Here in San Diego we have a local sf con in February/March called Condor. Today was the first day on the convention.
Now Condor is a small convention. 300-400 people in attendance usually is my understanding. I went to several panels, the best being on weapons of the Victorian Age. This turned into a show and tell of fire arms from 1830 thru 1900 and the panelists brought their own collection. It was a big table full of firearms. The panelist were well informed and I had a good time.
There were other panels on the theme of the convention – Steampunk, including panels on Oz and Alice in Wonderland and other aspects of Victoria culture, such as their interest in the paranormal.
All in all it was a decent day that ended in a mild headache.