Ratha Con is Back!
Come join us April 26-28 for a weekend of cosplay, gaming, and pop-culture fun!
This is Ratha Con's 8th year and we are bigger and badder than ever! Held at the Athens City Community Center, we are taking over almost all of the (non-weight room) building. The whole gymnasium will host our great dealers and artists along with the main stage where we will announce events, present awards and keep our finger on the pulse of the con.
Ratha Con is a great destination for you to come to. We have established:
- Great attendees
- Renowned cosplayers
- Game library (donated by our friends from CharCon)
- Board game and role-playing game events
- Quidditch pitch for all ages
- Great regional vendors
- Artists representing all genres!
Ratha Con is growing into a multi-day event. On Friday night, we start things off with "Nerd Prom", a geeky mixer at Casa Nueva . Saturday, the main con begins and we take over the Community center for a day of cosplay and gaming. Saturday night we retire to a local bowling alley for some Cosmic Bowling. Sunday, the main hall is closed, but the gaming will go on!
- Friday, 10:00pm - "Nerd Prom" at Casa Nueva.
- Saturday 10:00am - Main hall and all events and dealer hall opens at Athens Community Center.
- Saturday 6:00pm - Dealer hall closes.
- Saturday 8:00 - gaming room closes.
- Saturday 9:00 - Cosmic Bowling at Roller-Bowler Lanes.
- Sunday 11:00 - 6:00 - Open gaming at Athens Community Center.
Ratha Con hosts one of the best Cosplay contests in the region. Competitors come from all around to win one of our custom made Ratha-Trophies. These coveted trophies are lovingly made by our trophy-goblins and are unique from year to year.
Our friends at CharCon are loaning us several games from their gaming library. We expect to have 75-100 great games available for open gaming. We will also have several scheduled games throughout the day. If you are interested in running a game at the convention, please contact us at https://www.therathacon.com/events/host-a-game-at-ratha-con
We don't have pictures of Mjolnir or Mal's revolver yet, but Tom, our propmaster, has made many other things that you can look at. He'll have a table of his works at the show and may even have a thing or two for sale. Here is some of his work:
Mjolnir is here
Our propmaster got us a picture of Mjolnir. It is based on the 80's Walt Simonson hammer and is made from wood, foam and leather.
Gamer's Paradise pictures
Hrothgar's Hoard has gotten us some nice pictures of the reward for Gamer's Paradise. These are dice tray/tower/screen systems made from local cherry. The artwork on the top is from last year's Ratha Con's featured artist, Charles Urbach.
Limited Edition Prints
Missing from the pledge levels above is a late entry to our offerings. At the $40 level, you can get everything in the Gold level, plus a limited edition print from Kelci Crawford. Kelci has offered to make something special for Ratha Con and you can get one of these prints when you pledge at the "Limited Edition" level. Here is a representation of her work.
Plan to Stay?
If you are looking to come into town and stay for the weekend, Baymont Inn and Suites is just a couple minutes down the road and are offering a great price of only $99 a night.
Make yourself at home at the Baymont by Wyndham, Athens. Rooms feature refrigerators, microwaves, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and complimentary wireless internet. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily. Featured amenities include an indoor pool, hot tub and fitness center, 24-hour business center, express check-out, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby.
Address: 20 Home St, Athens, OH 45701
Got a question about Ratha Con? Take a look at our FAQ here
Risks and challenges
There will virtually no risk to the backers in this project. While this is the first time we have used Kickstarter as a source to raise money for the convention, it is our 8th year in existence, so the con will occur regardless of what level of funding we receive. We have the community center booked and have extensive community ties to help bring many of our projects together. Our committee members include those who have experience in running crowdfunding campaigns and since there is no product to ship, we do not have to worry about meeting production deadlines.
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