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The Invasion 2018 / Re: Gatecon Ticket Types & Prices 2018
« on: August 20, 2017, 08:17:42 PM »
It looks like I will, unfortunately, not be able to attend the 2018 convention, especially after looking over the ticket options. The prices are actually comparable (only slightly cheaper) to that of a typical Creation convention yet they don't give you an assigned seat within the block and, unlike Creation, photo ops are now tied to which ticket tier you have? Yeah, I understand there is a big difference between what Creation can afford and what Gatecon can afford, but as a consumer there's only so much I can afford and spending essentially the same as a Creation ticket and getting what is comparably a glorified general admission ticket with added restrictions does not seem like the value received matches the money paid.

I would only be ready to commit to a ticket if Richard Dean Anderson was confirmed to make a return appearance but, if I'm understanding the new setup properly, if it turned out I was only able to get the Copper tickets (which is the actually more expensive than Creation's Copper ticket) I would essentially be lucky to get into a photo op because I would have to wait for everybody else with a higher tier? I can understand Platinum getting priority access, but I really think having to go in order of ticket tier is a recipe for disaster, especially since at the Homecoming it tried to order the photo ops by rows and gave up several hours in.

I'm also not too keen on the payment system, it just seems like jumping through too many hoops to get a ticket. But I wish everybody the best and hope everybody has an incredible time.
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The Invasion 2018 / Re: Invasion Updates
« on: October 17, 2016, 09:59:46 PM »
That falls around the time of my birthday. If you want to give the perfect gift, a return appearance by Richard Dean Anderson would be very much appreciated. (kinda "bonk bonk, on the head!" I know, but it's RDA!)
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Suggestions / Re: Possibilities for the Next Gatecon ?
« on: September 14, 2016, 11:21:02 PM »
Thanks for the reply, I hope my criticism wasn't taken the wrong way as I truly do respect and appreciate the efforts of all involved to pull off a great convention. I totally understand the need for the mugshot sheets and, given that Gatecon will run less photo rooms for the next convention may I suggest (unless it has already been considered, of course) that the vacant rooms be used for photo pick ups instead of the dealer's room? That way it could be set up to minimize the length of lines while not having to dodge people trying to get to other tables.

I also fully understand that there will be "growing pains" after a lengthy layoff but hopefully some of my suggestions were helpful and can provide some options for the next con. Objectively, I think the large number of guests may have hurt the con from an organizational standpoint, as it is very difficult to manage so many bodies, though I do think having a set schedule of events detailing the times and participants of panels and photo ops would be a great help for everybody involved; organizers, guess and attendees alike. As I mentioned, it would make planning out how to make the most of the day so much easier. It could even be the factor which takes a great convention and makes it an amazing one.

Finally, thank-you for undertaking what must have been a thankless and stressful task of coordinating the photo ops and dealing with the printer issues. Even though my System Lords photo was lost to the camera failure, I am very happy with my other photos.

Oh, one final thing, I don't know if it had to do with plans by Gatecon or by the Sheraton, but one complaint I heard from in the ballroom was that the seats were placed too close together, that being with absolutely no room between them at all. I can attest to the "sardine in a can" feeling when sitting between two people as I had to site with my arms unnaturally and uncomfortably pressed against my sides. Perhaps removing five or so seats from each row and then using the added space to provide some breathing room between them. There was, at least, ample leg room as I've had to endure some very uncomfortable flights in the past because of my long legs.

Hopefully, if all goes well, I will be able to return to the next Gatecon. Thanks again for helping to make it a reality.
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Suggestions / Re: Possibilities for the Next Gatecon ?
« on: September 14, 2016, 01:15:19 AM »
think ?

I wasn't able to experience everything the convention had to offer, particularly as I had to commute to and from the convention each day, which wasn't really much of a problem, I just missed the evening events. I would have to say I had an overall good time at Gatecon, the panels were fun and the selection of guests was quite extensive in comparison to previous cons I have been to and for the price of the ticket.

location ?

As a native of Vancovuer, it is naturally the best and most convenient location for me to be able to attend. Plus, with many of the Stargate guests also being based in Vancouver, it allows them a greater opportunity to attend the convention while also being able to see to their working commitments, thus providing a deeper potential guest list for the con.

names to attend ?

Richard Dean Anderson is a no-brainer. As he told me when I had the opportunity to talk with him, as long as he's moving he'll be doing events like Gatecon. I love the vast majority of the guests I have seen at the Stargate cons I've been able to attend and, with this being my first opportunity to see Martin Wood on stage, I must insist he be a fixture at any con from this point forward. He has an awesome stage presence and can make even the mundane aspects of film making an interesting experience. It's awesome to see the guests who have a lesser exposure than the headliners, such as Patrick Currie and Tom McBeath but more Goa'uld System Lords is never a bad thing, either.

hotel ?

With the exception of Harold's, I preferred the Hilton Vancouver at Metrotown (where Creation typically held their cons) but it might be too expensive for a Gatecon to run and it doesn't look like it would suit the photo op set up employed by Gatecon. Maybe with a few tweaks, the Sheraton could be a nice home for the con.

anything that could be improved on ?

I mentioned in another thread the general chaos which was felt on Friday and Saturday and I certainly have some ideas which may alleviate some of the issues which came up.

First and foremost, there was no real "schedule" for the show, just an abstract idea of panels and the time they were intended to take place. While the panels themselves are subject to the "subject to change" disclaimer, which is perfectly understandable the lack of a detailed schedule made it impossible to plan anything before the con in order to manage the time efficiently.

The biggest offender of this was the photo ops, which the only information we had was that with the exception of the System Lords and Richard Dean Anderson, the guests who were not scheduled for panels on a particular day would be doing photo ops. This sounds reasonable in theory, but the execution was chaotic at best as guests would just come and go or just not show up at all, which was the case with one of the System Lords on the Friday. Then there is the issue with the System Lord reshoot on Saturday, which was listed as 9:30am on the board at registration, then was TBA on the board at the room and ultimately scheduled for the afternoon.

To this end, I think pulling a page out of the Creation book would greatly improve efficiency and satisfaction for the process. Instead of having all of the guests in a tier grouped in a room, schedule blocks where specific guests will be doing dedicated photo ops and then repeat the schedule in the afternoon for people who chose the morning panels. For example:

Minoru D - 09:30am - 12:00pm - Richard Dean Anderson
Minoru C - 09:30am - 09-45am - Tony Amendola
Minoru B - 09-30am - 09-45am - Roger Cross

Minoru C - 09:45am - 10:00am - Gary Jones
Minoru B - 09:45am - 10:00am - Andee Frizzell

And so on.

So instead of having guests come and go at their leisure, they are scheduled blocks where you KNOW they are going to be in the room and if a guest has a larger number of people taking photos with them, the schedule can be flexible within reason.

I don't know what the set up for printing the photos was, but to say it was a cluster would be an understatement. By the end of Saturday, after having had four photo ops on Friday, I only had one of my photos and it would turn out that my System Lords photo would be lost due to the camera failure mentioned at the beginning of the day. I should point out that at the earliest opportunity, I went to the photo area and inquired about the failure and was told if my photo was affected they would find me but I was never approached or summoned to the reshoot and, since I had only received one of my photos, I had no indication that I should have the photo redone. I would also strongly suggested that instead of generic "tier" tickets, tickets printed for specific guests would greatly expedite the process of buying tickets at the convention, as the woman in line in front of me was buying a large number of tickets and the poor crew member had to manually write in all of the names on the proper tier ticket. Having to do that for each ticket other than the RDA and System Lords tickets slows the process down considerably and just means more waiting in line for the attendees. Where Gatecon absolutely beats the pants off Creation here is not extorting their paying customers with exorbitant and ludicrous "handling" fees for each individual ticket ordered before the con.

While the "mugshot" photo and the information sheet certainly helps to ensure people actually claim their photos, it adds yet another line to wait in, often while the crew is trying to organize the photos they do have in their possession. Again, with Creation, when they are printing their own photos they are available for people to pick up within a few hours of the session. If they are utilizing a local printer, then photos taken on Friday would be available early Saturday and photos on Saturday would be available through-out the day as well as early Sunday.

There was far too much disorganization as well as simply not knowing where guests were or when they would be in the room for a guest list the size of this convention that the execution of the photo ops as well as the lack of communication regarding the photos affected by the camera failure. This was, by far, the largest blight on my experience and in this area I have to give the edge to Creation, hands down. It is definitely possible for these issues to be ironed out and a more efficient and streamlined process, especially if Gatecon intends to continue with such a large complement of guests in attendance.

A minor issue, also stemming from the vague nature of the itinerary, is that it implied that there would only be autographing done on Sunday after the closing ceremonies and there wasn't so much as a list of guests who would be having a table outside the dealer's room. There were guests, Alex Zahara for example, who were unable to stay for the autographing session due to other commitments. This is where a comprehensive, if fluid, schedule included in the welcome package would be of great help to attendees.

So while I respect and appreciate the hard work put into pulling off the convention by the Gatecon organizers and crew, it is this lack of organization and the myriad of technical failures (camera, printer issues, etc.) which put my Gatecon experience below that of the Creation cons I have attended. I hope I have not been too harsh, but if my critique can result in an even better Gatecon in the future then it will be worth it. I truly do wish to see Gatecon have a wonderful future and provide the awesome Stargate family with an opportunity to get together now that Creation is doing away with the last of their Stargate conventions.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Thanks
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:13:28 PM »
I agree, thanks to all of the Gatecon crew and volunteers as well as the wonderful Stargate family who were able to join us. It was a fun weekend, though I do have a number of suggestions to alleviate the... chaos for future cons. Now is not the time for constructive criticism, though, but despite the chaos of Friday and Saturday, all of the panels were excellent. I had never seen Martin Wood on stage before, but it wouldn't surprise me if he taught any film making classes, as his charisma and style would definitely make for an excellent instructor.

Richard Dean Anderson is most definitely a class act and, as I have said before, I would not have held it against him if he chose to pull out due to his injuries and focus on his recovery, but I respect his decision to honour his commitment to appear and he really is a shining example of someone with his name recognition appreciating the fans who have come to see him. When I saw Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in 2010, the only interaction during signings was a smile whereas Richard Dean Anderson not only took the time to talk with and engage with people but appeared happy to do so. So, just for giving me the opportunity to meet Richard Dean Anderson and thank him for the work he has done, I am thankful to the Gatecon and Legends crews.

I cannot promise right here and now that I will be able to attend the next convention, primarily for current financial reasons, but I will always support the endeavours in any way I can, as I think it is great that the awesome Stargate guests have more opportunities to interact with the equally awesome and appreciative Stargate fandom.

As a local who commuted to the con each day I, unfortunately, missed out on the evening events due to the prohibitive travel times and the precious little sleep it would have afforded me to be able to enjoy the next day's events.. I missed a portion of Sunday due to forgetting my pass and not realizing it until I was already on the bus and having to wait for a bus to return home and retrieve it. As James Wilson once said on House, MD: "Buses suck" especially on a Sunday. But Gatecon was worth putting up with that necessary evil.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Autograph Sessions
« on: September 02, 2016, 02:32:53 PM »
It certainly does suck that he was injured and will be in pain. I respect his determination to honour his commitment to appear at the con, even though I doubt any of us would fault him for pulling out under the circumstances. I had not been keeping up so I was unaware of his recent injuries or the extent of the damage. I can certainly put my selfish desire for an autograph aside and hope he makes a full recovery.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Probie/Newbie questions
« on: August 31, 2016, 03:36:28 PM »
Can someone please help me understand how this event works? I've never been to any kind of conventions.

1. Ticket. That's just an entrance fee, right?. All the other things like photo ops, cruise are extra.

Yes, the ticket will grant you entrance into the convention and provide you with an assigned seat for all of the panels. Anything like the banquet (sold out, unfortunately), cruise, photo ops or autographs are all extra.

3. Food. What is the situation about food? Are there going to be provided food, food for purchase? Should I bring my own?

Judging from the itinerary, there will be a number of breaks during the day and with the hotel being in downtown Richmond I imagine there will be places to eat as I believe the only planned serving of food is the banquet.

4. Anything else good to know?

Most of the extras activities, such as photo ops, are in American funds, check out the Autograph thread to find out which of the guests you are interested in will be accepting Canadian funds and make sure to have enough American cash on hand to cover the rest. I do not know if credit cards will be accepted (I hope so, as I don't want to have to carry too much cash on me) at the con.

Most important of all... have fun!
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Photograph Sessions
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:43:39 PM »
Do I need to worry about photo op tickets selling out? I'll likely have to save up to the week of the convention in order to get enough money in order to buy the photo ops I want and, as with anyone, I certainly don't want to miss out on Richard Dean Anderson.
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Gategoers at The Homecoming / Re: Welcome to Gategoers
« on: October 05, 2015, 04:48:56 AM »
It will be my first time to Vancouver, so I would love to see what I can, ESPECIALLY Whale watching as that's what I'm studying in school! :)

If you've got the time, check out Stanley Park (I should probably take my own advice as it has been decades since I have been out that way) and you should be able to find the Olympic torch (not lit) at Coal Harbour. I've never seen it for myself as I rarely get downtown and I certainly didn't dare brave the mob of the Olympic crowd.
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Gategoers at The Homecoming / Re: Meet-A-Gater
« on: October 05, 2015, 04:41:12 AM »
Long overdue, it seems.

I'm from the Vancouver area and this will be my first Gatecon. I was completely unaware of Stargate-related conventions until 2010, when I went to my first convention, a Creation Star Trek con in Vancouver headlined by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. While waiting in one of the autograph lines, one of the girls in line with me mentioned the Stargate con and in April the following year just after the cancellation of SGU, I attended my first Creation Stargate con. It was also after that Star Trek con that I learned about the Meet The Man convention the following month but, as I had exhausted my funds, I was unable to get a ticket.

I've only ever been to one con outside of Vancouver, that being last year's Creation Stargate con in Chicago. I generally dislike air travel, so I really do prefer cons which are close to home. The only trade-off with the convenience of being able to commute is I tend to have to sacrifice evening events in order to get home before the buses stop running for the night.

I'm looking forward to the return of Gatecon and finally being able to see THE Richard Dean Anderson. It's the best of both worlds.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Tickets
« on: October 03, 2015, 03:01:47 PM »
I think it would actually be very easy to enforce.

Let's say, when you're at registration you choose your seat from a seating chart and the seat number is then recorded on your lanyard. If someone argues that you're in the wrong seat, your chosen seat number is right there in plain sight. Sure, it might make registration go a bit slower, but a little inconvenience at the start is preferable to people just being able to steal other peoples' seats should they be off doing something. What if a group of 15 were all off getting photo ops, only to return to find several people had decided to claim some of their seats? Is it fair that the group should have to now split up to find seats when they had all been together in the first place?

Other conventions I have been to utilized the assigned seating and it generally worked out quite well.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Our Guests
« on: October 02, 2015, 07:52:07 PM »
There's one particular name which shouldn't come as much surprise, considering my screen name, but Paul McGillion would be an excellent guest. I kinda feel a bit greedy even suggesting potential additions considering how large the guest list is at this point, especially for the cost of the ticket. I already mentioned him in another thread, but Patrick Currie is another who hasn't been to many cons in relation to the headliners.

There is, of course, for SGU representation Louis Ferreira who stars in a show being done (AND set, in a rare occurrence) in Vancouver. I would also suggest Robert Carlyle, but from what I understand he does not do conventions with the exception of San Diego Comic Con.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Tickets
« on: October 02, 2015, 03:11:29 AM »
Anyone with a ticket in a particular colour can sit anywhere they like within the seats in that block. That way if on day 1 you choose a seat you don't particularly like you can alter it for day 2.

Do the seats then work like a general admission, then? That is, you choose your seat and so long as you're sitting there but if you leave for any reason, say to go to the washroom or the dealer's room, etc. and somebody else claims the seat while you're away, or do you "own" that seat unless you decide to relinquish it? For example, I'm not too fussed about being in the front as I would much prefer a row or two back and centered in relation to the stage. Is it all based on luck and how early you camp out for registration each day so you can get first crack at seats and hope someone doesn't take your spot while you're getting photo ops or autographs?
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Our Guests
« on: October 01, 2015, 03:56:49 AM »
I do hope the photo op prices aren't too high cause I usually get everyone too.

I tend to go nuts with photo ops when I can as well. At the last convention I was at, I made up for being unable to get a photo op with Dan Payne and Alex Zahara at my first Stargate con by getting all that were available, so nine photos between the both of them (3 solos each and 3 duos). I can already tell from how large the guest list is that I'm going to have to be choosy on which ones I go for, but any with THE Richard Dean Anderson are most definitely a given. I have been waiting for an opportunity to see him ever since I missed out on the Meet The Man convention.

I cannot help but think of a funny message Steve Bacic wrote on a picture of Camulus he signed: "RDA won't let me out!! HELP!!!"

I've always loved the Stargate crew and I can't wait to see them again.
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The Homecoming 8th-12th September 2016 / Re: Tickets
« on: September 30, 2015, 11:13:06 PM »
Barring any unforeseen complications in the next few hours ("Anything can happen in the next half day!") the ticket info will be released at 6pm BST today. Thanks for your patience.

Since it's well past 6pm BST, and no info has been released, do you have another release time?

I thought that's what this post was all about:

The Homecoming Tickets

Tickets will go on sale on Sunday 4th October at 9am PST / 5pm BST
- please check what time that is for you in your own time zone, using this link
Time Zone Converter

We will publish a direct link to the ticket purchase page of the website via Facebook and Twitter, or simply click on the Tickets link on the Gatecon homepage.

Ticket price is US$275
There will be a maximum of 1000 tickets available.
One person can order for a group of friends but we will need names and email addresses for all people in the group

We are launching the main convention ticket ONLY on this date to expedite your transaction through the store. Ticket add-ons such as the banquet and the tours will be released at a later stage.

Payment for tickets will be through Paypal. You do not have to have a Paypal account in order to make your payment, and you can use your credit card through Paypal. We have considered alternative payment options this week but none was suitable.

There will also be a Payment Plan available through Paypal where you can spread the cost of your ticket/s over three months with the first payment made at the time of booking. There will be an additional charge for using this option.

Children under 5 years old can attend the convention free of charge but must sit on the lap of a paying ticket holder. We are unable to offer reductions for other age groups.

For people with disabilities that require a carer to be present a registration form will be up on the website that you need to complete.

The convention ticket gives admittance to all the on-stage panels, the Meet and Greet party, the charity auction and other convention activities marked as free to enter. It does not include the photograph sessions or the autograph sessions. Optional extra tickets will be made available shortly for the banquet, the harbour cruise and the filming location tour.

Seating in the main auditorium will be in colour coded blocks based on date of ticket purchase. If you are wishing to sit with friends during the guest panels we strongly recommend that you make one purchase for all members in the group at the same time. We cannot guarantee adjacent seats for tickets purchased at different times.

Amanda and Michael have confirmed that they will be joining Richard and the other guests on at least one of the event days. Full schedules will be made available when we have them
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