This was another amazing event with a great guest line-up and a lot of fun memories were made, only the week before the event my dog had passed away so I was really looking forward to this event and being able to spend time with friends and con family and getting lots of friendly hugs. As always with an Armageddon the event starts off with a Friday night cocktail party and this event used the same venue as the last one at Bobby McGees, still love this venue so much. The cocktail party is always a great time, because I volunteer and am generally a gopher/runner in the Media Guest Area I like to make sure I do the rounds and introduce myself to the guests so that they know my name and face, and by name I mean Smiley, because it’s easy to remember.
This cocktail party was a great amount of fun, chatted and caught up with some amazing friends, chatted with some of the actors… I remember one stage when I was chatting to my mate Jen, she mentioned that she wanted to go and talk to Claudia but Claudia had a large group of people around her… next thing Jen knows I’ve dragged her across the room and she’s standing next to Claudia, she looks around for me and I’m gone, because I’m sneaky. So many of my good friends were at this cocktail party, even without the guests in attendance it was a great night of dancing and drinking and having a good time, Ty Olson and Rick Worthy were the total life of the party in the way of guests though, dancing and having fun! Oh I did have a good chat with Janet Varney as I adore her from the Thrilling Adventure Hour and she is incredibly lovely and a true joy to chat to.
As mentioned I am generally a gopher/runner at these events and I was again this year, usually there a few runners in the guest area, but this year I found myself sitting with Claudia Black more than any of the other guests, Claudia is quite fast at signing and her minder and I were the best at keeping up with her. My good friend Clare was Claudia’s minder and Clare and I have worked together at these events several times including the very first Armageddon in Melbourne where our friendship truly started. Sitting with Claudia meant having to sit next to Ben Browder too, luckily we already had a good rapport from previous meetings and we just continued on with the usual banter, nearby was also Gigi Edgley so it was a very Farscape weekend this one and all three of these guests were amazing, lovely and awesome to hang around with throughout the weekend.
There were so many amazing guests at this event and I may have spent most of my time with the Farscape guys I did get a chance to sit with lots of the other guests throughout the weekend such as Norman Lovett which was amazing for the huge Red Dwarf fangirl in me, also spent time with Barry Bostwick, Rick Worthy, Ty Olson, Billy Boyd and others. I got to have a good chat with the comic writer Dan Slott on the Sunday of this event, I was walking with him through the venue when he mentioned he was after this particular action figure so we had a look at some of the stalls and he told me stories of different events he’d attended and people he’d met. Luckily we were able to find the action figure he was looking for and he was very grateful and even thanked me with a lovely tweet, one to which the organisers responded and sometimes it’s nice to be appreciated and these tweets made me feel pretty special.
Throughout the weekend I did get a few photos taken, one with Claudia of course, one with Norman Lovett and I just had to get one with Janet Varney too, because she is amazing. I was doing my famous change from volunteer outfit to Stargate costume for my photo with Claudia and Janet happened to see me and wanted to take photos of me in my costume. I also changed into my Smeg Head shirt for my photo with Norman Lovett.
This was another great event and I had a blast hanging with these amazing guests, my beautiful con family and so many good friends. On the Sunday evening after the event there was a staff after party as a thank you to all of the volunteers for their work over the weekend, it was a great way to wind down after the weekend, spend time with friends and some of the actors tagged along as well which was amazing. Clare and I were just chilling at a table when Julie Caitlin Brown came over and thanked us for our assistance over the weekend with Claudia, which was very nice of her. I also got to chat a fair amount with Rick and Ty who are great and fun guys to chat with, what a great way to end the evening.
Complete Guest List: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Gigi Edgley, Evanna Lynch, Billy Boyd, Robbie Jarvis, Jason Carter, Dwight Schultz, Dean Stockwell, Norman Lovett, Tony Amendola, Barry Bostwick, Richard Hatch, Ian McNeice, Simon Fisher-Becker, Catrin Stewart, Christopher Ryan, Dan Starkey, Nina Toussaint-White, Ty Olsson, Rick Worthy, Kim Rhodes, Gregg Berger, Brian Bloom, Janet Varney, Kari Wahlgren, Patrick Seitz, Kevin Eastman, Dan Slott, Brent Anderson, Matt Melvin, Mark Rolston, Corey Feldman, Temuera Morrison, Nell Campbell and Richard Arnold.