Be Gentle, It’s My First CON

Pre-con conversation at my house (complete with Greek SCA references): “I need a leopard. Actually, I need six of them to pull me around on a chariot if I am going to do this right. Oh, honey! Instead of Hera, I think we should make you a cat suit and I can lead you around CONjure on a leash.” Yeah, you can imagine how that idea went over. For him especially. I live in a house of inactive Society of Creative Anachronism members, and we are all going to a con. Hera and the leopard-lacking Dionysus have attended gaming cons before. I am the con virgin in the group. It all started with an opportunity to share some interactive classes for writers and game designers—“Character Creation for Young Minds” and “Awake the Muse: Inspired Observation Starring Cosplay.” Both workshops rely on focused brainstorming to strengthen character building and add detail in world-building. (Hope to see you at them!) Cosplay has always intrigued me, and here was my chance to dabble in it. I choose Simi, from the Sherrilyn Kenyon books. Just a set of horns and some barbeque sauce, you know?  I mean, have you seen some of the sci-fi convention costumes? I wasn’t out to compete, just be able to play. Then a friend mentioned some wings she had that would be perfect. Then I reached into my closet and discovered I had some pieces a hipster demon might wear. About that time, the housemates decided this would be fun. Since the Greek pantheon ties into the stories I was inspired by, and they loved doing Greek in...

Top 7 Reasons to Get a Room at CONjure

After nearly 20 years of con-going, I’ve been to plenty of venues — and I can honestly say that hotel-based cons are my favorite. Even when I lived in Atlanta I always got a full set of room nights. Here’s why you should get a room at #CONjureFlorida: I have a place to put all the stuff I bought in the dealer room so I don’t have to schlep it around while juggling my costume props. When all your friends come to the con you have a place to hold a reunion and play “Werewolf” all night. (Note: I do not do this, but I have seen it. It is real. ) I have a place to keep my beverages chilling so I can come by to surreptitiously fill up my “beer saber.”  (I am over 21.) There’s always an 11 p.m. AMV contest going on (or the premiere of excellent film fare like “Zombeak”). Mark Sheppard might come by the hotel sports bar where I’m resting my Monster High boots and having a burger … to ask if he can borrow a chair. And smile. Yes the elevators can be challenging at times, but there’s always a private bathroom and the necessary air conditioning required for an elaborate makeup by Roy Wooley. And the best part about CONjure hotel rooms?  You get a free 3-day pass with every room night! Ready to get a room? Visit our direct CONjure room reservation link for a special rate and addition to the free 3-day pass. Share...

Top 5 Reasons to Volunteer at CONjure

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any good con. And any good con makes friends for life of its volunteers. It’s exactly 10 years from our first con and our team’s still the family that DreamCon made. Here are five more reasons you should be a minion, er, volunteer at #CONjureFlorida:   You’ll get a really cool t-shirt that no one else will have. (Except the other volunteers of course.) Access to the official CONjure 2014 “minion pit” for breaks and refreshments. There will probly be pizza. You could become a red shirt. At CONjure, a Roving Red Shirt is a volunteer who’s top-notch at answering attendee questions and being helpful. Also, Roving Red Shirts get to act out truly heinous deaths a la “Star Trek” for added attendee entertainment value. So if you’re creative and like to perform, just saying. You could graduate to a guest runner. You know, “Get me some water with cold, crushed ice … from a glacier. And be quick about it!” For our esteemed guests, cosplayers, mermaids and that actor from “Supernatural.” After 10 hours of volunteer time, we’ll refund your ticket price! That means you get to work an inaugural con, make some inaugural friends and have an awesome inaugural time without having to buy a ticket. Ready to sign up? Here’s how. Go to our CONjure Volunteer page, fill out the form and I will contact you with further information. It’s that easy! Per standard con operations, you’ll have to purchase your 3-day pass in advance, and upon completion of your minion, er um, volunteer duties we will reimburse you. So go...