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LHMGKodiak06 Oct 2011 4:48 p.m. PST

How many hours of your time are you willing to invest in travel (method doesnt matter, planes, trains or automobiles) to got to a:
1) small con (Huzzah, couple hundred people)
2) medium con (HMGS, couple of thousand people)
3) mega con (Origins 10k+ people)

for me:

1) 2 – 3 hrs
2) 10 – 12 hrs
3) 12 – 16 hrs

Timbo W06 Oct 2011 4:56 p.m. PST

Within the UK only 1) really applies, otherwise you'd fall in the sea.

Well, I suppose you could get to 2) or 3) by travelling between Cornwall and Scotland, or the M25 at rush hour.

Dynaman878906 Oct 2011 5:10 p.m. PST

No more then roughly 5 hours for any size con. And a mega size con would probably be right out, bigger does not always mean better.

Pictors Studio06 Oct 2011 6:18 p.m. PST

I would rtavel a lot further for a con that I knew friends were going to. So I would be willing to drive to a con in Toledo if I knew that some people were going no matter how small it was. It doesn't mean I would do it every time but I would be much more likely to if friends were there.

I would like to go to Salute some time and that would be about 12 hours of travel so there is some incentive because of the size.

vojvoda06 Oct 2011 6:52 p.m. PST

Five hours for a regional convention.

For the Big three, Hcon, Cold Wars, and Fall In!. Whatever it takes. I once planned leave between Germany and School in California based on when Historicon was.

James Mattes

Mister X06 Oct 2011 7:02 p.m. PST

I also only go to Fall-in, Cold Wars, and/or Historicon. It's roughly 2.5 hours to Lancaster, 1.5 or so to Gettysburg(when they were there). I wouldn't go further.

Jovian106 Oct 2011 7:31 p.m. PST

I regularly travel for 8+ hours to conventions – because they are the only ones close. I've driven 30+ hours to GenCon, and have sojourned to Enfilade! for 4 years which is 9 hours away. There don't seem to be other conventions which are closer.

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2011 8:50 p.m. PST

5 hours to Kansas City or Chicago for Recruits or Little Wars is about it.


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2011 9:12 p.m. PST

Well for me HMGS is a mega-con. Origins is for Wimps and Space Monkeys. I would drive six hours to a multi-day regional convention. I know this is not exactly the same topic but did we not just do this subject? I mean come on now. Why am I wasting my time here? Good question.

Martin Rapier07 Oct 2011 1:56 a.m. PST

UK based. I won't usually travel more than actual gaming/attendance time spent there. This applies more to re-enactment etc events than wargames shows where I'm far too lazy to drive for more than an hour or so unless it is a whole weekend.

I'll spend weeks getting ready for a good WW2 dressing up bash though, and am happy to drive rather further.

Mattdusth07 Oct 2011 4:30 a.m. PST

I am planning on going to fall-in at about a 5 hour drive. I may go to historicon (I hear its in fredricksburg,va) at an 8 hour drive but only because I lived there for 7 years and all my friends are there.

richarDISNEY07 Oct 2011 7:36 a.m. PST

I think there is a poll going already on this topic.
4 Hours drive is my limit.

timlillig07 Oct 2011 5:33 p.m. PST

Quality of the convention generally and my immediate company has more of an influence than the size of the convention.

RudyNelson08 Oct 2011 6:07 p.m. PST

As a vendor my average diustance to a medium (regional convention) was 12 hours and to national shows 14 hours. Since my open heart surgery, I tend to not travel over 9 hours even with help. Though in 2012, I may return to my old range due to necessity.

LHMGKodiak09 Oct 2011 7:00 p.m. PST

Another way to look at it is how many hours would you travel for a:

1 day Con.
2 3 day Con.
4 day or more Con.

Hours of travel being more important than distance, to me anyway. Just curious how others feel.
(If I had a private Lear jet and could fly wherever I wanted I would go to Cons in the UK all the time as it would only be a few hours away even though it is a couple thousand miles. Unfortunately my Lear is in the shop so I am limited to driving <VBG>.)

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