This past weekend I went to Norwescon. It was a really busy and enjoyable weekend.
We stayed off-site across the street from them main hotel again this year. On the upside the La Quinta is cheaper than even the con rate for the Doubletree. The downside is of course walking outside in the rain to get back to the hotel room.
Thursday night, I saw the video presentation put on by Star Trek: Phoenix, a new indy Star Trek web series being produced in the Seattle area. To be honest, I went in curious but kind of skeptical. They had a documentary about the making of the project instead of the actual premiere as it is running behind schedule. This show included several clips in various states of completion. Yes, it is a fan production and is being done with a minimal budget. Despite that it looks like it has potential. It is way better than any fan production I’ve ever seen for anything. I have to admit, I’m looking forward to checking out the show when it is done.
Friday, we wandered around con and generally slacked off most of the day. I picked up Declare by Tim Powers in the dealers room. One of the book sellers had a nice 1st ed hardcover and I’d never gotten around to picking this one up. Later, we dropped in for the Steampunk fashion show It was neat to see all the costumes. It made me regret not dressing up a bit though. After the MoD people started arriving we headed out to the party wing and started setting up for the party.
Friday night was dedicated to fairly epic amounts of drinking at the party. It was great just relaxing and talking with people. It wasn’t the like the crazy, giant parties of Deva history. The party was a lot of fun though. I really meant to go check out the other parties. That didn’t happen. I was just enjoying myself at our party and lost track of time. Oh well.
Saturday, I woke up really early. 9 AM was significantly earlier than I’d intended on being awake. We hit the art show and a couple of the Steampunk panels, costuming and prop making. I have to admit there wasn’t a lot of the programming that I really wanted to see this year. There were a few things that looked interesting that I didn’t make it to but generally I was kind of indifferent to most of the panels.
Saturday night was more Deva party. When I got back from dinner (and stopping in to look at the Gnome party over at the LQ) I was asked if I would be interested in working the bar for part of the evening. I was kind of surprised by this since it sounded like it was all covered earlier in the evening. I’ve never worked the bar at a Deva party. It was quite a bit more fun than I had expected. Maybe the thought was if I was going to be so involved in the group I should know how to run the bar. Whatever the reason, I had a great time. I got to see everyone who came by the party at least briefly, I met some people I never would have spoken with otherwise and poured a lot of punch for them all.
Part of the crowd that came by for the Saturday night party was the from the Star Trek: Phoenix production. As it turns out they are all pretty nice people. A lot of them it seems had never been to a con before. I’m glad I could be a part of them having a good first con experience.
Speaking of first con experiences, Jessica and Adrian came down from the great white north, or rather Vancouver, to visit and party with us. I know they didn’t get the full con experience but it seemed like they had a good time. It’s always great to see them when they come to town.
I ran into several people I haven’t seen in a while. Jeffery was running Reg again this year. I also bumped into, Callie who is getting out and being social again. Tom was running a booth in the dealers room making chainmail. I saw a bunch of people form Red Square and just long time con people. That is one of the best parts of con, running into folks that you hardly ever get to see.
The only real regret I have for the weekend was that I never managed to catch up with Jessie and Kerry. I don’t get to see them nearly as often as I would like. Apparently Saturday night they were all dressed up in their Venture Bros. costumes. I would have liked to see that.
Overall the weekend was a success. The parties went well despite a small bit of predictable hassle from the hotel. We managed to get some promotion for the Afterparty event. I even had a chance to catch up with people and see some of the con itself. One weekend is never long enough to do everything I want to do at a con. All the same, I packed about as much into this weekend as I could. Win!