Ron Oakes

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 and we’ll work something out.

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

  • Send an email to If you are specifically interested in helping in the con suite send the email to If you are specifically interested in helping with program operations send the email to  If you want to help with monitoring the quiet room, send the email to
  • 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.

Match Game SF Needs You

(Originally posted at

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.

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.

Updated Fannish Inquisition Information

Note, the following information, along with any updates, will be maintained on the Fannish Inquisition page under the Events tab.

Westercon 68 will be holding two “Fannish Inquisitions” where members can learn about, and ask questions of, bids for future Westercons and Worldcons, as well as the future seated Westercon and Worldcons.

The Westercon Fannish Inquisition will be on Friday, July 3, at 1:00pm.  The time for this inquisition will be broken down as follows:

  • Westercon 69 — 10 minutes
  • 2017 — 10 minutes (4 minutes presentation, 6 Q&A)
  • 2018 — 8 minutes (4 minutes presentation, 4 Q&A)
  • later — 5 minutes each

The Worldcon Fannish Inquisition will be on Friday, July 3, at 3:00pm and will have a two hour slot.  The time for this inquisition will be broken down as follows:

  • Sasquan — 15 minutes
  • MidAmericon II — 10 minutes
  • 2017 — 10 minutes each (4 minutes presentation, 6 Q&A)
  • 2018 — 8 minutes each (4 minutes presentation, 4 Q&A)
  • 2019 — 5 minutes
  • later — 4 minutes each, assuming anyone wants to present

The Worldcon Fannish Inquisition will only be accepting written questions that can be screened by the moderators to ensure a smooth running session.  These can be submitted by paper at the inquisition or before, or by sending an email to   Written questions for the Westercon inquisition will also gladly be accept in advance at the same address, though questions from the floor will be entertained if there is time.

An HDMI projector & sound system available for use during the inquisition, along with all the usual dongles/converters (displayport, mini DVI, VGA-to-HDMI, etc.).  Neither inquisition will start more than 5 minutes late for testing the projector or other technical needs.  Any time taken setting up tech will be deducted from presentation time.

However, our AV team will have the projector available in the convention office in Terrace Salon 3 Friday morning to allow you to check out the setup and work it out with our AV team.  Also, the Westercon inquisition is likely to end early.  The rest of the slot will be available to work out AV issues.

Fan Table and Blood Drive Updates

The cut off date for requesting a fan table is June 15.  Please go to the Fan Tables page for more details.

The San Diego Blood Bank is now taking advanced appointments for the blood drive on Friday July 3.  We have also included information on how to collect the Blood Drive thank you gifts from San Diego Comic-Con International’s blood drive the following week.  Please see the Blood Drive page for more details.

We should have some updates regarding parties shortly.


A New Westercon 68 Guest of Honor

Westercon 68 is pleased to announce that Mira Grant has agreed to be an additional Guest of Honor.


Spider Robinson Cannot Attend

It is with great disappointment but complete understanding that Westercon must announce that Spider Robinson will not be able to fulfill his Guest of Honor commitment to the convention.  Spider wrote:
Tell folks I had to tap out due to recent undisclosed health problems.  That’s the shortest and truest I can say it.  If anybody argues, tell ‘em I’m 66, I’ve been hospitalized six times in the last six months, and we’re working on it.  And tell them I apologize.
Our thoughts and best wishes go with Spider for a speedy diagnosis and complete recovery.