Update on the Pub Quiz!

Hi folks,

Only three more sleeps until Hobocon, we hope you’re as excited as we are. We have an announcement regarding the pub quiz on Saturday night for you today.

Good news! We will be getting our own private bar for Saturday night! This means that the pub quiz will be happening in the main hall. This will require some reorganisation of the main hall, so please bear with us at around the 7pm mark as we may be moving tables and such. The bar upstairs is closed to the public from 5pm onwards as there will be a private party.

The quiz is going to be lots of fun, with trivia about all sorts of things, both gaming and not-gaming related. If you don’t want to take part in the quiz, you can take part in the Saturday night RPG, written and run by Ian Power. If you’d prefer to play a boardgame, and you can do so quietly, feel free to stay in the main hall. If you think you’ll be bothered by the pub quiz, or think you’ll be bothering the pub quiz (you know who you are!!) we can offer you some gaming space at an alternative spot in the venue. Just come and ask us!

All in all we are really looking forward to the convention, and we hope you are too.

See you all on Saturday morning, doors open at 9am!

Liz & Siskey

Team Hobocon Iron

We called the *dog* Indie Games at Hobocon

It’s slightly less than one week until the doors open at Hobocon, and we have another announcement!

We’ve got scheduled RPGs, and scheduled LARPs already, which you know because you’ve been checking out the blurbs at the links above!

Now we’ve also got indie games. These are a little bit special, using collaborative improvisational gameplay to craft a story together with the GM. Donogh McCarthy will be running one of these games on Sunday morning at the convention, either “Best Friends” or “Monster of the Week”, depending on demand.

Monster of the Week

There are monsters out there. Most people don’t believe in them, but they’re real. Mostly, when someone finds out that monsters are real, that’s just before they die. But some people are mean enough, smart enough, crazy enough, or hurt enough, that they live. They go on a crusade to kill the monsters. That’s who you are.

Best Friends

A role-playing game about girlfriends and all their petty hatreds… Oh, I know. You’re gonna say that y’all get along just peachy. Well, that’s fine too. No one said any of this was true… But, between you and me: it really is. Anyway, you and some friends all play girlfriends and try to do stuff together, while secretly hating each other. And getting little frissons of excitement out of getting one up on your Best Friends. And it’s going to be fun.

Dare to Dream Playtest!

We’re excirah and delirah to announce a new special event at Hobocon Iron, a Playtest of a new Irish boardgame, from the team that successfully Kickstarted their game of make-your-own-horror Exquisite Beast. See details below!

Dare to Dream Open Playtest

Come check out a new Irish board game before it hits the shelves! Dare to Dream is a 3 vs 1 competitive card game with asymmetric game play. The team of three cooperate as The Dreamers, just trying to sleep through the night, while the other player acts as The Darkness, sending waves of monsters and nightmares at them in an attempt to wake them up!

Dare to Dream is an easy to learn game suitable for ages 10 and up. The demo only takes 25-30 minutes to pick up and play so why not come give it a try! Ethan and Sean of Turtle Dream Games will be at the convention all day Saturday and on Sunday afternoon to show their game off.

Got Wood for Sheep?

Now that we’ve got your attention, we’d like to announce a Settlers of Catan tournament! Our new best friend Rodolfo will be running it on Sunday morning in the main hall. Come along and test your mettle against other colonisers of the (supposedly) uninhabited land of Catan. The rules are as follows:

Format: each registered player plays at least 2 games (qualification rounds). The first 4 among all tables qualify for the Final. Specific rules (points, order of play, referees and overall Catan rules will be described/reminded at the beginning of the tournament).
TimetableThe tournament will take place in the morning slot on Sunday, 11am-2pm.
Cost: €2, you register your interest at front desk!
Be there or be hexagonal…

Hobo art is best art

You may have noticed the website is now adorned with hobos, now that we’ve got our timetable up they’re very excited about playing all the excellent games we’ll have on offer over the weekend.

Thanks to Dustin Janatpour for the art, and to our webmasters Tony and Aidan for helping us get them online!

Timetable is (a)live!

Hello future con-goers!

We are delighted to announce that the timetable for Hobocon Iron is live and kicking. If you’ve decided to write a game for us, you already know when your game is happening, and now it’s time to share that good news with the excellent folks who will be playing and enjoying your games on the 3rd and 4th of June.


We’ve got lots of juicy games to sink your (metaphorical) teeth into. Have a look for yourself and assemble your personal timetable for the weekend. We recommend you try a bit of everything, be it roleplaying games, special events or even a bit of Rubber Duck Golf, the sport of true hobos!

See you all there,

Liz & Siskey

The Hobocon Team

Join the Waaagh!

Announcing Gorkamorka at Hobocon!

We are delighted to announce a special event a Hobocon this year – Gorkamorka!

Here’s a bit of a background to the game:

Aeons ago a Space Hulk filled with Orks on a Waaagh! (a huge Ork invasion) crashed into Angelis plowing a massive canyon, “Da Skid”, and devastating the world’s ecosystem. The Orks, a race who can survive just about any catastrophe, promptly decided that this wasn’t the Waaagh! and resolved to find a way off-world as quickly as possible. They turned to their Mekboyz (Ork technicians, engineers, mechanics and the closest thing they have to scientists) for aid, who set the other Orks to work gathering up wreckage from the crash. Construction began on a huge machine, although what it was going to do differed depending on the ideas of the individual Mekboy.

The lack of unity in the construction and the machine’s resemblance to a religious idol led to conflict amongst the Ork population. A religious schism occurred and factions formed based around whether believers felt the idol was of the Ork god Gork or Mork. The resulting violence destroyed the entire machine, forcing the Meks to broker an unsteady peace between the warring sides. From then on the machine would be known as Gorkamorka, at least until the day of completion.

In our Gorkamorka event, players will be given a mob to lead in the fight to gain a place on Gorkamorka, to rejoin the Waaagh! They will fight the other mobs, gathering teef and experience as they go. The most successful gang (most teef) at the end of the event will be deemed the winners. No need to bring your own gang, as these will be provided on the day.

Announcing the Great Hobocon Bakeoff

Calling all bakers!

This year we are hosting the Great Hobocon Bakeoff, an opportunity for all of you to show off your mad baking skills, and help those in need.

Here’s how it works: bring along your delicious and crazy creations on Saturday of the convention, and they will be judged by your peers, and our special guest judge Anna (who is peerless). The most delicious and delightful baked goods will win their creator the title of Great Hobocon Baker, and a very special prize (we have definitely already decided what this will be).

Once they have been judged, the baked items will be available for sale to your fellow con-goers. If you want to bring in non-competitive stuff for this, please go mad! All proceeds from this will go to a charity for the homeless in Dublin.

We do have some requests: please do not make anything containing nuts, and list your ingredients. Also, if you can, try to make something gluten-free so that our coeliac friends can join in on the fun.

Ready? Set? BAKE.

Hobocon Iron Has A Website!

Hallo all!

Hobocon Iron is a tabletop gaming convention which will be taking place on Saturday the 3rd and Sunday 4th of June 2017, in the Teachers Club on Parnell Square in Dublin.

The convention is being run by Liz, with Siskey aiding and abetting. If you’ve got any questions for us, please get in touch either on our Facebook page or by emailing us at hoboconiron@gmail.com.

We’ll be announcing games that will be running at the convention here, as well as other useful information. Right now we are announcing the Irish Guild Ball Championship, so go have a look at that!

Hope to see you all there,

The Hobocon Team (which is a more impressive way of saying Liz and Siskey)