March 2016 event details will be updated over the next few weeks.
We are pleased to announce special media guest for the Manukau and Christchurch events - Richard Dean Anderson. Richard will be attending both of these March events. Tickets go on sale from December 1st.
Firstly, a huge thank you to the exhibitors and attendees who made this years Auckland event our best ever. With 47,805 physical tickets and approximately 65,000 attendees, we were roughly 10% down on number from 2014. This can be primarily contributed to the limited ticket numbers on the Saturday, due to the rain. However it created a beneficial result of not overcrowding the venue beyond its capacity and ensuring the event was more enjoyable with better views and traffic flow.
The event social media side has been both supportive and significant for us, with the expos’ Facebook page reaching over 50,000 likes and attendees, and increasing steadily over the course of the event.
A variety of changes for improvements were incorporated from the previous years’ show. These included:
The biggest issue faced was outside traffic, location accessibility and parking. With the reduction in Alexander Park parking and the lack of trains on the long weekend, attendees had some accessibility issues. Beyond Reality Media will attempt to address the issue in 2016 however there are limitations with both venue allowances and public transport.
The gaming displays at the event were at the highest level ever, with the New Zealand gaming companies bringing their ‘A’ game to the event and creating some of the best displays yet at Armageddon. The exhibitors across the expo excelled with more imaginative presentations than ever before.
This years’ event had the highest attendance record of Cosplayers than previous years with an incredibly high quality of costumes. Supporting this was the Cosplay Parade and Catwalk, showcasing the Cosplayers’ effective designs and dedication.
Overall, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and an excellent way to celebrate Armageddon’s Twentieth anniversary.
Plans are well underway for our 21st year, with our first HUGE guest announcement on Monday 2nd, 2015 at 4pm and then the entire lineup announced over the first 12 days of December. Tickets will be on sale from December 1st, 2015.
Exhibitor packs for the 2016 events (Manukau, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington) will be sent out late next week.
Thanks again for making the show a success and an enjoyable experience for everybody.
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