I hope your Easter has been great, everyone!
And if you don’t celebrate Easter, I hope your week has been fantastic!
I was gone on holiday, and at the second largest LAN party in the world, which is held in Vikingskipet(The Viking ship) in Hamar, Norway – every year during Easter. It’s called “The Gathering”! There’s about 5000-5500 people going every single year!
I have been a TG-goer quite a few times now, my first time being in 2006. It’s great fun, there’s people of all ages there, and I’ve been able to see it evolve and change over the years- which is also pretty cool.
Back in 2006, and a few of the times that I went after that, there were no cosplay or anything, but now there’s a cosplay contest every year, and it’s also getting bigger and wilder every year.
There’s been a computer case/tower contest each year since I’ve gone aswell. Who has the coolest looking tower of all the 5000+ people going? So far I’ve seen a Bender and a Leela(both from Futurama), completely functioning, with webcameras and everything.
Honestly, those are the two I remember the best out of all the cool computer I’ve seen at The Gathering, and they’re the first two winning towers(both made by the same guy too).
There’s a lot of creative contests, such as music contests, drawing contests(digitally, usually photoshop and the likes, although there’s also usually some drawing contests involving only MS Paint).
There’s a lot of smaller contests on stage and off stage, where you have to do all kinds of things.
There’s a big opening show, ranging from concerts(whether it’s an actual artist/band or an orchestra playing a big medley from big games) to fakir shows to hypnosis shows.
It lasts for 5 days, a lot of people lose their voice after trying to call for a guy called “Arne”(it’s a lot of different stories as to how this Arne shouting started, I’m not going to go into it – if you go to the Gathering, it’s a tradition, just shout it at least once).
I did play ACNL while I was there too, because you know.., you’ve got to take care of the needs of your villagers.
It’s going well in Paradise so far, although Flora wanted to move the other day. I told her no, and she realised what’s best for her, haha!
I also bought two plushies for Mini-Noot – A squid and an Enderman from Minecraft, because he looooooves Minecraft right now.
I bought a Funko Pop figure for myself – Cthulhu himself. He’ll totally fit in between my other figures(Arthas, Winston and two Sailor Moon figures haha).
MyLittleDojo got himself two books, a Goku Funko Pop and a Deadpool shirt which is all about tacos – sort of an inside joke, because he’s been REALLY into tacos this year and I’m tired of the tacos.
Anyway, I’m glad I’m back home, sleeping in my own bed has been absolutely fantastic and now I can go back to streaming and hanging out with you guys!