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It all began with an "AARRGH!"

As in, "ARRRGH! Why are all the Discworld events in the UK and in August?!" August being my decompression month after that other event I co-run, and right when school begins. Why wasn't there a DW event in the States? Why couldn't there be one in May/June? Why.. am I sitting here wondering why nobody's planned or run something like this? Why don't I get off my arse and do it?

That's usually how these things begin, for me. Before I go any further, I feel the need to state: THIS IS NOT A CONVENTION! It's not intended to be a convention, it's not going to be run like a convention, and most of the things people go to conventions for will not be present at this event. If you're reading this and salivating at the thought of cornering Terry Pratchett to get his autograph and regale him with the exploits of your fanfic/LARP/rollplay DW feature character, I invite you to move right along to an actual convention or book signing tour where he's agreed to hold himself hostage to that sort of thing. I certainly do not intend to ask him to do that for this event.

I don't go for that sort of thing, and it's upset me that in recent years, most conventions have become very mercenary in that regard. I watched MiniCon rip itself apart and completely restructure itself just to get away from that, and as they are a convention, they can't escape it entirely. I can, by never starting to go down that road. So, this is not a convention.

What I'm hoping to do, is have an event that brings a little slice of Anhk-Morpork into our lives, for a weekend. I'd like to set it up so it's an amalgam of both Discworld ambiance and modern day fun. An event where people can dress up as their favourite characters, not just for the Masquerade, but for the event. Costumes are not required, but would be strongly encouraged.

Imagine, if you will, a small county fair held outside the walls of Ankh-Morpork. Canvas tents have been set up for traveling vendors to display their wares, becoming almost a small city in its own right. Entertainers, both professional and just locals wishing to show off a particular skill or trick, wander around. CMOT Dibbler is there, of course, selling various foods on sticks and inna bun, and commemorata, ready as ever to take advantage of this opportunity. The City Watch are a visible presence, to keep the peace, as somewhere Commander Vimes pinches the bridge of his nose and glowers at the thought of this fresh new havoc in his city. The Times have a presence, reporters dashing about to gather all the most recent news for publication the next morning in special event papers. The Guilds have representatives there to search for new talents under the guise of giving classes or contests. There are games to play and new skills to learn, and a jolly time would (hopefully) be had by all.

It's a chance for the people who love to imagine Discworld to get together and play in it, to share their joy in the world Terry Pratchett created.

It's not meant to be a money making venture. I specifically do not want it to be one. There will probably be a cost to help offset things like the sanitation needs and land rental, but the cost would be minimal. Anything above and beyond that will be donated to the Orangutan Foundation that Terry Pratchett is involved in. At this point in time, I'm expecting this to be a very small event, less than 100 people, and that number has been chosen simply because I know almost 100 people who will be dragooned into helping me with it. I'm not really sure what the outside interest would/will be, so I'm planning on a small event that has room to grow. I can handle running an event up to 1100 people 1 - but I have no expectation or anticipation this event will ever get that big. Certainly not the first year. Whether or not there's any year but the first year, remains in the ether - I want to concentrate on pulling it off right the first time. I'll worry about "what next" later.

Cheers!
-T




1 - Yes, really. WW's attendance in 2006 was 1100, and in 2007 it was 925. I'd probably drop dead of shock if my DW event had even a quarter of that attendance, but then I'd simply rise as a member of the undead and go right on running it.

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fiddle_dragon
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
For those that *do* want a convention: North American Discworld Convention - slated for 2009.
falcongirl
Sep. 28th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Here's to hoping, but it also conflicts directly with DragonCon. If they get it off the ground, I'll probably go, but I expect a lot of die hard DC'ers won't. I can't imagine what possessed them to run it that weekend :( DragonCon will really hurt their attendance.
fiddle_dragon
Sep. 28th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
Probably the fact that there are more fans than there are DC attendees...and the fact that they're in a completely different region of the US than DragonCon.

Personally, at this point, I'm more likely to go to something like what you're proposing than a convention, simply because as cons go, I'd rather go to a bigger more general con like DC or Convergence, etc...particularly if I'm going to travel.

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