KainCon

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KainCon is a gaming oriented meet held in the greater Washington, D.C. area. It will be taking place this year on September 29th thru October 1st at the Holiday Inn in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

KainCon is intended as a get away, a place for people to socialize and have fun. KainCon has no formal programming. Instead, attendees are encouraged to plan their own activities with others, sometimes in advance via KainCon's own message board and mailing list. Some activities involve, but are not limited too, LAN parties, console gaming, sketch parties, room parties, excursions into D.C., food runs, etc.

KainCon is currently run by Sir Kain and Sage Jackal.

[edit] History

In 1996 Kain started to meet a lot of people in the furry fandom, from the Mucks, or from having commissions made. He decided to hold a little get-together at his house and get to meet a few of them who could make it. People decided to call it KainCon, and that name seemed to stay.

The kind of stuff mainly done at KainCon was holding most of the activities at Kain’s parent's house in the basement. There was a lot that went on at KainCon. Like drawing, computer games (He had the house networked with Ethernet), video games (Like tournaments in Tekken or SoulBlade games and related), a trip to Washington D.C., AD&D campaigns, etc... It wasn't as eventful as a true convention, but a lot who were there before from previous KainCon's seemed to like that. It gave them time to meet friends they knew online, or new friends and get to know them better. It was a much more personal environment. Also to hopefully clean up any confusion, KainCon wasn't only for furs to come to. Non-furs were welcome there too (not all Kain’s friends were into the furry stuff).

And each KainCon seemed to grow by a huge amount! The first KainCon in 1996 had about 8-10 overall show up, KainCon2 in 1997 had 17 show up on and off, and KainCon3 in 1998 had over 20 show up, 15 there at a time on the average! And 16 computers! KainCon4 in 1999 was just as wild, and was the first KainCon to have an AD&D campaign happen in it and over 20 computers there.

In the past, Kain used to only host one KainCon a year. After returning home from college, Kain decided to try hosting 2 a year, one in May, the other in November. It worked out well for a time, but soon KainCon grew too large a venue to keep in a house.

2004 marked the last time KainCon was held in a house. Due to a number of issues, 2005 saw no KainCon. In early 2006, KainCon.org was launched and the move to a hotel was announced.

June 2006 Sir Kain bought a house in Nokesville, VA, where KainCon is currently held. Since he obtained a house the need for a hotel went away, and he prefers to keep the 'con' as a house-party like event, not as an official con.

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