Adventure Crew (Sarah, Avariel and Joelyn) going to the far east end of the island to attend SPORE Con. I’ve never been to a table top/board game convention before so this was bound to get exciting.
The main reason for us to attend was for the SFF (that’s Science Fiction & Fantasy for those of you who are scratching you head at that) Panel that Sarah and Rozen was on.
We arrived a few minutes late but it wasn’t too bad since everyone was just milling about. After a while, everyone settled down and Jolantru, the moderator, opened the panel.
It’s not common knowledge that we do have SFF writers in Singapore. It’s just that we’re like lone wolves, writing alone without a pack because we (yes, me included) don’t know how to get in touch with the other SFF writers out there. The only time I’ve ever seen so many SFF writers coming together is during NaNoWriMo and they usually disappear when it ends. It’s sad, isn’t it?
The panel discussed a number of things, like our writer identity. Would we want to be known as a Singapore Writer or just Writer? I’m opting for the latter. The discussions also covered the difficulty genre writers have trying to get their work published locally. Something needs to be done about this situation, but what?
After the panel came to a close, we went down to see the exhibits in the hall.
There were figurines, board games and other things that I have no idea how to describe. It was pretty interesting. Sarah and I got to try a cooking style board game where we had to put in the ingredients in with one swift motion and hoping not to burn the food. I guess years of shaking tubes out of beakers really helped since I little trouble shaking the ingredients out.
There was a competition for Warhammer 40k (though for the life of me, I have no idea what kind of game that is). Noone was playing when we got there but the set up itself was very interesting.
Too bad that we couldn’t stay longer since Raven Silvers was waiting for us. I can’t wait for next year’s event.
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