Dark Carnival Games Con Cancelled Mid-Event Due To “Safety Concerns”

The second annual Dark Carnival Games Con kicked off yesterday in Denver, but attendees awoke this morning to find the rest of the event had been cancelled. The reason for the cancellation? Apparently safety.

We actually don’t know much about what happened. The only explanation those staying at the Crowne Plaza Hotel received was a letter slipped under their doors:

Dark Carnival Games Con (or “Dark Carnival Game Con” according to some of the other official materials) isn’t exactly your typical gaming convention. It’s a game convention for Juggalos hosted by the Insane Clown Posse themselves. This con is one of those things that I would have never guessed was real, but once I learned about it, it existing made perfect sense.

I’m more surprised that this is only its second year.

The Insane Clown Posse put out an official statement on the cancellation earlier this morning as well:

Juggalos…we love you. We appreciate you. And we acknowledge all your wonderful work and creativity in making DCG a Dark Carnival blessed and beautiful space that was truly For Juggalos, By Juggalos. However, due to circumstances that are beyond our control, the DCG Con Conventiion Hall has been shut down, to the tears and heartbreak of our wonderful 100% Juggalo-run staff and amazing attendees who put their hearts and souls into making this space for our beloved Juggalo Family. This was COMPLETELY out of our hands, ninjas. We here at Psychopathic Records apologize and we are with you, we will be here in the hotel, and we love you more than you will ever know. More details to come, but here is what we can do right now as a FAMILY: Enjoy Denver TOGETHER. Enjoy our time TOGETHER. Enjoy gaming and fresh times with EACH OTHER. Because DCG isn’t about the flashing lights, table cloths, decorations, and high-flying ultra fresh carnival setup of the closed down convention hall. Not at all. All that is fresh, for certain. But at the end of the day–It’s about US. OUR time together as a FAMILY. And as long as we are TOGETHER as a Family, in our minds–The CON IS STILL ON! Stay tuned for the full rundown from the man himself, Jumpsteady. But for now–just know. As long as we are Gathered here, can’t nobody stop our shine. BBQs, game nights, and adventure awaits. It’s up to you, ninjas! Let’s keep this party going like we knowin, with clown love and karma! It’s up to you to accept the challenge and make this Con truly #ForJuggalosByJuggalos

We haven’t been able to find the exact reasons for the cancellation, though there is a graphic image floating around social media (which we won’t repost — but you can find a copy of attached to this tweet) which purportedly shows a young man who was physically attacked at the event. The validity of that image has not been confirmed yet, but if authentic (especially since it was making the rounds prior to the cancellation) would make calling off the convention understandable.

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 “Dark Carnival Games Con Cancelled Mid-Event Due To “Safety Concerns”

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  • October 27, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I am actually still at the hotel. The picture everyone has seen is from the night before the event began. It took place out doors. The young man you see in the picture is currently still here and playing games.

    However there was a quick fight and several drunken moments, nothing to extreme actually happened during the event. It would appear that the hotel staff cancelled the event in fear of escalation. 3 days later though there is still hundreds of juggalos peacefully playing games and enjoying ourselves right here in the lobby.

    The event may have been cancelled due to a few bad seeds, but the spirit of the event never ended and almost feels like the convention never stopped.


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