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Keep calm and play games

Lucas Harvey, Matthew Buechler, Stefan Teichrow, Mark Patek, Mike Cook, Alex Tzadu, Casandra Brescacin and Steve Harder.

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Lucas Harvey, Matthew Buechler, Stefan Teichrow, Mark Patek, Mike Cook, Alex Tzadu, Casandra Brescacin and Steve Harder.

I have to say, I love my job as the social columnist. I love meeting and talking to so many interesting people and experiencing a lot of the events that Brandon has to offer.

Cory Scott and Patrick Mcgriskin.

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Cory Scott and Patrick Mcgriskin. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Becky Weisgerber, Neil Bessette, Allison Dalzell, Erin Pringle and Jordan Dalzell.

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Becky Weisgerber, Neil Bessette, Allison Dalzell, Erin Pringle and Jordan Dalzell. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Trevor Lehmann, Stephanie Fung and Ben Bower.

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Trevor Lehmann, Stephanie Fung and Ben Bower. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Christian Augst and Jeremie Kymanick.

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Christian Augst and Jeremie Kymanick. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Tristan Sefton, Tyler Kimball and Jared Hay.

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Tristan Sefton, Tyler Kimball and Jared Hay. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Randy Smytaniuk and Bill Armstrong.

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Randy Smytaniuk and Bill Armstrong. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

Jason Wells and Donny Neely.

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Jason Wells and Donny Neely. (MARIAH PHILLIPS)

One event that has become one of my favourites is Prairie Con. Approximately 300 people were scattered throughout the Assiniboine Community College on June 6,7 and 8 playing many types of games.

I had a chance to have a chat with Patrick McGriskin, one of the committee members who really summed up the experience of PrairieCon.

"I attend PrairieCon because the community is amazing. There are people from all walks of life and they have such amazing personalities," he said. "You can sit down with them and after a single game feel like you are life-long friends. I’ve met so many amazing people and the list just keeps growing.

"This is only my second year, but because of PrairieCon, I feel like I have found a home in the City of Brandon and a place that accepts me and my love of goofiness, smiles and good times. People genuinely want to be at PrairieCon, it is a place of sincere laughter, jokes and it is just an amazing and overwhelming experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world."

Patrick said that if anyone is shy or nervous about attending, "don’t be!"

"Everyone is super friendly and amazing to be around and there is always a spare spot open, somewhere to join in, and someone always has something fun or cool they want to share."

PrairieCon happens in the first weekend of June every year and is a three-day event. There are also three smaller day-long events that run in October, January, and March.

If you want to see what all the buzz is about, check out the documentary created by Patrick called "Game Knights" that is currently airing on MTS TV "Stories from Home" Video on Demand service.

The documentary premiered on June 7 at PrairieCon.

For more information about this event and future events, check them out online at: prairiecon.com or find them on Facebook.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 5, 2014

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I have to say, I love my job as the social columnist. I love meeting and talking to so many interesting people and experiencing a lot of the events that Brandon has to offer.

One event that has become one of my favourites is Prairie Con. Approximately 300 people were scattered throughout the Assiniboine Community College on June 6,7 and 8 playing many types of games.

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I have to say, I love my job as the social columnist. I love meeting and talking to so many interesting people and experiencing a lot of the events that Brandon has to offer.

One event that has become one of my favourites is Prairie Con. Approximately 300 people were scattered throughout the Assiniboine Community College on June 6,7 and 8 playing many types of games.

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