I've posted about the con before. The website is still conflation.org
This year's theme is "Steampunk". Yep. An adults-only Steampunk convention, right here in the midwest.
Over 21 only, it is called a "Relaxacon" because it is a low-key opportunity to hang out with other members of Fandom, away from the kids, with minimal programming and plenty of fun on the menu.
In previous years it has been a great variety of things, in much the way that all fan-run conventions shift their focus depending upon who was in charge and what the climate was like. It has, in previous years, been:
Sharkcon, and all of its incarnations. Sharkcon/Czarcon was many things in and of itself. It gave way to Conflation when it changed hands.
Conflation: a con-with-no-kids, complete with a heavy programming schedule
Conflation: a con with specifically adult themes, with a heavy programming schedule
Conflation: a con with specifically NO themes, with an anything-goes attitude and a very light programming schedule
Conflation: A themed convention with hot parties and cool programming.
In some incarnations it attracted a number of big name fans, local celebrities, and all the people you went to conventions to visit. In others, it became spectacularly unattractive to those same people and irresistibly attractive to people who didn't attend SF/F cons, only BDSM/Swinger/Sex-themed/GBLT conventions.
Conflation does not exclude anyone due to their lifestyle, creed, sex, attitudes, or race.
On the other hand, when we got too far away from SF/F themed relaxacon programming a number of problems surfaced. Many years have passed and many of the problems have been solved.
Some people say that the con is "Just like it used to be" which is rubbish.
Nothing ever goes back to the way it was. Not ever. For one thing, that would be boring. For another, it is impossible to realign the stars, the attendees, the cultural climate, and the weather for a complete repeat performance.
No, I prefer to say that the con has a whole bunch of things that appeal to me, personally. I see a lot of things that I believe would be appealing to my friends, specifically. As such, I want to see more of my friends at this convention, because I think it is BETTER than it "used to be." (Keep in mind that I've been going to Conflation since before it was Conflation.)
Can you wear your sexiest, slinkiest gear at the con? Absolutely. Just make sure that you bring something to wrap up in when you're walking through the lobby. (If for no other reason that the lobby tends to be VERY COLD.)
Will there be programming that falls into the category of NSFW? Sure! Adults like to have fun, and some of that fun doesn't include the "kiddies". I myself am hosting a Victorian Steampunk Burlesque show, and I assure you that there is plenty to titillate your senses.
Will there be programming that isn't about sex? Of course! What's more, with this year's theme we have a whole bunch of great ideas to share with the rest of the fans. For example, the Nerf War is back (Friday night AND Sunday afternoon!) There's so much programming this year that they had to start considering Friday afternoon for some of it!
Will there be room parties? You bet your @ss. So far I'm only hearing about three or four, but I'm hoping for more. I myself am too overcommitted to host anything in my room.
Will there be a hospitable Hospitality suite? Are you KIDDING!? Our hospitality suite has FOOD in it, and boozes that aren't beer!
Are they still doing that "King and Queen of the con" nonsense? Yep, and I'm wearing one of the tin hats this year. So come out and support me!
Yeah, but isn't it expensive? Guys, the at-the-door rate is $30. When was the last time you paid $30 at the door at a con?! The hotel isn't even really that expensive, and the con rate is remarkably similar to the "internet" rate of $79 or so. And like I said, the hospitality suite has food in it.
I hear that last year's dance was awesome and The Place To Be all night on Saturday. Well, to be fair, I throw a great party and I was the one in charge of decorations. I'm doing it again this year with an awesome theme, and we have a very agreeable DJ once again.
OMGWTFBBQ the guest of honor is Jennie Breeden?! Yep, the writer/artist/publisher from The Devil's Panties. And Geebas on Parade. And a bunch of OTHER stuff! (Vampires, sucky customers, you name it.) And yes. She's the one with a leaf-blower and an agenda. Mwa ha ha!
In short (too late!) I want you to come to the con. I want you to bring your most awesome friends, too. I want you to bring your best Steampunk gear and be ready for a rip-roaring good time!