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FC2018: Furtastic Beasts at Further Confusion, was held Thursday January 11 – Monday January 15, 2018

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Further Confusion is one of the world’s largest anthropomorphic (or “furry”) conventions, celebrating its 20th anniversary next January! It is held in the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose Marriott, and San Jose Hilton. Many events and attractions, including the Dealers’ Room, Art Show, and Main Stage will be located in the brand new “expansion space” of the convention center, right between our two main hotels. The dates of the 2019 convention will be January 17th through 21st.

Further Confusion features exciting events, educational panels, a dealer’s room with comics, artwork, collectibles and clothing, an art show, gaming, nightly dances and world-class costuming!

Register

FurCon 2019 – Our 20th Anniversary!
January 17th-21th 2019
San Jose Convention Center

Early-Bird Registration for 2019 Now Open!

Registration Info

Welcome, all! We’re excited to announce more details soon for our 20th Anniversary Convention, and registration is already open! Additionally, we’ve upgraded our Sponsor and Super-Sponsor gifts, now including a special brunch for Sponsors and Super-Sponsors!

As always, weekend memberships include five full convention days, access to panels, fursuiting events, the Dealer’s Room and Art Show, all evening dances and performance events, and lots of fun in the Bay Area sun!

Registration FAQ

Single-Day Memberships

In addition to weekend memberships, day passes will be available through our online registration portal starting at 12:00am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Attendees may purchase a day pass online from their mobile device or by using one of our kiosk laptops at At-Con Registration. A photo ID will be required to pick up your badge.

Single-Day Pricing:

  • Friday 1/12: $35
  • Saturday 1/13: $40
  • Sunday 1/14: $35

Do I need an ID to pick up my membership?

Yes, in order to be issued membership to the convention all attendees of all levels must present a valid, current photo ID, preferably one that is government issued and states both identity and age of the attendee. Examples of valid identification include a state issued driver license, military ID, or passports.

Only government issued IDs will be accepted as proof of age. A non-government issued ID (such as a student ID) may be accepted as proof of identity, but will not be accepted as proof of age. Regardless of apparent age, memberships picked up with non-government issued IDs will be issued as minor badges which have certain access restrictions. (Please see “Minors and Minor Badges” for details.)

Any attendee who cannot or will not show proof of identity will not be issued a membership. Membership fees will not be refunded in such situations. (Please see “Are Memberships Refundable?”)

What forms of payment do you accept?

For online registration Further Confusion accepts payment with a debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express). For at-con registration, we accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards. (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).

Can I mail in my registration?

No, Further Confusion no longer accepts mail-in registration.

I can’t remember if I pre-registered or not, how can I find out?

If you have searched your inbox(es) for an email from noreply@regfox.com and cannot find one for this year, email registration@furtherconfusion.org and we’ll happily look up this information for you.

Can I change my badge content or upgrade my membership?

Yes! Use the “Access my account” link in your confirmation email to edit your badge names (or any other details that may have changed), or upgrade to a Sponsor or Super-Sponsor membership by paying the difference in cost. Email registration@furtherconfusion.org if you need assistance with editing any registration information.

Are memberships refundable?

No, memberships to Further Confusion are not refundable, however they are transferable another attendee, and can also be rolled over to the next year. To transfer a membership to another person (or defer it to the following year), please email registration@furtherconfusion.org and we will work with you get everything lined up.

Can memberships be denied/revoked?

Though we work to ensure that all interested individuals may join us, FurCon reserves the right to deny or revoke memberships for any reason including but not limited to safety concerns and Code of Conduct violations. In the rare case that a membership needs to be revoked, we will pursue all available channels of communication to avoid surprises or misunderstandings.

Minors and Minor Badges

For attendees between the aged 13 to 17, Further Confusion offers badges which allow access to all features of the the convention except those which are noted as being for mature audiences only. Such features include but are not limited to some programming panels and some sections of the Art Show. Dealers are also required to restrict access to mature materials in the dealer’s room to attendees possessing minor badges.

Minors aged 13 and 14 may attend Further Confusion as full members but must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian who is also a member of the convention. The parent or legal guardian must sign a Parental Consent form at Registration/Pre-registration pickup, however that form does not need to notarized.

Minors between the aged 15 to 17 may attend Further Confusion unsupervised, however they are required to provide a signed and notarized Parental Permission form (above) and must have a valid ID. (See the ID section of this FAQ) Any unsupervised minor attempting to register or pick up their membership at the convention without a signed and notarized Parental Permission form will be turned away. Further Confusion can not and will not accept parental permission offered via phone or email.

For any additional question regarding attending Further Confusion as a minor, please email registration@furtherconfusion.org.

Can I bring my children?

Yes, Further Confusion is an all-ages event and you may bring your children. It is important to note, however, that while we accept members of all ages, FurCon is not specifically geared toward children. Children aged 12 and under may attend for free and will be issued a KIT (Kid in Tow) badge, but must be accompanied by a registered legal guardian at all times. Additionally, KITs are subject to all the same restrictions as those possessing Minor Badges. Parental Permission forms for all Kids in Tow must be filled out by parents/legal guardians, however notarization is not required.

For any additional question regarding attending Further Confusion, please email registration@furtherconfusion.org.

Volunteer

To volunteer, come find us in con ops in the convention center!

Finding a Role Volunteer Help & FAQ (Welcome!)

What it’s like to volunteer with Further Confusion

Further Confusion is 100% volunteer run. From first-time Gofurs, to long-time Board Members, all members of FurCon staff work on the convention in their spare time. We are constantly amazed by the positivity and dedication of our volunteers, who are truly the backbone of our event.

Volunteers receive a lot of perks!

As of FC2017, all volunteers receive free registration, or a $70 discount on sponsor or super-sponsor registration. Our dedicated Hospitality team serves up free hot meals for our volunteers every day of the convention. Hotel booking is easier than ever when you help us out; our staff room block allows you to easily book a room without rushing on release day. And at the end of a long day, we’re delighted to offer our volunteers front of line privileges at our main and second stage events.

Volunteering doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment!

We work hard to make sure that our volunteers can find balance to enjoy the con themselves as well as helping out — most at-con volunteer expectations are for 8-12 hours across the convention, or 4 hours per day or less, and there are also plenty of entirely-pre-con positions. We’re happy to help you find a position that fits your schedule.

Meeting schedule

We encourage our volunteers to attend monthly meetings, either in person or remotely. Ability to attend meetings is not a requirement of volunteering; its just helpful! Our volunteer meetings are typically held on the third Saturday of each month, at 1PM. Here are the dates and locations of our upcoming meetings:

Saturday, October 21, 2017 Hilton San Jose
2nd Floor Santa Clara Room
livestream
Saturday, November 18, 2017 Hilton San Jose
2nd Floor Santa Clara Room
livestream
Saturday, December 16, 2016 Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Community Center, Ballroom
livestream
Saturday, January 6, 2018 Billy DeFrank LGTBQ Community Center, Ballroom
livestream

 

 

 

Note: Regrettably, Further Confusion is unable to offer crash space to volunteers. Volunteers who were planning to rely on this space should make other housing arrangements for the con. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Hotel Information

Our room block for FC2018 is OPEN as of Saturday, July 8, at 3PM PacificClick here to book. This page is current for FC2018

Further Confusion is proud to return to the San Jose Convention Center for our seventh year in a row. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, we have two great hotels for you to choose from this year, with more overflows to be announced soon. Our main hotels are attached to the convention center, are walking distance from Downtown San Jose’s best restaurants and parks, and offer fantastic amenities.

Click here to book your room for FC2018.

Our Hotels

San Jose Marriott
301 S Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Standard Room: $149/night
Junior Suite: $359/night
Executive Suite: $399/night
(+taxes and fees)


Hilton San Jose
300 S Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95110
Standard Room: $149/night
Hospitality Suite: $399/night
Executive Suite: $399/night
(+taxes and fees)
Hyatt Place San Jose
282 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113
Standard Room: $159/night
(+taxes and fees)
Opens October 3rd 2017!
NOTE: Further Confusion is subject to a Hotel Occupancy Tax. Taxes are subject to change (and regrettably, out of our control).

Our standard rooms are available as either 1 King bed or 2 Double bed rooms, subject to availability. Most rooms include flat-screen televisions, work areas, and complimentary coffee and tea service. Additional on-site amenities at each hotel include all of the perks you’d expect: restaurant dining, room service, fitness center, heated pool, business center (including printing), coffee shop, and ATM.

IMPORTANT FOR 2018

Party Floor Reminder: All rooms on the party floor, whether hosting a party or not, are subject to a refundable $250 deposit upon check-in. We understand that this places a frustrating burden on our party hosts, but this was the compromise we had to make to ensure we have a dedicated area for parties. Rooms will be inspected by housekeeping upon departure and the deposit refunded accordingly. Applications will open shortly following hotel open, in July, and all rules can be found on our Party Floor page.

Pet Policy: There are no pets allowed in the convention space at Further Confusion. While the Marriott does allow pets in sleeping rooms with an additional fee, they do NOT allow animals to be left unattended in rooms, and no animals are permitted in the convention spaces. FurCon is an extremely busy, crowded, stressful event, and not an optimal situation for an animal to be in. This policy does not affect ADA service animals as defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA Service Animal regulations. Regrettably, animals defined as Emotional Support Animals do not fall under this definition. Additionally, pets are not allowed inside any Convention Center space, except for ADA Service Animals as described above. Please contact hotel@furcon.org for any additional clarification on this policy.

How To Reserve & Reservation Policies:
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Visit this page
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Booking opened July 8th at 3PM. Click here to book!
You will be taken to our reservation vendor’s secure website to complete your booking. Online reservations only, please do not call the hotel. Direct requests to hotel@furtherconfusion.org.
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Complete reservation
You’ll receive an email receipt from our vendor confirming your reservation. You will be charged a non-refundable deposit within 1 month of booking. (Expected on the first week of the next month).

Reservations should be made from this page once the hotel block is opened.

Reservations are first-come, first-served, and tend to sell out quickly. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer a waitlist for rooms. Availability does change as rooms are booked and cancelled, so check back often if you are still on the lookout for a room. Overflows may become available at a later date, and will be announced here.

All reservations are charged a one-night, non-refundable deposit. If your credit card is declined, the hotel will make an attempt to contact you for updated billing information before canceling your reservation.

We do not accept reservations over the phone. Please use the online reservation system on this page to ensure your reservation is processed correctly.

Using a debit card to check into your room is not recommended. The hotel will place a hold on your card as part of the check-in process to cover any incidental charges. If you choose to use a debit card, you must have sufficient balance to cover this hold, and it may take several weeks for this hold to be released.

If you have questions about your reservation, please use the online reservation system to access your record first, or contact hotel@furtherconfusion.org. Do not contact the hotels directly about your reservation until after December 20, 2017. Group reservations are processed through an outside agency (PassKey), and it takes time to transfer the reservations into the hotels’ computer systems. Rest assured, if you have an email from PassKey or Team San Jose, your reservation will be honored.

If you still have questions, feel free to contact our hotel director at hotel@furtherconfusion.org.

Party Floor

Party floor applications are handled through a separate process. For more information, please see the Party Floor page.

Regrettably, we are unable to transfer reservations between hotels. If you wish to be on the party floor, it is a good idea to book a room at the Marriott when the main block opens. We can have your existing reservation assigned to the party floor upon approval.

Special Requests

If you need an accessible (ADA-compliant) room, please indicate it on the “special requests” section of your reservation. We will make every attempt to fulfill these requests first.

If you need a refrigerator or roll-away bed, you may also request that on the “special requests” section of your reservation. These requests are not guaranteed, and may incur an additional charge.

A note on refrigerators: These are often a popular request at conventions. If you need a refrigerator for medical reasons (e.g. storing medication), please let us know; we will attempt to fulfill these requests first.

Other requests, such as specific room numbers or floors, are handled on a best-effort basis.

Transferring Reservations

Looking to transfer your reservation? While there is no rule against transferring a reservation, there is also no mechanism for formally transferring a reservation. If you must transfer your reservation, you are responsible for arranging any transfer of finances.

You may add the new “owner” as an additional guest to your reservation through the online reservation system. Any guest listed on your reservation may check-in. Be aware that you may still be liable for charges if the new “owner” fails to change the credit-card on file during check-in.

Due to the risks involved to both parties, we don’t recommend transferring reservations. If you must, we strongly recommend only transferring a reservation to or from someone you trust.

Parking

Check out the Travel page for more parking information. Valet and self-service parking are available at each of the hotels for a nominal fee, and additional parking options are available throughout downtown San Jose. Be advised that you may not sleep in your car/truck/camper at the hotel/convention center.

Questions

The Further Confusion hotel director can be reached at hotel@furtherconfusion.org with any additional questions you may have.

About Further Confusion

FC 2014 Fursuit Parade
FC 2014 Fursuit Parade photos – 643 participants! View the rest here!

Further Confusion is one of the largest international conventions celebrating anthropomorphism in all its guises. With an attendance of over 3,000 and growing, it is one of the premiere events of its kind. Further Confusion includes charitable benefits, educational seminars, art shows, panels and general social activities. It was the first event sponsored by Anthropomorphic Arts and Education Inc. and continues to be its largest.

“Furry” is a colloquial term used to describe a particular category of fictional animal. A Furry creature is anthropomorphic, where human and animal characteristics are both present. It can be physical, mental or both. They can be funny or serious. Usage of the term furry is limited almost exclusively to members of Furry Fandom or other cultural groups aware of furry fandom. The term Furry is also sometimes used to refer to fans of the anthropomorphic arts. Such arts range widely and include animators, illustrators, filmmakers, costume designers and performers, actors, voice talent, literary authors and songwriters.

Within the accepted usage of “furry”, Roger Rabbit, Bugs Bunny, and Mickey Mouse are “funny animals:” they are anthropomorphic, mostly behave like people, and can be considered the cartoon equivalent of character actors. On the other hand, Usagi Yojimbo, Omaha the Cat Dancer, and the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are furries (even though turtles don’t have fur). They are generally more “realistic” in appearance than the funny animals and behave more like crosses between humans and animals. They are sapient and just as much “people” as any fictional character, but they aren’t presented as animals for laughs.

For example, the rabbit characters in Richard Adams’ novel Watership Down are sentient and talk to each other, but their behavior and psychology is very closely derived from that observed in real-life rabbits. Other furries are not so closely tied to their animal sides, but there is always some degree of serious consideration given to it. Andre Norton’s Breed to Come, Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, and Steven Boyett’s The Architect of Sleep are other examples of novels featuring furries, as is Paul Kidd’s Fangs of K’aath, which has been cited as a source of inspiration for many people to create furry works.

Read more about the furry fandom here.

FC 2018 Volunteer Organization

Chair: Roux (Tracey Simmons)
Convention Dad, keeps the team working together
Business Directors: Latte & Lysander
Responsible for: Dealer’s Room, Art Show, Registration, convention budget
Facilities Directors: Oddy & Ratchet & Spuds
Responsible for: Audio/Visual setup, equipment sourcing, Main Stage events, room setups
Hotel Directors: Clinton & Bliz
Responsible for: Hotel liaison, room reservations, room setups and scheduling
IT Director: Ikani & Stytch
Responsible for: Setup and maintenance of technology infrastructure
Marketing Directors: Dax & Sirenemon
Responsible for: Advertisement, web/social media updates, gift/supply purchases, themeing, Conbook
Operations Directors: Yuuki & Mitra
Responsible for: Logistics, volunteers, Con Ops, hospitality
Programming Directors: Kenny “Fennecus Kitsune” Coane & Mike Folf
Responsible for: All programming tracks, Main Stage events, gaming, fursuit lounges, social events