AlterniCon 2015 Cancelled Less Than Two Days Before Event

So the staff of AlterniCon 2015 haven’t been having a good week. Yesterday organizers announced the Boston based event had to move venues just days before the con, citing unforseen cost due to “technical failings on the Hotels part” (whatever that means).

But even though they thought they had secured a new venue, things still didn’t work out. Just a few hours ago, AlterniCon’s organizers announced that their 2015 convention has been cancelled.

On both their website and official Facebook page, they posted the following:

Hello Everyone,
We are sorry to inform you all that after all of this stress and hard work that the convention has been canceled. We just received word that the new venue has backed out of their agreement to host us this weekend and unfortunately with that we have no where to go. Over the course of the next two weeks we will be sending refunds to everyone.

It’s unfortunate to see any event cancelled this close, but it’s nice to see that the event is offering refunds (unlike some other cons). If any other details emerge, we’ll add them here, but it honestly just looks like circumstances got the best of the event’s staff.

And that’s just too bad.

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also wrote and drew the now completed webcomic UnCONventional, and produces the podcasts BS-Free Witchcraft, On This Day With Trae, Stormwood & Associates, and The Nerd & Tie Podcast. This leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”

2 thoughts on “AlterniCon 2015 Cancelled Less Than Two Days Before Event

  • November 20, 2015 at 11:47 am

    My SWAG is that “technical failings” is intentionally vague to try to avoid burning bridges and/or finger-pointing arguments. Probably a wise approach.

  • February 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I was asked to advise that con running group a few years ago. The main thing I emphasized to them was to “read the hotel contract” and be aware of what “the attrition clause” says. They ignored both pieces of advice.


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