A few months ago, I was sure this year would be calm or even boring in terms of congoing. I was wrong. The number of events that moved online is high enough that I have to choose the ones that I am going to attend. Columbus NASFiC was the twelfth con for me this year (and I managed to visit only one in person before the pandemic began).
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.
When in March it was announced that CoNZealand would go virtual I thought it was a really brave decision. I also believed that it was the right decision made in time to allow people to rearrange their plans. Some fans shared my opinion, others believed that it was unfair as they wanted to attend the convention in person, and lastly, some people even stated that it wouldn’t be a true Worldcon.
Last year, I learned about Orichalcum – a convention devoted completely to Earthdawn RPG. I wanted to visit it but getting to the conplace would take too much time and I didn’t manage to attend it. Still I promised to myself to come to it one day. And this year attending Orichalcum was really easy because it took place online. I believe we all would prefer to be there in person but we had to cope with what world prepared for us.
Wirtualkon was a very short manga and anime convention. It was an experiment for organizers (and I also treated it as such). The whole event was much too short for me to write a longer report but I have a few thoughts to share. Also, I decided to concentrate more on the platform that had been used to make this con.
Some virtual conventions (like Balticon) were just regular cons that moved online because of the pandemic. Others (like Konline) were created with the purpose of being online. AmazingCon falls into the second category. It was organized by the Amazing Stories Magazine and it had strong impact on the programme.
Wow, what a weekend it was! I visited Balticon 54 and I really had a great time. Unlike previous virtual cons I had the opportunity to visit, Balticon was really big. Multiple programme items run during most of the con (excluding nights) and the lively Discord server was great for meeting people. I definitely needed a convention like this one.
SFeraKORon took place on the second weekend of May the. It was organized by the SFera society from Zagreb. Although the convention was mainly in Croatian, I decided to visit it and see how it would go (and as it was online, the whole thing was much easier). I managed to participate just in a small part of the convention but I will give my thoughts about it nevertheless.
Although many conventions were cancelled due to the current situation, some decided to move online – Demicon 31 is one of them. With multiple events going virtual, I received an unique opportunity to travel to conventions organizedeven in distant countries. It is likely that if not for Demicon being virtual I would not have a chance to ever visit it, and now here I am – writing a report.