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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...
A great idea was tossed around.


Once upon a time, an idea was scribbled on a whiteboard and then set aside. And not so recently, a bunch of us thought it might be pleasurable to have a modest convention in which we might simply relax.

The inspiration for this comes from two things, really. The first is a little convention that we enjoy once a year down in Rochester, MN called Supercon. It’s an intimate convention that involves very little programming and allows like-minded individuals to come together in an atmosphere that they are comfortable in. We talk about Science Fiction and fantasy--literary or otherwise. We enjoy each other’s company and partake in delights in which we may otherwise never experience. The second inspiration was a little hotel in Siren, WI. Recently some of our staff visited The Lodge at Crooked Lake in Siren, Wisconsin and they enjoyed themselves so thoroughly they said, "We HAVE TO have a convention here!"

In the back of our minds, we’ve always wanted to do a small intimate convention. This sort of atmosphere is frequently described as a Relax-A-Con or Decadence Convention. Decadence is expressed in the American Heritage and Webster’s online dictionary in the following manner:

dec·a·dence n.

1. A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay. 2. Often, Decadence, A literary movement especially of late 19th-century France and England characterized by refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations. [French décadence, from Old French decadence, from Medieval Latin dcadentia, a decaying, declining, from Vulgar Latin *dcadere, to decay. See decay.]

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

decadence \De*ca"dence\, Decadency \De*ca"den*cy\, n. [LL. decadentia; L. de- + cadere to fall: cf. F. d['e]cadence. See Decay.] A falling away; decay; deterioration; declension. ``The old castle, where the family lived in their decadence.'' --Sir W. Scott.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

Now, we don’t exactly define our convention as a social decline. Rather, we adopt the second definition. The convention is a time for us to practice "refined aestheticism, artifice, and the quest for new sensations" in the ambiance of Science Fiction and Fantasy. You may have noticed by looking in the contacts section, many of the staff of this convention were involved in the creation of another convention called CONvergence. In fact, OmegaMan was conceived during the creative process for CONvergence. At that time he was merely an Omega symbol with a couple of scribbled eyes, a bow-tie and a smiley. The more elaborate version you see on the site was inspired by the original conceptualization. Enough about the history! In closing, we’d like to let you know we are here to bring you yet another opportunity to relax with friends in a Sci-Fi / Fantasy environment. We’re not out to copy anyone--we’re here to bring another opportunity to the fan community to relax and get to know one another. Let's turn this scribbling of an idea into a reality! Come join us in what we hope will become a yearly tradition with you.

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