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This week Lumi visited AVCon for the first time, AVCon had been highly recommended to us by several of our lovely friends so we decided to take a trip. We were really excited about some of the great talent happening over there so it was definitely an excellent chance to meet some of the teams behind the games we’ve been admiring.

AVCon is the leading pop culture and videogame expo in Adelaide, with over 18,000 attendees over two days, this year from July 17th to the 19th. Famous for an amazing Indie Room full of Australian games and a dazzling array of cosplayers, we definitely recommend this friendly event if you’re ever in the area. We were so impressed by the sheer numbers and quality of the cosplayers there. If that was you, wow! Amazing, great job guys!

Prior to the event itself, the amazing Emilia Chignola invited us to a fantastic Women in Games cocktail networking event before AVCon. Both local and interstate ladies wowed us with what they’re working on, and the Adelaide AIE campus looks great. Thank you Emilia!

Katie and I really enjoyed seeing a huge collection of indie games during our time at AVCon, and the friendly developers showing them. Some of my top picks include Mallow Drops, Hacknet, Catnips, Objects in Space, Caffeine, Hands Off and Crabitron. With a real treasure trove of games showcased, there was truly something for everyone. Applause for the coordinators for the ambitious, excellent collection.

Taking it back a couple of years (or decades), we loved spending time in the Retro Games collection as well. Katie played Super Mario 2 gloriously reliving long childhood car trips and I zoned out in Bubble Bobble until I smashed a new high score. It’s was a really relaxing, well-curated collection of titles and consoles of yesteryear, all kindly shared by their owners. We also saw a few titles that we’d never tried before. For Katie, who was never allowed consoles as a child, it was literally like being told she could have all the candy in the shop.

We were also really impressed by the very large and talented AVCon artist alley – there were so many colourful, cute and intriguing crafts and art pieces. The selling areas across the whole event were always really popular, and my purchase of the weekend was finally tracking down a copy of the Dead of Winter boardgame. After being recommended the hard-to-find title for ages back home, I was super lucky to track down the last copy they had!

Thank you so much to the Adelaide gamedev scene for welcoming us, showing us around and sharing the love for games that makes this community so lovely!

We will certainly find our way back sometime. Until then, it’s time for us to pamper our Radelaide friends when they next come across to our neck of the woods!

– Lauren

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