Frequently Asked Questions

Simply put, Octocon is Ireland's national science fiction convention.

Not quite so simply put; Octocon is a gathering of fans of science fiction, fantasy and horror. It runs for a whole weekend and takes place every October. In 2012 it's happening on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of October.

Oh, lots of things! We cover an incredibly wide variety of topics with panels, interviews, discussions, workshops, rare movies, games, and parties. Every Octocon is a little different to those that have gone before.

This year we're delighted to be close to the City Centre at the Camden Court Hotel on Camden Street. See our Hotel page for details.

At the moment, it costs €20.00 for the whole weekend - compare that to, say, a football match; a match will last for ninety minutes and you don't get to meet the players in person!

As always under-12's can attend for free, but must be accompianed by a paying adult at all times.

Octocon is a non-profit event, run by volunteers. Any surplus funds are carried over to help run the next year's event.

Charity auction funds are given to the year's chosen charity unless an item is  otherwise noted as been for a different charity.

Of course!

If you are a trader check out this page for more information!

If you are a Fan group please use our contact page to speak to us.

We're always happy to take in flyers for other events! Get in touch and we'll give you details for getting them to us before the con. You can also avail of the advertising space in our programme book so that you can reach more of our members!

We can also sell your comic or fanzine for you if you'd like. Contact us for more information!

You can pay either beforehand, or at the door. However, in the event of a sell-out, we may not have memberships available on the door. Prices at the door are not set yet, but there's a significant chance they'll be over the current €20 price.

Yes, there are!

To ensure the maximum enjoyment of everyone involved, please read the
following rules which make up the official Octocon Code of Conduct...

1. First and foremost, have a good time. That’s the whole point of the
convention!

2. Badges: The badge tells us that you’ve paid and are entitled to be admitted. It’s your passport to the convention. Please keep it visible at all times. If the security gophers can’t see it, they’ll have to ask you for it. If you lose your badge, don’t panic. You can get a new one from the registration desk.

3. Smoking is not permitted in any part of the hotel except smoking-permitted bedrooms. This is in accordance with Irish law and not the hotel being mean. There is an outdoor smoking area off the corridor in the convention centre.

4. Children under 12 may only be admitted to the convention if accompanied by an adult member. Adults bringing children to the convention must be responsible for them at all times during the convention, and are asked to ensure that they are responsibly cared for, and not allowed to cause disruptions during events. Please note that while Octocon is aimed at all ages, some events - particularly those later in the evening - may be unsuitable for minors.

5. Unless otherwise stated, normal still photography is permitted in general convention areas. Please seek permission from dealers before taking photographs of their stands or any items thereon. Also, some cosplayers' costumes may mean that the costumers may have limited visibility and may not appreciate being blinded at a crucial moment by a flash going off in their face. Film, video and audio recording will only be permitted where the permission of the convention committee and the persons involved has been sought first. Photography, filming or recording of panels is not permitted without express permission from the committee and all panelists/speakers. Otherwise, use your common sense.

6. The issue of weapons is always an area of controversy, however for insurance and legal reasons we have to draw a line in the sand. Accordingly we are decreeing that real and realistic-looking weapons or otherwise dangerous objects cannot be brought into the convention unless they are being used as a prop in a convention event. In such cases, they must be safely bound and may not be displayed outside the specific event. The committee must be informed of any such weapons and reserves the right to refuse their admission to the convention.

7. It is not normally permitted to bring food and drink into the hotel. There is a corkage charge on bottles of wine. If hotel staff discover you bringing in food or drink, you’re on your own.

8. The committee reserves the right to revoke the membership of any member whose behaviour they feel is disruptive and is preventing others from enjoying the convention.

9. Due to health and safety regulations at the hotel, no live animals- with the exception of guide dogs - may be brought into the convention.

10. The video equipment Is more complicated then it looks, so please, if a problem arises, don’t try to fix it yourself. There should be a member of staff present, but if there isn’t, please find one.

11. Members entering competitions are requested to cooperate with the event coordinator. See also points 3 and 5.

12. Remember, the convention guests are people too! Please try not to monopolise their time or otherwise unnecessarily inconvenience them, lest you befall point number 8 above!

13. To avoid disruption, mobile phones must be switched off during panels; see point 8 above.

We have it! You can pick up your membership pack and badge at the door. Just give us your badgename and full name and we'll sort you out!

The winners of all of the Golden Blasters' awards will be announced at Octocon's awards ceremony on Sunday evening. The winners will be posted on our website afterwards.

It sure will, but that won't be until closer to the con. In the meantime, we always welcome programming suggestions and ideas! Send any you have to programming [at] octocon [dot] com