Ser Scot A Ellison

DC 2017, Helsinki 2017, Montreal 2017, or Nippon 2017, advocate your preference

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I hate that DC is up against Helsinki.

I want, very much to go to Dublin 2019.

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I signed up as a pre-supporter and they gave me a ribbon saying Amadan. I later learned this is Irish for idiot.

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Which is easier, generally, to travel too DC or Helsinki?

Surely that depends on where you're coming from?

I'm very much hoping for Helsinki, I'd probably be able to go to that one, I don't see much chance of making a US con anytime in the next few years (although I'll make an extra special effort if NO win 2018)

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I'm an open advocate of DC already a supporting member. We have a number of BWB on the committee organizing DC 17 (Arlington Bill and. Makhtobanabi to name two) They have a great committee with lots of experience (they do Capclave yearly). It's fairly easy for everyone to travel to DC as it has a major airport there.

I'm backing DC.

Who do you advocate and why.

Three major airports, each at most 30 minutes or so from DC by rail: Reagan National, Dulles International and BWI International. BWI fares are often a lot lower. Plus the national passenger rail system, Amtrak, has direct rail service to DC from most of the east coast, New Orleans, and the western US via connection at Chicago as well as the cities and towns along the way.

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I want helsinki because I'd actually be able to go; any europe con im pretty sure would be okay for me and I'd be able to make it. No chance will I be able to make it to an american con anytime soon.

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I've heard rumors of Ryanair opening transatlantic routes. That would be good for all of us. :)

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Lapponia cloudberry liqueur has seduced me into supporting Helsinki.



I am thinking I can make it to a WorldCon every three years or so. So 2017 - Helsinki, and then "New Zealand" - 2020 [NZ was not working with a specific venue in promotions at Loncon 3].



After Spokane and Kansas City I would also like to see the WorldCon outside the North American continent.



As an aside, I was asking someone in the KC tent what the voting was like when they won 2016, and it was something like 650 to 70, KC over Beijing. Hats off to Beijing though, this was their first attempt to get a WorldCon, and they were doing it without any support/assistance from people with previous experience. I would thoroughly support a Shanghai bid for a future WorldCon.


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Whoever wins in 2017, you can always come to Dublin 2019.

I had no idea this was a possibility, cool! Still, 2019 is too far away, I'd like to see some of you again and meet the rest for the first time sooner, if possible. So, Helsinki first, Dublin later. :)

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I signed up as a pre-supporter and they gave me a ribbon saying Amadan. I later learned this is Irish for idiot.

Amadan na Briona was a powerful figure in Irish legend.

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Helsinki here too. The US cons will be difficult to make it to, both financially and when it comes down to time.

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Lyanna,

I really want to meet you and the other European boarders who haven't made it to the US. I just don't think I'll be able to make Helsinki.

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I'd prefer to hop on a train and go to DC, but if I end up having to shell out $1500 for a plane ticket to Finland, I may have to go back to sleeping on Pod's floor.


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Helsinki. They are also an excellent group of people, and I believe that many are involved in running Finncon as well. The DC team are very good, but they aren't the only ones with experience.

I know that the "traditional" BosWash con is considered overdue for a Worldcon, so Helsinki have another uphill battle.

Malt - yeah, I noticed that as well. I told them it was awfully subtle! I'd think it'd apply to the concom first, with supporters getting more like "naive" or "hopeful".

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Peadar instructed me not to Google it, but then when Pod saw the ribbon he said "doesn't that mean stupid person?", so it's his fault that I feel insulted by the self-deprecating Irish humour.


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I vote for DC because then I might actually go see you jerks.


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Inigima,

You'll need at least a supporting membership at Sasquan to vote for DC.

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Inigima,

You'll need at least a supporting membership at Sasquan to vote for DC.

I'm not actually voting and I don't know what a Sasquan is. I don't care about conventions at all except that I like to see my Bros and Broettes Without Banners.

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Inigima,

Sasquan is Worldcon 2015. To see your Bros in DC in 2017 it would be very helpful if you got a supporting membership to Sasquan and voted in favor of DC 17. :)

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I didn't make Loncon either. Finances... sadly. Thank you for your advocacy Ser Scott.



I like that I can take public transportation to the hotel, where I will be staying.



The DC bid came together after Lonestarcon, where the main corporate group hosted a floating an idea party DC was well received. At the Business meeting we indicated that we were exploring options for three years, 2017, 2018, and 2019. Whenever we got the best deal was what we would bid. The east coast group Sprawl was also looking to bid an East coast city. The two groups started talking and agreed to work together if DC or Baltimore had the best offer. Several cities and years were explored, the bid location in DC was so much better than the others, that it wasn't even a competition. The deal was for only 2017. We made the decision at Capclave last year and informed Montreal and the Japanese bid of our intentions. We informed the Finns as well since we'd heard they were considering 2017. We held off our Announcement until SMOFcon in December as we had stated we would do.



So now, on to the good stuff...


The committee is made up of both newer con runners and experienced runners. There are a few past Worldcon chairs on the committee to advise the group. There will be new things tried to improve the whole experience. We have support from a few other regional conventions who will help provide additional local support during move in and move out.



As I know that the BWB has often roomed together, note that the Hotel rate is single through quad with no up charge and the hotel said they wouldn't look to hard if there were more than 4, if it wasn't too flaunted. We got a good rate on the suites as well for parties.



As for city, having a huge number of FREE world class museums is a big tourist plus. The national zoo is a short walk from the hotel. By 2017 the Museum of Science Fiction should have a test facility in place.



DC is probably one of the most diverse cities in the World. There is good food from just about everywhere in the World. The hotel has indicated that they will allow food trucks to park on their driveway to increase lunchtime food options.



The logistics of bringing in good booze wasn't in the plans for Loncon, our focus has been desserts.



I know that temperature is a big concern. The weather this year was amazing, sadly we couldn't bank it. But we get to offset this by having facilities where you never have to leave the building if you don't want.


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