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AFKCON 2016: Thank You! and Looking to the Future!

posted on Mon, 07 Mar 2016 at 10:38
        It's been two weeks since AFKCON 2016 and we are in a good spot to give the recap.Our sincerest thanks to all the amazing people who came out and participated. If AFKCON is about anything, it is about people coming together and sharing the things that they think are amazing and that is what we got for a second year. AFKCON is certainly not an event meant for everyone, but those who 'get it' have told us they love what we are doing and want to help us continue to build. So, thank you for that feedback and positive energy; we are taking that forward with us into planning for 2017.


          Team AFK will be getting out into the different communities that our participants associate with to help them create awareness and desire to join us all at AFKCON 2017. To that end, if you have an event from now until AFKCON 2017 that we should know about, please let us know! We will be changing the AFKCON Community Page on Facebook to be called "AFK365" in order to share awareness among the different groups and facilitating coming together afk throughout the year.


Sincerely,                                                                                                          
 Your AFK Team




Spotlight on: Fantescapes Escape Room

posted on Thu, 18 Feb 2016 at 17:58
Fantescapes is Guelph's own Escape Room! Come and see them throughout Sunday for a 15-minute escape room experience. Learn more about them at fantescapes.com


Spotlight on: Hamilton Ball Python Rescue

posted on Wed, 17 Feb 2016 at 19:20

AFKers are an exotic bunch. So are snakes, lizards and spiders. So we give them some love.

While these critters are on many people's 'ick' list, not everyone chooses to avoid them. If you're one of those, come see one of AFK's most popular attractions of last year and meet the folks who care for and re-home abandoned cold-blooded friends. And if you're at all like us, maybe you'll adopt one!

See more on the Hamilton Ball Python Facebook page.



Spotlight on: Get To Know Games

posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2016 at 21:30

Jon Lalonde is the owner of GettoKnowGames, a local online board game store. Come find him in our board game room at AFKCON this Saturday for board games and an auction at the end of Saturday.



Spotlight on: Adam Smith

posted on Sat, 13 Feb 2016 at 12:57
Adam Smith is a prop and costume builder for film (specialty props for Suicide Squad [2016]) and television (Reign and Dark Matter).  He's a founding member of the Site3 hacker/maker space , the producer of Steam on Queen, the highest attended Steampunk event in the world, and an ambassador-at-large for Steampunk Canada.

And at AFK you can see him work on rodent art taxidermy!  Come for the dissection, stay for the Art!




Why does AFKCON matter?

posted on Thu, 11 Feb 2016 at 23:48

Everyone has good ideas -  things that they want to try, want to do, what to start or finish or learn.

And while all of these things can happen in the comfort of your own home, it can also be really exciting to go and hangout with people who have similar ideas.


As Captain Hammer said in Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog


"It's not enough to bash in heads, you've got to bash in minds" and while I am fairly certain he was referring to a very basic civic awareness, you can also take it to mean -  bashing ideas - literally giving people a chance to talk to each other with a little direction and let the ideas fly like fur in a cat fight.  Or like trash in a storm. 


Point of interest, I suck at analogies.


BASICALLY.

Our entire purpose with AFK is to give anyone interested in Indie-Professional ANYTHING a chance to come and hang out, listen to some panels, meet new people, learn new things, make new connections and reinvest in the Indie community.

And that is AFK.

Yes we're open for anything Indie! Yes we would love to see you there! No you don't need to come for the whole weekend -  drop in, say hi - take a look around and if you like what you see - come back and talk to us at the reg desk.

We're always open for new ideas. New People and New Things. Especially Godzilla. We always have time for Godzilla.




Spotlight on: Lisa Nicholas

posted on Thu, 11 Feb 2016 at 21:51

Lisa Nicholas wears many hats: writer, web developer, fangirl, crazy cat lady. Her first love has always been for stories that have larger-than-life heroines and heroes fighting an epic battle against evil or having an epic romance--or even better, both. She is the author of THE FARTHER I FALL and AS LOST AS I GET.

See more about Lisa at http://www.lisanicholas.com/


Spotlight on: Leah Bobet

posted on Tue, 09 Feb 2016 at 21:35

Leah's a Canadian writer of literary science fiction and fantasy with a love for mythic prose and an obsession with the secret hearts of cities. She's the author of AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES and ABOVE, editor, science fiction bookseller, amateur game developer, and maker of things.

Leah will be giving a workshop titled The Other Indie Publishing: How to Run Your Very Own Fiction Magazine and Not Go Broke.



Spotlight On: Scott Nicholson

posted on Sun, 07 Feb 2016 at 12:51

Scott is a Professor of Game Design & Development at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Ontario and director of the Brantford Games Network. He focuses on face-to-face games such as board games and live-action game-based experiences such as escape rooms.

Scott will be running a mini-game jam on at AFKCON on Saturday from 1-3pm. Come and learn about how you can approach changing the world through games and play!




Spotlight on: James Nicoll

posted on Sat, 06 Feb 2016 at 14:45
James Nicoll is a book reviewer, blogger, game editor, cat-rescuer, and prior local hobby store owner.

He returns to AFKCON to have the following discussions:

- Tanith Lee and Why people should read her.
- So You're a Reviewer and You Went a Year WIthout Reviewing Women: How to React?
- Things you should never do at a Con or Party: Event Survival Skills 101

And more! Keep an eye on the scheduler to register for these events and learn more about James at his blog.



Online ticket purchasing is now live

posted on Mon, 18 Jan 2016 at 22:14

Buy your weekend or daily passes using PAYPAL via the 'TICKETS' link, above. See you AFK in February!



A Furious Month! WE WILL RIDE SHINY AND CHROME TO THE GATES OF VALHALLA

posted on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 at 21:14

AFK has been silent - too silent.

We have been silent because we have been furiously planning, because we have been tightening our scope, pushing our ideas and reaching for Glory! (Yes I'm writing this while watching Fury Road) WE WILL NOT BE MEDIOCRE!

We are calling all Independent Makers, Doers, Thinkers, Creators to Guelph!

AFK is about building a hub of as many independent developers in all areas of thinking and creating. We want you to bring your professions, your hobbies, your moonlighting sideline and your passion for your independent work to the Holiday Inn and meet new people, learn something new, challenge yourself by exploring new ideas with new people!

We are calling for any and all programming ideas!
We are calling all IndieDevs, IndiePros, IndieWHATEVERS.

Have ideas about Game Development? Writing? Publishing? Graphic Design? Baking? Coffee? Beer? The next evolution of Netflix? Where the future of Food Production is going? Who will replace David Bowie? Want to learn how to crochet - Want to teach crocheting? 

GIMME!  We want to see all of this and more!

We are offering space, time, and a venue, $20 for a weekend pass and unlimited access to all of our programming.

There are breakout rooms, a gaming room, a bar where you can sit and chat, a room for on the fly programming ideas, an arts and crafts room, and an events room.


Rooms are available at the Holiday Inn on Stone Road  use the code "AFK" to make sure you book in our room block. (BRING A SPEEDO! There is a pool).

We also have tables if you would like to set up a booth for anything Indie! - Just email us to for price and space!

Submissions are open to anyone - just make sure you create a profile!

Have questions? Email weareafkcon@gmail.com                                       




AFKCON 2016 room bookings

posted on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 at 15:23

For our visitors coming in from out of town, you must call the Holiday Inn Guelph to book your room.

The toll free number is (877) 660-8550 and please reference the code 'AFK'. 

AFKCON 2016 is taking place February 20-21 - we look forward to seeing you there!



Charity Board Gaming event - November 7, 2015

posted on Wed, 28 Oct 2015 at 22:13