Last year the company responsible for D&D, Magic: The Gathering, My Little Pony and Transformers announced Hascon, a three-day fan celebration of the stuff it makes. Tickets for the Providence, Rhode Island show are now on sale, with adult three-day passes ranging from $US165 ($221) to $US600 ($802). Wow.
Now I've been to semi-official (read: Not official, but Hasbro's been really supportive) conventions for two of Hasbro's biggest properties, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Transformers, and just about every fantasy convention I've been to has in some way involved D&D. Seeing those three fandoms converging at the Rhode Island Convention Center September 8-10 is certainly worth the $US60 ($80) one-day adult admission, but the entire weekend might be a stretch.
Here's the price breakdown for tickets:
- Adults 16 and Up: $US60 ($80) single day, $US165 ($221) three-day
- Youth 3 to 15: $US30 ($40) single day, $US75 ($100) three-day
- Children under 3: Free
Then we have the VIP experience, which includes all sorts of behind-the-scenes stuff and special perks. The "Super Fan" tier also comes in tailored Magic: The Gathering and D&D packages.
- Super Fan 16 and Up: $US600 ($802)
- Super Star 3-16: $US200 ($267)
So yeah, the full experience is pretty pricey, especially for a first-time convention, but considering the number of properties being represented and the potential for exclusive collectors' goodies, it's very, very tempting. If you are tempted as well, go to the official ticket purchase page, stare, and make deep thinking noises.