Yesterday I went to a Mortal Kombat 11 tournament hosted by Capitol Underground Gaming League. The venue was at Inclusion Innovation Incubator (In3dc) in Washington DC. It was a 4 minute walk from my house to Howard University. Before I talk about my experience at the event. I will give you a backstory on In3dc and Capitol Underground Gaming League. In3 is a open-workplace similar to WeWork. Where you can host event like video game Esports tournaments and seminars. In3dc have conference rooms and private offices. You will have to sign up for a membership. In3 offers alot of mentorship programs and a pleasant workspace. Visit the website for more detail on In3DC. Capitol Underground Gaming League is a small gaming organization from the DMV. They have been in the competitive gaming since the 90s. Capitol Underground give back to the community as well.
There latest movement is Drawback Project and Annual Blanket Drive. See about page for other projects. Capitol Underground host tournament and promote Twitch Streamers. You have to sign up for a membership and get Pro package. Capital Underground partnered with Battlefly, Gameborn Clothing and Lalay Design. If you want to learn more about Capitol Underground Gaming League. Make sure to contact them and visit the website. Back to the event at hand. I went to the event with my siblings. We had a blast and got a hands on experience with Mortal Kombat 11. The gameplay is alot better than Mortal Kombat XL.
Blerdcon 2018 is a small nerd convention in Virginia. The term Blerd is short for black nerd (not Andre Meadow). It creates and embrace black nerd culture and fandom. Just like any other convention, there are panels, guest, gaming tournaments and maid café. Although, I only went on Saturday because it’s cheaper than going all three days. Blerdcon embrace anime, comics and different types of culture. LGBT, disabled and international community is welcome in this event. My first impressions of Blerdcon is just like any other small convention. There were guest should as Hip Hop Trooper,Karen Ashley (Yellow Ranger and Kevin Grevioux. Cosplayers make an appearance in Blerdcon as well. I went to Blerdcon with some people I know. One of them was celebrating a birthday. At the end of the day, she enjoy herself and was magic.
Otakon 2018 was fantastic and I loved every bit of it. This weekend was the Unite the Right rally and I understand people don’t want to show up. That’s not the case in that matter. Otakon is a safe haven for us Otakus from the outside world. That being said, this year’s Otakon was about Dragon Ball franchise. They’ve show a trailer of the new Dragon Ball Super Broly movie. There was other such as Fate Order and many previews. I don’t go on Friday but Saturday due to cheaper tickets. Don’t want to pay $90 for all weekend. I brought $70 Saturday and Sunday ticket. In my opinion, it was better than last year Otakon. There were a lot of amazing guests that showed up this year’s Otakon.
Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of the Final Fantasy series had a panel. The audience chant Final Fantasy victory theme went he walk on stage. He gave some insights on being a composer and life struggles. Uematsu words penetrated my heart and inspired me. Afterwards, went to a Final Fantasy panel with a rundown of the series. There are other panels I went to Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans. The panel ask questions to the voice actors (Kyle McCarley, Robbie Daymond, Johnny Young Bosch and Masaya Matsukaze). Iron-Blood director Tatsuyuki Nagai and Mecha designer Kanetake Ebikawa join the panel. There were discussing about season 1 and 2 along with characters.