WOSSNAME -- FEBRUARY 2007 -- PART 1 OF 6
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
FEBRUARY 2007 (Volume 10, Issue 2)
Part 1 of 6 Sections
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====Part 1 - THE AUSDWCON - THE CON COMMITTEE SPEAKS
1) THE OFFICIAL REPORT - by Danny Molokov
====Part 2 - THE AUSDWCON - THE OFFICIAL REPORT CONTINUES
1) THE OFFICIAL REPORT CONTINUES - by Danny Molokov
==== Part 3 - THE AUSDWCON - A PLETHORA OF REPORTS
2) A SPECIAL VIRTUAL REPORT - by H.P. Lovecraft
3) THE EMPRESS HANIA'S IMPRESSIONS - by Hania Trzaskowska
4) SIGNING OF THE OGG BOOBIES - by CMOT Dibbler
5) ON THE SCENE REPORTS FROM AUSTRALIA - by Paul Blake & Libwolf
6) LOCAL SUPPORTING MEETS - The Non Mel-Meet - by Annie Mac
7) YOUR DISCWORLD HOROSCOPE
8) LOCUS REPORTS TERRY ON TWO TOP LISTS
==== Part 5
9) WEIRD ALICE SONG & NEWS
10) PTERRY NEWSROUND
11) NON-REPORT OF THE LONDON NON-MEET
12) IAN RICHARDSON DIES AT 72 by Annie Mac
13) LATEST DETAILS ON THE NEXT TERRY BOOK
==== Part 6
14) LETTERS FROM ALL OVER
Here it is -- the Special Convention issue you've been waiting for!
Many thanks to our giant staff in Australia and the US,
especially the lovely Annie Mac, our Managing Editor; to
SteVen D'Aprano and Paul Blake, our fearless reporters;
to the Empress Hania, ruler of Upper and Lower Australia;
to Jason Parlevliet, our Staff Technomancer; and to our
special staff from the Underwater Campus of BU, located
off the coast of Miami, Florida in the US, and, of course,
to the helpful Elder Gods at Cori Celesti and R'lyeh.
We are enormously grateful to the AUSDWCON for their
new concept of "virtual attendance," an idea which may well
revolutionize all future conventions. Here are the reports on:
THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN DISCWORLD CONVENTION
With Complete Official, Non-Official, Fake and Virtual Coverage
by a Vast Horde of Reporters, including Convention Spokesmen,
H.P.Lovecraft, the Empress Hania, Local Pratchett Fans, and
Mr. CMOT Dibbler.
Nullus Anxietas: The Australian Discworld Convention
Melbourne, February 9-11 2007
Guest of Honour: Terry Pratchett
Virtual Guests of Honour: Stephen Briggs, Bernard Pearson,
Colin Smythe, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
1) THE OFFICIAL REPORT
by Danny Molokov
Wow, what a weekend it's been. The Convention was awesome, the
best I've ever been to...but then again, it was also my first Convention :)
To summarize: WOW.
To expand a bit: I'll go through what *I* did at the Con, and my comments
on various bits and pieces, and my perspective is by no means the only one.
The Nullus Anxietas website is http://www.ausdwcon.org
The Nullus Anxietas Photo site is
In the beginning, there was the word. And the word was "Hey, you!"
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 9 -- I arrived at the Carlton Crest hotel at about 10.30am,
checked in, didn't have my room straight away (it wasn't ready), so sat down
the lounge and waited. Registration for the Con wasn't until 12, so a little
time was killed, and then I wandered around seeing where everything was. In
the end, I did a little bit of help with the setup (stuffing bags) and then
started lining up for registering. Yep, got the Gala Dinner ticket, got my
badge (ooh, I'm a panelist) and my showbag full of goodies.
Off to the Volunteer's Guild - turns out they were looking for extra
volunteers to act as crowd control/timekeepers on sessions, not
extra info for people who'd already volunteered. No worries. Already
had set up what I was helping with, so I didn't take on too many
extra responsibilities, and spent the time reading through
the Con booklet laughing at all the many little bits and pieces.
Went to check if my room was ready - it was! Ok, so move in, unpack
suitcase, have a little lie down :) Ok, up and at them again... back to the
Future of Discworld - our speculation session. I came in, found a seat,
and discovered a few people in front of me talking to a bald, bearded
gentleman with a hat and an English accent, kindly pointing out that
this session had stipulated "No Terry Pratchetts".Terry then of course
graciously - with a bit of a pretend huff - excused himself, and we
started speculating wildly - Will Carrot and Angua have puppies?
Which character will die? Will we ever see Esk and Simon again?
Interesting stuff to see what people think could happen.
Next up I had arranged a private rehearsal of our Pyramids script reading -
myself and 9 volunteers who I hadn't met in person before. Erm... make
that 8. Robbie had unfortunately got some medical issue with his vocal
chords and had called me ahead of time to say he might not, then later
would not, be able to participate in the crypt reading, as it probably
good for his health.
A big thankyou to Nick who stepped into the role of Dios with an hour
of warning before the rehearsal and did a tremendous job.
The rehearsal went well, and everyone seemed to be able to get through
their parts OK,even if Nick stumbled over the repeatedly long utterances
of "His Greatness Teppicymon XXVIII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer
of the Sun, etc etc..."
By the time we finished, there was still time for a bit of a wander, and
it appeared that Terry was 'holding court' in the Mended Drum - well,
basically, he was sitting there with a large crowd around him, and he
was talking. Boy, can this man talk! About anything and everything,
and it's never boring :)
Next up - Pratchett vs Rowling. Toni was running this session, being
involved in both fan circles and doing a PhD on something to do with
the psycholog of fandom, and it was interesting to hear the ravidness
of both sides of this divide.
To be honest, I'm a mad Discworld fan, and I've read the Harry
Potter books, but they are "ok" and not super brilliant... in my
opinion, of course. In the end, the whole stink about whether
Terry is jealous of Rowling's success was put to death by the
man himself - Terry stood up on stage and explained where a
lot of the furor arose - some shoddy Journalism in the Times
in an article about Rowling (and how she didn't think she wrote
fantasy) and Terry's subsequent letter to the editor attacking
the shoddy journalist and *not* Rowling. After all, they both
have big piles of money they can swim in.
At six o'clock, every night, Sam Vimes reads "Where's My Cow?"
to his son, young Sam. So did we. Kerry read through the story
and a few random volunteers and myself sat up the front
providing the voices for the 'human' bits. After doing all the ones
in the book (Foul Ole Ron, Coffin Henry, CMOT Dibbler, Sergeant
Detritus, Lord Vetinari, etc.) we kind of went freeform, with the
four of us up the front quoting a line and the audience guessing
which character we were - and beyond that, the audience started
throwing out lines of their own. It worked quite well, and was a
good bit of fun!
AND NOW, THE CLEARING OF THE THROAT
We watched a short video presentation - "Run, Rincewind, Run" -
by the Snowgum Films team - culminating in Rincewind
accidentally zapping himself into another world... ours! He finds
himself in Melbourne, spent a while running around some of the great
Melbourne landmarks, and ends up at the Carlton Crest, and then
rushes into the auditorium! After screaming loudly, he
grabbed a glass of water, drank it all, took a deep breath, and then
screamed again. Then he did the same with a carafe of water.
Then he discovers a book up the front - The Last Continent.
He flips through, makes appropriate gasps at all the horror he's been
put through, then finds the author photograph. Looking at the picture
and the people in the audience carefully, he eventually finds Terry -
looks him up and down - and says "You BASTARD".
And then runs out! Abso-fricking-lutely hilarious. Well done to all
involved in that presentation.
Welcome messages from Pat and Terry, huzzah, we've all begun :)
Our first virtual guest is Stephen Briggs. A few video hiccoughs leaves
us purely with Stephen's voice and a great lot of info is imparted about
Stephen's experience with Discworld Theatre, and also all the other
stuff he's done - the Companion, Diaries, Maps, Audio Books, and
just about everything else as "Chronicler of Discworld". Great stuff.
Now we're off to Trivia. I walk up to a random table, and ask the man
there - Michael - if I can join his team, as I don't really know anyone.
He says sure - turns out it's mostly his family, plus a few friends
Lisa and Colin. Well I think they're glad I picked them - we won :)
I apologise to all others there, I just knew the answers to almost
everything! The only ones we got wrong were: - in which book did
Vimes last drink alcohol? (Men At Arms, we wrote Feet of Clay.
We remembered the scene right, but picked the wrong book).
And what is Undecided Adrian's surname? (He was present
at the Con, but not near our table, so we didn't know...) I've
already pledged to run next Con's trivia session, just simply
because it prevents me from winning :)
(continued on Part 2)
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