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Haven Editorial – Regncon 2017

Bergen is a great town at the west coast of Norway, with lovely people and some cozy conventions, such as Regncon 2017. Which on its own is a very fitting pun for a convention taking place is a very wet country. The convention takes place during autumn and host a slew of wholesome geek activities. Its the one place to go in order to try out odd board games. Since people bring a bulk of them, which can be lent then and there.
Table top RPG’s, my personal favorite. Essentially a game master cook up a scenario in a setting, then people sign up to partake in that story.

I had one hell of a time playing Paranoia, a fantastic game about conspiracy, secret organizations and clones gone wrong. 

Now I should also mention the various card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Pokemon, Cardfight Vanguard and many others. Including a Norwegian favorite  Magic The Gathering. Often followed by a tournament of said game. It’s a good place to find players. Daniel (Rose) found someone to play Yu-Gi-Oh with, a rarity in Norway.

I did also held a chill and impartial cosplay competition. Due to few costumed people actually showing up, I just gave them prices accordingly to my specifications. Which weren’t three handcrafted Necronomicon’s.

There was also very nice workshop for learning how to paint table top figurines, held by an organist which specialize in miniature gaming. Which was also a wholesome activity to participate in. 

Regncon also invested in beads. Those hollow plastic cylinders you put on top of a spiked board. Then fuse then together with an hot clothing iron.

Someone even brought a button making machine. It’s a fascinating contraption to behold.

At least two video game completions where held as well. One revolved around Tekken, that combo heavy fighting game with quirky characters, beating the snot out of each other.

Same holds true for the more fast and fluid brawler Smash Bros.

Personal thoughts from Daniel, I enjoyed the convention. I won a bag of Smash a Norwegian chocolate in a smash brothers tournament. Because why the fudge not, the old Yugi player I played against is a old friend, he ran glad beasts and my Blue-Eyes feasted upon him and his soul and it was absolutely a wonderful time in competitive and casual gaming then I spend the rest of the day taking these photos you see here and painting a miniature, I ultimately really enjoyed Regncon 2017 and hope everyone gets to visit Regncon in the future.

Njål Sand


Haven Editorial: An Ill-Gotten Victory

So, recently it has come to light that some professional gaming teams have been drugging up to win tournaments. Notably Cloud9, a team that plays Counter Strike. When interviewed by Motherboard, Canadian player Kory “Semphis” Friesen admitted that during tournaments, he and his team were taking Adderall. He was quoted:

“I don’t even care. We were all on Adderall. I don’t even give a f***. It was pretty obvious if you listened to the comms. People can hate it or whatever.”

When the interviewer followed up by asking if the team was using the drug, Semphis confirmed it was true. While ESL Gaming does not perform drug tests, they have banned any and all mind-altering substances from use during game time.

I believe that players should win on their own merits and not with the aid of drugs, alcohol or other medications. I have severe ADD and borderline ADHD, and I don’t need Adderall to stay focused (although I’d probably release articles earlier if I was on it).

scoopI’ve been a competitive Yu-Gi-Oh! player for a long time and although there is no ban on drugs, I think the Esports line-up goes to show that there should be. If you use any means necessary to get ahead, you could potentially put your life at risk…especially if you’re taking a drug not prescribed to you.

If Esports is meant to be taken as seriously as the Olympics and other sports competitions, players must be responsible for their decisions and held to similar standards.
2562Those who use underhanded or quasi-legal tactics are not better players, regardless of where they finish in a tournament. We have reached out to Valve, Riot Games, and Blizzard on Twitter for further comment, but have yet to hear back.

It would be interesting to see professional computer gamers go through mandatory drug testing before grabbing that controller or mouse! What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

-Daniel Clatworthy-