MarsCon 2012 party guide: Massages, superheroes, and Lebowski

​If you're like most red-blooded, Mountain Dew-chugging, gaming bros, you probably often find yourself thinking, "You know what Bloomington needs? A giant party to celebrate the pending apocalypse, intergalactic-style." 

Guess what? All of your wildest dreams are about to come true (except that one where you get to hold a girl's hand, of course).

This weekend, the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites hosts the biggest and most out-of-this-world blowout of the year with MarsCon 2012: Rockin' the Apocalypse. This annual three-day fan-run sci-fi convention features everything from an art show, a discussion about Big Bang Theory season 5 (do NOT try talking about season 4), and, of course, GAMING, GAMING, GAMING!

But while the festivities during the day may sound awesome, those are nothing compared to what happens on the 13th floor at night. That's where dozens of themed after-parties go down, and MarsCon blasts off for real. To help prepare you for the outrageous nighttime shenanigans and to find the bash that's right for you, we put together a quick guide to the top hotel parties of the weekend. Grab your inhalers.

Rue Morgue Massage

According to the description, "the crew with the magic touch" will be on hand, giving back and full-body massages. You'll know you're in the right place when you see a bunch of middle-aged dudes trying desperately to conceal their wedding rings, and every conversation starts with, "You're not a cop, right? Because if you are you have to tell me." FANCY!

 Superhero Auditions

MarsCon 2012 party guide: Massages, superheroes, and Lebowski
Photo by Rukia13
​This Saturday night-only event is hosted by No-Brand Con. Does it sound fun? Of course. But don't show up taking this lightly. If you are selected to be a superhero, there's a better than likely chance that you'll be expected to defend the world* from the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse**. You ready for that responsibility? If so, this is the party for you.

*World = Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites
**Four Horseman of the Apocalypse = Nerd-bashing jocks 

Karaoke Krypt 

Get ready for back-to-back-to-back days and nights of karaoke awesomeness going down in the Krypt, including karaoke on Friday, anime music videos on Saturday, and something called the "Dementia Fan Showcase" on Sunday. If you decide this is the party for you, take our advice: sing "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker Jr. Drunks love it and it totally fits the theme of the event. No need for thanks; just give us a mental hat-tip when you become the Bo Bice of MarsCon and we'll call it even.

Tarzan Apocalypse Karaoke

Pssh, sounds like the loser party for everyone who couldn't get into Karaoke Krypt, amirite?

The Dude's Abode

Going down Friday and Saturday night, this is the spot for enthusiasts of all-things Lebowksi. Will there be dudes quoting lines from the film? Likely. But there will also be...ladies quoting lines from the film! And did we mention...dudes quoting lines from the film?! 

Grab your 5-Hour Energy and Binaca, boys and girls; it's going to be a hot weekend.


MarsCon 2012
March 9-11
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Suites

3 Appletree Square, Bloomington
Admission: $60/adults, $25/kids 6-12
More info here

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