Last updated: 2017-07-20
Main RacCon Meetup
- What: Just an informal gathering of Hoomans. We try to organize a main get-together for most people to come to, but there are plenty of other unplanned, impromptu food runs, line conversations, and off-site journeys with small groups of folks throughout the convention event.
- Where: Conival at the Marriott Marquis and Marina on the Marina Terrace (outside). Precise meeting spot TBD.
- When: Friday, July 21st, 11:00am - 12:00pm (ish, or longer). It's right when Conival opens, so it'll likely take a little bit to file in.
- How much: RacCon will be free and not require an SDCC badge!
- Hoomans! With or without SDCC badges! Folks are coming to San Diego from all over the world! Come meet them! <3
- Felicia - Unsure! She's a busy lady, and she now has a baby, so I wouldn't count on Felicia being able to make it. But we will do everything we can to accommodate her if she's able to make it!
- Ryon - He won't be able to make it this year, sadly!
- G&S talent - At least one former host we know and love will be there, and we hope some others!
Keeping In Touch
First, keep an eye on this post! Bigger plans and information will be recorded here.
You can also keep an eye on the #RacCon hashtag on Twitter during SDCC to see what other Hoomans are up to.
Lastly, there is a Twitter DM thread with a bunch of San Diego-bound Hoomans. This is the best way to find out about real-time updates and impromptu social plans. If you want to be added, ping me at @rocket_soup on Twitter! (If the constant notifications drive you crazy you can mute the thread and still catch up on your own time.)
I've created a Google Calendar with noteworthy Team Hooman, Conival, Felicia Day, Critical Role, and Geek & Sundry events as well as other off-sites that might be fun. To help organize, the emojis in the titles represent certain attributes (see key below). If you know of some events that would be of interest to Hoomans (especially off-sites that don't require passes), please let me know and I'll add them to the calendar!
Calendar symbols: Conival
Conival was announced 2017-07-06. The main event will be at the Marriott Marquis & Marina at the Marina Terrace (333 West Harbor Dr, right next to the convention center) and will be open 11am-5pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It appears to be free to the public. Unlike last year, it does not appear they'll have their own free panel schedule, however there will be several G&S/Nerdist panels at SDCC (and requiring a badge).
There will be tabletop games in the Tabletop Lounge, including unreleased new games to try out. Check out this post which includes a schedule of when you can play some brand new games, or checkout a library of other games, too.
Here's a map I sketched of how to get to Conival. Once you've gotten to the waterfront you can walk along it until you see the Conival signs. It's small, so we'll be easy to find. Note: there's a laser tag side and a board game side. We'll be meeting on the board game side (the side closer to the convention center).
G&S Popup Party
The secret G&S popup party seems to be a bit less secret this year. It will be at FLUXX (500 Fourth Ave) on Thursday night 9pm-12am, 21+. It's ticketed, but Alpha subscribers are being emailed as we speak with registration links for free tickets. The tickets seem to be tied to you and non-transferrable, but they do allow for +1s to bring a friend. It's unclear whether there will be more tickets remaining or how they will be offered to the general public, but keep an eye on the @jointeamalpha Twitter account.
Note: SDCCBlog leaked an invite code inappropriately. Any tickets obtained from that link were invalidated. Currently, the only legit way to get an invite is via an email from Alpha to its subscribers.
Other Off-Site Stuff
- SyFy / The Nerd Machine parties, Thursday and Saturday night 9pm-midnight at The New Children's Museum (200 W Island Ave).
- Fandom Fest, Thursday - Sunday 10am-6pm at Petco Interactive Zone (100 Park Blvd)
Some other stuff to think about when prepping for San Diego!
- Bring sunscreen! It's very sunny! Getting burned on your first day isn't fun (from firsthand experience)
- Bring water! Temperatures will be in the high 70s with humidity, and it doesn't cool down much in the evenings. Stay hydrated!
- Bring cash! There will be lots of group outings and it sure makes splitting a check a lot easier.
- Dress comfortably! You'll be walking a lllllot. You'll also be around a bunch of fellow dorks, so it's fine to favor comfort over fashion.
- Pace yourself! It's a long con with lots to do. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so don't burn out the first day!