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It’s official! Next year, Pandoracon is coming back to Cincinnati!
Recently we ran a poll about bringing back Pandoracon and the response was an immediate and overwhelming YES! Initially it was proposed for November 2015, but given the enthusiastic response we have decided that the convention that you all deserve will take more than five months to put together, so November 11th to 13th, 2016 it is, and the plans and vision for this event will far surpass Pandoracon 2012 and Pandoracon 2013 in its awesomeness!
The theme for Pandoracon 2016 is Cyberpunk, which means that our decor, posters and flyers, and about a quarter of the session programming will be theme inspired; it does not mean that you have to dress in Cyberpunk costuming . . . Pandoracon’s policy as has always been come as you are and celebrate your favorite fandoms. From its conception, Pandoracon has always been a very different type of multi-genre, multi-media, multi-fandom convention that places the attendees at the heart of the programming.
Pandoracon is a pioneer in interactive participatory conventions, which allows attendees to participate on various levels over the course of the weekend depending on comfort level . . . you can quietly observe and soak it all in, or you can be the star of the show, or perhaps a bit of both. In addition to vendors and panels, Pandoracon also has table top gaming, concerts, video gaming, dances, role playing games, amazing parties, screenings, and more, but what elevates Pandoracon above the average sci-fi fantasy convention is the Houses of Pandora . . .
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The kings and queens of Pandoracon 2012 (back row) and the crowns of Pandoracon 2013 (front row) at the 2013 Midsummer Masquerade.
For both Pandoracon 2012 and Pandoracon 2013, and now Pandoracon 2016, the whole convention is divided into four competing groups: House of Clubs, House of Diamonds, House of Hearts, and House of Spades. Each house has a crown, previously a king and queen, who rally all the willing attendees in their House to participate in a series of contests that occur throughout the weekend (you don’t have to play if you don’t want to). Points are earned by attendees that can either be cashed in for prizes and “upgrades,” or donating to their Houses who add up the points to see which House wins. These points come a variety of activities, but the main avenue to win points and glory are the Pandoracon Games!
Previously the Games were organized by a clandestine group known as the Jokers, but for 2016 a new Games Maker is already devising a series of challenges for the competing Houses. At the last Pandoracon the Houses fit our Labyrinth theme by being four kingdoms that surrounded the 2,000 square foot labyrinth (yes, we literally built a labyrinth) and had to do battle with the Goblin Horde, and in 2016 the Houses will be four mega-corporations struggling to gain dominance and the PriGen, a secret piece of coding that will unlock a hidden mystery of cyberspace. Hackers and street samurai will battle in arenas of urban decay and cyberspace for their masters who long to possess the PriGen . . .
Come November 2016, most of the Blue Ash Crowne Plaza will have the ambiance of a dark neon lit future where danger might lurk around every corner, but the Games Arena in the main stage is the unearthly cyberspace of the Grid . . . freed from the burdens of the real world, but just as deadly with hostile security programs and hacker assassins . . .
The Pandoracon 2016 hotel is secured, and our block of rooms will be available in the near future, but here’s a great reason why you want to book your room early . . . we are giving away a free weekend badge to the first 50 people to book their rooms for November 11th and 12th, 2016 . . . so keep your search programs directed at the Pandora Society and act quickly when we release our rooms for booking. More details will be released as the months count down, but meanwhile save the date and RSVP to our Facebook Event Page . . .
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