DIY Panels at CON.TXT

Did you miss the deadline for proposing a CON.TXT panel? Or did your panel idea not make the final cut? Have you fallen in love with a new fandom recently (BTS, helloooo)? Well, you're in luck! We've always saved a few panel slots for Do It Yourself panels suggested at the con, but because of our larger hotel space this year we're able to offer a total of 15 DIY panel slots! There will be 5 slots available on Friday and 6 slots available on Saturday, and 4 available on Sunday. (And if all of those fill up, you're welcome to meet in the Upsuite or Downsuite!)

To sign up to run a DIY panel, just write your badge name and panel title on the sign-up sheet on the Message Wall in the Downsuite. Since DIY signups are first come, first served, we have a plan to give latecomers a chance to claim one: all Friday slots and the first three Saturday slots will be available to claim when the Downsuite opens on Friday morning, but the three remaining Saturday slots and all of the Sunday slots will only be available to claim on Saturday morning when the Downsuite opens.

Once you’ve claimed your slot, tweet the panel title, what it’s about, and the time using the hashtag #CT18DIY, and we will retweet it to help you advertise it.

So start thinking about what panels you wish were on the schedule this year, grab a co-mod or two, and be prepared to sign up for a DIY slot at the con! (And seriously, please do a BTS panel!!!)

Want to have the con on your phone? There’s an app for that!

This year at CON.TXT, we have an app for your phone. To get the app, just download EventsXD for free in your chosen app store, then search for “CON.TXT”. In our event pages, you can see a full schedule for the con, search content by time slot, track type, panel room, or moderator. You can fave the panels you want to attend and then click on “My Agenda” at the bottom and it will give you a personalized schedule for the con. There is also a floor plan and if you click on “Pulse”, you can see a feed from Twitter of people using our con hashtag. Go download the app and enjoy!

Speaking of Twitter, just a reminder that our official general con hashtag is #contxt2018. There is also a specific hashtag for each panel located in the program if you want to live tweet a panel.  We encourage panel mods to write the hashtag at the top of your easel pads at the beginning of your panel. We will once again have the paper wall for announcing room parties or to leave notes for people and for the always popular  “Overheard at CON.TXT” quotes. But also remember you can tweet those things as well! If someone says something hilarious in a panel or the Downsuite, tweet it using #OverheardAtContxt or #contxt2018. (But please remember to make sure it’s ok with the person you’re quoting, and use people’s badge names, not real names)

Games & Gaming at CON.TXT 2018

Whether you're into board games, quizzes, RPGs, or party games, this year's con has even more opportunities to play, watch, and discuss games with your fellow fans:

  • Only Connect quiz. For the first time, we're running a round of fannish Only Connect, based on the BBC quiz show, at 9 PM Thursday during the registration icebreaker! Two teams of three to seven players will compete to find the connections between groups of seemingly random clues. You can sign up at registration.
  • Duck Duck Games. Friday night after the vid show, from 10 to midnight, we're playing another round of Encore!, the singalong game from last year. No need to sign up for this one in advance--you can drop in and play for as long as you like.
  • Game Room. Saturday night opposite Disco Duck. Take a break from dancing and come play board, card, or party games! We'll have a wide range of games to choose from, including storytelling games like Slash, Euro board games like Ticket to Ride, and word games like Rewordable. Feel free to bring games of your own, too!

This year's panels include the return of Fannish Pictionary on Sunday and a special how-to panel on Beginning Dungeons and Dragons on Saturday. And if you want to play, demonstrate, or geek out about something that didn't make the schedule, we've got DIY panel slots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday--sign up at registration to claim a room!

One way to spend free time at the con…

Feeling creative?  We'll have a stack of boxes on the Crafty Ducks table in the Downsuite, where you can:

Bling your badge - pronoun stickers, a rainbow of markers, stickers of joy (and fandom), and badge extenders in case there's not enough room to proudly display all of your fandoms and quip

Bling yourself - a stash of temporary tattoos, body jewels, hair extensions and baubles, body glitter, and there may be a tiara or two for general con festivity. The box will also be available in the Upsuite from after the Saturday panels are over for Disco Duck prep!

Coloring - an assortment of coloring books with crayons and colored pencils

Ducking - blank (white) rubber ducks and paint markers to create your ducky masterpiece

Naughty origami - paper and instructions. Also regular, but really, why?

... and a box of general crafting supplies to make a perfect panel pimping page or room party announcement!

CON.TXT is in ONE WEEK!! Are you as excited as we are?!?

Here are a few bits of info and reminders:

Hashtag shout-out:  If you are tweeting about the con now or at the con, be sure to add the hashtag #contxt2018 so we can all see it! We will also have hashtags specific to each panel at the con, which will be listed in the program.

Transportation news:  Just a head's up for people, the Red Line on the DC Metro will be under renovation during the week of the Con and there will be no Red Line service between Fort Totten and NoMa Gallaudet stations. Metro will be running shuttle buses between the stations, but please build in extra time for yourself if you have to travel through that section.

Reminder about hotel rooms: Remember if you are booking a hotel room at the last minute and you missed out on the con rate, send us an email with your name and the nights you booked and we will talk to the hotel about getting you moved to the con rate.

If you're looking for a room to share, there's a post for that here.

If you're looking for a ride share or have space in your own car, there's a post for that here.

Pre-order the exclusive CON.TXT 2018 t-shirt for one week only!

This year’s CON.TXT t-shirt is designed by the awesome Ninjaomelet!

image on white background of nyanduck logo and dates of con.txt 2018

Wear it with pride to advertise your Big Duck Energy :D.

We will be accepting pre-orders HERE for ONE WEEK only! Then, collect your shirt at the con. The nyanduck design is printed in full color on a white, 100% cotton, short-sleeved Hanes tagless tee. Sizes run S through 6X, as described on the Hanes size chart:

hanes size chart

A screenreader-accessible version of the size chart can be found here.

Pre-orders will close at 5 p.m. on TUESDAY, JULY 10. There may be a few extras for sale at the Orphan Table at the Fan Fair on Saturday, July 28th, but we can only guarantee you a shirt if you pre-order! Shirts are $20 each, payable in cash at CON.TXT’s registration desk; the proceeds will support the con. We will not be taking prepayments.

Celebrate the joy of fandom–and support CON.TXT–while you zoom through the cosmos with nyanduck!

Suggest Tunes for Disco Duck!

CON.TXT attendees, we have a Saturday Night Fever, and the only cure is for you to Step Up and Take the Lead. Let us know what songs you want to Flashdance and get Footloose to.

Take Center Stage, and let us know what songs make you want to Stomp the Yard. Whether you’re more into Dirty Dancing or you keep it Strictly Ballroom, we need your help deciding what Shall We Dance to at Disco Duck.

Leave up to 3 suggestions in the comments of this Dreamwidth post (you don’t have to have a DW account). Honey, we can’t guarantee that we’ll Save the Last Dance for your song, but we’ll try to include as many suggestions as possible.

It’s PRE.TXT Survey Time!

We’re gearing up for CON.TXT 2018 (only 6 months away!), and we’d love your feedback on a few things. Please fill out our survey, so we can get your thoughts on con merch, what you want to see in the Upsuite and Downsuite, and the Fan Fair. All responses are anonymous unless you choose to give us your email.

And if you haven’t registered for the con yet, you have THREE more days to register at the $100 price. The price will go up on February 1st.

If you haven’t done it yet, join our new mailing list for updates about CON.TXT.

Book your hotel room for CON.TXT 2018!

CON.TXT 2018 will be held again at the Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City in the exciting Pentagon City neighborhood of Arlington, Va., just across the river from Washington, D.C. Events will begin the morning of Friday, July 27th and go through the afternoon of Sunday, July 29th.

RATE: $139 (plus tax) for a king studio; $159 (plus tax) for a queen/queen studio or a two-bedroom suite. (All rooms have a sofabed in addition to the specified beds.) This is a special CON.TXT rate, and it is guaranteed only until the beginning of July. Reserve early to ensure you get the type of room you want!

RESERVATIONS: There are two handy ways to book your hotel room.

  • Call 800-331-3131 and reference the CON.TXT Women in Media Event at the Residence Inn Pentagon City to make a reservations at the group rate.
  • To book online, click on this direct link: CON.TXT Women in Media Event.

Note: If you book online and attempt to make your reservation to check in prior to 7/26/18 or stay beyond 7/30/18, the system will respond that there are no rooms available. Also, if you are booking a room for two or more people, you will need to call the hotel after booking the room to add the additional names to the registration. (If you are planning to check in together, you are not required to add the names ahead of time; this is mostly useful for people who will be checking in separately.)


  • Wireless high-speed internet access is available for free in all rooms and common areas
  • Full kitchens (including a refrigerator, stove, and cooking implements) in every room
  • Grocery services and fast food delivery are available
  • Free hot breakfast buffet available daily
  • Sofa which unfolds into a sofa bed in every room
  • All rooms are smoke-free
  • Pets are allowed with an additional charge (note that pets will not be allowed in con functions)
  • Free hotel shuttle within 3 miles of hotel
  • Located in a busy, active neighborhood, with easy access to nearby restaurants, fast food, grocery shopping, etc.
  • Easy access (2 blocks) to Pentagon City Metro station (Blue and Yellow lines)
  • Indoor pool and fitness center
  • Hotel business center with computer, printer, fax, etc.
  • All con functions will be held on a single floor

If you have any questions or encounter any issues, please don't hesitate to email us at