Czech World of Warcraft followers donned costumes on Saturday to deliver the massively standard on-line recreation to life, pushing forward with a scaled-back competition 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 common live-action battle was scrapped because of a low turnout.
The annual spring competition often attracts as much as 200 followers however organisers mentioned turnout was solely about 60 this yr after the delay attributable to coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
“We’re simply completely happy that this yr (the competition) is occurring,” mentioned Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of many organisers. “So this yr it is a smaller stage.”
The net role-playing recreation has develop into a cultural phenomenon since launching in 2004, with tens of millions 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 take pleasure in himself on this world and never simply sit at a pc.”
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