VCON 41 — an exercise in having fun!

Greetings all!

Having just been granted access to this new version of the VCON 41 web site, I am putting in a short first Blog to see where it winds up and what the result looks like. Bear in mind I am something of a Luddite, a twentieth century kinda guy, but once I figure the site out I will be contributing new material on a frequent basis, as will others.

The goal is to create a lively, active site that will offer something of interest every time you check it out.

If the result seems excessively fannish in nature, bear in mind VCON is a fan-run general interest convention devoted to offering fans, no matter what niche-fandom they belong to within the SF&F genre, the opportunity to have fun across multiple sub-fandoms in celebration of how wonderful SF&F is as a hobby and a passion. It’s all about having fun.

For example, we don’t sell tickets to an event, we sell memberships to a “happening” as they used to say back when I was a teenager (circa mid 1960s). The idea is to get involved in what’s going on. This can mean participating in Q&A sessions at panels, volunteering to help keep the con running smoothly, and even meeting and talking with Guests of Honour relaxing in the Hospitality room.

Another example will be one of the Green Timber rooms (800+ square feet) devoted entirely to interactive fan events. So anytime you feel like actually “doing” something, as opposed to watching, drop by the room to check out what’s going on. Items happening will include SF versions of game shows (be a participant!), Human Battleship (be a warship armed with a soft plastic tube!), and even the famous “Monster Stomp” for kids where you help them build cardboard buildings and then watch them play Godzilla as they trample them down. There may be a contest to see who can best walk and manoeuvre like the puppets in the old Supermarionation shows like Thunderbird and Captain Scarlet. Perhaps a puppet master competition. We’re planning all kinds of nifty things where you volunteer to actually DO something. The emphasis will be on humour and enjoying intriguing challenges. Going to be loads of fun. Nonstop action.

This has been my initial blog post. Now to post it and see what it looks like.


  1. John Posted on February 21, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Programming may attract out of towners by laying on a side trip to Richmond:
    The cast and creatives of Once Upon a Time celebrated 100 episodes on Saturday night at the Gulf of Georgia (aka “Storybrooke”) Cannery in Richmond, B.C.

    Just to take pictures………

    John M

    1. VCON Chair Posted on February 21, 2016 at 7:40 PM

      I sincerely doubt we’ll organize any off-site events. Attendees are free to explore the Lower Mainland Region by themselves of course, but the whole point of VCON is to maximise the amount of activity at the hotel itself in the spirit of one-site-fits-all to the maximum extant possible. We have a specific, focused plan in mind and as Chair I intend to avoid expanding the con (and expenses) beyond our control. It is my responsibility to ensure the con at least breaks even. We will offer what we offer. That will have to suffice.

      If we were a Worldcon that might be different. But we’re a mid-sized con anxious to survive so that we can carry on into the future. We have to be careful.

      Cheers! GRaeme

  2. Simon Posted on April 23, 2016 at 4:38 AM

    Do they still do a number of role-playing games and have 24 hr movie rooms?

    1. webmaster Posted on May 2, 2016 at 7:46 PM

      There is a 24-hr Tabletop Gaming room, with RPG’s, Board Games and Card Games galore, as well as a 24-hr Console Gaming room with a variety of current and retro gaming consoles available for individual and group play.

      Unfortunately, we don’t have a 24-hr movie room any more – there were issues with the legality of screening most popular movies and the general access everyone now has to even obscure movies via the internet has reduced the demand for it.

  3. Ange Posted on April 25, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    Regarding the website, I have to add that I am always getting safety warnings regarding when I google or click on the site via Bitdefender :/.

    1. webmaster Posted on May 2, 2016 at 7:49 PM

      That’s unfortunately. We’ve seen this problem before with other security applications and had hoped it would all go away when we switched to a new hosting company and a new content management system. If Bitdefender provides any way for users to provide feedback if they’ve misidentified a site as a security risk we’d appreciate if you could let them known.

  4. Keirandyl Posted on July 26, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Question regarding book launch party/event.
    Will there one? If so how might an author find out about possible participation?
    Thank you

    1. VCON Chair Posted on July 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM

      Yep! Definitely there will be a Book Launch on Friday night Sept 30. Some details under “Book Launch” in the events & programming section. Contact Alyx J. Shaw at booklaunch [at] vcon [dot] ca for more info. Cheers! Graeme

  5. Liz from Montreal Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:32 PM

    If I’m planning on throwing a party or two (again), should I pass my room reservation through or past anyone in particular? And should that be before or after I book with the hotel? I’ve searched the site for a hotel liason contact to no avail.

    1. VCON Chair Posted on August 17, 2016 at 12:10 PM

      Several people are handling hotel liaison duties. However one person, Chris Sturges, is responsible for liaison with attendees planning on holding a room party at the con.

      You can contact him at chris.sturges at vcon dot ca or parties at vcon dot ca

  6. Chris Posted on August 25, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    I don’t see any other way to contact the organisers, so here goes.
    Is the frankenstuffie yjing going to be happening this year ? If so, do you need donations ?

    1. VCON Chair Posted on August 25, 2016 at 11:03 AM

      Yes, there will be Frankenstuffies at VCON this year. Donations would be great.

      Contact Jeanine Godkin at workshops [at] vcon [dot] ca, or Jenni Merrifield at programming [at] vcon [dot] ca

      Cheers! R. Graeme Cameron – VCON 41 Chair

  7. Weasel Woman Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:15 PM

    I notice there’s no “Contact Us” option anywhere on the website. If I want to get in contact with the folk that are running the Art Show, how do I go about that?

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