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502 days, 21 hours, 21 minutes ago
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PlanetsCon 2019!

For a while, the intention was that PlanetsCon would alternate yearly between Europe and North-America. This has unfortunately fallen through in 2018, but let's try to find a few people who want to organise an event next year.

My secret plan is the following:
2018 Wiesbaden
2019 US or Canada west coast (where did Joshua live again?)
2020 Italia (trick Macros into doing it)
2021 US/Canada east coast
2022 Catalonia (find out who all those players are)

This plan should keep us going for a while.

Of course, locations are not the most important. What matters, and it has been said before, is to have a small group of people willing to step forward. So I am asking: who on the American west coast wants eternal glory by organising PlanetsCon 2019?
502 days, 19 hours, 45 minutes ago
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@Dazdya,

> where did Joshua live again?

Spacesquad's player map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zvdGjTeKc3xM.kG70uUFGy3gM&usp=sharing) shows him in the Vancouver area.

> who on the American west coast wants eternal glory by organising PlanetsCon 2019?

Considering the relatively high cost of having it in California, I don't think that's an especially good choice.

The other possible location, with a reasonable number of players, is in the Seattle/Vancouver area, but I don't know what the cost is around there.
502 days, 18 hours, 39 minutes ago
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I would be most willing to travel to Vancouver (or Seattle) for a con :D

502 days, 18 hours, 23 minutes ago
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I'd throw out Portland as a choice, but Seattle is marginally better for airfare.
502 days, 8 hours, 34 minutes ago
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Once again, people are discussing locations. What I'm looking for is people. Who want to organise this?
501 days, 2 hours, 27 minutes ago
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Keeping the horse ahead of the cart, don't you need to know where it's going to be before you get an organizer, or does the organizer automatically get to pick the location.
501 days, 1 hours, 48 minutes ago
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Yes I think that is it, if you Organize it they will come unless you pick a spot none can reach like Mars or some other far flung place.
500 days, 23 hours, 26 minutes ago
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falconheart
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@Whisperer
The map shows Joshua on the far side of Vancouver Island, outside Victoris.
I thought he was located outside of Calgary for some reason.
500 days, 23 hours, 17 minutes ago
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For the sake of obviousness, my question was rhetorical.
500 days, 22 hours, 18 minutes ago
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A few years ago /\/\ule, Steel Rat and I tried to set one up here in So Cal but we could not get enough interested potential attendees. How many would be interested in attending one in southern Ca (Orange county or San Diego) or Vegas?
Perhaps in Winter? It was 74 degrees F and sunny here today with moderate surf :-).
500 days, 22 hours, 6 minutes ago
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Let's try. I would love to see what you guys look like, and what you think of our game.

We have lots of time to put this together. There shold be plenty of people in the area. Let's find out.
500 days, 19 hours, 6 minutes ago
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Count me in Baer since I now live here. Happy to help you out too.

Reminds me of the good ole days.
500 days, 18 hours, 18 minutes ago
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Canada legalizes recreational marijuana July 1st 2018....

Just sayin'

:D
499 days, 21 hours, 7 minutes ago
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Hiya Bond, yup, remember the Prodigy Rebel Space days?
Any others besides Bondservant and I interested in doing one in the USA S W ?
496 days, 3 hours, 16 minutes ago
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There used to be a bunch of us out here. I have not heard from /\/\ule or Steel Rat in a while. Tim lives not that far north of here.
Any interest in a US west coast location?
496 days, 2 hours, 51 minutes ago
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@Baer I'm in Northern California, but I would be down to visit fellow players in the LA/San Diego area, depending on when the event takes place.

Alternatively, there's a board game convention that takes place up here in May; if you're interested we could have a mini con on the side to play some VGA Planets. The guys who introduced me to VGAP also regularly go to this, so it might be worth while to set that up if you want to come up here for board games too. Here's the link to the con: http://www.kublacon.com/

If you attend, reserve your room quick. The rooms for the Hyatt (where this takes place) usually get booked by the middle of February.
496 days, 0 hours, 22 minutes ago
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robber baron
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1. What does the Mongolian Emperor of China have to do with modern board games, (besides the fact that there a few games based on the adventures of his Mongol hordes).

2. I think we're talking about 2019, although a mini con in San Francisco this May, along with a Mongolian board game convention, sounds great. (I'm in NorCal also).

3. For a bi-annual US Planets Con, Vegas is probably just as good as California and, if timed well, is probably significantly cheaper. I think for most people in the western US and Canada, Vegas is also a cheaper flight than LA or SF, (thanks to casino subsidies.)

4. I'd travel to anywhere in California or Nevada, if anybody's doing a head count. (Hell, I'd probably go to Wiesbaden -- especially if it's during Oktoberfest. Munich's not that far, right?)

5. Recreational weed is now legal in California, and it was 70 degrees here in Marin County today. Just sayin'. (I'd mention global warming, but that's apparently fake news according President Drumpf, who secretly owns huuuge tracts of land in Siberia and thinks he'll make a killing when it thaws out enough to build golf resorts there.)
496 days, 0 hours, 9 minutes ago
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@Cpt+Cheese: Actually that is unlikely and was never stated as the date, it is a common date when new laws go into affect and was an assumption falsely made by media people. It may be before or after Canada Day, and unlikely to be exactly Canada Day going off PM's statements. Assuming it even happens at all and isn't delayed till after the next election.
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@Robber+Baron: You did mention it though... and I'd wager most would prefer you had not... unrelated politics are rarely unify and the point of PlanetsCon is to unite those sharing this hobby.
496 days, 0 hours, 1 minutes ago
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@Falconheart: Carval (near Edmonton) Alberta is where he registered the company this game falls under... but years have gone by and probably has moved a few times since then. His Facebook has him in Edmonton currently but I've seen things about Vancouver and Calgary as well.
495 days, 23 hours, 48 minutes ago
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id love to see yall all but id pay ya to stay away from bama, my gosh im ashamed , here in my town they just gave a dude life for a third felony possesion of weed, an we produced sessions an roy moore, oh lord why me.
495 days, 23 hours, 20 minutes ago
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Glyn, you are correct. Robber Barron can drop dead. I want nada to do with anything he is going to.
Also, having run meetings in Vegas as well as here in Ca, I can tell you Vegas is not low cost any more unless you stay in a dump. However Vegas would be fine with me.
495 days, 20 hours, 42 minutes ago
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@Robber Baron: No idea why it's called Kubla Con, though it makes for a great activity and slogan for the kids room/care. They dress a guy up in a pseudo Mongol outfit and he yells "KUBLA" and the kids (and every other person who is hyped up to play games) yell "CON!" (Think "KHAAAAN" ala James T Kirk in ST:Wrath of Khan). It's cute the first day, hell when you're trying to sleep in after a binge night of gaming.

That said, in previous runs they featured some open room video games; I could easily see VGAP appearing during the con if there were enough volunteers to show how to play and volunteered some laptops to play it on (though, oof, the reason why I wouldn't volunteer is because I've taught some people how to play in the past, and tutoring this over a weekend would be grueling).

Reason I make the suggestion of a mini-con is we would probably have enough people who could link up and play a private game in one of the convention rooms, and a marathon game in that setting might be kinda fun. Plus, if people were waiting for others, we could break out a shorter board game in between turns.

Anyway, just a suggestion if people wanted an additional reason to fly out to Northern California. If not, no worries.
460 days, 11 hours, 47 minutes ago
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Do we have a time window for "2018 Wiesbaden" already in place?
459 days, 0 hours, 50 minutes ago
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PlanetsCon 2018 will be in Wiesbaden on the 25th of august. This thread is about the PlanetsCon in 2019.
105 days, 0 hours, 54 minutes ago
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skyliner
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You want a reasonable cost, centrally located etc. Dallas is the only choice.
104 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes ago
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jimbo
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That, or a popular destination like Las Vegas? I can get a round trip flight for 112 bucks. I think we should find out how many people are interested to begin with, perhaps post a poll on a venue would serve both determining interest and venue? Thoughts??
104 days, 20 hours, 1 minutes ago
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maximus1776
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Schedule permitting, I'll attend anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. This year is a bit crazy for me, so I have to pass on any heavy lifting with organizing it. @Tom+Graves organized the last one I believe, and could probably give pointers as to what works and doesn't work. It was a very good time, though, and those of us on this side of the Atlantic need to meet the high standards set by our European brethren... ;)
104 days, 18 hours, 53 minutes ago
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rexe
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Could plan to meet up at a Yuri's night (https://yurisnight.net/events/) .... hang out with a whole bunch of other space nerds.
104 days, 14 hours, 16 minutes ago
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Me, Alejop, and other players are from Barcelona city. But there are more from other areas of Catalonia and some more from Madrid and other spanish cities.
I guess we will be able to help you to organize it for 2020 :)
104 days, 10 hours, 40 minutes ago
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Honestly, if there is gonna be a PlanetsCON 2019 in the US.... we need someone to step up and commit to organize/host one. Talking about the ideal location is not really a path for success.

Quite a few folks came down to Springfield, Ohio when @Tom Graves took the initiative. And nobody can tell me that Springfield, Ohio is the "ideal location" ... I mean.... The reality is the location didn't matter that much, it worked out because Tom stepped up and made it happen. We had a good time and it was awesome to meet folks.

FWIW: I can't commit to showing up no matter what - but I'm at least 50-50 on attending a CON anywhere in the US.
104 days, 9 hours, 44 minutes ago
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Lately, I have given this some more thought. I used to think that it was all simple, that I knew nothing special, but in Wiesbaden I was convinced by @Dark+Lord that I do have quite a bit of know-how going on. So here goes:

The optimal group is three people: one for the location, one for the events, and one for the food. None of them is a lot of work, I think, but the thing you can't do always seems impressive. That's why I am always so impressed by the cooks, I think.

The location person takes care of all the basic stuff, like who is coming when, if there's enough beds and kitchen space (or if noone is sleeping there, how to get there from the hotel). He makes sure there's a screen and wi-fi, extension cords and streaming hardware, stuff like that. I have a document somewhere, sent to me by @McNimble, with his streaming ideas. There are lots of ideas in that.

The events person does most of the email, and organises who will arrive when, who will do the presentations, in what order, do they all have presentations in a format you can use, etc. There is obviously some overlap with the streaming hardware person, but you can figure it out as it happens. This task requires a lot of email stuff, but somehow, it all sorts itself out. I have never seen an event with too few presentations.

The food person does food and drink stuff. He will likely have to ask people to help him carry stuff to the location, but that's not a problem, because if they don't help, then they don't eat and drink. To me, it seems magical what these people do, but @Robijntje says it's fun and easy. He's weird.

* If you're in Finland, you also need a hot tub master, a barbecue master, and a sauna master. Winter is coming.

If you're lucky, the location for the event is the same as the location for the evening, but that depends on the circumstances, obviously. And the money.

If you're in a city, public transport and google maps will most often be enough. If you're out in the wilds, you need someone to shuttle people. Or maybe a few. People who fly in don't have cars.

Have enough extension cords.

Have your accounts set up for the streaming ahead of time. Even though I always messed it up, it made me aware of what the problems were, and then a random @Faqudi could always help out and do in minutes what I failed to accomplish.

Keep in mind what the timezones are. Europe is ahead of America (this is a general statement :P). If you're in America, some Europeans can stay up late to watch the event, but if you're in civilised lands, the Americans will have to get up really early to catch your morning program. Keep that in mind.

Don't lose the presentation files like I did. The documentation team will want to post them in the help section.

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I probably know more details and stuff, but a lot of it is common sense, really. I will try to add to this in the coming time.

Dazdya
104 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes ago
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A year ago some of us said we would do it if there was enough interest. I have set up a number of meetings and events for clients in So Cal or in Vegas. Again, if there is interest I would be glad to help.
The reason that location is a bigger factor here is the long distances between, say here and New York or Fla.
104 days, 9 hours, 12 minutes ago
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I understand that distance is a big factor in the US. I was not criticising, I was trying to help. To make things seem easier to organise. Now that I read it back, I am not sure I achieved that.

But let's try to push this forwards.

Mr @Baer, who would you like to help you? Let's ask them. It doesn't have to be in public, but it will give you an idea how much help you have. Many hands make light work, etc.

And then, who would be interested to attend a Con in the southwest? If there is a decent list, then hopefully, things will gather momentum.
104 days, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago
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robber baron
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I would definitely be interested in attending a gathering in the southwest. I live 20 miles from San Francisco, but sadly, it would probably still be cheaper for me to attend one in Vegas than my hometown. I could go almost anywhere there's a major airport, especially Denver, Phoenix, Tucson, or Vegas.
Maybe I missed it in this thread, but approximately when would it occur? Baer, that's very generous of you to volunteer to organize it. I can probably help somewhat, although my time is quite limited. (Hey, if it wash't, I'd be in more games!)
104 days, 8 hours, 50 minutes ago
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sala
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What is required of one to host or set up a PlanetsCon 2019!? Space, wifi, room board, food, ... ... ?
104 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes ago
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And now we have a group of two. Let's give this thread a few hours, and see if there's enough people interested.
104 days, 8 hours, 43 minutes ago
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sala
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NVM. I see Dazdya laid it out a few strings above. Thank you.
104 days, 8 hours, 33 minutes ago
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macros the black
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Meanwhile, I'll start pondering over holding PlanetsCon Europe 2020 in northern Italy. ;)
104 days, 8 hours, 18 minutes ago
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sudakan
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would you considerer south america? more precisely Argentina?
We were discussing with some other Arg fellows here.
THe idea will be to rent a big big house for everyone to stay, we will have a person that cook for the crew if people like to eat at home (asado).
We think in organize a tournament. Once we had a 24 hs of vgaplanet with some friends. It is fanny to see our faces after 16 hs of playing turn after turn.
Argentina is very convenient for people with US$ or euros these days.
If there is a considerable amount of people showing willingness to travel to this part of the glove then we will became serious with the organization
Sincerely
SDK
104 days, 8 hours, 15 minutes ago
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Wow, thanks for the feedback.

We will likely have a few candidates for planetscon 2020. Mr @Dark+Lord has volunteered to organise it in the UK, and now there are people in Catalonia and also mr @Macros+The+Black :D! I think we will have a lot of nice gatherings in the future, awesome!

MR @Sala, the usual set-up has been:
friday: Many of the people gather in a bar nearby or in the hotel.
saturday: During the day, the Con needs a space for the presentations, with wi-fi and a screen or beamer or something like that. If the bandwidth is an issue, the stream obviously goes first and people may need to log off, but that is less and less of an issue as time goes on.
In the evening, a place is needed for the party.

In Finland, we had a cabin for the entire weekend. That was awesome. In Wiesbaden, @Madinson found a cheap location in the centre of the city where we could do everything. In Leiden, we @Robijntje and I found a location during the day, and then we retreated to his house for the barbecue. We worried about moving all those people, but it turned out to be no problem at all. There are many solutions.

I realised that I didn't mention money at all. In our demographic, money is usually not a big problem, but it never hurts to think about it for a moment. The distances in the US may make things more expensive, you'll have to figure that out for yourself, I only know this side of the Atlantic.
I set up a spare bank account for the Con, which made things easier for me to keep track of. Also made a separate email address. Most people in our community don't mind paying in advance.

So, again, mr @Sala, are you close by? Do you want to help? As you can see, I try to give credit to many people, because that's how it works. These things are easy if we work together.
104 days, 8 hours, 13 minutes ago
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And now even Argentina! I have no idea about prices, but the idea is awesome!
104 days, 7 hours, 41 minutes ago
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@Baer, my point is that if you want to commit to organize - I think folks will come. Maybe not everyone who plays in North America (because of the distances), but folks from the area and surprise distance travelers will turn up. The problem, I think, is if you are waiting for a list of interested attendees who commit before anything is tangible... then I fear we will wait forever. Consider me, I'm interested for sure.... but without knowing the dates and location, it's hard to know if I can prioritize a trip past the Mississippi. Give me the details, and then I have the info in hand to pitch to my better half. ;)
104 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes ago
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The list for a con in SW-USA (Swoosha), so far. People with an asterisk are also willing to help.

Interested:
Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo

And that's in just a few hours.
104 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes ago
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I'm so happy this thread is revived! To be realistic it's probably impossible for me to participate in a US con in any other way than the last time, but I'll be more than happy to watch the streaming again in the middle of the night :)

>Meanwhile, I'll start pondering over holding PlanetsCon Europe 2020 in northern Italy. ;)

You gotta do this, me and my family are in need for an excuse for a week in northern Italy!
104 days, 1 hours, 33 minutes ago
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Let's try to keep things a little bit separate. I know that people love to talk about many things at the same time, but this thread is an attempt to get a 2019 planetscon going. I will start a thread, right after this post, about the 2020 convention.
103 days, 19 hours, 9 minutes ago
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Good development. Dependent on timing, we could continue to have a parralel mini-gathering(s) in Europe, and I would be interested to attend. We could start a seperate thread on this as soon as US timeslot has been determined.
103 days, 16 hours, 54 minutes ago
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I would organize a Northern California con if it was in my neck of the woods. I’m in Stockton, CA.
103 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes ago
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I could probably attend a PlanetsCon in California, Nevada or Arizona. I might even be able to get to one in Oregon or Washington.

Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to help organize :(
102 days, 22 hours, 42 minutes ago
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The list for a con in SW-USA (Swoosha), so far. People with an asterisk are also willing to help, if possible.

Interested:
Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid

Now, on to date and location. Yes, at some point someone has to find a time and a place. In my experience, the best date is at the end or beginning of the summer school holiday. In the middle of the holiday, people with families are gone. In this case, we are late in organising, so let's take the end of the summer holiday. In Holland, that would be the end of August. Let's assume that until we have more data.

A location is a place for enough people with internet for streaming and a screen for presentations. If you're very lucky, someone can borrow a room, but more likely is that it has to be rented. Maybe you can get a deal if it's in a hotel where the visitors are staying. But maybe you can just find a cabin or something that is self-contained. I do not know your options. (this is also one of the reasons you may not want to be in the middle of the summer holiday - price and availability).

This is the point where someone has to simply start. I would suggest that the people with the asterisks can send each other messages through the site and exchange emails. I can almost guarantee that any start will make more people enthousiastic, because it's always nice to meet fellow planets players.
102 days, 21 hours, 19 minutes ago
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robber baron
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To start looking for a place, it would be great to get some general idea of what to expect in terms of number of attendees. Is there any data on attendance at previous gatherings? Any advice from previous organizers?
102 days, 18 hours, 26 minutes ago
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griffin
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How does one get added to the Google Map of Planets Nu Players?
102 days, 17 hours, 19 minutes ago
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i live in san diego i volunteer at san diego comic con and kingdom con(table top gaming) and would be will to help there is at least a few hotels and such around here that would work well id be happy to help if needed
102 days, 3 hours, 28 minutes ago
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I could potentially attend some (but probably not all) of a PlanetsCon in the southwest, especially if it was in San Diego. Definitely keep me posted. Unfortunately, at this time, my personal life is just too busy to commit for sure, to attend an entire event, or to help organize one. I can't even find the time to commit to a normal game of Planets right now *cry*
100 days, 20 hours, 37 minutes ago
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The list for a con in SW-USA (Swoosha), so far. People with an asterisk are also willing to help, if possible.

Interested:
Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid
Zannen *
Decius

PlanetsCons up to now have attracted about 20 attendees each time, give or take five or so. So a small conference room could do. Do keep in mind, however, that you will need some fresh-air breaks if the room is on the small side. People generate heat, and some people simply don't like being cooped up so long.
100 days, 20 hours, 7 minutes ago
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Yes, count me in to attend and to help. I live on the coast about half way between L.A. and San Diego. Anyplace south of San Francisco (please not there however it has become a stink hole city) and San Diego and as far east as Vegas is fine for me to help.
99 days, 7 hours, 21 minutes ago
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I'm 'in' for the 2019 SW-USA (Swoosh) Planets Con. Can we start a separate thread for this event?
99 days, 5 hours, 42 minutes ago
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ikester
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I now live near Phoenix, so I would consider someplace in the CA-NV-AZ area. It all depends on the timing, but Vegas is a 4-hour drive and SD is a 5-hour drive, close enough for me. I'd likely pass on SF or LA.
98 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes ago
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the next decision is when? Summer of 19 is right around the corner. Perhaps mid August???
98 days, 21 hours, 18 minutes ago
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The interested list PlanetsCon 2019. People with an asterisk are also willing to help, if possible.

Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid
Zannen *
Decius
Col. Khlnck
Ikester

Most of the Cons so far have been at the end of August, so that seems to work for many people. But the Con in Ohio was in October...
98 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes ago
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ace rimmer
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Add me to the list. Dazdya I send you my email address to keep me posted. I may be able to convince my bother Jyornan the Mad to attend as well. I promise to be good and I revoke any threats of physical beatdowns I may have issued in the past. ;-P Turns out that I'm all bark and no bite. LOL

Though I am 6'6 and 315lbs that wasn't a lie. LOL

and Jyornan is even taller than me, but probably 60lbs lighter.

Ace
98 days, 14 hours, 51 minutes ago
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treat
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I'll attend pretty much any western US PlanetsCon. If it ends up in the northwest, Seattle/Portland I can also help with planning.
98 days, 3 hours, 24 minutes ago
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The interested list PlanetsCon 2019. People with an asterisk are also willing to help, if possible.

Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid
Zannen *
Decius
Col. Khlnck
Ikester
Ace Rimmer
Treat *
97 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes ago
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grandmagates
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Grandmagates is interested in a West coast Planets Con. Please list grandmagates in the interested list.
97 days, 21 hours, 41 minutes ago
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Count me in for a West Coast US PlanetsCon-- though please don't have it on Memorial Day Weekend-- there's a convention I'm attending during that time.
(Or if you do, I'll have to miss out this year since I already booked hotel accommodations and tickets for that event). Thanks to all those planning/organizing this!
97 days, 4 hours, 52 minutes ago
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My wife would probably physically harm me if I flew over to the US just to attend PlanetsCon, but if you do decide on a date soon I might be able to arrange a work trip to (probably) Austin either before or after the Con. Mid-November could suit me as well, as there's a work related conference in San Diego I would like to attend if my boss still has travel budget left that time of year.
94 days, 19 hours, 36 minutes ago
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So, we've got five players who have volunteered to help run a PlanetsCon. Now, all we need is one of those to start arranging a venue (location and date). This is the next critical step.

If it's in Stockton, I think late June would be best (before it gets too hot). For San Diego, mid-August would be better.

So, who's it going to be?
94 days, 19 hours, 18 minutes ago
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batman
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I am interested in attending.
58 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes ago
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whisperer
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Bump.

Is anyone working on getting a venue?
58 days, 7 hours, 29 minutes ago
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I have not heard of anyone actually working on a Venue as yet. I am still willing to help but this year I can not take on being the lead organizer. I do think it is too late for June or July at this point. Perhaps deciding on a date, maby even a year out, first and then choosing a location might get us going. I certainly want to attend and I can help if it is in the SW USA. I can also help getting a specific location once a date and city is chosen.
58 days, 6 hours, 57 minutes ago
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tom graves
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Thanks Dazdya for continuing to keep this in front of people.

Look, this needs someone to take charge or it is not going to happen.

I did it and it really is not a significant commitment of time or money (and if you take pre-payments, virtually no money).

I am glad to answer questions and I know the European organizers would also help you.

Someone take charge.

Tom
58 days, 5 hours, 12 minutes ago
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col. khlnck
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Pasadena CA weekend of September 20th 2019
57 days, 3 hours, 20 minutes ago
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dazdya
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Thank you, @Col._Khlnck, for setting a date. We now have a time, and a place, and a list of the interested.

Next up, two things:
1/ Finding a location.
I am afraid this rests squarely on the colonel at this time.

2/ Checking how many people would like to attend:
yes:
Col. Khlnck

possible:
J-zan, Maximus 1776, Jimbo, Whisperer, Tenelid, Decius, Ikester, Ace Rimmer, Grandmagates, Johnnydoh, Faqudi
Baer *, Robber Baron *, Zannen *, Griffin *, Treat *

3/ Find out how many people willing to organise are in range of Pasadena. That's the bottom line of names, the ones with an asterisk.
57 days, 2 hours, 59 minutes ago
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tom graves
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Col. Khlnck is not a resident of Pasadena, CA.

I suppose, my good Colonel you could do this all remotely.

You certainly helped me with the first one.

Is there anyone local to SoCal that can take the reins for inspecting locations and dealing face to face with folks there?

My other thought is that costs are going to be high in LA.

Perhaps somewhere close like Victorville, CA

Drive times are 6 hours from Sacramento/San Francisco, 5 hours from Phoenix, 2 hours from Las Vegas/San Diego, 1 hour from LA

and you could still fly into LA/Vegas or San Diego.

Thoughts?

Tom
56 days, 23 hours, 16 minutes ago
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ndek
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You get a flight from Germany to Los Angeles for 300 Euro both ways. Interesting.
49 days, 7 hours, 0 minutes ago
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> Pasadena CA weekend of September 20th 2019

First, I'd like to comment on the general location. Good choice as for as centralization. The area is serviced by five major airports (LAX, ONT, BUR, LGB and SNA). The general area is a bit on the pricey side, but I expect that some deals can be gotten for 10-20 rooms off-season on the weekend.

Anything farther away (like Victorville) will have a lower price, but the drive time (taxi rate) from the airport climbs, and there are fewer choices of venue and extracurricular activities.

Overall, a fairly good choice.

Now for the difficult question. Who's working on the venue and how is that work progressing? This area is a 2-hour drive from where I live (moderate traffic), so I'm not a good choice for performing a physical inspection of a proposed venue.
49 days, 6 hours, 47 minutes ago
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So Cal folks, please communicate with one another and agree for someone to take the lead. It is honestly not more than 20-40 hours of work over several months of time to put this together. It is not a great burden. As a bonus, if you have never put an event together, you'll learn a new and valuable skill.
49 days, 6 hours, 43 minutes ago
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Now for the important part for a struggling apprentice, can anyone near the event provide a spot on their floor for me to lay my head. It would translate into more rounds bought by me ;)
49 days, 6 hours, 35 minutes ago
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col. khlnck
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- Pasadena Ca Weekend of Septette 20th 2019 -

I have been looking at Pasadena Meeting Planer Guide.

( https://1nxqie3ke3gg4awdcl1i2e37-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2017/03/pasadena_meetplanner_2017-web.pdf )

( https://reservations.arestravel.com/hotel/list/1637/m1240 )

- Drive time/ taxi rate

Some hotels like Sheraton will offer shuttle from airport.

I was looking at meeting rooms for about 25 people.

No firm commitment made other than possible date.
49 days, 6 hours, 33 minutes ago
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baer
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I live about 75 miles south of Pasedena on the coast. I have a busy Summer. I can certainly help but I do not want to commit to take the lead. If someone will take the lead I will be available to communicate with them to start to help right away.
Yes, it is central and a good location and yes, not cheap but then any place here in So Cal that is decient is not cheap.
49 days, 5 hours, 56 minutes ago
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col. khlnck
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I can make any conference room reservations.

How 'important' is shuttle to/from airport is it for out of towners?
48 days, 21 hours, 39 minutes ago
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whisperer
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> How 'important' is shuttle to/from airport is it for out of towners?

With all the "locals", probably not very, but that will be an individual decision. It's also possible to time trips so that airport pickups are, more or less, on the way.

The closest airport is BUR, followed by LAX, ONT, LGB and SNA.
48 days, 5 hours, 29 minutes ago
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@Tom+Graves,

> So Cal folks, please communicate with one another and agree for someone to take the lead.

I just went through the list of five people who are "willing to help". None of them are in the L.A. basin (the closest is probably Baer - probably in Oceanside). Unless someone in the area (and no, a 1.5-2 hour drive isn't "in the area") can take some time to look at perspective venues, we'll have to rely on pictures and specifications to make the selection.
46 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes ago
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col. khlnck
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I think the Dog's ICU bill just ate my plane ticket.
RL - Can't live with it... Can't live without it
42 days, 2 hours, 44 minutes ago
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29 days, 12 hours, 31 minutes ago
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I drove an hour each way to Springfield, it is not like you need to go every day. Two trips is all I needed to get things done.

Alternatively, we could move it closer to one of them that is willing to take the lead (if any are willing).

Time is slipping away. If you want this to happen, someone needs to do it.

Tom
29 days, 12 hours, 25 minutes ago
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tom graves
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And BTW, if someone will take charge of the 2019 convention, I promise to do 2021. It won't be on the US east coast, but in the Midwest again, probably Columbus, OH. (Unless someone on the US East Coast wants to volunteer before then.)
29 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes ago
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27 days, 4 hours, 22 minutes ago
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tom graves
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Anyone?
27 days, 1 hours, 56 minutes ago
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baer
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I am so tempted to take this on but we have an extremely busy summer. If it were next year I could plan for it.
The local VGAP group who used to get together (/\/\ule, Steel Rat, Bondservant, Etc) all seem to have disappeared so I no longer know anyone nearby who plays and could take it on.
Also, Pasadena is only about 60 miles away but in California that can sometimes take well over two hours. If I were to do one, take the lead on somewhat short notice it would have to be in Newport Beach, Dana Point Etc. Much more expensive than Pasadena.
If someone can take the lead please contact me and I will help.
Besides a head person, do we have any idea how many would attend?
27 days, 1 hours, 48 minutes ago
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tom graves
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The interested list PlanetsCon 2019. People with an asterisk are also willing to help, if possible.

For those on this list, who are definite attendees and who are maybes if held in Pasadena (write D for definite M for maybe)

Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid
Zannen *
Decius
Col. Khlnck
Ikester
Ace Rimmer
Treat *
Grandmagates
Johnnydoh
Faqudi

or if held in Newport Beach? (write D for definite M for maybe)

Baer *
Robber Baron *
J-zan
Maximus 1776
Jimbo
Griffin *
Whisperer
Tenelid
Zannen *
Decius
Col. Khlnck
Ikester
Ace Rimmer
Treat *'d players take charge?

Tom
27 days, 1 hours, 42 minutes ago
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griffin
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I am primarily interested in a Northern California PlanetsCon. The areas being discussed are more than 6 hours away from me.

For me to take lead, interest would be needed in my city, Stockton, or Sacramento. I would be able to provide support to another who took lead in the San Francisco bay area (an expansive area).
27 days, 1 hours, 36 minutes ago
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baer
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Pasadena M+
Newport Beach D
Sacramento M+
San Francisco, Used to love it but now? Hell no, it is a craphole now, never going there again.
26 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes ago
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ikester
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Unfortunately, Northern California would be out for me. LA or San Diego are doable weekend trips, but not N CA. Been to SF once in my life, that was enough.
26 days, 22 hours, 21 minutes ago
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j-zan
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To be sure, I'm a "M" across the board - as I'd be traveling from Ohio. The longer this goes without concrete plans, the less likely it will be for me.
26 days, 15 hours, 39 minutes ago
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I'm in San Francisco, (thanks for all the kind words about my hometown), and could help with one in the Bay Area, including Stockton, but not the weekend of Sept 21 or Sept 28, as I will be at a trade show in Salt Lake City. If it's in SoCal or Vegas, or Tucson, or Phoenix, or Denver, I would attend if I'm available. BTW, saying you wouldn't go to Northern California because you don't like San Francisco is like saying you won't go to SoCal because you don't like Beverly Hills... or Bakersfield... or Barstow...
26 days, 13 hours, 29 minutes ago
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tom graves
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Herding cats is easier. JKC!
26 days, 12 hours, 24 minutes ago
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ikester
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Northern California isn't out of the question because I don't like SF, it's out of the question because I don't want to drive for 11 or 12 hours.
26 days, 11 hours, 2 minutes ago
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talespin
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It's a 51 hour drive for me :)
26 days, 10 hours, 16 minutes ago
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baer
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N Cal is OK with me, just never going to San Francisco again.
25 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes ago
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tom graves
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If no one takes charge of this on the west coast by June 1.

Is anyone willing to take charge anywhere in the US?

We don't have to go by Dazdya's (thank you, of course, and no disrespect intended) location schedule for the US.
25 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes ago
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talespin
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Creating Cons in North America is difficult when you have so few people and those people are divided by great distances. It's like attacking the other side of the sector with the Evil Empire... We can't just take a quick drive, train, or plane to a city an hour or two away. It's a time-consuming, costly trip. I think that's why I had trouble getting players to commit to the one I was planning on the east coast of Canada.

I wonder if people could arrange smaller groups that could act as satellite Cons. 3-5 people watching the Con via the internet.
25 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes ago
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baer
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Talespin is spot on.
Even if the con were in the middle of the country that is 3 hours by air and a few days by car. The East Coast of Canada is at least six hours by air and would take 3-4 days + to drive from here.
Satellite cons are a great idea.
I would be willing to host a satellite con here for small group if someone at another one would set up the program (speakers Etc). We could use GoToMeeting or Skype. Anyone living in the area from San Diego to L.A. and west to the desert could get here in an hour or two and even those in Nevada or Airizona could get here in under half a day.
I am in in San Clemente, on the Ocean, just south of Dana Point and Newport Beach and 25 miles north of Oceanside.

Baer
25 days, 8 hours, 31 minutes ago
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Please define what you mean by 'host a satellite con'. Those that would consider attending a/hosting their own small satellite cons need to know what you are offering/expect them to provide.

We still need someone to take charge of hosting the real con, organizing presentations, technology etc.

If we intend for the presentations to be entirely virtual (no local organization and presentations), then that person needs a moderate level of technical skills. The most challenging thing about the con I hosted was the technology.

Tom
25 days, 8 hours, 9 minutes ago
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@Tom+Graves,

> The most challenging thing about the con I hosted was the technology.

Could you please put together a few paragraphs on the issues encountered and the solutions considered/used? I think that would be helpful to other Con organizers.

Similar information from other Con organizers would also be useful.

I think that this could all be combined into a "Guide to PlanetsCon Technical Solutions", which would make it simpler in the future, including this Con.

Also, I know someone who handles the technical side of presentations of this sort (an occasional player here), who might be able to provide solutions to some of the more difficult problems.
25 days, 7 hours, 38 minutes ago
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tom graves
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We had Joshua do his state of the Nuniverse remotely and another presenter try to do theirs remotely.

We had issues with both including never being able to get the audio working for the other presenter. We had to cancel his presentation.

All remote technology needs to be tested prior to the event to assure that everything works (and even then it may not work on the day of the event.)

A good quality mircrophone is necessary, most laptops have adequate video cameras.

Making sure the .PPT deck (or other presentation software) can be broadcast clearly.

All these things can be inhibited by permissions and security settings across multiple laptops iwth multiple internet connections, which would be required if everyone does not gather in a single place and use a single laptop for the broadcast.

Tom
25 days, 7 hours, 28 minutes ago
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talespin
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By "satellite Con", I just mean a few people getting together to watch a feed of the actual Con. It seems like the most successful Cons are always in Europe. Maybe they should continue to host the real Con, while in other parts of the world we set up "satellites" to watch the main one. It's like getting together with people to watch the Super Bowl or a similar event.

On the other hand, people might not feel attending something like that is worth the effort.

The tech issues are certainly the main hurdle to get over, no matter where the Con is.

***

Maybe another option could be to ask for donations or acquire funding or have fundraisers to save up money for each Con.

- just throwing ideas out...
25 days, 7 hours, 18 minutes ago
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Is it just me, or do these discussions feel like a circle that just keeps going 'round and 'round and round. I feel like "US Cons" have the same problem each time they are discussed....

Folks bicker about where the "best location" is and then start wondering how many people will commit to a given location before planning the actual Con.

I've said it before but Springfield, Ohio was *not* an "ideal location in the US." It worked because @Tom Graves is awesome, and made it happen. He planned, we came. We had a good time (or at least I did.) We talked some Planets, we drank some beers, we talked some more Planets. It wasn't bad.....

And frankly, I was surprised how many folks came out.

There is no "best location" for a US Con. What needs to happen is for someone to say "I will make it happen. It'll be on XX day at XX place." And then we see how the chips fall... and honestly, I think we'll be surprised again. Just give folks enough "hype time" to make some plans... and folks'll come. We'll talk some Planets, we'll drink some beers, and maybe talk more Planets. It'll be good.

We just need a person to say "I'll do it."

p.s. I can't be that person. I checked with Rebel High Command. She told me no. ;-)
25 days, 6 hours, 37 minutes ago
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Yeah, you're pretty right about that, @J-ZAN

Though I will note that, geographically, if there is a "best location", it's probably one that's central and has a major airport, so someplace like St. Louis (relatively convenient for people to drive or fly to) or Dallas. The problem is that the US is so big, and when you factor in population centers, the population center of the country is probably around Missouri/Kentucky, but that's also geographically distant from most of the major population centers in the country.

It's because most major population spots are on the coasts (with the exception of Chicago, which is on the Great Lakes) for historic reasons, and so a place that is equidistant from them ends up being kind of in the middle of no-where (the geographic center of the country is Nebraska.)

It's one reason a regional meet-up would probably be easier to accomplish. Like use the national regional breakdowns used in things like the military or disaster relief. Nominally, that classifies things as Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southcentral, Mountain West(a), and West Coast(a). Hawaii and Alaska kinda are their own things unless they want to go to West Coast things.

(For the purposes of distance, (a) could be changed to "Northwest" and "Southwest", instead.)

Northeast is basically Penn/NJ and northeast from there. Can include Maryland and Delaware. Probably NYC is a reasonably centralized location, though you might try somewhere less busy like Albany.

Southeast is basically Mississippi and east, with Kentucky and Virginia/West Virginia being its northern reaches. Atlanta or Montgomery are centralized from there.

The Midwest is basically every state bordering Ohio, and west as far as Iowa and the Dakotas. Chicago is probably a reasonably central area (though Springfield, Ohio probably works fine, though it's a bit of a drive form North Dakota!)

Southcentral is everywhere from Nebraska south, and from the Mississippi river on the east side to the Rio Grande on the west side. Oklahoma City or Dallas/Ft. Worth are pretty centralized loations there.

Southwest is the Rio Grande west to the Pacific, and Northwest would be the western borders of the Dakotas to the Pacific. Boisie would be a relatively central location for the Northwest, and Phoenix or Vegas for the Southwest.

So as far as geography (people driving cars), those make the most sense. I don't know how many people live in each region, but it would probably not be too hard to make posts for each, ask who is in them that would like to attend, and then work out a location.

It's also a matter of how fancy people want things. Meeting at a hotel for a group rate and going to an eating place/sports bar type thing would probably be easy enough to arrange. More advanced stuff would take more planing and take-charge-i-ness.
25 days, 6 hours, 36 minutes ago
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I might also mention as the only Non-American who attended the last US con.
Stop worrying about distances.
It's a fun weekend that's worth any distance.
Hell I flew for 8 hours and drove for 16 to be there. And the same going back. Didn't regret it for a second.
And I didn't even have the distance record, Darth Balls beat me by a few hundred miles.
And I don't think anyone who attended regretted doing so.

So yeah J-Zan is absolutely correct.




25 days, 6 hours, 10 minutes ago
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> There is no "best location" for a US Con.

Agreed. We need someone to step forward and make the Venue arrangements. Once that's done, I think everything will start falling into place.

We also need some people to start working on presentations.

It appears to me that most of the technical problems Tom had would be solved by a stand-alone mixer board and some good microphones, with two or three laptops. I've scheduled a trip to the local Guitar Center tomorrow to see what they can suggest. If there's a musician here, suggestions/advice would be appreciated.
25 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes ago
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I can get a place to do presentations and as for audio, I play in a classic rock band and I have all the quality mics, mixers and monitors that could be possibly needed.
I agree however that someone has to take charge. I just do not want to take that on this year, I am in the process of selling and shutting down my consulting company and lots of other stuff happening.
25 days, 5 hours, 11 minutes ago
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Ok, I'll put the hat on. I will host US NorCal PlanetsCon in Stockton, CA.
I'm looking at the first weekend of October 2019.

I have all the skills and resources to handle the technical end of things (I do most of that stuff as a side hustle to my IT Director day job). I also have experience organizing events a lot bigger than this would be.

Who wants to assist? First major area is deciding on content.

Who wants to come?

Please show your interest by completing this Google Form: https://forms.gle/u4z87e3BDtVF9i726
23 days, 15 hours, 28 minutes ago
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whisperer
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> Who wants to come?

I'll be coming with GramdmaGates in the Br4.
23 days, 10 hours, 12 minutes ago
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baer
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Just to confirm, that is the 5th and 6th of Oct?
23 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes ago
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griffin
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Yeah, possibly with some early bird activity on the 4th.
23 days, 7 hours, 0 minutes ago
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May I say with much appreciation...Thank you!
22 days, 22 hours, 16 minutes ago
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griffin
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Thinking of starting a new thread for this Con.
17 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
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maximus1776
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Put me down as a "strong maybe", and I may bring Mrs. Maximus as well (who will have recently escaped from being a Planets Widow).

I assume that flying into SAN is the best option?

I'll fill out the survey as well.

Agree that a separate thread should be created to cut out some of the prior noise (big thanks to @Dazdya and others for kicking us in the butt).

It would also be great to have this thread highlighted on the main page to keep it top-of-mind, instead of being lost in the activity feed.

Bump...
17 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes ago
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@Maximus1776, If you're trying to get to Stockton, San Diego (SAN) is not the most convenient airport (about 450 miles). If you're talking about a possible satellite con in Orange County, then John Wayne airport in Santa Ana (SNA) is closest. For Stockton, I would recommend Sacramento (SMF).
17 days, 6 hours, 23 minutes ago
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maximus1776
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Thanks @Robber+Baron ... I put Stockton, CA into MapQuest, and it came up with a suburb of San Diego... I've been to the Bay Area several times, but Stockton wasn't on my radar.

It looks like SFO airport is only about another 25 minutes further than the drive from Sacremento. Would that be a good alternative, since it's much easier for me to get into SFO than SMF. Thanks.
17 days, 6 hours, 12 minutes ago
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> It looks like SFO airport is only about another 25 minutes further than the drive from Sacremento.

That depends on the time of day. Between 3PM and 6-7PM, it could easily be a 2 hour drive. This path is heavily used by commuters.

Oakland airport would save a bit of time.
15 days, 11 hours, 2 minutes ago
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maximus1776
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@Griffin - Can we get updates from time to time on the interested/confirmed attendee list? That may generate more interest.

Also, is this thing 100% locked-in as far as dates and general location? I'd like to get airfare purchased before rates go up. Thanks.
15 days, 5 hours, 20 minutes ago
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I'm currently looking into meeting space. I lot depends on the number of interest. At this time, 7 people have shown interest, however, 2 are not in the US.

Stockton, CA is the city. We have an airport that is served by Allegiant Air & United Airlines. Allegiant currently offers non-stop service to Las Vegas, Phoenix-Mesa, and San Diego. Beginning summer 2019, United Airlines will be offering twice daily, nonstop air service to Los Angeles. Sacramento is about an hour north and is a great airport to fly into. West of Stockton is the greater Bay Area. There are several airports there, SFO, OAK, and SJC.

I see no reason to change the date unless a large consensus for another date.

Once I select the venue, I'll start a new thread.

As a reminder, here is the link to show interest: https://forms.gle/XtXr5oM3G8tnzygW6
14 days, 22 hours, 7 minutes ago
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griffin
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What was the attendance numbers for each of the previous PCons?
14 days, 15 hours, 44 minutes ago
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@Griffin,

> What was the attendance numbers for each of the previous PCons?

Based on the pictures, I'd guess they were in the range of 15-20.
6 days, 17 hours, 15 minutes ago
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griffin
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Bump!

Here is the link to show interest: https://forms.gle/XtXr5oM3G8tnzygW6

Need presenters too!