Things No One Tells You About Jordancon

This is my third year attending Jordancon. It is an amazing experience (that I will attempt to write about in the next few days). And it is something that every Wheel of Time fan should attend.

But there are some things that no one tells first-timers (or even some people that have been multiple times) Not because they don’t want you to know, but because there is so much awesomeness they can’t keep track of it all.

As such, this is

The Official “Unofficial” Guide to the Things That No One Tells You About Jordancon.

First, we are going to cover some of the bigger things that need some explanation.

Con Suite 

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I will be honest, Jordancon is the only con I have ever attended. But it seems that the Con Suite is something rather unique to Jordancon. What is Con Suite, you ask?

In one word, it is food. In two words, it is FREE food.

Con Suite consist of meals, drinks and snacks generously provided by Jordancon.

The Schedule: Friday 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 8am – 8pm, and 8am – 1pm.

  • They provide vegetarian and gluten free options
  • They provide snacks and drinks
  • They provide sweets
  • They provide a place to sit and chat with other con goers.
  • They are amazing.

The Con Suite is run completely by volunteers (like all of Jordancon) and THEY.ARE.AMAZING.

Buffer Days

This is something not often discussed but after a few Jordancons we all figure out we need Buffer Days. Buffer days before and/or after the actual Con.

Pre-Con Buffer Day – If at all possible arrive in Atlanta on the Thursday prior to Con. It totally relieves the stress of travel, gives you a chance to get used to the hotel and there are always pre-con Shenanigans. And if you are an introvert like me that extra day might allow you relieve some anxiety.

Post-Con Buffer Day – It doesn’t matter if you leave right after Jordancon ends on Sunday or you wait until Monday to leave; a post-con buffer day is necessary (if you take nothing else away from this post, take this). A post-con buffer day is a day in between your arrival home and your first day back to “regular life”.

Example:

  • You leave Atlanta on Monday Morning.
  • You arrive home sometime on Monday.
  • Stay home all day Tuesday.
  • Return to regular activities on Wednesday.

Now I know some of you are saying “If I leave the day after Jordancon is over, surely I don’t need a buffer day”

You are wrong.

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You actually may need it more if you wait until Monday to leave. The reality is the Con really isn’t over until the last person leaves. After Jordancon there is “Couch Con”.

Couch Con

Jordancon officially ends on Sunday at 4 pm.

And then “Couch Con” begins. This is a giant hangout session (in the gaming hall and/ or consuite). Everyone is more relaxed (which is saying something, because we are all pretty chill already).

But at this point you can just visit with old and new friends. No panels to get to , no rushing to buy things at the Art Show, no changing in and out of costumes.

Just think of it as the giant sigh of relief that follows a successful Jordancon.

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There is a lot of hugging that goes on at Jordancon. There are a lot of people, there are a lot of germs. A good portion of us come down with “Con Crud” at least once. It is a head/chest/cold/sore throat with a stuffy nose & sneezing thing. I suggest bulking up your immune system before you go and keep hand sanitizer…..well….on hand.

Post Con Depression aka PCD aka #pcd

After an experience as amazing as Jordancon it is only natural to feel sad and a little empty upon returning to the “regular” world. For many of us this is the only time we see  each other in person.

You will long for con suite hotdogs…..you will expect kind strangers to give you ribbons…….you will be tempted to hug people…….you will randomly assign people to an Ajahs based on the color they are wearing.giphy5

You will hunt, aimlessly, for like minded people. Those who appreciate a good pun, who yearn to Channel, who would give their soul for a Shardblade.

WHERE IS YOUR TRIBE?!?!?!

No, worries, we are on Facebook

CaptureThe Jordancon Facebook Group

This is where the cool kids hangout. This is the best place to get your Jcon Family Fix throughout the year. It is also where all the pictures are and where epic shenanigans are planned If you haven’t joined you should.

 

Volunteering

Speaking Jcon Family, the best way to get to know people is by volunteering. There are quite a few volunteer opportunities and it is get to know people and for people to get to know you. More information about volunteering is posted in the Facebook group as Jordancon gets closer.

Safety

Jordancon is kid-friendly (I know it might not look that way from some of the pictures, but it is). Many congoers bring their kids. Of course there are some things that aren’t exactly “family activities” but those take place after the kiddos go to bed.

Ribbons

Speaking of Ribbons, be sure to get some while at Jordancon. Ribbons are fancy 20180421_172919accoutrements that are a must have at Jordancon….now there seems to be an unspoken competition between some in the Jcon Family to see who can collect the most ribbons *cough* Aubree *cough*.

There are two kinds of Ribbons.

Official Con Ribbons (vendor, director, program participant, eternal member, volunteer) and then there are ton of fun Ribbons you can get. From vendors to other Con-goers, Ribbons abound.

31070471_10157568861949657_3602189598199972657_nFair warning, some people demand you pledge their soul to them for a Ribbon…..I am looking at you Paul.

Budget

You are going to want to buy everything in the vendor hall. Most things average $25 – $45. My rule of thumb is to take whatever amount you were going to budget for the vendor hall and increase it by half. (Of course, this is only if it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Remember you still have to pay for your hotel and travel). I do believe the Keepers of the Con are working on having more Vendor information available prior to the next Jordancon.

Nine Horse Hitch

It is better if you ask about this once you get there….giphy6


So those are the major things that no one tells you. But here is some sage words from the JconFamily on Facebook:

That it was highly addictive and that I would absolutely leave with an untreatable JordanCon problem. – Ashley Chappell-Peeples

If you don’t arrive Thursday and depart on Monday then you’re missing half the fun. – Jeffrey Daniel (of Ta’veren Tees)

It’s perfectly ok to attend and not go to any panels and still have an amazing time. –Phillip Calvin Edwards

(but totally come to my panels 😉 )

That person you are shy about approaching just might want to meet you and is too shy to say so. At least smile and say hello. (then leave them alone if they don’t seem interested) –Steve Waldrop


A few words of wisdom from me:

  • Drink plenty of water (just trust me)
  • Take plenty of selfies
  • Make space on your phone and/or camera for photos and videos
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the artists or authors or Harriet (My first year I was super shy, but she is SOOO nice)
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Book your hotel room as soon as the block becomes available
  • DOWNLOAD THE APP
  • You don’t have drink (alcohol) to have fun. But if you DO drink alcohol make sure you bring some.
  • Book you hotel as soon as the room block opens.

And lastly, we should all follow the Keepers of the Con 3,2,1 Rule:

3 hours of sleep every 24 hours

2 meals every 24 hours

1 shower every 24 hours

See y’all next time

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Jordancon season is here!!!🎉🎉

Hey….*tap,tap*…is this thing on??

Hey guys!! It has been a minute. But guess what….it is JORDANCON SEASON !!

That is right! Jordancon is coming in just 10 weeks.

And do you know what that means? It means that I have 10 (well, more like 9) weeks to gush about how awesome Jordancon is and maybe even convince some of y’all to come hang out with us in April.

The plan is for me to post something new, exciting and interesting every Friday.

Now, will that happen? Light only knows…

But let’s start with

Ebony’s Top 5 Reasons to go to Jordancon

5. Wheel of Time – Well, the obvious reason is because the Wheel of Time series is amazing and Jordancon involves all things WoT PLUS a ton of other Sci-fi and Fantasy things.

4. Brandon Sanderson – This year Brandon Sanderson will be there. Now, when I attended 2 years ago Brandon was there, but I hadn’t read any of his original work. (And by extension I was completely lost when it came to some cosplay I saw) This year I am much better prepared.

3. The Art Show – aside from all the incredible artwork that you get to see and is available for purchase you get to meet the artist!! (This was a huge deal for me my 1st year) Plus, over the past 7 years the Art Show has raised $6000 for the Mayo Clinic’s Amyloidsis Research.

2. The Dance Party – this year’s Dance party theme is homecoming (we will talk more about that later). The homecoming theme combined with the overall Seanchan theme and the tradition of Homecoming Mums will make for some amazing dance ensembles.

And the #1 reason to go to Jordancon…..

1. THE PEOPLE – Jordancon people are the weirdest, loudest, sweetest, talented, funny, welcoming, loving, most accepting introverts pretending to be extroverts you will ever meet.

It really is an amazing experience and I hope I am able to convey just how much I think everyone that is a fan of WoT and it’s genre should attend.

Reason #3 why you can’t miss #JordanCon 9!

 Gaming!

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Lots to choose from:

  • the Seanchan Hold’em Charity Poker Tournament
  • a Magic: The Gathering draft
  • plenty of open tabletop gaming–bring along an old favorite, or try a demo of something new!

Preregister today at http://jordancon.org/conte…/jordancon-9-three-day-

My review of Jordancon 8

For more information about Jordancon 9 follow their FACEBOOK PAGE

Reason #1 to come to Jordancon 9: Tel’aCON’ rhiod: The Con of your Dreams

Hello All!!!

Jordancon is  fast approaching so you will be seeing more blog post from me.  The wonderful Jordancon Marketing team has started a “20 Reasons to Attend Jordancon” campaign.  I will be reposting their reasons here.

Starting with:

Reason #1 why you can’t miss #JordanCon 9:

Where else can you discuss the art of Space Opera with Charles Gannon? The fourth book in his Caine Riordan sci-fi series is out now!

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https://www.amazon.com/…/B001HO…/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Pre-register now–the deadline is March 26th! #IsItAprilYet?

JordanCon:A WoT Fan’s Dream

Now there are types of WoT fans: Those who know about JordanCon and those that don’t.

If you belong to the latter group do not fret. You are about to be enlightened.

If you know about JordanCon and have never been this post will also be informative.

If you have been to JordanCon, please, chime in with anything I miss in this post.

What is it?

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Jordan was the author of the best-selling The Wheel of Time series. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities. Past guests have included Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sam Weber, David Wong, Jana G. Oliver, Emilie Bush, David B. Coe, Eugie Foster, Seanan McGuire, Michael Whelan, Larry Elmore, Saladin Ahmed, Todd Lockwood, Catherine Asaro, and Patrick Rothfuss

http://www.jordancon.org/content/about-jordancon

13094305_10154975112914657_7346671454351194252_nJordancon takes place one weekend in April in Atlanta, Ga. It is a 3 day long event (Friday – Sunday) and it consist of panels, an art show, a dance party, karaoke, demostrations, special guest and the chance to actually meet other real life WoT Fans!

Last year was my first time attending Jordancon. You can read all about it Here

Cost:

The JordanCon membership is suprisingly inexpensive. Below is the membership information from www.jordancon.org

JordanCon membership covers all three days: admission to all panels, events, demonstrations, concerts, performances, contests, the Dealer Hall and Art Show, and a host of other activities. Workshops requiring a materials fee will be noted in the program. Look for pre-registration on material fee and other smaller panels to be offered in the panel’s page or the Store.

The Child Membership option is for children under 12. Children under 5 will be admitted free, but must be supervised at all times. For all other children, please purchase an Adult Membership.

This year’s hotel is:
Atlanta Marriott at Perimeter Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Membership pricing as follows:
$45 until Jan 1, 2017
$55 until March 26, 2017
Pre-Registration closes March 26th, 2017
$65 at the door

Child Memberships are $10 off the current adult price.

To purchase your membership click HERE

While you certainly don’t have to stay in the hotel where the JordanCon is held I would strongly suggest it.  To reserve a room in the Jordacon Room block click HERE.

For more information about Jordancon, meet the greet volunteers that make it happen each year, get to know other fans or to keep up to date on details you can use any (or all) of the links below:

JordanCon Facebook Group

JordanCon Facebook Page

Official JordanCon Website