Pre-Dragoncon round table

Discussion in 'Atlanta, GA' started by DawnOfTheReplicants, Mar 20, 2001.

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  1. MysterySith MEPA Founder/Advisor FF NYC, NY

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    If Hama can not make the Panel, I am pretty sure Joanzia will be there Fanforce Global Support. I will be there as well, but do not want to be on the panel :)
  2. Hama Retired GSA, Retired RSA

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    It's not definite what days I will be able to make it. I won't know until sometime at the end of next month. I wouldn't schedule me, unless you can wait until about 30 days in advance.
  3. Joanzia Former FF Staff

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    If Hama can not show up then I can be on the panel. We are going to have 4 RSA's there so one of us is bound to be able to make it on if something happens to the other.

    MysterySith, now why wouldn't you want to be on the panel? ;)
  4. Hama Retired GSA, Retired RSA

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    Four RSA's? Who else besides you, me, and MysterySith?
  5. Joanzia Former FF Staff

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    Commander Antilles from the UK is looking at going. :) All we need now is for the other four RSA's and Lightsabre to come and we will have the primary FanForce staff there. :)
  6. MysterySith MEPA Founder/Advisor FF NYC, NY

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    WOW, 4 RSA's that is pretty cool. If it were just a Fanforce panel that would be one thing, but all those people. I am not sure about that :)
  7. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    Hi all,
    Joanie and Ian, if you could email Cathy at either motf@yahoo.com or sf-motf@worldnet.att.net : she can get you on the schedule. Her computer is still in the shop so email at both addresses to make sure she gets it! Of course we want everybody to come to the panel, we are limited on the number of panelists :)
    As of now, we will have reps from the Moisture Farmer Co-op, Tennesee Star Wars Collectible Club, The 501st, Atlanta Fan Force, Fan Force Global, and maybe Star Wars Chicks, or the Qui-gon Jin discussion List.
    that will be 6-7 panelist which is pushing our limit. You get too many people, nobody gets to really talk about anything. But the nice thing is that this is the last programmed panel of the night. After it is the Cantina, which is an informal time where people can continue discussions, watch fan films, play with the large assortment of Star Wars Games we have, etc.
    I hope you will all come up and introduce yourselves to me sometime during the con. I'll be a fixture in the MotF room, so it won't be hard to spot me!
    Thanks,
    Janet
  8. Jace Darkrider Jedi Knight

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    This sounds great to me. I'll send Cathy an email too. So, Joanzia and Hama, are you guys okay with me sitting in representing the Atlanta FanForce?

  9. Hama Retired GSA, Retired RSA

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    Go for it. It's like having the host nation getting an automatic spot in the World Cup. ;)
  10. Joanzia Former FF Staff

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    That sounds good to me as well, Ian. :) It would only be right that you represent the Atlanta FanForce. :D
  11. MysterySith MEPA Founder/Advisor FF NYC, NY

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    I look foward to DragonCon more every day, looks life MOTF has some great things planned. I think it is 65 more days to go.
  12. Joanzia Former FF Staff

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    That sounds about right MysterySith. 64 LONG days..... We need to figure out something to do to make the days go by quicker. :)
  13. Jace Darkrider Jedi Knight

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    Have either of you ever been to DragonCon? It is HUGE. MOTF is just one small portion of it. Atlanta FanForce is trying to see what we can do to organize an "outing" for everyone coming to Atlanta from FanForce. Stay tuned for more info.
  14. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    One small part? Now my feelings are hurt ;-(
    Just kidding. Dragon*con is Huge! There really is something for everyone and usually too much of everything for everyone. There have been times when there have been at least 4 different panels I've wanted to go to at the same time. Of course, those were the pre-MotF days when I wasn't chained to the room<lol>
    But I think you brought up an important point. There are over 20 program tracks running at DC at any one time. There are ALOT of Star Wars fans there, ALOT. But it isn't just a Star Wars convention. This has been a point that we've tried to stress when people can't understand why we can't have Anthony Daniels in our room 24/7. The convention owns him, not us. We have to share his time with all the other program tracks. British programming in particular. Plus, alot of the Celebs are there to sign autographs and make money, being on panels takes away from that. Which is ok, most of our Star Wars guests do not get their expenses paid. So, they need the autograph income to cover expenses. This is one of the reasons you'll see a more fan based program schedule. Fans always show up for their panels! We have also found that they have more interesting things to say. Every once and a while, we'll get a zealot. They can make things fun or annoy everyone.:)
    Thanks,
    Janet
  15. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    Hi:
    Cathy has her computer back, Yeah! So a schedule should be up soon. Here are the panels:
    Indy 20th Anniversary
    Fan Films -(3) 90 minute sessions
    Prequel Speculation
    Starting a Club in Your Community
    The Cantina-every evening starting at 10pm
    Charity Auction-we will be auctioning off 1 hour worth of time with your favorite celbrity, plus lots of collectibles. This is a silent auction starting at 9:30am Saturday.
    Technical Panel-with Dr. Steven Howe and Rick Searfoss-What can a nuclear propultion expert and a real live astronaut tell us about Star Wars? You'd be surprised!
    The Art of Star Wars
    Steve Sansweet: Star Wars Connections
    Web Fandom
    Costume Contest
    Advance Prop Building with Jeff Allen-he built the cool Speeder Bikes last year.
    Celebrity Q&A with Jeremy, Dave, Richard, etc.
    Star Wars Arcade-space shooter target practice, duel with Darth Vader and Darth Maul, Star Wars Bingo, this one is for the kids and kids at heart.
    An Hour with Anthony Daniels
    Duel of the Fates light saber competition. You have aprox. 3 minutes to put on a light saber fight to the Duel of the Fates music. Must sign up ahead of time.
    George in Toyland with Steve Sansweet. Steve show's off his Star Wars collection.
    Watto's Trading Post-trivia, fan fic readings, fan films, etc.
    Fan Film panel and awards ceremony
    Supercollectors

    We are pretty much set with panelist, but this will give you an idea of the type of panels this year. Of course who knows what will happen in the next 60 days!
    Thanks,
    Janet
  16. Hama Retired GSA, Retired RSA

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    Duel of the Fates light saber competition



    Now THAT is something I've gotta see!
  17. RosieWook Jedi Knight

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    I have some friends who have cheographed a duel.

    Having watched them perform, though, I have to ask: Does the audience get padding to protect themselves from flying lightsabers? 8-}

    Paula
  18. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    LOL- I'll suggest that! The performers will be on stage and the audience are back a bit from that so I think you'll be safe. I caught the very end of it last year. They put the reactor chamber up on a screen for the background, it was really cool. We do need someone with A/V or DJ experience to help us hook the cd player in to the audio system The hotel charges $45 each time! We don't get any money from the con so that is out. We might have to give everyone kazoos and have them hum the theme<G>
    Janet
  19. Jace Darkrider Jedi Knight

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    I didn't mean to insult the size of the track. Sorry about that. MOTF has alot to offer, but with DragonCon being SOOOOOOOO HUUGGEE, it's hard to say that the Star Wars part is an "integral" piece. However, IMHO, it is a great part of the con and makes it all the more fun. Especially getting to see the wonderful costumes and the SW discussions held.
  20. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    Hi, just wanted to let everyone know that MOTF will be having a planning chat tommorow, July 6th at 10pm EST on IRC dm.net, room 6667, #join MOTF. We will be discussing mostly Escort duties. If you have a costume and would like to escort some of our Star Wars guest, come by. We also have chats on Sundays at 9:30 pm EST. Please feel free to come by anytime and ask questions and make suggestions.
    Thanks,
    Janet

    BTW--rumor mill has it that two more Star Wars guests will be attending. One Male, one female, but no confirmation on who yet.
    I'll let you know when I know.<G>
  21. motf-jan Jedi Knight

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    Hi, just wanted to let you know that we finally have a schedule up for MOTF programming. It is at http://dm.net/~sf-motf
    I've been told that you can't see it with netscape for some reason. But Cathy is working on it.
    Thanks,
    Janet
  22. Nillanator Jedi Knight

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    Hello Atlanta just wanted to see if you guys could maybe post some info on restaurants or cool places to visit while there at DragonCon. I know there is alot of stuff listed at the DragonCon website, but it would be nice to hear from the people who live there. :)

    *Can't wait for DragonCon*
  23. RosieWook Jedi Knight

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    Well, if you bring a lot of small bills, or buy a pass on MARTA (our public transit system), there's quite a bit to see and do.

    In the immediate walking area of the con (which is smack dab in the middle of downtown), you have a Hard Rock Cafe, an All-Sports Cafe (I don't think that's the right name for this chain), a McDonalds, a food court with a couple of delis, a Chick-Fil-A, and a Chinese buffet. And a bunch more restaurants that escape me, right now. In short, it would be hard to starve while there, unless you run out of money.

    You can also hop on MARTA and go two stops to Underground Atlanta. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but please spend your money there. It helps our tax base. ;-)

    But Underground is a shopping center (again with a food court) that was developed out of an original street in Atlanta. And, yes, it's underground. It's kinda fun to see, if you never have. It's also home to the famous World of Marketing, er, I mean the World of Coca-Cola.

    You can also head north a few stops to Lenox Mall. It's an upper-end shopping center that's a lot of fun.

    And if you have a car and REALLY want to sight-see, you can drive out about 30 minutes to Stone Mountain Park. Tons of stuff to do there.

    Anyone else local want to jump in here?
  24. Jace Darkrider Jedi Knight

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    I think you covered all the bases there Rosiewook. Certainly more than I would have mentioned. The great thing about the con, is that the cheap restaurants are literally next door in a food court. Makes cheap eating great. I would also like to mention that we are trying to get a FanForce "social" luncheon/get-together arranged for DragonCon. Our city coordinator is currently working on this. Keep watching the boards for more info as it comes available. We should have finalized plans well before DragonCon.
  25. Hama Retired GSA, Retired RSA

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    Just got my schedule for August and beyond. My days off will be Tuesday and Wednesday -- absolutely the worst in terms of making it to DragonCon. I may drive down just for a day, but I don't have enough vacation days to be able to stay very long. :(
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