With the news that this year's BUCK will be its last, there's been some discussion about what the future pony convention landscape might look like, especially in the UK. This thread is intended as a place for that to be discussed without the need to focus on one specific con. I'll kick off by giving my personal view: I very much hope that nobody will try to "replace BUCK" with something on the same scale in 2017 -- because they'll almost certainly fail. Bluntly, if the guys who've run it since 2012, with the huge experience and contacts they've built up in that time, have reached the end of the road, then why would anyone else do any better? I've seen one or two wild comments in places like EQD comments that show zero realism -- things like "Oh, we can just set up a new con and get Tara Strong/Weird Al/whoever to come!" It doesn't work like that, I'm afraid. There's also the other blunt fact: the fandom is simply not as large as it used to be. When I look past the last BUCK, at 2017 and beyond, I can't see how the UK fandom will ever again be able to sell 1,000 tickets for an event at £100 each. It's just not going to happen. This isn't just a British phenomenon, either -- BronyDays in France has also finished. GalaCon is perhaps the only large con I can see happening in Europe in 2017, and I just don't think there's going to be room for another one on this side of the Atlantic. That all sounds negative, so here's a positive opinion: I think there could be a space in 2017 for a new brony convention in the UK. But not on BUCK's six-figure-budget scale. Those days are gone after this April. I'm thinking more like BronyScot (budget about £5,000) -- something more like that in the southern/central portion of the UK might be able to find an audience, given that BronyScot is in Scotland (well, duh) and a long way to go for southerners. Remember, a lot more places can accommodate 150 people than can manage 1,400. What would a new smallish convention need? Well, a sound financial footing (BronyScot is run by a limited company). Staff who have organisational experience on a bigger scale than a few weekly meetups. An accessible, sensibly-sized venue near inexpensive hotel accommodation. Community contacts (for guests, vendors etc). PR staff who can answer tough, searching questions convincingly without getting ruffled or disappearing. Low ticket prices. Not antagonising Hasbro. Many, many other things besides, but that's a start. And if you want a con in early 2017, you need to be seriously thinking about it already. I don't have any links with BronyScot, but the fact is that they and not BUCK are the model you should probably be looking at if you have it in mind to set up a pony convention in the UK in 2017. As I said earlier in this post, the days of the massive blow-out ponystravaganza are passing, and BUCK 2016 will be the last of that type of convention in Britain. You can either pretend otherwise and end up with a great big mess, or you can be realistic and end up with a smaller-scale success. I know which would be better for the fandom. (I know I haven't mentioned UK PonyCon, but that's a very unusual convention -- multi-gen and long-established before bronies were even a thing -- and as such I don't think it would be a particularly good template for a brony-centric event. Yes, it's a very good convention, but it's also a bit of a one-off.) So... those are my inexpert thoughts. What are yours?