A few questions on the Vegas Trek convention.

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Spartan_029, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Spartan_029

    Spartan_029 Ensign Red Shirt

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    Howdy!

    So, backstory, Never been to a con of any sort, I'm a Niner, figured I'd make my first one the Las Vegas Show on DS9s 20th anniversary.

    I've already sorted out the hotel and flight, just waiting for the lower level tickets to be released, my questions are:

    What am I to expect with GA tickets? Will I be able to meet any actors, are there places blocked off that only premium guests can get to that are worth it?

    Is Thursday worth it? With hotel prices (and food expenses) the way they are, I'd like to shave off a day, if possible, from what I can gather, the big ticket days are the weekend days, so Thursday seems the logical choice, is it worth it?

    How much money should I expect to spend/bring? is most everything included in the general ticket? If I want to pick up a few memorabilia items and an autograph or two (I'm especially looking forward to Alexander Siddig) What can I expect to spend on this? (Essentially, can I get away with a few hundred dollars, or should I plan on pinching every penny from here to August?)

    What are some of your honest-to-goodness reviews of the event? I would really hate to invest all of my spare change for the year into something that isn't worth the price of admission.

    Thanks so much for the indulgence of this simple Cadet.
     
  2. Spartan_029

    Spartan_029 Ensign Red Shirt

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    so, no one has been before?
     
  3. OmahaStar

    OmahaStar Disrespectful of his betters Admiral

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    It's from Creation. Therefore, it is run in cattle-call like format. Expect extremely long lines and to pay through the nose for everything. Back in the day, autographs and photos with the actors were free. Creation is the company that convinced actors that it was a good idea to gouge the fans. That's why now, if you want an autograph and a picture with Patrick Stewart, you will pay $200. No, that is not a typo.

    Their dealers' room is overpriced already, but the autograph price is ridiculous. I'll give you another example. Jared Padalecki from Supernatural goes to a regular convention and his autograph costs $25. Jared goes to a Creation convention and his autograph is suddenly $85. Then back to $25 for a normal con.

    Creation is designed to part fans with their money. You WILL find a great selection of actors, including people who don't go to many cons, but you will pay for it. As long as you understand that going in, you'll be fine.

    Generally about 3-4 months before the con, they will post their price list for autographs (and Creation sets the prices, not the actors). It's "cheaper" to buy an autograph ticket in advance ... It will be higher the day of the convention. In some cases, double the price.
     
  4. Spartan_029

    Spartan_029 Ensign Red Shirt

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    Thank you so much!

    I think it might be prudent for me then to get the rare appearance of Alexander Siddig's autograph, then perhaps wait for other non-creation cons to get the rest of DS9.

    Although, with your description it doesn't exactly sound appealing, and I guess that's what I was afraid of... we already have to spend a pile of money to get in the doors, and there are more charges from there... :/

    To The Internet! (To look for other cons...)
     
  5. 1001001

    1001001 I Like the Beats and the Shouting Moderator

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    I haven't been to the Vegas Con, but I've been to lots of Creation conventions.

    A "GA" ticket will get you a seat somewhere toward the back.

    Everything else will cost you. Autographs, pictures, meet and greets, etc. And just keep in mind, like was said earlier, the autographs are a cattle call. You'll spend 3-5 seconds in front of the actor. You'll get one sentence out, so make it a good one.