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Monday, April 14, 2014

Announcing the Dates and Location for the North American Discworld Gathering in 2015

The world is made up of four elements: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. This is a fact well known even to Corporal Nobbs. It's also wrong. There's a fifth element, and generally it's called Surprise.
-- Terry Pratchett, The Truth

Ladies and Gentlemen,

There are two things you need to know before we announce the location of the 2015 North American Discworld Gathering:

#1 Sir Terry Pratchett is not able to be with us in person this time, as much as he might like to. Terry and Rob's international travel schedule has changed substantially, and he is focused on his writing, and on forthcoming projects.

Your best chance of seeing Sir Terry in person is to attend the International Discworld Convention in 2014 in Manchester, England, August 8-11, 2014. 

Update 7/4/2014  Sadly, Sir Terry has just announced that he cannot now attend the UK con. 

#2  There is no seed money available to help fund another NADWCon.  As some of you know, NADWCon 2011 did not make a profit, and it appears that NADWCon 2013 did not, either. 

A number of people worked very hard on those last two NADWCons.  Those of you who have served in the convention trenches will know how hard it is to put on a good, 1,000 person event, let alone one that makes any money.

Many of the fans who’ve been volunteering at NADWCon from the very beginning had imagined that each NADWCon would help construct a solid foundation which would, in turn, support future cons, but things don't always work out as well as we could wish.  (1) 

Given this news I've just shared, the 2014/2015 team knew that producing another NADWCon in 2015 was going to be a challenge.  So, here is where things stand today:

Drum Roll Please .....   
Many of you guessed right: Seattle was the chosen venue.  (Note the past tense).     


We've been discussing dates for this event that ranged from late summer to early fall because we did not wish to compete with our friends at Norwescon; a fantasy and science fiction convention that takes place in Seattle every Spring.  

Then this happened .... 

Oh, look! Is that a Quantum Butterfly?

An experienced, fun-loving, and collaborative core group of volunteers was deeply engaged in planning when WorldCon, Inc. announced that Spokane, WA had won the 2015 bid for the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention.  This meant that most of the talent and volunteers on the west coast would now focus their time, resources and attention on that event.  Add to this the fact that many of our NADWCon attendees also go to Worldcon; we cannot ask them to fly out to the same location twice in one year.  

In light of these circumstances we have decided not to hold a NADWCon but to hold A Great Discworld Gathering at WorldCon in 2015This WorldCon's official name is Sasquan.  

Sasquan will take place in Spokane, WA on August 19th - 23rd in 2015. 

They know we're coming:

The Planning Committee is in touch with the organizers of Sasquan.  Our job now is to support this large, international convention, and make sure that our Discworld friends have fun while they're there. Our first question to Sasquan was,
"How can we help?".

The North American Discworld Guilds
are on board, including the Seamstress Guild (extroverted, costume loving party givers) led by their talented Director Missy Hayes. (2)  Also with us are the the Dark Clerks (highly organized folks who like to run things backstage), the Printers and Engravers (writers and editors), the Cunning Artificers (arts and crafts), along with musicians, various family groups, and other North American guilds to be named later.

We're planning the Seamstress Guild parties (oh, those parties!), and - pending Sasquan’s approval, where needed - various Discworld meets, panels, classes, arts and crafts, pub crawls, kids events, and lots of fun across this great con for all our Discworld friends.  

In a way, this will be like leaving little Lancre to visit Ankh Morpork.  You might want to bring The Luggage. 

You can buy your membership to
Sasquan, at their 2015 WorldCon website:

* Sasquan attendees can't book hotel rooms for this con until late summer or early fall of 2014.  (See the Sasquan website for details)
* More information about our Discworld events at Sasquan will be forthcoming at our website (, through social media, and via a newsletter.

That’s all, folks. You now have over fifteen months to make your arrangements.  (3)  We're going to have a great time. We hope you can join us.

The 2015 Planning Committee


(1) NADWCon 2009 (the very first NADWCon) was well organized, well attended, great fun, and nicely profitable.  The majority of those profits (money raised through ticket and merchandise sales, not including the funds raised for Terry's two charities) were kept by our Arizona hosts, Leprecon, Inc.  We understand that some seed money was given to one of the NADWCon co-founders, and we believe that she made these funds available to NADWCon 2011 (for which she served as a senior staff member).

(2) The North American Seamstress Guild was initially founded by Yours Truly in 2001 to create and host a party for Terry at ConJose, a Northern California-based WorldCon, where he was an Honored Guest. We produced this event with the kind support of that con's chair, who is also a friend of Terry's.

Later on, at Terry's request, and with the support of the two ladies who founded NADWCon, and much invaluable help from our fabulous guild members, we designed, organized and hosted the Opening Night Gala for Terry and 600 of our friends at the first NADWCon in 2009.

I asked Missy Hayes to serve as the guild's Director in 2010, and she has proved to be an outstanding leader and manager.  Under her direction the Seamstress Guild threw marvelous parties every night at NADWCon 2011, and they provided over 75% of the volunteers for NADWCon in 2013.

(3) Costumers: On Your Mark. Get Set. Sew! 

Art: Magnus & Loki by Sarah Clemens,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Clues as to the location of the 2015 Discworld Event

We've been giving out clues as to the location of the 2015 Discworld event on the official NADWCon Facebook page:

The Death Coffee Grinder (seen below) was Hint #1 as to the location of the 2015 Discworld event.  Fans have since had a lot of fun guessing in the comments section.

The art at the top of this page was hint #2. It gave an idea as to location and time of year. Oddly enough, some people seem focused on the lighthouse on the left hand side.  One clever duck looked up the artist, and found out that the title of this piece is Sasquatch Summer.

Well done.




We haven't been able to post the event information until just recently.  Nor could we say why that was. Understandably, the Discworld fans are anxious to know more, and they want to be able to make plans.  These notes below were posted at the FB and Twitter pages earlier in the month.

This note was posted to the NADWCon Facebook page on April 5th:

Things You Should Know: Events outside our control have made it impossible for us to comment on plans for 2015 until just recently. (Work has been going on behind the scenes for the last nine months and we have been communicating with the fans via social media.) The official announcement is planned for April of 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not possible to book a hotel room at the event site until later in the year. We promise to make our announcement in time to give potential attendees well over a year to plan.

We have taken contact info from all those who have volunteered to help thus far, and we are very grateful for everyone's enthusiastic support and patience.

This note was posted to NADWCon FB page on April 9th:

Hi folks. We'd like to thank you all again for your patience and support. As we've said, we had hoped to make our 2015 announcement back in January but events outside of our control made that impossible. As we speak, the Planning Committee is working to solve problems that are none of their making. PLEASE NOTE: If it weren't for these folks, there wouldn't *be* a North American Discworld event in 2015. So please continue to be patient, and please also keep in mind that these people are Discworld fans just like everyone here. Each of them is a volunteer who is working diligently for the benefit of all the Discworld fans in North America. They will receive nothing but your thanks in return for the many hundreds of hours worth of work they put in before, during and after this event.

Regards, and Happy Spring to all here.

(Lots of really nice comments came in, especially after we made that last announcement - I heart Discworld fans)



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy 30th Birthday to the Discworld!

It was on this day, 30 years ago that the first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, was published.

And now, a young Gytha Ogg will sing us a song in honor of the occasion. 

anda 1 ... anda 2 (Hop it, people, we're giving you time to run!) and .....

Monday, August 5, 2013

Whither NADWCon? Announcements & News re NADWCon 2015

Greetings all, 
 A lot of people are asking us about NADWCon 2015.  Here is where news about NADWCon will be announced. 
North American Discworld Page on Facebook
Please "Like" this Facebook page if you want information on future NADWCon's and any other Discworld related events in North America.  
The Steering & Bid Committee, AKA The Guild of Chelonavigators, is re-organizing and I am talking over some new ideas, both with them and with Terry and Rob, as they have the time.  Raising Steam is due out this fall so you can imagine how busy the guys are just now.  I doubt we'll have a significant announcement about the next con before the end of September or early October. 
For those of you not on FB, I will copy the announcements at this blog and on Twitter via @ItBodes.  
Later on, most announcements will be made on that new FB page, as well as @nadwcon and but the Baltimore ConCom, AKA Ravenquoth, Inc., still has control of both the official webpage and the twitter feed while they clean up after NADWCon 2013. 
Please share this notice as you see fit. Thank you. 
Dj for the Guild of Chelonavigators 
Art Note: Reference Maven Patty P. writes:
The original image is by Dobrosav BOB Zivkovic. Someone else must have turned it into an animation later (hence the change in background/buildings).

Friday, July 5, 2013

The All Guilds Party & Fashion Show

The All Guilds party at NADWCon 2013 is going on as I write.  Conceived and organized by Seamstress Guild Director, Missy Hayes* it is both a party and an All Comers Fashion Show.  Missy designed this event to allow all the North American Discworld Guilds to shine.  All con attendees are welcome.

I imagine that some great stories and photos will come out of this one:  Have fun, folks!


*  Missy is also the Volunteer Coordinator for this convention. 

Greetings to North American Discworld Fans from Terry & Rob

Hello all.

Long time, no blog.

Some of you have wondered about the radio silence on my Discworld blog since 10/2012.  As you may know,  I am not on the Baltimore Con Committee for NADWCon 2013 and the Con Chair felt that it was important that his be the only voice for that convention.  In that case, the only decent thing to do was to put the blog on hold while he and the team in Baltimore organized their event. Volunteers started arriving for set up last Tuesday and NADWCon 2013 officially starts today. Best wishes to all involved.

As many of you now know, Terry and Rob reluctantly announced last Sunday that they are unable to attend.   Here is a note regarding their announcement which I published at the various Discworld Facebook guild pages on 7/3, with their permission:

Greetings all, 

I had a lovely, long chat on the phone with Terry and Rob yesterday. Terry is in good health and he feels great. The writing and polishing on the new book is going well even with their grueling schedule. (As you know, they have a number of Discworld and charity related projects in hand, and they are working day and night like a couple of Golems.) Both guys are very excited and happy about "Raising Steam". From what I've heard, Terry is in great form, and we can expect a classic Discworld novel that is bound to become a fan favorite.

Both men send their best regards to their American friends. They are sorry they can't be at NADWCon this year and they would like to thank the fans for understanding that the publication schedule had to take precedence.

Denise Connell
Founder, Seamstress Guild of North America

I'm afraid that I can't be there, either.  Family duties required that I cancel our hotel reservations five months ago.  But I have been working behind the scenes nonstop to help the Discworld Seamstress Guild and the US  Dark Clerks gather volunteers for this convention for two years now, and so I'd like to send out my greetings to Seamstress Guild Director Missy Hayes and all the other great folks who have given their time and their talents for Sir Terry and the fans. 

My thoughts are with you this weekend. Have fun! 


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CapClave 2012: Where Reading Is Not Extinct

Close to 400 people (many Discworld fans among 'em) will be  gathering in Washington, D.C. this October 12 - 14th for a charming convention "Where reading is not extinct".  It is called Capclave.

The website describes Capclave as a:
 Small relaxed literary convention with a program that usually focuses on the short fiction form. Our Guests of Honor and other notable authors, editors, artists, and fans of the short fiction form will explore the creation and enjoyment of short fantasy and science fiction genre stories.

Past Capclaves have hosted discussions with authors and fans; readings by authors; a dealer's room with books, magazines, artwork, crafts, and other science fiction and fantasy related items; exhibits by artists; space science presentations from NASA; a hospitality suite; room parties; interesting conversations with other fans and professionals; and a relaxed atmosphere for visiting old friends and meeting new friends.

The Washington Science Fiction Association's Small Press Award short list is now out. The winner of this award will be announced at Capclave.

I am told Capclave has a very nice line up of stories this year.  If you live in the area and love reading, this is one convention you won't want to miss.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Registration Is Back Up for NADWCon 2013

As many of you know, registration for NADWCon 2013 closed down on July 29th.  This led to rumors at the Chicon7 World Science Fiction and Fantasy convention and elsewhere that this con was not going to happen after all. Happily, the Seamstress Guild was throwing one of their infamous (excuse me) famous Discworld Parties at Chicon7 and they were able to counter those rumors.*

Missy Hayes, the Director of the North American Seamstress Guild, as able to take con registrations at Chicon7 by using her smart phone and paper registration forms.  (Seamstress can do it any way that works, my friends, including going Old School at need).

This put Missy at some personal financial risk, so I would especially like to thank her and all of her team for throwing such a great party and supporting the con when the chips were down.  Well done, ladies and gentlemen!  I'm sure that the organizers appreciate all your efforts on their behalf. 
I received word last night from the Chair that the Baltimore ConCom has fixed the problem and their on-line registration page is now once again active. ** 

I'm sure that he would want me to thank all of the Discworld fans who've been waiting for months to buy tickets to this con for their patience and support.  You folks have been grand. 

You can register for NADWCon 2013 via the website.  The $88 price will be in effect for a short time only, so if you want the lowest price now is a good time to buy your tickets.


* I did my own, small bit here for the cause at this blog in order to keep the fans informed and the Chair posted an update on the NADWCon site in late September.

** I waited to announce this because we heard that there were still a flew glitches as of last night but the their registration page seems to be working well as of this morning.

Art: Cards with Discworld images by Peter Dennis, Ankh-Morpork Board Game, Treefrog Games

Friday, September 21, 2012

Wearing Purple for Pratchett on Alzheimer's Awareness Day

The Seamstress Guild is wearing purple today to honor Terry Pratchett 

Today is Alzhemier's Awareness Day and Terry Pratchett reminds us that People With Dementia Deserve A Hearing

Many of us are wearing purple today, putting up purple images like this one on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and posting links to news stories about Alzheimer's.

That's because many of us know someone who has Alzehimer's or who is caring for a loved one who has it. 

Pleae donate or help Walk for the cure. Support the cause any you can.

Thank you,


The Quantum Butterfly reminds us that Alzheimer's affects everyone

You can see more of the Seamstress Guild's images by going to their facebook page.

Alzehimer's research is one of the two NADWCon charities approved by Sir Terry that we support.  We hope to see you at the North American Discworld Convention in Baltimore in 2013.