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Nothing like a springtime sci-fi convention

Hospitality suite organizers to throw fundraiser first

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There’s no shortage of excitement at Keycon. At the convention in 2010, a man proposed to a woman in Klingon.

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There’s no shortage of excitement at Keycon. At the convention in 2010, a man proposed to a woman in Klingon. Photo Store

Calling all sci-fi enthusiasts and fantasy lovers — if the cold snap has got you down, just remember, this year’s Keycon will be here before you know it.

The 31st annual science fiction and fantasy literary convention, Keycon, is taking place at the Radisson Hotel (288 Portage Ave.) from May 16 to 19 this spring.

To attend for the whole weekend is $45 without tax. Day passes are between $20 to $30. Tickets can be purchased at the event’s page on Eventbrite.

Amanda Roncin is the lead organizer for one of the convention’s consuites, called 28 GAMES LATER. It also happens to be the official hospitality suite for the whole weekend.

"What we did was we had to put in a bid to be the official suite," Roncin said of herself and other two organizers, Leslie Brant and Darrion Anonychuk.

As the official hospitality suite, Roncin, Brant, and Anonychuk are in charge of providing food and beverages for about 250 people for the entire weekend. They have received $1,000 to provide those refreshments.

The other consuites at the convention only have to provide snacks and entertainment.

The official hospitality suite, as well as the other consuites, will take up most of the 15th floor.

"It’s an entire floor of just basically partying," Roncin said.

Roncin said she and the other organizers are also throwing an event called the G.A.M.E. (Gaming And Masquerade Easter) Social on April 19 at the St. James Legion #4 (1755 Portage Ave.) to raise money for items to make the event more festive, such as decorations.

"Basically, you dress up as a video game character," Roncin said of the event attire. "We’re hosting a Halo and Smash Brothers tournament. We’re thinking of doing some nerd-based egg painting."

There will also be a silent auction, and Zlatan Banicevic will be the DJ for the evening.

Roncin said she likes that Keycon isn’t as big and popular as the other conventions.

"It’s not as large as ones like Ai-Kon or Comic Con, but the thing that a lot of fans appreciate about it is it really is a community feel," she said. "Admittedly, one of my favourite places is the hospitality suite because it’s a party for nerds. Most of the people at the convention will know half to two-thirds of the people."

In addition to being the hospitality suite for Keycon, 28 GAMES LATER is also paying homage to the zombie apocalypse movie, 28 Days Later. Roncin said the entire suite will be made to look like a bunker after a biohazard disaster. There will also be 28 games for attendees to play.

Tickets for the G.A.M.E. Social can be purchased through several means: online at its Eventbrite page, in person from Roncin, or at Pendragon Games & Hobbies (1354 Main St.). To buy tickets from Roncin, email her at either acroncin@gmail.com or 28gameslaterkc@gmail.com

For more information about Keycon, visit keycon.org

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