What's On At Congenial
Congenial is planning to run a traditional Unicon programme of panels, talks and silly games about SF, fantasy and RPGs. Obviously the convention programme is at an early stage of development, but there are a few things we can say about it already.
Here is a draft of the programme grid, so that you can see for yourself what's likely to be going on.
|Friday (Long Room)|
|7:30pm||Does A Background In Gaming Help Or Hinder Writers?|
|8:30pm||Michael's Mixer Quiz|
|Long Room||Council Room|
|10am||What's New? Without Phil & Dixie|
|11am||Archery Talk||Spark Challenge|
|Noon||Professor Yaffle||How To Do Sex and Death Properly|
|1pm||Oxford's Tradition of Fantasy Literature||...Never Survives Contact With The Players|
|2pm||For Queen Victoria and SCIENCE!||Writers on Reading|
|3pm||Cities of the Mind||Old Masters|
|4pm||GoH: Phil & Kaja Foglio||LARP Workshop|
|6pm||Nicolai Tesla and other McGuffins|
|7pm||(Character) Class Warfare|
|Sunday (Long Room)|
|Noon||Religions Driving Stories|
|1pm||Fan-fares and Fan-tasias|
|2pm||We Discussed That Three Pages Ago|
|3pm||Where Has All Our Optimism Gone?|
|5pm||Bid Session & Close|
The Write Fantastic
The literary side of the programme is being run by The Write Fantastic writers group, mostly in the persons of Kari Sperring and Juliet McKenna. The Write Fantastic have a reputation for putting on truly excellent events and enthusing people about reading and writing, and we look forward to seeing what they have in store for us. Fittingly for us, as well as being published authors, Kari and Juliet are also keen roleplayers (indeed, Kari is currently reffing for half of the committee!).
Bring Your Own Games
As usual there will be space on the walkway and in various small rooms for games, and boards for sign-up sheets near the main rooms. Everyone is invited to bring games along and use all that space, but the convention won't be organising any form of tournament play. Congenial is a convention about roleplaying more than for doing roleplaying, something that's going to be reflected in the programme.
Bring Your Own Programme Items
If anyone out there has any ideas that might make good programme items, or would just like to help out, please do contact us at the convention address (see sidebar). We can't possibly do all this on our own, and we would love to see what new ideas you come up with.