SEE YOUR NAME IN A BOOK!

Ask me Another, Westercon style, quiz show will be Saturday at 1 pm in the Towne room.  Our VIP (Very Important Puzzler) Steven Brust has provided the prize for our overall winner.  Steven will Tuckerize the winner, putting them (in name at least) into future piece of his writing.

THose interested in being players should email westercon68programming@gmail.com.Participants will be chosen at random from applicants.   (Those who responded to previous calls for participants, will get priority, but there are slots left.)

Site Map, Programming Available

We have published a map of the parts of the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center that Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be using.  This map is located under “Location,” and linked here.

We also have our programing available in two formats:

Links to all of these may also be found under Programming.

PR 2 and PR 3 Available for Download

After a bit of delay due to technical issues, PR 2 and PR 3 both may be downloaded from our website.  They, along with a number of other downloads, are available on our available publications page.

Direct links:

  • PR 2
  • PR 3 (includes Site Selection Ballot)

Volunteers Needed

Westercon is a volunteer effort. And we will need your help during the convention to pull this off.

Some of the specific areas where we will need help include:

  • Helping with food prep and monitoring in the con suite
  • Monitoring the quiet room
  • Helping our program operations team keep our program running smoothly and on time.
  • Help with setup and cleanup on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Volunteers who work 15 hours over the course of the weekend will have their membership fees refunded (provided that there are reimbursement funds).  Work done before 11:00am on Thursday and after 3:30pm on Sunday will count double. If you have a significant financial hardship and need to work ahead for your membership, email chair@westercon68.org and we’ll work something out.

If you would like to help out you can do one of the following:

  • Send an email to chair@westercon68.org. If you are specifically interested in helping in the con suite send the email to consuite@westercon68.org. If you are specifically interested in helping with program operations send the email to program-ops@westercon68.org.  If you want to help with monitoring the quiet room, send the email to disabled@westercon68.org.
  • Stop by convention operations in Terrace Salon 3.
  • Especially on Wednesday and Thursday, stop by the Golden Ballroom area and pitch in.

We will have volunteer hour tracking sheets available.

Hotel Block Released

Westercon’s hotel block has now been released and the room rates have gone up to $149s/d per night. We are trying to work with the hotel to allow reservations at the original convention rate ($119/129/139) but this is not currently in place. We will keep you posted.

Match Game SF Needs You

(Originally posted at http://kevin-standlee.livejournal.com/1466962.html)

We are still apparently scheduled to do three shows of Match Game SF at this year’s Westercon in San Diego. However, a fair number of our regular panelists won’t be there this year. I’ve asked Programming to fill in the gaps, but I’ll also work with people who contact me directly.

In addition, we still need new questions. With so many games (and four questions per game), there’s a good chance we’ll be doing quite a few re-treads, which probably means it’s just as well that many of the panelists will be new ones.

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At The Door and Day Membership Rates

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 rates after June 30, 2015 are as follows

Attending: Thurs-Sun1 $85.00
Thursday Only $30.00 2
Friday Only $40.00 2
Saturday Only $40.00 2
Sunday Only $25.00
Two-day Rates Total of the 2 one-day rates

1 Also covers any three day period as the day rates would be more.
2 There will be a discount rate available for the evening only. These will be set and posted shortly.

Costume Electronics Workshop

Saturday, Jul 4th, Westercon will be holding an electronics workshop specially for costumers who want to add lights and other electrical devices to their outfits. THIS WILL REQUIRE OBTAINING MATERIALS IN ADVANCE (see below). To gauge attendance, PLEASE CONTACT westercon68programming@gmail.com an let us know you are coming.

This workshop, instructed by Jamie Hanrahan, will teach the basics of connecting power source (batteries), one or more LEDs or lamps, the resistor(s) needed by the LEDs, possibly a switch, possibly a fuse (more important than you might think!), and of course wires, to make a working lighting circuit. The basics of voltage, current, and resistance will be shown step-by-step via a series of simple experiments. Series vs. parallel circuits, what a “short circuit” is and how to avoid them, battery choices, LED and lamp choices, wiring choices, and so on will all be part of the learning. Finally we will show some examples of more complex electronics and show how to apply the principles of power sources, wiring, etc., to them.

Soldering will not be covered due to time and equipment requirements, but we’ll present links to some terrific online videos on the subject.

We’ll have a handout (or maybe a web site you can browse, print, etc., as you prefer) that will provide reference data for all the details, along with additional information and suggestions for further learning.

Bring six (6) fresh AA batteries. Attendees MUST purchase a $33 (plus shipping) parts kit to participate ($22 if you already own and can bring a multimeter; any other parts you already own can be substituted as well). Most of the parts can be used in later projects. To order, enter this URL in your web browser: http://www.mouser.com/ProjectManager/ProjectDetail.aspx?AccessID=7c6c5b601e Review the parts list, remove any items you already own and can bring, then click “order project” and “checkout”. The supplier (Mouser Electronics) can ship to you c/o the hotel, if necessary to get it to you on time. Just use your name, “Town & Country Hotel GUEST arvg 7/1” (or whatever your arrival date is) for the “Business” name, and the hotel address.

Worldcon Fannish Inquisition FAQs

To avoid taking time with the standard questions and answers, the Worldcon Inquisition team will be reusing the bid information FAQs from SMOFCon 32, December 2014.  These FAQs and Answers may be found here.

The complete information on the Fannish Inquisitions can be found on the Fannish Inquisition Page.

Fannish Ask Me Another

This Westercon we will be featuring our own version of the NPR game show “Ask me Another”. Steven Brust will be our Very Important Puzzler.

And we are going to need contestants! If you would like to be a contestant, please email to westercon68programming@gmail.com. Aside from your name, please provide some interesting things about your background that we can ask you about. Contestants will be picked at random from among submissions. (Mostly. If another GoH asked to play . . .) Please email by Jun 27th. There will be SF knowledge involved in some rounds, not so much in others.

If you are unfamiliar with the show, check this episode from New York Comic Con Super Week featuring Neil Gaiman.