This year we have some exciting folks coming along for you to meet. Frontier Developments will be sending along a contingent to participate in panels and Q&A sessions as well as take part in some in-game fun too. The gamers' charity Special Effect will be bringing some of their life changing technology for you to try out. The UK's real life 'Tony Stark' will be coming through to give a talk about comic book technology and why he's decided to make as much of it as he can (including a Dr Octavius robotic tentacle) Live Music from headliners Jolly Boat, Saraswathi and more (music will be brought together on Saturday night in a dedicated music festival), Kate Russell (Author, TV tech reporter, SpecialEffect Ambassador and Twitch game streamer), Paul Watson (the driving force behind HCS voicepacks) will be coming along and bringing some of the voice actors from his packs, best selling authors, hugely successful game streamers and many more. See our special guests page for more details.
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) EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!
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!
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.
CASH PRIZE cosplay awards will be awarded on Sunday 3rd 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 so we offer three CASH prizes for their efforts and a Fantastic Award for each of the winners too.
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 alsoi have some hilarious (if sometimes risque) card games too, including;
Cards against humanity
And more besides.
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 (reading from his official Lords of Midnight 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 live at the event), Alex Janaway (author of epic fantasy series 'End of Empire' will rerelease the first book in the series 'Vanquished') and 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
GAME will be there with lots of modern consoles and games to thrill attendees. This year they have promised to bring along some Playstation VR headsets for you all to try too.They are always super supportive of anything game related in the area and have always supported our efforts to make FantastiCon as Fantastic as it can be.Rumours again abound that, like FantastiCon 2014, Wario may make an appearance but this is, as yet, unconfirmed...
Powerful gaming rigs showing off the awesome power and endless variation of this groundbreaking game.
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!
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!
As those of you who have come to party with us before will already know, we're really not a shopping convention. However, when it comes to the finest Fantastic fudge on the market, homemade with the passion and love of the van Der Merwe family put into their creations, you'll know why we've made these guys a permanent feature of FantastiCon. As an added bonus, Mars looks like an awesome viking!
Find the Fudge Man have the most delicious, home made cakes, brownies & fudges you have ever tasted! Come and see for yourself!
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!
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 Saraswathi, Jemma Johnson and JollyBoat, a pirate themed parody band that are sure to have you rolling in the isles.