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Unread 07-13-2014, 02:17 AM   #1
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Dashcon?

So I've heard a LOT of bad news about Dashcon, and I was wondering if anyone on here had went.
For those of you who don't know, Dashcon is a tumblr-themed convention that just started this year. And apparently, it didn't go well. This is what I've heard:

~The con is run by a few teenagers.
~Dashcon claimed Steam Powered Giraffe was booked to be a guest, however there is no proof of this.
~Only about 500 people went, yet badges were priced really high for a small con.
~The creators of Welcome to Night Vale cancelled their appearance there because the con refused to pay for the performance fees.
~The con supposedly did not pay the hotel the fees for holding the event, and owed $17k. They managed to collect enough money thanks to donations from tumblr users, however nobody knows where this mysterious amount of money has gone off to. People are now worried that it's a scam.
~The only entertainment was a tiny ball pit the size of a small sandbox, and a bouncy house. (What is this? A 6-year-old's birthday party?)
~The panels were mainly shipping-based, and very obnoxious shipping ones.
~The 18+ BDSM panel did not check IDs, so minors easily got in.

The stories online all seem to line up, so I'm pretty sure this is true. Did anyone here go and are there any other stories?
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Unread 07-13-2014, 01:44 PM   #2
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I knew nothing about this until this morning. Well, I heard about it last night from my sister, but now we're just browsing the internet, reading the flaming train wreck that is DashCon and I must say, my sides hurt from laughing.

Wow, just wow. That "con" was a disaster. Now if you excuse me, I have an hour in the ball pit to go cash in.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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I read on the post that StarsCASSiOPEiA posted in the Ranting/venting thread that the 18+ BDSM panel DID block minors from entering, but there's no confirmation of whether the other 18+ panels did so as well.

I also heard the number of attendees was 1000, not 500. Unless the 1000 is a lie too.

If the $17K wasn't a scam out of greed, it was probably a freak effort to try and raise money to cover the debt they put themselves in. Rather than admitting they were in debt, they might have tried to cover it up by saying it was hotel-related expenses.

Either way, sounds like a complete disaster.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 08:39 PM   #4
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i had friends there, i'm waiting for them to fill me in on the situation. but yeah, people saying they were trying to scam money obviously don't know how cons work, these people obviously got themselves in a shit ton of dept and were trying to dig themselves out, I doubt they've made any personal money.

Their excuse however is ridiculous as the hotel would have legal contracts with them. they were probably trying to cover guest fees or something, and i doubt they got $17000, they probably just said they did and stopped asking when people started asking to see legal papers with the hotel to verify what was happening.
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Unread 07-13-2014, 08:55 PM   #5
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Well, according to a video I just saw filmed by an attendee, the con didn't tell people that WTNV wouldn't come until the audience had waited over an hour and a half even though they had cancelled before the con had even started.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 01:31 PM   #6
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I feel really bad for the people who went. I've experienced overpriced and disappointing cons, but nothing like this. At least everything I've been to has had some redeeming factor.

I think the ball pit meme is my new favorite thing though. Has anyone played Dashcon simulator yet?
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Unread 07-15-2014, 01:42 PM   #7
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BUT DON'T YOU ALL WANT AN EXTRA HOUR IN THE BALL PIT?


Seriously it sounded like a travesty
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Unread 07-15-2014, 02:57 PM   #8
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I'm glad it was a disaster. Tumblr doesn't need a con anyway.
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I'm glad it was a disaster. Tumblr doesn't need a con anyway.
I'm not only because of the pain that was caused at the hands of poor planning... WTNV didn't deserve the shoddy treatment, neither did gingerhaze or the baker street babes. Like yea tumblr doesn't deserve a con but the people who waste their time and money to go to a shit show didn't deserve it.
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I'm glad it was a disaster. Tumblr doesn't need a con anyway.
Majority of Tumblr agreed it would be a bad idea in the first place.

But I agree with Blondie the people got caught up in the mess didn't deserve it
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I'm glad it was a disaster. The idea of a 'tumblr convention' in and of itself gives me secondhand embarrassment. I hope this shuts up the snotty teenagers on there who think they're the ones who will rule the world or that 'tumblr should have its own island lolzzz!!!!!'
That island would be Alcatraz.
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I'm glad it was a disaster. Tumblr doesn't need a con anyway.
I've heard rumors about Dashcon 2015 being confirmed. Let's start praying.
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I can't stand tumblr culture. They act so entitled, expect everything to cater to them, and act like they're actually changing the world from their computers. And when there is an opportunity to change things for the better online, they don't even do it. (i.e. "Hey, we need to recognize and support all gender identities!" *Won't sign online petition asking US government to legally recognize non-binary genders*)

I'm all for feminism, LGBT rights, racial equality, etc., but tumblr is just so overly extreme about it.
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the "superwholock" fandom, who was apparently at the center of this con, drives me up a number of walls. And I am in the hetalia fandom so I probably have a saintly high tolerance for inane, embarrassing behavior.

People who have no experience running a con should not run a con. Period.
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I can't stand tumblr culture. They act so entitled, expect everything to cater to them, and act like they're actually changing the world from their computers. And when there is an opportunity to change things for the better online, they don't even do it. (i.e. "Hey, we need to recognize and support all gender identities!" *Won't sign online petition asking US government to legally recognize non-binary genders*)

I'm all for feminism, LGBT rights, racial equality, etc., but tumblr is just so overly extreme about it.
Nailed it right on the head. 'Tumblr culture' is just full of stupid ass bullshit drivel from socially awkward teenage girls who don't know shit about how the real world works and have been trained by this website to believe that their social anxiety is charming and makes them special; that they're set apart from everyone else in a positive way and one day some perfect boy is going to recognize that they're ~not like all the other girls~ and sweep them off their feet and support their lazy, self-gratifying lifestyle.

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People who have no experience running a con should not run a con. Period.
The superwholock fandom is a horrible mutant that never should have been allowed to exist. I get secondhand embarrassment just thinking about it.
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