Costume Contacts & Circle Lenses: A Long Blog Post That Is Both Fascinating And Good For Your Brain

Don’t lose sight of this post! [We’re starting with an eye-related pun so that everyone knows Doug Beierle had a hand in making this one possible.]

“The words that come out of Doug’s mouth do not necessarily represent CoreCon, DCon, Anime Fargo, Digital Grail, his family or friends. Use caution if listening.” This is the quote written on Doug Beierle’s shirt. He is a walking hazard and requires a disclaimer from our CoreCon staff. However, we are giving you express permission to listen to him today. In fact, we are urging you to heed his advice.

Doug is a Bad Joke Generator, but more importantly, he’s an optician. He’s seen people sacrifice their eyesight and put themselves at risk of future problems for the sake of a good costume. Costume contacts, or circle lenses, can be a really cool addition to a cosplay character, but it’s important to do proper research before getting yourself a pair.

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CoreCon’s Security Team

Our volunteers take many things into account when arranging events for the convention, and the biggest one is safety. We don’t want anyone getting hurt, so we do everything we can to prepare for the worst. While our medical team focuses on any potential medical emergencies, the security team works on arranging emergency safety plans.

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CoreCon’s Operations Team

CoreCon is considered a vacation for some. Even if you live within walking distance of the convention, being able to hole up in the hotel with nothing but your fellow gamers, cosplayers, furries, or whoever else can be the best thing. But just like any other vacation, your entire weekend can be ruined by losing something. When you’re not at home, misplacing an item can feel like an emergency. And if the thing you’ve lost is your medicine, it might actually be one. There’s where Operations (or Ops) comes in. Continue reading

CoreCon’s Medic and The Pickle Juice Incident

The Inner Core team wants to share what they love about Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Anime with like-minded fans. That’s why CoreCon was started ten years ago. We want to let everyone have a space where they can really let their nerd flag fly and have an unlimited amount of fun. [Disclaimer: Fun supplies may be limited. Get yours now while supplies last.] You can’t have fun without safety (supposedly), so we have several teams who work hard to do all the serious stuff behind-the-scenes and keep you out of harm’s way! This blog will cover the first department: Medical. Continue reading

WTF (What The Fun) Is A Spark Station?

CoreCon is getting crafty! Beginning in 2018, for the first time ever, we will have our very own craft room! Spark Station will be a place to spark your creativity, learn some new skills, and take home a fun and unique souvenir from the convention! There will be a full schedule of crafting sessions available in the program guide, but if you want to help make this room extra awesome, we’ll tell you how! Continue reading

The 4th Annual Worst Human Tournament

The 4th Annual Worst Human Tournament is designed to be as offensive as possible, and it succeeds in doing just that. This is an annual event, and while they have had smaller tournaments throughout past years (like at CoreCon), this will be the only one happening for 2017, so you better be there!  It happens November 11th, and this blog post should provide you with all the information you need to be crowned The Worst Human. Continue reading

CoreCon is Memorial Day weekend!

Emily says, “Join the Rebel Legion. Stop the Empire!”

With all of the heroic or villainous tasks you have to do on a day-to-day basis, maybe you hadn’t heard, but   CoreCon is changing their dates to Memorial Day Weekend. That’s right! Not just a hotel change but dates, too! The Holiday Inn of Fargo May 24-27th is the place to be!
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CoreCon is growing!

CoreCon began with roughly 100 supporters. After almost ten years, we have more than 1,000 regular attendees! With this growth in fan base, we outgrew our old hotel and needed a new place to continue to provide everything the congoers love and expect. The Holiday Inn of Fargo will be the new location for CoreCon X as it has almost double the convention space. Continue reading

Explore Space With The Artemis Simulator

Take control of a ship to help kill the monsters roaming in Fargo and save the city at CoreCon: Monsters Vs. Mechs.

New races and ships are available this year! Even if you’ve played Artemis in the past, this can be a new experience with a ship like the Juggernaut.

The crew includes:

  • The navigator who hopefully knows left from right and takes the crew on adventure. Steer towards the danger and become a hero or steer away from it and run like a scared cat. We won’t judge. Promise.
  • The weapons officer gets to blast the bad guys out of the water with laser cannons, missiles and nukes.
  • The science officer is your person in the crows nest. They scan other ships for weaknesses and keep tabs on your allies.
  • The communication officer signals friendly ships to get out of danger and can taunt the bad guys with insults or terms of surrender.
  • The engineer directs energy to the stations needing power the most. They can help tip the scale between victory and defeat in a battle.
  • The fighter is a new crew member. They can man their own small ship to help defend your captain’s ship and kill the enemies.

A team of six is best but Artemis can be played by as little as three. If you have never played, come to the training sessions Friday and/or Saturday from noon to 1 pm. If you can’t make it then, you are welcome to watch other crews to learn. Sign your team up on the convenient sign in sheet.

The ships will be flying:

  • Thursday: 9 pm to 2 am
  • Friday: noon to 2 am
  • Saturday: noon to 2 am

There will be an Artemis tournament beginning on Saturday at 1 pm and continuing until 10 pm. With multiple rooms running Artemis, you will still be able to play impromptu runs while the tournaments are going on.

WELCOME TO THE BRIDGE!

The CoreCon Schedule App Is Live!

Check out the schedu­le at:  corecon2017.­sched.com

Make sure to save the app to your cell’s homepage so you don’t miss anything!

We will be updating a few things as CoreCon IX grows closer, but now you can see some of what CoreCon IX has to offer!

  • Create your own sche­dule, so you don’t miss our Guest Panels.
  • Know when deliciousness will be served at Gus’ Galaxy Diner.
  • Need a movie break? Search by Type: TV & Movie Buffs.
  • Want to know when yo­ur favorite Fansuite or gaming room open­s? Search by Type: Info.
  • Know which events are for Kids, Teens, and Adults Only (18+).

Now each event has a Feedback Forum to let us know instantly how you liked a panel, room, or event! Share your thoughts with us to continue to make CoreCon a success!

2017 Gaming

The Showdown is about to start! The Monsters and Mechs will be battling at the Baymont Inn of Fargo June 8-11, 2017. While the battle rages on, you need to stop gawking and get your butt in the Gaming Central Hazard Shelter!

The Gaming Central Hazard Shelter is  your safety from the hazards and pitfalls of the Monsters and Mechs battling just outside. We have ourselves a premium amount of dedicated tabletop space for games! Secure your spot not just for table space but your very survival. Many wayward gamers will take refuge with us, and there might not be room for everyone, but if you sign up to run a game, you will have your safety in the Gaming Central Hazard Shelter reserved.

What you need to do is simple.

At the bottom of this blog post is a signup form to run games at CoreCon IX, Monster vs Mechs. Pick your favorite game and let us know you want to run it for your fellow con-goers seeking shelter in the Gaming Central Hazard Shelter.  Remember, this is not just for role-playing games. You can sign up to run anything: board games, card games, miniatures, role-playing games, and everything in-between.

When you sign up to run a game, you get some great benefits along with the fun that you bring fellow gamers.  First off, everyone that runs at least one game will earn themselves a special Limited Edition CoreCon IX dice.  Second, you guarantee yourself a table for your game.  With attendance growing each year, pickup games can sometimes be hard to secure space for, so reserving a spot by signing up makes sure you will not be short a table when it comes time to trounce your friends.

We do not have forever, though; the deadline to make it in the program guide is March 31st.

Ensure your safety! Sign Up to Run a Game!

https://www.fargocorecon.org/wpgforms/gaming-registration/

2017 FanSuites

 
Hello there, fellow nerds!

 Are YOU or someone you know interested in hosting a Fansuite or “Party Room”? Well, lucky for you, there are a few spots open! Fansuites are hotel rooms reserved in the “party area” of CoreCon, right around the pool. By hosting a fansuite, you will get two CoreCon badges and have the option to decorate it how you want. (This is within reason, of course. Don’t put holes in the wall or trash the room!)

Hosts will be able to get into the room early on Wednesday night to decorate and be ready for the con, but you won’t be able to sleep in the room unless you pay for the extra time.

More information can be found at https://www.fargocorecon.org/fansuites/ or you can message the Leader and Assistant at fansuites@fargocorecon.org.
 
 
Thank you,
Assistant, Katie

Cosplay Focus: Eric Wilme

Wilme PirateIt’s very apparent when Eric Wilme walks into our convention. Everyone begins shouting, “WILME!” His enthusiastic exuberance is a welcome sight and turns the con fun-meter up a few notches. After winning the 2016 CoreCon Costume Contest Historical Captain’s Award with his friend Casey, he has a few things to say about cosplay.
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Anime Fargo is turning 3!

Some of the people of CoreCon helped a while back with the birth of Anime Fargo . CoreCon is proud to announce she is running on her own and is going to be three years old in September. Their theme this year is “Kawaii Invasion” which is a type of cuteness factor in Japan which really fits turning three. An entire convention devoted to Anime is just what Fargo needed.

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