BUCK Perks & Merch
20% and Celestia Merch, plus general merch!
ONE MONTH REMAINS. And on that note of trepidation, BUCK is proud to present our official merchandise! We don’t have pictures of everything yet, since it’s all in manufacturing at the moment, but here we go!
Premium Ticket Merch
Exclusive to 20% Cooler and Celestia ticket holders only! This enigmatic shirt is your flag of glory to show your support of the UK’s biggest MLP event.
To guard your keys, Britannia and Star Streamer (the mascot of our sponsor, Mareplay) adorn the 2014 BUCK shield. Fashioned from PVC to be both light-weight and tough!
There’s also our arcade-inspired poster of Tron Britannia and Roary in glossy A2 paper, and if you’re one of the lucky Celestia Ticket holders, an official BUCK carrier bag to put all your swag in!
As well as all this free merch, sponsor ticket holders enjoy a host of other perks including Pre-registration & Priority entry allowing you to skip practically the entire queue, and also access to the Guest Buffet on Sunday which is lunch at a local restaurant where you can mingle and chat with a range of our guests outside the bustle of the convention.
For our Celestia Ticket holders, we’ve put together a top secret VIP dinner with our special guests! We’ll be releasing the details very soon, but expect a top-class restaurant and smart clothes!
You can see a comparison chart of ticket perks here! If you’re tempted to obtain these gems yourself, you can also upgrade a standard ticket to a premium ticket, or even a 20% ticket to a Celestia – just click that big orange “Upgrade Me!” button a little further down the ticket page!
General BUCK Merch
Want some awesome BUCK stuff on your standard ticket? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered – t-shirts, hoodies, posters, models, and more! And new to 2014, these fantastic brass Challenge Coins. There’s only 100 of these, each one uniquely numbered, so get in quick to get the highest rank!
Last, but not least, we have our 2014 Britannia Figurine, a custom 3D printed model available only for this year’s BUCK. Collector’s best friend!
All of the BUCK Merch can be preordered on our shiny new Online Shop! Place your deposit online to secure your merch, then pick it up on the day and pay the remaining balance – no fear of the item you want being sold out on the day!
CC: “I guess I can also thank you for the sudden influx of anons, right?”
Discord: "̵Just̕ s̢eemed̨ ̧rather strang̀̕e ̧t̡o me̷ for͡ so̧meone͡ such aş ̡y͜ou̴r̨s̵el̨f͢ ̨whó profeşses t̛o ̴b̶́e on̕ ̴th͡e͠ şíde of̴ ͟the̷ hid̨den͢ v͡oice ͡not to a̛llo̕w your ́follow͜ers that courtesy̕.̨"
CC: "IT WASN’T LIKE- *sigh* fine. So long as they stay on-topic and civil I’ll be happy to allow anonymous asks back again.”
Discord: "̡I͡’m ́sure͢ ̀they ͜make͠ no p͜ròmi̴şes͜.́"
I asked Wiggles for a HD version of this pic to use as a desktop .
So if she doesn’t mind I’m going to post it up here so others can if they want, too.
Thank you :D
BUCK 2014 Cosplay Competition – In association with Animeleague
We know you’ve all been waiting for information on the Cosplay Competition this year, so here it is!
We’ve teamed up with the Animeleague to organise the official competition this year, and we’ll be running a much tighter structure. There will be limited spaces, as last year we were rather overwhelmed with 85 participants rather than the 30 we expected from the signup form!
You can pre register for the competition by emailing email@example.com with THIS FORM here filled in and putting BUCK Cosplay Entry in the subject title. You can also sign up on the day anytime up to 30 minutes beforehand at the Cosplay Desk. The event starts at 5pm Saturday on the main stage.
If you’ve previously submitted an email to us, we’d recommend re-sending with the form attached, so our friends at Animeleague can easily pick it up!
There will be a prize of a pair of February 2015 London Anime & Gaming Con tickets to the overall Cosplay Contest winner as well as medals over several different categories.
Awards will be given for; Best Performance, Best Craftsmanship, Best Character, Best Group, Best Under 16s Entrant, Audiences Choice Award and (The Big One) Overall Winner – The judging rules can be seen on the signup form.
We highly recommended to prepare a performance/routine/skit beforehand to up your chances of being the overall winner, as the winner is judged on accuracy, craftsmanship, audience reaction AND crucially performance.
Good luck to everyone!
((Mods: Apparently there’s this Pony Shaming meme thing going around…
Here’s Brit’s contribution…
err…. we hope she means better than some other conventions we might talk about. As in BUCK is sure to be the best convention possible, right Brit?…
Couldn’t have been less of a buzz-kill and just told us about some shameful drunken escapade from your past could you?))
((MOD: Ah… well, that’s better, I suppose.
Still, convention goers of drinking age, try not to do this, okay?))
So being ‘young and stupid’ is a mark of eternal shame?
((Mods OOC: And maybe we’d best leave it there… one gets the feeling that Britannia either keeps the things that she’s ashamed of private or she’s unashamed to flaunt them.
But, yes, be sensible when drinking, please.))
WOO FINALLY FINISHED THIS!
…Okay, it’s partly a Patreon Reward, and mostly a thank you for that amazing crossover with interviewer Coffee Talk!
Epic Princess Brit vs. Uber Sombra! Braids are hard to draw, holy crap.
((Mods: And a wonderful experience it was too. This is truly awesome and a brilliant depiction of something that TOTALLY HAPPENED, YOU GUIZ!!
Thank you Wiggles, both for this and for collaborating on the interview. It’s been a privilege.))
BUCK 2014 Fluttershy Club
For Shy Ponies and Ponies in need of Friendship!
Going to a convention can be just as scary for some attendees as it is exciting for others; whether you’re shy; you don’t have anyone to attend with; or if this is your first large event!
We’ve put together an official Fluttershy Club where shy ponies can make friends with each other, and the solo ponies can find other people to hang out with.
Everyone is welcome in the club, even if you’re not particularly shy, or already coming with someone else. If you’re part of a group coming to BUCK, it’s a great opportunity to meet new friends to add to those you came along with.
A team of official Pinkie Pie Pals will lead the group and help everyone feel more welcome, as well as helping them find things to see and do around BUCK and the Summer Sun Celebration, and people to do it with!
The Fluttershy Club will meet at a designated point throughout the weekend, so you’ll always know where to find them, and you can come and go as you please.
We’re working on the exact schedule for these meeting times, but it’ll start out with a pre-SSC meet and greet at the local Wetherspoons, and another gathering once inside the venue.
For now, we’re looking for volunteers to be our Pinkie Pies. You need to be kind, patient, and helpful – but the reward is to quite literally spread the magic of friendship!
Sign up on our official forum at UK of Equestria (Here’s the Link!) to be a Pinkie, and feel free to say hello if you want to come along as a Fluttershy as well!
We have two very lovely ladies of very different jobs: the unflappable Britannia and slinky, sexy Svelte~!
((MODS: WOW! And if you wanted a good idea of how our ponies would look in human Wild West form, look no further. Hot dayum.))
((Mods: And look who dropped in to pay Hazelhooves a visit!
Krowzivitch's custom models of Britannia and Svelte are a truly awesome pair.
Standing about five inches tall and made out of a sturdy resin, the attention to detail was definitely worth the price.
And, yeah, that last picture…. they’re just friends ‘kay?
For a chance at grabbing a commission of your own, keep a beady eye on Krowzi’s Deviantart. Be aware, slots go fast!))
BUCK Events and You
What BUCK is, and where we’re going
Hi everyone, I’m here today to talk about what BUCK is and where it’s going.
We put out a tweet at the end of June saying that there were no current plans for BUCK 2015, to address a question that has been popping up more often, lately. This single tweet spread faster and wider than any other major announcement we’d ever done, eliciting a collective “OH COME ON…” from the BUCK PR department…
So we thought we’d clarify exactly what we meant by explaining the difficulties BUCK faces, the alternatives we have, and what other things we’re thinking about.
BUCK runs the largest budget for a convention of its size and kind in the world. Many people have asked us why we don’t move to a cheaper venue, or lower our equipment costs. Well the running costs all depend on exactly what kind of event you run. BUCK is a convention that delivers much more than simply a hall of people and some vendors. We provide a rich programme of entertainments and demonstrations to make BUCK not only a social experience, but something where people can learn, have a go, experience, and see how their passion is created.
To do this, we need a venue that doesn’t simply hold a thousand people. We need it to have at least three function rooms that can all hold at least a quarter of the attendance – after all there’s no point in running events if only a few people get to see them – and the main hall requires a great deal of flexibility to hold either a seated or standing audience depending on which event is running.
The Summer Sun Celebration alone holds a laundry list of requirements for power, infrastructure, acoustics, and more. We could run a room with a band and a few amps in it… but you can find that down your local pub. We want to immerse the audience in sound. At the Summer Sun Celebration in full swing, you’re not even on planet earth anymore. That’s what we’re doing at BUCK.
All of these romantic ideas and sales lines make for a mind-blowing convention experience, but it severely reduces our venue options, and the price it comes at just grows every year. Sometimes we start feeling like we’re Applejack overthinking the Apple Family Reunion… and that’s why we’re going back to the drawing board once BUCK 2014 is over.
But BUCK Events Ltd isn’t going anywhere. We’ll be running events next year, we just don’t know what yet. Planning BUCK 2014 is a full time occupation, meaning that most of us are effectively working two full time jobs… so we haven’t exactly had time to think about next year. We just know that it won’t be the same as BUCK ‘12 – ‘14. It could be a scaled-down version of BUCK, with fewer events and no SSC; or something completely different..
So what was meant by that tweet? If you want to come and be a part of bonkers crazy off-the-chain BUCK, this August may well be your last chance!
“What can I do to help BUCK?” you ask? Well we hear (and graciously appreciate!) support from many of our attendees, but last year and this year have both been close shaves, where it’s taken to the 11th hour to sell enough tickets to break even.
To help BUCK, or even secure us the confidence to run full tilt next year, we need to comfortably meet targets. We offer premium tickets in the form of the 20% Cooler and Celestia tickets. These premium tickets cover half the cost of the convention and are critical to our survival. We’ve recently introduced the Elements: Generosity badge, a £20 donation badge that give a £5 donation to this year’s charity, and also a little boost to us.
Telling your friends about BUCK, shouting about your attendance, and helping us get more people to attend is the best thing ever for us. Likes and upvotes are great to let us know that you like what we’re offering, but sharing it with others and spreading the word is what really helps!
I’ll leave it there for now: we’re not vanishing after BUCK 2014, but our future is dictated by this year. If you guys can unexpectedly send our attendance figures spiraling upwards and our bottom-line figures into the safe zone (most events wouldn’t even run on margins like ours), that’s what’ll make BUCK 2015 a reality.
((MODS: This is important information… Read it! We Command you!))
What happens when I get bored in software training …. Yes I did actually pay attention I can multitask ya know … I dnt even know how I came up with this doodle must have just been thinking about BUCK … Also bleh no control + z so things are out of proportion and stuff but whatever I’m still happy with it.
((Mods: That’s right, Brit. Manchester. Say it with me now MANchester))
Thank you for the doodle Bethiebo. We’re glad that thoughts of BUCK led you to misplaced productivity at work.
Doodled up last night during Technomod’s livestream of the Mel Brooks classic Western spoof “Blazing Saddles”. We’ve been collectively having loads of fun imagining humanised versions of our pony characters in a typical wild-west frontier setting.
And how else could I fit a national symbol of the UK into a western setting than by co-opting another national symbol’s schtick? :P
I kid… after all, the Victorian period for the British in this context was all about empire and painting a quarter of the world pink (and exploitation and cotton) and before any Canadians get in a huff, Brit isn’t a Mountie in this pic. She’s a North West Mounted Police officer… a force that would later become the famous RCMP… so nerr, you get to keep your Benton Frasers and Britannia gets to wear an awesome hat.
So, yeah, Constable Britannia. Born in India to British parents and finding herself in the Yukon gold rush with an interesting career among the NWMP, policing the frontier, facing off against whisky smugglers, outlaws, ne’er-do-wells
and kicking the natives into touch
Of course in trying to enforce the law at a time when such a thing was, at best, a half-hearted attempt at keeping the noise down, sometimes a
mountieNWMP officer has to take advantage of that international jurisdiction and head south into the states.
I wonder what and who she’ll find down there.
Just to let you know, this is unlikely to go far beyond being a minor diversion: some art, maybe some RP and vignettes, but it was fun just to break out the graphics tablet and try my hand at some free-hand digital art. That and having a go at humans again for the first time in ages. There are a lot of issues with proportion and pose but maybe we can work towards that as we go along.
So go on Britty, you know what they say “A
MountieNWMP officer always gets their man. (Or woman… this AU seems to be a little more easy going on gender roles than the reality)
((MODs: Does this count as fanart or as canonical alternate universe?
Ah, who cares. Have some human Brit wearing a Mountie uniform in honour of Bronycan or something :p))
H̵i, I’̢m ͠D̀ísc̷or̀d̨, ̶Sp҉ir͢i͞t ͟o͘f C͘ha͝o̶s̶ and ͏D̢ish͘a͏r̛m͜o͟n͢ý ̕a̕nd C͠EO͝ of͘ ̛Discord̛’̢s̢ Wa҉c͘k͟y ҉Wa͟ving͠ ̸I̕nf̀lata̧bl̵e̛ Ar̡m̶ ̢Fl͢a̛i̸lin̕g T̡ub̧e ̷M͢a҉re̢ ͢E͘m͏p̢o̧ri̕um̵ and We͜b͟l̴og!
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So̷ c̷ome òn̴ ̢do̕wń ͢t̸o ̵D̕i̶ścor͏d’͏s ͢W͞a̕ck͝y̷ Wav̕i͜ng͞ I̷nfl̸áta̴bl̡e A͏rm F̸l̷aiĺi̡n͜g̢ ̕Tu͢bé ̧Ma҉re ̨E̸m͢p̡o͟ri̸u͝m̢ an̢d ́W̡e̢b͡l͢ǫg̶ at www.askbritannia.tumblr.com!
The Clarion Call: … Are you finished?
Discord: Oh f͏ar ͠fr̸om͢ ̶i̶t͞,̕ ͠m͝y d̕e̡a͞r̕..̶..̷ f̶ar f͘r̡ơm it.
((We see you enjoyed Clarion’s little display. Well here’s a transparent version for your dash to use however you feel :P))
Legends of Equestria showcasing at BUCK!
“We are happy to announce that Legends of Equestria staff members will be attending and presenting a panel at BUCK 2014 this summer! The UK’s biggest MLP convention will be held from August 23-24 in Manchester Central Convention Centre.
During the panel they will discuss the game and its development, show off various features and answer any questions you may have about the game. If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the game or even if you’d just like to see how things are going with development stop by at our panel and have a look.”
Legends of Equestria is an MLP-based MMO Role Play Game, where you can create your very own custom pony avatar and explore an exciting world of adventure and socialising.
With the game currently in development, the Legends of Equestria Staff will be joining us at BUCK 2014 to talk about the game’s development, both artistically and technically – and also to demonstrate it’s latest features.
An open server weekend will be held on August 8th to 10th, where you can download and play the game completely free! Check out the Legends of Equestria Website to learn more.
Stay tuned for more information as we release the BUCK 2014 schedule over the coming weeks, or check out our schedule of events as we expand and upload our best itinerary yet!
Tickets available on the BUCK Website!