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.
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 consists 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.
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 to 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”.
- 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.
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”.
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.
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.
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
This is where the cool kids hang out. 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.
Speaking of Jcon Family, the best way to get to know people is by volunteering. There are quite a few volunteer opportunities and it helps you 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.
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.
Speaking of Ribbons, be sure to get some while at Jordancon. Ribbons are fancy accouterments 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 a ton of fun Ribbons you can get. From vendors to other Con-goers, Ribbons abound.
Fair warning, some people demand you pledge their soul to them for a Ribbon…..I am looking at you, Paul.
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….
So those are the major things that no one tells you. But here are 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
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)
- Book your hotel room as soon as the block becomes available
- DOWNLOAD THE APP
- You don’t have to drink (alcohol) to have fun. But if you DO drink alcohol make sure you bring some.
- Book your 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