Czech World of Warcraft followers donned costumes on Saturday to convey the massively in style 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 typical live-action battle was scrapped due to a low turnout.
The annual spring competition often attracts up to 200 followers however organisers mentioned turnout was solely about 60 this yr after the delay brought on by coronavirus lockdowns in Europe.
“We are just happy that this year (the festival) is happening,” mentioned Eliska Pabl Kaplanova, one of the organisers. “So this year it’s a smaller stage.”
The on-line role-playing recreation 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 a probability to be immersed in one thing completely different.
“There is a great group of people here,” he mentioned, 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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