Botcon 2016 in Louisville Kentucky

Discussion in 'Transformers Conventions and Get Togethers' started by Autobot City Comics 2008, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. G.B. Blackrock

    G.B. Blackrock Autobot Ally

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    No chips at all, in fact. If you played Bingo, you pretty much kissed any chance of winning enough chips to matter good-bye. But it's always been this way at BotCon Casino nights....

    For Bingo, you get one card per game for free, and could purchase additional cards for $1 each (money to go to the same charity as everything else that evening). For $25 (I think it was) at one shot, you not only got 25 cards (which you didn't have to use all at once. They only asked that you use the free card each game rather than stack those up), but you got a special coin that someone had made special for the occasion (arguably the rarest BotCon exclusive of them all? I don't know. I haven't looked for it on eBay) and a link to an auction site where (so I'm told) you were given money to be used on one of their auctions (I've put in some bids, but nothing's ended yet, so I don't yet know how/if that will work). Game play continued pretty much until the end of the evening. Most games were just for one prize at a time, but later, as the night was coming to a close, they'd often do two or three prizes on a single board. After the first winner, they'd pick more numbers until the next one, and so on (with the earlier winners having their pick of prizes available for that board, and later winners getting what was left). Ties (which occasionally happened) resulted in a run-off (which didn't affect later play on the same board if there were still prizes to win on that board).

    Anyway, all of which is to say that winners in Bingo DID get prizes. Mostly FunPub exclusives from the past, but there were a few other items, as well (a few winners got some Tumblers with "I won BotCon Bingo" on them, in addition to the main prize, but they were inconsistent about adding those in, and I think even left a few unpresented by the end of the evening). I myself won an extra TFSS Treadshot, which I then sold on eBay, making my original donation back. Can't complain.
     
  2. Primal Sabbath

    Primal Sabbath Well-Known Member

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    Eh to a degree that's true too.. But that's why you scope the room out prior to funneling into whatever line the crowd goes to... But alas, you're right :( 
     
  3. drushing

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    I see where you are both coming from with this issue. But, there were alot of people in that room. It was hard to assess to determine what each area had. You pretty much just worked yourself into one crowd or another.

    Either way, it was free food and for that I am appreciative.
     
  4. happy

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    That food was not free and the dress expectations were ignored by many who attended the dinner. This was my 10th Botcon and my first time going to the dinner. While I had a nice time, my expectations, based on what had been done years prior, were much higher.

    I too attended the Botcon Bingo and had a great time. I managed to win an Ultra Mammoth; it is for sale if anybody is interested.
     
  5. fanboy375

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    Still looking for the shattered glass ratchet sticker sheet if anyone has one :) 
     
  6. griffin-of-oz

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    My Botcon 2016 adventure report is finally completed, with 38 pages and 957 images.
    For those who went and want to relive it, or those who missed it or missed parts of it...

    griffin's 2016 BotCon adventure from Australia

    It took me about five weeks to do, but that's about normal for me due to work and other more important things when I get back home.

    While most people just enjoy BotCon for a week, I do these write-ups so that it is like living it for 5-6 weeks, while processing photos, typing up pages from my notes and listening to the audio recordings to complete my archive. I end up remembering the Convention better in the process, and have it there to relive in the future.

    Initially, I wasn't thinking I would go this year, but hearing about it being the last one (again), I committed to going to my 16th BotCon. Being so late to commit to it, I wasn't able to give myself much time away or save up much money, so it was only 5 nights in America this time, and very little spending money (once I had to spend almost all of it at the Club Store).

    It was a great time this year, with friends, guests, and of course all of the Transformers... with a few sad moments for many of us old timers.

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  7. Swoop Dogg

    Swoop Dogg Hi Yukio!

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    Nice work! Can't wait to read this tonight!
     
  8. Farstryder

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    I was wondering if you were ever able to make this happen? Thanks for your time.
     
  9. AutobotSDG

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    I actually have a scan (300 dpi) of the Shattered Glass Ratchet sheet if you want it
     
  10. Farstryder

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    I would like to have one if possible.
     
  11. flux convoy

    flux convoy RIP Botcon.

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    I'd like them too, please.