Monday, July 25, 2016

An Awesome Con Gone By!

That was an awesome first Ro-Con. Thank you to everyone who came and helped make it awesome. We'll have a more comprehensive thank you after we recover a bit. It was wonderful to have you all help us run the hottest con around!

Ro-Con 3 will be July 21-23, 2017, tentatively at the same hotel, but after they have had a year to remodel, renovate, and install the AC. There will also be air conditioning.

We are still working on all the details, but we have selected a Guest of Awesome whom we will announce shortly. We will also have an Historical Inventor of Awesome: Willis Carrier, the inventor of the air conditioner.

Come back next year for the coolest con around.

If you like to get a jump on things like we do, the panelist application for Ro-Con 3 is ready. Click here for it.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, we'll have air conditioning in the hotel next year.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Ro-Con will be hosting two PokeHunts during the convention. The hours are due to the expected popularity. We don't want to draw attendance away from all the other great programming.

There are two ways to win: Most total Pokemon caught and Most different Pokemon caught.

Here's the rules:
1) All players must start at the Ro Desk at 9:00. No prior sign up necessary.
2) Must be registered for Ro-Con to participate.
3) Players must be back at the Ro Desk for counting by 11:30 for their captures to qualify.
4) Captures will be counted based on the Journal in the Pokemon Go app, and only captures between 9:00 and 11:00 will qualify.
5) In the event of a tie, winner will be based on highest CP captured.
6) Breaking any laws or otherwise making a nuisance of yourself will be grounds for disqualification from the Hunt.
7) Cheating, hacking the app, or interfering with other competitors will be grounds for disqualification from the Hunt.

There will be prizes. They will be awesome. We haven't confirmed what they are yet.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Schedule is Here!

While there may be minor modifications, the schedule is final enough to share with the masses!

The schedule is organized as one track of panels (multiple participants), one track of presentations (focused single presenter), plus some round tables and an outdoor demo or two that may involve swords. Additionally, we have a game/food/consuite room and a vendor room with 12 awesome vendors.

See the schedule grid

Monday, April 18, 2016

Programming, Performance, and Games!

This new venue is shaping up to be awesome for us. We now have space for a gaming/con suite area. Since the hotel lets us bring our own food, we'll be able to have refreshments there.

Just outside the event area is an outdoor green space that we can have outdoor presentations and performances.

We have over 30 panelists and performers who will be providing three tracks of programming.

There is even talk of a 3 foot tall Koalid balloon statue. But that's only a rumor.

Don't wait, pre-register now! When you pre-register, we take that money and use it to bring in even more awesome performers and cool stuff, so don't wait. Do it now!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ro-Con Has Moved to Awesomer Lands!

Ro-Con was previously scheduled at be at the Holiday Inn New London, but we have moved right down the road to the Ramada in Mystic. It's just as much space, a similar room rate, and a much better deal from the hotel allowing us to do more awesome things!

Rooms are only $159/night, which is an absolutely amazing rate to get in Mystic in July. To get this rate, register by phone at 860-980-3160 and use the group code Ro-Con.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Announcing East Coast Combative Arts at Ro-Con!

We are pleased to announce that East Coast Combative Arts will be coming to Ro-Con to give presentations on authentic melee combat techniques. We saw these guys at 9Pi-Con this past summer, and they we're fantastic. Be sure to check them out!

From their Facebook page:
East Coast Combative Arts is a group of individuals dedicated to providing thrilling fight choreography for stage and screen as well as researched education on historical martial arts and fighting techniques. Each member holds several areas of expertise that may be used for the benefit of any film, play, or production company. Further more, our education programs are carefully designed to teach audiences on the fighting styles of ancient cultures not seen in the movies.

Our members have had lifelong passions in martial arts, theater, film, and production. For over ten years our members have worked in combat related programs and performances at Renaissance Faires, playhouses, film, and educational settings. Some highlights include having performed fight scenes for Stan Lee, and most recently performed with Game of Thrones' The Mountain, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. Furthermore, our organization has ties with Art of Combat and academic training in performance and historical education from The University of Connecticut, and Central Connecticut State University.

Every event has a different budget, different budgets mean different cost, so each program is negotiated on a case by case basis to make sure you are getting what you need. East Coast Combative Arts is sure to bring realistic, yet engaging choreography and enriching educational programs wherever they are needed. Resumes and references are available upon request! So have a look at some of our recent projects!

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Awesomest Panelists

Pi-Con held its final iteration this past weekend. It was a fantastic event with a fantastic array of programming and awesomely wonderful people.

Technically Pi-Con and Ro-Con are not related, but I will be bringing a lot of the most awesome parts of Pi-Con (which I chaired this year and was a founding member of in 2006) to Ro-Con, so I wanted to wait until 9Pi-Con was over before pushing the promotion on Ro-Con so as not to steal Pi-Con's thunder.

Now that Pi-Con has moved into the history books, it's time to look ahead to the great things we will do at Ro-Con. One of the great things about Pi-Con was that it was a low key con where writers could hang out with other writers. I hope to be bringing many of the wonderful writers who have enjoyed Pi-Con for many years to come and enjoy Ro-Con in much the same way.

These writers are a wonderful group of people who are a lot of fun to hear speak, and who are extremely personable when they hang out around the con. They are always open to meeting new people, and your life will be richer for meeting them.