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Things coming together for Yarmouth gaming event to be held in June

The Martin family at play in Yarmouth. From left: Michelle, Lily, Hannah and Connor. Dean Martin, president of Y-Con Gaming & Comics Convention, said he hoped this image would help get the message out that the Yarmouth convention – to be held June 21-23 at the Rodd Grand – will be family-friendly.
The Martin family at play in Yarmouth. From left: Michelle, Lily, Hannah and Connor. Dean Martin, president of Y-Con Gaming & Comics Convention, said he hoped this image would help get the message out that the Yarmouth convention – to be held June 21-23 at the Rodd Grand – will be family-friendly. - Contributed

Three months away from the debut of the Y-Con Gaming & Comics Convention in Yarmouth, a spokesman for the event says preparations are coming along nicely.

Scheduled for the weekend of June 21-23, the convention will take place at the Rodd Grand.

“We’ve generated a lot of interest with the releases we’ve been doing on Facebook and now we’re going on Twitter as well, so that’s been going well,” said Dean Martin, president of Y-Con Gaming & Comics Convention. “The response has been very good.”

The focus of the Yarmouth event will be on gaming more than comics.

A Yarmouth resident who used to live in Manitoba, Martin says conventions in Western Canada are primarily of the gaming variety.

“It’s all board games and role-playing games and things like that,” he said, “so I kind of brought that with me and it’s kind of a new thing here in the Maritimes, where you have strictly a gaming convention. I mean we certainly are going to have comic book elements in there, but we are focusing primarily on board gaming, tabletop gaming, that sort of thing.”

In an interview, Martin spoke a bit about what he says has been a resurgence in gaming of late.

“Board gaming has kind of entered a new renaissance in recent years and has grown in popularity and complexity,” he said.

Aside from traditional board games like chess, Martin said, today’s offerings include specialty games.

“A lot of them are themed on movies and TV shows, like Game of Thrones, for example,” he said. “They have several games now that are themed on that show. Or Star Wars or (other) popular movies and things like that.”

There had been an attempt, by a different group, to have a convention in Yarmouth before, but it didn’t work out, Martin said.

In planning theirs, he said, he and his fellow organizers took things slowly and tried to keep it small and realistic.

But while the Yarmouth convention is new and will be smaller than some of the well-established events in the bigger centres, Martin says there seems nonetheless to be enthusiasm for the Yarmouth convention, given the feedback from gamers and gaming groups.

“A lot of them have been in touch with us, telling us that they’re excited, that they are going to be coming,” he said, adding that ticket sales have been going well.

He invites anyone looking for ticket information – and other info about the convention – to visit their website.

“I think what’s been positive about this is that we’ve kept the costs quite low for attendees,” Martin said. “We have several types of badges or passes to get into the convention, so it’s quite versatile. It gives people a lot of options, whether or not they want to attend for one day or for a full weekend.”

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