MNStf generally throws a small relaxing convention in the fall, a fallcon. Our tradition has been to adopt and discard names at whim and/or when the person chairing the fallcon changes. This, along with the informal nature of the conventions, makes it challenging to present a complete history. Nevertheless, we obsess about history, if not always about recordkeeping, so we will try. In accordance with fannish tradition, a "1" is appended to any convention which was followed by another of the same name, even if the original con with that name didn't advertise itself as such.
As with Minicon there is no connection, strictly speaking, between any two fallcons, except that they are all MNStf-sanctioned conventions. Neither the fallcon nor Minicon are regularly scheduled, except that Minicon has managed, despite this, to be on Easter weekend once a year for a very long time now. (At least this is how it works under current MNStf bylaws. In ancient times, the bylaws did specifically talk about Minicon.)
What I'm trying to say (besides being pedantic, which I do enjoy) is that there's no guarantee that every year comes with exactly one fallcon. Some have had none, and some have — effectively — had two, see details in the table below. Note that, to muddy the waters further, or to clear them further, depending on what sort of a person you are, two Minicons in the 70's were the fallcons.
→ There is currently no upcoming fallcon, but we do intend to have one in 2017. Watch this space. ←
|Name||Dates||Membership||Location (City)||Guests||Theme, slogan, etc.||Notes|
|Minicon 5||Oct 15-17, 1971||100 total||Andrews Hotel (Minneapolis)||none||The Genghiscon!||The first Minicon fallcon|
|MNStf didn't hold any fallcons (or other non-Minicon cons) 1972-1973|
|Minicon 9||Oct 11-13, 1974||190||Minneapolis Public Library/Dyckman Hotel (Minneapolis)||GoHs: Judy Lynn and Lester del Rey||Made possible by a Grant From Daytons!||The second and last Minicon fallcon|
|MNStf didn't hold any fallcons (or other non-Minicon cons) 1975-1977|
|Anokon 1||Sept 22-24, 1978||Holiday Inn (Anoka)||Bob Tucker and Rusty Hevelin||Originally intended to be called Minicon 14, causing Minicon to skip from 13 to 15.|
|Anokon 2||Sept 14-16, 1979|
|Not-Anokon 1||Sept 12-14, 1980||Kelly Inn (St. Paul) (?)||GoH: Gordon R. Dickson|
|Not-Anokon 2||Sept 25-27, 1981|
|Plergbcon||Sept 10-12, 1982||Bandana Square Hotel (St. Paul)||GoH: Bob Shaw|
|Maxicon 1||Sept 23-25, 1983||Midway Motor Inn (St. Paul)|
|Maxicon 2||Sept 14-16, 1984||Minneapolis Plaza|
|Not-Anokon (unnumbered)||Oct 4-6, 1985||Ramada Inn (St. Paul)||GoH: Pamela Dean||The numerical part of this con's name was perhaps not very consistent.|
|Not-Anokon 8||Sept 5-7, 1986||Bandana Square Hotel (St. Paul)||GoH: Bob Shaw|
|C'ntraction||Nov 13-15, 1987||Days Inn (Roseville)||GoH: Patrick Lucien Price|
*with Don abstaining
|Oct 21-23, 1988||Hotel Seville (Bloomington)||None|
|Confection||Sept 29-Oct 1, 1989||Normandy Inn (Minneapolis)||GoH: John M. Ford|
|Conscription||Nov 2-4, 1990||Bradbury Suites (Bloomington)||GoH: Richard Tatge|
|ReinCONation 1||Sept 6-8, 1991||186 total||Radisson South (a.k.a. the RadishTree) (Bloomington)||GoH: Geri Sullivan and Bob Tucker|
|Supercon 1||Jan 24-26, 1992||Radisson (Duluth)||Seems unlikely|
|ReinCONation 2||Sept 11-13, 1992||210 total, 199 warm||Radisson South (Bloomington)||Honored guests/GoH: James White and Jeanne Gomoll||Just like it used to be — only different!|
|Supercon 2||Jan 22-24, 1993||Park Inn (Duluth)||GoH: Martin Shaffer|
|ReinCONation 3||Aug 20-22, 1993||Radisson South (Minneapolis)||GoH: Debbie Notkin|
|ReinCONation 4||Sept 9-11, 1994||Regency Plaza (Minneapolis)||GoH: Alexei & Cory Panshin|
|ReinCONation 5||Oct 13-15, 1995||Honored guests/GoH: Judith Merril (who wasn't able to attend), Andy Hooper||Cogitamus Ergo Festivamus||Original website; no earlier fallcon had a website|
|ReinCONation 6||Oct 18-20, 1996||Radisson South (Minneapolis)||Honored guests/GoH: Spider & Jeanne Robinson, Jan Bogstad||original website|
|Not-A-ReinCONation||Oct 24-26, 1997||At least 60||Various||None||(original website; see also the ReinCONation index page)|
|Flashback!||Oct 30-Nov 1, 1998||104 warm||Best Western Northwest Inn (Brooklyn Park)||GoH Steven Brust, GoH Emeritus Gordon R. Dickson||(archive with original site mirror)|
|The Millenium Fallcon/Ditto 12||Oct 29-31, 1999||87 pre-reg||Radisson Metrodome (Minneapolis)||None||We've waited 22 years to use this joke.||Spelled like that, yes. (archive with original site mirror)|
|No MNStf fallcon, but Relaxacon 2000 was held Oct 20-22 and had roughly the same social function.|
|Consume/Relaxacon 2001 was held Oct 19-21; it's unclear if it was a MNStf con|
|Consume/Relaxacon 2002||Oct 25-27, 2002||Ramada Inn Northwest (Brooklyn Park)||Posthumous GoH: Scott Imes||The Best Fed Little Fallcon in Fandom!||(archive with original site mirror)|
|Consume/Relaxacon 2003 was held Oct 17-19; it's unclear if it was a MNStf con|
|No MNStf fallcon, but Consume/Relaxacon 2004 was held Oct 15-17 and had roughly the same social function.|
|No MNStf fallcon, but Consume/Relaxacon 2005 was held Oct 14-16 and had roughly the same social function.|
|Convivial 1||Oct 20-22, 2006||43 pre-reg||Holiday Inn Select (Bloomington)||None||Starting with Convivial 1, all fallcons have their original websites still up|
|Convivial 2||Oct 19-21, 2007||None|
|Convivial 3||Oct 17-19, 2008||38 pre-reg||None|
|Convivial 4||Oct 16-18, 2009||37 pre-reg||None|
|Conjecture 1||Oct 15-17, 2010||~50 total||Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (formerly the Holiday Inn Select) (Bloomington)||None||I think it's a relaxicon...|
|Conjecture 2||Oct 14-16, 2011||36 pre-reg, 51 total, 51 warm||Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, sheesh) (Bloomington)||None|
|Conjecture 3||Oct 19-21, 2012||39 pre-reg, 56 total, 54 warm||None|
|METHOD Con 1||Oct 18-20, 2013||49 pre-reg, 56 total, 55 warm||SpringHill Suites Marriott (St. Louis Park)||None|
|METHOD Con 2||Oct 10-12, 2014||60 pre-reg, 77 total, 76 warm||Ramada MSP Airport at the Mall (a.k.a. the Thunderada) (Bloomington)||Featured artist: Tim Cooper, featured authors: Emma Bull and Will Shetterly|
|No MNStf fallcon in 2015, but the second JOFCon was held Oct 9-11 and fulfilled some of the same social functions.|
|Decongestant 1||Oct 14-16, 2016||49 pre-reg, 70 total, 70 warm||Hilton (Bloomington)||None|
|Decongestant 2||Oct 6-8, 2017||None|
Further notes: For GoH-like people, I have tried to note what they were called by the con at the time. Trouble is, sometimes the distinction between "GoH" and "honored guest", or whatever, is fraught with deep meaning, and sometimes they are just synonyms. It's often hard to tell from a flyer decades later, so I hope I have not horribly misrepresented anyone.
This list does not count the picnic back when it people called it Picnicon, or any other not-really-con that got the suffix -con tacked on for fun. The line is fuzzy, but is basically drawn by requiring the event to be a 3-day shindig in a hotel requiring a paid membership. An exception is made for Not-A-Reinconation, which was a 3-day roving house party, but clearly part of a series of cons.
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