Hello from Cereal & Toons!
Iím Monica Olsen and Iíll be doing Cereal & Toons again this year. If you have any requests for what Toons you would like to see or Cereal you would like, please E-mail me. Since I donít have my own E-mail address, yet, be sure to put "Cereal & Toons" in the subject line.
I am new to convention planning, but not new to children or childcare. I have contacted people whoíve handled childcare at previous OryCons, and will have a lot more information for you soon.
We will be using a bonded & licensed professional nanny service to provide care, probably the same one weíve had at recent conventions. For security purposes, parent and child will have a picture taken together when the child is dropped off, and there will be a sign in (and out) sheet to keep accounting of times and who drops off and picks up the child. Weíll have toys, games, videos, and books. Staff cannot accept more children than they can handle legally and safely.
Please contact me if you have questions and/or suggestions.
Well, the dust has finally started to settle. There have been an amazing number of responses from dealers from previous OryCons, so much so that the traditional lottery amongst new dealers was limited to one person. I still have a table or two available (no booths left), so please feel free to contact me if youíre interested in becoming a dealer.
Mary Olsen ∑ (503) 238-6212
Greetings from Gaming! The gaming Guest of Honor this year is Mike Stackpole, author and game designer. His credits include a number of Tunnels and Trolls modules, articles in Grimtoothís Traps, and a number of T&T novels.
Gaming will also be hosting a number of RPGA Network tables. Genres will include; Living City (Forgotten Realms D&D), Living Greyhawk (also D&D), Living Force (Star Wars), Classic (early D&D; characters provided). Plus, possibly Living Death (1800s horror) and Living Jungle (Pulp adventure a la Tarzan).
Bruce Baugh will be running a session or two of Nobilis. (A daytime LARP, what a concept.) The Camarilla will be present, too. Tim Meyer, once a story design team member for AEGís Deadlands CCG, will be back with an unofficial storyline tournament of the CCG. (Unfortunately, for fans of the game, AEG has dropped the game.) Prize materials will be provided by Fantasy Flight and others.
John Weiner will be hosting a Magi-Nation Tournament. Better hone those CCG skills, friends. Magi-Nationís head designer, Dan Tibbles is coming down from Seattle to play! David "Ronin" Mohr will host the Lost Worlds Tournament, once again. Game and prize materials are being provided by Flying Buffalo.
Karl Krebiel will be hosting the Nuclear War tournament. More game material and prizes provided by Flying Buffalo. (Thank you, Rick Loomis!) The AoG Field Agents will host sessions of their increasingly popular Babylon 5 Wars and a new Babylon 5 planet-side tie-in called GROPOS. Plus, a possible session or two of the Snarf Quest CCG. David "Mack" MacDonald will be back, with his GURPS/Traveller (characters provided - to save time) and plans to host a board game or two. I will be running a continuation of the MERPS/Fantasy Hero hybrid, set in an alternate medieval England, from Westercon. You need not have been in that game to play in this one.
There still are some openings left. Anyone interested in running an RPG or hosting a card, board game or LARP can contact me at the above e-mail address or phone number.
Oh, my! What are you wearing this November? Something to keep you warm or something to keep others warm? Whatever it is, I and my associates from the Greater Portland Area Costumersí Guild will be watching for the best costume (wearer/s) to surprise with a Hall Costume Award ribbon.
We hope to be able to take pictures for display somewhere on site during the event and (later) on the guildís "This Year at OryCon" web page. (If we do take photos, we will have modelís release forms to keep everything legal.)
We also want to give an extra "something" to the best costume(s) worn that weekend. Donít know what yet. Got any suggestions? Email me.
Oh, and, um ... despite my lead-in sentences .... keep it relatively PG-rated.... :-)
If you havenít yet made your reservations, now would be a good time -- the hotel is (surprise!) filling up fast. The hotelís direct number is (503) 283-2111, and the form with all the usual information is available in the back of the PR. Our $92 room rate covers up to four people in a room; each additional person adds $15 for rollaways. If you specifically ask for a river-view room youíll pay $10 extra.
Parties: The Interstate Wing is designated as a "party wing"óif you plan to hold a party, you need to make sure your room is reserved there. As before, the hotel will charge a $100 deposit against damage/cleaning for open parties (they do this for all groups, not just OryCon). To date, however, all such deposits have been completely refunded and the hotel has been very happy with us. Open parties also need to be registered in the convention office, so that we can coordinate with the hotel and help you get needed trash bags and cleaning supplies from the hotel.
If you have any problems with the hotel I would be more than willing to help in anyway possible.
OryCon will gladly accept castoff computers for Internet Cafe and other use. If your tax situation would benefit from a donation fo a (verifiable) 501(c)(3) (depends on whether you now itemize deductions on your income tax), please email or call me. I can also arrange for the pickup of donated equipment.
OSFCI, the sponsoring organization for OryCon, will provide a letter for tax-deduction purposes to the IRS and the Oregon Department of Revenue. This tax deductibility can also be useful to non-OryCon members. Even the corporation you might work for could benefit from the tax break which OryCon can provide them for the donation of obsolescent hardware and software. If you are asked about what OryCon would do with the equipment, you might note the donated computers help us organize and run use our cons, and the proceeds from cons fund scholarships to writing workshops, support a medical emergency fund for needy Northwest writers and for literacy support programs.
Greetings from your Masquerade Director! Iím Twilight (aka Sue Mohn in the mundane world) and will be running your Masquerade this year. Itís nice to come home and hang with old friends again (ok, Iíve been gone long enough that only the committee is old enough to really remember me, but allow an old woman her illusions :->). [Editor's note: Old? Who's old? You're just . . . . experienced. --JCB]
So who should be in an Orycon Masquerade? We have lots of classes for lots of people to compete and weíd love to fill them all this year! We have the traditional Novice, Journeyman and Master for presentation, as well as Workmanship and Media Recreation. In addition we have Nova (0-10, "mommy made") and Rising Star (0-14, self-made).
Nova is designed as presentation -- all will receive something. Rising Star bears a little more competition (there will be a Best in Class), but kids always leave my stage with something for having the guts just to get up on it. If youíre older child would like to compete with the adults, thatís perfectly fine, but please be sure he or she is ready to be in a win/loss situation -- we donít treat kids differently once they leave Rising Star. More info will be available shortly on the Masquerade Web site.
So -- whatís it looking like this year? Weíre in the Riverview Ballroom, which means good sight lines. The stage is 18" high and itís 24í by 24í, centered in the alcove. There are stairs off both sides of the stage -- I have to see more of the set up to tell how realistic entry from both sides is for a HUGE costume -- but most folks should be able to enter from both sides. Since the theatre seating only seats 650, the sight lines should hold. The "green room" is created with pipe and drape behind the stage -- Iím working on mirrors, enough chairs, some tables, ice cubes and bendy straws. Iím working on some other things as well, but I donít want to announce them till I have them. Youíll want to check the Web site to see what additional information we have. Weíll be updating that right till we launch OryCon!
Iím waiting on final word, but Iím hoping the event will begin at 8pm on Saturday, November 10, kids first. Whatever time slot they confirm (and that will be on the Web site as well), we will start promptly -- my background is theatre and late curtains make my teeth itch.
Please remember that if you with to do anything which might be considered "dangerous" or that you mother might yell "youíll put an eye out", you need to get the official OK of the masque director (or her designated stage manager) before you do it. Forgiveness is not easier than permission; in this case -- it will result in disqualification if you donít get permission first.
Should you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to register ahead of time (that is allowed :->), please contact me at the above e-mail address.
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Iím sorry, Daniel canít come to the Progress Report right now.
Donít panic;, however. Daniel has advised your friendly neighborhood editor that heís hard at work rounding up performers, working out concert schedules, coming up with workshop ideas, and generally making sure that filking and music at OryCon will be the cheerful and enjoyable experience it always is (even when the hotel puts pulsating rock bands in the bar downstairs, which Melanie keeps telling us theyíre not going to do this year). If you have ideas, questions, or other thoughts about music programming, donít hesitate to e-mail Daniel at the above address -- note that itís new, replacing the one from the last Progress Report. Also feel free to e-mail general missives of encouragement, assuring him that coordinating music is a much easier job than he thinks it is. (Musicians are much easier to herd than cats.)
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The usual advice applies: get your membership now if you havenít already! We expect that weíll reach our 1600-member cap again this year, and the sooner you become a member, the more youíll save.
Thatís especially important this year, because rising costs have finally forced us to modify our rate structure. Current membership cost is $40. This rate applies until Oct. 15, when we jump to a $50 at the door rate, up $5 from last year. As before, we do not plan to sell one-day memberships. Children 5 and under are admitted at no charge; those ages 6 through 12 are half price. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult attending member of the convention.
If youíre already a member, your Progress Report mailing label includes your name, address, badge name (if you asked for one), and membership number. A /T indicates that your membership is attached to a dealersí table; a /G indicates that you are the guest of another member.
The Writersí Workshop returns this year with a new coordinator, but will continue to offer much the same program as in the past few years -- thorough, Clarion-style critiquing of participantsí manuscripts in a small group setting, with a variety of dedicated and experienced pro writers evaluating your work.
The specifics are much as theyíve been in recent years: two divisions, pro manuscript format (if you have questions about this, see SFWAís collection of information on the subject), one (1) manuscript per participant, one (1) copy of same sent to us along with the usual $10 fee, which helps to cover postage and copying costs (checks payable to Orycon 23). Divisions are:
SHORT STORY: Up to 30 manuscript pages (about 7500 words).
NOVEL: Up to 60 manuscript pages (2-3 chapters & synopsis)
Submissions should come to (note that this is a NEW address):
The deadline for receiving (not postmarking) submissions is Sept. 14, 2001. Please also either complete and attach the form below, or supply the information requested on a separate sheet of paper.
Short Story Division: