Frequently Asked Questions

What's this Website all about then?
In short, it's an archive that lists the history of one series of Conventions (Armadacon). 


What is ArmadaCon?
ArmadaCon is Sci-Fi and Fantasy Multi Media Convention that's been running in Plymouth since 1988.


Why bother with an Archive?
By luck, chance, and a little design, the organisers of Armadacon have amassed over 3000 photo's and over 200 hours of video footage of the activities at the Cons over the years. We feel that this achievement is unique and should be shared with anyone who is interested.


Where did the video footage come from?
When Armadacon II was being organised, someone had the idea of recording the event on video and then selling edited copies on an official basis. This carried on for a number of years, before the idea was dropped. A few years later, an attendee recorded a Con for his own use. That attendee was approched by another attendee who asked for a copy of the footage. Since then, that attendee has been recording the Cons on an unofficial basis, and is still scrounging footage.


Where did the 3000 photo's come from?
This was a combination of scrounging and a gimmick. At one point, the official Con website was run by a person who would ask other attendees for their photo's for that website. In return, that person would collate the donated photo's, put them on a CD and then give each of the donators a copy. In short, you could donate 50 photo's, but get 300 in return. Neat eh?


Will I find all of the photo's and video on this website?
In short, no. The aim of this site is to provide information to interested parties as to what is held in the Archive. Those 'parties' can then ask for copies. Hey, you can't be in front of the camera and behind it at the same time.


Can anyone have copies?
Nothing listed here is within the Public Domain, so certain permissions have to be sought. Some attendees have granted permission for their donations to be made freely available, but others haven't.


What are those tables under the Convention notes all about?
They're an itemised catalogue of video footage held in the Archive. If an event has been uploaded to You Tube. Then the duration is noted and a link provided.


Is it possible to get a copy of a file?
Yes it is, and you can have individual files for free. All you have to do is send me a blank disc and enough Postage for the return trip and the file you want is yours. Simply E-Mail the Archivest  for the details. The E-Mail address is on the Contacts page.


If I have photo's or video footage that you haven't got, would you be interested in it?
We most certainly would! We would be happy negeotiate a deal to obtain new material. Again, E-Mail the Archivist stating what you have and what you're looking for. We're sure that something can be sorted out.

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