SOTACON - Austin 2018 (Oct. 11 - 13, 2018)

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    Cloaks, Early Bird Tickets, and VIP Tickets on sale NOW!

    SOTACON - Austin 2018 will be held at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, October 11-13, 2018. See https://www.sotaconaustin.org for more information.

    Buy a digital in-game “SOTACON Austin 2018 Community Cloak” for $25 and wear it proudly in game for years to come! You may buy as many as you like until supplies run out. This specific cloak is rare and only available through SOTACON - Austin this year!

    Register to attend the Convention at the Early Bird Ticket price of just $45 through April 1, 2018. Then ticket prices will go up! You gain admittance to the Convention and get a digital in-game cloak.

    BE A VIP!! Purchase a VIP Package which includes a tour of the Portalarium Studios, meet the SotA developers and enjoy a private reception dinner! Cost is $350.

    Go to the EventBrite Site now to purchase your items.

    Learn more about SOTACON - Austin 2018 on October 11-13, 2018 at https://www.sotaconaustin.org or reach us at info@sotaconaustin.org
     
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    Here's a little more info to help with people looking for cheaper hotels.

    Our Convention Center is the Renaissance Austin Hotel - these are not pictures of our Convention spaces.

    We'd like to see many people stay at the Renaissance and rooming together is a best way to make it affordable. However, a few other hotels are good in the area in lower price brackets where attendees may group up.

    Our https://sotaconaustin.org/hotel-&-travel page lists more hotels in different price brackets. Some groups/guilds may even rent a house for a few days. The following looks pretty good and has a pub and tables in the lobby.


    Hilton Garden Inn Austin North
    12400 North IH-35 Building C (IH-35 and Parmer Lane)
    Austin, Texas, 78753 USA
    (512) 339-3626 Link

    Rate: Approx $110/night

    This hotel may not provide shuttle service to/from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)

    Pros: Some attendees might stay here. Nice casual pub in lobby. Other hotels in walking distance.
    Cons: Drive to convention. Need a ride, find friends to help. Not many restaurants in walking distance.

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    Hilton Garden Inn Austin North breakfast area / lobby
     
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    We are Now Connected! Twitter, Facebook, Discord
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    We are FIRED UP to now be connected on social media for SOTACON - Austin! Follow us, chat with us, and be with us as we plan the SOTACON - Austin 2018 Convention for YOU!

    Twitter: @SOTACONAustin - https://twitter.com/sotaconaustin
    Facebook: @SOTACONAustin - https://www.facebook.com/SOTACONAustin/
    Discord: SOTACON - Austin - https://discord.gg/zvFwquU
    Website: https://www.sotaconaustin.org

    Learn more about SOTACON - Austin 2018 on October 11-13, 2018 at https://www.sotaconaustin.org or reach us at info@sotaconaustin.org
     
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    Governor and Fisherman Winfield Joins the Planning Team
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    Winfield joined the SOTACON - Austin 2018 planning team this year to mastermind the schedule & content and lead coordination. He’s a well known SotA fisherman and community leader.

    “It’s all about the people attending the Convention,” Winfield said. “They deserve and will have a fantastic experience with developers and other players. We want to take SOTACON - Austin to a new level this LAUNCH year with lots of great panels, Cosplay and medieval garb, regal speeches, prizes, round-tables, LARP and game demos, dance and dinner. As mere SotA players, this isn’t easy to pull off, but we are blessed with a great enthusiastic community so I know this Convention will be wonderful!”

    Winfield’s reputation precedes him. He is known for his energy, honesty, passion and compassion when working with people. He’s planned and led SotA player gatherings, parties, and adventures for the past four years, worked directly with developers to design player-owned town scenes and ideas, and planned agendas for several professional 500-person conferences. Oh, and he likes to go fishing.


    “Fishing with Winfield” event
    at Richard Garriott’s Castleton Village in Austin, Texas
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    VIP Experience Package is the Best Ever

    SOTACON - Austin 2018 is bringing to you the best and most comprehensive Very Important Person (VIP) Experience Package we’ve seen at any SotA Convention.

    Tour the Portalarium Studio, learn about Richard Garriott’s games from the 1975 DND #1 through the Ultima Series to the 2018 Shroud of the Avatar, meet the Developers, witness how SotA is created, hang out with key Community Leaders, enjoy an exclusive reception in your honor, enjoy dinner as members of the King’s Court at the King’s Dinner, attend a Shakespearean play by the Baron’s Men in the Garriott Box, and ultimately have an experience that you may consider as “once-in-a-lifetime”!

    Your $350 VIP Experience Package ticket includes and pays for the following items:
    • Digital SOTACON - Austin 2018 Cloak
    • Portalarium Studio Tour (Oct 11)
    • VIP Exclusive Reception (Oct 11)
    • Admission & VIP seating at Convention (Oct 12-13)
    • King’s Dinner seated at the Knight’s Table (Oct 12)
    • The Baron’s Men Play at Curtain Theatre in “Garriott Box” (Oct 12)
    See your experience outlined on our SOTACON - Austin 2018 schedule here.

    Portalarium Studio Tour
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    90-minute Tour at Portalarium

    VIP Exclusive Reception
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    2 hours - Heavy Hors d'oeuvres and Beverage
    At Opal Devine’s Marina

    Kings Dinner
    VIPs get special seating
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    County Line on the Lake - All you can eat BBQ and Beverage

    The Baron’s Men Play at Curtain Theatre
    “Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown” (Baron’s Men Site)
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    VIPs will enjoy the play from the “Garriott Box”
    with light refreshments and beverage

    SotA Player Elgarion in the “Garriott Box” During a Play

    View from the Garriott Box during SOTACON - Austin 2017
    The Dead of Winter, October 12, 2017

    Purchase your VIP Package now on our Eventbrite site. (Choose the 1:30 PM or the 3:30 PM Portalarium Tour.)

    Learn more about SOTACON - Austin 2018 on October 11-13, 2018 at https://www.sotaconaustin.org or reach us at info@sotaconaustin.org
     
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    We are still here! Things are quiet because we are planning so many great things for the Convention!

    Listen to this new Radio Announcement created by Justyn and Woftam !! What fun!



    Have questions about the Convention? Ask here or in Discord: SOTACON - Austin - https://discord.gg/zvFwquU .
     
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    Here are some pictures of the Renaissance Austin Hotel where we are holding SOTACON - Austin:

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    Atrium where we can meet, hang out and relax.

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    Conference rooms are down those stairs in the middle of the Atrium.

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    Knotty Deck - a great place for lunch, dinner, and just all out relaxing.

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    A conference room.

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    Workout Room.

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    Indoor Pool. There's an outdoor pool too!

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    Guest Room.

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    Guest Suite.


    Our Discord Channel #lodging-text can help you with lodging ideas, share rooms, etc. Discord: SOTACON - Austin - https://discord.gg/zvFwquU

    Website: https://www.sotaconaustin.org
     
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    Reminder of the SOTACON - Austin schedule -- it is in this GoogleDoc - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oD0tugdK7tQt70lpP8oni79vCQH15eeSyPazuAYbXrw/

    We have a great mix of panels & discussions and social events in store for you! Bring the family too!
    • Oct 11, 2018 - Thursday - Arrival Day - Evening Icebreaker!
    • Oct 12, 2018 - Friday - Themed Day - Ceremonies, Regal Speeches, Combat, Story, King's Dinner, Shakespearean Play!
    • Oct 13, 2018 - Saturday - Convention Business Day - News, Prizes, Panels (world, communities, crafting, services, economy), Online Demos, Break-out Discussions/feedback, Dance Party!
    • Oct 14, 2018 - Sunday - Community Day - unscheduled events that guilds, friends, and more can arrange and announce -- e.g., tour Austin together!
    Questions? Ask here or reach us on Discord: SOTACON - Austin - https://discord.gg/zvFwquU

    Website: https://www.sotaconaustin.org
     
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    Picture Uploads from SOTACON - Austin 2017. HERE

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    If pictures are uploaded without the consent of person or persons displayed, then the upload is subject to removal.
    Furthermore; by uploading your picture, you give the SOTACON - Austin team consent to use said photograph for promotional purposes.
     
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    How many people could a suite hold, and what do they charge for a weekend in a suite?
     
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    At which hotel?
     
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    At the "host" hotel, the Renaissance.
     
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    They have different types of suites available.
    Here is their contact information

    Address: 9721 Arboretum Blvd, Austin, TX 78759
    Phone: (512) 343-2626
     
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    Any idea how us non-VIPs sign up for the kings dinner? I did tour last year, still have a tour from seed invest if I want it so I decided to preserve the VIP slots for those who had not gone.

    Waldo Ptolomy
     
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    @Winfield is in charge of the King's Dinner as a separate event apart from the SOTACON - Austin Convention.
    However, The SOTACON - Austin staff IS paying for ALL VIP's to attend the King's Dinner that @Winfield is putting together.

    @Winfield is the point of contact regarding the King's Dinner.
     
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    Hi everyone! Yes, the King's Dinner ticket site is still TBD (not online yet).

    I believe the tickets will go on sale September 1 to October 7, 2018. Read more below to find out why (*think cheaper tickets*)!

    I am running King's Dinner as a separate, self-contained 3-hour event open to SOTACON-Austin attendees and the public to bring in as much fun, creativity, and audience as conceivable; and make your dinner costs as low as possible.

    So here's the story!

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    I am planning and offering a great dinner and evening with Lord British where the dinner prices are as low as possible for all of you! I hope to have the LOWEST dinner ticket price available by September. Nice eh? Here's how:
    • Sponsors - some companies/guilds/people want to donate to help out, get their names and information recognized in the brochure and more!
    • Special in-game "Kings Dinner 2018 Community Cloak" sales - I can offer these soon to everyone (June I think) and I can deliver in game right away by mail, so we can party with the cloaks before the King's Dinner in October!
    The more Sponsors and Cloak sales I get in June/July/August, the lower the dinner ticket prices will be later for all of you! A 3-hour all-you-can-eat BBQ is not cheap unfortunately, so I want to make it cheaper and throw in SWAG for everyone! We can do it!

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    Please be patient. I believe the tickets will go on sale September 1 to October 7, 2018. You will need to buy online (my site is to-be-announced) before SOTACON starts on October 11; I need a final dinner head count October 8 so keep an eye out for news!

    I may offer a "standard" ticket price online in June for those who want to "lock in" their dinner ticket. That's great and shows enthusiasm!

    Oh, and the King's Dinner is open to the public (not just SOTACON attendees) as I think there are some others who may want to come that would have a great time, and we'd have a great time meeting them!

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    Thoughts? Ideas? Questions? Ask here or Forum PM or Discord DM me (Winfield and Winfield PaxLair, respectively). It will be a great event!


    EDIT: MORE ABOUT THE CLOAK: People purchasing a King's Dinner ticket and attending in person (registering a SotA in-game character name) will get an in-game cloak sent by in-game mail to that in-game name. How great is that! (*that's a lot of "in-games"* - head spins)

    Yet, don't necessarily wait to get a Cloak after the Dinner! Having an in-game cloak before the Dinner can show your spirit (perhaps when you see Lord British in game!) and your support for the event before you even purchase a ticket! Also, displaying your great Cloak can get more people to come to the event or buy cloaks to further reduce your dinner ticket price (a good thing). In other words, Cloaks and wearing Cloaks is great. Cloaks are good!

    FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND KING'S DINNER IN PERSON IN AUSTIN ... You can buy one or more in-game Cloaks (on sale in June through October) to wear in SotA. No need to attend in person in austin to get a cloak! Superb!

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    *UPDATE*
    The Hospitality Room / LAN Party location is:

    Holiday Inn Express
    Lone Star Meeting Room A
    10711 Research Blvd,
    Austin, TX 78759
    (512) 346-5555 - To book reservations


    Distance to SOTACON - Austin Convention: 13 min (0.6 mile - Walking Time)
    Shuttle is available from Holiday Inn Express to the SOTACON - Austin Convention

    The Hospitality Room will open at 12:00am 10/12/2018 to all attendees and remain open until 12:00am 10/14/2018.


    *ANNOUNCEMENT*
    The SOTACON - Austin 2018 Dance Party will commence at 8:00PM to Midnight on 10/13/2018 in the San Marcos Room of the Renaissance.
    Cash bar will be available for duration of dance party.
    Medieval garb is optional, having one hell of a good time is required. ;)

     
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    Guard and Peasant Episode 2 -- Radio Announcement created by Justyn and Woftam !! The guard gets a hug at the end ... have a listen!



    Have questions about the Convention? Ask here or in Discord: SOTACON - Austin - https://discord.gg/zvFwquU .
     
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    In honor and support of all the amazing people that will be at SotA Con 2018, Every Virtue is Lasting <EVL> would like to invite you to a night time AFTER PARTY!

    Join over a dozen members of EVL for table games, "refreshments", music, and more at our event room at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin North on both FRIDAY, October 12th & SATURDAY, October 13th starting at 10pm! FREE!

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    If you would like to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Austin North, we have a discounted room rate which you can access by using this link for just $114 (king bed) a night!
    https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/gi...TONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

    Contact me, Jade, or Brickbat for questions! See you all in October!
     
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    This is just dripping with AWESOME!

    Thanks for this EVL, glad you guys could make it!

    Your event is added to the SOTACON - Austin agenda.

    Thanks again, this is just phreaking phenomenal, and very very very very cool to see!


    EVL has your goodies!
    WHICH GUILD-HOSTED EVENT WILL BE NEXT ON THE SOTACON - AUSTIN LINE UP?
    Are You With Us?


     
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