New Member Monday: The Schedule is Live! Now What?!

New Member Monday: The Schedule is Live! Now What?!

Well, JordanConers, the schedule is out and it is time to start making plans! But, if you are new to Conventions, the schedule can be a lot!!  So, here are some quick terms and notes about all the information that you can find on the schedule.

Terms

  • TRACKS – Track is the name given to a specific room or rooms generally being used for similarly themed panels.
  • PANELS – A panel is a staff or guest-led discussion about a particular topic.
  • MODERATOR  This is a volunteer who helps guide the conversation on panels, makes sure the panelists don’t get too off-topic, and keeps an eye on the time. The moderator often has some additional knowledge of the panel topic.
  • PANELIST – The panelists are who you came to see! They will be the ones discussing the topic of the panel.

JordanCon 2022 Tracks

Main Programming From Opening Ceremonies to Closing Ceremonies, JordanCon’s Main Programming is the centerpiece of the convention. It is home to such activities as the Costume Contest, Karaoke, JordanCon Dance Party, Author Signings, and Q&As

Art Track Our goal for our track is to expand appreciation of art and artists among the general JordanCon membership and also to provide a great mentoring and networking environment for artists, whether they are just starting out or are seasoned professionals.

Fantasy Track JordanCon’s Fantasy Track offers programming spanning a wide range of stories and worlds. From traditional fantasy like Lord of the Rings to more modern fantasy like Harry Potter to Young Adult stories and even Urban Fantasy like The Dresden Files. And they cover TV and movies too.

Gaming Track The Gaming Track Room is constantly bustling with gamers of all sorts. You can always find something to do here! It houses many demo games available to be played on one of the many banquet size tables available for open gaming. Want to bring your own game to play?  No problem!  If there’s an open table, you are more than welcome to come on in and play.

Science Fiction Track JordanCon’s Science Fiction track is dedicated to opening new worlds to you, our members, and letting you get lost in the multiverse. Our guests lead the conversations in a myriad of panel discussions on everything from the earliest days of SciFi, to the modern masters and everyone in between. We have a passion for SciFi and we always seek to spread that passion around!

Writer’s Track The JordanCon Writers track is a place to come learn about the art, craft, and business of writing. We have topics that range from traditional to self-publishing, editing and other aspects of writing, and workshops

Wheel of Time Track The World of Wheel of Time Track covers all the things Wheel of Time from the books to the Amazon Prime TV show 

Brandon Sanderson Track In this track all things Sanderson are discussed.

Workshops Do you like to learn new skills or how to make items? Visit the JordanCon Workshops Track to unleash your crafty side or your unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Here, participants acquire different skills. Sign-ups are located at registration at the beginning of the convention.

Many workshops focus on learning a craft, such as: costuming, dancing, metalworking, painting, woodworking, or even 3-D printing. Some workshops focus on learning more intangible skills, such as calligraphy, copyright rules, running a fan store, or even laying out an eBook. Workshops are announced in advance of JordanCon so anyone can join in the Workshop Track fun!

Speaking of Workshops…

Jordancon is more than just panels; it is also a chance for some hands-on activities. Every year the Workshop staff looks far and wide to come up with amazing workshops for con-goers to attend. The best part about the workshops is that you don’t have to be familiar with The Wheel of Time to enjoy them. It is perfect for those of you that are attending with a fan but haven’t read the books.

While some of the workshops require preregistration before the con, you can register for most at the Con.  The signup sheets for workshops can be found near the registration desk. Be sure to ask when you check in where to go to register for workshops. If there is a cost to a workshops, the fee should be paid directly to the workshop instructor. Exact change is appreciated.

 Workshops for Jordancon 2022

  • Alcohol Ink Pour Painting with Alexandra Klimek ($15) – Create a painting on wood with alcohol ink using pouring and blending techniques.  Class limit 15.
  • Braid Tugging with Melisa Grooms Learn some great hair up-do styles perfect for the JordanCon Dance.  Limit: 12, over 12+
  • Crocheting Doomslug with Karen Ahlstrom ($5) – Learn to crochet Doomslug from the Skyward series. Class limit 15.
  •  Braiding on a Loom: Kumihimo with Deana Whitney ($6) – Learn the basics of 4 & 8 strand braiding. Can create hundreds of cord styles. Class Limit: 8
  • Tarot Reading with Katharine Reid – An introduction to the basics of tarot reading.
  • Make your own Hero of the Horn with Karen Ahlstrom ($5) – As seen on TV!  Make a ragdoll Birgitte. Class limit 15
  •  Cross Stitching with Maureen Carr ($5) Cross-stitch Wheel of Time Characters. Fee $5.00 Class limit: 15. 

Any questions can be sent to workshops Director Amelie Downing at workshops@jordancon.org

 Now that you know a little more about the technical aspects of the schedule, here are your next steps:

  1. Take a look at the JordanCon 2022 Schedule
  2. Decide what Panels and/or Activities you want to participate in
  3. Check out the Volunteer Sign-Up Page to see where you can help.
  4. Get ready to meet the family you didn’t know you needed!

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New Member Monday: Charity Auction

New Member Monday: Charity Auction

Welcome to our New Member Monday post! We here at New Member Services want to let all those first-timers to JordanCon know about some of the things we have at the Con that you might want to know about. This week, we want to fill you in on our Charity Auction!!

As you may or may not know, JordanCon isn’t just an awesome Con featuring a lot of awesome Fantasy themed events and panels. JordanCon is also a 501(c)(4) charity organization. One of the ways we achieve and maintain this status is through our excellent Charity Auction. 

It is a silent auction that begins accepting items for bid on Friday at the start of the Con. The auction itself runs all day on Saturday until that evening. On Sunday, all the winners will be able to come and pick up the item(s) they have won! With it being a silent auction, you and other Congoers can come by and bid on the many great, and sometimes one-of-a-kind, pieces that are donated each year at your leisure.

All of the proceeds from the Auction go to charity. You might be asking yourself, which charity does JordanCon give to? Usually, the proceeds are given to the Mayo Clinic to be used for research to treat Amyloidosis — the disease that took the life of Robert Jordan. 

We have also given to other charities on special occasions. The year JordanCon family member Steve Godecke lost his battle with cancer, we gave the proceeds to the hospice care that took care of him in his final days. 

For more information about the charity auction and the link to donate items, you can check out their blog post HERE or email them to charityevents@jordancon.org

And keep an eye out for the #ChariTuesday post on the JordanCon Facebook Page!

With all this said, when you get to JordanCon, please take the time to come to the Silent Auction room and say hello to the Charity Auction staff and all of our great volunteers, and see what great things we have up for bids!

#welcomehome

#isitaprilyet

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New Member Monday: Gamers Unite!

New Member Monday: Gamers Unite!

Gamers, this one is for you!  A weekend at JordanCon is great, but what if you need a quick D&D fix?  Or have you been dying to show off your Magic the Gathering skills to people that will actually care? Maybe you aren’t a gamer, but you are curious about those strategy games that take hours and this weekend you just happen to have the time. Then trust me, the Gaming Track is the place for you!

The game room is an ideal place to meet new people with similar interests. It is a relaxed area where you are welcome to come, play, and have fun even if you have never played before. Game demos are great to try new games out or just revisit old favorites. There are a wide variety of games, and you are welcome to bring your own to share 

If you like Magic the Gathering, they have a draft for you. D&D is a favorite for those who want to delve into a dark hole for gold, glory, and adventure. Check out the Open Gaming if you want to try some of the demo games yourself or with your friends. 

More of an observer? Come see the winning module from our Gaming Module Writing Contest get played by your favorite authors; proceeds from the event go to the Mayo Clinic.

By the way, the Gaming Module Writing contest is still taking entries. The deadline is March 1st at noon. For more information on the rules and how to enter email gaming@jordancon.org 

Gaming is open not only during the regular programming day but also afterward until 11:30 pm. So you can have the best of both worlds. Keep an eye out for the Gaming Track schedule as we get closer to the con.

#IsItAprilYet

Ribbons, Tiaras, and Kilts… Oh My!

Ribbons, Tiaras, and Kilts… Oh My!

As a new JordanCon Member, you will notice three things as you move through the convention space: ribbons, tiaras, and kilts. I am sure you have already heard talk of ribbons in the group so let’s get started with those.

Ribbons:

Ribbons are fancy accouterments that are a must-have at JordanCon. Now there even seems to be an unspoken competition between some in the JordanCon family to see who can collect the most ribbons.

There are two kinds of ribbons:

  • Official con ribbons (vendor, director, program participant, volunteer)
  • Fun ribbons you can getNumber of ribbons hanging from a Jordancon 2021 Badge from anyone from vendors to other Con-goers (and even a few select directors)

Ribbons abound!

Anyone can create a “fun ribbon.” One of the more popular places to get ribbons is PC Nametag (please note: this is not an endorsement of this vendor).

Ribbons are placed on the bottom of your con badge using the adhesive on the top of the ribbon. Each additional ribbon is added to the bottom of the previous ribbon. 

For some “fun ribbons,” the owner of the ribbons may ask you to complete a task. Sometimes it is simply reciting a phrase.… Other times it might be to pledge your soul to The Dark One, so use your own best judgment in these circumstances.

Tiaras:

You will see many members adorned with a tiara or crown of some sort. While this is in no way required, it is certainly fun.  Anyone who wishes to wear a tiara or crown is more than welcome to. In the past, we have coordinated a picture with everyone wearing their royal headpiece. I am sure we will probably make this happen again this year. Keep an eye out for more information on that. This wonderful tradition was started by our very own creator and con chair, Jenn Liang. To get the full story you can check out this blog post.

Kilts:

Not to be outdone by our tiara/crown-loving crowd, we have a contingent of con-goers that have brought kilts into the fold (and we are so grateful for that). On the Friday of JordanCon, you will find quite a few members sporting kilts. A couple of them will even have a crown on to complete their outfit. You can find out more about the origin of “On Friday We Wear Kilts!” in this blog post.

There are more shenanigans that exist at JordanCon, some from JordanCon One, some a little more recent. And undoubtedly you and you’re new family will create some of your own. 

There is never any pressure for anyone to participate in any of these extracurricular activities. But know all are welcome to join if and when they feel comfortable.

#IsItAprilYet

 

It Is Time! New Member Monday Has Begun!

It Is Time! New Member Monday Has Begun!

It is January 2022, which means it is time for the much-anticipated blog series “New Member Mondays.” 

Now, as a New Member, you may be wondering, “What under the Light is a ‘New Member Monday’?”

Well, it is a series of blog posts written by the New Member Services Team (Ebony Adomanis and Arthur Gibson) to inform our newest members (and maybe some of our more experienced members) about the different aspects of JordanCon to put them at ease and help them get super excited about attending.

As we all know, COVID has changed how many Cons operate, and JordanCon is no exception. However, along with those changes, JordanCon has also made changes to make the Con more efficient and enjoyable for all, so you JordanCon vets might want to take a gander at these posts also.

We will have New Member Monday blog posts about the following topics (in no particular order):

  • Changes to JordanCon for 2022
  • Ribbons, Tiaras, and Kilts
  • Costuming
  • Workshops & How to Sign Up
  • The Amazing Art Show
  • The Charity Auction
  • How to Volunteer
  • The Gaming Track
  • The Dealer’s Hall
  • Panels and Programming

While these are the topics we have planned, there is definitely room to add some, so let us know if you have a topic or area about which you would like more details!

In addition to our New Member Monday blog posts, we plan to do some live Q&A/Member Connect Sessions. We will share more information about those soon.

So sit back and get ready to learn about all things JordanCon. If you have any questions or suggestions, just shoot us an email at newmemberservice@gmail.com.

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The WoT Meme Recap – Episode 7

The WoT Meme Recap – Episode 7

Welcome to the Penultimate Mostly-Kind-Of-But-Not-Really Accurate WoT Show Meme Recap!

(Warning: Spoilers for Episodes 1-7)

Tigraine grabs a solidier's cape, pulls him down, and stabs him, then yells, "NO CAPES!"

Episode 7, titled “The Dark Along The Ways,” begins with a pregnant Aiel woman just trying to give birth in peace. But for some reason, a bunch of dudes in armor really don’t want her to. She is amazing, though, and proves Edna Mode correct in her assessment on capes. She beats the soldiers soundly so she can relax and give birth in the nice comfortable snow.

Back in the show’s present, our protagonists, with the help of nice Ogier Loial and some keen eyes from Perrin, navigate through the ways.

In the Ways, Perrin says "There's something up there." After the group glares at him dubiously, they move forward to find a navigation stone covered by a Shen Yun poster. They really are everywhere.

They find a navigation stone, but Loial, being as slow as an Ent, needs time to read it. He doesn’t get it, though, as Trollocs show up. Someone accidentally channels and Machin Shin comes running, so they sprint for the closest Way Gate. They make it, but Machin Shin overcomes them and reveals uncomfortable truths (lies?) to them.

Machin Shin overcomes the group, close on rand it whispers: "You will never find another game as beautiful and satisfying as Shadow of the Collossus, so you might as well stop playing games.

They stumble out of the Way Gate at Fal Dara. But most of the crew has never left the Two Rivers and demand an explanation.

Outside the Way Gate Nynaeve asks, "Where are we?" Loial responds, "The fortress city of Fal Dara. The last bastian of Blockbuster Video." It ends on a shot of a blockbuster before Tarwin's Gap.

They enter the city and seek out its head to deliver a message, but Lord Agelmar does not want to hear it.

Moiraine says, "I am--" but is interrupted by Lord Agelmar who gives a very long speach about how he needs no aes sedai help. Moiraine finally continues, "Lord Agelmar, if you had let me finish you would know i'm here to reach you about your car's extended warranty."

He apologizes and makes a generous offer.

Lord Agelmar: "If you need anything, just ask" Moiraine: "There is one thing... Could you knuckle your mustache? I just want to know what that looks like."

Their business with Lord Agelmar complete, Moiraine takes the Two Rivers folks to a bar. But along the way, Perrin notices something suspicious…

Perrin glances around as he walks. Suddenly Jean Ralphio and Mona Lisa dance by singing "Don't be suspicious, don't be suspicious!" He glares after them.

In the bar, Moiraine meets with Min, a seer who glimpses imagery from the pattern around people. She tells the Aes Sedai what she sees around the Two Rivers folk.

Panel 1: Min, "The one on the left has yellow eyes. So help me god, yellow eyes." Panel Two: Perrin sits with an image of Scut Farkus from A Christmas Story grinning over his shoulder.

Later that night, everyone has a big fight because the story gods demanded it and they split up. Nynaeve follows Lan to a group in the city he secretly knows.

Panel 1, Lan says, "Everyone this is Nynaeve, Nynaeve this is everyone. " Panel 2, the D&D group from freaks and geeks sit around a table and glare toward the camera.

Most everyone else attempts to get some rest, but Nynaeve stays with Lan and asks the important questions.

Nynaeve: "Why did he call you The Weasel?" Pauly Shore: "Because i'm the Weasel, buuuudy!"

She’s not the only one who needs answers, though. Rand goes to Min and finds out that, yes, he does continue to look like a certain Jedi.

Rand, "What do you see when you look at me?" Min: "Anakin Skywalker."

But apart from that, she also confirms he is the Dragon Reborn. With the assumption that all but the Dragon will die when he faces the Dark One, he sneaks off with Moiraine and the episode ends with them heading into the Blight.

Rand: "What is it?" Moiraine: "The Great Blight. A part of the world corrupted by the Dark One's Touch." We end on a panel of the Blight, right behind a sign that says "Florida welcomes you!"

Episode seven was my favorite yet! Or maybe it’s right behind four… They’re both pretty close. The opening with Tigraine was FANTASITC, and the rest of the episode really proved how the show could adapt the books without being exactly like it. The location was spot on and the character arcs were the right ones for our characters, just brought forward from later in the books, and the world building was great. It was great seeing Min and her visions and the Blight, though different than how I imagined, just looked right. I can’t wait to see what the finale brings!

Now it’s time for your free meme template! This one comes from the current episode, and it involves Moiraine’s warning about the Eye of the World.

Moiraine: "I don't want you to die, any of you, but whichever of you goes to the Eye of the World and is not the Dragon... you will die there. Ground to dust between two forces of nature." Rand: " You mean like getting between a Southerner and a Waffle House?"

Now let’s see what you’ve got! What weird or silly metaphors does Rand have?

Until next week, remember: the Wheel memes as the Wheel wills.

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