Trinity In Space Impressions, Conclusion
Posted by melancholygeek on December 30, 2008
The year is nearing its end and as you know there are still some loose ends to tie up. First and foremost, what’s still missing is my final conclusion on what was this year’s Trinity In Space convention in Bad Salzdetfurth, Germany. Should you have followed the coverage of said event on this blog, you might already guess that the final verdict might lean a little towards the positive side. But first, lets briefly recapitulate the main points of the con, under the cut:
OK, Bad Salzdetfurth is far from being a metropolis, that’s for sure. While this highly hinders any leisure activity away from the con itself (yeah, there is a hot pool there, granted, but still), it also forces you to spend time at the hotel with the other connies (and perhaps even guests) and – heaven forbid! – socialize. And as I found out the hard way, that’s not necessarily a bad thing (see The Crowd).
The relaxa hotel itself is quite alright, although some strange things are happening in their shower cabins. The bar is nice, the food is quite alright, the staff nice and the conference hall adquate. Only downside I see here is the poorly ventilated (if at all) smoker’s lounge placed directly beside the elevator. This really is a impertinence towards the guests and especially the staff. My proposition (and that as a smoker): Make the whole hotel smoke-free. I have really no problem going outside for a smoke. And anyone who has is a dick and should be ignored.
So, verdict on the location: 4/5 (4.5 if smoke-free)
Firstly: The wolves did a great job. Seriously, there was really nothing major to complain about. Seeing on what budget and basically depending purely on volunteers they had to operate: Kudos! And the folks were really, really nice, even when obviously a little stressed out. One minor thing that comes to mind is the lack of space in front of the con-hall (especially during registration), which probably poses a hazard in case of a fire or something, the only kind-of-major thing again concerns the smoker’s longue at party-night, which was the only refuge for people not all too interested in Star Trekking, but was unbearable for non-smokers (and even some smokers). Seeing that I don’t really know how much of that was the wolves fault and how much was due to hotel regulations, I don’t assess that too highly.
Verdict on the organization: 4.5/5
Three words: The Significant Six. Don’t get me wrong, I got to talk a little to other attendees as well, and everyone I talked to was really, really nice, but hey, you guys were plain awesome. So this point is just dominated by how great you made my time at the con, and forgive me if I don’t get in touch with you on a regular basis, you’re not forgotten and I will get back to you eventually! So here’s to Adelix, balzac, Ninive, Tyrella and VBR:
Verdict on The Crowd: 6/5
I mentioned in the very beginning, I have no clue whatsoever about Stargate and basically signed up for this mission because of Callum Keith Rennie, who didn’t show up. Does that mean I was dissatisfied with the guests? Heck, no!
I have to say, Andee Frizzell didn’t do much for me (apart from the fact that I felt the desperate need to feed her), but she was funny, so that’s alright.
Tony Amendola was quite impressive, but then again, he is a true pro. It was definitely nice meeting him, but I probably wouldn’t go to some other con, just because he is there. I mention this, because this isn’t true for the other two guests.
Kate Hewlett is just plain adorable and yes, I might have developed the slightest of crushes when it comes to her. Whenever any of you gets the chance to see her in person, take it!
And then there’s of course Matthew Bennett. He was the only BSG guest, so there’s a plus of course. In addition to that, this guy is really, really great. I’m close to give him honorary membership status in The Significant Six. And he bought me a beer, so he has to be awesome, no? So:
Verdict on The Guests: 4/5 (basically because there was only one BSG guest)
So, all in all, this was a marvelous experience I wouldn’t want to miss for anything in the world. Would I attend a convention again? Well, if it’s something nice and cozy like the Trinity, with some 150 people around and the actual chance to talk to the guests outside the program, yes. I don’t see me attending something huge like ComicCon or FedCon, but I will be on the look-out for the line-up for next year’s Trinity, that’s for sure. And probably do some research on similar sized conventions. And of course will try and get the gang back together for that then. Because, that was the main thing that stuck: The awesome bunch that were The Significant Six. Typing this totally brought back what will be my
One Word Impression: Conblues
Final verdict: 4.5/5