Scifi Con 2020!

Yup, believe it or not, the crew got restless and started working on the 2020 Convention even before the dust of the 2019 Con had settled! A few of the sim designs are already being shaped and molded on our factory floors. Blog pages are being re-written and clarified, and plans are afoot for lots of new treats and goodies for next year!

This year we took you on a trip through space — next year we’ll be going on a trip through time!

No dates have been officially been set yet, though we are tentatively looking at late May again.

 

Scifi Con 2019 Feedback Results – Part 2

Let’s start off Part Two of the Feedback posts with some more meaty, critical comments. Things you guys did not like, or want to see improved, and finish up with things you want to see in the future.


Some of you do not like the new Most Popular Booth contest, citing unfairness to small booths that are not able to generate the same level of donations as larger booths. I’m not sure I totally agree with that, but I can certainly see where you’re coming from.

The system we have in place right now is primarily a fundraising tool, and in that respect, it works fantastically. The contest alone brought in almost 300k L$. I don’t think it would be a wise move to discontinue something so successful, You guys have all been super generous, so it’s very good odds that we’ll be seeing it again in 2020.

The problem with the old-style contests we used to do is that they were kind of ridiculously pointless. The categories were weird, and votes were complete nonsense. For example, in 2016, I won “Best Actor”, and that’s just silly. Plus, every single category had the same basic results. For example, if we had 50 votes cast, 48 of them were 1 vote each for 48 different booths (people voting for themselves), one booth had 5 votes, and one booth had 8 votes (because they had friends). In every category, no matter if it even made sense to vote for that booth for that category. So the result for every single category was that the same booth won them all, the same booth came in second everywhere, and everyone else at the Con came in a tie for third. The reason that the Award Ceremony was a little more diverse was because we sometimes just threw this nonsense away and made something up.

So what does all this mean?

Well, some of you suggested that we do a contest arbitrated by impartial judges. That’s something we’ve never done before, and I kinda like the idea. What I will do is contact the RFL and see if any of their bigwigs would be interested in judging, and then we’ll make up some sane categories. This is an idea that will need more fleshing out as we get closer to Con2020.


A few of you complained that there was not enough Con advertising, that you didn’t know it was happening. That there were no group joiners, no event calendars, and that there were not enough types of events / number of events / event locations. These are complaints that I just don’t understand.

The Con itself was advertised in multiple SL groups, as well as in the Firestorm Message-of-the-Day and Linden Calendar ever since we opened up Registration at the beginning of 2019.

We had group joiners and calendars in every Hub and on some street corners throughout the entire Con. The event calendar was also on the Blog. We advertised every event in multiple SL groups throughout the day, as well as in Linden Calendar, Estate Notices, and Conference Chats.

We had events scheduled from 9AM to Midnight SLT on most days.

We had two main stages, as well as multiple skyboxes, as well as several booths hosting events.

We had guest speakers, live musicians, DJs, tribute bands, musical theater, book readings, dance troupes, and live theater.

Here are a few links to various groups and web pages:

Blog: https://scificonventionsl.wordpress.com/

Discord: https://discord.gg/xBR7fD


We had a couple of very negative comments about the Hunt, but from the descriptions, it was clear that it was just not understood how the Scifi Con’s Hunt works. (It’s different than Fantasy Faire.) So obviously we will need to work on making the Hunt instructions much more clear for 2020.


We had many complaints about the difficulty of signing up to be a performer at the Con…  filling out very extensive and elaborate notecards and forms and such. Rest assured, entertainers, that whole process will be completely streamlined by 2020. Please don’t give up on us. 2019 was a learning year for us in the world of SL entertainments.I think we have it figured out now. 🙂


A lot of us (including me) miss the Milky Way Cabaret. Their shows were always thoroughly enjoyable, and a staple of the Con every year. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, the MWC is gone, but we’ll keep checking in with them just in case they want to make a comeback. 🙂


Here’s a few things you guys mentioned that you’d really like to see in 2020:

  • Add a Gatcha area – Yes! We would like to do that, as well as add an RFL vendor area.
  • Movie Night! – Yes! We would very much like to see the return of movie night.
  • More actor interviews – Sure! If you know any actors that would be interested in coming in to SL, let us know!
  • Better blog – Yes, I agree. If you know someone that would like to be the full-time Scifi Con blogger, let us know.
  • Better placement of the candle memorial – Yes, I agree. To be totally honest, I completely forgot about the candle memorial this year and then had to scramble to find a place for it.
  • Swag! – Yes!
  • Interactive elements – I’m not really sure what that means, but sounds good to me.  🙂 I’m thinking casual seating areas where people can sit and relax a while before continuing their shopping, or even games and rides, if we can come up with good stuff.

 

Scifi Con 2019 Feedback Results – Part 1

Ok, boys and girls, it’s sharing time! I’ve mentioned a few times that the Scifi Con staff was paying close attention to all the feedback you guys have been giving. Most of it’s been very useful and we’re putting it to good use. Here are a few of our thoughts so far:

A lot of you really liked the cohesiveness of the themes this year. We do too and will definitely again have an overall Con theme with each sim theme as some sort of sub-genre of that overall theme. We’ll talk more about specific themes in the future.

You were quite insistent that all sims have actual roads. We couldn’t agree more, and we’ll go one step further. In 2020 we will try to do something new for us — having one single road snake through the entire Con with no (or very limited) intersections —- something that you guys have been asking for for many years.

We had a few suggestions to group similar booths together, by franchise, by genre, or by whether they were stores or RP groups. We won’t be doing that. For one thing, if we placed all booths of one type in a certain place, not all those booths will necessarily match (or want to match) that sim’s theme. For another, participants have always had the freedom to choose their own spots, to be next to friends, to fit the sim’s theme, or whatever, and we really don’t want to change that.

Some of you mentioned maybe having non-scifi merchants. We had a few in 2019, and will continue to cultivate new contacts.

Some of you suggested that the Con was too close to the Relay Weekend, and that prevented us from doing extra shopping days after the scheduled Con ended. Actually, we have never done extra shopping days. Sims cost a lot of money to rent, so we feel that every day that we extend the Con is money taken away from RFL cancer donations. Lag wouldn’t go down after the ‘official’ end of the Con to allow more lag-free shopping, so there’s really no point anyway.

Many people have requested sim maps of all the booths. We’ve done those in the past. One year we even had a TP HUD to take you to any store you wanted. Unfortunately, RL issues kept us from doing maps this year, but it’s definitely something we want to have again in the future.

According to the feedback results, a lot of you liked the giant central hub with the little shopping mall shops inside. You really liked the miniature map setup we use during the registration process, where you can visually see where your booth will be. You appreciated the fact that RFL had a much more visible presence at the Con. You liked the train! Well, those things will all be back with improvements at the 2020 Con!

That’s all for this installment. We’ll do Part 2 in a few days. I hope to hear from you guys on what you think! And if you still want to tell us your thoughts, the Questionnaire is still open and available! Click Here.

 

Sweet Sixteen Party!

It is Second Life’s epic 16th birthday — its “Sweet Sixteen” — and Scifi Con is there! Hundreds of citizens from all over SL are showing off their creativity and spirit in a grandiose parade of builds, events, and parties, really showcasing what Second Life can be at its very best.

And the Scifi Con booth shows what our little corner of the grid can accomplish when we put our hearts and minds into it.

The 16th Second Life Birth Celebration runs until July 8. You can explore the SL16B blog, and visit the SciFi Con build and explore the whole rest of the event.

Happy Birthday SL!

 

So Long and Thanks for the Fish!

Well, this last weekend’s parties officially wrap up another fundraising season for RFL, and what a season it was! Scifi Con generated more donations than we ever did before! How will we ever top what we accomplished? With hard work and spirit!

We’ve already started cooking up ideas for 2020, with heavy emphasis on all the great feedback we got from our little survey. It’s still not too late to put in your 2-cents’ worth – just click HERE. As soon as we get just a little bit of concrete thoughts in order, maybe we’ll even do a public brainstorming meeting inworld if anyone wants to contribute to Con2020 that way.

The Relay for Life team itself is also starting their preparations for next season already. They have posted a link to their own survey regarding next year’s RFL theme. You can click HERE to vote. Note that this theme is for the 2020 RFL season, not the next Scifi Con theme.

Some of you have also asked if we will be having a small “mini” Con this year around Christmas time like we’ve been doing for the last 2 years. At this point, all I can say is “I don’t know.”

Well, that about wraps things up for Scifi Con 11. You guys made it the best Con ever. Be proud.  🙂

 

Scifi Con at Relay Weekend

If you were already missing the Scifi Con, then you had one more chance to bask in the awesomeness, at the RFL’s grand annual signature event, RELAY WEEKEND!

As you ran the track through the scifi sims, you would have passed half a dozen campsites that chose scifi to be their home, including the Jewell Theatre and the USS Metamorphosis.

relay helicopter

As always, Relay Weekend was a huge success, and we are very proud to have been a part of it.