DashCon Ballpit


Megan Eli and Roxanne Schwieterman


Ball Play Pit


Causes event planning disasters




Proximity to event

Collected by

Warehouse 13


Ovoid Quarantine





Date of Collection

28th September, 2015



DashCon was a fan convention catering primarily to users of the blogging service Tumblr, with a particular emphasis on fandoms. Held over the weekend of July 11, 2014, in Schaumburg, Illinois, the inaugural convention quickly became infamous for allegations of mismanagement among organizers, an alleged abrupt demand by the hotel for an upfront payment of cash for use of its facilities, and celebrity guests being forced to drop out of the convention after they were informed by the hotel that they would be responsible for paying for their rooms. A small ball pit placed in one of the halls became a meme after organizers offered attendees, along with raffle and concert tickets, an "extra hour" in it as reimbursement for a canceled panel.


When a ball from the ballpit enters a place where a convention of any kind is being held the effects of the artifact activate. The convention will inevitably fall into disorganized chaos with attendees acting poorly, finical transactions failing, and guests feeling the need to cancel appearances. The barrage of misfortune almost guarantees more discontent among the planners, attendees and venue staff, leading to riots, property damages and, afterwards, much infighting.

The pit itself is not required for the artifact to activate, and a single ball is enough to ruin any event.


The first ball was collected from TomorrowWorld in Atlanta, Georgia following reports of unusually bad weather, lack of transport and refund issues. Concurrently, RainFurrest in Washington, D.C. was experiencing enough troubles to attract Warehouse staff. A single ball was identified and retrieved from each location by Agent G.Scott, who immediately was able to identify the cause.

The rest of the ball pit was purchased from a party rental store who has not hired it out since the instigating event. 203 balls were counted and the matter considered closed until Fyre Festival in 2017. Poor planning and hundreds of online complains drew Warehouse attention again, and another ball was collected from the site. Any other balls MIA are currently unknown.

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