Czech World of Warcraft followers donned costumes on Saturday to convey the massively standard 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 traditional live-action battle was scrapped attributable to a low turnout.
The annual spring pageant often attracts as much as 200 followers however organisers mentioned turnout was solely about 60 this 12 months after the delay brought on by coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
“We’re simply joyful that this 12 months (the pageant) is going on,” mentioned Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of many organisers. “So this 12 months it is a smaller stage.”
The web role-playing sport has develop into a cultural phenomenon since launching in 2004, with hundreds of 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 totally 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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