Charity Announcement: Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts

The Conpulsion Committee is excited to announce that our partner charity for Conpulsion: Homecoming 2023 is Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts.

Logo of Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts: a blue put with a red heart over it
Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts logo

Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts are a volunteer movement in Edinburgh formed in response to the Covid crisis. They work to end food poverty by making free meal packs for those in need from donations of surplus food. Since April 2020, they have provided over a million healthy meals to people experiencing food insecurity.

Covid 19, and the disruptions caused by the pandemic, exacerbated existing problems of food poverty. The work that Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts do to support the people who are hit more severely by the inequalities within our society has never been more timely.

Moreover, they advocate for the better treatment of hospitality workers and they seek to build community resilience to address the problem of modern hunger. The community-based values that the organisation is based on further align with our own at Conpulsion.

Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts are a small, local organisation, where modest contributions such as ours can make a very big difference. Proceeds from Conpulsion: Homecoming, as well as any donations received for Conpulsion Lite, will go towards Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts in their fight against hunger.

You can donate to the charity via PayPal here. We will use the same link when hosting live events on the Geas Twitch channel.

Members of our community who experience food insecurity can contact Empty Kitchens, Full Hearts via their website to seek support. The organisation supports all individuals without judgement.

Members of our community who have the means to donate to the charity are invited to do so. Likewise, members are also invited to consider volunteering for the organisation should they wish to donate their time or get involved in the organisation.

Vivek Santayana
Conpulsion Director

Director’s Update: 8 February

Hi folks,

We just had a Conpulsion Committee meeting today where we got the ball rolling for a lot of things for Conpulsion Lite.

We’re still figuring out some minor admin hiccups, and that should be resolved soon. After that, we should be able to get the ball rolling with setting up our charity collections and announcing which charity we are partnering with.

We have also reached out to some amazing people in the gaming community and invited them to be guests at Conpulsion Lite. We are still working out the details, and we hope to have an announcement about this shortly.

In the longer term, we’re looking into bringing back the Griffie Awards for Conpulsion 2023. The Committee are still bashing our heads together to figure out how to run those.

Finally, we have commissioned a proper logo for Conpulsion: Homecoming by Angus Barker. Angus is no stranger to Conpulsion, having designed the logo for Conpulsion: Flame in 2020. We should have a new look for Conpulsion soon.

After we nail down these details, we will then subsequently be able to schedule the gaming event, charity live stream, and other bits and bobs for Conpulsion Lite and Conpulsion: Homecoming. Watch this space for more updates in the future.

Vivek Santayana
Conpulsion Director

Postponing Conpulsion: Homecoming

  • Postponing Conpulsion: Homecoming to 2023
  • Hosting Conpulsion Lite, a series of on-line events, this year instead

The Conpulsion Committee has been monitoring the Covid situation and the Scottish Government guidance. After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone Conpulsion: Homecoming to April 2023.

We acknowledge that this would be disappointing to many within our community. We were also looking forward to seeing everyone in person again. However, while Covid restrictions are easing off, we are erring on the side of caution because of the transmissibility of the Omiron variant and the risk it poses to vulnerable members of our community.

Moreover, even under relaxed rules, our usual venues are still operating at reduced capacity. Any event that goes ahead in these circumstances would be greatly curtailed. We decided that the sensible way forward would be to postpone Conpulsion: Homecoming to next year, when we can hopefully have a full con experience.

In the meantime, we are going to organise what we’re calling Conpulsion Lite on the weekend of 9 and 10 April. This will be a series of smaller events, such as a panel, one-shots, and a charity live stream, instead of a whole convention. We tried organising an on-line con last year, and it was just not the same. Rather than replicate that, we are going to try and make the most of what we have now, and offer a variety of things for people to drop in and out of as they please.

Our sincere thanks to our lovely community of gamers for your ongoing patience, support and enthusiasm. We will be back with more updates soon. In the meantime, you can watch this space, follow our social media, or get in touch via email.

We shall see folks virtually in April, and then in person again next year. Until then, I hope that:

Absence will not seem an evil
If it make our re-meeting
A real occasion.

W.H. Auden

Vivek Santayana
Conpulsion Director

Update Regarding Omicron

Howdy folks. We had a Committee meeting today where we continued looking into venues and Covid safety. So far, we have nothing new to report: we are still waiting on updates on venue hire.

Meanwhile, we are keeping an eye on the Omicron situation. We are going to carry on with planning the event for now. But we are going to monitor the situation closely and review where we stand mid-January, by when we are hoping to have a clearer picture of what’s happening.

Getting the Ball Rolling

I’m going to start posting updates about how the planning for Conpulsion is going. We want to ensure that the running of the con is clear and transparent.

So far, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. We’re looking at options for venues that would be safe and feasible with Covid restrictions. We should make progress on that in the days to come.

You also may have noticed we’ve started redesigning the website. We’re going to tinker with this in the days to come, once we have the artwork finalised and a literal better picture of what we’re doing.

(In the mean time, here’s something Claire mocked up!)

Not the real Conpulsion logo, just a placeholder for now

Once we have the venues nailed down, we’ll get to work on inviting guests and sorting events.