November 2018~ ‘Cal Mah’ Stargate Con

After a rough start due to issues with the original venue, FCD Events (run by my friends David & Wil) Unofficial Stargate convention ‘Cal Mah’ took place over the weekend of 16th to 18th of November at the King Power Stadium, home to Leicester City FC in partnership with the lovely people at Stargate Command, MGM’s fan community.

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A number of guests from nearly all of the SG shows were present. In attendance were : Chris Judge (Teal’c), Gary Jones (Sgt Walter Harriman), Dan Shea (Sgt Siler), Cliff Simon (Ba’al), Corin Nemec (Jonas Quinn), Craig Fairbrass (Arkad) and Alexis Cruz (Skaara/Klo’rel) all from Stargate SG-1, Rainbow Sun Francks (Lt. Aiden Ford and Torri Higginson (Dr Elizabeth Weir) from Stargate Atlantis. David Blue (Eli Wallace) represented Stargate Universe.

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On the Friday night a party was held with the theme of “Return to 1969”. It was in honour of Don S Davis (General George Hammond) and many of the guests shared memories and anecdotes of their time working (and drinking) with Don. This was followed by Gary Jones doing an hour of stand-up comedy.

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Both days of the con had a similar format. All guests took part in talks, all of which were not only interesting but absolutely hilarious and insightful.

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The crew from Stargate Command also did a very interesting talk about them, who they are and the future of Stargate. They brought with them a free green-screen photo shoot where you could have your photo (or a video) in front of any Gate. A Wheel-of-Fortune type spinning allowing you to win posters, buttons or stickers. The SGC also provided the event with a life-size Stargate prop. An Ancients control chair was also available for attendees to have a photo with.

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The celebs also took part in photoshoots, both regular and green screen and autograph session.

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A number of dealers were selling items from a variety of shows and films.

As I was crewing the event I didn’t get the chance to take many photos so thanks to everyone who let me borrow theirs (Including Holly & Josh Bowler). I was too busy helping Adam with photoshoots, helping Simon with the stage and audio-visual kit as well as running the Cal Mah quiz with Neil and Simon.

1120 were in attendance and everyone seemed to have a good time. The weekend was brought to a close with a wrap party hosted by the SGC.

Everyone was awesome. Special shout outs to David Blue, Corin Nemec, Dan Shea and Torri Higginson who were amazing! The folks from SGC were very friendly and helpful and seemed to fit in well.

Photos below!

2 thoughts on “November 2018~ ‘Cal Mah’ Stargate Con

  1. This is a very biased review, you failed to comment on the fact that the photo shoot area was cramped and people were queuing in the middle of the con.
    The photo printing was awful, photos take on the Saturday had to be printed on the Sunday. I had to queue and tell the photographer individually which were my photos that were printed, if this happened at Destination Star Trek, you would have slated them.
    Trading areas were limited and some were down along side the stage area, the sound system used for the talks was very poor you could not see or hear anything from the back.
    If you can be critical about the issues with Destination Star Trek then you should be critical about FCD. I would suggest that due to being “Crew” and friends of David and Wil your review is massively one sides as to not cause offense, but as a reviewer of conventions you owe it to your readers to be impartial.

    1. Thanks for your comment Simon.

      Yes, it’s a very biased piece but then I don’t claim to be a reviewer, just someone who enjoys going to events and also helping out friends at theirs, nothing more. I just blog about my experiences and that’s it.

      Wil and David are aware of the issues that happened and I’m pretty sure they will work on them for next time around. Some of the problems were out of their hands unfortunately. The issue with the photos was a technical problem and could not have been avoided but the guys running it did their best to catch up. I’m sorry it caused you a problem.

      As for DST, firstly I would never compare as one is a big corporate entity whilst the other is a small, fan-ran event. I actually enjoyed DST this year and wrote that on my blog.

      Thanks for your feedback though, much appreciated!

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