Monthly Archives: November 2005

Reminder: Last Day for Early Pre-Registration for MFF 2006!

This is just a reminder to everyone that this is the last day to pre-register for Midwest FurFest 2006 and still get the special early rate of $25 for a membership or $100 for a sponsorship. After midnight tonight, the rates will be $30 for a membership and $120 for a sponsorship.

There are two ways you can take advantage of these early rates:
1. You can register online at http://www.furfest.org/onlinereg/. You will need a credit card or a PayPal account. Note that a PayPal account is not required if you are paying with Visa, Mastercard, or Discover. Also, note that any registration that is not accompanied by payment will be deleted and will not be eligible for the special early rates afterward.
2. You can mail in your registration using the forms found at http://www.furfest.org/ along with a check or money order. This must be postmarked today to qualify for the special early rates.

Thanks to all who have registered so far! Your early support means a lot to us.

Resurfacing

So I’m finally about ready to actually be sociable again now that I’ve recovered from Midwest FurFest. As usual, a convention report and a Registration report (or two) will follow, but they may be a week or so coming.

Before I get back into the usual went there-did that sort of thing, I wanted to wander down Memory Lane. Back in 1997-1998, I was a part of a Mage gaming group in Raleigh. We had a great group of players (ladyinthetower, walkinthewilds, jeymin, Thomas, Kim, and John) and a fabulous storyteller (vileone, with the help of his lovely wife vilejynx) who created a wonderful setting and memorable characters. The setting was modern-day Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Triangle Ascension ran for over two years, and we put together a pretty damn good website, I think. Of course, Rob giving experience points for player diaries helped generate content for the site, too. Rob and I ran the site during the campaign and we had readers around the world give us some nice feedback.

I revisited the website because I was reminded that this was really the last time that I wrote any fiction. There’s a little bit of gameplay mechanics in the stories, but I tried to write them so they stood alone. I have two favorites from all of the diaries I wrote: The first was a whimsical tale of how my character, Reuben (a dreamspeaker, or shaman), came by his familiar: When Reuben Met Dog. The second was a darker, sadder story: Loved Ones Lost.

I don’t know that I’ve ever linked to these from my LiveJournal before, but it’s a real pleasure to go back and read over some of the fun that we had then.

Now We’re Cooking!

Hey all you locals and folks-within-driving-distance:

Imagine if you will…a fullly-equipped kitchen, multiple ovens and cooktops, and comfortable seating for several dozen people. That’s Spice Rack Kitchen Suites in Mount Prospect, IL, and we’re kicking around the possibility of putting together a nice day of dinner and fun for all of our friends. Sound like fun? Surf over to Takaza’s journal and let us know if you’re interested and what dates might be good for you!

The Last Hurrah

One last post before Midwest FurFest. I’ve got an hour or so here remaining at work and then I’m headed over to the Hyatt Regency Woodfield. We’re as ready as we’ll ever be for the con, but as always I just can’t shake the feeling that something is falling through the cracks. And it probably is, but y’know what? Probably none of the attendees will notice.

Last night was insane, of course. We packed all of the Registration supplies plus most of our personal gear into my Blue Box (aka Honda Element), though Takaza wound up having to take some of the stuff as well; the two handcarts took up a huge amount of space and really cut into the amount of stuff we were hoping to get in there. With the change of the weather, the pain in my knee seems to be getting worse and worse, and I regret to say that I wasn’t a lot of help carrying stuff down the stairs to the car. Dan more than covered for me, though, and then showed his mad packing skillz and fit a huge amount of stuff in my car.

I came in stupidly early this morning so I could leave at 2:30. One thing you can say about driving at 5:15 AM, though – traffic moves! I had time to hit the ATM and Starbucks (ick) before coming into work. Right now, it’s cold out there, but it’s going to get a heck of a lot colder. 27 F, with a low tonight of 17 F. Light snow flurries have been blown around by 30-40 mph winds around all day, but the snow is melting on contact with the ground. The good news is that after tonight, things warm up slightly, with highs near 40 and lows in the 20s. It’s Chicago in November, folks.

If anyone local would care to join us, we’re going to be stuffing Registration bags and doing other prep work for the con in the Schaumburg Room at the Hyatt tonight starting at 7 PM (we’ll be there before then, though). We seem to be down a few folks this year, so if anyone can spare the time it would be very much appreciated!

So that’s about it for me, at least before the con. After I leave here this afternoon, my e-mail access is going to be spotty at best, though we’ll be getting net access tonight for sure for those last-minute details. I hope everyone traveling to Chicago has a safe trip, and that those who can’t make it know that you are indeed missed and I hope you’ll be able to see the fun we have at Midwest FurFest sometime in the future. Take care, all!