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TitanCon History

TitanCon originated as a collaboration between several different groups who joined together to reach a common goal. On one side was the Brotherhood Without Banners (BWB) who wanted to put on a fan convention for Game of Thrones in Belfast and on the other was Belfast SF/F society The Other Ones, including Logan Bruce from Studio NI, who wanted to put on a SF/F convention in Belfast. And on the third side - did I mention there are three sides? - was Arkham Gaming Centre and TableTopNorth who wanted to put on a gaming convention in Belfast. The collaboration began on a Sunday evening in Dublin at Octocon 2010...


Birth of a Titan

In 2009 HBO announced that they would be making a pilot episode of Game of Thrones to be filmed in Belfast. To coincide with the filming George decided to travel over for his first ever signing event in Northern Ireland and as ever he invited the BWB to a Moot after the signing to which he "might" bring along some cast members too. Fans were thrilled to meet some of the cast and crew members for the first time including Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassell), Esme Bianco (Ros), Visual Effects Producer Julia Frey and weapons advisor and combat choreographer Paul Hardwyck. Full report available here (Word format document named Ireland 2009).

Moot 1 photo

Photo from signing prior to Belfast Moot 1 2009 taken by theMountainGoat. George RR Martin [and standing R-L] Ron Donachie (Rodrik Cassell), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark).

It was after that first moot that theMountainGoat floated the idea of a fan convention for the show to be held in Belfast. But at that time we could not be sure that the show would even go into full production and we did not have enough contacts and people with con running experience in Belfast, we knew that the BWB could not put on a convention like this on our own.

Then at WorldCon 2010 in Melbourne Australia theMountainGoat asked Parris if we could have a second moot in Belfast when George goes back to Ireland for Octocon in Dublin and then on to Belfast a couple of weeks later. She was extremely excited by the idea and tasked theMountainGoat with getting it organised. By the time Octocon came around everything was ready, a venue was arranged and booked by BWB and Winter-is-Coming contributors Silverjaime and Rimshot, date and time announced on Westeros and over 50 people signed up for the guestlist and to receive details of the venue privately to prevent gatecrashers. We had invite cards printed for George to hand out to the cast and crew. Kristian Nairn who plays Hodor in the series was also at Octocon and he took some posters back to the production office for us to help promote Moot 2.

Moot 2 photo

Photo from Belfast Moot 2 2010 taken by Wyvernwood. Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) draws a winner in the raffle. Behind Kit is Parris McBride-Martin and Bryan Cogman (scriptwriter), to the right Miltos Yerelemou (Syrio Forel) and Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell).

It was at Octocon that theMountainGoat got talking to some of the other BWB members about the possibility of upgrading the Moots to being a full blown convention. A great idea but how do we get there? An hour or so later theMountainGoat met up with Bruce, they had met before at the first Belfast Moot in 2009 and by one of those cosmic events of happenstance Bruce wanted to invite the BWB to join up with his group to put on a convention in Belfast. theMountainGoat spoke with George and Parris about the idea over breakfast the next morning and they were supportive and gave solid and realistic advice about what our expectations should be and how to get started.

Moot 2 was a huge success with many cast members attending including Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon), Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Jamie Sives (Jory Cassell), Miltos Yerelemou (Syrio Forel), Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister), John Bradley-West (Samwell Tarly), Josef Altin (Pypar), Mark Stanley (Grenn), Luke McEwan (Rast), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), James Cosmo (Jeor Mormont), Kristian Nairn (Hodor), episode writer Bryan Cogman, storyboarder William Simpson and a whole host of extras. Reports on the 2010 Moot can be found on Westeros and Winter-is-Coming.

And so it continued...

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