I really like to travel to Ireland. I was even hoping to do so this year but the world had different plans for me. Still, thanks to Octocon going virtual, I was able to visit the green island in some way. It was my second time at The National Irish Science Fiction Convention and I enjoyed my time – again.
Kontakt (Eurocon 2012) in Zagreb was my first convention abroad so I was really looking forward to Futuricon in Rijeka (Eurocon 2020). I had plans – I checked what are the options to travel, what can I see there and nearby. And then, the March came and I had to stop planning. When it was announced that Futuricon will be held online, I was able to start planning again. And, of course, I planned to attend it.
In 2013 and 2014, I visited the Kapitularz convention in Łódź in central Poland. I really enjoyed the con but somehow I hadn’t have the chance to come back. In the meantime, a lot changed about the con. Among other things, it moved to a different venue and became bigger. I was planning to visit it again but as they said – so many cons, so little time…
So the Hugo ceremony during this year’s Worldcon caused a lot of commentary online. I won’t concentrate on it though. George R.R. Martin received a lot of deserved criticism both on twitter and in longer posts and you may find a lot of valid arguments there (some summary is here). Yet one of the threads was brought to my attention and made me write this post.
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.
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.
I recently posted on entry on my blog about online geeking, so I had to try and see how online conventing actually works. I had a great opportunity to experience it since during the last weekend of March a Polish online convention Konline was held. Since I attended it and I enjoyed myself, I have some more thoughts on the topic now.
Nordcon is a Polish relaxacon that conveniently takes place at the end of the year. In recent years, it was the last convention of the year for me. 2019 was no different – Nordcon 2019 took place over the first full December weekend and unless something surprising happens, it is, as of now, my last convention this year.
The previous Falkon had not been such a great experience so I had slightly mixed feelings about attending it this year. Yet somehow, going to Lublin for Falkon has been my tradition so I decided to give it a try. I must admit that I was also tempted by the name, Falkon 2.0, suggesting it won’t be just a 20th Falkon but also one with some new quality to it.