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The basic idea is to hold a convention based on, and around, Urban Dead in real life. It could include cos-play based on your characters,... ect. Truth be known, there are a lot of different places people play from. That said, I was thinking about several coordinated events around the world. Maybe we could use Skype, and see who's at the other conventions, and what not. What ever the case may be,... I'm looking to see if there's any real interest in this. Let me know below. -EstacadoTalk 02:47, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Discussion

Personally, I'd say hold one in London. Hold it in a pub - a big one - midweek. Simple fact is there's little traditional convention-y stuff to be done, no merchandise or vendors or displays or seminars or what have you. A good old get-together is the more likely scenario. That said, the alternative would be to organise an in-game event for each convention, and have everyone meet in a public space with computers (a university campus, internet cafe, etc) and have some sort of real-time co-ordinated event. Probably before the drinking, but I'd say also after the drinking. Also, is the Big Brother house still actually standing? An American one might even be able to do something in Monroeville, too. Nothing to be done! 03:09, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

australia

having one in Newcastle, NSW would have a guaranteed 20 maybe, if I got the best of the BBK to turn up. It'd have to be pub based though.

I know many AU UD players, none of which have ever wanted to get together (I used to talk about a big au meeting for a while now). Link, Boxy, Cyberbob, Revenant would be a few celebs we'd want to come. And of course Grim. God that'd be hilarious. Seeing Read/Jed in the same room as Grim and Cyberbob would probably scare me.

Oh, and the wiki would have to be prepared for one hell of a vandal attack later... -- LEMON #1 12:15, 24 November 2010 (UTC)


heheheh...this would have been kind fun to see a few years back...now though, not so many players left anymore, especially the more memorable ones. Other than the wiki crew here, the meta game aspect seems dormant. A lot of the usual forums where people would converse are shells of their former selves.--Dr summeroff 15:07, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
That's one of the concerns I've actually had. Skype would be an option. It's free. We could hold the seminar at a particular time, in each time zone, and just skype everything... -EstacadoTalk 23:31, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

The idea is cute but I don't see this happen just like that. The community is small in itself. Dividing it into three meeting points (US, UK, Aus) doesn't help that. Finding a place and time that fits in everybody's schedule is next to impossible. I'm sure DDR & crew can set-up something up; it seems many of them live relatively close. But the people who have to travel quite a bit (and therefore, spend a bit), that isn't as easy. And if you want to spend time into the late night hours, people will need a place to stay. Also timezones. Also, I could go on and on. There are just so many factors to be taken into consideration.

Conventions like these are always great on paper. But in the end, this takes allot of time and money. Assets which students (which is most of the playerbase) usually don't posses in large quantities. Yeah, I'm being a pessimist :/ --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png 16:23, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

One word... Killjoy. -EstacadoTalk 23:30, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Probably easier to just make the UD presence felt at bigger conventions first?--Undeadite.jpgSurfincow 21:47, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Problem is, do we want to be riding someone elses coattails? Led alone, be masked by others? -EstacadoTalk 22:56, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
I think the bigger problem is that it's not likely to happen otherwise. At least in the case of America, it's big, and with the TSA fondling or irradiating everyone that's going through security these days, most of us aren't exactly too anxious to pay a few hundred to a thousand bucks for the privilege of being molested on the round trip, just so that we can talk to a handful of other UD players for a day or two. A bigger convention might give people an added incentive to come. Start with something, and if it works then go to standalone (maybe). Aichon 23:09, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
We don't have a user base large enough or concentrated enough to justify doing anything other than a small meetup concurrent with "something else." I'd keep it small as a "trial run," gauge the interest, and then reevaluate. -MHSstaff 23:35, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

My Suggestion for meet ups in Australia (and even in general), Come as a group to any Zombie Walks. - Pardus 04:15, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Yeah. My hometown of Newy had one a few months ago alongside a zombie filmfest, would have been perfect for this. -- LEMON #1 06:15, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Texas Frightmare Weekend

It's this spring. I'd kind of like to see something happen there, even if it's just a small meet-up. ~Vsig.png 23:58, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

I talked to a friend that says he volunteers at this con every year. In his words "...it is the premiere horror con in the entire southwest. They are bringing in some really big names, and last year there were well over 5000 people coming through the doors." They hold a zombie walk and other events each year so I asked if he thought it would be acceptable if we held some kind of event of our own. I mentioned maybe a live-action Zombieball game. He said he thought it would be something they'd go for and gave me the name of the guy I should talk to. With a bit of cash we could set up a vendor booth to get people interested in the game. What do you think the chances of getting Kevan out for the con would be? ~Vsig.png 06:34, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Astronomically low.--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 08:26, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
How do we know until we raz him about it? -EstacadoTalk 16:11, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Yeah I sort of figured as much but like Poodle said, how do we know until we ask. I'm not going to contact the guy that runs the con until we've gauged the actual interest. ~Vsig.png 17:44, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Kevan is UK based with no interest whatsoever in the community. No chance in hell. Though it would be amusing to see him getting harassed by people about updates and the like. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png 10:14, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
So what the hell's his deal with us anyway? I know he used to be relatively interested in the begining, but not anymore.... To few people donate or something? -EstacadoTalk 16:11, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Kev has his own life, full of organising nomic stuff, and person to person events. That and the games on the back of christmas selection boxes. Or something. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 17:50, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
i hav zero interest in meeting anyone from this game in real life except for fiffy. and I already met her.----sexualharrisonStarofdavid2.png ¯\(Boobs.gif)/¯ 12:14, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
It always worries me when I agree with harrison. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 12:57, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
That's cause you guys never had the realistic chance of meeting Grim! -- LEMON #1 11:59, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
I see grim everywhere I go. In every sunrise, on the smiling face of every child. Generally thats when I call the authorities. --RosslessnessWant a Location Image? 12:26, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Breakdown

I will agree to everything pointed out above. My suggestion would be to (while attempting to maintain privacy) find out where everyone, who is interested, lives, and select events in those regions, and designate those functions as the ones we shall be attending. That said, we figure out a way to coordinate, and meet up at said events. Thoughts? -EstacadoTalk 19:49, 28 November 2010 (UTC)

You could probably do something with Google Maps and just let people put in their location on a map. That should at least give an idea of locations. Not sure how anonymous it would be. Might be worth looking into. ~Vsig.png 06:38, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
That would be far far less anonymous than me just saying I'm from the UK.--Yonnua Koponen Talk ! Contribs 08:24, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
That's how you start though. First get a list of interested people and their "general" location. Until then there is little point in discussing where, when and how. --Umbrella-White.pngThadeous OakleyUmbrella-White.png 10:12, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Thad's got a point. And I'd hate to see anyone feel violated when it comes to their privacy. That said, I'd disagree with google maps. So do we want to make a general list, just have people email a coordinator, or what? -EstacadoTalk 16:09, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
If people can't add their location to a Google Map anonymously, then absolutely don't do it. There should be some way people can anonymously mark a location on a map, though. Just seems like a better solution than asking people to email some guy IMO. ~Vsig.png 17:48, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
Undeadites use a visitor map on our forum, so I know where all Undeadites who use the forum hail from. check it out. maybe use something like this? --Undeadite.jpgsurfincow U 18:01, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
So do you have to be registered in order for it to work... or does it automatically collect the information as people visit based on server information? The latter of the two I'd have a problem wit. Here's my thing... I'd be interested in starting a wiki page about this. And then hosting a forum in regards to it to. It doesn't have to be strictly conventions either. We could try hosting viral campeigns online, or using skype to communicate. We could attend local gatherings, and meet up, like proposed above, ect. How's that sound? -EstacadoTalk 22:08, 29 November 2010 (UTC)
I believe it is the latter, I don't really see why that is a problem though. It's not like it gives exact addresses or anything --Undeadite.jpgsurfincow U 20:01, 30 November 2010 (UTC)
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