It's the fall convention from MnStF: Sept 24–26, 2021 at the Hilton Bloomington (3900 American Blvd), Minnesota. (Already convinced? Skip to registration.)
Decongestant 5 has been rescheduled from 2020. If you registered in 2020, you are still registered. If you'd prefer a refund, we can do that too.
We believe that in Sept 2021, it will be safe to hold a small convention of vaccinated people. Please do not register for Decongestant if you will not be fully vaccinated by Sept 24, unless you are in a group that cannot be (for instance, children under 12). We will, however, not be checking vaccine cards.
In case of troublesome COVID variants or other possible unfortunate developments, we may have to cancel/postpone/modify again, obviously.
Decongestant 5 is a small science fiction and fantasy convention geared primarily towards relaxation. There will be good food, music, gaming, a teen room, a bit of programming, and whatever else you bring to it. If you were at any of the earlier Decongestants, say 4, you can expect pretty much the same thing.
This year, for the second time, we are partnering with ARCANA, a convention "Celebrating the Weird, the Macabre & the Dark Fantastic". In addition to our usual 3/4 track of fallcon programming, we will also have a track of ARCANA panels and movies.
Book online using this link, or call 1-844-856-8554 and use the code "DECON" to get the con rates: $109 king or queen/queen ($125 with tax) for Thursday through Sunday nights, and $129 ($148 with tax) for the adjacent Monday through Wednesday nights. (If you call, make sure you book at the Hilton at 3900 American Blvd; there are two Hiltons on American Blvd.) The deadline to get these rates is Thursday, August 31, 2021.
If you find that the kind of room you want isn't available at the con rate, try booking directly the hotel (as though you weren't with the con). And if you can get a better rate some other way, go for it. We do not need to fill our block to meet a financial obligation to the hotel, so book however works.
Directions to the hotel and airport shuttle information.
Late checkout may be available, but we do not have a special deal. Normal checkout is noon.
We have a cluster of small-to-medium-small rooms on the 2nd floor. One is a suite, and the rest are function-space-type rooms. This is an expandable con. If you want to run a large game, create a new department, or have some other cool idea, let us know.
We have one, or possibly a bit more than one, track of fairly light programming and films which will give you something structured to do if you want that. We don't exclude the possibility of heavy programming if there's interest in that.
Contact us if you'd like to schedule something.
There will probably be a teen-run teen room! To be determined!
Decongestant is family and child-friendly, so please bring yours! However, we don't have child care or specific children's programming (we're just not big enough for that).
There will be a dedicated gaming room available 24h during the convention.
There will be space available for musicians after programming ends all three days.
There will be a consuite. For the uninitiated, this is a room with snacky food and drink (included with your membership) and social space available during all reasonable hours. There will be a fair amount of food here, but it shouldn't be counted on to feed you three meals a day.
We may have optional organized dinners Friday and/or Saturday. To be announced.
There is no formal art show this year, but you are welcome to bring art for display or to sell. There will also be table space for freebies, craft swapping, etc. Label your objects clearly, especially if they are not meant to be taken freely!
Decongestant 5 is a small con with minimal programming and minimal financial resources. Panels and other activities are expected to be reasonably accessible by virtue of being very small. With this in mind, if you anticipate needing accommodations in order to enjoy the con, please contact us and we will see what we can do.
You should read the code of conduct.
You can be our Sucker Guest of Honor for the low price of $500, first come, first serve. You'll get your name in lights, the chance to make a speech (or avoid making a speech), and it will fund us to rent an additional social room at the hotel for the con. Just select the Sucker Guest of Honor option on the registration form below!
Pre-registration closes Sept 8, 2021. You can register online or by mail. You can also register at the door. In person, we accept cash and check. No credit cards (or other newfangled payment methods).
|Pre-reg||At the door|
|21+||$50 *||$60 †|
|0–12, continuously supervised||Free||Free|
|0–12, free range||$10||$20|
|Day rate (8am–8am)||¶||$40|
* If you are short on cash, instead pay $40 — no questions asked (nor will we publish who paid what). If you're shorter on cash, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your situation.
† Similarly, you may instead pay $50, no questions asked, or less if approved by the chair. However, for practical reasons, confidentiality is not guaranteed at-the-door.
‡ Supporting membership can be converted to attending (before the con, or at the door) for the difference in rates.
¶ Partial memberships can only be purchased at the door.
You can register by mail using this form.
What are those fees? They cancel out what PayPal charges so that, for example, we get the full $50 for a $50 membership. There is no fee for paying by cash or check, because our bank doesn't charge us to deposit those.
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