I will begin this review with a simple statement:
Anyone who missed playing Qnightmare
missed one of the single best con events to have taken place at a con in Ireland.
While the idea is not original (Knightmare
was first broadcast in 1987) it is the first time anyone has tried something of this scale at a con here and I must applaud Qcon for their innovation and, well, sheer balls at having a go.
I mean, I got to play! I don't care if I got to see behind the curtain a little or if the Helm of Justice could use a little touching up. I don't care if the actors were reading from scripts. I saw Sorcha on the screen in front of me walking through a variety of rooms, directed by Chris, Oisin and I, solving the puzzles, eating the food and spelling out spells. It just rocked. Unfortunately we didn't complete the entire dungeon, but that didn't take away from it. The tension was there, the urgency to get our Dungeoneer through the room before she was cursed or caught, the worry that one of our directions might not be right and the animosity towards Lord Fear and his minions, it was all just perfect.
Yes, ok, if you've never watched Knightmare then you may simply not care but if you have and you never got to play the real game yourself then this is absolutely the next best thing.
An awful lot of effort was put into this. It requires technology, passion, coding skills and quite a bit of physical space, but it has raised the bar for really special special events at cons and I do hope it will not be too long until we see its like again.