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Since people seem to be posting what conventions they went to, I suppose I'll do the same.

Anthrocon: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Camp Feral: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
ConClave: 2005, 2006, 2007
Confluence: 2006, 2007, 2008
DexCon: 2006
Eurofurence: 2004
FurFright: 2006, 2007
Furry Connection North: 2008
KainCon: 2006(?)
MagFest: 2007, 2008
MarCon: 2007, 2008
Midwest FurFest: 2002, 2003
Otakon: 2003

Years with links are where I have photos online. Bolded years are where I worked staff.

So that's 34 conventions in all. And I was staff at 22 of those conventions. Jesus.

And there are still more conventions I'd like to add to that list. Megaplex, Confusion, and Penguincon, for starters. And FurCoNZ, too. (I've never been to New Zealand before!)

Oh, and the next couple of months will be busy for me, as I'll be attending the following cons:

KainCon - A gaming con run out of [ profile] sirkain's house over a weekend.

ConClave 33 - A science fiction con in Michigan. This is considered the "home" con for the Dorsai Irregulars, so I'm looking forward to seeing many other DI there.

FurFright - A halloween-themed furry connection in Connecticut.

Midwest FurFest - The big furry convention held out in Chicago just before Thanksgiving. I'm pleased to be returning here after missing it for the last few years.

I'll hope I'll get to see folks I know at at least one of those conventions! :-P
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I haven't written here lately because I've been very busy at work, and taking care of some real life stuff that came up. As they say, "stuff happens".

I did however get to travel out to Pittsburgh last weekend to work Confluence with the Dorsai Irregulars. It was a smallish science fiction con, with about 300 people in attendance. The shifts I work consisted of an occasional rove through the hotel and badge checking at the door to the Dealers Room.

The DI working the contract were Rene, Steve Simmons, Mark Bernstein, and a few other folks whose names I can't remember right now. :-P Also in attendance from the furry community were [ profile] tchall, [ profile] swift_fox, [ profile] mrianti, [ profile] boomeroo, and [ profile] unclekage. At any rate, it was great to see all of those folks again!

I didn't take many pictures at this convention, since I spent most of the time either working of socializing with folks. The full archive is at for those who are interested. What follows are a few choice shots.

Mrianti and Uncle Kage

I had to work a shift with these guys.

One of these things is not like the others...

One of these things is not like the others... anyone who got caught drinking the "odd one out" was cut off from drinking the rest of the evening.

Saturday's Play: "The Doctor's Sarcophagus"

The highlight of the con was a play that is put on no Saturday evening. A different script is written every year, usually involving parody of current events. This year's play was called "The Doctor's Sarcophagus". I did not get to watch it, as I had roving duty at the time. :-)

The party, as seen through my scotch glass

After finishing off the scotch that was in this glass, I pretty much called it a night. My room was right next door to the Dorsai Room, so I could hear them singing through the wall. It didn't keep me awake, but it was kinda funny drifting off to sleep hearing filk music being sung.

Oh, and thanks for singing The Dorsai Cadet Song, guys. Can we just induct somebody newer already? :-P
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I had a blast at FurFright 2007 last weekend. As far as cons go, it was a little different for me, because it was the first furry con where I worked security. So I didn't have the opportunity to visit much programming at the convention. I did however, have plenty of time to hang out with folks that I knew, as well as meeting a few new people.

One fun thing about working security is that this guy had to work for me:

Uncle Kage is ready to work security!

I made sure to remind him of this often. :-)

Uncle Kage's parents were also in attendance:

Davin, Grandma Kage, and Grandpa Kage
Both Grandma Kage and Grandpa Kage got to work security, and it was great to see them again.

Freddy Krueger made an appearance. Sort of:

Freddy Krueger cheetah

We also had our usual amount of prey animals present. The fact that their upper hooves were bound made it much easier to get a meal:

Oryx in a straightjacket

We also had at least one warrior fox present:

Finnish Fox blowing his horn

This was the first con that I used PhillyCarShare to drive to and back. That worked out rather nicely. Since PCS does rentals by the hour (with a daily rate), I was able to get a car from 6 PM on Thursday to 9 PM on Monday, and not have to pay the ridiculous hourly charges that AVIS would have hit me with. The total cost of renting the car was about $250, which included mileage. That was comparable to what I would have paid for a rental from AVIS. [1] For GPS, instead of renting one from AVIS for $9.95/day, I instead used the GPS on my new phone. That worked out just as well. So I'd say that using PhillyCarShare to get to the con and back was a success!

Finally, if anyone wants to see my entire archive of pictures, they can be found at:


[1] Keeping in mind that I would have had to purchase ALI (Additional Liability Insurance) from AVIS, since I discontinued my car insurance after selling my car. That is $12.95 a day. With PhillyCarShare, they provide insurance -- a $1 Million policy, for all drivers.
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I went to ConClave over the weekend. As a sci-fi con, I had the usual amount of fun. I went to a panel, dropped in on some filking, saw many folks I know (and drank with them), and generally had a good time.

As a furry con... not so much. There wasn't too much in the way of turnout from some local folks, and a SNAFU in the programming caused there to be even less furry programming than usual. I hope that some of these issues can be fixed for next year's ConClave.

I actually arrived a day early and visited some of the Michigan furries. I had much fun visiting with them, and taking the extra day off from work was definitely worth it.

The spoils of upgrading to First Class )

Gir likes his booze )

A fox, a gryphon, and a tiger walk into a bar... )

The Chocolate Ritual )
It's a shame they didn't do a Holy Communion with Chocolate. That would have been like, totally wrong!

Derek Long will kick your ass! )
Yes, those are my sunglasses he's wearing.

Drunk dialing Furp )

GreenReaper is a total camera geek! )

Dorsai Irregulars )

Deer-flavored tequila )

Got Mouth Cancer? )
I saw this sign in the Philadelphia International Airport on the way back. It struck me as being excessively snarky. I rather liked it. :-)

If anyone wants the full set of pictures, they can be found here. Enjoy!
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So, who's going to ConClave and FurFright this year? Both cons are just around the corner!

The first con, ConClave, is a science fiction/furry/goth convention held in Detroit, Michigan from October 12th to the 14th. It is considered the "home convention" of the Dorsai Irregulars, many of whom live in that area and will be in attendance. Many of the Michigan area furries will also be attending. Their website is at The few pictures I took last year can be found here.

The next con, FurFright, is a Halloween-themed furry convention held in Connecticut from the 19th to the 21st. This will be their fifth year as a convention. Some of the Dorsai Irregulars will be attending this convention too, as they will be providing convention security services for FurFright this coming year. Of course, since the convention is purely a furry convention, the security roster will consist mostly of furries, with [ profile] golum, [ profile] toracub, [ profile] unclekage, and myself among them. Their website is at and pictures from last year's FurFright can be found here.

Finally, since this will be FurFright's first year at its new venue, I figured I would include some pictures of the place from a site visit we made last spring:

The front entrance of the hotel:


The bar area just off the main entrance. This will be registration and Con Ops:


The atrium inside the center of the hotel. A nice place for gathering and hanging out:


One of the function rooms:


Another one of the function rooms in the process of being cleared out:


If anyone is interested, my entire set of site visit pictures can be found at: Enjoy!
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A couple of weekends ago, I made a drive back out to Pittsburgh to attend Confluence, a science fiction convention with a emphasis on writing. As that suggests it wasn't nearly as "visual" as a furry convention or even as other science fiction conventions go. It was mostly about books, writing, and writing books. :-P

The Dorsai Irregulars were providing security for that convention, and I was asked if I would be willing to work a shift for them while I was out there. I ended up working what turned out to be a very easy shift -- it took place while the convention put on its annual play. Nearly everything else was closed, so the majority of attendees were watching the play. So I ended up walking all 6 stories of the hotel (stopping by the con suite for coffee, of course!) a few times during that shift and otherwise spent it doing door duty with [ profile] renegade_di. (It kinda balanced out the shifts I worked at MagFest, in a Zen sotra way.)

Like I said, this was a largely literary convention. Case in point, this was the Dealers Room:
Dealers' Room

I also went to a few room parties:
Carol Gobeyn, Rene Gobeyn, and T'Chall

And witnessed some origami porn:
Origami Porn

The rest of my Confluence pictures can be found here. Enjoy!
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I just finalized my travel arrangements for Marcon last night. I'll be there from May 25th to May 27th.

Anyone else going?
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I've never been to a gaming convention before. That was fun.

There were, in theory, about 1,000 people who attended, but the number felt much smaller. This is because I'm used to people walking around and socializing at furry conventions. Here, people spent hours at a time at game tables playing games of various types. There were board games, card games, "war gamging" type games that were played on the floor with a mockup of a city of a forest, and of course, video and computer games. Oh yeah, there were LARPs, too. Pictures of all this will be forthcoming.

Here are some of the games I remember:

  • Fluxx
  • Apples to Apples
  • Tech Support (card game in which you try to find the "guru")
  • Bar Quest (I want to play this with real beer)
  • Soulcalibur
  • DDR
  • The Kevin and Kell RPG. I did not get a chance to play this, but I'm hoping there will be a game at the next Anthrocon.

As far as a furry presence, [ profile] tchall was able to make it, and Bill Holbrook was there as a dealer. I also got to meet John Lotshaw, creator of the Accidental Centaurs comic. He's not furry, but he's working on that part. :-)

In other con news, I was responsible for killing the bottle of Jameson that the bar had. That was a first for me!

Since it is such a short drive away, I think I will be attending the next DexCon. Apparently Double Exposure runs a number of events each year, and their next event will be sometime in January. I'll be sure to post more about it as information becomes available.
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Holy CRAP!

2,406 furs. Plus my mother.

Oops. We broke our own world record again.

So, in a nutshell, Anthrocon 2004 totally rocked my (administrative) world. Things went really well in Con Ops and the convention as a whole. But things wouldn't have went as well as they did in Ops without the hard work of my staff. This includes: [ profile] mach, Decker, [ profile] tchall, [ profile] vt_komainu, [ profile] duncandahusky (our brave Arists' Alley guru), [ profile] takaza (newsletter guy), [ profile] evil_dwagon (our brave medic!), [ profile] wolffit, [ profile] cnipur, [ profile] danruk, Kari, his lovely wife, [ profile] brophey, [ profile] rasslor, Kage's Parents and finally, Kage's Aunt and Uncle.


The con as a whole went well, too. As far as I know, things like programming and the major events (charity auction) went without any major hitches.

We raised somewhere around $6,000 for our charity this year. The exact number eludes me.

Artists' Alley was increased to about 70 seats this year. This caused us to do record sales on Saturday of about $12,000 in one day! The cash registers worked just fine this year, too. And with our spiffy new barcode reader, sales were easier to make than ever.

AA had one minor problem, though. Since Artists were so eager to get space, some of them started lining up outside the doors as early as 3:30 in the morning, complete with pillows! This got us in hot water with the hotel, hence our need to go to a "lottery" system for Sunday. What was interesting about this is that so many artists thought they wouldn't get a seat, which means that only about 60 artists signed up, meaning that everyone got a seat. How interesting. We may have to investigate other options in the future, seeing that there seems to be quite a demand for AA.

The Dorsai Irregulars were back in fine form this year, over 30 of them! As always, it was a pleasure to work with them again. They were invisible, except for when we needed them, then they were just... there.

The elevators worked a LOT better this year. There were only a few outages, and Con Ops didn't even hear about them since the hotel acted on them so quickly. This was due in part due to there being no more con suite and the relocation of the Internet Room to the Zoo in Quincy's. This in turn led to the lobby being much clearer than before. We also had the Dorsai on the elevators doing traffic control. However, they got a bit bored and decided to name the elevators. They named them:

  • Sir Speedy
  • Bob
  • Hades
  • Confused
I'm told that Confused would not go higher than the 15th floor at one point.

At least 2 reporters showed up, and they were promptly excused from the convention. Guys, if we want to talk, we'll call YOU.

Somewhere during the con, I got to meet some folks who I only knew (or knew of) for the first time. These included [ profile] sirkain, Duncan Roo, and Kitana. All seemed like rather cool folks. Kitana lives not too far from me, so I definitely need to hook up with him sometime. I got to see all of the usual gang of furs that I know, too. Way too many people to list.

As noted above, my dear and sainted mother came to the con on Sunday afternoon. I showed up around the con and introduced her to some people I knew. She seemed to like it. Purrhaps I can suck her into the ranks of Ops staff next year. Yeah! :-)

One of our guests, Michel Gagne, loved our con so much that he wrote a glowing report about it on his website. You can read the review here.

If you read this far, you're probably wondering about Evil Plan #6. In case you didn't see it at the con, or know I was wearing it, I finally got a suit of my own. It's a panther suit made from stretch velvet. THIS is why I've been working out at the gym so much lately. :-) I was wandering around in it on Friday evening (along with [ profile] justincheetah, who was in a similar suit), and on Sunday afternoon in the Fursuiter Parade. (I was the guy pushing Aragorn Wolf's wheelchair. And hey, does anyone have contact info for him?) If anyone has pics of me in my suit, please let me know, I'd love to have copies.

See you all at AC 2005. Our theme for next year is: Heroes.


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Douglas Muth

April 2012



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