ConGlomeration Staff & Volunteers

Platypus Legion

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Join the ConGlomeration Army!

ConGlomeration is not a business; it is a celebration of all things geek that is willed into existence by the local fan community. We don’t do it for the money — because we don’t make any. Everyone who organizes or attends ConGlomeration donates time and resources to create a 50-hour-long festival of imagination and joy.

It takes a small army of like-minded geeks to make a convention like ConGlomeration a reality. For ConGlomeration to conquer new worlds our ranks must grow.

Join the Platypus Legions: Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Every hour of time you donate makes a difference. Donate six hours of effort, and you’ll get a swanky ConGlomeration t-shirt featuring an exclusive Erik Appelhof original platypus parody print. These shirts are never sold; they’re available only to ConGlomeration volunteers and staff, and we create new original shirts every year.

Here’s all the ways in which you can contribute to ConGlomeration:

Need Level: High

Volunteers help maintain the snack buffet and drink tubs. This includes handling food (including peanuts), washing dishes, occasional sweeping, emptying trash cans, and lifting cases of sodas or bags of ice (these can be a little heavy). Those willing to work overnight hours will reap a special glory in Valhalla (the Asgardian paradise, not the golf course; we’re geek-pious, not rich).

Need Level: High

Volunteers will assist members in filling out registration forms and paying for memberships (by processing credit cards and taking cash; there are no free lunches here). They will also enter membership data in our database and generate badges. Reg volunteers should be comfortable handling money, answering questions, and making small talk. Fast typists will be worshipped like unto gods.

Need Level: Medium

Volunteers help assemble the Art Show panels during Setup Hours on Thursday evening and Friday morning, which often involves light lifting and use of a power drill. Process is reversed during Teardown on Sunday. Those who provide their own cordless power drills are rewarded with access to the Hospitality Suite Secret Stash (read: donuts; lots of donuts).

Need Level: Medium

Volunteers help maintain the orderly flow of Masquerade participants during rehearsals Saturday afternoon and performance Saturday night. This can include recruiting cosplayers, guiding them through masquerade signup, aiding in photography, assisting with costume issues, timing and directing acts on and off stage, and general crowd control. Those who can keep cosplayers on time and in place will be hailed as worthy to wield Mjolnir and rule all of Asgard (offer not valid in Midgard; Mjolnir sold separately).

Need Level: Medium

Volunteers help our Dealers load in and set up their exhibition spaces during Setup Hours on Friday morning, which often involves moderately heavy lifting (both physical and emotional; some Dealers are grouchy). Process is reversed during Teardown on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers may also be asked to check badges to ensure only dealer-badged members have access during setup hours. Whoever safely loads in/out the most boxes of books will be anointed Knight Errant of the Bibliophile Legions (seriously, we can find a sword and make this happen).

Need Level: Low

Volunteers man the Game Control desk to: ensure no prizes, community games, or supplies are stolen; to keep the game signup sheets current and organized; to call out inevitable pizza deliveries that gamers never seem to notice; and to notify hotel staff when the garbage cans need to be emptied (they fill up as if cursed by crap-goblins). Those willing to work overnight hours will be forever blessed by Saint Gygax, Patron of Saving Throws.

Need Level: Low

Volunteers help rearrange rooms between programs, which may involve light lifting of chairs or transport of A/V equipment between panels. Volunteers also perform light errands or tasks for panel participants (if a Hugo-winner wants a soda, you get a Hugo-winner a soda). The most polite and capable amongst this number are promoted to Guest Liaison and get to hang out with our Guests of Honor after hours (see programming chair for eldritch initiation rituals; safety not guaranteed).

Join the Platypus Legions: Register for ConGlomeration 2018!

Enlist in the Platypus Legions! If you’ve served in the past, thank you, and please consider signing up for another tour. If you’re new to ConGlomeration, never fear, we’re always ready to welcome new brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

If you’d like to muster up with the ConGlomeration Army, contact our volunteer coordinator.

Questions about Volunteering?
Contact Quinn Thomas, Acting Volunteers Chair []