So Keith and I started TravellerconUSA back in 2007...
We love running it, and don't run it to 'make money'...for us, it's about the gaming, and the friendships we've made along the way (Traveller gamers are really the coolest people...sorry everyone else! :0p).
But, of course, the economy has taken a downturn, and sadly we aren't able to front most of the costs the way we used to.
When we cancelled the convention in 2012, we received more than one "AWWW! I was going to attend this year!" We received more "Awwws" than actual sign-ups...and unfortunately, without some assurance on the number of attendees, we couldn't hold the con - we couldn't afford to take a beating financially.
So this year we're going to try something different...
In comes Kickstarter...The great thing about Kickstarter is if we don't meet our minimum, then none of you are out of money, and we know the interest really isn't there to continue the con now or in the future. If we make our minimum, then YAY! And the con will go on!
This year's convention (if we meet our minimum) will be held at the Host in Lancaster, Pa. We've got the contract ready to go...all we need is you...Will you help restart Travellercon/USA?
(BTW - once you pledge, I'll send you an email with your attendance info and if you are going to be refereeing or only participating)
PS - the convention date is 10-12 October 2014
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Some info about the Host rooms: Room Rates* Including a Full American Hot Breakfast Buffet: Single $94.00 / Double $104.00 / Triple $114.00 / Quad $124.00 *rates do not include tax
Hot Breakfast Buffet: Assorted Chilled Fruit Juices, Assorted Hot & Cold Cereals, Fresh Fruit, Fresh Scrambled Eggs, Crisp Bacon & Country Sausage, Amish Scrapple & Chipped Beef, Home Fried Potatoes, Waffles, Pancakes or French Toast with Warm Maple Favored Syrup, Baskets of Breakfast Pastries & Biscuits, Fruit Preserves & Sweet Butter, Freshly Brewed Colombian Coffee and a Selection of Imported & Herbal Teas (Served in our Vistas Breakfast Room 6:30AM – 10:30AM)
Risks and challenges
Of course, if the Host should suddenly not exist (knock on wood), everyone will receive a full refund for any money they have pledged here, or submitted through Paypal.
We had that happen one other time (2009), when we were at the Hotel Brunswick. We had to cancel the convention - but everyone who purchased a tshirt still received their shirt...and all convention pass payments were refunded...AND we held the con again the next year.
That being said, the Lancaster Host is a VERY stable hotel. They host other conventions several times a year...and, as luck would have it, we know the head of Sales...so we are very confident that this year's con would go off there without a hitch.
Bottom line: if we meet our minimum number in the Kickstarter, then we move forward with Travellercon...even if we don't get anymore attendees than the ones who pledge here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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