Job Opening: Ad Swaps

Are you detail-oriented and email-obsessed? Would you like to help? We have a job opening for an Ad Swap person, effective immediately.

You would need to contact designated conventions, negotiate the swap and ad size, get their ad specs and send them ours, send our ad and make sure they send theirs. The process starts about 3-4 months before their publication deadline. Please contact us for more information.

Posted July 26, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 69

Westercon Business Updated

The minutes of the 2015 Westercon Business Meeting and the 2015-2016 version of the Westercon Bylaws are now available on the Westercon Bylaws & Business page. No bylaws amendments were ratified at Westercon 68 in San Diego; however, one new amendment, reducing the quorum from 15 to 10 members, got first passage and is passed on to Westercon 69 in Portland for ratification. If ratified, the new quorum rule will first affect the Westercon 70 Business Meeting in Tempe.

Watch the video of the Westercon 68 Business Meeting, including the announcement of Tempe AZ winning the 2017 Site Selection and the newly seated Westercon 70’s first official presentation, below:

Posted July 21, 2015 in News, Site Selection, Upcoming Conventions | Leave a Comment


Ask me Another, Westercon style, quiz show will be Saturday at 1 pm in the Towne room.  Our VIP (Very Important Puzzler) Steven Brust has provided the prize for our overall winner.  Steven will Tuckerize the winner, putting them (in name at least) into future piece of his writing.

THose interested in being players should email will be chosen at random from applicants.   (Those who responded to previous calls for participants, will get priority, but there are slots left.)

Posted July 2, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Site Map, Programming Available

We have published a map of the parts of the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center that Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 will be using.  This map is located under “Location,” and linked here.

We also have our programing available in two formats:

Links to all of these may also be found under Programming.

Posted June 29, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

PR 2 and PR 3 Available for Download

After a bit of delay due to technical issues, PR 2 and PR 3 both may be downloaded from our website.  They, along with a number of other downloads, are available on our available publications page.

Direct links:

  • PR 2
  • PR 3 (includes Site Selection Ballot)

Posted June 23, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Volunteers Needed

Westercon is a volunteer effort. And we will need your help during the convention to pull this off.

Some of the specific areas where we will need help include:

  • Helping with food prep and monitoring in the con suite
  • Monitoring the quiet room
  • Helping our program operations team keep our program running smoothly and on time.
  • Help with setup and cleanup on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

Volunteers who work 15 hours over the course of the weekend will have their membership fees refunded (provided that there are reimbursement funds).  Work done before 11:00am on Thursday and after 3:30pm on Sunday will count double. If you have a significant financial hardship and need to work ahead for your membership, email and we’ll work something out.

If you would like to help out you can do one of the following:

  • Send an email to If you are specifically interested in helping in the con suite send the email to If you are specifically interested in helping with program operations send the email to  If you want to help with monitoring the quiet room, send the email to
  • Stop by convention operations in Terrace Salon 3.
  • Especially on Wednesday and Thursday, stop by the Golden Ballroom area and pitch in.

We will have volunteer hour tracking sheets available.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Hotel Block Released

Westercon’s hotel block has now been released and the room rates have gone up to $149s/d per night. We are trying to work with the hotel to allow reservations at the original convention rate ($119/129/139) but this is not currently in place. We will keep you posted.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Match Game SF Needs You

(Originally posted at

We are still apparently scheduled to do three shows of Match Game SF at this year’s Westercon in San Diego. However, a fair number of our regular panelists won’t be there this year. I’ve asked Programming to fill in the gaps, but I’ll also work with people who contact me directly.

In addition, we still need new questions. With so many games (and four questions per game), there’s a good chance we’ll be doing quite a few re-treads, which probably means it’s just as well that many of the panelists will be new ones.
Yes, you too could be a panelist (or contestant) on fandom’s wacky re-creation of the classic 1970s game show.

There will be prizes for everyone, even if it’s only a Lovely Parting Gift.

If you want to contribute a question, you can write to my LJ handle and it should get to me, or also you can write to k a standlee and add an to the end and it will also reach me. Remember that Match Game questions aren’t trivia questions with a single correct answer, but a fill-in-the-blank question with lots of possible replies, and that the object of the game is for the contestant to try and determine how the panelists filled the blank.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

At The Door and Day Membership Rates

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 rates after June 30, 2015 are as follows

Attending: Thurs-Sun1 $85.00
Thursday Only $30.00 2
Friday Only $40.00 2
Saturday Only $40.00 2
Sunday Only $25.00
Two-day Rates Total of the 2 one-day rates

1 Also covers any three day period as the day rates would be more.
2 There will be a discount rate available for the evening only. These will be set and posted shortly.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68

Costume Electronics Workshop

Saturday, Jul 4th, Westercon will be holding an electronics workshop specially for costumers who want to add lights and other electrical devices to their outfits. THIS WILL REQUIRE OBTAINING MATERIALS IN ADVANCE (see below). To gauge attendance, PLEASE CONTACT an let us know you are coming.

This workshop, instructed by Jamie Hanrahan, will teach the basics of connecting power source (batteries), one or more LEDs or lamps, the resistor(s) needed by the LEDs, possibly a switch, possibly a fuse (more important than you might think!), and of course wires, to make a working lighting circuit. The basics of voltage, current, and resistance will be shown step-by-step via a series of simple experiments. Series vs. parallel circuits, what a “short circuit” is and how to avoid them, battery choices, LED and lamp choices, wiring choices, and so on will all be part of the learning. Finally we will show some examples of more complex electronics and show how to apply the principles of power sources, wiring, etc., to them.

Soldering will not be covered due to time and equipment requirements, but we’ll present links to some terrific online videos on the subject.

We’ll have a handout (or maybe a web site you can browse, print, etc., as you prefer) that will provide reference data for all the details, along with additional information and suggestions for further learning.

Bring six (6) fresh AA batteries. Attendees MUST purchase a $33 (plus shipping) parts kit to participate ($22 if you already own and can bring a multimeter; any other parts you already own can be substituted as well). Most of the parts can be used in later projects. To order, enter this URL in your web browser: Review the parts list, remove any items you already own and can bring, then click “order project” and “checkout”. The supplier (Mouser Electronics) can ship to you c/o the hotel, if necessary to get it to you on time. Just use your name, “Town & Country Hotel GUEST arvg 7/1” (or whatever your arrival date is) for the “Business” name, and the hotel address.

Posted June 18, 2015 in Upcoming Conventions from Westercon 68