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Title: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on September 08, 2014, 12:16:04 pm
As announced at this year's event, FantasyCon 2015 will be in Nottingham, on 23Ė25 October 2015, and will be chaired once again by Lee Harris. Here's a thread for discussing it.

Please note that this board is here for our forum's members to talk about FantasyCon; it wasn't set up by the current FantasyCon organisers, most of whom aren't active on the forum, and it's not the right place for customer service queries.

If you ask a question about FantasyCon 2015 here other forum members may reply, but if you want an official answer please use the official channels:

FantasyCon website: http://fantasycon2015.org/
FantasyCon contact page: http://fantasycon2015.org/contact-us/
FantasyCon chair email address: fCon15chair@gmail.com
FantasyCon Twitter: https://twitter.com/FantasyCon2015
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on September 08, 2014, 12:27:06 pm
Living in Derbyshire, this is great news for me!
Missed the last two so i'll definitely be attending this one :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on September 08, 2014, 12:29:00 pm
As soon as you know the dates please post them  booking weekends of at work are really difficult
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on September 08, 2014, 12:41:37 pm
Will do.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on September 08, 2014, 06:54:54 pm
It's 23-25 October 2015.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on September 08, 2014, 09:15:17 pm
Really like the look of the venue. My wife went there while studying at the University and has been singing its praises!
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on September 08, 2014, 10:37:25 pm
It's 23-25 October 2015.

There was some query over this date, that it conflicts with World Fantasy Convention. However, checking online WFC looks to be set for 5-8 November.

http://www.worldfantasy.org/
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 15, 2014, 10:43:38 pm
Isn't it about time the BFS website had a link for Fantasycon 2015, with whatever details have been worked out so far?

Or to be more fair to the BFS, isn't it about time the organisers had at least a basic website up for people to link to? I tried Googling, but the only link took me to this thread, which is the only place I could find the dates. As to the venue, I'm glad some people know what it is. I think it's the East Midlands Conference Centre, but I can't find a thing online to confirm that. I was trying to find info to pass on to an author who lives in Nottingham & is interested.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on October 17, 2014, 07:54:36 am
I reckon this is where the website will be once it's up: www.fantasycon2015.org

Blank for now, but the domain was registered by Lee.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 01, 2014, 09:40:05 am
When it was pointed out at the AGM in York that the Society had not taken advantage of the buzz people feel whilst at a con by having forms available to sign up to the following year's event, Lee assured those in the room that such would be emailed out to all con attendees within a few weeks.

Fantasycon 2014 was two months ago.

So much for capturing people's wallets whilst they were still in the glow of the con that just ended.

This year's con at York was so invisible (in terms of branding) that it was as if the Society had deliberately gone out of its way to be as utterly unobtrusive as possible upon the hotel, to the point where one ordinary hotel guess - not part of the con - thought the freebie books in the corridor was some kind of Sunday church group selling stuff for charity. In 20 years of attending cons, never have I seen a con have so little impact upon the hotel hosting the event. As one young woman commented, we could have arranged this ourselves on Facebook - and saved ourselves the 40 quid or more we gave to the Society as a membership fee.

By the way, does anyone else realise that  - other than telling a few folk at York - the Society has never officially announced the actual hotel at which the event is being held next year? Told everyone it's in Nottingham, sure, but only a handful actually know which hotel it's at.

It's been two months, guys. This silence does not bode well. In fact, it distinctly gives the impression that most things are going to be left to the last minute before being thrown together... a bit like this year's 20 page souvenir 'book'.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on November 01, 2014, 01:25:55 pm
By the way, does anyone else realise that  - other than telling a few folk at York - the Society has never officially announced the actual hotel at which the event is being held next year? Told everyone it's in Nottingham, sure, but only a handful actually know which hotel it's at.

I mentioned this a couple of posts ago in this very thread, Paul. At the moment, the con website is still a blank page. The committee don't read the forum, so I got zero response to my post. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the whole thing doesn't just fall apart, from lack of interest.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 01, 2014, 07:32:13 pm
Oh dear! I was just about to post here asking if the website was up and running yet. I see it isn't, and other folks have been asking too. Doesn't bode well. :-(  I'm fairly certain I'm going to book for FCon 2015 - I do remember seeing the hotel somewhere (can't recall where it is though) and it did look good - but the organisers do need to pull their fingers out and get things going.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on November 02, 2014, 06:55:33 am
The convention is still a year away, so there's still plenty of time for all these things. I'm just glad someone volunteered to run it! Wouldn't be happening at all, otherwise. And that it's the same people who put together such an interesting programme of events this year makes me happy too. I could have missed everything I went to this time and filled the time just as valuably.

From my experience on a FantasyCon committee, you don't want to publicise the hotel before everything is set up, because people start trying to book, and don't get the convention rate, don't get counted in our allocated rooms, don't get the late check-out on Sunday (when that applies), etc.

As far as the souvenir programme goes, in years where the organisers want to produce a book, that's cool, but I don't think it's an essential part of a convention. FantasyCon has I think only had souvenir books in 2011 and 2012, and neither of those were BFS-funded FantasyCons. Different organisers are going to allocate time and money to different aspects of the event.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 02, 2014, 11:01:13 am
As far as the souvenir programme goes ... I don't think it's an essential part of a convention.

I couldn't disagree more.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on November 02, 2014, 11:31:25 am
The convention is still a year away, so there's still plenty of time for all these things. I'm just glad someone volunteered to run it! Wouldn't be happening at all, otherwise. And that it's the same people who put together such an interesting programme of events this year makes me happy too. I could have missed everything I went to this time and filled the time just as valuably.

From my experience on a FantasyCon committee, you don't want to publicise the hotel before everything is set up, because people start trying to book, and don't get the convention rate, don't get counted in our allocated rooms, don't get the late check-out on Sunday (when that applies), etc.

As far as the souvenir programme goes, in years where the organisers want to produce a book, that's cool, but I don't think it's an essential part of a convention. FantasyCon has I think only had souvenir books in 2011 and 2012, and neither of those were BFS-funded FantasyCons. Different organisers are going to allocate time and money to different aspects of the event.

Speaking as someone with slightly more experience of FantasyCon organising, I have to say you're wrong on every point there, Steven.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 02, 2014, 01:33:48 pm
The convention is still a year away, so there's still plenty of time for all these things. I'm just glad someone volunteered to run it! Wouldn't be happening at all, otherwise. And that it's the same people who put together such an interesting programme of events this year makes me happy too. I could have missed everything I went to this time and filled the time just as valuably.

From my experience on a FantasyCon committee, you don't want to publicise the hotel before everything is set up, because people start trying to book, and don't get the convention rate, don't get counted in our allocated rooms, don't get the late check-out on Sunday (when that applies), etc.

As far as the souvenir programme goes, in years where the organisers want to produce a book, that's cool, but I don't think it's an essential part of a convention. FantasyCon has I think only had souvenir books in 2011 and 2012, and neither of those were BFS-funded FantasyCons. Different organisers are going to allocate time and money to different aspects of the event.

Speaking as someone with slightly more experience of FantasyCon organising, I have to say you're wrong on every point there, Steven.

Quite, but I was restraining myself  :D
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on November 02, 2014, 02:28:51 pm
Which points, Mike? Seems weird to say I'm wrong about being glad someone has volunteered to run it, for example!

I wouldn't be surprised if there had been souvenir books produced by BFS-funded FantasyCons, but there haven't been any since I started going, and I haven't seen any from before then on eBay or anything like that. The only FantasyCon souvenir book I've got is the one from 2012.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on November 02, 2014, 03:24:56 pm
Okay, then. You say "The convention is still a year away, so there's still plenty of time for all these things."

Wrong. It's that very attitude which results in events being rushed. There isn't plenty of time. Twelve months is nothing. As much as is humanly possible should be in place as soon as possible.

"I'm just glad someone volunteered to run it!"

So am I - doesn't mean we should let them take six months off before thinking about it.

"From my experience on a FantasyCon committee, you don't want to publicise the hotel before everything is set up, because people start trying to book, and don't get the convention rate, don't get counted in our allocated rooms, don't get the late check-out on Sunday (when that applies), etc."

Agreed. So why hasn't that been done already? Check back over the earlier posts, Stephen: people are asking. They want to know. Just because in your opinion (based on how many conventions, by the way?) you can hang fire doesn't make it so.

"As far as the souvenir programme goes, in years where the organisers want to produce a book, that's cool, but I don't think it's an essential part of a convention. FantasyCon has I think only had souvenir books in 2011 and 2012, and neither of those were BFS-funded FantasyCons. Different organisers are going to allocate time and money to different aspects of the event."

Again, due to your somewhat limited experience you make a broad claim that is demonstrably untrue. Any FantasyCons that haven't produced a souvenir booklet are very much in the (very small) minority. I really think you should stop broadcasting your opinions as facts.

In case you can't tell, I'm more than a little pissed of with the BFS/FantasyCon. Last year I was persuaded to renew my membership because I was assured that things would improve. They haven't. The society and convention continues to stagger from one balls up to another, and we continue to get the same tired excuses.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 02, 2014, 03:33:41 pm
Here's a proper programme book from 2007 (edited/produced by yours truly):

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10438593_10203171549596713_3353506509338975682_n.jpg?oh=6bbcd6e429e1315d706c653a52a606c1&oe=54EAB9BD&__gda__=1423832536_530f46f2387126e316ba026e7e25c545)

OK, not a hardcover -- but approx 64 pages, A4 sized, full of stories and articles by/about the guests of honour. That year FantasyCon was organised by the BFS committee.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on November 02, 2014, 04:55:28 pm
"As far as the souvenir programme goes, in years where the organisers want to produce a book, that's cool, but I don't think it's an essential part of a convention. FantasyCon has I think only had souvenir books in 2011 and 2012, and neither of those were BFS-funded FantasyCons. Different organisers are going to allocate time and money to different aspects of the event."

Again, due to your somewhat limited experience you make a broad claim that is demonstrably untrue. Any FantasyCons that haven't produced a souvenir booklet are very much in the (very small) minority. I really think you should stop broadcasting your opinions as facts.

I think the difference there is that Iím distinguishing between book and programme, and youíre using them interchangeably. If thereís been an actual book produced for FantasyCon apart from 2012 (and 2011?), sorry, Iím not aware of it Ė and if there was, I do say ďI thinkĒ, so Iím very much presenting what I say as a belief based on what evidence I have rather than a fact.

Looking it up, Silver Rhapsody lists all the souvenir programmes from 1975 to 1994, and the only book in that period seems to have been in 1988, which was a World Fantasy Convention:

1975 Fantasycon I: A5, 16pp
1976 Fantasycon II: A5, 24pp
1977 Fantasycon III: A5, 28pp
1978 Fantasycon IV: A5, 28pp
1979 Fantasycon V: A5, 22pp
1980 Fantasycon VI: A5, 34pp
1981 Fantasycon VII: A5, 36pp
1983 Fantasycon VIII: A5, 44pp
1984 Fantasycon IX: A5, 48pp
1985 Fantasycon X: A5, 96pp
1986 Fantasycon XI: A4,  68pp
1987 Fantasycon XII: A4, 70pp
1988 Fantasycon XIII (WFC): Hardcover
1989 Fantasycon XIV: A4, 68pp
1990 Fantasycon XV: A5, 52pp
1991 Fantasycon XVI: A5, 52pp
1992 Fantasycon XVII: A4, 56pp
1993 Fantasycon XVIII: A5, 56pp
1994 Fantasycon XIX: squarish format, 60pp

None even went over a hundred pages. From my own collection, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 were all in a very similar A4 magazine format.

That's not to disparage those programmes (many of them sound terrific, from the details in Silver Rhapsody) but they all look to me like chapbook, zine, magazine-style publications, not books like the one in 2012. Despite Peter's creative editing above, I haven't said anywhere that there shouldn't be a souvenir programme, just that the souvenir programme needn't be a book.

Check back over the earlier posts, Stephen: people are asking. They want to know. Just because in your opinion (based on how many conventions, by the way?) you can hang fire doesn't make it so.

Iím not hanging fire on anything, Iím not involved with it! I'm just posting here as a member of the society, one who isn't quite so despairing as some of the previous posters.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on November 02, 2014, 05:39:33 pm
I may be wrong here but I think what's getting a lot of people agitated about 2015 is the event is being held in an out of town location with limited rooms at the onsite hotel. 
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on November 02, 2014, 06:32:54 pm
I may be wrong here but I think what's getting a lot of people agitated about 2015 is the event is being held in an out of town location with limited rooms at the onsite hotel.  

I don't even know the name of the fucking hotel!
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 02, 2014, 10:46:24 pm
Here it is Mike:

http://www.deverevenues.co.uk/en/venues/east-midlands-conference-centre-orchard-hotel/

But, hey, don't quote me on it - the Society hasn't bothered to even officially announce it yet -

- indeed, Stephen will probably come right along and delete it from my post for that very reason; so be quick!

Oh, and thanks for the list of the convention booklet sizes, Stephen: be sure to convey my congratulations to Lee for putting together the smallest programme - 20 pages - since 1975!

As regards quibbling about definitions - i.e. book, magazine what have you - fair point Stephen. But you know what else, no where on the internet are you going to see a 'magazine' defined as 20 pages. This year's programme was not a chapbook, booklet, magazine -

- it was a brochure. The kind of glossy puff piece my employer's parent company puts out once in a while.

Can I ask where you're getting this information from that Fantasycon 2012 was non-BFS funded? If not funded by the BFS or the takings from the previous year's con, then by whom?

One final point, an experiment:

Google the phrase 'Fantasycon 2015'

Only one single relevant hit comes up - this forum.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Allen on November 03, 2014, 10:27:02 am
Going to throw in my tuppenceworth:
Sarah Doyle and I run jazz-poetry events in north London. These are maybe once a quarter where we put on a two and half hour show. The amount of preparation necessary to achieve this is enormous. Iíve also been involved in the planning and delivery of local literary festivals: Greenacre Writers Festival 2013 and Finchley Literary Festival 2014. Again, there is so much prep to get right before the event. The sooner one attends to it, the better all round. Then youíve got enough energy to fight fires on the day Ė a guest canít turn up, readings are over-running, there appears to be nobody running the barÖ
So, like many of you, Iím hoping to see some news about F Con 15 very soon.
Yes, the hotel is on the edge of Nottingham and well away from the range of restaurants people got to know when we were at the Britannia. I suggest we all carry a list of local mini cab numbers.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 03, 2014, 11:43:49 am
If the hotel is on the tram route, no problem. If not -- lots of minicab journeys.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 03, 2014, 01:44:03 pm
Out of curiosity (wanted to see what prices would come up so as I could compare them to the convention rates as and whenever the Society bothers to post them) I typed in the dates for next year and got this:

Quote
Your chosen venue is not available for your selected dates
East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel
Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham

More info

Sorry!

We have no availability for your chosen dates

Alternative venues nearby

Tried said alternative venues and, yip, I could book those - but not the East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 03, 2014, 02:19:47 pm
Out of curiosity (wanted to see what prices would come up so as I could compare them to the convention rates as and whenever the Society bothers to post them) I typed in the dates for next year and got this:

Quote
Your chosen venue is not available for your selected dates
East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel
Beeston Lane, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham

More info

Sorry!

We have no availability for your chosen dates

Alternative venues nearby

Tried said alternative venues and, yip, I could book those - but not the East Midlands Conference Centre & Orchard Hotel.

Perhaps it's because they're expecting a hotel full of FCon guests? I don't know if that's the way it works, but maybe Lee has got it all sorted and they're keeping the entire place free for us all?
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 03, 2014, 02:54:57 pm
Obviously, I've only just stepped up and Lee has had some time off for a long deserved holiday. I believe he only got back to the grind today so as soon as he's back up to speed we'll get our heads together on this and get something official released ASAP.

The ball is rolling and I hope we can address issues brought up regarding FantasyCon 2014 in due course.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 05, 2014, 04:53:50 pm
As per the post here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/fantasycon/fantasycon-2015-quick-update/

FantasyCon 2015 dates: 23rd-25th October 2015
at the Orchard Hotel / East Midlands Conference Centre.
The EMCC are currently setting up the online discount codes, and the website and booking facilities should be online by the end of next week - possibly sooner.

Now, I've worked professionally in exhibitions, conferences and events on the design and organisation side since 2001 and, given our current time-frame, I don't have any concerns about the organisation of things here but I'll keep on top of it and report back whenever we've anything to divulge. Hope that helps, folks  :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 05, 2014, 06:55:09 pm
Thanks, Phil. Great to see a proactive Chair!  :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 06, 2014, 02:44:48 pm
As per the post here: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org/fantasycon/fantasycon-2015-quick-update/

FantasyCon 2015 dates: 23rd-25th October 2015
at the Orchard Hotel / East Midlands Conference Centre.
The EMCC are currently setting up the online discount codes, and the website and booking facilities should be online by the end of next week - possibly sooner.

Now, I've worked professionally in exhibitions, conferences and events on the design and organisation side since 2001 and, given our current time-frame, I don't have any concerns about the organisation of things here but I'll keep on top of it and report back whenever we've anything to divulge. Hope that helps, folks  :)

Thanks for the update / confirmation. A year might be more than enough time for you as an organiser, but it's not that long if you wish to create a publicity machine that rolls and rolls and so on. Guests, especially overseas guests, and others may need a long lead in time to arrange holidays and travel; and publishers may want to organise their schedule for 2015. . Anyway, best wishes to you and Lee.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on November 06, 2014, 04:56:22 pm
Can I ask where you're getting this information from that Fantasycon 2012 was non-BFS funded? If not funded by the BFS or the takings from the previous year's con, then by whom?

It was funded by the organisers. I'm getting that information from having been BFS chair when the BFS committee voted on 16 June 2010 to agree that arrangement with them for the 2011 event, and from having heard at subsequent AGMs that the same arrangement was in place for 2012.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 06, 2014, 05:55:50 pm
Actually, until bank accounts were merged (last year? early this year?), technically FantasyCon and the BFS were always funded separately. Not having separate bank accounts was raised at the AGM this year and Lee said (if I recall exactly) that they will be split again.

The FantasyCons staged in Brighton were self-funding -- ie, funded by the membership and profits were reinvested into the following convention and, I believe, shared with the BFS. It's important to remember that FantasyCons were organised FOR the Society, which took a heavy burden off the shoulders of the then BFS committee. I chaired FC2009 on behalf of the BFS -- I wasn't on the BFS committee and no one seemed to find reason to complain about the organisation that year.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 11, 2014, 03:31:16 pm
FantasyCon 2015 website is stirring... http://fantasycon2015.org/

WIP but we're getting there!
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: GraemeReynolds on November 21, 2014, 11:34:45 am
Any news on the hotel booking codes, Phil? The post that said "next week" was three weeks ago and its still rather quiet.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 21, 2014, 02:03:57 pm
Any news on the hotel booking codes, Phil? The post that said "next week" was three weeks ago and its still rather quiet.

Apologies! I think I know the answer to that one but let me just prod...
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 24, 2014, 11:01:04 am
Apologies again for the delay - had to double check some info.

The systems at EMCC won't allow online codes to work until 8 months before the event, unfortunately, but peeps can still register by phone for the discounts now.

The magic word is FANTASY15
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 24, 2014, 05:14:46 pm
Sorry, what is this about hotel booking codes? I haven't seen anything about this until Graeme's post above. Is this the discount for FCon? And how much is it going to cost? I feel we need much more info than this before we can start to plan and book anything. To be honest I can't even remember the con dates - nor the exact venue! Hope you can clarify, Phil.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 24, 2014, 05:46:09 pm
Sorry, what is this about hotel booking codes? I haven't seen anything about this until Graeme's post above. Is this the discount for FCon? And how much is it going to cost? I feel we need much more info than this before we can start to plan and book anything. To be honest I can't even remember the con dates - nor the exact venue! Hope you can clarify, Phil.

The British Fantasy Convention 2015 will take place from the 23-25 October 2015 at the East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel in Nottingham. Otherwise the website is missing important information at the moment: http://fantasycon2015.org/
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 24, 2014, 08:58:28 pm
To be honest I can't even remember the con dates - nor the exact venue! Hope you can clarify, Phil.

Bottom of the last page: http://www.britishfantasysociety.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=3796.msg30407#msg30407  ;)

Otherwise the website is missing important information at the moment: http://fantasycon2015.org/

Lee is on the case. I've had to strap him to his chair to stop him running off for a bit, though  ;D
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 25, 2014, 07:23:56 pm
Sorry, Phil, I meant I hope you can clarify about the "hotel discount codes" you've been talking about - is that for booking the hotel with the FCon discount? I think I'll wait till it's all gone live on the site anyway but I didn't want to miss out on any discount, and it would be nice to know how much it's all going to cost.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: simonbestwick on November 28, 2014, 03:50:36 pm
I'm on the hotel site at the moment; it seems to have recognised the FANTASY15 code as a corporate offer and is offering rooms at a 'FantasyCon Event Rate'.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 28, 2014, 04:31:21 pm
I've just checked the prices. A double costs £105 per night. I think it is normally around £120 but don't quote me on that.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 28, 2014, 07:26:51 pm
I'm on the hotel site at the moment; it seems to have recognised the FANTASY15 code as a corporate offer and is offering rooms at a 'FantasyCon Event Rate'.

Interesting... ta for the heads up, I'll report back...

I've just checked the prices. A double costs £105 per night...

Yet only £95 if you want a double room but for 1 person...  :-\
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on November 29, 2014, 11:21:49 am


According BOOKING.COM  the hotel is booked out for the event.  There are still lots of places close by that are a lot cheaper.  I got a room for two nights with a private bathroom for less than the cost of two nights at the event. 
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 29, 2014, 02:05:44 pm
The Orchard Hotel isn't sold out if you enter the corporate code.

I looked for a near-by / cheaper hotel, Jim, but all those seemed to be full already. Did you book a B&B?

Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 29, 2014, 03:57:08 pm
I've just checked the prices. A double costs £105 per night.


Seriously? Over a hundred pound a night to stay in Nottingham, and not even the town centre at that but the outskirts. Nope, ain't happening: I'm not paying that amount to stay in Nowhere Nottingham. Heck, the deal the Royal York offered me and Audrey for staying seven nights worked out not much more than that per night.

And what gives telling folks they can book the hotel when the BFS hasn't even posted the con membership fee yet -

- or, come to that, got the con website up and running even though it's now three months since Fantasycon 2014.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 29, 2014, 04:34:59 pm
That's £105 for two sharing a double / twin room. It is expensive, though, isn't it?

Phase 2 of Nottingham's tram system is going to cut through the university campus, which will make it dead easy to get into the city centre (Phase 1 is brilliant). But I'm not sure when the route will be operational.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 30, 2014, 09:18:52 am

Phase 2 of Nottingham's tram system is going to cut through the university campus, which will make it dead easy to get into the city centre (Phase 1 is brilliant). But I'm not sure when the route will be operational.


Yeah, and you've still got to walk from the train station to wherever the tram leaves from, wait for said tram, and then it's - what? - 20 minute tram journey to the campus, then another walk to the venue? All whilst Audrey and I as carrying luggage? So, with the walking and waiting and tram journey we're looking at 40mins, all that after spending a three-trains-trip from where we live to Nottingham. Nah... it would be a taxi. So add the cost of a taxi there on the Friday and back again on the Sunday afternoon to the price of the room per night and, yep, you're just a smidgen off what Audrey and I paid per night to stay in a double in the Royal York.

So if that's meant to be a special offer con rate then it doesn't bode well for other prices...

Because we will all effectively be 'stuck' at the hotel due to its location, then folks ought to be made privy beforehand to the following details:

Venue bar prices

Food selection and prices at the venue

Average taxi fare from venue to town centre

Oh, I dare say we could all do the leg work ourselves and find out this stuff - by why should we? After all, it wasn't us who picked the venue, and these are the kinds of things that should have been taken into account when the venue was chosen anyway.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 30, 2014, 10:39:42 am
At least it's not as isolated as this hotel, venue of a long ago convention:

http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/gb/en/walsall/bhxws/hoteldetail





Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on November 30, 2014, 02:30:10 pm
Apologies all, I thought I was helping by getting information out to folk quickly as I had it but it seems all I've done is cause more problems and confusion and I probably should have weathered the storm until every last piece of info was available. Or maybe it's just a case of damned if I do, damned if I don't? Maybe whatever happens that will always be in play...

The venue was picked before I came on the scene but I know a lot of time and energy was spent in looking at various places before going for this one, it wasn't a rushed job and most people I've spoken to seem quite happy about it but, obviously, keeping absolutely everyone happy all the time is a fine balancing act that is nigh on impossible. And yet I try.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Paul Campbell on November 30, 2014, 03:30:06 pm

The venue was picked before I came on the scene but I know a lot of time and energy was spent in looking at various places before going for this one


So why then isn't the BFS sharing the fruits of all that energy? If the BFS has indeed meticulously looked at all the details why, 3 months after Fcon'14, is it not posting said details?
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on November 30, 2014, 06:06:40 pm
Apologies all, I thought I was helping by getting information out to folk quickly as I had it but it seems all I've done is cause more problems and confusion and I probably should have weathered the storm until every last piece of info was available. Or maybe it's just a case of damned if I do, damned if I don't? Maybe whatever happens that will always be in play...

The venue was picked before I came on the scene but I know a lot of time and energy was spent in looking at various places before going for this one, it wasn't a rushed job and most people I've spoken to seem quite happy about it but, obviously, keeping absolutely everyone happy all the time is a fine balancing act that is nigh on impossible. And yet I try.


I appreciate that you are trying to provide the latest news.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on November 30, 2014, 06:39:09 pm
Isn't FCon and the BFS two separate groups or at the least semi independent groups?  Phil you're doing a great job, the problem  comes from the fact that no announcement has come from Lee that he block booked the whole hotel.  It would have taken seconds to put a notice   on the FCON 2015 site and then post it here. 

In a way I'm glad he didn't as I would never have gotten such a cheap hotel.  All i need is a place to store my stuff and bed to sleep in. 
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on November 30, 2014, 08:12:00 pm
Isn't FCon and the BFS two separate groups or at the least semi independent groups?  Phil you're doing a great job, the problem  comes from the fact that no announcement has come from Lee that he block booked the whole hotel.  It would have taken seconds to put a notice   on the FCON 2015 site and then post it here.  

Absolutely! Phil - we're not mad at you. As Jim says, you're doing a great job. Communication (both BFS and FCon) has been seriously lacking for quite a while - you are striving to put this right.

The problem is that there is no information yet on the FCon website. Hence, we're getting odd bits of information here and there and people are getting confused and frustrated.

Personally, I prefer an out-of-town venue like the one we have here as it's easier for me to drive to/park. I don't drink or eat curry anyway so being outside the city centre is no problem for me! However, I do seem to be in a minority - I haven't heard anyone else say the same thing.  :D

Anyway, I'm going to wait until details of the con itself - especially the cost - are available before I book the hotel. So, Phil, please just try to find out when the FCon website will have some information on it - then we'll all (well, mostly) be happy.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 01, 2014, 09:19:26 am
We've booked two nights at the Con hotel and am happy with it. Generally I'd prefer something more central, but then it does raise parking issues and the whole thing becomes a bit swings and roundabouts. Agreed that it might be a bit daft booking the hotel before paying for FCon membership but it's the hotel cost/availability which is the big concern - I can't imagine Con prices will have differed much from last year.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on December 01, 2014, 10:11:27 am
Andrew can you not cancel the booking if the cost of the con is too great?  I booked my hotel through booking.com and they allow me to cancel with penalty almost up to the date of the booking.

There will never be a location that will please everyone. To be honest, even if it was in my back garden I'd just end up complaining about Chris Teague peeing in my rose bushes. 

I do think though that it should always be in a location that requires no more two trains.  Getting to Nottingham from Edinburgh by train is a nightmare, Brighton in my opinion is too far away. 

Personally I thought York was great, the only problem with it was the high bar prices, it meant that everyone sneaked of to the pubs that were way cheaper
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: DavidJHowe on December 01, 2014, 03:48:28 pm
Andrew can you not cancel the booking if the cost of the con is too great?  I booked my hotel through booking.com and they allow me to cancel with penalty almost up to the date of the booking.

There will never be a location that will please everyone. To be honest, even if it was in my back garden I'd just end up complaining about Chris Teague peeing in my rose bushes. 

I do think though that it should always be in a location that requires no more two trains.  Getting to Nottingham from Edinburgh by train is a nightmare, Brighton in my opinion is too far away. 

Personally I thought York was great, the only problem with it was the high bar prices, it meant that everyone sneaked of to the pubs that were way cheaper
Except for Corby ... if you try and arrange a convention in Corby, then the entire membership gets up in arms and you get pilloried online ... at least that's what happened last time :(

David
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on December 01, 2014, 04:06:44 pm
I do think though that it should always be in a location that requires no more two trains.  Getting to Nottingham from Edinburgh by train is a nightmare, Brighton in my opinion is too far away. 

It's a long way, but I think you'll be able to do Edinburgh to Nottingham in two trains, because both cities have direct trains to us here in Birmingham.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 01, 2014, 04:48:33 pm
Andrew can you not cancel the booking if the cost of the con is too great?  I booked my hotel through booking.com and they allow me to cancel with penalty almost up to the date of the booking.


To be honest, I can't remember as my partner looked up the details and I just made a payment! (that's how it usually works in our house)

Note for people who do book in advance: I didn't get a confirmation email right away and neither did the money come out of my account. I rang the hotel and they said it takes a 'few days' to go through as they manually do the card payments and it isn't automatic. I did get a booking reference online. I think we did it direct from the hotel website.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on December 01, 2014, 05:32:54 pm
I do think though that it should always be in a location that requires no more two trains.  Getting to Nottingham from Edinburgh by train is a nightmare, Brighton in my opinion is too far away. 

It's a long way, but I think you'll be able to do Edinburgh to Nottingham in two trains, because both cities have direct trains to us here in Birmingham.

I think I'll either be hitching a lift with a friend or flying, flying is cheaper than the trains. 
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Allen on December 05, 2014, 01:52:10 pm
Just booked Fantasy Con 15 membership and hotel rooms for me and Sarah. See you all thereÖ or, indeed, this evening at the BFS Open Night.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Andrew Hook on December 08, 2014, 09:51:48 am
And now we've booked membership as well. Looking forward to it :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on December 08, 2014, 06:45:18 pm
Jilly & I have booked membership & hotel.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on December 18, 2014, 05:49:49 pm
Full-fat FantasyCon 2015 website is now live: http://fantasycon2015.org/

Apologies for the delay on this one, hectic time of it work-wise for all of us.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on December 19, 2014, 09:08:57 am
Full-fat FantasyCon 2015 website is now live: http://fantasycon2015.org/

Apologies for the delay on this one, hectic time of it work-wise for all of us.

I've just tried booking a room on the hotel's website for 23-25th October, and I'm getting the same message I got weeks ago: not available on those dates. I don't think the place is prepared to take on-line bookings.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on December 19, 2014, 09:50:26 am
I've just tried booking a room on the hotel's website for 23-25th October, and I'm getting the same message I got weeks ago: not available on those dates. I don't think the place is prepared to take on-line bookings.

For some reason it can be sketchy. It's done similar with a couple of people, when it's been working fine for others, and then it'll just 'work'. I'll give it a try now...

ETA: Worked for me (in Firefox with a cleared cache). Apologies - it does seem to randomly hiccup at times  :-\
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on December 19, 2014, 11:26:30 am
I've just tried booking a room on the hotel's website for 23-25th October, and I'm getting the same message I got weeks ago: not available on those dates. I don't think the place is prepared to take on-line bookings.

For some reason it can be sketchy. It's done similar with a couple of people, when it's been working fine for others, and then it'll just 'work'. I'll give it a try now...

ETA: Worked for me (in Firefox with a cleared cache). Apologies - it does seem to randomly hiccup at times  :-\

Still nothing. Used Chrome and Firefox, and every variation of the corporate promo code I could think of.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on December 19, 2014, 11:34:27 am
I've just tried booking a room on the hotel's website for 23-25th October, and I'm getting the same message I got weeks ago: not available on those dates. I don't think the place is prepared to take on-line bookings.

For some reason it can be sketchy. It's done similar with a couple of people, when it's been working fine for others, and then it'll just 'work'. I'll give it a try now...

ETA: Worked for me (in Firefox with a cleared cache). Apologies - it does seem to randomly hiccup at times  :-\

Still nothing. Used Chrome and Firefox, and every variation of the corporate promo code I could think of.

The problem seems to be Sunday 25th. If I only book the Friday and Saturday, fine; when I add Sunday night, that's when it refuses.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on December 19, 2014, 11:49:14 am
The problem seems to be Sunday 25th. If I only book the Friday and Saturday, fine; when I add Sunday night, that's when it refuses.

Righto, Thursday and Sunday nights should be fine and dandy now, clearly there's still an issue. I'll have a poke...

ETA: Lee has notified the hotel of the issue, we're now just waiting for it to be fixed.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on December 19, 2014, 12:37:18 pm
The problem seems to be Sunday 25th. If I only book the Friday and Saturday, fine; when I add Sunday night, that's when it refuses.

Righto, Thursday and Sunday nights should be fine and dandy now, clearly there's still an issue. I'll have a poke...

ETA: Lee has notified the hotel of the issue, we're now just waiting for it to be fixed.

 ;D
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: James Everington on December 22, 2014, 02:31:48 pm
Yeah, and you've still got to walk from the train station to wherever the tram leaves from....,

You can get a trams without leaving Nottingham train station....  (although obviously you still have to lug your luggage to a different part of the station)

Assuming the new tramlines here in "Nowhere Nottingham" (?) are finished in time, obviously.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Simon Kewin on December 23, 2014, 08:07:42 pm
Ooh, Nottingham is doable for me for sure. Very tempted...
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on January 03, 2015, 03:49:00 pm
Any news on Guests of Honour / master of Ceremonies yet?
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on January 03, 2015, 05:22:02 pm
Any news on Guests of Honour / master of Ceremonies yet?

Nothing solid as yet though there are a few irons in fires... Lee has it under control :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on January 07, 2015, 02:34:04 pm
First Guests of Honour have now been announced:
http://fantasycon2015.org/guests-of-honour/
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jared on January 07, 2015, 02:46:05 pm
We all know Jo Fletcher is amazing.

And John Connolly is one hell of a coup - he was at Nine Worlds last year, and absolutely brilliant. Great speaker, totally charming and really wonderful with fans. Nice in the bar, too!

Very impressed.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on January 08, 2015, 11:17:54 am
I'd book immediately for John Connolly, but I already did some time back.
Also the hotel has dropped the prices & is giving those of us who's already booked a partial refund.

I have to say, it's about time there was a proper link to the convention on the website menu.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on January 08, 2015, 11:48:23 am
Yup, the news has broke:

Room costs have been reduced to:
£75 per room per night single occupancy (inc. breakfast)
£85 per room per night double occupancy (inc. breakfast for both)
If you have already booked at the previous higher price, you will get a refund of the difference.


I have to say, it's about time there was a proper link to the convention on the website menu.

As soon as I work out how to do it on this WordPress theme, it'll be fixed...

EDIT: Done ;)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on January 08, 2015, 12:43:55 pm
Phil, I think you mean that a double room is £85 per night -- not per person
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on January 08, 2015, 01:06:18 pm
Phil, I think you mean that a double room is £85 per night -- not per person

Rumbled!  ;D
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Ray on March 22, 2015, 06:11:17 pm
Is there any way of confirming the attendance of myself and partner other than simply the money having come out of my account? Will there be a list of all attendees soon?

Thanks

Ray
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on March 25, 2015, 09:52:46 am
Is there any way of confirming the attendance of myself and partner other than simply the money having come out of my account? Will there be a list of all attendees soon?

Thanks

Ray

I'll poke Lee about this and get back to you - an attendees list will be online in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Ray on March 25, 2015, 10:42:29 pm
Cheers Phil, appreciate that.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Mike Chinn on April 13, 2015, 05:46:41 pm
Is there any way of confirming the attendance of myself and partner other than simply the money having come out of my account? Will there be a list of all attendees soon?

Thanks

Ray

I'll poke Lee about this and get back to you - an attendees list will be online in a couple of weeks.

Just seen attendee list. Any particular reason I'm not there, since I paid up in December?
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Cate Gardner on April 13, 2015, 05:57:27 pm
Could someone please add my name - Cate Gardner - to the attendees list. Simon (Bestwick) sent an email to confirm my name and his on March 31st. Thank you.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: IanH on April 14, 2015, 09:51:34 am
Nice to see my name on the list of attendees, and if someone could confirm that they also got my BFS membership renewal that would be great, thanks.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Des Lewis on April 15, 2015, 08:54:20 pm
... if someone could confirm that they also got my BFS membership renewal that would be great, thanks.

Me, too.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on April 15, 2015, 09:10:41 pm
Just seen attendee list. Any particular reason I'm not there, since I paid up in December?

Just to keep you on your toes ;) You're there now.

Could someone please add my name - Cate Gardner - to the attendees list. Simon (Bestwick) sent an email to confirm my name and his on March 31st. Thank you.

I'll prod about that...

... if someone could confirm that they also got my BFS membership renewal that would be great, thanks.

Me, too.

... and those...
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on April 16, 2015, 08:31:23 pm
... if someone could confirm that they also got my BFS membership renewal that would be great, thanks.

Me, too.

Update on these - James D has been called away from home on a work situation but will get things processed ASAP. Sorry about that.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 02, 2015, 10:55:24 am
I have an artist friend, whose Agent thinks it would be advantageous for her to attend the convention. Is there going to be any sort of art display at all this year? There's no mention whatsoever on the website. Will she just have to book a table in the dealer's room? Also, she's 75 & not wonderfully mobile, so we need to know what the disabled access is going to be like.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 02, 2015, 05:23:39 pm
Being fairly sensible, I also emailed my enquiry directly to lee. I got the following reply, which I don't think he'd mind me sharing, as the disabled access info is certainly going to be of interest to others...

Hi,

There's no plan for an art show this year. We offered it last year, but
only one artist showed any interest. Your friend would be more than welcome
to book a table in the dealer room, though. As for access, there isn't a
single space in the entire centre that can't be accessed on foot or by
chair - it's probably the most accessible building FantasyCon has ever
used. We're trying to keep everything on the ground floor, but if we need
to expand upstairs, that area can be accessed by (outside) ramp or lift. I
suspect we won't need the upstairs area, though. It's also a very compact
building, with rooms all pretty close to each other.

Cheers,

Lee

Shame about the lack of an actual art show, but I've always got the impression on previous years, that such things never really interested most attendees all that much.

Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on June 02, 2015, 08:37:02 pm
Personally, I always enjoy the artshow, almost as much as the dealers' room. Pity not enough artists were interested last year -- Jim Pitts showed his work in the dealers' room.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on June 02, 2015, 08:53:27 pm
Yes, I'd love an art show too. The only time I've been to a FCon with an art show there was so little interest that I managed to pick up a lovely piece of original Bryan Talbot art for an absolute snip as no-one else bid on it!  8) Great for me .. but it would be nice if there was a good art show with real interest shown in it.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on June 03, 2015, 09:45:20 am
Yes, I'd love an art show too. The only time I've been to a FCon with an art show there was so little interest that I managed to pick up a lovely piece of original Bryan Talbot art for an absolute snip as no-one else bid on it!  8) Great for me .. but it would be nice if there was a good art show with real interest shown in it.


Exactly
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on June 26, 2015, 11:49:38 am
It would be really nice if the attendees list would get updated sometime soon. Last update was on May 20th, over a month ago.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on June 29, 2015, 06:00:58 pm
It would be really nice if the attendees list would get updated sometime soon. Last update was on May 20th, over a month ago.

It should be getting updated again in the next few days...
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on August 27, 2015, 01:14:26 pm
It's looking very much like the convention hotel is out of rooms, as a friend of mine found nothing available for those dates when he checked online this morning. I've told him to ring them & check first, but if he has left it too late, is there a list of alternative options available?
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on August 27, 2015, 01:33:57 pm
I'm not involved in FantasyCon, but the website does currently recommend phoning to book: http://fantasycon2015.org/venue-and-accommodation/

If he's just tried to book online through the hotel's normal site, it may be showing as taken just because the rooms have been set aside for FantasyCon.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on August 28, 2015, 10:56:55 pm
He rang them this morning and, as I expected, he now has a room.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Peter Coleborn on September 18, 2015, 03:33:03 pm
It looks as if the tram line from Nottingham city centre now runs to the University -- that's where the convention venue can be found. It looks as if the journey takes around 15 minutes to University Boulevard:

http://www.thetram.net/maps-and-stops.aspx

Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on September 21, 2015, 10:06:13 am
When is the latest i can buy a ticket to attend? I'm having ankle surgery the weekend before and so am going to have to see how that settles on the Monday to see if i can come.

Thanks
Tom
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on September 30, 2015, 07:24:12 pm
When is the latest i can buy a ticket to attend? I'm having ankle surgery the weekend before and so am going to have to see how that settles on the Monday to see if i can come.

Thanks
Tom

Apologies for the delay, Tom, I've been snowed under with various things (real world AND BFS :D)

Anyway, payment 'on the door' will be possible if we don't sell out beforehand which, last I heard, we were getting close to... I'll poke Lee and find out in more detail, though.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on October 01, 2015, 04:23:04 pm
When is the latest i can buy a ticket to attend? I'm having ankle surgery the weekend before and so am going to have to see how that settles on the Monday to see if i can come.

Thanks
Tom

Apologies for the delay, Tom, I've been snowed under with various things (real world AND BFS :D)

Anyway, payment 'on the door' will be possible if we don't sell out beforehand which, last I heard, we were getting close to... I'll poke Lee and find out in more detail, though.

Cheers Phil, i took the plunge and booked anyway because i didn't want to risk missing out :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Ray on October 02, 2015, 03:34:18 pm
Just in case it's relevant for name badges, can someone please change my name on the list of attendees? It should be Cluley. Thank you. Sorry to be a pain :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 02, 2015, 04:41:13 pm
Just in case it's relevant for name badges, can someone please change my name on the list of attendees? It should be Cluley. Thank you. Sorry to be a pain :)

I suspect you'll have to contact someone directly to be sure, Ray.

If the last couple of years are anything to go by, it won't be an issue, as you'll be issued a standard name-badge & pointed to a marker pen, so you can write your name in yourself. I strongly suggest that members should actually put their name on BOTH sides. Those lanyards & badges have a depressing habit of defaulting to a facing backwards position when worn. In fact, it might me an idea if the registration desk staff tell everyone to do that.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: CarolineC on October 12, 2015, 11:15:27 am
Hi everyone - I'm afraid I won't be able to go to FCon this year - had to cancel my membership.  :'(  Lee has given me a refund but, apparently, the hotel booking is transferable but not refundable. So, if anyone is looking for a single room for the Friday night only there's one going spare. It's worth £75 but I reckon I could do you a deal and say something like £60, paying the rest of it myself (hope I'm not breaking any rules by doing that). Message me here if you're interested.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on October 18, 2015, 06:51:55 pm
Surgery went well yesterday and the physiotherapist has given me the green light to attend the Con yayyy...

but what is 9.00am Kaffeeklatsch: Joe Hill

I have no idea!
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Phil Lunt on October 22, 2015, 10:45:19 am
Surgery went well yesterday and the physiotherapist has given me the green light to attend the Con yayyy...

but what is 9.00am Kaffeeklatsch: Joe Hill

I have no idea!


Good to hear! See you there!

Kaffeeklatsch are informal gatherings over coffee/tea, I believe...
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Dave Brzeski on October 22, 2015, 11:00:34 am

but what is 9.00am Kaffeeklatsch: Joe Hill

I have no idea!


A Kaffeeklatsch is  where an author talks to and advises a limited number of people on their work over coffee. Places are very limited & they have to be booked in advance. They are not free.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: TomC on October 22, 2015, 07:20:23 pm
Thank for the replies both of you :)
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Carl Radley on October 25, 2015, 10:29:20 am
Was only able to attend the Saturday but had a great time.
Well organised and a great programme of panels.

This was my first Con and am already looking forward to the next one.

Great effort by the team, both visible as the redcoats and not so visible amongst the mass of attendees.
Even the five minute fresh air break (when the fire alarm went off) was welcome.

I bought books, got some signed, and soaked it all in.
The only down-side is that my reading pile may need scaffolding soon.  ;D

Thank you.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Andrew Hook on October 26, 2015, 09:22:58 am
Had a fantastic time at FantasyCon over the weekend. Other than the food issues I thought it was perfect. Many thanks to everyone involved in the organisation!
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: jim mcleod on October 26, 2015, 05:56:34 pm
Thank you for everyone involved in the running, organisation, and who went to this.  It was one of if the the greatest events of my life
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Allen on October 26, 2015, 07:02:42 pm
Another very good Fantasy Con and I would like to echo Carlís thanks both to those visibly working very hard to make it a success and also all those who worked behind the scenes. Plus the attendees and friends who make the event essential.
The food issue was discussed at the AGM. There were some strong opinions. Fingers crossed for Scarborough to answer everyoneís culinary wishes.
Title: Re: FantasyCon 2015
Post by: Rolnikov on October 26, 2015, 07:37:25 pm
Blog posts etc about FantasyCon are starting to pop up. I'll update the post with more as I notice them:

http://craigrsaunders.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/british-fantasy-society-convention-2015.html
http://thedynamicram.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/fantasycon-2015-aka-how-chris-got-his.html
https://shinyjennyb.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/fantasycon-2015-aftermath/
http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/fantasycon-2015/
http://www.horrorblog.co.uk/blog/fantasycon-2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mUYUTVWr9s&feature=youtu.be
http://jamesbrogden.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/theres-lot-of-conning-about.html
http://thedragonsblade.com/2015/10/sanderson-signing-fantasycon2015-and-expectations-with-writing/
https://hierath.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/fantasycon-2015-diversity-crispgate-and-the-rise-of-the-north/
http://gingernutsofhorror.com/9/post/2015/10/fantasy-con-2015-the-weekend-that-broke-and-rebuilt-jimmy.html
http://pop-verse.com/2015/10/27/fantasycon-2015-how-to-be-an-awesome-panellist
http://markwestwriter.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/fantasycon-nottingham-23rd-october-to.html?spref=tw
http://www.jameseverington.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/fantasycon-2015-after.html?m=1
http://fluffyredfox.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/british-fantasy-convention-2015.html?spref=fb
https://crunchyblanket.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/fantasy-con-for-beginners-and-the-socially-awkward/
http://gingernutsofhorror.com/9/post/2015/10/paul-m-feeney-goes-to-fantasy-con-2015.html
http://www.julietemckenna.com/?p=1780