Czech World of Warcraft followers donned costumes on Saturday to deliver the massively well-liked on-line sport to life, pushing forward with a scaled-back pageant after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the annual occasion earlier this 12 months. Dressed as shamans, elves and knights, the gaming followers took half in video games and competitions in a forest in Kamyk nad Vltavou, south of Prague, however the ordinary live-action battle was scrapped due to a low turnout.
The annual spring pageant often attracts up to 200 followers however organisers stated turnout was solely about 60 this 12 months after the delay brought on by coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
“We are just happy that this year (the festival) is happening,” stated Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of the organisers. “So this year it’s a smaller stage.”
The on-line role-playing sport has change into a cultural phenomenon since launching in 2004, with thousands and thousands of gamers worldwide.
Jaroslav Racek, a policeman by day, stated he was making his seventh go to to the Czech occasion and that for him it was a likelihood to be immersed in one thing totally different.
“There is a great group of people here,” he stated, dressed as a “Burning Legion” demon. “A person can enjoy himself in this world and not just sit at a computer.”
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