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5 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

The price for participation was of course a positive, but normally it's the air fare and hotel that are the largest chunk of my expenses.

 

Not having to travel is far less tiring and time consuming. My travel time normally takes up to a day both ways with very little sleep. Though not moving away from the screen for several days is tiring in itself.

 

The online class format allowed me to follow far more classes that I ever did, and having them recorded means all other classes will be available.

 

Luckily, my time zone is only one hour off from Reaper Time, so it didn't really disrupt my internal clock. And the dress code was far more relaxed (or optional).

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

I can participate.  I don't see going anytime soon to a Labor Day Con in Texas.  I can get on te computer and hit a few classes.  I can also move between classes when I have gotten what I want out of a class.

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

 

Well, the financial savings over an in person con come to mind right off. But I also really like the fact I can participate in any class I want to take. The last time I went to an in person convention that had any kind of painting class they only had limited seats available for each class. And unless you were standing in line forever waiting for the sign up sheets to come out there was no way you were getting into that class. And since I don't go to conventions to stand around waiting to sign up for something I may end up not enjoying, those events aren't even a consideration for me. That's not a problem at a virtual convention though. I could decide to join a class five minutes after it started, and if I decided it wasn't for me I could just turn it off and find something else to participate in without having wasted a bunch of effort getting into the class in the first place. 

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6 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

Class sizes:  basically unlimited people can attend instead popular classes selling at 12 people in the first 30 seconds of registration.  Also, I had some instances where I had an hour or longer between classes and could pop into another class in session and get some info.

 

No needing to lug my stuff from class to class and get set up.  Or run to my room because I need X for this class and I didn't want to carry it around all day while I was in other classes.

 

The ability to take a class more than once.  I attended the Airbrush use class on Friday, but due to the instructor not being sure about talking with a respirator on, he didn't actually paint a mini.  he figured out that running his spray both and using low PSI he should be able to for future classes.  So I jumped on for the last hour of his classes on Sat and Sun to catch that portion of the class.  Plus, they are all recorded so I can see them again when they get posted to YouTube.

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7 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

 

They're a good idea for us foreigners who are very unlikely to be able to make it to an actual in person Reapercon.

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12 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

 

No way to get Con Crud. 

Getting to do a convention /and/ snuggle the cats - mostly not at the same time, because cats + paint is a bad combo.. 

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So, I have many many great con experiences from ReaperCon. Very few negatives. I got to have a one on one classes with both Jen Haley and Derek Schubert the same year. I will share my favorite story though.

 

First ReaperCon. I didn't know anyone, except for a handful vaguely from the forums. I'm not very outgoing (read massive introvert). It was late in the evening, all the classes were over, and almost everyone was gone, but as was the wont in the factory Con days the artists and a lot of others hung around after hours. I was feeling pretty out of place and very fish out of water just kind of wandering around. Tre Manor started up a conversation with me, and introduced me to Bobby Jackson and Jason Wiebe. I started talking to them, and they all treated me like I was an age old friend instead of some random geek they had just met. I will always, always treasure that experience and be thankful to Tre. It's amazing to me how our hobby can bring together people who would otherwise never ever see eye to eye. It's why art can save the universe. 

 

Best part of virtual conventions is obviously the cost and ease of lodgings. The worst part is not getting to see and hug or fist bump everyone. 

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On 3/5/2021 at 5:04 AM, Morihalda said:

Friday, March 5: It's Reaper Virtual Expo! Are you planning on attending? What are your expectations?

 

Weekend Quest: Tell us about any fun con classes or experiences you had! Life outside of the expo works for this quest too. :)

 

I tried to attend as many classes as the time difference will allow. I'm so glad that they'll be available later because there's so many that I wanted to see. Unfortunately I wasn't able to order any of the convention boxes because my furlough payment hasn't came through yet, but I still managed to take part in most of the classes that I wanted to.

 

On 3/5/2021 at 12:08 PM, TaleSpinner said:

 

Yeah, as much as I can.  I have to work today, but I am a panelist on the second Sculptor panel at 3:30 CST today.  I will also be teaching an intro to 3d Resin printing class tomorrow at 10 CST.  Other than that, I will likely be in and out, jawing with people.  I still haven't decided if I am going to paint, or sculpt during those parts.

 

Thanks @TaleSpinner, your class was great. I've been swithering back and forth regarding a printer and your class taught me some valuable stuff.

 

ie. I don't have the necessary space to dedicate to it

     I don't have the cash to do it properly

     It's dealing with more toxic materials than I'm happy with

     Water washable resin is not the magic fix that people make it out to be

     I really, really need those new Drakes :wub:

 

 

18 hours ago, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

 

I managed to spend most of my classes with this little guy. Even if he sometimes bites minis, like my recently mauled Leprechaun :rolleyes:

 

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Well. Figured I'd share this on here, seeing this is pretty much where my time goes to right now :) 

My son Nero was born on 9-2-2021 and is today exactly a month old :) On the pic he was about 2,5 weeks.

 

Kan een afbeelding zijn van kind en boek

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1 hour ago, Venun said:

Well. Figured I'd share this on here, seeing this is pretty much where my time goes to right now :) 

My son Nero was born on 9-2-2021 and is today exactly a month old :) On the pic he was about 2,5 weeks.

 

 

 

CONGRATS!!!!!

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On 3/8/2021 at 12:54 AM, Morihalda said:

Monday, March 8: I miss seeing you lovely folks in person, but what are some positives about virtual conventions?

You can post online about it more easily, from familiar devices, which is harder to do at an event.

(And I concur with most previous points as well.)

You get to sleep in your own lair.

 

22 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 

In addition to things already mentioned, you can get presenters from around the world, who might not be able to make it to a live convention.  That said, I was dreaming about being at a “real” convention last night...

I had a nightmare about what might have been a convention. There were lots of people. Water was acting strangely. I eventually realized it was rising, and that was why it was hard to open a door. And then I was walking against an undertow. Eventually, I slogged up a stairway and got out of the water. There were people all over the place doing the opposite of: Don't Panic ! And at that point I said to myself, "I will never visit Austin! again…"  I have no idea which Austin I meant, they are both on I-35, they both have rivers, and I have been through both places. :huh:

 

13 hours ago, Sylverthorne said:

No way to get Con Crud. 

So much this.

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