West Plains, MO based gaming convention Oz-Con had a bit of tough time this year. You see, they ended up having to cancel the event about two thirds of the way through due to bad weather. How bad was it? Well… I believe the term most people would use is “historic flooding.”
So yeah, it wasprettysevere. The convention lost power on Saturday, and had to cancel the Sunday of the event as the venue was no longer considered safe. Attendees who couldn’t get home or to their hotels ended up at a nearby emergency shelter, and the convention staff did their best to make sure that attendees were able to connect to their loved ones.
So yeah, it was bad.
And I think any reasonable person would forgive the con, considering this was an extreme, unpredictable situation where homes and lives were literally lost. What’s the Sunday of a con compared to that? To the extreme credit of the Oz-Con organizers though, they still want to try to make it right.
Yesterday Oz-Con organizers announced an event they’re calling “Flood Con.” It’s a free game day the con is hosting from 9:00am until 10:00pm on June 17th at the Missouri State University-West Plains Student Rec Center. Admission is free, but they’ll also be accepting cash donations and canned food items to help with ongoing flood relief in the area. There will be video games, tabletop games, and fellow geeks to have a grand old time with.
It’s a generous move, and it’s far more than a lot of other cons would do. You can find more information on the official Facebook event for “Flood Con,” and if you’re in the area and you can afford to donate towards the relief efforts in the area, this is a great opportunity to do so.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, Trae rambles incoherently for ten minutes about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. After that, we discuss how Stan Lee has (probably) been playing Uatu in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lament Young Justice and Titans getting shunted off onto yet another streaming service, and then tackle this fortnight’s convention news.
In the con scene, Midwest Media Expo got cancelled days before their event, Missouri’s Oz Con had to be cancelled mid event due to historic flooding, and police are looking for information about a Maryland man who allegedly has been soliciting sex from minors at cons.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie, it’s just Nick and Trae (as Pher had prior personal obligations and we couldn’t find a suitable third in time). We discuss Tom Holland’s casting as Spider-man, all the Ghostbusters news you can handle, a bunch of classic anime is finally getting a US release, and we delve deeply into the con scene.
How deeply? Well, Trae talks about his experiences at Oz Con in West Plains, MO, we talk about the apparent death of Saskatoon Blitz, we talk about Arthur Suydam’s antics at Montreal Comic Con, and we discuss the sexual harassment allegations leveled against Anime Matsuri’s co-founder.
On this fortnight’s episode we mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, discuss Jurassic World‘s amazing box office record, gawk at the release of Mother in the US for the first time, rejoice for the announcement of Shenmue 3, let out a sigh of relief for the American Gods TV show moving forward, let Nick talk about the Cyborg 009/Devilman crossover, and stare puzzled into the abyss at the incompetence of Saskatoon Blitz.
Also, Trae’s going to Oz Con next weekend in West Plains, MO. You should come.