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LibertyCon Charity Auction update

You guys know that we have some great items up for sale every year in our Charity Auction, but this year I wanted to make sure to point out something special that was just sent to us by our Special Guest, Steve Jackson.

You ready for it?

He's offering the chance for you to work with SJ Games staff to come up with your own Munchkin Card! That's right, you'll have the opportunity to pitch your idea for a production card... Wild, wacky, weird, you think it and if they like it they'll make it. (Don't worry though, if your initial idea doesn't work for the game it's not a problem. They'll collaborate with you to refine your dream into the perfect Munchkin of perfection!)

Not only will you get to see your card developed by SJ Games, but you'll also be listed and thanked in the production credits!

A word of warning though, you'd better bring your wallet with you because I see a "Spraker's Kettle of Slaking: Cause all monsters to leave for a tea break. All interfering players must act out 'I'm a Little Teapot' or lose three health!" in my future!

Ps. I ran this past Steve to make sure I had everything correct with it. Here's his reply, verbatim:

Also tell them:

The card will be part of a regular set and drawn by the regular artist. It will be a real, official card.

They will get six copies of the release containing the card - which could vary widely in retail value depending on what set the card appears in, so don't base your bid solely on that. Bid for charity and for awesomeness.

The winner will meet personally with Steve at LC to start the discussion. Derek will be there to buy the drinks and wish he had bid higher. Unless Derek wins the auction, in which case the drinks are on Steve.

Special Guest or not, this guy's just cruel! Wink

LibertyCon 28 Registration is now closed!

Well, for those of you that I have been annoying with "There are only XX memberships left!" messages... you're safe now.


Registration for LibertyCon 28 has just closed. For the first time ever, we have sold out all available memberships for the convention over a month ahead of time! When you factor paid memberships and attending pros together, this will be the largest LibertyCon on record!


We look forward to seeing all of you next month, and in the meantime please help us come up with things for Matt to do since his Friday just cleared up like we wouldn't have believed. Wink

Author's Alley update

In non-membership related business, I was just putting a few titles for Sarah Hoyt and Peter Grant into the LibertyCon Author's Alley and I realized that we have 95 books listed in there!


If you haven't taken a look, you might really want to. It might give you an idea of the works of some of our attending authors that you haven't been exposed to already.


(And if you're coming out to the convention and have a book or three under your belt, let me know. There's no charge to get listed in there, and we don't make anything from it... we know we have some of the most talented authors around coming to the convention, and just wanted to make sure that everyone else realized it as well.)

Another membership count update

I know everyone is tired of me posting updates about how many memberships are left, but don't worry... it's almost to the point where I won't have to any longer.

I had planned on making another update when we hit 650, but due to a large rush over the last couple of days that sort of got past me. I don't have the official count from Matt right now, but by my best estimate we're currently sitting at 672 sold memberships out of our available 700!

That's right folks, 28 memberships left before we shut the doors for ordering. That being said, take note of this next bit:

LIBERTYCON 28 WILL NOT HAVE ON-SITE REGISTRATION!
REGISTRATION STAFF WILL ONLY BE ON HAND FOR PICKING UP PRE-REG BADGES!

Please let anyone and everyone that you know that _MIGHT_ have an interest in coming to the convention know about this. We would really hate for someone to drive in from Kentucky only to be turned away at the door.

Also remember that ordering for shirts is about to close as well. May 31st will be your last chance to order an LC28 T-Shirt or polo (Girl cut is available!).

My word... Matt is going to have an easy convention this year! Wink

Head on over to the Pre-Regsitration Page now and get your membership if you're not on the Pre-Reg list!

Michael Bielaczyc's just launched a new World of Uteria adventure

We just saw where LC26 Special Guest, and great friend to LibertyCon, Michael Bielaczyc just launched his latest module for the World of Uteria and Pathfinder. It's called "The Dead Gulch", and you can find out more about it in this video. Congrats, Mike!

Running low on Memberships

A couple of things came out of the meeting this afternoon. The first, and most important, is that we're closer to our membership limit than I thought we were.

We're currently sitting at 625 memberships, so only 75 left to sell before we shut down Registration. With six weeks still to go, it's really looking doubtful that we're going to have any on-site Registration at all.

We're still getting memberships coming in every day, so if you're planning to come out to the convention this June get your membership now. We would hate for anyone out there to come out to the hotel on the day of and have to turn back around without a badge.

Also our overflow room block at the Marriott expires on May 26th, only 9 days from now. The Choo-Choo is completely sold out, and has a waiting list that's longer than George Carlin's "Seven Words". The Marriott is the closest stop on the free CARTA shuttle line, which runs all weekend, and room nights are $119. You can find their information on the Hotel Information page.

LibertyCon 28 Map is updated!

With all of the changes that we're looking at for this year at LibertyCon, I thought I'd put up an updated map so you can see where everything will be. This is up to date as of NOW, but our next meeting is tomorrow afternoon so who knows. wink emoticon
As you can tell, we're using just about every bit of function space that we can... including the American Car for readings. I've seen mention of readings at conventions being a bit removed from regular Programming areas, which is fair. It is here as well, but the authors seem to really like the American Car since it's a large space that at the same time seems pretty intimate. (Plus it's an actual train car. It's cool, you know it is.)
Everything else is as clustered as we can get it, for the most part. Programming is in the Convention Center, while Gaming and Room Parties are filling up Building 1. (We're not going to talk about the Spades Players invading the CARTA Room)
With more than 600 of our 700 memberships already sold, time is running out. So hop over to the website if you haven't already and take a look. We have over 140 pros and panelists (as of now), more than 200 scheduled events, and a ConSuite that's second to none!
And it's only a month and a half away... (yikes!)

ChooChooMap Color 2015 Changes

Todd McCaffrey & Jim Minz are coming back to LibertyCon!

We have more LibertyCon news, and this time it's two returning guests!

Todd McCaffreyLast year was the first time that Todd McCaffrey made his way to LibertyCon, and apparently he had a good enough time that he's coming back this year. You guys all know who he is, so I'm not going to go into that... but I will mention that one of the main reasons I'm excited that he's making the trip is that he runs the greatest game of "Are You a Werewolf?" that I've ever seen! Yep, it's a scheduled Programming event. (Or at least it will be, or I'm going to throttle Rich) You guys can look forward to seeing him due to his being a great guy as well as a phenomenal writer, but I'm really looking forward to getting into another round. Wink

Jim MinzThe other returning guest is Jim Minz, Baen Editor and Master of Ceremonies from last year's LC27. I'm not sure of what horse trading went on for him to talk his wife into watching the kids so he could come out to the convention, but we're glad he is! (He's a loveable guy though, so he probably just asked really nicely. *koff*) Personally I'm just thinking that he didn't want Toni to have all the fun.

I'll of course take this time to point out that, while I don't have an actual count from Matt for the last few days, I'm guessing that we're a bit over 600 registrations currently (with more coming in all the time). So that means that we have less than 100 registrations left, for a convention that is still over a month and a half away! So if you are still putting off getting that membership, you might be shooting yourself in the foot... which would be bad, since you wouldn't be able to play a round of "Are You a Werewolf?" with us.

The LibertyCon 28 Mass Mailing just went out!

Just thought everyone should know that the LibertyCon 28 Mass Mailing just went out.

In case you didn't get a copy, you can take a look at it here.

Not only does it have information about what's going on at LibertyCon 28, but also overflow and alternate hotel information.

Also a word of warning, we now have right at two hundred memberships left for sale.  If you're planning on coming to LibertyCon I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go ahead and pre-register as soon as possible!  There is a very good chance that we will sell out before the convention, and if so there will not be on-site registration!

Like always, you can pre-register online at our Online Store

Numbers, numbers, numbers!

So in my previous post I pointed out that we're capped this year to 700 paid memberships. Well, I wanted to give you guys some other numbers to look forward to with that particular number.

How about Guests and Panelists? If you hit our site you can see the complete list, but we currently have 129 (!) people participating in our Programming panels. Of those we have 78 Authors/Editors/Publishers/Etc, 14 Scientific types, and 13 people with an Artistic bent. And that's not even counting the people coming in to perform or our Fan panelists!

Rich has been killing himself working on the Schedule (seriously man, take a breather!) and has managed to cram 171 panels/events/activities (currently!) into the 48 hours that make up the convention. How do you even do that?! Apparently by running 5 or 6 concurrent tracks of Programming depending on the time. Then throw the 1632 Mini-Con into the mix, and you have one heck of a Schedule in the offing.

Sorry to tease the Schedule to you guys, but when you see it I think you're going to like it. Heck just look at the Schedule from last year and you'll get the idea!)  Rich is still moving things around to try to accommodate everyone, but to be honest with this many panels we're going to have some unhappy people. After all, you can only be in one place at a time! (At least now, but I hear that they're working on that)

It's at this point we have to point out Brandy's favorite 'Regina Kirby Quote': "Choice is a good thing."

And while I'm throwing numbers around, if you haven't checked out the LibertyCon Author's Alley please do. We currently have 68 titles highlighted there from our various attending authors. Some of them you've probably read, others you've probably meant to read, and still others you've never heard of. But you're going to be seeing these guys at the convention, so why not give them a spin and get to know their stuff first?  (Don't worry, we're not making any money from it.  We honestly just want to showcase our authors' works to you guys)

All of this is current as of April 3, 2015. What you guys don't see are the emails I get from Rich every other day asking me to add a picture to the website for a new panelist, or the constant stream of notifications I get telling me that something has been added or changed on the Schedule.

So with all that being said, its really shaping up to be one heck of a blowout! And we hope to see you guys there!

PS. As a quick PSA, don't worry... even with all the changes we're going through this year, the beer isn't changing. Wink

Of Hotels and Memberships

Hey guys, if you're planning on coming in to LibertyCon 28 this June here's some pretty important things that you should know about registration and the hotel:

First off, like we've said earlier: The Choo-Choo is booked solid for the convention. We have the entire thing (though there is one person that we're not too sure if they're Mundane or not). There is a waiting list, but you need to get in touch with Brandy to get on the list. DO NOT get in touch with the hotel, since she's in charge of room assignments and it won't do you any good.

We are still looking at an "official overflow" hotel, but it's taking longer than we had hoped. If you want to go ahead and get something, the three closest hotels to the Choo-Choo with direct access to the free CARTA Shuttle are:

The Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate ((423) 266-7331)
The Chattanooga Marriott Downtown ((423) 756-0002)
The Read House ((423) 266-4121).

There are plenty of other hotels in the area, but I can't speak too much about them since these are the other three that I've used. Plus being able to take the Shuttle to and from should be a help, since they run every fifteen minutes. There is more information on our Hotel Info page.

Now then, registrations. I've just updated the Pre-Reg list, and we're currently sitting at 346 paid memberships. That might not seem like a big deal, but you have to remember that we are capped. Usually we don't get the majority of our Pre-Reg memberships until after the Mass Mailing goes out, which won't be for another two weeks or so. I don't want to worry anyone, but I would like to say that if you have been putting off getting your membership, I don't think I would wait to do it at the door. There is the very real possibility that we might be sold out by then, so why not go ahead and do it now?

Which bring me to another thing. Most people know that we cap the memberships at 650. This year due to the 1632 Mini-Con joining us, we have bumped that amount up to 700 for 2015. (Don't worry, per our Charter we actually _CAN'T_ go higher than 750. Even that is pushing the size we want to be at... as a matter of fact, the only other time that I know of us increasing it to 700 was for our 25th Anniversary in 2012)

All that being said, at 700 memberships we WILL be closed for new registrations.

So while you do have a bit more breathing room for memberships, we're still pretty much at the halfway mark and we still have almost three months to go. We still have two weeks before the Mass Mailing goes out. Holy crap!

Another thing that's been going pretty quickly are the Banquet Tickets. I believe we still have about twenty of them left out of the original 110 or so, but like the memberships if you've been thinking about getting one and haven't I really wouldn't wait too long. After the Mass Mailing we usually have quite the run on those as well.

1632 Mini-Con coming to LibertyCon 28!

I thought I'd wait and let Timmy announce it first, but since he has here's a snippet of his copy... *ahem*

Now I have a LibertyCon Block Buster Announcement for you!

Trumpets please!

Eric Flint released this on Facebook on March 19th, “After it became clear that we wouldn't be holding the 1632 series minicon at Contemporal this year, we approached LibertyCon and they've agreed to host us. LibertyCon is a longstanding and very popular SF convention in Chattanooga that I've attended a number of times, including as MC and Literary Guest of Honor…”

That’s right folks, we will be hosting a 1632 "Mini-Con" inside of this years LibertyCon. Since the renovation of the Chattanooga Choo Choo, we have gained a large function room in the lobby area of the Centennial Theater that will be perfect to host these festivities.

We will also be hosting a large number of the writers who contribute to the 1632 universe including Eric Flint, Paula Goodlett, Virginia DeMarce, David Carrico, Walter Hunt, Iver Cooper, Gorg Huff and others... and that didn’t even include David Weber [our LGOH], Charles “Chuck” Gannon and Eric S. Brown who were already going to be at LibertyCon.

I hope that you can tell that I am stoked with this news. I can also tell you that I will be standing in the autograph line along with the rest of you to take advantage of this opportunity.

BRING IT ON!

*As an addendum, we will be making some tweaks to help people keep track of the 1632 people and events.  It's not in place yet, but when I get the complete list all of the 1632 authors will have a marker next to their names in the Author's Listing as well as having 1632 specific panels and events tagged with their own track in the schedule.

The Choo-Choo is sold out

Just wanted to post a quick note to let everyone know that yes, the Choo-Choo is completely sold out of rooms.

We'll be posting a list of hotels for overflow soon, but we're just waiting to get a few details first.

If you'd like to get on the waiting list in case something comes open, let us know. You can email Brandy with your details, and she'll keep up with it.

Don't call the hotel to get on a waiting list, since it won't really do you much good.

Also as an aside, we have accounted for everyone with a room, and from what we can tell there is one room rented to a non-LibertyCon person. Everyone please be nice to the Mundane. Wink

LibertyCon 28 Artwork!

Sam Flegal's "Liberty or Death"Did you guys realize that our Artist Guest, Sam Flegal, has finished (I believe it's done at least) the artwork for this year's LibertyCon? And just so you know, it's FREAKING AWESOME!

On his blog he not only has the picture, but also a series of videos showing the different steps as he was actually making it. Check it out!

Larry Niven, Grand Master!

Larry Niven

In more LC Family news, I just heard that Larry Niven has been awarded the SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award! I have to admit that I've always considered him a Grand Master in SF already, so it's exciting to see him officially receive the award. Congrats, Larry!

You can find out more at the SFWA article

David Drake is coming back for LC28

David DrakeOne of the things about giving Rich access to the database that's the backend for the LibertyCon website is that I don't always realize when he makes additions. Well, I just recently noticed one of those additions...

David Drake is going to be coming back to LibertyCon this year!

David's a great guy that if you haven't had a chance to sit down and talk to, then you're really missing out. He's also great about signing at the same time. (And with the sheer number of books under his belt, you probably have a stack waiting... you know it)

And if this is old news to you because you saw it on here before I did, let me know next time! Wink

2014 Nebula Nominees are out!

I know it was announced a few days ago, but I didn't know if you guys had heard that two of the LC Family are up against each other in the Nebulas for "Best Novel"!

Chuck Gannon's "Trial by Fire" is up against Jack McDevitt's "Coming Home"... great, now I don't know who to vote for!

And if this seems like a repost, you'd be sort of right. Chuck was nominated for the Nebula last year for "Fire With Fire". Two Best Novel nominations back to back, great job!

You can see the whole list of nominations HERE

Calling the Hotel, and incorrect information

We've been hearing reports about people getting bad information when they call the Choo-Choo 1-800 number.  Some have been told that the hotel is full, others have been told that there's not a LibertyCon rate.

To be safe I've taken the 1-800 number off of the website and instead left the local number (423-266-5000) for you guys to use going forward.  

Guess that's what happens when you go to a national reservations desk.  Wink

Also just to let you guys know, we have less than 100 rooms left (not counting the train cars).  So if you are coming in and haven't made your reservation I'd go ahead and do it!

ConSuite update from Vonn

A quick note from Vonn:

Hi Everyone!

As we get closer to con, one of the questions I've been asked by several people is, "How is this going to work? Will there even BE a consuite?"

I can say that yes, we will still have a wonderful consuite with all the yummy goodness y'all have grown to love. Are we moving where we are located? Yup. That's what the hotel tells me. I for one am very excited about the changes. What we know, the new consuite will be all one level and is bigger than Penn Station and the hotel is totally revamping the area. What we don't know yet is what the exact setup will look like.

With that said, your consuite department is looking forward to another great year.

Vonn

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Also just to let everyone know, Brandy and the crew finished up the last of the cake balls last night for the LC room party at ChattaCon last night. They have hundreds of the things all over our house, so PLEASE come out Friday night and eat these things so I don't have to bring them back! Wink