Around 1,000 visitors are expected to take part in the annual convention, held at the Hilton Bayfront, 333 First St. S, in St. Petersburg. In addition to a dealer room and art show, there will be plenty of gaming: Video games, role-playing games, trivia and other board, card and miniature games will be played throughout the weekend. A Prom, a costume contest, an ice-cream social, live music and a professional photo booth are among other themed events. In other words, there's lots to do.
For those interested in lectures and discussions, Necronomicon is also a place to sit in on discussions by expert panels. In addition to hearing from the event's Guest of Honor, author Linnea Sinclair, several dozen panels will cover a variety of topics. You can attend everything from "What's New In Gaming" and "Getting Started: Poetry" to more obscure discussions like "Cold Fusion: Has The Dream Come True?" and "RPG vs. MMORPG." If you know what the letters mean in that last panel, you'll probably have a good time at the convention this weekend. There's even a Mayan Apocalypse theme this year, though you can probably expect a 32nd incarnation of the event in 2013, too.
Necronomicon runs until 4 p.m. Sunday. The cost to attend is $25 on Friday or Saturday, and $20 on Sunday. You can also get weekend passes for $50. For a complete list of events, visit stonehill.org/necro.htm. You can also download the free Guidebook app from the website to get the complete convention guide.