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October 15th, 2015

05:40 pm - Muse of Whimsy!
Arisia 2016 is pleased to announce the addition of a special guest, Venetia Charles, as our Muse of Whimsy.

Venetia Charles the Arisia 2016 Muse of Whimsy, looking whimsical

Venitia's own words on the experience of her first Arisia:

"Arisia is the first convention where I felt absolutely comfortable and at ease. I felt that not only was I welcome to join in but that I wanted to be part of the many marvelous things happening around me. I didn’t have or need an agenda, I didn’t need to see x-level famous person or make x-business connection but it was simply and lovingly about having fun. While I have been to giant comic-cons where there are lots of young people, this was also the first convention that had a genuinely youthful feel of exploration, interest, and trust."

Her insight into this spirit at Arisia is a key part of why we have invited her to be our Muse of Whimsy!

More information about how awesome Venetia is and about our other guests of honor can be found at: http://www.arisia.org/GoHBios#SG
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October 13th, 2015

02:40 pm - Join the Staff of Arisia! Registration Needs YOU!
The annual Arisia convention is a 100% volunteer-run con, brought to you by a dedicated group of folks JUST LIKE YOU who want to be a part of something amazing. And we're looking for new staff, returning staff, people who want to volunteer 1 hour. Or 20. Or only do pre-con volunteering. Or only at-con. Whatever level of volunteering you are interested in, Arisia has something for you to do. We have volunteer rewards, like earning swag, or a t-shirt if you put in 8+ hours. Volunteer 12 or more hours, and you also earn next year's Arisia membership.

We have an updated VOLUNTEERS WANTED page up on the Arisia 2016 website, which you can check in on. Or you can fill out a VOLUNTEER FORM to tell us what you want to do, and our hard-working Volunteers staff will try to find something for you.

But today, we are looking for volunteers for REGISTRATION. Because many of our long-time volunteers at Arisia started out "just working Reg," including this year's conchair.

Position: Registration Staff
Come join the friendly, welcoming people of Registration! As the first faces attendees see when they arrive at the convention, Registration volunteers are an incredibly important part of the Con. Reg Staff must be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and enjoy helping people.
Responsibilties: money handling, customer service, work under pressure, sitting for long periods of time, using a laptop.
Time: Flexible shifts at con, training happens pre-con
Contact: Diana Hsu, reg@arisia.org

For more information on volunteering, email us at Volunteers, and/or come to one of our Open Staff Meetings. There's one today:

What: Open Staff/Convention Committee Meeting
Where:  MIT Building 66 Room 144
When: TODAY, October 13th at 7pm
Who: Anyone who has or would like to volunteer for Arisia 2016!

Current Mood: excitedexcited

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October 3rd, 2015

12:59 pm - Volunteers Wanted! Looking for a WEBMASTER!
Interested in joining the staff of Arisia 2016 to help put on the BEST sci-fi/fantasy convention on the East Coast? AWESOME! We're looking for motivated people to join Team Arisia!

We're looking for a WEBMASTER to work with our Communications Division!
WEBMASTER: Coordinate with our Communications Division to update content on Arisia's Drupal-based website for Arisia 2016.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Update website with new content as requested by other divisions and areas. Must know basic HTML, be comfortable with the command line, and have used Drupal before or have sufficient general computer-fu.
TIME: Pre-con and some At-con. Would require a couple of hours per week between now and January, when the site would need daily updates that might take an hour or two per day.
CONTACT: Rachel Kadel-Garcia, comms@arisia.org

Thank you! If you're looking for a more positions within our organization, please check out our Volunteers Wanted page on the Arisia 2016 website, or go here to fill out a general VOLUNTEER FORM. If you have questions, please contact us at volunteers@arisia.org

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished

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September 22nd, 2015

01:45 am - Signups to run LARPS closing soon
Hey Everyone!

Sign ups to run a LARP (Live Action Role Playing) event at Arisia will be closing September 25th, 2015. If you want to run a LARP at Arisia for 2016, you need to get your information into http://arisia.org/LARP-GM-Signup before midnight on the 25th. If you have a LARP you want to run, or a LARP you want to test run, you should really get your entry in before the deadline.

Come to LARP at Arisia, you will be pleased that you did.

Kevin A. R. Schendell
Arisia 2016 LARP Area Head
"The Yellow Tie Guy"

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September 9th, 2015

10:41 am - Hotel Reservations Now Open!
Hotel reservations are now available! If you have problems with your reservation, keep in mind there is a two night minimum for Saturday night at the Westin (the main hotel). For more information on how to make a reservation and all things sleeping rooms, start at http://www.arisia.org/hotel

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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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