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Fantasy MLP convention! What would yours look like?

Discussion in 'General My Little Pony Discussion' started by Loganberry, 7 April 2020.

  1. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Imagine that we're all miraculously transported to a Britain where big fan gatherings are safe, and that you're given a nice big budget -- let's say anything up to around the size of BUCK. You have been given the role of committee chair thanks to your stupendous network of contacts with both the official and fan sides of the fandom.

    This means you get to decide everything about your convention -- name, guests of honour, panels, location, catering, music... you get the idea. And since this is a fantasy Britain, you can assume that every guest you ask says yes. The only rules are that your con has to take place somewhere in the UK and that you don't have an unlimited budget so can't do everything.

    Let's hear your convention dreams! :)
     
  2. Oilyvalves

    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    I'd like to post an answer to this, but I'm finding it quite tough. Sure, there are certain VIP guests and music acts I'd love to see in person. But a lot of the other stuff like location, panels, food, vendors, branding etc, I don't have any particular ideas or preference over. And I wouldn't know where to start in keeping it all to a realistic budget (even a large one). I've never considered myself committee material after all ;).
     
  3. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Well, please do feel free to just post a partial answer if you prefer -- just looking at some of the things you'd love to see at a con is perfectly fine. So if you know who you'd like as VIPs but not which vendors you want, no problem. :) This is intended as a fun thread, not a test! Really that particular rule is just to avoid the obvious, and tempting, answer of "Like BronyCon 2019, but 37 times bigger and with every show guest in existence!" ;)
     
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  4. Cloudane

    Cloudane Element of Mostly Excessive Verbosity

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    Honestly it'd just be "BUCK revival" and take place in one of its previous venues. I tended to agree with their preference for writers etc rather than dragging a mane 6 voice actor over to do a "yay" voice, answer the same questions they've answered at all the other conventions and sign your plush.

    This is out of no disrespect to the excellent BronyScot or Griffish Isles obviously - you know how it is, the fandom was explosively huge in the early to mid 10s and the events were explosively huge to match - and expensive. Whilst the fandom is far from dead, it'd need a heck of a resurgence to get something of BUCK's size back into the UK :)
     
  5. Oilyvalves

    Oilyvalves Railway Pony

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    @Cloudane Funnily enough, BUCK 2016 was the first (and only?) time I met you. :)

    Well, I'd very much like to see and meet Kazumi Evans. She provided so many cool performances for FiM, starting as the singing voice for Rarity. She also voiced Adagio Dazzle, Moondancer, Octavia, and sang for Luna in You'll Play Your Part, among many other incidental characters probably. Kazumi also seems like a fun person to have as a guest based off videos I've seen.

    As for music acts, my dream would be to see the Wasteland Wailers perform live. I know they've performed at other conventions. I really like their work, and a full group with all their instruments would be quite something.
     
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  6. Loganberry

    Loganberry Element of Custard

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    Though in my book, there is precisely one VA who can truly do a "yay" voice. ;)

    Host city would be simple: Birmingham! The West Midlands has missed out on G4-era conventions, so I'd go for Brum despite the expense. It's also got the best transport connections in the country, rivalled only by Manchester -- which has already had plenty of cons. Specific venue I'm not sure about. I'd really want somewhere within walking distance of Birmingham city centre, so maybe one of the big hotels. The NEC seems a teeny tiny bit excessive in any case, and the ICC only slightly less so! The Council House Banqueting Suite can host a special dinner, like those UKPC used to have. (Obviously for a smaller con Worcester would have to get the nod as host city. ;) )

    My dream musical guests would probably be Forest Rain and Replacer. If Aviators were still active in the fandom in my fantasy world, I'd add him as well. Let's have EileMonty too because she's always brilliant, and Rebecca Shoichet so we can get "My Past is Not Today" performed live. (As you can tell from my selection, eardrum-blasting noise isn't really my thing!) And if it could possibly, possibly be afforded without spending the GDP of a medium-sized country, I'd want to see them all playing at Symphony Hall. I suspect I was spoiled by BUCK 2013 having the use of the Bridgewater Hall auditorium!

    As for panels, a fanfic one with some of the big Fimfiction names we never see in Britain would be amazing. Let's say horizon, Pascoite, Present Perfect and Georg -- though Lucky Dreams would be way up my list if he ever actually did conventions. I'd also love to meet Cindy Morrow -- she did attend BUCK 2013, but I missed out on seeing her as the queue for her signing was completely impossible so I opted for karaoke instead. Also, we could all sing "Winter Wrap Up" for her. :p There would of course have to be a Pub Quiz on the Saturday evening, because the UKPC one has always been incredibly good fun.
     
  7. CuldeeFell

    CuldeeFell Ponies Rock

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    Like BronyCon 2019, but 37 times bigger.

    I agree with @Cloudane about generally preferring writers over voice artists for guests, as they generally have more interesting things to say on panels. (No offence to the VAs, but writers are paid to think on a conceptual level, whereas acting is a lot less conceptual and more practical.) M.A. Larson would be my top choice of guest.

    As for location... Nottingham Trent University is good :p. I wouldn't know where to start in terms of venues, budgets etc. but there are certain practical considerations that need to be taken into account. It needs to be affordable, large enough for the expected number of guests, have side rooms for panels/ workshops etc., a selection of food venues nearby, be accessible (so not somewhere where you have to use stairs), have good transport links (rail, air, and local tram/ bus links) ideally situated somewhere in central England (ish) to be within a reasonable travel time from the largest number of people possible (assuming BronyScot is still running in Glasgow it makes sense for my fantasy convention to not be in Scotland). Add all this together and you probably end up with something looking a bit like Griffish Isles (although I've never been to it) or UKPonyCon (but with a specific G4 focus).
     
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  8. Recurrent Trotting

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    Ok so I have visited only two cons (Bronyscot 2014 and BUCK 2015) so I am con newbie. Best thing about Bronyscot was meeting a friend there. In BUCK I was charging everywhere looking for UKofE people.

    Bearing that in mind, I will break down the ideal con into Intro, Games, Celebs, Fandom news / analysis, Socialising, Raving :3

    Intro

    The intro needs to about the people and not the con. It needs to firmly answer the related questions "why are you here?" and "what do you want?" Bronyscot and BUCK sucked at this for me :p although there was one con staffer that happened to smile in my direction at Bronyscot and that made a big difference. I was an anxious puddle of misery at BUCK 2016 with my eyes bouncing off everyone and the nondescript walls of the faceless hotel/convention complexes. Coming into a new place is horrible (for me)

    There is no better way to answer those questions than by making a massive, sparkly show of to distract everyone from their awkwardness. The intro needs to pony to the absolute ridiculous fluffy max. Enormous fluffy plush ponies need to be flying from cannons over the audience and the most showy celebs need to be involved and saying their thing. The crowd need to be squealing.

    Games

    It's really tough to entertain a bunch of people for a whole day, especially if they are adults. Games really help to focus peoples' minds on pony fun while giving them something specific to do with others, which they can talk about.

    It is so important to give the games enough time and to make them as much about the fandom as about winning or losing. I loved that my partner in CCG in Bronyscot and BUCK 2016 didn't care if I sucked, but I was sad that at BUCK 2016 the CCG was called to a premature close, leaving me to wander like a lost colt for hours since I couldn't continue to participate in the tournament after I had lost :(

    Celebs

    Signing things is pretty amazing. I talked to another fan in the queue, which was sweet. Also I still have my signed posters from BUCK and positive memories from BlueKoinu who signed my poster and wished me an awesome kon :) The poster is framed in the kids' room in my house and its gonna live with me and my family forever. I also got a signed poster from Peter New, but he was in 'hoofsies' mode. I don't blame him, it must be incredibly awkward dealing with hundreds of randoms.

    To make signing things work I would suggest that people pick up pre-signed material with the celeb there to interact with, if they are happy to do so. I would rather shake their hand or say how much I love what they do than force them to write yet another meaningless (to them) signature. If they wanna personalise the merch (like Koinu did for me) then that is still up to them, but it means they don't have to spend much time writing out their whole name etc.

    Fandom news / analysis

    My ideal con for fandom news would just be Buck/Bronyscott. I loved the feeling of immersion in fandomness :D At BUCK 2016 I asked a question of an academic talking about ponies. I love that stuff.

    In my ideal world perhaps screens of fandom youtube content could be playing on mute constantly in the background. That would be wub.

    Socialising

    The best bit of any con is bringing ponies together :3 My fave bit of BUCK 2016 was after the official events ended and I finally had a drink and we did an impromptu karaoke in the foyer. My fave bit of Bronyscot 2014 was getting even more trollied and dancing to ridiculous pony music.

    Socialising is delicate but cons can encourage it by making a con-specific forum so people can get to know each other. It'd have been great to have a pre-con getting to know people, and then I can meet them in person at the con later without the awkward intros. Having big events that help people be together without focusing on each other, like games, analysis and the like also help friend making so it is kind of an incidental benefit of con activity :3

    Raving

    Bronyscot and BUCK were great for this. At BUCK 2016 they did a heavy metal cover of a really girly pony song, like art of the dress... maybe? As the first song. Anyway it was amazing! At Bronyscot I was totalled, so whatever was played was automatically amazing :)

    At an ideal event you have multiple rave-tents (like an actual raves) to allow for different tastes. If the mane event is playing stuff you're 'meh' about you can go into a rave tent with a sound-system and like-minded bronies who you can mini rave with until the mane rave return to a song you are happy with.
     

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