by Kevin

Some News About Our TrotCon Hotel Block

August 23, 2019 in Hotel by Kevin

Those of you who have been coming to TrotCon for a while now probably know that our lead-up to 2020 has been… a little odd, by our standards.

Let’s put it this way. We sold out of draconequus sponsor badges two weeks ago. We’ve already got over 200 pre-regs. Our dumb “Anyway, come to TrotCon” social media joke became a weird BronyCon meme. Life is weird, y’all.

But nothing’s surprised us more than the speed with which our hotel block continued to sell out at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North, our venue for the past five years. We added rooms. They sold out. Added more. Sold out. Hotel was like, wait, don’t y’all usually not sell out your block until, like, June? We nod, smile through the tears, etc.

Anyway. Here’s the deal, and this is where we’re gonna annoy some of y’all. The Crowne Plaza is officially sold out.

Does that mean you, a person without a reservation at the Crowne for TrotCon 2020, will not get one? No, not necessarily.

Does that mean you’re not gonna get a room that’s part of an official TrotCon block? Also no, not necessarily.

First, Crowne-related matters. We were able to buy out the other folks who had a room block there, save for about six rooms stemming from an airline contract for pilots and such (we’re about 20 minutes from the Columbus airport). HOWEVER, the rooms that we bought out are going to be saved for vendors who have not already gotten a room for 2020. We know some of you aren’t gonna dig that, and we get ya. But we wanted to make sure our vendors, who are going to be lugging a large amount of merchandise and such around all weekend in between the vendor hall and wherever they’re staying, are taken care of to the best of our ability, rather than making them stay at a neighboring hotel a car ride away.

Vendors: these will, obviously, only be available if you are selected for the 2020 hall. They will unfortunately be a few dollars more ($120 a night) because that’s the rate they were originally sold at before we bought them out, per the hotel. Obviously you are very much free to book any place to stay you want as a vendor, but know that this is an option if you have not yet had your lodging taken care of. Logistics there will be taken care of once you’re accepted for 2020.

The cool thing about all this is that because we have virtually the whole Crowne Plaza to ourselves, we’re gonna get some perks outta it that may involve stuff like longer pool hours. More on that soon.

For the rest of you: we have another block. It’s at the Ramada By Wyndham Columbus Polaris, which is approximately a five-minute drive from the Crowne Plaza (which, remember, has free parking). The block will be $103 a night, and you can grab it by calling this number — (614) 890-8111 —  and saying you’re with TrotCon.

We are currently in the stages of planning free transportation to and from the Crowne Plaza for Ramada guests. Some of this will be provided by the hotel, and we’re also looking into hiring a separate service ourselves. POINT IS, if you’re coming to TrotCon and won’t have a car, if you’re staying at the Ramada you will have a free option to make it to a TrotCon.

Important note: if you call the Ramada and they tell you the block for TrotCon is full, PLEASE contact us ASAP any way you know how (social media, Discord, whatever). We’ll have our main staff contact acting as a liaison with the hotel(s) look into it. Additionally, in the event that we reach our limit at the Ramada as well, we should be able to open another block at a separate hotel.

That being said, we know that a lot of y’all are gonna wanna just say, “to hell with all this,” and snag your own room somewhere else. We obviously welcome you to do that! While we’re not blessed location-wise with adjoining hotels one can walk to with ease from the Crowne Plaza, there are multiple hotels within a five-minute drive in the area. Ya have options.

We appreciate your patience as we move toward 2020, and we apologize for any inconvenience. 2020 is already shaping up to be a year unlike any other at TrotCon (except… maybe 2015, but even that may be different when all is said and done!), and luckily we have 11 more months to get all the logistics down. We’re also in some final talks with some VIP guests, so, hey, be on the lookout there, too.

by Kevin

Thanks for 2019 — and Welcome 2020!

July 26, 2019 in Thank You by Kevin

It’s kinda crazy to think that a week ago, we were kicking off TrotCon 2019 in style with a bunch of special guests, plus all of our wonderful, wonderful attendees!

Wanna hear something funny, though? The whole time, while we were enjoying throwing our eighth My Little Pony convention, we couldn’t help but look toward the future.

Since before TrotCon 2019 even began last Friday, we’ve known precisely what we were gonna do for 2020, assuming the whole place didn’t burn down and left us unable to have a ninth convention. Our con chair in particular has been practically bursting at the seams waiting to tell you what’s in store.

But first things first: thanks to everyone who attended TrotCon 2019! 700 of you raised over $5,000 in charity donations, the latter a record for us here at TrotCon. Y’all find new ways to surprise us each year!

We’d also like to thank Katrina Salisbury, Elley Ray, Bill Newton, Heather Breckel and all our community guests, musicians, vendors and panelists for helping make TrotCon 2019 something people actually wanted to attend!

And finally, to our staff: hey, cool, your did your job. Congrats. Time to get on 2020.

If you were at our closing ceremonies, you’re already aware that for next year, we’ll be doing none other than a circus/carnival theme! We think the theme well suits all of the different personalities and strengths of our staff in terms of putting on a good show, and we hope you’re just as excited as we are for it.

TrotCon 2020 will be held July 17-19 at the usual spot, the Crowne Plaza Columbus North in Columbus, Ohio. Though not every single facet of 2020 is operational just yet (such as applications for staff, panelists and the like), we are happy to say that pre-registration is up and at the same prices as 2019. That means you can snag a $35 weekend badge RIGHT NOW — but only until Oct. 1! After that point, the price will go up $10.

Each sponsor badge tier is also available, and we’ve already had a few folks partake. Remember, some of these tiers — mainly draconequus — are fairly limited numbers-wise, so don’t delay if you’re thinking of bumping up to a sponsor tier.

That about covers it for now! If you’re going to be at BronyCon next weekend, you should stop by our table, where we’ll be slinging TrotCon merch, showing off our prize wheel and even dispensing a few buttons with a certain TrotCon catchphrase on it. You probably know the one.

Otherwise, keep an eye on this space! We’ve got a lot to share with you soon.

by Kevin

Announcing FoalPapers & Forward Progress for TrotCon 2019!

July 1, 2019 in Guest Announcement by Kevin

Hope you’re ready for one last community guest announcement! Because, uh, we have one, and this one’s a bit of a blast from the past.

That’s because FoalPapers is returning to TrotCon!

After hanging out with us as one of our handful of guests (community or otherwise!) in TrotCon 2012, he finally makes his return to TrotCon for 2019. We. Are. Stoked.

Since he joins us a little late in the game, you’re not going to be getting a FoalPapers-centric panel this year, though. Instead, he’ll be assisting on a variety of already-existing panels (check out our schedule for more info!), as well as appearing on various guest of honor panels as a moderator.

So you’ll be seeing him plenty. No worries.

Who is FoalPapers, by the way? Ever since 2011, he’s been in and around the MLP fandom, presenting panels and discussions based on things such as links between My Little Pony and Greek mythology at conventions and conferences, along with various appearances as a moderator and co-host of other events since brony conventions’ inceptions. He’s also partially responsible for the extremely helpful PonyCons spreadsheet that’s tracked each and every MLP con since MLP:FIM began (and some that existed before!), if you’re into record-keeping.

In addition to FoalPapers, we’d also love to announce that Forward Progress will be a community guest for the first time at TrotCon 2019!

Like FoalPapers, Forward Progress isn’t new to TrotCon, though 2019 marks his first time in the community guest realm here. He’s been presenting panels at TrotCon for multiple years now as the founder of the Keeping Friendship Magic project, exploring show analysis, mythology and much, much more.

He’ll have plenty of panels to run at TrotCon 2019 — busy pone and all — but he’ll also have a chance to appear as a special guest during other events, including programming from fellow community guests RiffPonies.

FoalPapers and Forward Progress join the already-announced Pixelkitties, RiffPonies, Fiaura the Tank Girl, TheBronyCritic, TJ Carson/Pirate Dash and Traveling Pony Museum as community guests for 2019! That’s EIGHT total guests to go along with our four guests of honor (Bill Newton, Heather Breckel, Katrina Salisbury and Elley Ray).

I guess that means it’s time for TrotCon.

One more quick announcement! We have the 2019 schedule available on the TrotCon.net website. Come on in and start planning your year, yeah?

by Kevin

TrotCon Musicians 2019

June 20, 2019 in Guest Announcement, Programming by Kevin

Hello, friends! Let’s talk about music.

You know that, right? Oh, of course you do. You’d have to be living under a rock (or just not a regular TrotCon attendee) to not already be aware of our yearly concert, which for the last two years has been expanded to a two-day affair.

2019 is no different. Starting Friday night and going into the wee hours of Sunday morning, we at TrotCon will be bringing you some of the finest musicians the My Little Pony fandom has to offer. Well, some of the finest who applied, at least. Which is, let’s be real, a fantastic bunch.

Nah, nah, we’re not just talking ’em up without anything to show for it. Check this out.

We’ll kick things off with a variety of instrument-based performers looking to either make your ears bleed with rawk or to make you sing along to the #hits old and new.

We’ve got Luck Rock, of course. Y’all know Luck Rock. Alt rock, pop punk, catchy tunes. Dare ya not to sing along. It’s gonna go a little something like this.

Hard rock more your speed? Good thing L Train’s pulling into the station. Was gonna make an MTA joke here but remembered this is an Ohio con. Headbang with me, y’all.

Good, now keep that headbangin’ going. Because Brownie’s back. Brownie, after all, is eternal, whether they’re rocking out in the TrotCon hallways or on stage. Metal up yr flank.

Finally, get a load of MelodyBrony, who’s gonna bring a combination of hard and acoustic rock to the TrotCon stage. You’ll notice their page includes some featured names that may or may not be at our con, too. Hm. HMMM.

Once that’s all said and done, we’ll lay down our weary hands (and try to get the ringing outta our ears, probz) before the big show, as it were: the customary Saturday night rave.

And boy, what a rave it’ll be. If you’re a veteran attendee of TrotCon, you’re gonna see folks old and new here, all with one goal in mind: to make you dance. (And maybe other things? Find love? I dunno what the deal is this year. I just know there’ll be music.)

11 quality sets, y’all. Let’s dive in.

You know R3CTIFIER, purveyor of various EDM sundries. Their hardest set yet is promised, if you didn’t already have enough reason to show up. They even tossed up a TrotCon-exclusive track the other day! Ain’t that neat?

Next up, there’s JESUSKIDZ, who I think played, like, SOPHIE in their set one year? I think so? Did I dream it? Anyway, never a dull moment with this killer producer, whether it’s via remixes or original tracks. Listen to JESUSKIDZ. And SOPHIE.

PFS, or PonyFireStone, has been here before. Seen a thing or two. Played a lotta sawngs. Provided dat bass. Ain’t nothing changing this year. You should be stoked.

Wanna see what you’re getting into with Trot newcomer TPressleyJ? Check out this HarmonyCon set from earlier this year at their Coltchella. Let us pray to the gods of trap, riddim, dubstep and the like. Amen.

Let’s seeeee, who’s next? Nextmourn, that’s who. Hope ya like drum ‘n’ bass. Who am I kidding, of course you like drum ‘n’ bass. And Nevermourn’s got ya covered on that front. I mean, look, their TrotCon application literally had it in all caps under genre. And nothing else. Stick to ya guns.

Y’all hear that we got General Mumble & Koa? If you missed that news, then, uh, here! Surprise! Surprise? Below’s a lil taste of the electronic music similar to what they’ll be bringing to the TrotCon stage. We. Are. Stoked.

Some newb called Chang31ing’s coming. Has definitely never performed at TrotCon. Certainly not seven times in a row. So here’s a primer on this EDM artist you definitely don’t know. Guess we’ll let anyone with a box on their head show up these days.

PegasYs should be a fun one. I mean, I’d think so; we know a thing or two about this glitch hop/electronic artist, who’s coming back for yet another year at TrotCon. Let’s boogie.

Brilliant Venture’s video of last year’s TrotCon performance has serious production value, y’all. Take a gander below while you get ready for the 2019 set from this purveyor of total bangers.

DO NOT MAKE AN OSTERMAN JEWELERS STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART JOKE KEVIN DON’T DO IT THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA PLEASE JUST TALK ABOUT STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART, which is a rap/production collective whose flow, rhymes and beats are absolutely gonna lodge themselves into your brain and not let go all weekend long. Is this a prank? Are we being punk’d? Or did we really get this lucky to get them to perform?

Last but not least, D3RP1’s coming by to play y’all some dubstep, some trap, and everything in between. Water Horse is playing the set, too, making this ol’ thing two for the price of one.  Ain’t you lucky.

That’s it and that’s all, folks! A lineup with schedules is coming soon, but we wanted to get this out in the open. Because, uh, TrotCon’s in a month.

A. Month.

Don’t got your badge yet? That’s OK! Click this link for more info.

by Darkly

Final Guest of Honor Announcement and Badge Sale!

May 25, 2019 in Guest Announcement, Registration by Darkly

Just when you thought we couldn’t have anything else up our sleeves, BAM! The Great and Powerful Trixie has helped us become the Great and Powerful TrotCon! And one of her finer tricks has been bestowed upon us. The VIP summoning special finale! Now sit back and be amazed!


Let me just…
Okay I think this goes here…
Aha! Behold! We bring forth upon the most generous patrons of our humble BUT GREAT convention… A YAK!

Introducing Katrina Salisbury!!! (Yes, like the steak)

Ms. Salisbury is a fairly prolific voice actor for being so young. She’s been in multiple animations including Kiznaiver, Tooth and Tail, and Tobot! However, we here in Ponyland, U.S.A. know this young Canadian actress as Yona the Yak! She’s not just a terror on the mic for voice acting, either. This intrepid young star also tears up the mic on Overwatch in her spare time, albeit probably with a different vocabulary than she has in My Little Pony. *Ahem* Anyway, come on out and join the crowd so you can truly experience for yourself that Yona is best! 

And lastly we would like to do one last badge sale in honor of our final guest of honor for 2019! Use the code yaksmash to get 20% off Regular-Alicorn tier badges until June 2nd! To apply the code to your order select your badges on page 1 of registration, then go to page 2, at the bottom of page 2 there will be a spot to apply the code.

Register here! – https://events.eventzilla.net/e/trotcon-2019-2138953671

by Darkly

A Guest Announcement has Appeared!

April 24, 2019 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

Today is an exciting day for us and that means we have exciting news for you! I know what you’re thinking, “Who is TrotCon?” Knock it off! We haven’t been gone THAT long, BUT we have been busy! The staffers at TrotCon work very diligently to bring you the finest most refined little horse content and that takes time to process that ponirific pastel. The newest product in the TrotCon line comes via zeppelin from a far off land. This particular individual will be “New” to TrotCon but will be the third person with “New” in their last name to attend TrotCon. He will also be a “ton” of fun. See what we’re doing? Can you guess it?

It’s Bill Newton!

This pastel warrior has voiced a few different ponies in his time. The ever beloved Apple Dad, Bright Mac, is his premiere role in the show but since, he has taken up the antagonist flag and voiced Stygian, who is the Pony of Shadows sometimes, and Pharanyx, Thorax’s brother stuck in the old ways.
We are thrilled to have Mr. Newton join us for the convention, especially since Ms. Elley-Ray is a Pillar and Stygian is her friend. Or perhaps they will have an epic duel of Equestrian history in the middle of the mane stage, who knows? The only way you’ll find out is if you come to TrotCon and see!

by Darkly

Egad! That time again, already?

September 28, 2018 in Guest Announcement by Darkly

You bet! We have our first official VIP announcement for TrotCon 2019!

We decided to get an early start on those who literally promised at this year’s convention they would be back for next year’s convention. We felt it pertinent to investigate the possibility of a return guest and, lo and behold, the prodigal daughter returns!

Ms. Elley Ray will be joining us for TrotCon 2019! She is known to us for her role in My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic as Mistmane the Beautiful, one of the Pillars of Equestria. Ms. Elley Ray is a rambunctious individual who will roam around the con floor spreading happiness and love everywhere she goes! We can’t say you’ve never experienced a person like her, but we can venture a guess and say you’ll be in for a huge treat when you see her next year at TrotCon!

by Darkly

Pardon the Mess

September 1, 2018 in Uncategorized by Darkly

We are working on moving over to a new host and getting the site set back up. So please pardon the messy look currently.

Registration is open you can find it in the menu above.

If you have any questions hit us up via Discord or email!

by Darkly

TrotCon 2019

August 19, 2018 in Registration, Theme by Darkly

Attention Equestria! We’ve got an announcement to make!

~ drumroll ~

Dragon Adventures is proud to present: TrotCon 2019!
July 19th-21st, Crowne Plaza Columbus North!

Get your cogs and gears ready, because it’s steampunk time. Airships, steam engines, futuristic retro tech, so much brass! It’ll be a blast! Applications for vendors and artists, panelists, community guests, musicians, etc all open in mid-October. Get hype!

New this year: anyone who purchases the Draconequus-tier sponsor badge gets a comp’d hotel room from Thursday through Sunday. Food for thought, ye?

See you in the skies next July!

by Darkly

TrotCon Artist Contest!

August 5, 2018 in Contest, Theme by Darkly

We are looking for an official artist for TrotCon! Our wonderful artist is retiring to pursue her own creative ventures.

As our staff artist, you would create the artwork for our banners, posters, badges, and other promotional materials, including relevant drawings for our news and guest announcements. You will need to be able to fulfill art requests in a timely manner – though we’ll try not to overload you with too much work. Our theme for our 2019 event is Steampunk.

If interested, contact us at conchair@trotcon.net and provide a link to your gallery or samples of your work.

Once we narrow down the list, we will contact the finalists requesting a simple commission.

All finalists will also receive a free badge to the convention. And everyone who did apply but was not chosen as a finalist will receive a coupon for 40% off of a badge for TrotCon 2019.

The selected artist(s) will receive:
• Up to two tables in our Vendor Hall
• Spot in one of our staff hotel rooms for the weekend of TrotCon.
• Free printing for posters/prints of personal artwork to sell during TrotCon, up to 11×17
• Any posters or merchandise designed for TrotCon by the artist will also be split 50/50 in profit

Submissions need to be entered no later than 8-20-2018 at 11:59pm EST.