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Special Guests

Having a platform like ours gives us the chance to offer you the chance to meet folks that you wouldn't normally come across in real life. It also affords us the chance to get folks together who wouldn't normally meet.

A good example is when Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen fans chat, drink and play each other's game while discussing the pros and cons of each.

We have charities who work with disabled people to get them back into computer gaming using augmented game systems (Special Effect) and somebody who is working towards a full, mind controlled exoskeleton for the paraplegic (Dr Matt) meeting for the first time to discuss how they might help each other.

Retro gaming enthusiasts (Keep It Retro) trying out the latest in Virtual Reality gaming and vice versa.

The possibilities are endless and we have some incredible plans for this year's event, all of which will be detailed here as the date approaches.

Do you think you might have what it takes to be a FantastiCon Special Guest? Get in touch!

See our special guests page for more details.

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Meet a Dalek!

Thanks to Dr Who enthusiast and DIY Jedi Robert Phillips and his passionate group of builders the Sons of Skaro, at this year's event you'll be able to talk, dance and be photographed with some fantastic daleks! (A lucky chosen few will also have the opportunity to pilot a Dalek too, at the creators' discretion) 


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VR Gaming

From the IM Cardboard to the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive to the Playstation VR, we'll be showcasing Virtual Reality at its finest.

Not only will you be able to try out all the VR technology at the event, you'll be able to purchase your very own IM Cardboard headsets from the Fantastic  Bookstore and enjoy budget VR using your own smart phone!

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RPG Gaming

This year's 'Mr RPG' is Simon Burley. Simon has written for RPGs for 30+ years and will be running hour long game scenarios throughout the event.

Try to outwit the GMs playing Elite: Encounters, a tabletop RPG based in the Elite universe and created by Dave Hughes, gamesmaster extraordinaire.

Finally, the much anticipated ED: RPG will be released in time for this year's event so we'll be helping the team from Spidermind Games to showcase the game with demo scenarios and you'll also be able to purchase copies of the game book at the event.

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Cosplay awards

Beautiful, one of a kind 3D-Printed Cosplay awards will be awarded on Sunday 2nd September after the Fantastic Raffle during the Fantastic Awards Ceremony.

Three categories will receive prizes: Handmade (100% from scratch), Shop bought (100% as purchased) and Augmented (purchased but changed).

Cosplayers are an awesome group of folks and it's a real privilege that so many of them choose our convention to meet, talk about and show off their wonderful creations.

We think they deserve recognition for the hard work they put into the costumes with a Fantastic Award for each of the winners.

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Board Games

Grab a friend (or make one) and head to our board gaming area to try your luck against some of the finest board games ever made.

Among many titles being showcased will be;

Zombicide - A Fantastic, exciting and infuriating game. 

Hero Quest - A classic 'trundle through the dungeons' board game that an experienced Games Master can turn into a thrilling experience.

And many, many more, all with experienced games masters to show you the ropes.

We'll also have some hilarious (if sometimes risque) card games too, including;

Exploding kittens

Cards against humanity

And more besides.

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Fantastic books and authors

Exclusive book launches from Kate Russell (her new YA fantasy novel, 'The Bookkeeper's Guide to Practical Sorcery' will be available in audio following a successful Kickstarter campaign that concluded live at FantastiCon 2016), Drew Wagar (with another very special ALL ACTION reading from his official Elite: Dangerous novel, due to be released on the Winter solstice in December 2017), Stuart Aken (following the success of 'Blood Red Dust', Stuart will be releasing the second of the 'Generation Mars' series War Over Dust live at the event), Alex Janaway (author of epic fantasy series 'End of Empire') will rerelease the first book in the series 'Vanquished' and many more…

And of course, the Fantastic Bookstore will be there packed with Fantastic books, audiobooks and more Fantastic stuff than you could shake a stick at!

See our book launches page for more

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Elite: Dangerous

Powerful gaming rigs showing off the awesome power and endless variation of this groundbreaking game.

Grab your copy now and get some practice in Commander!

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Artist Michael Meech

We are very pleased to welcome airbrush artist, sculptor and pottery genius Michael Meech to the event this year. Michael's work is stunning and he will be bringing a selection of his regularly exhibited original works along for you to enjoy. 

Check out his website here.

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Artist Solly Mohamed

Artist Solly mohamed has a really interesting style and we thought he was a great fit for this year's event. From screeching, dynamic battle scenes from Star Wars to beautiful portraits of your avourites from stage and screen, Solly has a huge body of prints and original work to show you, and is happy to take commissions for specific works too.

Check out his website here.

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Star Citizen

As a lover of space games, our convention would not be complete without Star Citizen, Roberts Space Industries much anticipated space sim. Update 3.0 is release just days before the convention so we're sure there'll be lots of amazing new content to show you.

See you in the 'verse Citizens!

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Retro Gaming

Let 16-Bit Sam (Sam Stanley) and Keep It Retro (Lee Playle) help you relive the golden age of console gaming in our retro gaming area.

Take part in retro games fun on consoles that include the megadrive, NES, SNES, GameCube and Sega Saturn.

There'll be more modern consoles at the event to try out too including some Nintendo Wiis and a gaggle of Xboxes too!

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Fantastic Awards Ceremony

From 'best book reading' to 'outstanding NERF warrior', the Fantastic Awards Ceremony aims to highlight the best and most Fantastic members of the FantastiCon community and includes everybody from the special guest stars themselves right through to you the visitors. It will be happening on Sunday afternoon shortly after the raffle and will include cash prize cosplay and the awarding of Fantastic trophies!

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This year due to many requests we are adding a green screen room with professional camera equipment and a live image manipulation suite.

For a small fee, you will be able to head into the room, have your picture taken in front of the green screen, head over to the computer and choose your favourite SF/Fantasy background to have yourself superimposed onto and then have that shot emailed straight to you live at the event.

Why not ask your favourite cosplayer nicely if they will pose with you? If you are a cosplayer and want a professional photograph of your creation, here's the place!

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Live Music

After the popularity of the live music at previous events, we have decided to hold a dedicated music festival on Saturday evening for your enjoyment! This year's guests include a heavy metal band from Manchester called Citadels, the wonderfully talented Saraswati, FantastiCon favourite Jemma Johnson and JollyBoat, a pirate themed parody duo that are sure to have you rolling in the isles.

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Gaming with Vesaro

Vesaro have a world renowned reputation for building exceptional simulators for both the public and military training, including some of the world's most advanced flight, driving and VR capable simulators. 

Come and try out your skills on a Vesaro rig for free all weekend!

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Plus much more!...

  • A full weekend of NERF fun in our NERF arena and a daily NERF war! Take part, try out different weapons, have fun and burn off some of the free biscuits consumed throughout the day!
  • FREE soft drinks and biscuits for everyone!
  • Camera and gaming feeds so our international fans can catch up with the fun
  • Raffle mountain and Fantastic Awards Ceremony
  • Loads of activity stations throughout the event space including board, card and RPG games, retro game stations, VR tents and more
  • Loads of cosplayers messing about, break dancing, participating in the NERF war and generally being awesome as always!
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