Should you see someone wielding a samurai sword in the vicinity of Queen’s University this weekend, don’t be too alarmed.

There’s a good chance they’re taking part in Q-Con, the annual gaming and anime convention hosted by QUB Dragonslayers.

If not, it’s probably best you make a swift getaway.

This year’s Q-Con promises to be the biggest Belfast has ever seen.

Now in its 22nd year, Q-Con is the annual convention hosted by QUB Dragonslayers, the Queen’s University Belfast Gaming and Anime Society.

Last year’s event was the most successful to date with over 7,000 gamers attending over the weekend and due to demand the convention has now expanded to take in the Students’ Union, the neighbouring Elmwood Hall and the South Dining Hall, with a provisional booking already placed for the Whitla Hall.

Q-Con offers the best combination of gaming and anime to be found in several countries, making itself home to a full weekend of gaming (from Consoles to LARPs, TCGs to RPGs and from Boardgames to Wargames) and anime themed events (from Screenings to Quizzes to Cosplay to Workshops).

They’ll be holding more events and competitions than ever before, with activities filling every slot from when the doors open to chucking out time.

Guest speakers this year include professional illustrator Eva Widermann, gaming journalists Kirsten Kearney and Brendan Caldwell, and game and comic artist Steven Downey from Outsider Games.

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