Dallas Convention Driven by Diversity

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All-Con is designed to become the Dallas area signature convention. Features include tournament gaming, live action role playing, shadowcasting, clubs, exhibits, discussion panels, live bands, a comedy performance, murder mystery banquet, ICG masquerade, swap meets, and medieval artistry and combat. Three days of events, plentiful enough to interest any serious (or curious) convention participant.

All-Con, a 3-day fan organized convention in Dallas, Texas refuses to adhere to the stereotype mold of science fiction or comic book conventions. Envisioned as a signature convention for the Dallas area, All-Con’s February 4-6, 2005 itinerary and venue are driven by individuals and organizations contributing unique content.

Celebrity guests sit at tables waiting to meet the public and sign autographs at most conventions. All-Con set their guests free to roam. The celebrities will host and attend discussion panels, interact with attendees in the halls and events, then at scheduled times will sit down to sign autographs.

The celebrities are as diverse as the convention. Barry Diamond is a star of film and television having co-starred in National Lampoon’s Class Reunion, and Bachelor Party with Tom Hanks. Troy Denning is the author of the New York Times bestseller Waterdeep (under the pseudonym Richard Awlinson) and nineteen other novels. In 2005 Mr. Denning will be releasing three new books into the Star Wars New Jedi Order story line. Gerald Home is one of the very few professional mimes hired for the original Star Wars trilogy. Best known for his on-screen characters Tessek (Squid Head) and a Mon Calamari officer on the bridge of Admiral Ackbar’s star cruiser, Mr. Home had pages of spoken lines that were edited from the assault on the final Death Star. Three action figures have been sculpted after his characters. Adam Hughes is one of the best artists in comic books today. Adam has worked on many books, including the Justice League, Legionnaires, Star Trek, Ghost and Gen 13 as well as covers and pin-ups for just about every comic company.

The 40 minute informative panels are followed by question and answer sessions. Topics range from plot development for novelists, to Hollywood casting interviews, to electronics required to assemble a replica lightsaber, to medieval metal smithing demonstrated with a live forge.

WizKids is sponsoring three days of gaming, ending with tournaments on Sunday. The Bellevue, Washington based company will be featuring: Pirates of the Spanish Main, Hero Clix, and Mage Knight.

Lost Horizens and Larpworks will be coordinating Live Action Role Playing (LARP) all three days. The convention favorite “Sabbat Vampire” will be joined by a new LARP “Con of the Dead”, a combat oriented LARP in which players choose to be a zombie or human and fight to survive.

Friday night closes the first of the three days with the performance of six live bands scheduled from 8:00pm until 2:00am in the 12th floor ballroom. Local Texas bands, such as Nooner from Austin, will each perform a one hour set, playing original music from their own CDs.

Midnight Friday, All-Con presents the Rocky Horror Picture Show with live shadowcasting by 3 More Doritos, an established Dallas Rocky Horror troupe. The production also incorporates Rocky cast members from across the United States who are attending All-Con to perform. Non-cast members are encouraged to participate from the audience.

Saturday somebody is going to die over their three course dinner as Keith and Margo’s Murder Mystery Texas takes over. The suspects (and the murderer!) have been at the convention mingling with the other attendees, attending activities, and concealing their purpose. The room of legitimate diners must figure out who’s involved, and who the murderer really is. The person with the correct solution receives a replica Maltese Falcon, cast from a mold made from the original 1941 movie prop.

Barry Diamond performs his comedy routine Saturday night. Mr. Diamond currently plays at comedy clubs nationwide to frequently sold-out audiences. Currently, this private performance is Mr. Diamond’s only Texas appearance in 2005.

All-Con is featuring a convention masquerade which is operated under International Costumer’s Guild sanctioned guidelines. This competition is open to all registered convention attendees. Entries, awards, scoring, and video footage will be reported back to the ICG.

The second convention day closes with a MOULIN ROUGE! audience participation event at midnight. Prop bags and response line scripts will be available at the convention for this newest breakthrough in audience participation films.

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) puts a new face on All-Con Sunday as the hotel transforms into a medieval showcase of live combat arenas, and artisan demonstrations. An outdoor forge will be in operation for blacksmith operation and glass making, two events rarely seen in public due to the complexity of their set-up.

To accommodate a convention of this size and duration, All-Con has contracted the Sterling, a 12-story hotel with two full-sized ball rooms, seven meeting rooms, multi-story parking garage, full service restaurant, sports lounge, coffee bar, and arcade. An entire floor of the hotel has been reserved for an exhibitor mall, an addition to dealer room in the main ballroom. Sunday there are also two separate three-hour swap meets in the upper ballroom.

All-Con is designed to become the Dallas area signature convention. Features include tournament gaming, live action role playing, shadowcasting, clubs, exhibits, discussion panels, live bands, a comedy performance, murder mystery banquet, ICG masquerade, swap meets, and medieval artistry and combat. Three days of events, plentiful enough to interest any serious (or curious) convention participant.

For late breaking information about the convention, directions, and advance memberships the official website can be viewed at: http://www.All-Con.org

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Geoffrey Carlton

All-Con 2005 Stage Management

214-878-0243

http://www.All-Con.org

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