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    Default Cancon 2022 Photos

    Despite the slings and arrows of an outrageous pandemic, with the Omicron variant running rampant... Cancon 2022 went ahead.

    For the first time, this was a ticketed event, a requirement of ACT health for contact tracing, even though that has gone by the board, with hundreds of cases per day rather than a handful. Tickets were only $2 each, just enough to cover the $1.12 cost of issuing them, and the rigmarole of having to produce photo ID, registering, displaying the ticket QR code, using the contact tracing app to track both the site, and each of the 6 pavillion areas used... well it cut numbers attending by 2/3. Which was the intent, in order to stop a sulerspreader event.

    The organisers had to submit a Covidsafe plan, volunteer Marshals roaming the pavillions to gently but firmly enforce masking sanitising game boards and miniatures, checking registration for attendees moving to the hucksters area, second hand stalls (with limited occupancy at any one time for both), and so on. All under the watchful eye of roaming ACT health inspectors.

    Under the circumstances, it went rather well. Far better than I expected, better even than I hoped.

    The first 2 days we got 4 games in each day, the last half day another 2. So we cycled over 20 visitors through, and all asked where they could get the game afterwards. A blast was had.

    The games were all stripped down racing versions of the usual multi table multi map, bombers giants, Martians etc. games involving 6-10 players that we usually have. 2 Ares Lycra mats on 1 6x4 table, for ease of disinfection. 4 aircraft each game, which were either early 1917 late 1917, early 1918 or late 1918. Usually single seaters only, but sometimes a single and a 2 seater on each side and one 2 seater only.

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    Mother and son, Albatros D.II and Nieuport 17 in early 1917. Also appearing, Roland C.II and Sopwith Strutter.

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    Set up and waiting for trade in the socially distanced environment.

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    Late 1918, SSW D.III, Sopwith Camel, Fokker D.VII and SE5a

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    Late 1917. A Halberstadt CL.II just bought by the participant from one of the hucksters that was selling them off cheap at $5 a pop (they went within minutes, darnit) , an Albatros D.II, an RE8 and Bristol F2b.

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    Early 1918, Fokker Dr.I, Sopwith Camel, Hannover CL.II and a Breguet 14.

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    As can be seen, the damage decks were quite incendiary.
    Last edited by Zoe Brain; 01-25-2022 at 00:22.

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    Well done Zoe, for showing such perseverance!

    Glad it went well.
    Thanks for the photos.
    I laugh in the face of danger - then I hide until it goes away!

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    Great to see Cancon happening again.

    P.S. Love that Snoopy figure.

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    Well done Zoe, and the organisers for getting the event off the ground !

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Well done, Zoe.
    It's nice to see that things are slowly happening again.

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    Great to see folks engaged and the potential for new recruits. Plus you can't miss with Snoopy as your co-pilot. Rep inbound.

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    Thanks for organising this Zoe - one day I’ll get there!

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    Well I sent two emails to the organisers asking if it was on and got no response but it is good to see some young ones taking our hobby on.
    Last edited by Baxter; 01-24-2022 at 15:58.

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    Nice one Zoe!
    Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston S. Churchill

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    I am glad it went well in circumstances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baxter View Post
    Well I sent two emails to the organisers asking if it was on and got no response but it is good to see some young ones taking our hobby on.
    There could be no certainty right up to the day it started. External events could have caused cancellation, and very nearly did. The organisers were in two minds about it, but eventually decided to trust the ACT Health department that the submitted Covidsafe plan was adequate. A special exemption had to be granted for an indoors event of such size , and with near hospital grade precautions. ACT Health would not allow proof of vaccination to be mandatory, but the locals are all doubly vaccinated, (98.6% of over 12's) and those from interstate were strongly encouraged to vaccinate, mainly by the organisers pointing out just how risky any large indoors event would be when 3% of the population of the eastern states is actively infected.

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    Nice to see! Thanks for the photos.

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    Thanks for the overview Zoe.
    As SAO, are there any medals due to be presented for the event?
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Thank you for the short report.

    Glad you manage to organize some games.
    Voilą le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Very nice to see some new folks getting into the game, great job, Zoe! Beautiful advertising banner and Snoopy

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    Well done Zoe. Nice to see some ftf gaming. Hopefully this year will see more gaming shows and the retreat of Covid.

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