Welcome to the Conflux Natcon 2013 preliminary website/blog. Here is where Nicole and Donna will keep you up to date with the arrangements for the Natcon in 2013.

Firstly, let us say how excited we are to be organising a Natcon in Canberra again. Our last Natcon was in 2004 at Rydges Lakeside. We will be making big announcements soon, but a few teasers are in order.

We are putting the finishing touches on our venue deal, with a great convention space and reasonable bed and breakfast rates. There are limited rooms so we must make sure we book them all out so we only have to share the hotel with Qantas staff. As soon as we have signed the dotted line and paid the deposit we will let you know what the venue is and the fantastic rates we have negotiated.

Next, we have line up two awesome international guests and we are still working out who our Australian Guest of Honour will be and who our special guest will be. You never know we may even have a local guest. We have an excellent fan guest of honour lined up too. (Nicole and Donna don’t mess around!).

Then we can say that we will have a steampunk themed high tea, which will be a pre con event (in the early afternoon of 25 April, 2013). At present we think the cost of this will be $40 per head and we want you to dress up and get with the theme. This will be a paid event and not covered by the membership to the convention.

An opening cocktail party is definitely on the agenda and this will be included in the membership and how much food and drink we will have will depend on membership numbers.

We are also hoping to have a Regency Gothic banquet ,which will be a replay of the previous Regency Banquet. Again this will be a paid event and we’d love you to dress up for that too, if you are in the mood.  We will let you know the cost in late 2012 when we have costed the menu with the venue.

Of course, you know Nicole and Donna love to dance so there will be a masquerade disco and your old favourite, the DITMAR Award ceremony.

Along with that we expect a great range of panels, readings, kaffeeklatsch, traders room, games room and workshops.