As a non-profit, member-based organization, it’s important for us to consult with our community from time to time to find out what we’re doing well, what we can improve on, and what we should offer in the future.
We want to hear from you! We welcome your candid feedback and your creative ideas about how the West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) can best accomplish our goals.
The survey should take about 10 minutes.
As a thank you for participating, you can enter to win a free weekend membership to Nothing But Games, June 17-18.
If you have any questions about the survey, contact Andrea at socialmedia [at] wcsfa [dot] org.
Are you a gaming or geek related business? Become a sponsor or vendor at WCSFA’s newest convention, Nothing But Games! This two-day gaming extravaganza brings the best of analogue and digital gaming together in Metro Vancouver: tabletop, RPGs, arcade games, LAN games, and more.
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June 17 and 18, 2017
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford
- Sponsorship opportunities start at $100.
- Vendors tables $175.
Questions? Contact our sponsorship coordinator at sponsors [at] wcsfa [dot] org.
IT’S TIME TO GET ORGANIZED!
The WCSFA board has been working hard in the background on initial preparations towards hosting two, 2-day, mini-cons in 2017—Nothing But Games (NBG), in mid-June, and VCON Relaxicon 41½, in late October—and now it’s finally time to start getting the REAL work done.
We will be holding introductory organizational meetings to bring together people willing and able to volunteer their time and efforts towards each mini-con’s Con Organizing Committee (ConCom). Each ConCom will be responsible for managing the many moving parts needed to put on their event, requiring dedicated individuals with a variety of skills and experience. WCSFA-level appointees will have primary responsibility for coordinating volunteers, marketing, social media, sponsorships, and event financials, though, if possible they, will work in conjunction with others on the ConComs.
Anyone with the interest and the availability to do so is welcome to come out to the meetings for, and work on, either or both committees. What matters most is that you have a genuine desire to participate, a willingness to do your best and dedication to seeing your commitments through to their end.
If you are interested in participating on either or both ConComs but will be unable to attend the initial meeting (or missed the meeting), please let us know by contacting us.
We have included some basic information about each of the mini-cons below. Click on a button to go directly to the relevant section.
- What: 2-Day, 24-Hour Gaming Convention
- When: June 17, 2017 @ 10:00 AM to June 18, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
- Where: TBA
- Rates All Ages: TBA
Imagine taking all the gaming from VCON, all the gaming from Northwest Fan Fest, and a dash of gaming you might not have seen before and smushing it all together into a 2-Day Gaming-Only extravaganza. That’s Nothing But Games.
The event will hopefully include as many of the following types of gaming as the volunteers on the NBG ConCom can support:
- Tabletop Gaming
- Modern and Retro Console Gaming
- Retro LAN Gaming
- Handheld Gaming
- Participatory Gaming (e.g. Human Battleship, Fandom Feud, Kill Dr Lucky in the Flesh, etc.)
There will be space set aside for a small number of scheduled panel sessions (1 or 2 an hour); a select number of vendors (eight to ten booths); some fan organization tables; and a low-key hospitality room.
We have also arranged to bring in several cabinet arcade games, and a pair of custom designed starship bridge sets running the Artemis Star Trek Bridge Simulator.
To be successful, the NBG ConCom will need people who can coordinate hosts, schedules and tournaments in the different game areas; find gaming-related programming guests and schedule panels; manage vendor applications; run onsite registration; run con operations; and run hospitality.
- What: 2-Day “Relaxed” VCON (smaller footprint, just as friendly)
- When: October 28, 2017 @ 10:00 AM to October 29, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
- Where: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (2nd Floor only)
- Early Weekend Rates: Adult $35; Student/Senior $30; Teen/Youth $15
- Summer Weekend Rates: Adult $40; Student/Senior $35; Teen/Youth $20
- Full Weekend Rates: Adult $45; Student/Senior $40; Teen/Youth $25
- One Day Rates: Adult $25; Student/Senior $20; Teen/Youth $15
VCON has always been a relaxed, friendly convention where we know that the pros are fans too; chatting up your favourite author or scriptwriter over a beer (or coffee) in hospitality is just the way we roll. This year will have most of what we’re known for, just scaled back a bit.
So we’ll have panels, readings, and even some workshops, just fewer running simultaneously than usual. We’ll have some space set aside for both console and tabletop gaming. We’d like to fit a little participatory gaming (e.g. Human Battleship, Fandom Feud, Kill Dr Lucky in the Flesh, etc.) into the schedule. We’d love to see an art show and a costume contest. It would be nice to have a cabaret dance as well. We will have a vendor hall and space for fan organizations. And, when you need a break, our (im)famous Hospitality Suite and Tap Room will be available, there will surely be Room Parties on Saturday evening, and there’s definitely gonna be a Dead Dog Party.
Exactly what will end up on the weekend’s “playlist” depends a great deal on who joins the ConCom. It will need people to find programming guests and schedule panels; coordinate the hosts and schedule for each gaming area; manage vendor applications; run registration; run con operations; run hospitality and the tap room; and manage fan organizations and room parties.
For participatory gaming, the ConCom needs someone who is interested in finding and coordinating individuals and groups interested in running such events and then working with programming to have them scheduled appropriately.
For an art show, the ConCom needs an Art Show Director who is capable of handling artist applications, coordinating the gallery setup, managing the gallery space, organizing GoH award selection, handling artwork sales and coordinating gallery take down.
For a costume contest, the ConCom needs a Costume Contest Director who can arrange for suitable judges, has a good sense for the rules for the event, can find (or be prepared to be) an MC for the event, and can obtain prizes for the winners.
For a cabaret dance requires someone able to find DJ’s willing to volunteer time to play dance music, decide what, if any, decorations will be set up, take applications for and schedule fan performers and find (or be prepared to be) an MC.
HELP WCSFA “DO ALL THE THINGS”!
The WCSFA board has a number of appointed volunteer positions at the top level of the organization that it is looking to fill. Each position is year-round and requires an individual willing to dedicate their time and efforts to getting the necessary work done on a regular basis.
At this time we are looking for people with previous experience and skills, no matter how obtained, that would allow them to pick up the job and run with it.
If this is you, and you are interested in helping WCSFA do more and better for our community of fans, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org with information about yourself and the skills and experience you have that would make you suitable for the role or roles for which you wish to be considered.
Responsible for connecting with and organizing people interested in helping out at WCSFA events and pre- and post- event activities, either on a short-term or long-term basis. Will round up and schedule volunteers when and as needed and will help organize WCSFA sponsored Volunteer Training sessions offered through Fired Up Events. Will coordinate with and may mentor Volunteer Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest)
Responsible for owning and administering activity on all WCSFA owned social media properties including those for the organization itself and those dedicated to WCSFA’s major events (VCON and Northwest Fan Fest) and the WCSFA.org blog. Will work closely with the Marketing Coordinator to get marketing materials posted in appropriate locations. For event-related properties, will coordinate with and may mentor Social Media Coordinators on the committees dedicated to those events.
Responsible for all marketing and public relations for WCSFA and WCSFA events such as crafting and distributing press releases, developing marketing campaign materials, and arranging all external advertising. Will work closely with the Social Media Coordinator and Sponsorship Coordinator. Will coordinate with and may mentor Marketing/PR Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest).
Responsible for locating and bringing in both major and minor sponsors for all WCSFA events but especially our major ones, VCON and Northwest Fan Fest. Will be responsible for negotiating major sponsorship deals and for tracking the list of minor sponsors. Will work with the Marketing Coordinator to make sure marketing materials include all key sponsors. Will coordinate with and may mentor the Chair and Sponsorship Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest).
Responsible for organizing and presiding over a committee of young WCSFA members (up to age 25) tasked with providing input, generating ideas and planning programming to help WCSFA attract and keep more of their peers as paid members preferably without drastically altering the core nature of individual events. The committee would initially focus their efforts on VCON, for which this is a particular concern.
Responsible for planning ways to raise funds for WCSFA, for specific events, for designated charities, or other reasons. Methods may range from a silent auction – alone or in conjunction with an event – up to a ticketed dinner and dance event, and anything in between. The Fundraising Coordinator would also be responsible for obtaining donations to use as silent auction items or event door prizes and would work closely with the Sponsorship Coordinator on this front. Will coordinate with and may mentor the Chair and Fundraising Coordinators on the committees dedicated to major events (VCON, Northwest Fan Fest)
Responsible for organizing and presiding over a committee of individuals currently attending local post-secondary institutions dedicated to promoting WCSFA itself and WCSFA events on local campuses. Will work closely with the Volunteer Coordinator, the Marketing Coordinator and the Youth Committee. Ideally, this role will go to someone who attends or works at a post-secondary institution, although we will consider anyone who can show appropriate experience and networks with one or more local campuses.
Responsible for the content on all WCSFA web properties (WCSFA.org, VCON.ca, NorthwestFanFest.com). Will create, update and delete content when and as necessary. Will work closely with the Marketing Coordinator and the Social Media Coordinator (who will be responsible for blog content on WCSFA.org and who will need to know about updated or new content). May appoint Website Content Assistants to work as copywriters and copy editors. For our event-related web properties, will coordinate with and may mentor Website Content Coordinators on the committees dedicated to those events.
WCSFA Says: We’re Doing All the Things!
The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) announced today that 2017 would be a “breakout year” for VCON– that is, they will be breaking out individual aspects of their annual three-day event into several, smaller, tightly focused events scheduled throughout the year.
VCON, the signature event for WCSFA is a long established general SF convention lasting three days but “Three days a year isn’t enough!” according to Chris Sturges, WCSFA president. “We have many more ideas and plans than we can fit in, we need more time! We tried the time travel convention (VCON 40), but that didn’t work.”
With that in mind, WCSFA is announcing a series of events in 2017, to allow more people to attend VCON related-events, and to bring the ideas and strengths of our volunteers to the forefront. So far we are planning:
- VCON Relaxicon 41 ½.
- We’re scaling back the traditional VCON just a bit, focussing more on people getting together with people. We want to make sure people have time to relax and enjoy the community that we’ve all worked to build. We can confirm that this event is a go and will be held 28-29 October 2017 at the Vancouver Guildford Sheraton Hotel.
- Nothing But Games.
- A 2-day event featuring tabletop and board games, console gaming, stand up arcade games, a Magic Tournament, head to head Artemis bridges, and much more.
- All the Art.
- A high profile art show featuring the best artists from our art show and invited guests, celebrating Science Fiction and fantasy artwork of all mediums.
We have many more events on our list, but we need your help! If you have an idea for an event or would like to help with one of the planned events, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org.
Northwest Fan Fest: We’re not Dead Yet!
The West Coast Science Fiction Association (WCSFA) and The West Coast Fan Society (WCFS) announced today that the show will go on, as WCSFA agrees to accept stewardship of the Northwest Fan Fest convention (previously supported by WCFS) to ensure it will continue as the popular festival of genre media, cosplay and gaming that is has become, and will have the opportunity to grow to its fullest potential.
In the immortal words of Cameron Locke, president of WCFS, “The rumours of NWFF’s demise are greatly exaggerated!”
This year will see several smaller events hosted by WCSFA to promote all the most vital elements of NWFF and keep the heart of NWFF pumping.
“Northwest Fan Fest fills a vital niche in our community, it’s our duty to support it and help it grow,” said Chris Sturges, president of WCSFA, “We are planning a number of smaller events this year to support the community that puts on and attends NWFF.”
The events planned so far include a Walkoff-Rager event, a Gaming-only event, a Costume and Cosplay workshop series, and a Cosplay picnic. If you are interested in helping with these events or have an idea for a fan event, please contact the WCSFA Secretary at secretary [at] wcsfa [dot] org!