[PROMO] PKE Surge 2010!

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Have you been sitting around the past few months wondering what you would be doing come Labor Day Weekend 2010? How does coming to what will be the largest gathering of Ghostbusters Fans and Ghostheads alike on the East Coast sound?

Ghostbusters Fans is thrilled to officially announce PKE Surge 2010! Mark your calenders and get ready to move, PKE Surge will be once again held at Dragoncon in Atlanta, Georgia on Sept 3-6. Perhaps you came last year, maybe you saw the fun photos from last year, or you might just be a new user who has no idea about this whole PKE Surge thing. Either way, let me assure you – if you are looking for a Ghostbusters related event to attend this is it.

So what’s there to do at PKE Surge? I’m glad you asked. Because PKE Surge is essentially a convention within a convention, you can freely involve yourself with any part or portion of Dragoncon that you find interesting. But wait, there’s more! The two biggest events from last year are back – join the legion of Ghostbusters as we march in the annual Dragoncon Parade. The parade was a big hit last year, and will be even bigger this year – with more Ectomobiles and more people. Night on the Town will also be making a return. While we no longer call The Varsity home, we have found a new – and more accommodating host for our Saturday night dinner party – Mellow Mushroom of Downtown Atlanta! More details on these, and the rest of the events will be popping up in the next two weeks.

But here is a taste of what else is to come. Have you ever wondered what it felt like to bust into the lobby of the Sedgewick hotel? Here’s your chance! The “We Got One!” event will be a hybrid free-form “bust” and scripted event where two teams of Busters sweep for valiances in the con hotels. Perhaps that is not for you? Why not try your hand at “You Never Studied” – what’s that? You did study? Then prove it by helping to find “lost artifacts” around the con. Use your PKE’s, Gigas, Ecto-Goggles, or your own eyes to locate as many artifacts as you can!

Ghostbusters Fans will be represented with a fan table which will serve as a central meeting location. In the next few weeks you will also see a thread on PKE Surge 2010 T-Shirts, and perhaps other Surge related items. We will be stretching this thing out all summer long, so make sure you pay attention and keep-up-to-date. Who knows, you may just win a Crunch Award or win a prize in Big D’s Slimetastic Extravaganza!

Go ahead, commit today. Visit the official signup thread and let us know you are coming!

PKE Surge 2010 is proudly sponsored by Ghostbusters Fans, GBTV, the Georgia Ghostbusters and ProtonCharging. More information on Dragoncon can be found here. More information on PKE Surge 2010 can be found either at the PKE Surge Website or on the Official Forum!

Ecto-trip stalls as Ecto Magnum fails two-days on the road. Help!

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This is not reporting bad news for the sake of reporting bad news. This is a plea, primarily for helping out some glum Ghostheads, and for bonus points, to the powers that be to help off-set a PR mess for their company by standing by customers who put their trust in their product.

On Monday a quartet of friend and fellow Ghostbusters fans set out for DragonCon in Atlanta. DragonCon is easily a king amount geeky gatherings (standing en par with E3, Game Developers Conference, San Diego Comic Con, etc.), and a natural gathering place for fans of all stripes, particularly because of the parade, in which hundreds if not thousands of fans take to the streets to show their love for their fandom.

2009 is the 25th Anniversary of Ghostbusters and the perfect time for fans of the film to gather – they gathered at Comic Con, they’ve gathered in several smaller cons. And now, they are gearing up for PKE Surge, a gathering at DragonCon, a highlight of which was to be their involvement in the parade, including the four gents that hit the road on Monday.

Boomerjinks, one of the travellers, had a plan – having built an Ecto-conversion Subaru Outback, he would expand the idea to create an updated Ectomobile that harkened back to the beefy Miller-Meteor Caddy that formed the original Ecto-1 and Ecto-1A – he converted a Dodge Magnum, nicknamed the Ecto-2K.

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And it looked awesome – there’s no two ways about it; pure white with the rooftop, spookfighting extras, even the iconic red trimmings (admittedly much more muted than the 1984 version.) But even better than the original, the Magnum Ecto was internet ready, which the guys intended to use to document the trip to Atlanta, and ultimately their inclusion in the DragonCon parade, where 30,000+ attendees, plus an untold number of Atlanta citizens, would watch 2000+ attendees strut their stuff.

As beefy as the Magnum looked, it’s endurance was also about en par with its 50 year-old spiritual cousin – Yesterday, the engine seized in Cambridge, Ohio (not far from Columbus), after only a day and a half of driving. A machine that was sold on the basis of its combined might and majesty, couldn’t even handle a simple freeway challenge. I say was, as the Magnum line was discontinued in 2007.

I’ve driven a Magnum, though it was city driving, and it was a nice car. Powerful, and while a little unwieldy in space crunched Vancouver, the space in it’s wagon style back (just the thing for rolling in and out proton packs in a 21st century world.) Sadly, it seems that’s what the Chysler-built car is best at – short city hops, not the freedom of the road seen in commercials.

So, what now?

Well, there’s the immediate issue – the gang of four has to get home (yes, this set-back means they can’t attend DragonCon, even without the car), and then the Ecto-Magnum has to get home (which means shipping). This requires money – the guys asked for nothing to Ecto-up the car, nor to get to the Con – that was all their own budget. But this catastrophe has exceeded that margin, and any help wouldn’t hurt.





(copied from the GBFans.com site, who is handling the donations – if this button doesn’t work, go here.)

But I have a secret hope (well, not so secret now) that Chrysler joins in – in a perfect world they would swoop in and save the day, but that’s wishful thinking. Heart-warming, made-for-tv type stuff, but unpractical. But if nothing else, they should stand by their product and the gentlemen that put their trust in it. Ram tough, our collective, nerdy asses. I’m sure warranty and service agreements may get the car on the road, but that doesn’t mean anything to 30K fans and the people of Atlanta that won’t get to see it and grin, or to the guys that put a lot of hard work to get there.

In order for either to happen – both to help the guys get home and to alert the makers of the car that it would be nice of them to stand by it – the word of this crappy, disheartening tale has to be shared. So;

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But first and foremost, if you can toss a couple of bucks their way via PayPal, it’ll really help. $250 has been raised and the hope is to get up to $1000 to really help them out.