OryCon 35 is over. For current information, please visit www.orycon.org

OryCon 35

November 8 – 10, 2013

Oregon’s Premier Science Fiction Convention

Portland Doubletree Hotel

Portland, Oregon

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OryCon 36

Looking for registration for OryCon 36? Find it here: http://36.orycon.org/registration

Signs and Portents

We tricked you.  We always say that OryCon starts on Friday, but for many of us, it really starts on Thursday.  Want to find out what’s happened already?  Check out Oryconian Issue #0 (PDF).

Welcome to OryCon 35! We are open!

Registration

Friday 10am-8pm
Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 10am-2pm

Dealer’s Room

Friday 12pm-7pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

Art Show

Thursday

Set-up 4pm-11pm
Artist Check-in 8pm-11pm

Friday

Artist Check-in 9am-1pm
Open to Membership 2pm-6pm
Artist’s Reception 8:30pm-10pm

Saturday

Open to Membership 10am-8pm

Sunday

Open to Membership 9am-11am
Close-out for Auction 11am-12pm
Auction 12pm-2pm
Pick-up art/Tear-down 30 minutes after auction ends -5pm
Artists may begin checking-out at 11am

Hospitality

Friday-Saturday

Breakfast 7-10am
Lunch 11-5pm
Dinner 6-8pm
Snacks All night

Sunday

Breakfast 7-10am
Lunch 11-3pm (doors close at 4pm)

‘Writer’s Rest’ Hospitality Bar (21 yrs and over)

Friday & Saturday 6pm-2am

Fan Lounge

Friday 3pm-Late
Saturday 10am-6pm (Endeavour Reception at 8pm)

Info Desk

Friday 11am-9pm
Saturday 8am-9pm
Sunday 8am-4pm

Gamestorm Library & Open Gaming

Friday 12pm-12am
Saturday 8am-12am
Sunday 8am-2pm

Open Gaming (rooms are open 24hrs)

Friday 12pm – Sunday 2pm

Orycon Office

Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-8pm
Sunday 10am-2pm

Food Carts

Located outside the Ballroom entrance near the Fan Table

BroDogs

Friday 8pm-1am;
Saturday 11am-1am
Sunday 11am-4pm
Their prices average $4-$8 and the servings are large.

VooDoo Doughnuts

Friday 6pm-10pm
Saturday 10am-3:30pm and 8pm-1am
Sunday 10am-2pm

Blood Drive

Located outside the Ballroom entrance near the Fan Tables
Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Things to consume around town

Welcome to Portland, the home of more breweries than any other city in the world (and more hybrid and electric cars per capita than any place outside of Japan).

Street blocks in Portland run 20 to a mile. Although there are several “superblocks” in the area of the OryCon Doubletree hotel, going from a street address in the 700s to a street address in the 900s will still be about 1/10th of the mile.

Buses and light rail cars all run on the same system, and the same ticket is good for both. A two-hour tickets costs $2.50, or $5 for an all-day ticket. Exact change is required on buses, but the light rail stations have ticket machines that will (if they work) give change and accept credit and debit cards.

All restaurants and bars (as well as all stores) in Oregon are non-smoking.

The local restaurants are mostly grouped along two corridors, each consisting of a pair of one-way streets: Broadway & Weidler Street run east/west a few blocks north of the Doubletree, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd & Grand Ave run north/south a few blocks west of the Doubletree. Within these corridors, you’ll find dozens of restaurants, including Ethiopian, at least four Thai (plus Chinese/Thai and Vietnamese/Thai), five sushi restaurants (not counting Newport Grill’s sushi bar or the sushi bar at Safeway) and a representative of nearly all of the national fast food outlets. (The list only mentions the closest of these- Starbuck’s, of course, are required by law to be located no more than three blocks apart in the Pacific Northwest.)

Most of the restaurants listed are within walking distance (arbitrarily defined as “within one mile”). As always, hours (and the restaurant names) are subject to change. None of the listed restaurants will require dress more formal than a shirt and jeans. (Portland is a casual town.) Several of the restaurants along Broadway are in remodeled houses (including all the Thai restaurants, coincidentally), meaning there may be stairs to climb to get to the food.

Let’s get started!

Wifi, wifi, who’s got the wifi?

Free WiFi will be available in most OryCon event areas for basic web-browsing and online schedule use. Connection speeds and duration may vary based on location and current usage. Please be kind and disable automatic syncing during OryCon. Streaming video and large downloads will be disabled entirely to share the bandwidth as well as possible. Use the Hotel network for high bandwidth applications.

The network in the Art Show and Dealers’ Room is for vendors and Art Show only.

The hotel has complimentary WiFi in all of the guestrooms as of Sept 1, 2013. There is only an upgraded WiFi fee if you need an accelerated WiFi speed. To access this you can log in from the guestroom and the charges would be posted directly to the guestroom folio.

What’s going on at OryCon?

Curious about what’s going on with children’s programs? Drop by the Broadway room Friday at 4pm to meet some of our volunteers, see our set-up and what we have planned, and play some quick word games!

Signage Policy Round 2

OryCon staff and attendees may only put up signage with blue painters tape in the following approved areas (tape MUST be on the backside of signage and not visible): Inside OryCon space (in panel rooms and ballrooms); on easels provided for signage; on panel room doors when printed on the official template; the walls of the elevator landings on the 14th and 15th floors. Flyers may also be posted on the OryCon-provided easels or signposts (check at the Info Desk for locations).

Flyers need to be printed per the hotel provided template. A copy of the template is available in the OryCon Office, and by download (PDF| Word DOC).

Do not post signs in the following areas: elevators; lobby, restaurants, and coffee bar; hotel public restrooms; any entry/exit
door to the Hotel. Signs posted in disallowed places will be removed.

What’s going on at OryCon?

Craft Beer Tasting

Friday 9PM-11PM
By Donation
OVER 25 BEERS
In the Fan Lounge, Room 1455
Benefits the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship

Debbie & Paul

Debbie Cross
Paul M. Wrigley
The Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund
2870 NE Hogan Rd, Ste. E. PMB 455
Gresham, OR, 97030
503-667-0807
susanpetrey@comcast.net

OryCon wants to know!

What does Orycon mean to you? We all come to this thing every year; we spend hours organizing it, volunteering at it, planning parties and costumes, carefully budgeting to afford it, or just poring over the schedule. Otherwise sane people stay in the hotel, even though they live a few miles away. For most of us attendees, it’s a highlight of our year. Why? What is it that keeps *you* coming back?

Visit us on Facebook and let us know!

Open & Scheduled Gaming

Gaming returns to OryCon 35, sponsored by our sister convention GameStorm (gamestorm.org). Come visit the Cascade rooms upstairs and try your hand at one of the many games in the game library or try out one of the new ones you just grabbed in the dealers hall. Scheduled games will be listed via the electronic program (orycon35.sched.org). Be sure to check for announcements at the bulletin board next to the GameStorm library.

To see the amazing selection of games in the game library, see http://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/Game_Storm?own=1

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