All the details on GeekFest 2017

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The tabernae vagantes of South Africa’s con schedule is back! This year, Geekfest will be making its appearance at Monte Casino over the 13th and 14th of May.

Where FanCon caters to comic fans, rAge has a gaming-centric focus and ICON is mostly about the tabletop games, Geekfest is about embracing all aspects of geek culture. Anything goes, from Robowars to LARPing and, of course, a massive cosplay competition.

So, what do you have to look forward to this year?

Geeklympics

Get your friends together and pit your skills against others in tournament challenges over the weekend. You need mental strength, physical ability, problem-solving skills and creative prowess to get through and win some one-of-a-kind prizes.

Hashtag Escape

Like a real-life adventure game, Hashtag Escape gets you and your friends together in a mystery room, where you have one hour to discover its secrets, solve a puzzle and escape the room. I don’t know what happens if you don’t solve the puzzle in time, but I’m sure that’s all included in their waiver!

Robowars

If you’re into slicing, dicing, chopping, and burning, but Gordon Ramsey isn’t available, then the next best thing is robots that do all of that. To each other! Watch as teams of skilled individuals throw their beloved creations into the ring to get smashed up, with one emerging victorious.

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The Ultimate Geekbox

Packed with over R20,000 worth of geek goodies, The Ultimate Geekbox is up for grabs in a raffle-style draw. R50 gets you an entry, and you get double tickets if you’re wearing a GeekFest t-shirt when you buy. Filled with all manner of jewellery, action figures, mugs, t-shirts, prints and Lego, this is not something you want to pass up!

The Trading Post

If you need to get rid of cosplay costumes, old comics, figures or anything other geek stuff that’s currently gathering dust, bring it along to the Trading Post. Mark your prices, rent a box for R20 and let the Trading Post staff take care of the sales for you.

Battle Heritage SA

Battle Heritage SA will be at GeekFest with their Full Contact Medieval Combat Displays. Look out for knights, armour and some serious sword skills.

MtG Tournament

Lastly, what geek event would be complete without a Magic the Gathering Tournament? This year’s tourney will be run by Dee-Twenty, an exclusive geeking venue based in Joburg.

And those are just the main attractions! There’s also going to be chilling opportunities in the gaming tent or in the craft beer garden, board games to play, a Geek Quiz, cosplay and loads of retailers who will be more than happy to unburden you of your money.

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Tickets are R150 for a weekend pass or R100 for a day ticket. Kids under twelve get free entrance, the lucky buggers. Book your tickets here.

Last Updated: May 5, 2017

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • Original Heretic

    Battle Heritage! Sounds awesome! Would love to swing some heavy metal around again.
    Damn, last time I did that was a choreographed sword fight when I did Macbeth a few years back. And that was NERVE WRACKING to say the least. The guy playing MacDuff kept on forgetting his moves. I’m expecting a swing at my legs, oops, no, it’s coming for my head now, better adjust pretty damn quickly!

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Have my tickets, and will be there on Saturday

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    This weekend is going to be EPIC !!!

    Kinda glad it will be at Monte but fear what the parking ticket will be like 🙁

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