THE EVENT STARTED IN 1996, AND ATTRACTS THOUSANDS OF GAMERS EACH YEAR
QuakeCon, a massive gamer party and fan expo, will be returning Aug. 4-7 to the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.
It all started in 1996, with about 100 or so fans of id Software, a local game studio best known for Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. In 1999, Id Software made QuakeCon an official event when it joined the planning team. The studio, along with parent company ZeniMax Media, still operates the annual event that draws thousands of gamers.
THINGS TO DO AT QUAKECON
One of QuakeCon’s most popular attractions is the BYOC (bring your own computer) LAN (local area network) event, where hundreds of PC gamers fill up one of the hotel’s large event halls for a massive party that continues around the clock throughout the entire weekend. The LAN connection allows players to play together in PC gaming tradition, which Id helped pioneer in the 1990s.
More than two dozen vendors will be onsite in the exhibit hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,Thursday through Saturday. Attendees will have the opportunity to play new or unreleased games, as well as collecting all the convention swag they can carry.
Tabletop Village is a relatively recent addition to QuakeCon, where players can play a variety of tabletop games, ranging from entry-level staples like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne to more hardcore games such as Diplomacy.
And of course, there will be gaming tournaments and panel discussions including, Creating Worlds: A Discussion About Bringing Life to Games, Movies, and Books, moderated by Andrea Rene and Geoff Keighley; and Creating Hell: The Art and Design of Doom, moderated by Adam Sessler.
Attendees can download the Official QuakeCon App on their Apple, Android, or Windows mobile device.
For more information or to register, visit the QuakeCon website.
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