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.
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.
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