Over the years, I attended conventions of different length – from one to five days. Still, most of them are rather longer than single day. This year, I visited Wirtualkon and recently I attended reCONvene. The first thing I can say is that it was too short – I will try to explain why later in this post.
A Reason To Attend
I would probably not attend reCONvene if not for two reasons. Firstly, it is a sister event to Boskone which I wanted to attend for some time now. I am not sure if and when it will be possible for me so I decided to at least have a glimpse of how NESFA runs conventions. Secondly, it was chaired by Erin Underwood and I wanted to attend her event.
The header from reCONvene Faceebook event.
So, on Friday before the con, I bought the membership (earlier I somehow missed the information about the registration) and I waited for Saturday. Because of the time difference, reCONvene did not last from morning till afternoon but from afternoon till night for me – yet this was really convenient I didn’t have to wake up early.
really strong Programme
I must say it here – the reCONvene programme was really good. Of course, not all of the items were equally interesting to me but in general I found those few hours really absorbing. I had to decide which items I’d skip as I wanted to have some time for social interactions (not to mention eating my supper). All in all, I attended four programme items plus the feedback session at the end of the con.
If I would have to choose one thing that turned out to be the best during the convention, I would say it was the ‘Building BIG Structures in Space’ talk by Les Johnson. The topic was really interesting and the presenter was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I was greatly impressed by this lecture. Don’t understand me wrong – other items I attended were also amusing but this one was simply superb.
What to do more?
I completely missed the Board Gaming part of the con. Firstly, because I don’t use Board Game Arena that functioned as a gaming venue and secondly because I wanted to devote my time to other aspects of the con. I managed to talk a bit with other fans on Discord – both in writing and with voice chat. Part of those conversations took place before the official beginning of the con. Socializing with fellow fans was great – as it usually is for me. I only regret I didn’t have more time to do it.
It may be surprising that such a short event had proper Art Show. Still it was there and I must say I was really impressed with it. The Art Show was available through the website and one had to use the password provided in the e-mail from the convention. There were many artists present and their work was really astounding. I did not decide to buy anything but I spend some time browsing through the gallery.
Day is not always the same
When I was writing the Wirtualkon report I mentioned it was too short. It was similar with reCONvene. The convention lasted for six hours of programming plus one more hour for the feedback session afterwards. When I compared it to some other – one day long events, it appeared to be slightly shorter. For sure, the fact that I staffed some of the other ones means that they felt longer to me. I am also sure that the virtual format makes it feel shorter as I don’t have to travel, prepare and so on. I should also mention that it is faster to talk to people in person then in text what comes with the more time for social interactions.
Despite it being too short, I really enjoyed the event. I was satisfied with the programme and amazed by the Art Show. The option to meet other fans is also very important and I am happy I was able to experience it. I regret that there was no badge available for attendees but even though those small issues existed, I can recommend the event to others should there be next edition of it. And after seeing this ‘teaser’, I want to attend Boskone even more than before.
My next post will be a report from Columbus 2020 NASFiC and it will be published on 16th September.