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Logic4Lyfe

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Report this Jan. 06 2009, 7:34 pm

Hello.

I'm new to these message boards but I have been browsing around the internet trying to find some frame of reference, list, or calendar that provides information on when and where Star Trek conventions are. I know they're probably more sci-fi conventions and less purely Star Trek conventions, but I was hoping I could get more information. I live in Northern Virginia and would be willing to go to New Jersey if it was a big and official one.

Any input is appreciated. I really love Star Trek, I'm nearing having seen almost every episode of every series. I am also pretty new since I'm young. Any other information of what I could expect (expenses, planning, etc.) from anything you recommend. Thank you!

Trekwolf164

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Report this Jan. 06 2009, 7:49 pm

Logic4Lyfe

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Report this Jan. 06 2009, 8:12 pm

Thank you that was very helpful. Any idea of the price for tickets? Ballpark?

vgrbabe

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Report this Jan. 07 2009, 9:23 am

Quote (Logic4Lyfe @ Jan. 06 2009, 8:12 pm)
Thank you that was very helpful. Any idea of the price for tickets? Ballpark?

if you like you can PM me and I can give you a whole lot of information

basicaly the price structure is like this (this is only for Creation conventions)

Gold tickets are top of the line, and expensive, they are about $300. They include seats in the first few rows, autographs of all the guests, seating for the cabaret show, and admission to the dessert party. I always (except vegas) go gold

There are other ticket options that are cheaper. None of the other ticket packages include autographs and they get cheaper the further back you are willing to sit

the absolute cheapest way to go is general admission. That doesn't get you a reserved seat and doesn't get you any autographs but you can buy autographs when you get there. General admisison ranges between $30 and $60 per day depending on what guests are scheduled that day

juliansgirl7

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Report this Jan. 07 2009, 11:04 am

I just wish Creation.com had one on Long Island

vgrbabe

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Report this Jan. 07 2009, 11:09 am

Quote (juliansgirl7 @ Jan. 07 2009, 11:04 am)
I just wish Creation.com had one on Long Island

I think NJ is the closest they will get to that.

MYBEEMER

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Report this Jan. 07 2009, 5:59 pm

There are two annual conventions in the Baltimore, Md area.
Only a hour from VA

Farpoint is coming in Feb
http://www.farpointcon.com/

Shoreleave is in July
http://www.shore-leave.com/

juliansgirl7

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Report this Jan. 07 2009, 10:37 pm

Quote (vgrbabe @ Jan. 07 2009, 11:09 am)
Quote (juliansgirl7 @ Jan. 07 2009, 11:04 am)
I just wish Creation.com had one on Long Island

I think NJ is the closest they will get to that.

Still too far for me-and those tolls! I'd be broke before i'd even get there!

We need a Nassau Co. convention!

Logic4Lyfe

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 3:19 am

Those two that MYBEEMER named are really close to me, actually. And the friend that I want to go with lives in Maryland so itd be ideal. But they don't seem to have too much of a guest list... I think that if we do it we'd probably do it all the way and go to the official one in Parsippany at the end of July. Its official so hopefully it will live up to expectations.

I am a little saddened that there werent more. I guess I have to let go of the ideas of the great conventions they had in the 90s. I guess its really died down since there isn't really anything to talk about anymore. Its difficult to accept since I started buying everything on DVD and watching Trekkies and everything but i suppose its just not the same anymore.

Well hopefully the new movie will live up to expectations. I really really really hope it sparks initiative for a new series, but I somehow doubt it will. Its really a shame since so many people love Star Trek and there really is some horrible stuff on TV today... Anyways im ranting. Hopefully the price won't be too significant and we can make it. Keep me updated, thanks

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 8:51 am

Quote (Logic4Lyfe @ Jan. 08 2009, 3:19 am)
Those two that MYBEEMER named are really close to me, actually. And the friend that I want to go with lives in Maryland so itd be ideal. But they don't seem to have too much of a guest list... I think that if we do it we'd probably do it all the way and go to the official one in Parsippany at the end of July. Its official so hopefully it will live up to expectations.

I am a little saddened that there werent more. I guess I have to let go of the ideas of the great conventions they had in the 90s. I guess its really died down since there isn't really anything to talk about anymore. Its difficult to accept since I started buying everything on DVD and watching Trekkies and everything but i suppose its just not the same anymore.

Well hopefully the new movie will live up to expectations. I really really really hope it sparks initiative for a new series, but I somehow doubt it will. Its really a shame since so many people love Star Trek and there really is some horrible stuff on TV today... Anyways im ranting. Hopefully the price won't be too significant and we can make it. Keep me updated, thanks

that's the way it is unfortunately. Smaller conventions are cheaper to get into but have less guests.

Targallian

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 1:43 pm

Some of the smaller conventions may not have as many guests, but many times you are able to get much more one on one time with the guest. For instance, I saw Marina Sirtis in Jackson, MS, two years ago, and had a nice long conversation with her. When she was at Vegas, you barely had enough time to say Hi and Thank You while in the autograph line. This is only one example of many. Reportedly, John Billingsley will not do Creations cons because he doesn't get enough one on one time with the fans. (I've heard this from workers at various cons, but never from Billingsley, so technically this is heresay. Although I've seen him at several small cons, he hasn't done a Creations show in several years.)

Creations does a great show and they always have a great lineup, but most of the big guest don't mingle with the crowd much unless you pay for one of those silly dinners or something like that.

So, my point being Creations has a good thing going, but so do some of the smaller cons. They both have pluses and minuses. I like both. Every year, I attend at least one Creations show, and at least one other smaller show, and ALWAYS have a great time.

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 1:55 pm

Quote (Targallian @ Jan. 08 2009, 1:43 pm)
Some of the smaller conventions may not have as many guests, but many times you are able to get much more one on one time with the guest. For instance, I saw Marina Sirtis in Jackson, MS, two years ago, and had a nice long conversation with her. When she was at Vegas, you barely had enough time to say Hi and Thank You while in the autograph line. This is only one example of many. Reportedly, John Billingsley will not do Creations cons because he doesn't get enough one on one time with the fans. (I've heard this from workers at various cons, but never from Billingsley, so technically this is heresay. Although I've seen him at several small cons, he hasn't done a Creations show in several years.)

Creations does a great show and they always have a great lineup, but most of the big guest don't mingle with the crowd much unless you pay for one of those silly dinners or something like that.

So, my point being Creations has a good thing going, but so do some of the smaller cons. They both have pluses and minuses. I like both. Every year, I attend at least one Creations show, and at least one other smaller show, and ALWAYS have a great time.

Even at creation cons you can catch some of the celebs durring down time and many of them are nice enough to chat. I've had more than one great encounter with J.G Hertzler. One was in Secaucus when he joined our group in the hotel lobby and sang some Klingon songs with us, and the other was when he was in front of us in line for the breakfast buffet in Vegas, our tables ended up being close to him and he chatted with us. We didn't want to bother him so we didn't initate anything. He was the one who gave use handshakes and started talking to us. GREAT guy!!!!

but yeah, my one real complaint about Creation is they herd you like cattle through lines. But that's a small price to pay to actualy be in the same room with some of these people.

Targallian, will we be seeing you in Parsippany?

Targallian

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 2:40 pm

Quote (vgrbabe @ Jan. 08 2009, 12:55 pm)
Quote (Targallian @ Jan. 08 2009, 1:43 pm)
Some of the smaller conventions may not have as many guests, but many times you are able to get much more one on one time with the guest. For instance, I saw Marina Sirtis in Jackson, MS, two years ago, and had a nice long conversation with her. When she was at Vegas, you barely had enough time to say Hi and Thank You while in the autograph line. This is only one example of many. Reportedly, John Billingsley will not do Creations cons because he doesn't get enough one on one time with the fans. (I've heard this from workers at various cons, but never from Billingsley, so technically this is heresay. Although I've seen him at several small cons, he hasn't done a Creations show in several years.)

Creations does a great show and they always have a great lineup, but most of the big guest don't mingle with the crowd much unless you pay for one of those silly dinners or something like that.

So, my point being Creations has a good thing going, but so do some of the smaller cons. They both have pluses and minuses. I like both. Every year, I attend at least one Creations show, and at least one other smaller show, and ALWAYS have a great time.

Even at creation cons you can catch some of the celebs durring down time and many of them are nice enough to chat. I've had more than one great encounter with J.G Hertzler. One was in Secaucus when he joined our group in the hotel lobby and sang some Klingon songs with us, and the other was when he was in front of us in line for the breakfast buffet in Vegas, our tables ended up being close to him and he chatted with us. We didn't want to bother him so we didn't initate anything. He was the one who gave use handshakes and started talking to us. GREAT guy!!!!

but yeah, my one real complaint about Creation is they herd you like cattle through lines. But that's a small price to pay to actualy be in the same room with some of these people.

Targallian, will we be seeing you in Parsippany?

Well, I'm not going to say definitely not, but I'd say chances are very slim. Particulary since it is a week right before Vegas. But I've been to about 10 cons in less than 2 years, and I probably need to cut back a bit. I'll probably only do TrekExpo and Vegas this year. Although if they have someone I just have to see, I may scrounge up the bucks to go.

And also, now that they have moved that con, it is on the same weekend as one of the main music educators conference here in Arkansas. I have to be at that conference to represent my university, so I can recruit students into my music program here. Without students, I don't have a job. And without a job, I don't money, and without money, I can't go to cons. It is a vicious cycle.

But I really hope to see you guys again soon. Did I read that you wouldn't be making Vegas this year?

vgrbabe

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 2:44 pm

Quote (Targallian @ Jan. 08 2009, 2:40 pm)
Quote (vgrbabe @ Jan. 08 2009, 12:55 pm)
Quote (Targallian @ Jan. 08 2009, 1:43 pm)
Some of the smaller conventions may not have as many guests, but many times you are able to get much more one on one time with the guest. For instance, I saw Marina Sirtis in Jackson, MS, two years ago, and had a nice long conversation with her. When she was at Vegas, you barely had enough time to say Hi and Thank You while in the autograph line. This is only one example of many. Reportedly, John Billingsley will not do Creations cons because he doesn't get enough one on one time with the fans. (I've heard this from workers at various cons, but never from Billingsley, so technically this is heresay. Although I've seen him at several small cons, he hasn't done a Creations show in several years.)

Creations does a great show and they always have a great lineup, but most of the big guest don't mingle with the crowd much unless you pay for one of those silly dinners or something like that.

So, my point being Creations has a good thing going, but so do some of the smaller cons. They both have pluses and minuses. I like both. Every year, I attend at least one Creations show, and at least one other smaller show, and ALWAYS have a great time.

Even at creation cons you can catch some of the celebs durring down time and many of them are nice enough to chat. I've had more than one great encounter with J.G Hertzler. One was in Secaucus when he joined our group in the hotel lobby and sang some Klingon songs with us, and the other was when he was in front of us in line for the breakfast buffet in Vegas, our tables ended up being close to him and he chatted with us. We didn't want to bother him so we didn't initate anything. He was the one who gave use handshakes and started talking to us. GREAT guy!!!!

but yeah, my one real complaint about Creation is they herd you like cattle through lines. But that's a small price to pay to actualy be in the same room with some of these people.

Targallian, will we be seeing you in Parsippany?

Well, I'm not going to say definitely not, but I'd say chances are very slim. Particulary since it is a week right before Vegas. But I've been to about 10 cons in less than 2 years, and I probably need to cut back a bit. I'll probably only do TrekExpo and Vegas this year. Although if they have someone I just have to see, I may scrounge up the bucks to go.

And also, now that they have moved that con, it is on the same weekend as one of the main music educators conference here in Arkansas. I have to be at that conference to represent my university, so I can recruit students into my music program here. Without students, I don't have a job. And without a job, I don't money, and without money, I can't go to cons. It is a vicious cycle.

But I really hope to see you guys again soon. Did I read that you wouldn't be making Vegas this year?

I don't understand why they made the NJ con so close to the Vegas con, surely they must realize that lots of people wouldn't be able to make both

I have some ticketing issues with the NJ con, I'm not sure if I have them reserved or not. If it turns out I DO have them then I'll definately be at Parsippany in the front row, If it turns out we don't have them reserved then we will either go only general admission or not at all. NJ cons are great for us because we live an hour away from Parsippany and Secaucus

Unfortunately it looks like last year's vegas con was a one time deal for us. It's simply too expensive. Unless we fall into a heap of money we won't be going

hope to see you again soon!

Targallian

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Report this Jan. 08 2009, 3:35 pm

Yeah, Vegas is pretty expense. For what it is worth, my wife and I got the Gold Tickets in 2007, and we felt like we stood in line forever. Last year, since getting this new job freed up my schedule, we didn't decide to go until the last minute. We got the general admission ticket for $149 each. We still had great seats, got all of the autographs I wanted (except they sold out of Michael Dorn's tickets), and took great pictures. We stood in line for a fraction of the time we spent last year, got to see way more of Vegas, and spent way, way less money. We did get a good deal on air fare and room rates, but that only helped a little. Sure, we didn't get to do the dessert parties, but those are usually lame anyway. We actually had a much better time with general admission that we did with gold.

So if you ever decide to go again, I encourage you to look at that option.

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