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TNG Con... 2018!

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Of course no sooner does TNG Con 2017 wrap up that we start talking about what to do next year, because this one was so amazing we can't wait to do it again! This will be a thread to start tossing around ideas and get the ball rolling.

As before, the con will be open to all members of the TNG community -- whether you came to the last gathering or any other or not, any faction, any playing- or not-playing-the-game status. I can assure you it's always a fantastic time to meet people you've spent so much time online with in person. Much fun will be had!

Here are a few ideas gathered up so far. Feel free to pitch in with your own thoughts, preferences, and proposals.

 

1. Boston

Pros:

* Could afford a lot of east/northeast people the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to
* A beautiful, historic city with lots to see and do
* Waterfront locations like this one are available
* Several locals to help with arrangements & advice

Cons:

* A far trek for west coasters

 

2. Las Vegas Again

Pros:

* Cheap to fly into
* All sorts of activities, you can do literally anything
* It's Vegas!
* Many of us are familiar with it now and we have a local to help with arrangements & advice
* Affords some west coasters the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to

Cons:

* Not cheap if you stay on the strip
* A far trek for northeastern folk

 

3. New Orleans

Pros:

* A beautiful, historic city with a unique culture
* Affords some southerners the chance to attend who might otherwise not be able to

Cons:

* ???

 

Submit your thoughts and ideas here!

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Atlantic City

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Beaches
  • Gambling
  • Cheap booze
  • Easy to get to

Cons

  • New Jersey

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The major thing that prevented me from going this year was timing. But, I should be in the United States again in late March. So if it were to happen in early March or April, for example...

Just saying!

Once I'm in the U.S. though, getting around the country isn't a huge deal. I'll already have flown around the world, so hopping to another state from California is a breeze. Or road trip it with Fhen and Xara. :D

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Posted (edited)

My main reason for not going this time was a lack of vacation hours for family vacations. Going forward, I can budget those hours a bit better and perhaps attend!

I like the idea of Boston, but I would go one step further and say Cape Cod. One can still get to Boston pretty easily, but it's Cape Cod! Beach houses are nice, and I don't care what Shaelie says! I know that Cape Cod has some cool lighthouses, nice beaches, and some amazing seafood (which I'm all about). Dunno what resorts/hotels/whatevers are there.

For New Orleans:

Pros
-Unique culture, food, atmosphere, and entertainment
-Casinos, jazz houses, and interesting night life, as well as some familiar vacation things
-Mild winter/early-spring season (but watch out for the rainy season...)
-All the booze, both cheap and expensive

Cons
-No, seriously, watch out for the rainy season!
-Hot as balls in the late spring and summer months
-Not -hard- to get to, but maybe out of the way for both West Coasters and New Englanders
-Stay away during Mardi Gras

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Not just because I live there, I'd like to pitch a bit about Los Angeles. 

Pros: 
-Having locals means cars, parking, pickups from LAX are super easy
-LAX is one of the most important airports in the country, flights are easy, cheap and direct
-The weather will be nice even during the off-season so winter trips can still be sunny and warm
-Disneyland, Universal Studios and Six Flag are all awesome destinations for day trips
-Transportation is easy (Arahe, myself and Seguul are all locals with cars seating 15 people just between the three of us.)
-Renting beach houses/hollywood houses is straightforward and easy. (Like this place with a heated pool and hot tub.)
-People who need to be cheap can chill in the apartments of the locals for freesies.
-Locals have the in on cool places, like Karaoke, Korean BBQ, Bars, and Clubs off the beaten path

Cons:
-Driving is the main mode of transport
-Pacific ocean is cold as fuck
-Long trek for East Coasters
-Just did a West Coast centric TNGCon

The thing that I think works best about LA is that because we have locals (5 of whom went to Vegas this year) we have a lot of flexibility when it comes to pricing, entertainment, activities, you name it. The flights into LAX are cheap ($300 from Boston to LAX) and direct (people were doing layovers in LAX to go to Vegas!) and transportation would basically be provided for free from those locals. Housing could easily split into folks that want to rent a party house and folks that want to crash on couches because they need to be cheap. The money that you're saving on housing? Well, now you've got cash for your Disneyland trip or Universal Studios trip. 

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I just want to point out that as far as New Orleans is concerned- the idea was to definitely go during off season when the weather is great, the prices are lower and it's not as full of tourists. 

 

Absolutely not during Mardi Gras.

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New Orleans sounds fun, and I'd like to get away from anything that's "local" to most people. Vegas there's a lot to do, and I think Puerto Rico could also be a lot of fun, or a beach house in Florida, or even Texas. 

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Posted (edited)

Not that I feel strongly about any one particular place for next year, but....I'll just leave this here.....   ;)

New Orleans Activities.jpg

Pros:

Has nearly everything we liked in Vegas, plus better food and more character.

The food - Oh my god, the food!  Beignets, pralines, gumbo, po-boys, jambalaya, crawfish, oysters, bananas foster, red beans & rice.......

Escape Room place with rooms like The Voodoo Room, The Vampire Room, Haunted Swamp Room, around $30 per person.

Ghosts, vampires, voodoo, creepy cemeteries.

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Cons:

Smells funny at first

Definitely need to go late fall to early spring.  Maybe right after Mardi Gras for discounts.

 

 

 

 

 

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I think after a big city trip like Vegas, a more rural trip might be in order.

Portland, OR

Pros:

  • Lots of Indie restaurants/bars/pubs.
  • Cheap stay
  • Easy access to camping/rafting out in the wilderness
  • Vegas-esque shows for half the price.

Cons

  • Far trek for east coasters
  • Summer weather is never predictable.

 

If not there, I'd be perfectly fine with a trip to Boston or a beachhouse/cabin of some kind in the Midwest or New England, but I'd think I'd skip another big city trip if its New Orleans or Atlantic City.

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Haha, with everyone tossing their hometown in the mix, I feel like I should put San Francisco forward! 

Anyway though, now that we've kicked around ideas and generated enthusiasm, here's what I'd like.

Fully fleshed proposals. If there's someplace you'd really like to have the con, go ahead and start looking into it. Figure out an optimal date (or range of dates), research good lodging options, food, and activities. It doesn't have to be perfectly nailed down, but go ahead and put a little time into it and see how feasible it can really be. 

After that, I'll put together a poll with the most popular options. So far, between posts here and word of mouth I've been around to hear, it sounds like New Orleans and Boston are the biggest contenders, but we'll see!

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Posted (edited)

NEW ORLEANS! YAS! C'MON DOWN Y'ALL! I SWEAR it will be worth it!! And I could ACTUALLY attend that one!!!!!!!!! Party in the French Quarter/ BOURBON STREET Y'ALL! Do it. Just do it. Yes.

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I'd love New Orleans!

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So just to jump on the New Orleans bandwagon, I'd like to suggest the following:

Accomodations: Omni Royal New Orleans
Just a few blocks from Jackson Square, we'd be right in the middle of everything. They have 3 suites available, the largest of which holds up to 25 people. We would be a block from Bourbon Street, which is where all the mayhem happens. We would be within walking distance of just about everything you wanna do in New Orleans, from graveyard walks to haunted tours to the Voodoo museum. I have a whoooole list of things we can do besides these things, but if we go in an offseason (say winter, January maybe) we will get low prices and it shouldn't be too hot for all you sweaty people.

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Posted (edited)

The 25-man Pontchartrain suite appears to be $1060 a night which would be a nice $42/night per person. Notably though, it says it accommodates 25 for hospitality events, not for sleeping. If we got it, most folks would need to get their own accommodations as well.

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A little poking around also turned up these two options for Nola:

 

House: 10 Beds, 4 Futons, 2 Lofts. 7 Baths Sleeps 32-Max. 1 Block to Bourbon St.

"Excellent for Bachelors parties and Large Groups, 16 separate sleeping spaces. Sleeps 1 to 26, Max of 32 guests. For Ultimate Privacy rent the entire property. You and your group will have the entire property to yourselves, including; Hot Tub, Courtyards, and all other spaces. Great for large groups... wanting privacy & luxury. Furnished with beautiful Antiques, Original Historic Architectural details, stained glass, beamed ceilings plus a 42' Plasma flat screen TV in the Main House & a 32' Plasma flat Screen TV in the Mardi Gras apt. DVD, Stereos and all the conveniences of home & Hot Tub...

The Kerlerec House is located one short block from the French Quarter and one block from world famous Bourbon Street. It is located at the center of all that New Orleans has to offer, the local scene on Frenchman Street, as well as all of the amazing tourist attractions. You will be staying just a short walk from some of the most famous restaurants in the world. Experience New Orleans day or night as a local would in one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, or enjoy 1 of our 3 Lush Court Yards. You can rent our entire Property for only $1,500.00 to $1,900.00 (depending on season & special events) For the utmost in privacy and comfort."

 

Exclusive Bayou Oaks Plantation

"6 Bedrooms, 7.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2-30. Stay in this exclusive private Plantation home nestled on award winning Bayou Liberty 30 miles from the Historic French Quarter! .. $1,251/night"

(Click on the link to see the pictures, they say more than words possibly could.)

 
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Posted (edited)

http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/new-orleans/louisiana/united-states/usla0788 --- for weather refrences

http://audubonnatureinstitute.org/ --- all about the Audubon Institue (Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium, Imax)

http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/fq/  ---- lots of different history, hotels, and attractions

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Products-g60864-New_Orleans_Louisiana.html  --- more attractions

 

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I'm bummed I ended up not going to TECON 2017, but it was for the best that I stayed home as my wife went into labor the Sunday during TECON. Even though west coast is easiest/cheapest for me, I'd really like to get out and see one of the other proposed cities like Boston or New Orleans. Growing up in LA I'm pretty tired of it and want to get out, though I admit there can be some cool stuff to see, its just so congested, dirty and expensive here. If you do end up scheduling it for California, I can get some pretty cheap and nice beach cottages on base here at Coronado Island (San Diego) http://get.dodlodging.net/propertys/North-Island-Beach-Cottages, last I checked each was like $85 per night. I'd prefer to get out of the west coast (best coast).

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Grats on the baby! TE Con hasn't happened yet, as far as I'm aware :) The Grim camping trip is still forthcoming too!

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Posted (edited)

BAHSTAN.

PLACES TO STAY (May would probably be our best bet in terms of weather)

  • Here (Big-ass Victorian house at $1500/night)
  • Here (Oceanfront? Oceanfront. $1350/night)
  • Here (Beautiful, ocean view, $750/night)

 

GETTING AROUND

Like every city, they've got Uber, but they also have a big ol' subway system.

 

WHAT'S TO DO?

Uh, what's NOT to do?

  • Freedom! The Freedom Trail; 16 historic sites that can be walked throughout the city. History, history, and more history.
  • Fishies! New England Aquarium! Because aquariums are fuckin cool
  • Art! Boston Museum of Fine Arts, fourth largest museum in the U.S.!
  • yeahsciencebitch.PNG
  • Dude, just click it. SO MANY THINGS.
  • SEAFOOD, for you people who like that kind of thing
  • Anyone want to go to Salem? BECAUSE WE CAN. ON A PUBLIC TRANSIT TRAIN.
  • Whale watching!
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http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/boston/massachusetts/united-states/usma0601 - for weather references

http://www.zoonewengland.org - All about the Franklin Zoo

http://www.neaq.org - All about the New England Aquarium (with whale watching!)

http://www.massvacation.com/regions-towns/greater-boston/ - lots of different history, hotels, and attractions

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attractions-g60745-Activities-Boston_Massachusetts.html - more attractions

 

 

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Posted (edited)

New Orleans proposal:

Dates: January - March 2018 (not during Mardi Gras)

Travel: Louis Armstrong International Airport

Home Base: House on Bourbon St. ($ will depend on how many people sign up, $1500 a night)
Includes

  • Hot Tub
  • Balcony
  • Kitchen
  • Large Living Space

Within Walking Distance (of home base):
Day

Night

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As Vilmah and Yemana have done, please include estimated prices with your proposals, so folks can weigh that into their decision-making!

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Please submit your proposals by the end of this Friday, the 26th!

Once we have proposals to look at, I can put up a poll. The proposals will help people figure out which locations they could feasibly attend so they know how to vote.

If there only end up being a couple proposals, I'll just do one poll to determine where we're going. Otherwise, if we get multiple more, I'll split it into two polls: one to determine which the most people could attend, then one to determine which of the top results from that poll is the most popular.

Thanks in advance for submitting proposals!

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