ConFuzzled 2010

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ConFuzzled 2010 was the third rendition of the British convention ConFuzzled. It took place from May 7 to May 10, 2010 in Didsbury, Greater Manchester, North West England at the Britannia Country House Hotel. The theme was science. ConFuzzled 2010 was attended by approximately 346 people[1], an increase of 90% over the previous year[2]. The guest of honor was TaniDaReal. The charity was Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

Registration[edit]

Registration for ConFuzzled 2010 opened at 6pm on the 17th August 2009 with some help from EuroFurence with the new registration system. Due to the change of venue this year, payment deadlines were set in order to confirm basic attendance numbers with the hotel. As the new venue was significantly larger than previous years, there was plenty of room for more attendees than the YHA could accommodate; even if registration appeared full, potential attendees were still urged to register their interest to allow staff to look into booking extra blocks of rooms.

Rates for 2010 showed a slight increase from previous years to cover the costs of the new venue. The basic attendance fee increased from £50 in 2009 to £60, while the standard package increased by just £10 as well (based on a double/twin room) to £170. Upgrade options were available for those that wished to increase their membership level or duration of their stay.

ConFuzzled 2010 conbook cover. Artwork by Roarey Raccoon

There was a total attendance of 346 furs from 17 different countries.[1]

Nationality Attendees
United Kingdom
292
Germany
14
USA
7
Netherlands
5
France
6
Sweden
5
Finland
4
Denmark
3
Portugal
2
Austria
1
Belgium
1
Canada
1
Hungary
1
Ireland
1
Lithuania
1
Norway
1
Russia
1

Events[edit]

Many events that took place during ConFuzzled were themed or based upon science. This included special events including science experiments and a talk from a physicist from the Large Hadron Collider.

The Furrylimpics events were won by Croco and Meep-Jay following a number of elimination rounds. Blue and Flint came second. The winners of this event were awarded trophies shaped like the number one (1) while second place winners were given trophies shaped like the number two (2). All other participants were awarded ribbons. Games included Jenga, Free The Lab Rat, Balloon Stomp, the Fursuit Relay, Peggit and Making Elements (including Twittury, Lubeon, Anthrocon, L33tium, Plush, Fursuitium, Wolfium, Tailoh, Yiffingitious, Fur Affinity, Dramalama, Fluffium, Pawtonium, Brockelium, Soap, Uncle Kage, Jaegermeister, Eurofurence, Fandium, Manchestesium, Fantalum, Anthrogen and Hugmium.

The Fur-e-okie event was won by Ember Komodog, who performed Gold by Spandau Ballet.[3] The winner of this event was decided by a "clap-o-meter" (actually a decibel meter) and awarded a special Fur-e-okie trophy.

The WikiFur pub quiz was won by the "Goddamn Furries" team which consisted of Alexander Grey, Equium, Cerebus, Kuga, Spinky, and Stuart Otterson.

Charity[edit]

ConFuzzled 2010 was particularly famous for its charity auction, which saw the ConFuzzled record for largest bid broken twice[2] prompting a storm of responses under the #CFz2010 and #tanicloth hashtags on microblogging website Twitter.

Towards the end of the auction the opportunity to feed wild cats in a non-public reserve located in Kent arose, which after several minutes of bidding was won by Kivuli for £550 ($814)[2].

ConFuzzledTaniDaRealTableclothSketch.jpg

The final item placed on the auction was a tablecloth which contained an ad hoc image drawn by the conventions guest of honor TaniDaReal. From a starting bid of £50, the bidding for the item ballooned to over £1,500 ($2,221) after a fierce bidding war between Beshon and convention staff member Colifox, which ended with Beshon bidding a total of £2,000 ($2,962), the same as the total raised throughout the entire of the 2009 auction[2].

The auction as a whole raised £7,789 ($11,650),[2] of which £5,248 ($7,849) went to charity - £6,200 ($9,200) was raised in total after the addition of dealers' table funds.[4]

Staff[edit]

Sponsors' full real names were printed in the con book, which some objected to, especially given that an equivalent list of staff names was not present.[5] ConFuzzled chairman Matt Lion said that the lack of staff names was an oversight, and that the use of real names would not be repeated in the future. He also gave a full list of staff:

  • Chairman: Matt Lion (Matthew Hood)
  • Vice Chairman: Dingotush (David Cooke)
  • Finance Director: Nall (Matt Beswick)
  • Commerce Manager: Cosmo Christopher Jones)
  • Output Head: Twll (Martin Jenkins)
  • Head of Con Ops: Graafen (Garry Whale)
  • Deputy Head of Con Ops: Washu (Daniel G Burns)
  • Head of Logistics: Nidonocu (James Shaw)
  • Registration Lead: Tungro (Thomas van der Elsen)
  • Head of Security: Codewolf (Matt Nunn)
  • Media Relations: Exiled Wolf (Sean Neave)
  • Fursuit Relations: Frost T. Wolf (Dean Langford)
  • A/V Manager: LevLion (Matthew Johnson)
  • Stage Manager: Wolfie Fox (Phil Sykes)
  • Conbook Contributor/Head Pedant: Lupestripe (Andrew Morgan)
  • Deputy Head of Security: Miles Tigerfox (Steven Bowers)
  • Deputy Commerce Manager: Panthras (Dave Collins)
  • Resident DJ: Swolf (Micheal Hancock)
  • Photographer: Tiger Tom (Tom Lord)
  • Deputy Head of Logistics & Medic: Kyyanno (Stuart Black)
  • Pawpet Show Director: Fairlight (Marcus Hess)
  • Photography Assistant: Bear (Andy Moor)
  • Venue Liaison: Colifox (Colin McKay)
  • Events Deputy: Res (Benjamin Clothier)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 ConFuzzled attendee list Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Tablecloth smashes ConFuzzled auction record Posted on May 9, 2010 on FurteanTimes.com.
  3. ConFuzzled 2010: Fur-e-oke - Ember sings Gold Uploaded by SlyCat on May 10, 2010.
  4. ConFuzzled donates £6,200 after £2,000 bid for tablecloth - GreenReaper, Flayrah (18 May 2010)
  5. An Apology to Sponsors - Matt Lion,   confuzzledlj (12 May 2010)

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