For years I’ve been telling myself I need to make it to a convention. The biggest one nearby, C2E2, has for the past few years fallen during intense rehearsals for a dance show I was in. This year I will be able to attend next spring and was determined to hunt down more cons!
MightyCon is a small convention in the Midwest, appearing in DuPage, Milwaukee, St. Louis and the Quad Cities, Iowa. We attended the one in DuPage, hosted at the fairgrounds in one large gym building. Because of our schedules, we attended on a Sunday.
It was both mine and my boyfriend’s first time attending a con, and we weren’t sure what to expect. The con was entirely almost exclusively the show room floor, with super smash bros tournaments up on the stage and later a panel there as well. You could see the whole floor with a quick glance, but it was still slightly overwhelming stepping into an environment where everyone wants to sell you something.
Because it was so small, we were able to do a round of the entire show room, write down the things we were interested in, then decide where we wanted to return. I want to highlight our favorite vendors that we came across there.
The very first booth that caught our eyes was Deviant Apple Illustrations, who did original artwork of some classic characters. It was very much a new take on these images and a style that we both enjoyed. We purchased prints of Captain America and Jessica Jones, and two Star Wars prints.
Nerdtastic sells handmade nerdy jewelry designs, the kind of subtle geeky designs that I love. I purchased a long charm necklace called “Belle” that had on it a small circle with the word belle, a rose charm, a book charm and a mirror charm. I also purchased a fragrance – I’ve never actually bought one for myself, but I absolutely loved “Emerald City” and my boyfriend liked it as well!
Lastly,we noticed a booth where people were playing a card game that looked like Magic. As we got closer, we realized it was actually a game called Legends of Draxia. The creator and artists were both there to explain the game and run demos. It was a Kickstarter game that got its start last year, and after running through the game in 35-45 minutes my boyfriend definitely wanted to purchase it!
It felt like a combination of both Settlers of Catan and Magic the Gathering. It was very easy to pick up after a 10 minute explanation and after about 3 turns. A combination of resource gathering, building, attacking beasts and using spells, the game moves at a decent pace and there are plenty of opportunities for strategizing as a more advanced player. Unlike Magic, it can be played with anywhere from 2-6 people so we’re excited to introduce it to our friends!
We both had a lot of fun and agreed that it was a good con to start off with, nice and small and easy to do in the few hours we had. We’re excited to start going to more and bigger cons like Wizard World and C2E2, hope to see you there!