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#17188
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Appropos of nothing, I think I found a name for the future DF convention...

Con-Forge-ence
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#17189
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Um, you're not goth, are you, by any chance?

There's a really popular goth festival every year called Convergence. Your particular pun brought it to my mind.

And, heck, since half my goth friends are into D&D or some variation on it, it wouldn't be that much of a coincidence....

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#17190
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I'm not goth. Too old, wrong wardrobe, wrong musical tastes. And... I'll leave it at that.
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#17191
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Harneloot hey, sorry haven't checked this thread in a while, i'm actually not that close to Danbury, it's about the last exit off of 84 and i'm the first exit. I am closer to Boston than i am to Danbury, but that's not to say a trip could not be arranged to go some place. there are a few CT cons, but i have just never gotten around to going to any of them. I would love to have a "real" Con come in to Boston, i might hit Comic Con in NYC this Feb becuase a bud at work has expressed intrest, and that is a very managable trip, only about 3-4 hours driving, and that Shore Leave just says 6 hrs (but add 1 hour for NYC for 6-7)...
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#17192
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Harneloot -

Hope we can intrigue you into coming to Shore Leave.
Remember, it's

www.shore-leave.com

or you'll wind up with a . . . less-than-socially-acceptable web page, that's all I'm going to say.

See ya!

Jim

Jim,
The Shore-Leave "Kligon Feast" sounds 'really' interesting. Very cool Jim, wish I could go, but I live in Japan.
thanx. I am a star trek fan. BTW, why doesn't Wizards of the Coast make plasti-crack Star Trek minis????? I would love to have Star Trek adventures using DF. Anyone else??? Come'on guys??? Anyone???? Jim???
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#17193
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GS - maybe we can organize a North East rode trip down to Shore-Leave?
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#17194
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ps - I am often up in Stonington CT, which I assume is much closer to you?
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#17195
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I'm curious.

What features and/or events does a good con have?
What makes you decide that yes you want to go, or no you will give it a pass?
What does a con have that makes you decide to come back next year?

While I am interested in things like distances you are willing to travel and maximum hotel rates, I'm more interested in things like the presence (or absence) of panels and/or lectures, a video room, art show and/or auction, social events, what kind of (hobby-related) dealers, that kind of thing. Also, notes on location parameters such as presence or absence of local tourist attractions, fast food vs sit-down restaurants, and so on would be welcome. (But please don't tell me how great a specific venue is, this is a general and hypothetical exercise.)
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#17196
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Having been to almost 40 cons (most of which were Gen Cons), my preference is:

1. Well organized games with great players
2. Comfortable gaming areas
(optional) 3. Dealers aplenty

With the availability of hte Internet, #3 is purely optional so my friends have all shifted to invite-only private conventions. #1 and #2 have been met so that is our preference.

This year's event will be less than $100 a person for a three-day game event with several huge DF setups consisting of over 2,000 piecesand 1,000 hand painted pewter minis.
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#17197
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That $100 covers room and meals...
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#17198
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Con details:

1. Shore-Leave is currently in #29, so we've been around for a few years.
2. It IS a primarily media-based con; gaming is something Joe Dorffner and I badgered them into adding about 5 years ago. But we DO have fun!
3. We get Hollywoodies, both actors AND tech people (Mojo is one of our recurring guests, and he brings both his SFX reels AND his Saturday night Rave!), and scientists and writers and artists as guests as well.
4. We have a continuously-growing Art show (Joe's wife Rosey has been running it for the last few years, and doing a very good job of it).
5. Dealers? You want Dealers? We got DEALERS! Of course, as a Sci-Fi convention, we get more SF than Fantasy dealers, but we DO get everything from the Collective, who do custom starship models, etc., through at least one edged-weapons dealer (blunted, but can be sharpened when you get 'em home), to books, comics, Videos/DVDs, one guy who does custom Christmas Tree ornaments (ask me about DonnerCon and TitanicCon!), and of course, the one I'M involved with, Temple of Trek! They FILL The Maryland Ballroom, the Maryland Ballroom Corridor, the Garden Room, and the hallway between those rooms! Gets a bit crowded, it do!
6. Panels, discussions, and talks, oh, MY! You name it, we've discussed it - to DEATH (once almost to THE death - that one got a bit heated!).

I will say that Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn is NOT cheap - but the service is GREAT, in the Cinnamon Tree restaurant. But, there are lots of other hotels in the area that we set up rates with as overflow, including an Embassy Suites right across Shawan Road. And THEY have a fantastic deal, especially if you get a group together to split the cost. See the Shore-Leave web page for details;

http://www.shore-leave.com

and that will get you there.

I don't know what else to tell you. I've had fun for twenty-eight years at Shore Leave; YMMV, but I think you'll find something to enjoy.

See ya!

Jim
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#17199
Dwarven Forge Con 7 Years, 9 Months ago  
Shore Leave is a no-go for me... However, Gen Con might be a possibility if there were enough fellow DF hoarders to lay out a massive game and security concerns could be addressed along with logistics (who designs the game, how many DM's, how we move players through the event, etc).
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