London Tennocon: Thousands expected at video-game convention

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Digital ninjas can put their on-screen skills to a real-world test Saturday at Saturday’s Tennocon video-game convention in London.

Fans of Warframe, the outer-space combat game from London’s Digital Extremes, will experience the game world first-hand in a custom-designed “escape room” by Trapdoor London as the second annual Warframe convention ­invades London Convention ­Centre.

Last year’s inaugural Tennocon drew about 1,000 fans; organizers expect twice as many this year.

“Players will run through a series of puzzles consisting of objects, props, and artifacts from the world of Warframe,” said Derek Noon, Trapdoor’s co-founder and president.

Escape rooms usually take about an hour, but the “very fast and intense” Warframe-themed game will take four players just five minutes, so as many attendees as possible can try it. Noon hopes as many as 250 fans will play Saturday.

“We’ve built physically a bunch of the stuff that the players play with digitally. They’re going to be solving puzzles and working towards a goal . . . along the lines of stuff they need to do in the game.”

The Warframe game is the second custom escape room Trapdoor has designed since its February launch. In May, it teamed with Parkwood Hospital on a recreational program to treat veterans with PTSD.

The escape room is only one of the Warframe-themed events Tennocon-goers can enjoy.

Game developers plan a live broadcast featuring exclusive reveals of upcoming Warframe content. They’ll also host panel discussions and take questions. Music composer Keith Power and concept art designer Keith Thompson also will be on hand. And attendees are invited to dress as their favourite Warframe characters for the convention costume play contest and shop for exclusive Tennocon merchandise.

Tennocon runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available at 

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