Counter Convention

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A not very common term for the non-programmed part of any convention, during which the fans entertain themselves with food and/or drink and/or conversation. Any room party, open or closed, other than those sponsored by the convention itself qualifies, as do forays by any two or more fans outside the convention hotel to explore the city or to have a meal together.

It's virtually everything that happens when the official programs close down, although many of them take place while program items are still going on.

The term is also used for rump conventions: small local cons, usually relaxacons, held at the same time as large ones such as natcons and Worldcons, for the benefit of area fans unable to travel to the bigger event.

Rump con or counter con can also mean an unofficial con within a con, such as Sodacon or Room Con.

This is a fanspeak page. Please extend it by adding information about when and by whom it was coined, whether it’s still in use, etc.