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'Itzacon' or 'ItzaconEire' as it is also known, is Galway's annual Gaming convention. It has reached its fifteenth year and shows no sign of slowing down. Itzacon XV was held on the weekend of the 8th to the 10th March 2019.

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. Itzacon XV asked us to forge our own path, and as for Itzacon XVI? 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 XVI[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 XVI will take place in the Bailey Allen Hall, February 2020