Solar Empire or Lunar Republic

February 19, 2016 in Theme by DarklyDragon

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OK, reminder: Solar Empire. Lunar Republic. Remember? Those are the two factions you’ll be able to join for TrotCon 2016, pledging your undying love to either Princess Celestia or Princess Luna. You’ll be able to score points for your faction, do battle against your worthy foes (well, you know, within reason) and help the pony community decide, once and for all, which is best.

We’re pumped, y’all. In fact, we’re so pumped — or stoked, or psyched, or whatever you want to call it — that we wanted to share with you some awesome art for our factions, including the official logos for the Solar Empire and Lunar Republic!

Cool stuff, right? While at TrotCon 2016, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase the logos of the factions to which you’ve sworn allegiance, so that anyone in your general direction will be able to tell just which princess you think is best princess.

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By the way, that rad art up top? Courtesy of our wonderful, amazing, wickedly talented convention artist AylaStarDragon. You’ll be able to purchase many things from her at the convention this year, and we highly recommend you do so.

So, spill it: who do you support? We’re only five months from TrotCon 2016, so it’s time to start solidifying your loyalties.

Pre-reg for 2016 is still available! Right now, we’re offering weekend passes for $50, with sponsor badges available at various tiers. All applications for 2016 are also up on our site, including forms for staff, panelists, musicians, artists and press.

We’re gearing up for a good time this summer. Hope you’re there to experience it with us.

SPACE!!! and Pixelkitties!

August 10, 2015 in Guest Announcement, Registration, Theme by DarklyDragon

Hey, friends. Got some information for you. You probably know some of it, but not everything. Listen up. Turn off that new Dr. Dre album for like two seconds.

It’s been almost a month since TrotCon 2015 ended — thanks again for coming, you guys are the best — and we’re already gearing up for 2016. We’ve got a venue to talk to, potential guests to call, badges to sell, applications to take very soon… yeah, it’s already getting busy on the old homestead.

Let’s start with what most of you already know: our theme. If you’ve been on our website or seen our social media in the last 24 hours, you’ve already seen the switchover from magic (which we’ll miss! A lot!). What’s this year’s, you ask, as though the posted art wasn’t a dead giveaway?

How’s space sound? Sound good? Aside from the whole no-one-can-hear-you-scream think, that is.

So in 2016, the official theme of TrotCon will be space, as we announced at this year’s closing ceremonies! As with past years, the theme is 100 percent not mandatory; instead, it’s a fun thing for us to consider when we’re planning events and decor, and for you to factor in when you create your cosplays. Get thinking, by the way! 11 months to go!

What we’re possibly most excited about the space theme just has to be how we’re splitting all of you up for 2016, like we did in 2015 with the different houses pertaining to the princesses (Lunaris, Solaris, Eros and Umbra!). This year, there are but two: the Lunar Republic (Luna!) and the Solar Empire (that’ll be Celestia, y’all). Choose wisely your allegiances. They’re gonna mean a lot at this year’s con. More than they ever did in 2015.

Oh, as for the thing you didn’t already know: we have our first guest!
Remember when Pixelkitties, one of the fandom’s most respected artists who came out to TrotCon in 2012, 2013 and 2014, was announced for 2015 but had to cancel? Well, we hoped we could snag her again for 2016 — and guess what? It’s happening. She’s happening! Pixelkitties will head out to TrotCon 2016 not just as a vendor but also as one of our fandom guests. You’ll be able to purchase some of her amazing wares — art, sure, but there’s so much more! — as well as find her around the convention and on a panel or two. Maybe you’ll get into a 30-minute exchange about craft beer, too. It could happen, only on The Hub! (Disclaimer: It can’t happen on The Hub anymore. RIP.)

One last thing: applications for vendors, musicians, panelists and staff are not up yet. But they’re going to be! We’ll let you know when, but they’ll be available in early September at the very latest.
And that’s just the beginning, y’all. More fandom guests. More VIPs. More EVERYTHING! It’s gonna rock.
Sound like fun? Pre-registration for 2016 is now open, with $30 weekend passes available through Sept. 21. That’s three days of pony fun for less money than it’ll be if you buy at the door, even if you buy for only Saturday! Food for thought, eh?

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