GMX (Geek Media Expo) was held over the past weekend at the Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin TN. The event, which was sponsored by Gamestop, is a great convention to check out for people new to conventions or long time fans. This years convention had several guests for participants to meet. Some of my favorites included Greg Grundberg from Heroes, Lee Arenberg from Pirates of the Caribbean and Once upon a Time, and the Marble Hornets. The convention had several fun activities to participate in but one of my favorite things about the convention is the game rooms. GMX hosts two game rooms one is a digital game room where you can play video games, and the other is an analog game room where groups can get together and play table top games.
I decided to venture into the analog room and have a little fun. I ended up meeting up with some new people and playing a game called The Call of Cthulhu, a fun horror fiction game. As a long time fan of table top games I am sad to say that I had never played this game because it was a lot of fun and easy to learn. After a few hours of playing games I decided to wander around and check out my personal favorite thing about every convention that I have ever been to, the cosplays. The amount of work that goes into these costumes is just amazing. I stumbled into some favorite characters from movies, comic books, and even video games. My two favorite characters included Big Daddy from Bioshock and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. GMX, like any convention, had some great booths to shop at over the weekend. I picked up some new comic books and had my eye on a Steampunk watch which I ultimately did not purchase to keep my spending under control, one of the most difficult things to do when you are surrounded by awesome geek stuff. The Steampunk watch was produced by a local leatherworks shop. The guy working the booth was really cool and gave me his card so I can get a custom watch made be sure to check them out at www.starboardsky.com.
After doing a great deal of shopping I ventured into a room where the beginnings of a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon was on display. If you didn’t get to attend the convention you can check out the project at http://fullscalefalcon.com/. GMX also had a Jedi Training going on outside which was basically a fun obstacle course that included light saber duels and trying to find all the pieces of poor C-3PO. The countdown to GMX Volume 7 has already began so make sure you check it out next year October 30-November 1st more information can be found at http://geekmediaexpo.com/