Frequently Asked Questions


What is Redemption?

Redemption is a fan-run, not-for-profit convention for fans of science fiction and fantasy - in any form. The idea of the Redemption conventions is to have a fun relaxing weekend where everyone joins in. There are talks, videos, games, workshops, discos, a cabaret and fancy dress and anything else we can think of! Plus an auction, a dealers room, art show, filking, sitting around the bar having a good time, parties and more! Oh, and yes, there are guests ... but since they are encouraged to join in all the fun activities with everything else, it is as likely that you'll be on stage and they'll be in the audience as it is the other way around!


Convention charities?

Sure, rather than just having a good time, we also try to raise as much money as possible for our nominated Charities - including through the Charity Auction held at the convention. The Redemption charities are Asthma UK, PDSA and The Woodland Trust. Redemption conventions typically raise in the region of £1000 for each of the charities - we hope to maintain or improve this for the coming Redemption.


Does Redemption have guests?

Yes, indeed. Guests for Redemption '17 include historian and writer Lynette Nusbacher, and videogame producer Steve Lycett.

Unlike some other "media" conventions, our policy is to have a range of guests; not just actors, but writers, directors, special effects, make-up, costuming etc.

The other thing about our guests is that they must be willing to join in the fun of the convention. They must be available in the bar to chat, join in playing silly games etc. We're not one of those cons where you sit in a big hall and listen to the actor guest giving the same talk that they've given at the last 25 conventions.


So who are the committee?

The committee members are:
  • Lesley McIntee (Chair)
  • Eddie Cochrane (Deputy Chair and Operations)
  • Ian Murphy (Treasurer and Membership)
  • Becky Hills-Duty (Publicity, Gaming track)
  • Tony Hills-Duty (Programming Co-Ordinator)
  • Chris O'Shea (MC)
  • David McIntee (Hand of the Chair, Guest Liaison, Film Festival, Bribery and Intimidation)
  • Kin-Ming Looi (Hotel Liaison)
  • Lindsey & Carrie Proctor (Tech)
  • Susan M Griffths (At-con Guest Liaison, Access)
  • Misha & Zoe Sumra (Chief Stewards)

OK, sounds good, where is it?

Redemption '17 will be held at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria in Sheffield. See the hotel page for more information about the hotel and about room rates.


How much does it cost?

The price for a full adult (18 and over) weekend rises as we get nearer to the convention. So the sooner you book, the cheaper your membership. The prices for day members are constant before the con, but are cheaper in advance than on the door. Two weeks before the con, advance registration is closed so that we pass all the booking information to the hotel. But you can still join on the door.

There are discounts for students, pensioners, members with registered disabilities, and unemployed members.

You can find full details of the membership rates and discounts on the rates page.


What's the difference between the different membership kinds?

Adult full weekend

An adult full weekend membership gives you access to all of the convention programme items, events, areas, and so on, for all three days of the convention. This is the most common kind of membership, and gets progressively more expensive as we get closer to the con. We recommend booking early. Discounts are available for Adult full weekend memberships.

Adult day membership

An Adult day membership gives you full access to the convention, just like an Adult full weekend membership, except that it only applies for a single day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). Note that if you want to come for two days, it's cheaper to buy an Adult full weekend membership rather than two Adult day memberships - especially since the Adult full membership is cheaper before the con. Discounts are available for Adult day memberships.

Under-18 memberships

Under-18 memberships are available for the full weekend, or for an individual day. Obviously, whether you get an Adult or Under-18 membership depends on your age. A handful of programme items at previous Redemptions have been concerned with mature content, and so have been adults-only. There may be similar programme items at the coming Redemption, but the vast majority of the programme is available to Under-18 members too. Discounts do not apply to Under-18 memberships.

Under-3 memberships

Children under 3 are free. If you register them, they get their own badge.

Dealer and dance memberships

If you are a dealer who is going to spend all of each day in the Dealers Room, then you can get a Dealer and dance membership. These memberships, available only to dealers, allow you access to the dealers room and the evening disco events, only. See the information for dealers.

Supporting Memberships

A Supporting membership allows you to support Redemption, even though you're not actually attending the convention. Think of it like a membership that allows you to be there in spirit, but not in person.

If you buy a Supporting membership, and then actually manage to come after all, you just convert your Supporting membership into an attending membership by paying the difference. Since the price goes up, the closer we get to the con, you'd pay the difference for the price at the time you converted the membership. (But of course the sooner you convert your Supporting membership into a full membership, the more chance you'd have of us being able to find you a suitable hotel room...)

Apocryphal memberships

Apocryphal memberships are for toys, so that your Beeblebear or Clanger can have a nice membership badge to wear, too. There's a limit of one apocryphal member, per full paying member, and apocryphal members must be registered in advance.


Why does the registration close just before the con?

We close advance registrations - postal and on-line - in the two weeks before the convention starts to make sure that everyone who has already registered is properly booked into the hotel. The two-week closure period means that we have time to receive a membership/hotel booking, communicate it to the hotel, and get confirmation back to the new member. This avoids the unpleasant circumstance of members turning up at the con only to discover their membership got lost in the post, and never reached us. It's also possible (although very unlikely) that the hotel might not have any rooms left so close to the con, and we need time to let you know.

As always, we recommend joining early on - it's cheaper, and it makes life easier.

We also close on-line changes to membership details at the same time, and for the same reason. Prior to this, you can change most of the details of your membership - your address, badge name, nights in the hotel, etc. - on-line (as long as you've given us an email address, so that we can send you the link to do so). But we have to close this facility so that we can do all the pre-con preparations, such a hotel booking, printing badges, etc.


How do I join?

There are two ways you can join and pay:


What about booking hotel rooms?

When you buy your membership, there's a section on the form where you can specify the nights you want to stay in the hotel. We have been allocated all the rooms. Remember that you can always change your hotel details closer to the con, if your circumstances change. For information on the special room rates and the overflow hotel, see the hotel page.

Prices are per room, per night, and include breakfast for the people booked into the room. If extra breakfasts are required, the hotel will charge for them.

What happens if I can't get the time off/something urgent comes up?

If you've booked for Redemption and then find that you can't attend, you can obtain a refund of your convention membership fee (less an administration charge of £5), on request, at any time up to the end of December 2014. Refunds after that time will be considered only in exceptional circumstances. However, you can sell on your membership to someone else at any time up to the start of the convention. Just write to write to our membership address and give your details (so we know who is selling the membership) and the details of who is buying it. Please note that it is not possible to have your membership 'rolled over' to the next Redemption.


How can I help?

First, register for the con! Second, we really want to encourage people to be part of Redemption, so if you want to , help out with organisation, programming or any other area of the convention, or just want to join up early to get a low membership number, contact us now! We're sure we'll think of something. Contact us!
 

Chat to other people about Redemption!

If you want to chat to other people about Redemption, Babylon 5, Blakes 7, chaos costuming, cabaret entries or just about anything else then why not join the Redemption Yahoo! chat group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/redemptionCon/ !

If you're on LiveJournal, you can join the Redemption LiveJournal Community. There's a community on Dreamwidth, too. And if you're on Facebook, we'll create an event on there, too, as the convention gets closer.

can also follow us on Twitter: @redemptionsfcon

And also on Tumblr: http://www.redemptionvention.tumblr.com