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Advice for prospective convention organisersRecently, I was asked on Twitter for advice for a prospective convention organiser. Here are some tidbits I wish somepony had told me around a year ago, before I started BronyCon (and long before I stepped down due to my distaste for sauropodian interference). The below is adapted and expanded from my Tweets.
 Have lots of money.
 Be prepared to lose it.
 Have a good psychotherapist.
 Invite local brony celebs as guests before you get to the stage where you can invite VAs and show staff.
 Dealing with a multibillion-dollar toy company (you know which one I mean) is like dancing with a dinosaur.
 Be prepared to spend 40 hours a week working on the convention.
 Be prepared to not see a penny for it.
 Be prepared for conventiongoers to think you're getting filthy rich anyways.
 Any ticket cost is 'too high'. (See )
 You can't please all of the ponies all of the time. No matter what decision you make, somepony will HATE it. Furthermore, many of those will
Rumour controlEver since shortly after BroNYCon January, ugly rumours about me, and about the con, have circulated over and over throughout the Internet. (They have been accompanied by frequent LGBT-bashing attacks and bigotry.) This isn't a coincidence or the random work of disinterested trolls. It is a deliberate and prolonged smear campaign.
Shortly after BroNYCon January, five staffers made a power grab, attempting to obtain financial and logistical control over the con. I did not let them seize control. They walked; only two returned even temporarily to the staff. These now ex-staffers have been leaking documents and spreading lies and distortions about me, and about BronyCon, ever since. Their aim was to destroy my reputation and that of the con.
When I was on the staff myself, I wasn't allowed to react to any of this. I was under tremendous pressure from the staff to ignore these rumours. But the people spreading them are very persistent. It's late March, and the rumours are still swirling. A
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