Attention all City Reps, RSA's and other FF Members interested in planning a line party: This will be the ***Official*** Line party planning hint thread. Let's keep it on target, and use it for posting ideas, hints, and lessons learned about line parties. If anyone has question, try PM'ing the person instead of posting it here. I'd like to keep this as focused as possible, a one stop shop for line party information. And with that, thanks to PtrsonsZOO, here are the first hints: Get a local charity involved - it makes it more appealing to a greater # of people. Costumes Costumes Costumes - even those who might not have an interest in SW enjoy seeing a bunch of geeks dressed up in costumes, plus it gets you a chance for media coverage. Involve your local media - prepare a press release describing your event, then your group, and then the charity. Auctions - these are great because they don't require any special licenses and you can arrange to have the money go straight to the charity involved (no fiscal responsibility). Costume Contest - make sure you have a great prize for that person(s). Talk to your local 501st Legion for judges, these people know costuming. Find a friendly theatre - It is best to work with the biggest drawing theatre in town, you know the one everyone saw the original movies on and flocks to like mad when a new one comes out. But, sometimes they are not the most open to these ideas, thinking they can draw the people on their own. So, appeal to their better angels, and let them know about media coverage, the charity/tax deduction aspect and the community good will (PR is very important to these operators). Most of all, be relentless, persistance can win out in the end. Permissions - many times you will be asked to get perimission from this entity or that one. TheForce.net is easy to work with, but it gets trickier when you get to bigger entities (Like LFL). Make sure you talk to their publicity departments, they are the ones who set up these things and they are the ones to get the permissions. Getting a hold of a friend of a friend who works in the mailroom, just doesn't cut it. Begging - find someone who is a great BS artist and have them write up some letters to pass around to local merchants for donations. But the number one most important thing to remember is K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). Grand schemes are great, but "delusions of grandeur" only work well in the movies. Also, I have the Official Contact Info for the LFL Publicity Office. I will be posting this in the City Rep Forum, if anyone else needs it, please contact me. If you have any other hints, tips, etc, please post them here.