This year the concept of Abunai! will be renewed. Renewed, yet familiar. We’ll expand our theming and add live-action roleplaying elements to your convention experience. The venue will be decorated, many of our volunteers will participate as NPCs, and guests are able to participate in activities and quests. By adding LARP elements to the convention, our seventeenth edition will be an unique interactive experience.
The theme of Abunai! 2019: High Tech, Low Life is cyberpunk. The setting is Sector VH-117, Koningshof in the near future. A lively city center with a bustling market, where (dis)honest merchants ply their (shady) trade (somewhat) freely. The story is centered around a ruthless megacorporation, the NSI, hellbent on changing the Abunai! Festival to suit the whims of their leader, Direktor Mar-K. A rogue hacker, the Phantom Fox, has sworn to foil the NSI’s evil plan.
Is Abunai! still a convention?
Yes. We’re not subtracting anything, we are adding elements to the convention. You can still experience Abunai! 2019 as purely a convention, with events, a dealer room, game room, music, and more.
Do I have to pay extra for this?
No. This experience is entirely included in your ticket price.
What is cyberpunk?
Cyberpunk is a genre in fiction, a subgenre of science fiction to be precise. Its setting is futuristic and often dystopic. Cyberpunk stories focus on advanced technological advancements (think cybernetics and AI) and the decay of society.
Famous anime examples include Akira (1988) and Ghost in the Shell (1995). Other examples includes the films Blade Runner (1982) and The Matrix (1999). TV series Dark Angel (2000) and Altered Carbon (2018) are also categorized as cyberpunk.
What is LARP?
LARP stands for live-action roleplaying. Live-action roleplaying is a roleplay in real life, wherein you physically portray a character. It’s a bit like acting, but you don’t have to follow a tight script and there’s ample room for improvisation.
Do I need to engage in roleplay?
No, interacting with our LARP experience is optional. If you have no interest in participating in activities such as quests, you can freely walk around the convention, enjoying all other activities we have scheduled for you.
Do I need to create a character?
You can choose to create and portray a character that is modelled closely to yourself, and how you’d act in a cyberpunk setting. You can also choose to portray someone entirely different than you are in real life. The choice is yours.
What’s the summary of the story?
Eindhoven, Sector VH-117 aka King’s Court. The Near-Future.
The Abunai! Festival will once again mark the end of the summer. However, Direktor Mar-K of megacorp NSI has a vision for the much beloved get-together. A cold vision of regulated “fun”. A mysterious hacker known only as the Phantom Fox has vowed to to stop him, to make sure the festival stays true to its free fun roots. Will you join his cause? Or would you rather see Mar-K’s goal succeed? Or simply join the merchants to cruise along and rake in huge profits from the good vs. evil chaos.