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What happened to all the Conventions?

vonha

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Report this May. 28 2005, 2:53 pm

Hi!   reading with interest your comments about lack of Conventions etc - may be a little off base here as I don't know if there are any UK fans on the Boards that may see this -   I posted a little earlier about our premier event in Wales in November called 'Ascension' where one of our special guests is Eugene Roddenberry- so obviously of interest to all Star Trek fans.  One of my main reasons for putting together this Event is, because as you mention , whilst there are big Conventions organised throughout the year they are expensive.  Ours is a smaller Event, reasonably priced and offers a lot to the fans , who are after all the important factor - BUT we need your support by turning up , thus if it is a success it can become a regular event.  Please check our website at: www.scifiheaven.net/main/ascensionevents
Hope some of you can make it!

Stormrage

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Report this May. 30 2005, 1:16 pm

$239 for Preferred Weekend Package. Thats #131. I guess Cons are out of my reach. I'm only 17 and i can't afford that kinda stuff.

Jadzia22

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Report this May. 31 2005, 9:01 am

Quote (vonha @ May 28 2005, 7:53 pm)
Hi! reading with interest your comments about lack of Conventions etc - may be a little off base here as I don't know if there are any UK fans on the Boards that may see this - I posted a little earlier about our premier event in Wales in November called 'Ascension' where one of our special guests is Eugene Roddenberry- so obviously of interest to all Star Trek fans. One of my main reasons for putting together this Event is, because as you mention , whilst there are big Conventions organised throughout the year they are expensive. Ours is a smaller Event, reasonably priced and offers a lot to the fans , who are after all the important factor - BUT we need your support by turning up , thus if it is a success it can become a regular event. Please check our website at: www.scifiheaven.net/main/ascensionevents
Hope some of you can make it!

Wales is a bit too far for me

spockthoughts

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Report this Jun. 01 2005, 10:00 pm

I also enjoyed the Slanted Fedora cons. He tried to keep things as affordable as possible. Stars do cost money.
Vulkon also does good cons and Starbase Indy is trying again.
I support the cons, I enjoy the stars and fans. But, as with Creation, I don't like being scalped!:logical:

djabbic

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Report this Jun. 09 2005, 10:54 pm

Quote (Stormrage @ May 30 2005, 10:16 am)
$239 for Preferred Weekend Package. Thats #131. I guess Cons are out of my reach. I'm only 17 and i can't afford that kinda stuff.

As an Aussie fan and convention organiser I cant sypathise with the Americans on these forums.

As a fan here in Australia you are looking at $AUD120 just to get into the venue and then $AUD30 per autographs! VIP tickets tend to be at around $AUD 500 with autographs extra!!!

As an organiser, Im trying to break this mold by offering cheaper tickets but have had a hard time getting people to come as they then think we are too cheap (visit this site, see our guests and let me know if you think we are too cheap http://www.scinut.com )

If you want a con with a difference save up and come to Australia. A large con here is 400 people with most averaging at around 100, and you have the opportunity to mingle and ask questions.

Whats better still is the currency rate is in your favour. For example the $100 2-day general admission rate we are charging costs only $76 US at the moment. Accomodation starts at $AUD 80 right next to the venue of $15 at a backpackers. plus airafres

mmm thats a total of $1300(airafre)+$76 (ticket)+$103 (autographs)+$190 (3 nights accomodation)= $USD1576.

Yes it is still beyond the average 17 year olds budget but when you think the average Aussie is paying ~$900-$1200 Australian Dollars for the experience you get the experience plus a trip to another country for not much more 8)

lord_NIKON

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Report this Jun. 10 2005, 4:12 pm

What J need to say, J am fro Serbia and my life wish is to go to convention, but you know my situation already

Nezhdan

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Report this Jun. 13 2005, 8:58 am

Creation Ent treats everyone like cattle, rich cattle at that.  Just feel blessed that they don't have a glue factory at the end of their cons... yet.

Because I'm sure if they thought they could get away with turning us all into glue for profit after we've forked over way too much money, they'd do it in a heartbeat.

Stormrage

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Report this Jul. 05 2005, 2:28 pm

Quote (djabbic @ June 09 2005, 7:54 pm)
Quote (Stormrage @ May 30 2005, 10:16 am)
$239 for Preferred Weekend Package. Thats #131. I guess Cons are out of my reach. I'm only 17 and i can't afford that kinda stuff.

As an Aussie fan and convention organiser I cant sypathise with the Americans on these forums.

As a fan here in Australia you are looking at $AUD120 just to get into the venue and then $AUD30 per autographs! VIP tickets tend to be at around $AUD 500 with autographs extra!!!

As an organiser, Im trying to break this mold by offering cheaper tickets but have had a hard time getting people to come as they then think we are too cheap (visit this site, see our guests and let me know if you think we are too cheap http://www.scinut.com )

If you want a con with a difference save up and come to Australia. A large con here is 400 people with most averaging at around 100, and you have the opportunity to mingle and ask questions.

Whats better still is the currency rate is in your favour. For example the $100 2-day general admission rate we are charging costs only $76 US at the moment. Accomodation starts at $AUD 80 right next to the venue of $15 at a backpackers. plus airafres

mmm thats a total of $1300(airafre)+$76 (ticket)+$103 (autographs)+$190 (3 nights accomodation)= $USD1576.

Yes it is still beyond the average 17 year olds budget but when you think the average Aussie is paying ~$900-$1200 Australian Dollars for the experience you get the experience plus a trip to another country for not much more 8)

$USD1576 is #897.758. I seriosoly doubt my mother allowing me to go to Australia. Maybe next year when i escape from her evil clutch.


Edit: Why is when ever i make a pound sign all i get is #?

RoaringMice

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Report this Jul. 06 2005, 3:55 pm

Quote (Jadzia20 @ April 21 2005, 4:10 am)
I agree Creation take the piss when it comes to paying, but i live in England and there are like virtually no convention's over hear so creation is the only one that i know off that i go to.

A lot of people I know in England go to Fedcon in Germany in..April? May? Then to the London Expo the following weekend.

I've never been to Fedcon, but have heard great things. It's a very rousing convention experience. The Expo I have been to, and it's a blast, apparently a lot more casual than the Fedcon. More of an autograph show/tradeshow with extras. Lots of extras. Price wasn't bad, especially when you compare it to the US cons, which I've also never been to due to expense.

The London Expo was about #12 to get in the door, plus #15 per autograph, #17 for the party on the first night, #15 for a photo with your favourite guest.

RoaringMice

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Report this Jul. 06 2005, 3:57 pm

Quote (Stormrage @ July 05 2005, 11:28 am)
[quote=djabbic,June 09 2005, 7:54 pm/quote]

Edit: Why is when ever i make a pound sign all i get is #?

Same thing happened to me. Odd.

USS_Eternum

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Report this Jul. 10 2005, 1:11 am

Quote (CaptCStark @ April 20 2005, 9:37 pm)
The convention companies (Creation and Slanted Fedora) were trying to push quantity over quality. A good convention had a couple of guests and lasted a day or two. Now they try to push so many guests in and then they over charge for admission to the point of where these are no longer conventions to be enjoyed but cattle-call cons where everything is overpriced and over done.

A true convention dosen't need different levels in pricing plans and dozens of guests. In fact most of the enjoyable cons for me have been fan run and has about 5-7 guests. The only company that has continued to run a good convention is Starland that runs Starfest every April.

I attended my first Grand Slam this year, I thought it was a bloody joke because Starfest was much better.

Greed has killed the majority of the convention attendees appetite for an enjoyable weekend.

Ok, so I live in Denver, and Starland did a convention this April, like you said, but will do one here next year?

the_littlest_trekie

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Report this Jul. 24 2005, 2:04 pm

seriously, i mean, they used to be all over the place. now they are few and far between

Maurice52

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Report this Aug. 01 2005, 1:01 pm

star trek is no longer news but we all have a place for its future in all us weather at a convention or in our heart .but we must teacher our children about gene roddenberry (star trek lives) future. keep the faith brother and sister we are here to stay. i pray for a convention to be near you.........

Shinar

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Report this Aug. 25 2005, 4:58 pm

Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of going to a convention, even though I have been a fan for 30 years.

I just can't justify spending over a $1000 on one weekend, (travel, room and board, and tickets) when that money could buy something that would last for years like a central air conditioner for my house. Its a pity that the conventions have priced the average person out.

Still, one of my dreams is to go to a Star Trek convention, where people share a common philosophy and hope for humanity.

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