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It had all the elements of a good con: Dinners with friends and new people: Katherine, David, Charles, Hope, Andrea, Karen, Eric and Sandra; eating Chinese, pumpkin pancakes, Indian and cool multigrain and blueberry pancakes. Parties at least 4 a night including a UFO party with Scotch!. A dance. Interesting programs. A film (anime) track. Cool books to buy: I bought a rare new Howard Waldrop anthology.


It lacked interesting gaming, new faces and about a 100 attendees. Clave never picked up much of a Lansing crowd and some of those left when they graduated from MSU. The attendence this year had as its core the Dorsai, General Technics, Aegis Group, the concoms of ConFusion, Penguicon, Conversation a new MI relaxicon and Confluence from Pittsburg. Missing were the Cityclub and RenFaire crowds who used to live in the lobby and local fans who are not currently on comcoms who have dropped out for various reasons like raising a family or a lack of funds. Also missing were gamers not just in the game room but Titan Games was not huckstering and the local games store Ryders which had been just up the road has closed.

All of this added up to a lack of mystery or an abundance of predictability. I had much fun but it was predictable fun.

I am thinking that moving to Romulus next year will up the drop in rate if not the room block.

Also what ever illness I was fighting before con has gotten worse.
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Date: 2005-10-12 03:02 pm (UTC)

Howard Waldrop

From: [identity profile] encorecrazay.livejournal.com
If you like Howard Waldrop, you should come to ArmadilloCon, he does a reading as the last session every year.
Date: 2005-10-12 08:37 pm (UTC)

Re: Howard Waldrop

From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
If I can find the extra cash, which is not too likely, I would probably go since I believe Bradley Denton also shows up.
Date: 2005-10-12 10:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Howard Waldrop

From: [identity profile] encorecrazay.livejournal.com
And a bunch of others.
Date: 2005-10-12 07:54 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] caradina.livejournal.com
Yep. You pretty much summed it up. I missed my posse!
Date: 2005-10-12 08:35 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
It looked like you had a mini-posse Saturday night.
Date: 2005-10-13 02:47 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] folkmew.livejournal.com
And me! It was missing me! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! ConClave used to be my "birthday con" (since my birthday is Nov 12 and it used to fall around then more or less).

Fooey. I miss the midwest. We gotta start some fandom here if we stay here.
Date: 2005-10-13 03:44 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] jeffreyab.livejournal.com
What you have not started yet?

Book club, pub night, filk party many ways to do so.
Date: 2005-10-13 04:15 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] folkmew.livejournal.com
Heh. Yes. And that's the plan after this plan is done or at least further along:
Grad school, 4 and 5 year old boys, second income.

It keeps me pretty busy. Plus Ed has an hour commute to work each way and a second job as a Music Minister/church organist at an Epsicopal church which takes Thursday and Sunday out of the picture. But we DO plan to do some stuff like that ultimately.
Date: 2005-10-14 02:48 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] bardicwench.livejournal.com
Yeah... between ConClave being earlier in the month this year and the Ren Faire crowd either burned out on 'Clave itself or Cons in general... attendance was down. *sigh*

But I had fun anyway, even though it was lacking the sizzle.
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