Call For Games!

Hi everyone!

Hobocon is taking shape, but we still need more of something you can help with….


If you (or know some who) would like to write an rpg or larp, or have one already that you think people would enjoy, please get in touch! You get free entry and the chance to see your work played! To help you with ideas, if you are stuck, the theme this year is Spaghetti Western, so gunslingers, show downs and outlaws are all good! but don’t feel restricted to that. We are also keen to get DnD, WoD or Call of Cthulhu games if you can’t decide on a system. Drop us an email to or a message to us on our facebook. We’ll get back as soon as we can.

But thats not all! We are very interested in any other games or special events that you would like to run. If you have something you think people would like to play, or you would like to discuss holding an event at Hobocon (we have the space!) then please get in touch! We’d love to hear about it. Just drop a mail to or send a message to our facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you at Hobocon!


The man with no name

The Magnificent Hobocon 7

I hope you all are enjoying some well earned time off. We are enjoying ours by working hard to bring you Hobocon! This will be our 7th event and aims to continue the success of previous years. It will take place in the Teachers Club, Dublin, on the 2nd and 3rd of June, so mark that in your calendar now! Or better yet like our facebook page to keep update as we get closer to hobocon!

For those who are new, Hobocon aims to bring you the best of the last year of gaming bundled into one little con. We are currently putting together a collection of previously run rpgs and larps, giving you a second chance to catch the best of what you may have missed throughout the year. We’ll also bring your exciting special events, wargames and a large variety of boardgames to keep you entertained!

Given the new year spirit why not make attending Hobocon your New Years resolution!

  • Its easy to do (just turn up!)
  • It doesn’t cost much (10 euro, and free if you are will to help run something!)
  • Is scientifically proven to make you a better person! (For very loose definitions of “scientific”).

Until next time!

The Man With No Name


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.

RPG and LARP Blurbs Now Up!

We have some news! We have received some great RPG and LARP blurbs from some most excellent writers, and from our friends at the Pathfinder Society. We are working hard to get the final timetable together, in the meantime feast your eyes on the blurbs, at the links below!

RPG Blurbs

LARP Blurbs