Czech World of Warcraft followers donned costumes on Saturday to convey 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 yr. 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 traditional live-action battle was scrapped as a consequence of a low turnout.
The annual spring pageant normally attracts as much as 200 followers however organisers mentioned turnout was solely about 60 this yr after the delay brought on by coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
“We’re simply blissful that this yr (the pageant) is going on,” mentioned Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of many organisers. “So this yr it is a smaller stage.”
The net role-playing sport has grow to be a cultural phenomenon since launching in 2004, with thousands and thousands of gamers worldwide.
Jaroslav Racek, a policeman by day, mentioned he was making his seventh go to to the Czech occasion and that for him it was an opportunity to be immersed in one thing completely different.
“There’s a nice group of individuals right here,” he mentioned, dressed as a “Burning Legion” demon. “An individual can get pleasure from himself on this world and never simply sit at a pc.”
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