Please bear in mind that details of all the events have not yet been finalised and there will inevitably be some changes. However, the basic framework detailed here will remain unchanged. At all times you should refer to the README for programme times and locations - this is the last thing to be printed and, as such, contains the most accurate information. Also keep an eye on the various notice boards located around the hotel - these will give up-to-the-minute changes to the programme and details of additional events that may be taking place.

While there is no reason why you shouldn't turn up at the hotel before registration begins - we can always use some extra bodies to help set things up - registration will not begin until 14:00 on the day.


When you arrive at the hotel, you have a choice of things to do:

  1. Book in to the hotel and then register with the Convention.
  2. Register with the Convention and then book into the hotel.
  3. Register with the Convention if you are not actually staying in the hotel.

Registration (14:00 - 18:00)

Our keen staff manning the Registration Desk will ask you for your membership receipt (which you must bring with you; leaving it at home in a 'safe place' will not do). They will ensure you are who you say you are, mark you as being present and give you a membership pack. This will contain, among other things:

Your membership badge (which you must wear at all times) The README (which, as the name suggests, you should read) Programme details Updates Free gift

The README will inform of you of the events, locations thereof, and the people involved in them - it will also include advice and local information. Please be sure to read it - it will contain the latest Convention information.

OK, what now?

After registering and getting settled into your room, you may want to explore the Convention areas. To help you in this we have devised something called 'orientation' which consists of a treasure hunt based on the function rooms, people attending, and events that you can indulge in. This will run from 12:00 to 17:00


At 17:00 and 18:00 we will be holding briefings for those who have expressed an interest in or volunteered for 'Gophering', which is the backbone of all conventions. Without gophers to oil the wheels and get involved in the Convention many events will be difficult to run.

The specialist Gopher briefings will also be held at 17:00; these are the briefings for those of you who have volunteered to assist in specific events at the Convention and therefore require detailed instructions. We will also be running a workshop in painting Quantum Weather Butterflies for any children who are suffering terminal embarrassment by their parents, and wish to disown them. This will give them a break for an hour from 18:00 till 19:00.


We have devised a little (well quite large actually) game to break the ice among attendees called 'Many to One'. This will run between 18:00 and 20:00 - at which time everything stops for the Opening Ceremony.

If you arrive between 20:00 and 21:00 the Registration Desk will be closed. One gopher or a member of the security team will be at reception to meet you. If you desperately wish to see the Opening Ceremony, a temporary badge will be issued to you for Friday evening only. If you don't want to see the ceremony, please book into the hotel and return to register when the desk re-opens at 21.00. When the Registration Desk is closed at other times, please report to the Operations Room to collect your badge and membership pack.

The Opening Ceremony (20:00 - 21:00)

This will set the scene for the next few days of your life; it will entertain you, amaze you and make you laugh as our Chairman has a nervous breakdown during the process. To say what is involved now would be to give the game away - and I would be sent to 'sleep with the muppets' by the Convention Mafia for doing so - but be prepared for anything.

The rest of the evening will be full of entertainment including: Games The start of the Assassins' Guild examination process The Mage Wars A late-night special Caroc reading sessions using a specially designed set of Caroc cards Painting workshop And a reading by The Man Himself - Terry will read to you from one of his books (possibly one that hasn't yet hit the shelves).

The first day will be taken at a moderate pace to allow you all to settle in and meet people. The day after will be very different, and the programme for it will start at 10:00 on Saturday morning.

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