Itzacon

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'Itzacon' or 'ItzaconEire' as it is also known, is Galway's annual Gaming convention. It has reached its fourteenth year and shows no sign of slowing down. Itzacon XIV was held on the weekend of the 9th to the 11th March 2018.

Itzacon was the brainchild of Anita Murray, FanSci's then Auditor and the convention's founding director. Itzacon I [1] was brought forth to much cheering and a lot of happy and soon exhausted gamers in March 2005. This trend was continued by Itzacon II in 2006, that time with added Pirates. It has been claimed that Itzacon III had a Prisoner theme, but when asked, it denied it had a theme, it refused to be themed or filed or any of that kind of thing. Itzacon IV had a Victorian feel to it, but a gentleman never comments on these things. Itzacon V revolted against the previous regimes while still adhering to their remit of great games and fun for all. Itzacon VI seemed to embrace an Art Deco feel, or so they claim. Itzacon VII explored the Yucatan with the Itza people and those beyond. Itzacon VIII wandered through the Spindly Woods and fought the Fizzlers by the Heights. Itzacon IX went wandering in the lost world beneath a broken and yellowing moon, Itzacon X whizzed through the timelines while Itzacon XI peered at us from behind silvered and cracked glass. In 2016 Itzacon XII threw open the gates of Hell, to find who knows what? Itzacon XIII had secrets galore but many still remain a surprise, perhaps we'll find them yet! Itzacon XIV held the fort and saw the stag. As for Itzacon XV? The rest of Itzacon's second decade is unwritten but the future is bright...


Itzacon III saw the inauguration of the National Game Writer Award. For too long writers have slaved over creating games only to see players have fun for three or more hours and win a prize. Writers deserve recognition for the work they do and Itzacon seeks to reward this. Who will be next year's winner? Only time will tell. Rules for admission will be posted on the Itzacon XIV[2] website.

Itzacon IX saw the launching of the Intervarsity Boardgames Trophy. Fun and lunacy to be had by any University or College mad enough to enter a team.

Itzacon is also one of the only conventions to run at least one RPG per convention through Irish, usually scheduled as "Eachtraí Gaeilge".


Itzacon Eire XIV will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI, Galway.


Convention Directors

Con Director Itzacon Year
Anita Murray Itzacon I 2005
Brian Dolan Itzacon II 2006
Charles Dunne Itzacon III 2007
Mike Brennan Itzacon IV 2008
Ciaran O'Brien Itzacon V 2009
Jason Martin Itzacon VI 2010
Ronan Comaskey Itzacon VII 2011
Fergal Mac Carthaigh Itzacon VIII 2012
Millie Kennedy Itzacon IX 2013
Conor Kenny Itzacon X 2014
Ross Lavelle Itzacon XI 2015
Leanne Davoren Itzacon XII 2016
Eoin Browne Itzacon XIII 2017
Niall Mullins Itzacon XIV 2018
Ronan Gallagher Itzacon XV 2019

















National Game Writer Award Winners

Award Winner Itzacon Year
Paddy Delaney Itzacon III 2007
Cat Tobin Itzacon IV 2008
Sandra Duggan Itzacon V 2009
Padraic Barrett Itzacon VI 2010
Gar Ryder-Hanrahan Itzacon VII 2011
Anita Murray Itzacon VIII 2012
Ciaran O'Brien Itzacon IX 2013
Michelle Haward & Feargal Keenan Itzacon X 2014
Ray O'Mahony Itzacon XI 2015
Baz Nugent Itzacon XII 2016
James Rhys (Grey) Lloyd Jones Itzacon XIII 2017
Ian Power Itzacon XIV 2018


















Intervarsity Boardgames Trophy Winners

Winner Itzacon Year
NUI Galway Fansci Society Itzacon IX 2013
WARPS Itzacon X 2014
NUI Galway Fansci Society Itzacon XI 2015
NUI Galway Fansci Society Itzacon XII 2016
NUI Galway Fansci Society Itzacon XIII 2017
???? Itzacon XIV 2018










NUI Galway Fansci Society (*)

Links

Itzacon's WikiPedia Entry [3]