WOSSNAME SPECIAL REPORT: DISCWORLD CONVENTION
- Dear Wossname readers,
We have just received new information on the
forthcoming Discworld Convention from
Karen/Vodka Vixen of the Con, arriving shortly
after we sent out the April issue of WOSSNAME.
Since you would not get this information for another
month on our regular publishing schedule, and
since this is such a vital DW program, we are
making an exception and sending it to you as a
Wossname Special Report:
BURSAR'S BULLETIN - ISSUE 3, APRIL 2002
We're incredibly busy organising the Convention, and with just four months
to go, much of the time is spent calming the members of the organising
committee down as they get too excited about what we have planned for
August. It is truly going to be the only Discworld event to be seen at in
2002. With over 100 items already planned for your entertainment, there is
something for everyone, from the seasoned Convention attendee to the
newcomer. And rest assured, we are right on target, with membership
standing at just over 600 people. Having organised two amazing Conventions
so far, this one will top them both.
_Night Watch_, the next Discworld novel, was recently delivered to
Transworld for proof preparation. Formerly given the working title _The
Nature of the Beast_, the book will feature cover artwork by Paul Kidby.
Paul's cover art, based on Rembrandt's "The Night Watch", inspired Terry to
change the book's title. It is believed that the eyes of Josh Kirby feature
in the painting where, in the original, Rembrandt painted himself. The only
person looking out of the painting is Josh - a fitting tribute to the
artist who did so much to create the feel of Terry's creation. _Night
Watch_ is due out in November and we hope to have proof copies available
for prizes at the Convention in August, some two months ahead of publication.
You can pre-order your copy from Amazon by following this link:
In shops now is _The Wyrdest Link_ (Orion, paperback) priced at GBP6.99
(20% discount available from Amazon via this URL:
Dave Langford. A Terry Pratchett Discworld Quizbook, _The Wyrdest Link_
follows on from _Unseen University Challenge_
by Dave Langford. Dave will of course be appearing at the Discworld
Packed full of brain-stretching questions, even the most fanatical
Discworld fan will find something of interest.
In association with Bernard Pearson (The Cunning Artificer) we are proud to
announce that the Convention will be presenting a "paint-your-own" in
August. We have been working with Bernard to create three unique Fools'
Guild Eggs. For those of you who are not familiar with the custom, the
members of the Fools' Guild protect their unique make-up designs by placing
them in the Hall of Faces (see the newly revised _Discworld Companion_,
available from Amazon, for details -
two fools are permitted to have the same design. We will be presenting
three designs for members to buy and paint in their own time at the
Convention. Paint and brushes will be available, along with some experts
who will be able to assist in the techniques required to complete your own
Fools' Guild Egg.
Our wonderful new 'Rocket Wizard' T-shirts were added to our online store
(http://www.dwcon.org/online_merchandise.php3) recently, and they're
selling like hot cakes! Don't miss your chance to own one of these
exclusive garments, based on the illustration from _The Last Hero_.
*The A Files*
As many of you will know, the internet newsgroup Alt.Fan.Pratchett (AFP) is
10 years old in 2002 and we will be holding a 10th birthday party for it at
the Convention. Visit http://www.lspace.org/fandom/afp/a-files/ to see some
of the faces behind the names on AFP.
*New Convention Guest - Trevor Truran*
Trevor stumbled into Discworld almost by accident when he approached
Bernard Pearson about a Discworld board game he had created. Within months
the game had become Thud, Terry had endorsed the project and Thud hit the
streets. We will be proud to welcome Trevor to the Discworld Convention in
August. He will be running the first International Thud Tournament, and
introducing people to the wonders of Discworld gaming. Thud is amazingly
easy to learn, and, like all good games, takes an amazingly long time to
master. You can find out more by visiting http://www.thudgame.com/ or by
reading Trevor's biography at http://www.dwcon.org/
New to the Convention's Website, please be sure to check out our Gopher
Hole. Here you will find details of the different opportunities there are
to get involved with the running of the Convention during the weekend.
Being a Gopher is an excellent way to meet new friends, and to pass a
little time before the next programme item. Printed Gopher forms will be
available in the next Chronicle.
We have taken bookings to date that fill over 60% of the hotel. Past events
have shown that the next two months are the busiest time for bookings - in
1998 the hotel was 90% full with two months to go. If you are planning on
booking, we would urge you to do so now, because we cannot guarantee that
rooms will be available close to the Convention. A printable booking form
is available via the Website and forms will be included in Chronicle Issue
3. We have also updated the Website with some information about the area
around the hotel.
*New Pratchett for Convention Programme Book*
Be sure to join as a supporting member, even if you cannot make it to the
event itself. That way you secure your very own copy of the Convention's
programme book that will this year contain a unique piece of Discworld
writing by Terry - a piece previously unseen and newly published.
Supporting membership costs just GBP10 and gets you the Discworld Chronicle
and the Programme Book. Plus, if you do decide you can make it to the
Convention, you can then upgrade to attending membership.
*All the Disc's a Stage*
We will again be featuring some fairly major theatrical endeavours during
the Convention. In with Chronicle Issue 3 you will receive details of how
you can get involved in the Convention's theatre programme. As well as
staging _The Sea and Little Fishes_ for the first time, we will be giving
you the chance to perform your favourite extracts from the Discworld novels.
*A Dinner Date*
The Count De Magpyr has confirmed that the Vampire Ball will be held at the
Discworld Convention and he will be extending his invitation to all
Convention members in Chronicle Issue 3. Tickets for this event are
limited, so please be sure to send your completed booking form and payment
as soon as you receive the form. We are sending all members a form by post,
including those overseas. The dispatch of the forms will be staggered so
that they arrive on your doormats at the same time. We will accept booking
based on the date of postmark for the return envelope. Because numbers are
limited, we are also putting on a full programme of entertainment for those
not attending the dinner - more details to follow.
Not content with hosting this Convention's Formal Ball, the Count has
kindly offered a selection of fine art from his extensive collection for
display at the Convention. A keen patron of the arts, he is also making
space available for our members to display their talents. Be they
paintings, drawings or sculpture, bring them with you and display them in
the gallery. Prizes will be presented for the best pieces.
Past Conventions have attracted some pretty spectacular items for the
charity auction. From manuscripts of unpublished books, complete with notes
by Terry, to one-off items of original art by Discworld artists. Be sure to
check out the auction catalogue which will be contained in your programme
pack to see what items will be on offer. Of course, there is always a place
for the special items that Terry just has to include.
*New Programme Items*
Here is a taster of some of the latest additions to the Conventions
programme. Aphrodisiac and Authentic Discworld Recipes, The Orangutan
Foundation Presentation, Mime Workshop, Thogg's Masterclass, Speculation
Panel, There Were These Three Wizards In A Room..., and Breed your own
Swamp Dragon. I'm sure you will agree, something for everyone.
Be sure to check out _The Science of Discworld II_ by Terry, Ian Stewert
and Jack Cohen. We are offering a bound proof of the new book as a prize in
Chronicle Issue 3. The new book is available from Amazon priced GBP11.89
via this URL:
Chronicle Issue 3 will be with our members shortly. Publication delays have
pushed back the date of release, but it will be worth the wait. In the
meantime, if you need anything, be sure to contact us at the usual
Paul A Rood
Discworld Convention 2002
Web: http://www.dwcon.org/ Email: info@...