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Please note that I am still recovering from the con plague, so anywhere that lacks coherency is probably due to that.

First of all, I am in effing awe of the team that put this one together. For a first-year con, it was stunningly well-organized. The whole thing ran like a friendly, lovable machine of hypercompetency. I never once felt confused about what was happening or where I needed to go for something. The schedule was clearly laid out and everything just flowed. They left a ton of opportunities for con-goers to develop their own activities on the fly and those were some of the best times experiences I had.

As the sole(?) cishet male there, I felt a little awkward, but that was in no way due to the attendees or the con staff, all of whom went out of there way to make me feel welcome and at home. I think I ultimately had some personal questions about my right to exist within that space, especially given that female/female relationships are often presented as an extension of heterosexual desire in popular media and, let's be honest, porn. I spent a lot of time in the hotel room and had one awkward, emotionally-flailing conversation with [livejournal.com profile] jarrow trying to justify said seclusion. Sorry about that, dude.

My gut instinct was that I was asserting my privilege to just go where-ever I wanted to, and maybe this was not a con I should be attending. Then I remembered that I felt the same way about Escapade my first year and now I'm on con staff over there.

Also, I would hate to deprive myself of the opportunity to hang out with some of the amazing people that I met at the con, like all of the folks I helped combat the scourge of Trumpism and Heterosexuality in Pandemic: Season One over the course of the weekend.

Some other notes: 
  • Excellent vidshows put on by [personal profile] anoel and [livejournal.com profile] beerbad. The choice to split them into two one-hour shows over two nights was a great cure for the butt-numb.
  • Much love to all of the Grey's Anatomy people at the impromptu panel. It was so nice to know that I was not alone in my madness.
  • The YouTube poop shows that kicked off Saturday and Sunday were amusing as hell.
  • Combining Slash with Red Flag and one other game I can't recall (Cards Against Humanity?) was completely ridiculous and fun!
  • Next year, I think I might generate some Xena-based D&D character sheets and run a one-off adventure.

Then, we move on to Escapade:

I don't think I attended a full panel that I wasn't moderating except for Vid Review and the End-of-Con review panel. But you know what? I still had a full con experience. I'm the on-site tech guru for Escapade and I took full responsibility and charge of the various elements of the con that that entailed. I was on top of problems, I anticipated needs and tried to fulfill them ahead of time. When I didn't handle something in a timely fashion, I didn't beat myself up about it, I just handled it and made a note on how to handle it better next year. I took a full inventory of the con's assets ahead of time, so I always knew where something was if we needed it. 

This might sound like basic stuff to you, but I felt so... empowered, just by the simple act of having my s**t together.

It was also great to see folks like [personal profile] lola and [personal profile] killabeez as well as the whole Escapade con staff gang. I spent a lot of the time at the con just hanging out in various group spaces and talking with folks (or, again, up in my room, because I get socialed out very quickly).

Both the vidshow and the Friday Night Dance Party went extremely well, despite some set-up delays. A lot of great vids and good times.
 

Date: 2016-03-04 09:49 pm (UTC)
grammarwoman: (Default)
From: [personal profile] grammarwoman
Huzzah for you and your mighty competence and the sharing thereof! *HIGH-FIVES*

Date: 2016-03-07 04:48 am (UTC)
morgandawn: (Dr Who Fantastic kyizi)
From: [personal profile] morgandawn
Yeah for all your work - it really showed this year.

I need to ping anoel for the vid show play list for TGIF/F - and also look for the one for Escapade.

we're still recovering from the Cold of Doom.

Date: 2016-03-04 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beerbad.livejournal.com
I'm really glad you came to TGIF/F!! All femslash lovers have a place there. <3 Thanks for the compliment on the vidshows - I was nervous about them but I think they played really well. And YAY for Grey's Anatomy talk!! I'm all hyped to rewatch now. XD

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