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16 July 2008 @ 06:34 pm
Hi everyone,

If you are searching for tickets for Terminus or related events, please use our forums at http://www.terminus2008.org/forum. Please do not call the Hilton Chicago Hotel regarding tickets or registrations. The hotel cannot help you. Thank you for your cooperation.

Cheers,
Hallie
 
 
08 July 2008 @ 06:15 pm
As a reminder, the last day to make a new reservation at the Hilton Chicago Hotel is Wednesday, July 9. After that date, the hotel will no longer make reservations at the Terminus discounted rate.

At this time, there are no King or 2-bed rooms available at the $169 rate, but upgraded rooms with a corresponding higher rate can be reserved through the hotel reservations website or by calling the hotel directly. If you have any questions about reservations at the hotel, please write to help[AT]terminus2008.org.
 
 
07 July 2008 @ 09:03 pm
In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels, pre-empaneled papers, fanfiction readings, workshops and gallery art and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to highlight a few Terminus programs that you might be unfamiliar with. As you can see on the schedule page, there are educational programs, evening events, and a variety of activities to keep you busy.

Talk Show
On Friday, The North Star Live!, our wizarding talk show, invites attendees to sit in our studio audience while several hosts interview guests about their Harry Potter experiences. Segments of The North Star Live! will be dedicated to fan works, academia and community, and our hosts will attempt to discover what makes Harry different, why we’ve followed his path with him, and how he’s changed our lives, our classrooms, our businesses, and our imaginations.

Fandom Trail
FictionAlley, the FictionAlley eMentors, Fornjot's Apprentice School of Wizardry in Clowning, HPANA, the On-line Wizarding Library, and the Swiss Shippers will have tables at the Fandom Trail -- and you can visit them and take a turn at the Fandom Trail game. Roll the dice and find out if you move two steps forward, two steps back, or lose a turn...

Wizards’ Lost and Found
Attendees arriving early on the first day of the conference are invited to take part in the Wizards’ Lost and Found competition, which will send participants out into the streets to collect Muggle artifacts from the community. (One hint: The "Point Me!" spell will help with navigation – and Lake Michigan is to the east!) Visit the Room of Requirement at noon on Thursday, August 7, to join in.

The Odyssey
As Odysseus explored the world, so must you—but instead of wandering for ten years, you need only devote a few days to tackling The Odyssey. In this weekend-long, at-your-own-pace quest, you will be challenged to collect treasures and memories from all that the conference has to offer. No Trojan Horse is required. Sign up in the Astoria Room when you pick up your registration. Especially recommended for those attending their first conference.

Magical Mystery
How is your sleuthing? Have you honed your powers of observation? Do you have a supply of Veritaserum? Can you wrangle the truth out of witnesses who may not even understand what they saw? A wizard has been killed, a handful of witnesses are at your disposal, and the clock is running. Can you help Chicago’s Finest Aurors? Visit the Information Desk in the Astoria Room to pick up the mystery at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, and you'll proceed to the Bon Voyage Ball to puzzle it all out.

Challenges
Throughout the conference, the Pan-Magical Games will include a series of writing and art challenges, brainteasers, games and logic puzzles. Attendees can participate in one or all of the challenges, alone or in teams. The winner or winners of each challenge will earn points toward Aeolian University’s Tempest Cup. Please review the activities schedule in your program book to find out where--and when--to take the challenges.

Drabbles, Drawbles, and Craftables
If you prefer to stretch your creativity solo, drop in on this program. A new prompt will be available on the hour, and you'll respond with words, pictures, or crafty materials. Let your imagination take the lead!

Favorite Things
After the Departure Breakfast, we'll hold a few rounds of Favorite Things. We'll have a set of the Harry Potter books on hand, and we invite you to share your favorite sentence, paragraph, or page, as well as why it's your favorite.

Impromptu Roundtables
On Monday morning, after we've given awards and had a bite to eat, we'll hold Impromptu Roundtables. If you still want to talk about Remus Lupin, or the significance of baby Voldemort, or the heritability of Veela traits, stop by the Impromptu Roundtable and sign up for a...round table! If you'd like to join in a mini-discussion section, stop by to see what is on offer, and join any table. Topics should be appropriate for ages 14 and up, and for a general audience.

For more information, please see your program book, which you'll receive when you pick up your registration after noon on Thursday, August 7. See you in Chicago!
 
 
01 July 2008 @ 11:29 am
The North Star, the official conference newsletter for Terminus, will be delivered approximately once a month between now and August of 2008. Most regular editions of the newsletter will be presented outside of a cut tag because the newsletter is also part of the Terminus website. Between regular editions, the terminus2008 community will post occasional updates and reminders, as well as in-depth articles on preparing for a programming submission, traveling to Chicago, and so on. The North Star is also available by e-mail; subscription information can be found at www.terminus2008.org/newsroom/subscribe.html.


THE NORTH STAR
The Official Newsletter of Terminus
Delivered via LiveJournal, Mailing List, Forums, Myspace, and Divination
Volume 2, Issue 7
Read the last issue here!


This will be the last regular edition of The North Star! As we approach the conference, keep an eye out here for special travel and conference check-in editions, as well as last-minute notifications in your e-mail, if you're a registered attendee.

No time to read? Right-click and save the No-Frills Grab and Go version, and listen later. MP3 | Ogg Vorbis | WAV




Registration Deadline
TODAY, July 1, is the last day to register online for Terminus. Tonight, the system will close, and all registrations will freeze as the various parts and materials start on their way to Chicago. If you miss the deadline, you'll have to register at the door for $200--so why not take care of your registration today and save $20 that you could spend on a new wand, a Terminus journal to record your favorite memories of the conference, or to buy half a can of soda on your flight to Chicago? (We're kidding--$20 will buy you ten sodas on some airlines, with present changes to in-flight amenities.)

Dietary Issues and Concerns
If you are registered, you should have received an e-mail recently regarding any food allergies or dietary restrictions that we at Terminus should know about. Once registration closes, we'll take your information to the chef at the Hilton Chicago Hotel to check on the presence or absence of particular ingredients in different dishes, and if necessary, arrange a special meal for you. In most cases, you can enjoy the menu we've already arranged, and if you don't have severe food allergies or a dietary restriction, we don't need you to check in! If you have been registered for at least 24 hours and you need to report dietary restrictions, please write to registration[AT]terminus2008.org by Wednesday, July 2. After that date, we may not have enough time to make special arrangements for you.

Bon Voyage Ball and Auction
During the Bon Voyage Ball from 8 p.m. to midnight on August 10, there will be plenty to do, whether you want to dance your socks off or use your brain to solve the Magical Mystery. Additionally, we will have a live and silent auction of unique items, including a large signed print of Mary GrandPré Harry Potter book cover art (courtesy of Clampett Studios--viewable in the Astoria Room before the auction, as it's extremely valuable), Harry Potter toys and games, art, commissionable items, jewelry, antique books, crafts, a special Twilight messenger bag, film posters, and more. Please visit the Astoria room on or after Friday, August 8, to view the auction items, and look for some on display in the Terminus gallery as well.

Trade Winds Tournament Teams
The teams are here! If you've signed up for professional play, you'll be drafted into teams in mid-July, after all ticket and registration payments have been applied and we've placed you on a team according to your preferences. Click any picture for desktops and icons!




Thoth's Tournament of Knowledge Teams
Some of you have been drafted into teams already, and your team mascot will be announced to you in mid-July, after all ticket and registration payments have been applied and we've placed you on a team according to your preferences. Click here for desktops and icons, and below to see a short film of the sixteen teams competing for the Khenti Prize.


Wrock Chicago Change
Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills will be unable to join us for Wrock Chicago, but we wish him the best of luck while acting as best man. Remus and the Lupins, already contributing musically, will play Justin's set. Thanks for your understanding!

Contacting Staff and Asking Questions
Please be sure to ask your questions by mid-July. After that, many staff members will be printing, packing, and shipping thousands of items, as well as traveling to Chicago, in the days before Terminus begins. Once it's July 15, it may take as long as several days for us to respond to inquiries, and once it's August 1, we will have only limited access to the internet.

Travel Tips
+Print a copy of your itinerary, as well as contact numbers and addresses, and put it in your suitcase. If your luggage is lost and the tag comes off, the airline can use this information to locate you.
+Print a copy of all the information you need for your travels, including flight information, airports, hotel address and phone number, and your I.D. and carry it with you.
+Bring a copy of maps and directions, whether for the El or for local parking options.
+Get cash in U.S. dollars, and in various denominations, at your local bank. You'll skip the big fees on ATM machines in airports, and you'll be able to pay with amounts close to your total, rather than flashing big bills.
+Contact your credit card company ahead of time if you're going to use it for most purchases, so they won't put a fraud alert on your card just because you bought a new set of robes, a Chicago postcard, and lunch all in the span of twenty minutes.
+Visit the TSA website to find out what you can and can't take in carry-on luggage, and check in with your airline, train, and bus transport to ensure that checked luggage meets their requirements.
+Take a big breath--travel can be stressful. If you don't expect it to be perfect, you'll have an easier time coping with problems that crop up.

FAQ
Do I have to wear my badge all the time? On me? Over my clothes? Even if it doesn't match?
You need to wear your badge when you are in a conference space, on the top half of your body, so it is easily visible to conference volunteers. If you are not wearing yours, you will be sent to get it--or asked to get your badge out and wear it. Please help us keep the corridors clear and help us prevent bottlenecks by wearing your badge. The only badge exception is the Bon Voyage Ball, and for that event, you will swap out your badge for a wristband.

But I'm worried it will ruin my clothes!
Your badge will include a lanyard, which shouldn't cause any damage to your outfit.

But I don't want it to show in pictures!
No problem. You can take it off for a moment or tuck it in.

Do I really have to have a photo I.D. to check in for Terminus?
Yes, absolutely. That's to ensure that you and only you can pick up your packet, and it's also necessary for the safety of minors and to identify chaperones. If you don't have identification, you will not be admitted. If you do not have a form of government-issued photo identification, such as a passport, driver's license, or state identification card, we recommend contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles immediately to obtain I.D. It's inexpensive--and it's a very good idea to carry identification with you when you're traveling or at an event of any size.

If I see an empty room in the Hilton Chicago Hotel, can I hold a meetup there?
If you walk past a room and it's not in use or not holding a program according to the Terminus schedule, please don't camp out there! The room could be on hold for cleaning, waiting for a change of furniture setup, or even reserved by another group meeting in the hotel. If you go into the room and use it, you could be subject to room rental and cleaning fees--and those are not cheap by any means. Please only visit meeting rooms as they are noted on your conference schedule. The Hilton Chicago Hotel has a variety of public meeting areas, from the Lakeside Green Lounge on the lobby level, to the stairs and corridors around the clock near the 8th Street Entrance, to gathering areas on sleeping room floors where cozy, squashy couches and chairs wait near the elevators. There's also Grant Park literally across the street, the beaches of Lake Michigan, and a number of neighborhood cafés and restaurants. Thanks for your understanding, and we hope you'll enjoy casual times with friends in these public spaces.

How many people can I put in my room at the Hilton Chicago Hotel?
That depends on the type and size of room you have reserved. Please contact the hotel directly with any questions regarding the maximum allowable people for your specific room.

How do I check in for Terminus? Am I going to receive something in the mail?
You'll receive an e-mail regarding check in for Terminus and its events in late July. We don't send any registration materials through postal mail, since they could be lost or misdirected.

Questions? Send them to help[AT]terminus2008.org.
 
 
There are only two days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door.

Questions? Send them to help[AT]terminus2008.org.

See you very soon in Chicago!


In recent posts, we highlighted a few of our roundtable discussions, papers, panels, pre-empaneled papers, fanfiction readings, and gallery art and fanart portfolios. Today, we'd like to feature a few of the workshops that will be presented at Terminus. As with the roundtable discussions, seating for these presentations is very limited.
Knit Your Own House Scarf!
Dale Hwang, Emcee
This workshop is designed to teach attendees the very basics of knitting by focusing on one staple of the Harry Potter cosplayer—the House Scarf. Each attendee will have the opportunity to try hands-on activities, including casting on, knitting a garter stitch, switching colors, and binding off. The workshop will be geared towards fans with little to no knitting experience. Participants are asked to bring their own knitting needles and yarn (size US 7 needles and two skeins of either Paton’s Worsted Wool or Caron’s Simply Soft yarn are recommended).

Sewing Basics: How to Make a Student Robe
Generalmanda, Kate B., Beth Anne (VoldieBeth) Bollenbacher
This workshop is designed to teach attendees the very basics of sewing by focusing on one staple of the Harry Potter cosplayer: the school robe. Each person will have the opportunity to try hands-on activities focused on material choice, pattern layout, cutting and basic machine sewing. The workshop will be geared towards fans with little to no sewing experience. Participants are asked to donate $5 to material costs.

Whose Side Are You On: The Power of Point of View
N. Apythia Morges, Tamela J. Ritter
Imagine the story of Harry Potter as told from Dumbledore’s point of view, or how different book seven would be if we were inside Snape’s head. Would we have loved this tale so much if it had been presented from another viewpoint? Choosing the right voice for your story can make all the difference. In this workshop, we’ll explore the different types of point of view, their benefits and limitations, and explore how changing POV can drastically alter a story through a writing exercise.


To see more presentations, please visit the accepted proposals page.
 
 
 
29 June 2008 @ 11:06 am
There are only three days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door.

For those of you who have registrations and single tickets, the last day to log in and update your e-mail address, purchase tickets to the keynote brunch with Tamora Pierce, join in the Trade Winds Tournament, or add Wrock Chicago is July 1. After that, we put everything on freeze while we ship your registration materials to Chicago, make final counts of every last badge and lanyard, and other tasks that must be done before you arrive. If you transfer your registration after July 1, we won't be able to take care of it for you via e-mail, and your transferee will have to arrive at the conference with a signed and notarized transfer form from you. We'll post more about this after registration closes.

Questions? Write to help[AT]terminus2008.org

See you in Chicago!
 
 
28 June 2008 @ 01:31 pm
There are only four days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door.

For those of you who have registrations and single tickets, the last day to log in and update your e-mail address, purchase tickets to the keynote brunch with Tamora Pierce, join in the Trade Winds Tournament, or add Wrock Chicago is July 1. After that, we put everything on freeze while we ship your registration materials to Chicago, make final counts of every last badge and lanyard, and other tasks that must be done before you arrive. If you transfer your registration after July 1, we won't be able to take care of it for you via e-mail, and your transferee will have to arrive at the conference with a signed and notarized transfer form from you. We'll post more about this after registration closes.

Questions? Write to help[AT]terminus2008.org

See you in Chicago!


Want to chat with other Terminus attendees? Try out our this thread and tell us what you think wizarding Olympics would be like.
 
 
27 June 2008 @ 04:01 pm
There are only five days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door.

For those of you who have registrations and single tickets, the last day to log in and update your e-mail address, purchase tickets to the keynote brunch with Tamora Pierce, join in the Trade Winds Tournament, or add Wrock Chicago is July 1. After that, we put everything on freeze while we ship your registration materials to Chicago, make final counts of every last badge and lanyard, and other tasks that must be done before you arrive. If you transfer your registration after July 1, we won't be able to take care of it for you via e-mail, and your transferee will have to arrive at the conference with a signed and notarized transfer form from you. We'll post more about this after registration closes.

Questions? Write to help[AT]terminus2008.org

See you in Chicago!


Do you have Saturday morning or afternoon free? Are you willing to work in any programming or security track? We could still use a few extra hands. Please be sure to fill out the volunteer intake form and join the group here, and send your preference of morning or afternoon to volunteers[AT]terminus2008.org. If you write in by today, and work two or more shifts, you'll receive a special volunteers-only t-shirt from Terminus. (After today, we can't guarantee that one will be available for you, unfortunately.) Thanks for your help!
 
 
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26 June 2008 @ 05:37 pm
There are only 6 days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door. Skip the lines and the wait for your PayPal transaction to clear, and make arrangements in advance.

For those of you who have registrations and single tickets, the last day to log in and update your e-mail address, purchase tickets to the keynote brunch with Tamora Pierce, join in the Trade Winds Tournament, or add Wrock Chicago is July 1. After that, we put everything on freeze status while we ship your registration materials to Chicago, make final counts of every last badge and lanyard, and other tasks that must be done before you arrive. If you transfer your registration after July 1, we won't be able to take care of it for you via e-mail, and your transferee will have to arrive at the conference with a signed and notarized transfer form from you. We'll post more about this after registration closes.

As of now, we are no longer taking wait list requests for the keynote lunch with Cheryl Klein or Thoth's Tournament of Knowledge, because all tickets for these events have been sold and paid for. If you're interested in acquiring a ticket, you may wish to keep an eye on the registration section of the Terminus forums.

Questions? Write to help[AT]terminus2008.org

See you in Chicago!
 
 
25 June 2008 @ 04:53 pm
There are only 7 days left to register for Terminus! After July 1, the price will jump to $200--and you'll have to buy a registration at the door. Skip the lines and the wait for your PayPal transaction to clear, and make arrangements in advance.

As of now, we are no longer taking wait list requests for the keynote lunch with Cheryl Klein or Thoth's Tournament of Knowledge, because all tickets for these events have been sold and paid for. If you're interested in acquiring a ticket, you may wish to keep an eye on the registration section of the Terminus forums.

Questions? Write to help[AT]terminus2008.org

See you in Chicago!


Want to help Terminus by volunteering at the conference? If you are free for all of Saturday morning (about 8:30 a.m. - noon), Saturday afternoon (about 1:45 - 5 p.m.), or Saturday evening (about 7:45 to midnight), we'd love to have your help in the areas of presenter assistance, microphone wrangling, badge checking, and question answering. Please visit the Terminus volunteers page to read about volunteering and click the link to the intake form, then fill it out. Next, follow the instructions to join the volunteers group, and e-mail your preference for morning, afternoon, or evening shift to volunteers[AT]terminus2008.org. Those volunteers who take on two or more shifts by Friday, June 27, will receive a special volunteers-only t-shirt--and the grateful thanks of our staff, other volunteers, presenters, and attendees who count on you for support.