Video: Dexcon 14 in Morristown…couldn’t you stay another week?

Timmy Hulse of Liberty, NY, finally has a role he can sink his teeth into: A vampire at Dexcon 14 in Morristown.. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Timmy Hulse of Liberty, NY, finally has a role he can sink his teeth into: A vampire at Dexcon 14 in Morristown.. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Video: Dexcon 14 in Morristown

Yes, it’s geeky. Yes, the nutrition is suspect. Yes, more sleep would be a good idea.

But there’s something about commandeering an entire hotel for days (and nights) of fun and games that is appealing on an elemental level.

Timmy Hulse of Liberty, NY, finally has a role he can sink his teeth into: A vampire at Dexcon 14 in Morristown.. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Timmy Hulse of Liberty, NY, finally has a role he can sink his teeth into: A vampire at Dexcon 14 in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

In this case, the hotel would be the Hyatt Morristown. The fun and games would be Dexcon, of course.

Dexcon 14, which concluded on July 10, attracted visitors from as far off as Canada.

Fueled by Pixy Stix and trays of powdered sugar, they LARPed (Live Action Role Played) as vampires and zombies, like a Halloween improv troupe. They moved alien figurines around elaborate floor maps. They advanced zombie figurines through table top worlds resembling train sets run amok. And they played board games. Lots of them.

We’ve attempted LARPing before. This time we checked out a couple of board games, Can’t Stop and the T-Shirt Game. We also tried our hand at Zenga, where you deconstruct a skyscraper one wooden block at a time, until the whole thing collapses.  Wonder how many engineers that game has launched?

Our only regret about Dexcon 14 was the timing.

There was only the briefest of overlaps among the gaming crowd and last week’s convention of the American Guild of Organists.

LARPs and church organists…the photo ops could have been intriguing.

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STEADY NOW... Jessica Virda, a Woodbridge native with three majors at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, carefully removes a wooden block in the game Jenga, at Dexcon 14 in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
STEADY NOW… Jessica Virda, a Woodbridge native with three majors at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, carefully removes a wooden block in the game Jenga, at Dexcon 14 in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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