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January 25th, 2016

11:24 am - To the LARPers and D&D peeps out there
I know the Arisia crowd is pretty awesome and full of people who like good stories, playing games, and especially LARPing (I was super impressed with the LARP incorporation into the masquerade this year), so I figured maybe some of you would be interested in this:

You can watch the first two seasons of the show on Youtube, and it is really good. Fairly family friendly, too. :) If you can, please donate to the cause or help spread the word.

Season 1 and 2 Playlist:

If this is an inappropriate post for this group, I apologize and will remove it, but from the people I meet at Arisia, this seems to be the sort of thing to fit right in.

P.S. Is it awesome or sad that I'm already working on a costume for next year's masquerade? ;)

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January 31st, 2016

03:00 pm - Disappeared from Vedio game room at Arisia on Saturday [edited for location]
Our son left his 3DS XL, gold, Zelda version that looks like this http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2013/10/10848361-1381753985-150674.jpg charging Saturday in the video game room at night. He went to get it before he left at 1am and it was not there. It had the game "Super Smas Bros" in it http://www.mariowiki.com/images/thumb/4/40/Super_Smash_Bros_for_Nintendo_3DS_US_final_boxart.jpg/250px-Super_Smash_Bros_for_Nintendo_3DS_US_final_boxart.jpg

The game belonged to our public library and he'd like his holiday present back. If you, or someone you know found it, we'd like it back please. 
Current Mood: sadsad

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January 19th, 2016

08:51 pm - 2016 Writing Contest
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Student Writing Contest, who were awarded during the Masquerade Intermission Sunday night.

Honorable Mention:
“The Spaceman” by Ellis Ryder
“Average Joe”  by Alexandra Kouroriez

Third place
“Porcelain Woman” by Joyce Hida

Second Place
“Void of a Soul” by Alexis Felicia Romero
“Mithredath,”  by Caroline Jeffers

First Place award goes to
“The One-Eyed Knight” by Rowan Bagley, who also receives a matching cash prize for her school, Madison Area Memorial High School

Thank you to all the winners and to all the entrants. We thank you for sharing the fruits of your talent, and we hope that you continue sharing your unique visions with the world! We look forward to our next Student Writing Contest for Arisia 2017!

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January 15th, 2016

10:46 am - Assisted Listening

Assisted Listening Devices are available for a number of events this Arisia!

To see a list click here: https://goo.gl/FHZJ7P

To request a receiver text: (617)648-6552

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January 14th, 2016

03:56 pm - Wandering Minstrel Program!
Check out our new Wandering Minstrel program! Throughout the weekend, we’ll have designated musicians performing and/or jamming in public spaces (e.g. lobby, mezzanine, concourse). If you like to jam, bring an instrument! Arisia gets plenty of musicians, and minstrels -- even when on duty, if they're not too busy -- are prime candidates for people to jam with.

It's hard to predict exactly where a Wandering Minstrel will end up playing, but various minstrels will be active at the following times:

FRI 2:00pm-3:30 Alyssa Yeager
FRI 3:30pm-5:30 Susan Weiner
FRI 4:30pm-6:30 Nat Budin
FRI 6:30pm-8:00 The Wandering Cellist
FRI 8:00pm-9:30 Alec Heller
FRI 9:30pm-11:00 Char Morgan
FRI 11:00pm-12:00 Zoë Madonna

SAT 11:00am-12:30 Nat Budin
SAT 12:30pm-2:00 Troy Daniels
SAT 2:00pm-3:30 Colin Ferguson & Heather Lee
SAT 3:30pm-5:00 The Wandering Cellist
SAT 5:00pm-6:30 Colin Ferguson & Heather Lee
SAT 6:30pm-8:00 Alan Whitbread
SAT 8:00pm-9:30 Marnen Laibow-Koser
SAT 9:30pm-11:00 The Wandering Cellist
SAT 11:00pm-12:30 Char Morgan

SUN 12:30pm-2:00 Char Morgan
SUN 2:00pm-3:30 Amy Kucharik
SUN 3:30pm-5:00 Troy Daniels
SUN 5:00pm-6:30 Amy Kucharik
SUN 6:30pm-8:00 Zoë Madonna
SUN 8:00pm-9:30 Marnen Laibow-Koser
SUN 9:30pm-11:00 Alec Heller
SUN 11:00pm-12:30 Troy Daniels

In addition, Jonathan Gilbert, Ben Newman, and members of Diabolis in Musica are likely to be playing or jamming at less predictable times.

Here's a rough idea of what they're likely to be doing:

Alyssa Yeager: original songs from the perspective of a geek/goddess/girl
Susan Weiner: violin instrumentals and some mostly original folk songs
Nat Budin: geeky folk, rock, and pop; guitar and vocals
Wandering Cellist: dark fantasy cello
Alan Whitbread: traditional; concertina and some vocals
Zoë Madonna: accordion
Amy Kucharik: ukelele originals
Alec Heller: guitar instrumentals
Char Morgan: classical and folk; violin
Colin Ferguson & Heather Lee: Balkan and other music; accordion/vocals/guitar
Marnen Laibow-Koser: violin
Troy Daniels: Renaissance lute
Jonathan Gilbert: probably violin
Ben Newman: guitar
Diabolis in Musica: Medieval fusion on period instruments, with dancers? Perhaps we misunderstood.


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January 12th, 2016

09:37 pm - Tactile Tour of the Art Show
Arisia is happy to announce that we are offering the Tactile Tour of the Art show again this year! This is a tour designed for people who are blind or have low vision, to get a chance to examine 3d objects from the Art Show. We will be at a new time, Saturday at 2:30 pm, in the art show. The tour is not limited to fans who are blind or have low vision. If you are interested in how we do this, or might want to do something like this at another event, please come along! Archivists gloves will be provided for relevant objects.

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January 9th, 2016

07:09 pm - Mobile-friendly guides
Mobile-friendly guides to Arisia 2016 are now available through Guidebook!

Both will be updated with any last-minute schedule changes.

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January 7th, 2016

08:29 pm - Hotel cancellation and wait list
Due to overwhelming demand, We will most likely not be able to honor wait-list requests for sleeping rooms made after October 1st. There was an overwhelming early response for reservations. We make every effort to accommodate our members but there are a limited number of rooms available. We will continue to notify people on the wait list as rooms come available.

Additionally, members may wish to contact friends to make arrangements or to make reservations at the Renaissance Waterfront Boston, which is only a short walk away from the Westin. Also, watch Arisia social media for any last minute announcements regarding hotel availability. The link for that can be found here: http://arisia.org/hotel#reserveren

We apologize for the inconvenience and the Innkeeper staff will continue to notify those who made requests as we are able.

If you need to cancel your reservation, contact the Innkeeper and your room will go to the next person on the wait-list.

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January 6th, 2016

02:30 pm - LARP sign up
Do you like to LARP? Do you want to find out what LARP is all about? Come to one of our LARP Games at Arisia! The list of games we are hosting can be found here: http://arisia.org/larping Reserve a spot in a game today! We are currently accepting player sign up - just fill out the form at the bottom of the webpage!

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01:47 am - Roomates needed for Westin
Update: Both spaces taken.

I have a room with two double beds at the Westin for Friday, Saturday, Sunday nights and am looking for two more roommates.  I am looking for people who will be there for all three nights.

I have been attending Arisia for almost 10 years and am there both to learn at panels and to have fun socializing, parties, shows etc.  I have lived in the Boston area most of my life and am a great resource of knowledge.   Both of us are non smokers, do not do any drugs, techy type adults.

If you are looking for space and think we would be compatible, please email me (remove the spaces, fix the symbols).  math mw hyphen lj at yahoo

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