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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
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Play Quiddich, Video Games, and Roleplay

Fulfil all your geeky desires this summer at the Nine Worlds GeekFest; a weekend of gaming, cosplay, science, and all things geek. It was organised by a group of science fiction fans, who were disappointed that the UK had nothing that could match the grand scale sci-fi conventions found in America. It is entirely fan-run, and accommodates every sub-culture of geekdom. There's the something for gaming geeks, sci-fi geeks, fantasty geeks, manga geeks, and the nerdy intellectual kind. Just to be off the wall, they've added something for knitters too.

Nine Worlds is planning such a big event that they have booked two venues over the 9th-11th August weekend to fit everything in. The Radisson and Renaissance hotels by Heathrow airport have large floor spaces to accommodate all the activities.

So what are all these activities?

Film Festival - look out for cult film screenings, B movie trailers, live improvisation, and quizzes.

Games - Take a tour of the board gaming world, play classics, try out something new, and even get in on the action and design your own. But gaming doesn't have mean sitting down; there will be fun social roleplaying games that get you moving too. These include Wink Murder, Werewolf, Nerf Warfare.

Video gamers will have a chance to get their views heard in a series of talks, lectures and conferences. Discuss issues such as sexism in video games, how to get into the industry, and scriptwriting.

Cosplay - get dressed upas your favourite characters, and learn how to make your own costume on a budget. There will be workshops on weaponry, armour, Disney princesses, and robotics.

Literature - For people who write fan fiction, and original fiction you can take part in creative writing workshops and readings, attend lectures on how to get published, attend a launch party for the novel, Swords of Good Men. There is also a submission call for Tolkein inspired art to be displayed at the show.

There will also be special themed fandom events such as Doctor Who seminars, Game of Thrones workshops, and a chance to play quiddich from Harry Potter.

Tickets are 85 for adults, 42.50 for children, and it covers the entire weekend.
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Why? Fun for geeks
When: Heathrow Airport 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW
Where: Radisson and Renaissance hotels
Cost: 85 adult, 42.50 children
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