September 19th and 20th Gwangju’s Design Center held the foreign geek convention. Every kind of geekery was represented. Dr. Who was there, Snow White was present, Kreiger from Archer was there. These were just the cosplay outfits I recognized. There were writers and artists selling their items. There were a few bands rocking the convention halls. There were people giving lectures on different topics. Wyll and I played so many board games, I finally got to play Pandemic which I’ve been wanting to play for years. There were a few games people brought that I had never seen or heard of. Games where there is no board but there are figurines and model landscapes. There was Magic the Gathering and RPGs like Dungens and Dragons.
The event is heavy on charities so there was a pay to play DnD session that ran all night long at someone’s house and was broadcasted live via twitch. Two of the concessions supported a local school. One of which was the Kwangju Foreign School which hosted a Halloween party for kids that I took my younger brother to last year. Also most of the tournaments have fees to support something.
I was so busy catching up with friends that I didn’t do everything I intended. I did get to watch Steve Ward of The Coffee Manifesto make three different types of brewed coffee. He and his wife brought delicious baked goods from a local organic French bakery. The food was good the coffee was amazing and the people are awesome! Needless to say I spent a lot of time near the coffee booth, especially after they set up a baby zone. It was wonderful to set down the 25 pounds of energy that tends to be strapped to my front when we travel.
I met so many new and different people. People who are interested in unique things even for the States. I met a girl who is a clothing designer. There was a lady who makes her own mead- in Sourh Korea! I got to hang out with moms I shared being pregnant with. I had people come up to me asking if I was the game designers wife or telling me I was. It was a lot of fun.