This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the 40th annual Orycon convention in Jenson Beach, Oregon.
I got to play some wargames with some great folks, dress up in my steampunk best with my favorite gal, and even met “Captain Kangaroo.” On the whole, a great weekend, as usual.
I’ve lived in Oregon for over ten years now, having come straight from Iraq at the end of my longest deployment. Since then, I’ve only skipped one of these conventions, and that was because the Uncle Sam sent my butt back to “the sandbox” for another fun-filled trip. In all that time, Orecon has changed hotels twice but never failed to keep its charm. It’s a smaller, writer based convention. Not as loud or attention-getting as a Comicon event. This is where you can just hang out in the con-suite and shoot the bull with other writers and fans about science fiction, fantasy, and all that nerdy jazz.
I’m pleased to say, the con is doing quite well for an event of forty years old attendance wise. We had to get a room at the hotel across the street due to lack of room availability and we were certainly not alone. If you’re a fan of any kind of geekery, I suggest you look for one of these smaller, more intimate conventions in your area. Always a good time and thus, always worth it.
By Clayton J. Callahan