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|Wednesday, July 14th, 2010|
Posting in to keep journal from going "poof!"... hopefully.
|Sunday, February 3rd, 2008|
As per the poll, with 31 votes to 19, Millicon 2008 will be on July 18-21, in DC.
Thank you all for your participation, and watch out for further posts!
|Wednesday, January 16th, 2008|
Location Announcement and Dates Poll ; recruitment drive
Firstly, because we know you've all been waiting for this: Millicon in 2008 will be held in Washington DC
once more. It will also be held in July of 2008
- and this is where you come in. Please choose from one of the following options to specify which weekend would be better for you, the prospective attendee:
Please put my millicon during...
Secondly, we're looking to try to find a third organizer. If you might be interested in helping make the con happen and want to know what's involved - or even just want to offer your help as an assistant but not an organizer, please email us at avarielwings at gmail dot com
and starexcess at gmail dot com
. Thanks! :D
Thirdly and lastly, but not least importantly, we're in need of a some sort of subtitle for this one, so we can differentiate it from the others when we're working out the planning with various contacts/hotel lodging/etc. We've got our minds stuffed full of planing, and that leaves nary a place for a name or two - might you
be able to christen our little con with a suffix to its name? Drop it in a comment if you think you've got it, and we'll love you forever. The format is as follows: Millicon 3.0: ...
This poll will be open until February 1, at which point it will close and we will move to the next steps of the organization process. Please make sure to vote by then if you're planning to attend - although there will be many reminders to make sure you don't forget! *g*
|Monday, November 19th, 2007|
So! Kate and I, Mandy, will now be running the next Millicon. We know that it will be in July of 2008 (weekend to be determined), but we don't know much else. To know other things, we first need to know what location the con is taking place in.
To help us decide on a location, we are going to run a series of polls to find out what is the best area for the most muns to access. This is the first poll. If you even just have an urge
to go to millicon, but you're not sure if you'll be able to make it? Fill out the poll anyway. The more answers we get, the better a place we'll be able to pick out. :)
Where are you located?
...one of those kooky american places not located above.
Nowhere in the states at all.
If you checked off more than one, why?
by '...one of those kooky american places not located above.' i meant hawaii, alaska, and the territories.
By the list we're using, New York is in the mid-atlantic region.
if you need any other clarification, please comment and ask.]
|Sunday, November 4th, 2007|
It was announced a while ago that I would be staying on as a co-organiser of Millicon '08 with anyone who volunteered, but unfortunately that's going to have to change, as I have far too much on my plate with my PhD Thesis and other pressures to even think about organising another large scale con.
What this means is that none of the people who have previously organised the cons will be organising one this year, and the occurrence of a Millicon in 2008 will depend on someone else stepping up and volunteering to organise it.
All for of us: Feather, Aspen, Vivien and I are willing to offer advice and support, and we know of one or two people also willing to offer in a support role, so if any of you are thinking "I could organise a con" and have read Feather's guide to Millicon
, please let us know and we'll be more than happy to help you out.
Just drop us an email at:
|Sunday, August 5th, 2007|
Any millimuns that are within a day-trip distance of Toronto, I have a question for you.
What are you doing tomorrow (the Civic Holiday Monday)? And would that include a meeting in Hogtown with a couple other millimuns? :D
) is in town for a con but has a fair bit of free time, and I was wondering if anyone wanted to get together somewhere in T.O. At the very least someone has to show her the wonders of poutine, and it could just be a trip out for a long lunch or maybe seeing a couple sights (just keep me away from the yarn stores). Decisions to be made when we actually know if anyone's coming.
Drop a note here and let me know if you can make it!
|Saturday, July 28th, 2007|
That Scavenger Hunt Thing
Deadline has passed.
So, Harry had an assignment for the Milli-folk what went to Chicago - ( The Assignment as seen at MilliConCollapse )
So - did you get photos or postcards or artistic pencil drawings? Harry wants to see 'em!
Link 'em here by the 10th of August to be entered in the contest!
In your entry comment, please include:
All of that is so Harry's mun can find you and make the one icon for each entrant.
One entry per person, please.
Feel free to contact the Harry mun if there are questions!
Thanx for playing! :)
|Monday, July 23rd, 2007|
Millicon 2.0 (Chicago): Exit Poll
Now that everyone's returning home and settling back into normal routine post-con, I've got a question to ask of you all.What did you think of your Millicon experience?
Seriously. What worked? What didn't work? Are there things you loved? Things you didn't like at all? Things you would have liked to see more or less of? Things that should never happen again or things that should be done every single time?
I'm asking the question here instead of looking for con reports in individual journals in order to solicit centralized, honest opinion, both the positive and the negative. We received a lot of good feedback last year, and it helped us to adjust the experience this year-- and now we'd like to know how it went.All comments are screened for privacy purposes. Anonymous comments are enabled, and IP logging is off.
On behalf of your Millicon planning team, please let us know what you think. This is for future reference.
And thank you for your participation. :)
|Wednesday, July 11th, 2007|
Millicon 2.0: Registration, Updated
As of today, everyone who has registered for Millicon should have received a confirmation email. If you have already registered and for some reason did not receive a confirmation, please contact us at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Remember, registration is required
! We will of course still be accepting registrations at the con itself, but if you register in advance
it's a great deal easier for everyone. Thank you for your assistance!
The other thing that is required, unfortunately, is the dreaded con fee. As I've been getting some questions on this, let me address them one by one:How much is the fee again?
US $50 for full access to every event during all three days of Millicon.When is the fee due?
You can pay the con fee at any time up to and including the moment that you show up at the con. However, at that point, we will
need to receive the fee in order to give you a registration packet and badge. What if I'm not coming to any of the scheduled events? Do I still have to pay?
The con fee is required in order to attend any and all activities that take place in the event room.
Obviously, if you just plan to come to the hotel to hang out in your friends' rooms upstairs, or to meet a group for dinner, or things of that nature -- we're not going to ask you to pay a fee for that. The purpose of the fee in the first place is so that we can recoup the costs associated with the event room itself. However, if you plan to come to any of the scheduled activities in the event room, you must have (and show) a badge, and to receive a badge, you must pay the fee. But what if I can only come for part of the time? Do I have to pay the full amount?
Due to the fact that there are quite a few who've asked about this, we've put our heads together and come up with another option, and that's this: if you are only coming to Millicon for one or two days, you may purchase a "Day Pass" badge for $20.
The "Day Pass" will be marked Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, and is $20 per day
. Friday's pass will not get you into Saturday's events, sorry! We feel this is the best compromise we can make to allow those who are not planning to be around for everything to still participate, while still being fair to those who are paying for/attending the entire Millicon. Hey, wait, you didn't mention the Day Pass before!
That's because we hadn't planned on offering one, until we kept getting questions about the possibility. It wasn't until then that we decided we needed to figure something out. If this concerns you enough that you'd like to discuss it more, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.
That's it for now -- see you all next week! In the meantime, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, or need to make special arrangements of some sort, leave a comment here or email email@example.com
Millicon 2.0: Downloadable Schedule
For those of you who want a downloadable copy of the Millicon 2.0 Schedule
, we now have one available for you. It's a color PDF, 1.1 MB in size, so you will probably want to save it and open it locally instead of opening it in your browser. (No, really you will.)Millicon Schedule.pdf (1.1 MB)
Right-or-command-click and save as.
|Monday, July 9th, 2007|
What to bring to Millicon
You're coming to Chicago! You're going to be hanging out with all your gaming friends! You're going to have fun! Are you excited? I sure as hell am!
So now is the time when people like me are panicking about what to bring to the con, so here am I with your handy "what to bring to Millicon" checklist.
( Under the cutCollapse )
Um, I may add more. But make sure those are packed!
|Monday, June 18th, 2007|
Real life stuff is changing my Millicon plans a little: my company is sending me to Ohio for some software training, and the only available dates, of course, are the 16th-19th of July. I'm trying to figure out how to get myself from Columbus to Chicago, and one option is: is there anybody in the general Columbus area who is planning to drive and wouldn't mind a passenger? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop me a comment.
|Thursday, May 31st, 2007|
It has come to my attention that the financial strain of attending the millicon is going to be a bit too much. So I shall be missing it this year.
The reason I post this here is that I promised to pay 1/4 of a hotel room for the three days of the con. I still intend to do this. So, if the only reason you can't attend is the price of a hotel room, please e-mail me, and we will work things out. I would hate to have someone else miss the con when I can help, and, like I said, I'll be paying the money regardless.
My e-mail is in the user info for this journal. Hope you guys have fun!
|Monday, May 28th, 2007|
Millicon 2.0: Canonshare
You know, one of the best things about meeting up with a lot of like minded folks is the opportunity to wave a book / DVD box set in their face and say: "This is my canon! Read it! Watch it! Love it!" the way you do when you love a canon enough to want to role play a character from it.
To that end we'd encourage everyone to bring their canon along with them to share. We may not have time to show everything in the meeting room, but if you decide to watch a movie in your room, then we'll let people know so they can watch it too!
So if you're to bring a canon to Millicon, then I'd like to ask you to comment here with the following information:
Name of canon:
Format: (TV, movie, comic, book: if it's on disc, include region of DVD or file format)
Length in minutes:
Characters in Milliways:
For example, I might show the following:Name of canon: FrayFormat
: graphic novel (paper)Length in minutes:
N/ACharacters in Milliways:
Melaka Fray, Harth Fray
Or:Name of canon: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black PearlFormat:
Region 2 DVDLength in minutes:
137minCharacters in Milliways:
Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Elizabeth Swann, James Norrington, Gibbs, Governor Swann
Millicon 2.0: Panels!
Coming to Millicon 2.0? Of course you are! Excited? OH YES YOU ARE.
What would make it even more exciting would be to have lots of interesting panel discussions to actually put in the timeslots we've set aside. We have a few panels set up, but we need more, and for this we need volunteers!
Do you think you would be up for putting together and leading a panel discussion? It can be on anything you choose, from the social dynamics of roleplay to how writers and gamers approach Milliways in different ways.
If you have something you'd like to run a panel on, than all you have to do is email millicon [a] gmail with the title of your panel, what it will involve, how you plan to run it, a preference for day and time and any other information you think we should need.
THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER ACTIVITIES AS WELL. Anything you think should happen, won't happen unless someone volunteers to put it together.
And while we're on the subject, this post is an open invitation for anyone currently running an event to comment here and tell people what you're doing, so everyone can see how brilliant Millicon is going to be this year.
Did I say brilliant? I meant BRILLLIIIIAAAAAAAAAANT with proper anorak wings and everything.
|Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007|
Millicon 2.0: Registration is Now Open!
We're now just two months away from Millicon Chicago, which means that by now you're likely to be making plans, travel arrangements, hotel reservations, and the like. (As a reminder, the Millicon hotel information can be found here
, if you need it.)
There's one more bit of planning that you'll need to take care of, though, and that's Millicon Registration
Why do I have to register?
There are a few reasons for this, actually. The first reason is that we are making up registration badges and things for you, and in order for us to have these things for you, we need to know that we're expecting you. And before you ask, the reason for the badges is to guarantee you access to all the shared conference areas and events.
The second reason is for those pesky official liability purposes. Now, we are not lawyers, and thus this is not a legally binding contract, but in the unlikely event that something unforeseen should happen-- the registration process helps to protect you, us, and the hotel all three.
The third and final reason is purely financial and absolutely necessary. Although we would love to be able to put on this shindig without asking for a penny from anyone, the fact is there are costs to be covered -- chief among them the meeting room and multimedia equipment that we'll be using for our events. Although we have done our best to keep the expense as minimal as possible, it is unfortunately an increase over last year's con fee.Expenses? Con Fee? How much?
After crunching the numbers repeatedly and running a variety of spreadsheet calculations, we've settled on the following as the Millicon Chicago con fee:US $50
I know it's a lot, but don't anyone panic. First off, the fee is not absolutely due until the start of con itself, July 19th. That's two whole months away. Obviously, if you can pay before that, that'd be great-- but it's not required
until then. Secondly, if the amount is absolutely prohibitive for any reason, especially if it's going to make the difference in you attending Millicon or not, please talk to me
. We'll figure something out.
The reason the fee's higher this year is twofold: one, we've gained 24-hour access to the conference room instead of daytime access only. Two, we've secured projection equipment for the entire time, rather than for merely one day. Unfortunately, these things cost more money, although we did negotiate the best possible rate. These changes were made based on your input from last year and this year, and are part of what we're doing to offer you a better Millicon experience overall-- along with more and even better events than last year.
For the record, this is a non-profit con; neither I nor anyone else will be making any money whatsoever on this. In the extremely unlikely event that we have cash left over, we'll be donating to charity in the Milliways name. The final budget will be available for review upon audit request.
Okay. How do I pay? Can I use a credit card?
Payment via Paypal is preferred, for ease of tracking, and should be sent to email@example.com
. And yes, that address is set up to accept credit card payments.
You can send the registration fee by clicking the following button:
If for whatever reason you prefer not to pay via Paypal, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can make other arrangements. And remember, if for some reason the fee poses an insurmountable problem for you, please do talk to me.
All right, I've paid the fee/I'll pay when I get to the con. What now?
What comes next is the Registration Form! (It's based on forms used at other fannish conventions that we've attended.) All information will be kept absolutely confidential
among the three planners.
Please register as soon as possible! That will help us greatly with planning. Thank you!To register copy and paste the following form and information into an EMAIL to the Millicon account
).Millicon Registration Form
Name (real name, first and last):
Name you wish to appear on your badge:
Home telephone number:
Cell phone number (if applicable):
Emergency contact information:
(for those 21 and under, we require
a parent or guardian's name and number)
Please select one:
____ I am over 21.
____ I am 18-20.
____ I am under 18 (if you check this box, you must provide a parent or guardian's number and
we will need to obtain consent before you come)
Please read and agree to the following disclosure:
____I agree to not engage in any unlawful activity at Millicon, including underage drinking and contributing to underage drinking.
To assist with a con game/event that is currently being designed, please answer the following:
"Choose the one of your characters who is most likely to be involved in a dangerous situation. What is the character name and character LJ?"
Do you have questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us at email@example.com
or comment here.
--Aspen, on behalf of the Millicon 2.0 Planning Team.
|Sunday, May 13th, 2007|
Hello fellow Millicon-goers who also miiiight just happen to want Harry Potter and the Deathly Gallows when it comes out - which happens to be that weekend.
I just called to pre-order mine from the Borders that is about a block away from the hotel. The number is 312-606-0750. Press 2 to speak with a rep, and they will hook you up. They did ask for which hotel I was staying at, but that was all, besides the regular cell phone and name info.
They are indeed having the midnight celebration for the book. Muahahaha!
|Sunday, March 4th, 2007|
Millicon Volunteer Callout
One of the things the three of us are trying to do differently this year is to include more people in organisation and supervisory roles at the con. Exact roles and responsibilities will be arranged closer to the time, but for now, I'm looking for people to express interest in one of the following areas.Chicago Focus Group
Do you live or work in Chicago?
Have you ever lived or worked in Chicago?
Is your canon set in Chicago?
Did you write your PhD thesis on "Milliways canons set in and around the Chicago area?"
Are you just knowledgable about the city?
For things as simple as transportation advice to things to do in the area, we're looking to put together a focus group of people that we can go to for advice and information. No commitment is needed yet, just a willingness to be on an email list/. We'll take volunteers for a more involved role nearer the time.Events Staff
This is the group for people who have an idea for an event or activity they wouldn't mind organising or being a part of, be it sitting on a panel or organising a museum trip, we're just interested now in who'd like to take a slightly more active than normal role. You don't need to know what exactly it is you want to do right now, but it helps.Supervisors
A smaller group of trusted people to take a more heavy role in terms of taking responsibility for rooms and behaviour when we're not there. You don't need to be a particularly good organiser, but you do need to be responsible, mature and capable of keepimg an eye on behavious and equipment.
As of right now, no commitment is necessary to either do a job or attend, but we do need to get an idea of numbers and interest as soon as possible, so if you think you'd like to help out and can fulfill one of the roles outlined above, then please send an email (or two) to millicon (a) gmail (dot) com with one of the following as the subject line: ChicagoEventSupervisors
Again, this isn't a commitment yet, we just need to get an idea of who's interested and willing to help. once we have an idea of interest, we can go from there.
|Saturday, March 3rd, 2007|
Millicon 2.0: Headcount Polls
The purpose of these polls is to help us keep track of the numbers. I am asking EVERYONE to please fill out BOTH polls.
Why is this important? The attendance poll is important because the numbers we get will help us determine what we need to ask as 'con fees to cover expenses, and will allow us to plan the best possible experience for you. We are trying to keep your costs absolutely as low as possible, but in order to do that we need to know how many people are coming.
The age poll is important for legal liability purposes. Do not worry: your answers there are protected, and no one but your con planners will be able to see your response.
Are you coming to Millicon 2.0 in Chicago (July 19-22, 2007)?
Yes, I am definitely planning to come.
I want to come, but I don't know yet.
No, there's no way I can make it.
Will you be under the age of eighteen on July 19-22, 2007?
Yes, I will be under eighteen.
No, I will be older than that.
|Friday, March 2nd, 2007|
MILLICON 2.0 ROOMMATE POST
This is the roommate post, guys!
We are not doing any sort of middleman with roommates this year. We're leaving that up to you guys. If you have problems finding a roomate, of course, drop me a line and I'll try and point you in the right direction, but that's it.
Here, you can use this post to say 'hey, dude, I need a room to stay in!' or 'hey, we need one more roomie in our room!'. Don't be scared to stay with people you don't know. I had never really talked with most of the girls I stayed with last year, and we all had a great time together. It was geek-tastic!
I am going to add in here since I know people will be want to know: TRAVEL INFO.
Both O'Hare and Midway airports are both about the same distance from the hotel, so when you make your flight, there isn't really a preference. By train, you would want to take a taxi to the hotel. Public transit is also workable since there are two metro stops next to our hotel (and not blocks away like last year). We're not doing "pick-ups" this year, so once we get closer to the dates, we'll put up a post for people to arrange to share taxis, shuttles, and things like that. Don't fret! Budget and get ready to have a GREAT time! :D!
Make your travel arrangements and share it with group, share who you're staying so you can shout PARTY IN OUR ROOM, what have you, ALL HERE! :D!!