Our favorite DS-Niners along with more than 100 Star Trek and science-fiction favorites are descending upon Sin City for Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Las Vegas convention.
Go once more unto the breach to celebrate not only fandom, but the 20th anniversary of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” — the series that changed the way fans viewed the Roddenberry universe.
Creation will pack non-stop, around the clock entertainment into an unprecedented four day Trek-stravaganza. The “Creation Difference” means that everyone who attends is guaranteed a seat in the main theater where all the stars, major attractions and exclusive signings take place. No worrying about getting in or being cut off while waiting in line, no extra hassles to see the biggest stars.
With even more celebrities than last year joining the convention, including cast reunions for “Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” the stars are certainly shining bright. However, it’s the fans who may steal the show. The secondary stage hosts a vast array of panels showcasing Star Trek production artists and fan-based activities.
1701News breaks down a few must-see events created by fans for fans.
Introducing an exciting new panel at 9:15 a.m., giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look into New Starship’s Enterprise Bridge Restoration Project. Founder Huston Huddleston and members of the board Doug Drexler (DS9/”Battlestar Galactica”), David Gerrold (writer, “Star Trek”/”Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and Larry Nemecek (writer/historian) discuss this massive project that began with fans saving a discarded Paramount-built touring set and turning it into what will become the world’s first interactive educational sci-fi museum.
At 10 a.m., makeup master John Paladin will select a lucky fan from the audience for a special live demonstration of his abilities turning said patron into a Klingon warrior. Paladin will also have a table in the vendor room offering makeup products.
StarTrek.com presents “The Universe Revealed” at 5:40 pm. Moderator Jordan Hoffman joins CBS executive John Van Citters and “Star Trek Cartography” author Nemecek as they delve into the upcoming “Star Trek Stellar Cartography: Starfleet Reference Library.”
Lead off the morning with host Mary Czerwinski (DVD Geeks) and her team of “geek girls,” who took their love of Star Trek and turned it into a career. Take a look at female fans past and present, why they love the franchise, and discuss the female characters and relationships in “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”
Trekland’s Nemecek is back with the “Star Trek: Today and Tomorrow — Open Mic!” fan forum. Trade opinions with Nemecek during this fan interaction panel about “Into Darkness” and the future of Star Trek itself. The longtime author, editor and consultant debuts his latest “Trekland: On Speaker” audio CD archives this weekend, plus he plays Dr. McCoy in the new “Star Trek Continues” fan film.
The Mission Log Podcast, produced by Roddenberry Entertainment, covers six different series and 30 seasons of television by journeying into every one of the 726 episodes with a single mission: to explore, debate and discuss one of the largest science-fiction phenomena of all time, Star Trek. The panel hosted by Trevor Roth is scheduled at 3:40 p.m. (Roddenberry Entertainment is a partner in the ownership team of 1701News).
Also hosted by Roddenberry Productions, get an exclusive look at what this exciting company has planned and upcoming projects. Be sure to grab breakfast and start your day in the DeForest Kelley Theatre at 9:50 a.m.
The Inside Star Trek Online panel starts at 11:50 a.m. Learn about Star Trek Online, the Legacy of Romulus expansion and more with the developers. Daniel Stahl, Al Rivera, Thomas Marrone and Brandon Felczer will answer questions and present exciting audio-visual tidbits for the convention crowd including trailers, “sneak-peaks” of upcoming game content as well as some cool surprises for those in attendance.
Saturday night’s alright for breaking the Guinness Book of World Records by having the most people in one place in Star Trek costume. With the help of 1,063, plus one, dedicated fans, the record will return to Las Vegas once again.
Trek fans all know Star Trek is pretty much the best science-fiction franchise out there. But who is No. 2? Hoffman hosts an interactive panel for the early bird at 8:30 a.m. to decide which science-fiction franchise comes in second place.
An avid crafter featured in the “Star Trek Craft Book,” Czerwinski (Glue Guns & Phasers) will lead a step-by-step demonstration on how to make your very own Star Trek keepsake. Come out at 3:40 p.m. and get creative at this hands-on event. The workshop is open to adults and kids alike, but everyone is encouraged to arrive early as supplies are limited.
For a complete listing of panels and activities, check out the Star Trek Las Vegas schedule here. The experience isn’t limited to just the stage. Attendees have unfettered access to the vendor room where Ferengi of all kinds are waiting to work out that perfect memorabilia deal just for you.
Star Trek Las Vegas boasts one of the largest vendor rooms on the convention circuit, featuring a vast array of apparel and accessories, toys and props, exclusives and limited edition memorabilia, and so much more. The vendor room also hosts a wide range of noteworthy companies and celebrities offering fans the chance to meet the stars and experience Star Trek like nowhere else.
While exploring the vendor room, be sure to visit the Roddenberry booth for unique memorabilia from the Roddenberry Store, including a two-disc Special Edition “Trek Nation” DVD, the latest graphic novel release “Worth,” uniform replicas, combadges and more.
Trek Radio along with its broadcast partners STOked Radio and Priority One, have teamed up with New Starship to bring the ultimate fan experience. On display at the convention will be the entire center section of the restored Enterprise-D bridge from “The Next Generation.” Keep your comm channels open for exclusive audio and video content streamed straight from the Trek Radio booth, including: celebrity interviews, a Klingon invasion of the bridge, trouble with Tribble Toys, renewal of marriage vows and more. (The author of this piece is an owner of Trek Radio).
The vendor room is filled with more than just memorabilia. Swing by the G&T Show booth where Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward will sign their latest Star Trek books. The G&T Show is an irreverent podcast in which hosts Terilynn Shull and Nick Minecci discuss all forms of Star Trek writing from movies and television to novels, games and fan-fiction.
Dozens of celebrities will be in the vendor room throughout the convention, meeting fans and signing autographs for a nominal fee. Nemecek and Geek Nation Tours partner once again for the special Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas tour. Geek Nation Tours specializes in expertly crafted theme holidays for geeks by geeks. Stop by their booth for information on upcoming tours and book your next adventure.
If you’re in the mood for some “Fine Art from the Future,” be sure to visit Bye Bye Robot‘s booth for original, officially licensed artwork inspired by the science-fiction franchise that started it all. From stickers to posters to gallery quality prints, you’ll find something right for you.
Fans in search of the purr-fect furry companion should check out Tribbles Toys‘ booth. There you’ll find a variety of Tribbles, Trekkie bears, T-shirts and other tribble-related memorabilia.
AFTER HOURS PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE
After spending hours exploring Star Trek via celebrity panels and the vendor room, fans will be ready to let loose and celebrate at one of the many after-hour events being held throughout the convention. Beam over to the parties for a chance to socialize with the people behind some of your favorite geekie websites, karaoke and support a great charity.
The hosts of DVD Geeks, Nemecek’s Trekland and Mission Log Podcast invite fans to join them at the Masquerade Bar at 8 p.m. Thursday. While Gold and Captain’s Chair attendees enjoy an exclusive party at the Voodoo Lounge atop the Rio All-Suites Hotel, any “Red Shirt” can become the star during Creation’s Free-to-All Karaoke Night at 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday in the Brasilia Ballroom.
Head back to the Masquerade Bar at 8 p.m. Friday to party like a Spockstar with Trek News and Trekcast as warriors of the empire also assemble for the Klingon gathering.
Make your way to the iBar at 5 p.m. Saturday to meet developers of Star Trek Online as Massively is once again rounding up attending Cryptic Studios developers for a casual get-together we call Hangin’ with the Devs. Finish off the convention Sunday night in the spirit of Gene’s vision with Robert Picardo‘s annual charity auction for Habitat for Humanity at 8:30 p.m. at Tommy Rocker’s Southside Grill.
Trek fans can cool off without ever leaving the hotel by visiting the slushy bar called Evening Call. Bartenders pair delicious drink creations alongside the select Vegas lifestyle, taking beverages to a whole new level. Indulge in the frozen experience of unique daiquiri tastes such as blue Romulan Ale, Wake-Up Call, Vegas Crush and Straw Bama.
TIPS & TRICKS
Every enterprising convention-goer should know a few tips and tricks for maximizing the fun during the convention. Whether you plan to gamble in the casino, dine at the restaurants or shop at the hotel, applying online for a member or rewards card ahead of time will allow you to immediately earn points at the Rio and any Caesar’s resort.
Have your card ready at check-in and look for discounts on restaurant menus. Show your card everywhere for instant deals and member rewards. Shop year-round at participating online retailers to keep your reward points active.
The Rio is a large hotel with many attractions, and there is a lot to see at the convention that will lead to lots and lots of walking, and standing, and walking. Wearing comfortable shoes is vital for attendees planning to spend the entire day at the convention all weekend.
There are many great sights to see at VegasCon. You’ll undoubtedly want to take hundreds of photos of the celebrities, cosplayers, merchandise and attractions at the Rio and Las Vegas. So you don’t miss that unique photo, make sure your phones are fully charged (don’t forget to bring the charger with you) and stock up on batteries and film if you’re using a conventional camera.
Sci-fi conventions are a great place to meet new people with similar interests. There are many ways to make lasting impressions on fellow attendees and keep them as friends long after the convention is over. Often fans attend events to meet people they’ve only ever spoken to online. Quick tip, be friendly and don’t shy away from asking someone where they come from or how they made their costume.
Many convention veterans are familiar with the phenomenon known as “con crud” or “nerd flu.” With thousands of fans gathering together in shared locations, it is inevitable to encounter a few germs. To avoid getting sick at or after the convention, be sure to wash your hands often and carry some form of hand sanitizer to avoid Barclay’s Protomorphosis Syndrome.
With so many Humans, Klingons, Romulans and others attending the event, there’s bound to be a massive turn-out. Don’t miss the galaxy’s greatest party coming to the fabulous Rio Suites Hotel in Las Vegas on Aug. 8-11, 2013.