Posted 2/7/13 12:09 PM
NineWorlds NineWorlds on Kickstarter [Its] a weekend-long, multi-genre, residential GeekFest in London next summer, on August 9th-11th ... The idea behind Nine Worlds is to create a large fan-run multi-genre geek event in London. That said, we're not really a sci-fi con either; we're more than that. We started off self-defining as a sci-fi con because there aren't really any other models (or words) for what we're trying to create. But we always intended to be inclusive of all kinds of things from board games to costumes to Dr Who fandom to rocketry. As we're been developing the project, the label Sci-Fi Con has been fitting less and less well, and eventually, we decided that GeekFest is a better description. And while there'll be lots of sci-fi/fantasy TV/film & lit stuff going on at Nine Worlds, there'll be even more other stuff like science and creative writing and filmmaking, that have no direct link to sci-fi (other than a degree of overlap in fan bases). We're really looking to make Nine Worlds about fan-led events, and having conversations with creators (writers, directors), rather than focusing on merch and celeb signings. The merch and celeb market feels pretty well covered by the soulless corporate expos. We've rented out the entire conference space and hotel rooms of two large neighbouring Heathrow conference hotels for the weekend. So, we have lots of space, which is great because we've got lots and lots of content organised into a couple dozen tracks. Some of our GeekFest Tracks are being run as mini-cons in their own right under the Nine Worlds umbrella, and some are run as discussion streams hosting conversations on aspects of particular fandoms. Some are put on by fandom clubs looking to introduce their passion to new fans, and some are hosted as taster events for other fan-based conventions that run at other times of year. All proceeds from the Nine Worlds convention will go to our charity partner English PEN, a charity that supports persecuted writers around the world and is the UK's oldest human rights organisation. None of the Nine Worlds organising team are being paid for their work.An event that LoB is going to be part of. They're raising the startup money via Kickstarter now, why not go and throw a few dollars their way? See:
Edited by Paul A on Mar 22, 2013 11:43 AM
Posted 2/7/13 1:25 PM
This area should start filling up with content as zero hour approaches: http://nineworlds.co.uk/track/board-gaming They're also still looking for organisers for their 'social gaming' track - so if you've ever wanted to run a multi-room, mass-effect Knees Up Mother Brown Hubbard session, this is your chance. PS: Do not poke the Ymir.
Edited by Jeroen van den Hark on Feb 7, 2013 1:55 PM
Posted 2/7/13 1:33 PM
Well, it'll fill up as soon as we decide what we want to do ... NineWorlds have basically given us carte blanche (and a small budget) to do whatever we want in the scope of putting on a public gaming stream. We have some ideas, but we fix them down closer to the event.
Posted 2/11/13 1:23 PM
I'd love to help out with doing something at this event, sounds like it could be a load of fun. Unfortunately it clashes with the World Croquet Championships so I can't make it.
Posted 2/12/13 2:00 PM
Can't decide whether you're serious or if this is the weakest (and weirdest) excuse ever ... In any event, the flyer for the event is now available (see here). I'm also calling for volunteers for the event. In return for a few hours (either running a particular event or just hanging around the boardgame area) we can subsidize your ticket to NineWorlds. For a few more hours, we'll pay for your whole ticket. And again, event ideas are very welcome.Unfortunately it clashes with the World Croquet Championships so I can't make it.
Edited by Paul A on Feb 12, 2013 2:37 PM
Posted 2/12/13 5:05 PM
Big whoopsie, Paul. With a current world ranking of 41, I think you'll find Robin takes his croquet very seriously. Backtracking furiously in 5, 4, 3...Can't decide whether you're serious or if this is the weakest (and weirdest) excuse ever ...
Posted 2/12/13 5:07 PM
In other news, that flyer is an affront to mine eyes - but consider me a volunteer anyway.
Posted 2/13/13 9:13 AM
Looking at the flyer, I'd love to be involved sounds like a lot of fun.
Posted 2/13/13 9:26 AM
I might be interested in volunteering, but can't commit so long in advance
Posted 2/13/13 2:32 PM
Much appreciated guys. I know it's a ways off, but a vague promise is good enough at this point. Suggestions about what to actually put on are needed as well. We've had talks by speakers and designers, game sales, demo games, a game library, event games (giant Settlers or Carcassone set?), etc. We'll need to firm these plans out in the next few months. As for Robin's expertise in an unknown area - I once worked for the world tiddleywinks champion and thus have no cause to comment.
Edited by Paul A on Feb 13, 2013 2:33 PM