Welcome to DemiCon

Des Moines' Annual Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Gaming Convention

Thank you for visiting the DemiCon 25 website.

Welcome to DemiCon 25: HI-YO, SILVER! CELEBRATE AWAY! We invite you to help DemiCon celebrate its Silver Anniversary on May 2-4, 2014, with a steampunk theme.  Plans and some of the contests are well underway. Check out guests of honor, register, participate in the early contests and make your hotel room reservation.

If you’ve attended DemiCon in the past, you already know that you are family, and we eagerly welcome you back each year. The DemiCon ConCom (convention committee) says “hello” and thanks you for joining us again this year. It will be great to see you!

If you have never been to DemiCon, this is the year to become part of our family and celebrate the Silver Anniversary with us! We know that something like this can be a little bit overwhelming, and we’re here to help you enjoy the con and start your collection of fond DemiCon memories. If you wish to see a small tour of the convention space, please click "Tour the Home of DemiCon."


The following is an overview of what to expect at DemiCon when you first arrive.


The convention opens on Friday, May 2, at 2 p.m., and runs around the clock until Sunday, May 4, ending at 4 p.m. after Closing Ceremonies. You can attend for one day or for the whole weekend.


Step 1:  When you arrive at the convention, you will need to register for a badge. If you registered on-line prior to the con, your check-in will go faster because your badge will be ready and waiting for you.

Click for more information on prices and payment options, or to register on-line.  


Click to view "What to Expect for DemiCon Preregistration" (the check-in process if you purchase your DemiCon membership on-line before the con) or "What to Expect for DemiCon At-the-Door Registration."

You might think, "Badge... I don't need no stinkin' badge." Well, actually, you do. This allows DemiCon staff to know that you are part of the convention and entitled to attend the activities. DemiCon does not "own" the hotel, so please wear your badge at all times at the convention.


So where do I need to go to register and get my membership/badge?

Follow the signs in the hotel lobby to the open stairway. At the bottom of the stairs, turn left and enter the second door on your right, which will have “Registration” signage.Bring your ID and your means of payment to purchase your membership.


DemiCon offers multiple levels of one-day and full-weekend memberships. The Explorer memberships have a lower fee, and allow you to access the two floors of the convention where the programming is held, but not the fifth floor, which is the location of the Hospitality Suite (aka ConSuite) and also the party floor at night. If you start with one of the Explorer memberships, then fall in love with DemiCon and decide to stay longer or spend time on the fifth floor, you can upgrade your membership. The price of your Explorer membership is applied toward the upgraded membership.


Step 2:  Once you are registered and have your badge (which you must wear in a visible location at all times when roaming the convention), be sure to browse the other tables in the Registration room, and take note of the Hub's location.  


  • Des Moines Science Fiction Society Table — This is where you can purchase the official con T-shirt and other items to help you enjoy and brag about your DemiCon adventures. You can also purchase your membership for 2015’s DemiCon 26 at a reduced rate here, so don’t miss this opportunity. If you wish to pre-order your DemiCon 25 T-shirt, check back here soon for a link!


  • Hub (Main Headquarters) — The glass-walled room at the bottom of the stairs (the room adjacent to Registration) is the convention headquarters. This is known as the Hub. If you have questions, concerns, issues, or just need to find someone in charge, you can come here.


Step 3:  The convention is now open to your own quest. If you purchased a full-access membership, you will receive a bag of goodies which includes a pocket program and a program book to help you find out what is happening. Feel free to ask anyone for advice about which events and panels might be of the most interest to you. We recommend that you include the following in your plans:


  • Opening Ceremonies start at 7 p.m. on Friday, and will introduce you to our Guests of Honor, our "host with the most" Toastmaster Tadao Tomomatsu, and additional guests. Opening Ceremonies conclude with a performance by the Trans-Iowa Canal Company, aka TICC, which is a science fiction parody acting troupe that has enlivened our stage  since the beginning of DemiCon.


  • Visit the Volunteer Table in the hotel’s lobby. Volunteering is one of the best ways to go from “newbie” to “knowledgeable” in no time, and you’ll get to know members of your DemiCon family. DemiCon is run by volunteers — we mean everyone. We can't do it without your assistance. If you wish to help out at any time, our staff at the Volunteer Table will give you options and explain exactly what each duty involves. Volunteer for a few minutes, or for an hour or two — it’s up to you.
    Volunteering to be a Door Dragon
    Volunteering for the Registration Table


  • One area that gets overlooked by the new attendee is the Hospitality Suite, aka ConSuite, which is available to all types of DemiCon memberships except the Explorer memberships. The ConSuite is located on the fifth floor; follow the signs as you leave the elevator. The ConSuite will open after Opening Ceremonies (usually around 9 p.m., Friday night) and will stay open around the clock. There will be a wide range of beverages, munchies, events and wonderful conversation. At night time, many attendees open their own fifth-floor rooms for parties. Stop by! 


At the top of this site’s pages, you will find these drop-down menus.


  • Registration Click to see the various types of DemiCon membership, and to register for the convention, hotel room, Art Show, Dealer Room, and more. A few of our convention events might require that you reserve your place in advance, and this is where you can register for those special activities. (If you wait until the weekend of the con to request a place in one of the limited-seating events, we can’t guarantee there will be a spot for you.)
  • Guests — Please explore this menu to find out about the exciting guests who will be at DemiCon 25. This list of amazingly talented people keeps growing, so check back again later, too.
  • Programming — This menu allows you to view the program schedule. (This is in flux and jiggles like Jell-O until about three weeks prior to the con.) Here, you can browse the grid of one- and two-hour convention events.
  • Venue — This is further programming information, but instead of the one- and two-hour events, you’ll see the areas whose themes continue all weekend, such as Gaming, Music, and Animé.
  • Volunteers — DemiCon is run by volunteers, and we can't do it without you. Take a look at the volunteer opportunities and sign up. If you are not sure about what’s involved, watch our educational videos found here. We’ll be adding more videos, so visit again later.
  • Forum — We want to hear from you! DemiCon is the sci-fi people’s convention. What would you like to see at DemiCon?
  • FAQ — Learn more about DemiCon.
  • Links — Find other conventions, as well as certain groups that have attended DemiCon. Learn a little bit about the language of the con, also. 



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