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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.


Athens Community Center and John Pyka doing magic on the main stage.
Athens Community Center and John Pyka doing magic on the main stage.

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!

Events!

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!

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Events:

  • 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.

Cosplay Contest

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.

Gaming Library

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
 

More information?

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.

Back us here, show up at the convention and have some fun!

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    Can't come to the con, or just want to send some love our way? Pledge as little as $1 and get a crisp (virtual) high-five from the Ratha-Con crew.

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    Silver - One Day Pass (Individual)

    Join us on April 27th at the Athens Community Center for a great day of cosplay, gaming and all things pop-culture. This level gives you a full day pass to Ratha Con including the Cosplay Contest, Game Rooms, Vendor's Hall, Panels and all other things in geek culture.

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    Gold - Swag Bag (Individual)

    Get a pass to all events on the 26th and 27th including the Nerd Prom at Casa Nueva on Friday night and Cosmic Bowling at Rollerbowler lanes on Saturday night in addition to all events at the community center on Saturday from 10-9. You will also get a swag bag filled with goodies donated from our sponsors!

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    • Entry to all Community Center events
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
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    Limited Edition

    Get everything in the "Gold" level plus a limited edition print from artist Kelci Crawford. Kelci will be one of the artists at Ratha Con and you can see more of her work there.

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    • Limited Edition Print by Kelci Crawford
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to all Community Center events
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
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    VIP Level (Individual)

    Our VIP guests get everything our Gold members get plus some very special extras.

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    • Swag Bag
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
    • Ratha Con Tshirt
    • 10 minute photo session
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    Sponsor Basic Level - (business)

    Be a sponsor for Ratha Con and promote your business at the convention. Basic sponsors get:

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    • 2 - Saturday passes
    • Half-page ad in the program
    • Banner hung in the Exhibitors' Hall (business provides banner)
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    Scribe's Sanctum

    This tier is limited to only 3 backers. You will get:

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    • Hand-made leather journal ($90 value)
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
    • Entry to all Community Center events
    • Ratha Con Tshirt
    • 10 minute photo session
    • Swag Bag
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    Gamer's Paradise (Individual)

    This tier is limited to only 3 backers. You will get:

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    • Limited edition Dice Tower and Tray combo case (MSRP $109)
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
    • Entry to all Community Center events
    • Swag Bag
    • Ratha Con Tshirt
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    You Can't Take the Sky from Me.

    One of the best, and short lived, sci-fi series in modern times, Mal's pistol was a Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B produced by the manufacturer Moses Brothers Firearms.

    Our propmaster, Thomas Fiocchi, has made thisreplica of Malcom Reynold's pistol from the TV series Firefly. There is only one of this pledge level available.

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    • Ratha Con Tshirt
    • Swag Bag
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to all Community Center events
    • 10 minute photo session
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    Mjolnir!

    Yes, you read that right. Mjolnir. You get it. You get to take it home. Even if you aren't worthy.

    Our Propmaster, Thomas Fiocchi, has made one, and only one, of his replicas of Mjolnir for Ratha Con and it can be yours!

    Includes:
    • Ratha Con Tshirt
    • Swag Bag
    • Entry to Cosmic Bowling
    • Entry to Nerd Prom Party at Casa Nueva
    • Entry to all Community Center events
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    Sponsor - Advanced

    Be a sponsor for Ratha Con and promote your business at the convention. Advanced sponsors get:

    Includes:
    • 2 - Saturday passes
    • Banner hung in the Exhibitors' Hall (business provides banner)
    • Full page ad in the program
    • Your advertising in all swag bags
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