QuidCon 2014 is coming this June 27-29 to Washington D.C.! I know there are reasons you can’t go, like money, and fantasy tournaments, but if you can find any possible way to rearrange your schedule or scrape together enough money to attend, I urge you to DO IT. do it. JUST DO IT. DO IT.
Why, you ask? Because QuidCon is literally the best time all year to get to hang out with players in an mostly non-competitive atmosphere (there is one mini-tournament), and one of my favorite quidditch events all season. But don’t just take my word for it - instead check out some of my favorite photos to see for yourself…
Alex’s QuidCon Photo Diary:
(photos by a variety of quidditch photographers - I do not own them)
First, this is a picture of Brady, famed western snitch, dancing at the first QuidCon’s saturday night Ball. These are the kind of moments you should not miss experiencing in real-life.
But just in case you prefer something a little more reserved, there is also dancing like this:
Then there’s the tournament. If you ever wanted a chance to score-on/block/bludge IQA staff in the face, this is your chance. Here is a picture of me at the 2012 QuidCon (I probably got tackled right after this):
And then at the 2013 QuidCon (probably did not make that shot either!). This is pretty much the only time I get to actually play quidditch all year.
But QuidCon is about more than games and dancing. There are also tons of opportunities to get to know players from around the world. Here I am sitting with players from Mexico and California before the 2013 Membership Awards ceremony:
And taking a great group shot with a bunch of attendees and staff:
Then there’s the dinner - here I am learning about what #unilife means from legendary U Ottawa player Brian Wong:
and hanging with the northeast team before the ball:
Then there was also a fake marriage… I honestly still don’t understand how or why that happened but tons of attendees dressed up and it was amazing:
And there are other surprise events like giving Harrison an award after he moved on from his position as Western Regional Director.
And then of course, there are tons of amazing classes and sessions, ranging from snitch training, to referee training, to CPR certification, to fundraising, marketing, and more. It’s an amazing opportunity for any team member or leader to come and learn valuable tricks of the trade for improving their leadership skills, not just in quidditch but in life.
And finally, at the end of the convention there are always very heartfelt goodbyes:
But my favorite photo from all of QuidCon is actually this one - a snapshot of one attendee’s journal, which she asked all the new friends she made at QuidCon to sign.
This picture is really what QuidCon is about: building friendships and relationships with dozens of players around the country (and the world) that you wouldn’t otherwise get to know so deeply, or maybe at all! There are tons of opportunities to have fun and learn at QuidCon, but at the end of the day, it’s all about the people.
Long story short - don’t stay home at Privet drive this summer - find a way to get to DC and make some new friendships that could last for a lifetime. Come to QuidCon 2014, you will not regret it!
Learn more and/or register here: http://quidcon.org/