Omaticon 2021 was yesterday, and what a fun time it was. If you are unfamiliar with Omaticon, it was a virtual con hosted by Kelutral.com. It was a chance for Avatar fans to join up and to play games, have social time, and hear from two Avatar professionals, Paul Frommer and Ty Ruben. It started bright and early here in the currently snowy Midwest, and lasted until it was bed time. This was the first year for Omaticon but I am certain it wont be the last. While nothing can replace the face to face interactions that come from in person conventions, a virtual con has it’s own perks. Firstly it was cheap, it didn’t cost attendees a thing. There were no long lines, no exposure to COVID, plus as many people as wanted could join up at any time.
We started off the day playing a game I wasn’t familiar with, Quiplash. After watching a few games and interacting as a member of the audience I got a grasp of the game and later jumped in for a session. I got lucky and won my game so I stepped out and let others who were waiting to play have their chance. For me being a member of the interactive audience was as much fun as being one of the participants, making it a perfect game for a virtual con.
The next activity was a Discord Q&A with Ty Ruben, who was a vehicle concept designer on the original Avatar. It was a fun hour long discussion, we heard a lot of cool interesting information and he answered questions at the end. Huge thanks to him for being gracious with his time and happily talking to a bunch of Avatar fans. Give Ty a follow on twitter https://twitter.com/tyruben?lang=en
After that we had a Na’vi drawing workshop with Kelutrals own EanaUnil. She taught us how to layout and draw a Na’vi head. It was very informative and she has a natural ability to teach. I learned a lot, especially about the way to layout a face accurately. I hope we get to see more of these in the future as Eana is extremely talented and a great teacher. You can check out more of her work at her website https://layonyayo.com/
Next up was Paul Frommer, Na’vi language creator. Paul hosted a webinar on Zoom titled Language Learning vs Language Acquisition. Karyu Pawl was as great as always. He is a lovely man, a true professional, and hearing him speak Na’vi and learning from him is always a treat. You can check out his Na’vi language blog at http://naviteri.org/ and check out the video of this event below.
After the webinar we played Kahoot!, which is another game I hadn’t played before. It was used at Omaticon as a true or false/multiple choice Avatar Trivia game. I was born to play an Avatar Trivia game with fellow Avatar fans. The game excited me a lot. Mako came up with some challenging yet fun questions, and I think people really enjoyed playing and debating some answers, such as if the ikran has 6 limbs or not. Again I was fortunate enough to win the game that was played on the North American servers while being challenged and having a ton of fun. It’s something I hope we get to do again.
After some Avatar trivia we had a group watch of Avatar, there was a countdown timer so we could all sync up the start of the movie and watch it through at the exact same time. I wasn’t able to be at my computer the entire time this was happening as I had some things going on, but what I was able to sit down and listen to was cool. People were pointing out things that were meaningful to them or that they noticed, others were debating details, everyone was just enjoying watching Avatar with the company of fellow fans. I thought it was really resonated with the members who joined it.
Mako, who was instrumental in Omaticon 2021 happening, shared that there were 71 unique users, over 1200 messages sent, and over 10 hours spent in voice chat consecutively. Wow…how awesome to see 71 people join up for this. I know Mako, along with a few others, worked their txìm off so they could bring us this special event. So make sure you thank them on Discord if you haven’t already.
If you joined in on the fun yesterday please let Kelutral know how you felt about it with this short survey- Omaticon 2021 Survey
If you’d like to help support Kelutral, or just want some really fun Avatar swag from the Con check out their Etsy store- Keultral Etsy
Here is a few screenshots and the video of Paul from yesterdays events, I meant to take a lot more but got caught up in what was happening. Thank you again to Kelutral and all the wonderful fans who attended and made it a day to remember.