FantastiCon 2016: A Convention with Added Bite!

fantasticon 2016 flyer

The annual SF/Fantasy/Gaming/Cosplay/Music event FantastiCon 2016, will take place on 19th & 20th November at the Guildhall in Hull UK!

Why am I telling you this?

Because I’ll be there! Signing books, socialising, meeting readers and possibly doing a reading (TBA). I’d love to meet you there.

This is the third year of this convention and each time it just gets better. The venue is brilliant: the Guildhall is a prime place and centrally placed within easy reach of the railway station and bus terminal. Loads of good value accommodation available (I booked through and got a real bargain right in the city centre).

fantasticon venue

FantastiCon 2015 was voted the ‘top rated UK convention’ in Niche magazine and the organisers, Fantastic Books Publishing, want to build on this by bringing you the latest and greatest in tech, gaming, cosplay, live music and more. The convention has doubled in size year on year and this year they need a little help.

fantasticon book stall

They are well known for their innovative and unusual approach to projects and this one is no different. They are offering generous pledge gifts, early access and Kickstarter-only exclusive gifts for your help.

The tickets for the convention will be available here first, and only when they hit their first funding target will tickets go on sale elsewhere. As I post this, the Kickstarter fund has already reached 29% of the target, and it only started at 21:30 (BST) on Saturday! So you need to get in fast to take advantage of the offers.

fantasticon games console

Your friends and family will have an amazing time at FantastiCon 2016 and see the best and brightest of virtual reality experiences, cosplay, gaming, music, stage shows, authors (I’m just one of a list of talented writers), a world first and more! And as a backer you’ll have helped to make an even more awesome experience than the ones that have gone before.

fantasticon cosplay

They have a great reputation for being a grown up convention with a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all the family. This year they have a dedicated children’s chill out area with toys and free refreshments for your little ones.

Usually a convention is built around traders and special guests and in some cases the organisers stop there.

Not the FantastiCon organisers.

FantastiCon is a ‘doing’ convention, not just a ‘buying’ convention so get ready for a whole weekend of fun activities.

fantasticon dalek

From mind-blowing virtual reality experiences to panel discussions, from sit down RPG gaming to old school MarioKart racing tournaments, FantastiCon has it all!

For those who are a little braver, why not take your place among the NERF War veterans as you try the latest in NERF weapon technology in a controlled war arena, fighting either against or alongside the Fire Team Prime Halo cosplay team.

You pay your ticket price and for that you get access to everything in the convention, including free soft drinks and biscuits throughout!

fantasticon raffle

Here’s a list of attractions already booked. There will be more as the word gets round the community:

Experience Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and more.

Battle with up to 11 friends on our multi-screen, multiperson Mariokart racing tournament.

Join the amazing Cosplayers

Play Elite: Dangerous, Witcher 3 and more in our high-spec gaming area.

Get to meet full-sized functioning Daleks!

Survive as long as you can while battling the imagination of the creator himself from within one of Dave Hughes’ RPG scenarios.

Meet the team behind Frontier Development’s epic space game Elite: Dangerous including Executive Producer Michael Brookes and Community Managers Ed Lewis and Zac Antonaci.

Get up close to all manner of tech and gizmos

Have a go at the now legendary Raffle!

Hear live music from Jemma Johnson, Dan Smith and Saraswati and later in the evening enjoy a late night set from DJs Grecko and Busyfingers.

Enjoy a live one-man show from Simon Fisher-Becker.

Meet authors, publishers and more in our literary area and enjoy talks, readings and Q&A.

Get up close and personal with a full-sized TARDIS!

Try your skills in a flight sim-pit.

Test your mettle in our nightly NERF arena shooting targets (and each other).

Night owl? Enjoy a very late bar and a musicians’ jamming area.

Delicious food available on site (and allowed to be ordered in from outside too, a rarity for many venues).

And, if you’re into unusual toys or clothes, these traders will be among plenty of others to browse:

Kitschitchtoys   TheToggery

fantasticon simon

All that and more for the price of your ticket! That’s right. NONE of the activities above are chargeable beyond your normal ticket rate (apart from the bar and food of course).

Any tickets that remain unsold after the Kickstarter will be offered to the general public for £10 per day or £17 for the weekend but those tickets bought through this Kickstarter’s special ticket pledges will be delivered with an exclusive FantastiCon lanyard that says ‘FC2016… it’s partly my fault’ and your name will be added to the FantastiCon Chronicle, a huge tome that will be on display in the venue for the entire con (sort of like a visitor’s book but with the names of special backers in the front as Champions of FantastiCon).

So get on board and come and join the party!

See you there!

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