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July 14th, 2015

08:00 am - Open Brainstorm Session, Sunday, July 26th at 2pm
Have a great idea for Arisia 2016? Come to the open brainstorm session on Sunday, July 26th at 2pm at The Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in the Stone Room (Lobby Level, down the hall just past the Starbucks). Representatives from programming, events, and the other departments within Arisia will be there to hear and talk with you about your ideas.

Want to become more involved in Arisia? This is a great opportunity to meet with members of the Arisia Leadership Team and talk about the various ways in which you can contribute.

Can't make this session? Contribute panel ideas on the Arisia brainstorm forum Have an idea outside of "traditional" SF/F convention panel format? Send your proposals to proposals@arisia.org

We hope to see you there!

-Kris "nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2016 Convention Chair

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June 15th, 2015

01:01 am
Arisia 2016 Registration is opening! Visit http://arisia.org/registration to purchase a membership. Adult memberships are only $45 until 9/30! If you have any questions or problems, please email registration@arisia.org.

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May 20th, 2015

10:53 pm - Arisia Communication Discussion
Arisia Communication Discussion
Tuesday June 2nd from 7:30-9:30pm at the NESFA Clubhouse (504 Medford Street, Somerville, MA)

This event is an open discussion about Arisia's communication, with focus on official communication from the convention to its attendees, and a lesser extent our staff/volunteer base. The goal of this event is to come away with a better understanding of where we need to improve on our communication, and with a timeline for what specific information should go out when (and hopefully also via which mediums). This discussion will start at 8pm.

At 7:30 we will have an introduction to volunteering with Arisia and a Q&A session for working on the convention. Arisia leadership staff, including this year's con chair, Kris "Nchanter" Snyder, will be available before and after the meeting for small group and one-on-one conversations.

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April 27th, 2015

06:16 pm - LARP Town Hall Thursday, May 7th
Arisia LARP Town Hall
Thursday May 7th from 7-9pm at MIT in the Whitaker Building (Building 56), room 154.

Help shape the future of LARP at Arisia. This Town Hall style event will be an open discussion on the challenges and rewards of running LARP content at Arisia. Can Arisia do LARP well? If so, what needs to change? If not, should Arisia do LARP at all? Open to all of the Arisia community (attendees, volunteers, participants, and those who've never been to Arisia before, but are interested!)

Kris "Nchanter" Snyder, the Arisia 2016 convention chair, will be available prior to the meeting starting at 6pm for people to chat with her informally on any topic pertaining to Arisia

Topics covered at the town hall are likely to include:

  • Ideal blue-sky LARP scene at the convention. (E.g. what would the LARP community want to see at a January convention in Boston, and what is a realistic LARP presence that could happen in the next 2-3 years.)
  • Space and time constraints that Arisia has.
  • Boffer vs Theater, One Shot vs. Campaign, Cast vs. Horde games – How to get more diverse game styles involved
  • Support for more experimental LARP layouts, like multi-room things / across the hotel.
  • Setting expectations for what is expected of the LARPs that participate at Arisia

Hope to see you there!

-Kris "nchanter" Snyder
Arisia 2016 Convention Chair

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March 4th, 2015

09:31 am - 3rd Come
For those intersted 3rd COME (3rd Conference on Middle Earth) has been cancelled.  Refunds will be sent out. 

"It isn’t what we wanted. It is unfortunately what we have. Or don’t have.

The Conference On Middle earth 2015 kept losing presenters to financial issues, like department budget cuts and the like. It’s hard to have a conference without enough presenters. We lost two more just this week.

So here we are, less than a month away, and we have to cancel.
All memberships and banquet tickets will be completely refunded.

COMe 2015 will hang on to your eddresses. When the economy stabilizes, or even improves, we’ll see what we can do about resurrecting the conference.

After all, there were 40 years between the 2nd Conference on Middle earth in 1971 and the 3rd Conference On Middle earth in 2011.

This is a major bummer.

Lin Daniel
Conference On Middle earth 20?? "


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January 22nd, 2015

01:26 pm - Arisia 2015 wrap-up (repost)
Originally posted by robdamnit at Arisia 2015 wrap-up
At this year’s Arisia our own clan made its strongest showing at the great tribal gathering. With the return in force of the Washburn family (including their newest addition), the first all-members presence of the Brenton clan and the first-time attendance of my darling boyfriend the extended Allston commune was nearly fully present. There were laughs and drinks and geekery shared with local friends seen too seldom throughout the year and welcome reunions with farther flung friends sadly seen only annually these days. There were also grand new folks to meet including a pair of delightful Canadians and a charming lady I have met several times but only when we are inebriated so it’s always kind of new.

I sampled food from New Orleans, liqueurs from Montreal, wore a toga and a mouse costume (both in the same night). Once again I saw the Skanks in line at registration and then never again all con, much to my disappointment. I listened to a favorite author read an unpublished story and sold two paintings in the art show. I actually made it to a 10 AM panel on Saturday morning! That never happens! There were beautiful costumes, clever tee-shirts and rocket fuel. I was touched by the generosity of a vendor and the hospitality of an evil queen. I can’t believe it’s over and I can’t wait for next year.

Special thanks to: N. K. Jemisin, Security, Access Services, Registration, Art Show, selkiechick, snarkyman, zentinal, eric_in_elevatr, amerigance, augustsnow, richenza, devoken, Joe, Norah, Joey, J.D. Hobbes, Rebecca, Dr. Karen and pretty much everyone else who added to the living swirling tapestry of quirky creative shenanigans that is Arisia.

And, as always, thanks to Shanna and T for getting me here in the first place.

rafaela, you were missed.


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January 17th, 2015

12:08 am - Arisia blood drive
Originally posted by pale_chartreuse at Arisia blood drive
Friday blood drive
59 presenting
50 units collected

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January 15th, 2015

07:04 pm - We're on the news!
Our very own assitant con chair was on BNN news tonight talking about Arisia. She'll be on again tonight at 9:30 and 11 pm.

Check it out online at http://youtu.be/xSKicHQNBzg

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06:09 pm - ASL meet and greet
There will be American Sign Language (ASL) meet and greet sessions at 12 Noon Saturday and Sunday at the tables in the Ballroom Prefunction Area, near the food trucks!

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January 14th, 2015

11:26 pm - In need of Quiet Room for the weekend
Hay -

I'm in need of a room to sleep in for the weekend.  I prefer no more than 4 people in a king size room and 5 people in a double.  I like to crash around 1am and up around 9:30 am.  I'm amiable, respectful and a quiet roomate.  Ive been going to Arisia for some time now and often volunteer.  I'm fine with the floor.  I often prefer it.  Got anything?


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