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Blood Drive

Your OryCon committee is proud to announce that we will once again be hosting a Blood Drive during this year’s convention! The drive will take place on Saturday, November 9th between 10am – 3pm. You can schedule your donation time online to ensure you get in when you want. Please follow the instructions below and sign up now! 🙂

Here are the steps for donors to sign up for OryCon blood drive:

1. Go to Redcrossblood.org
2. Click on Donating Blood at the top of the page
3. Click on Schedule a Blood Donation Today
4. Enter the Sponsor Code: Orycon

Please join us in making our blood drive a success again this year!

Policy Reminder

Happy Halloween!  We know you like to party, so here’s a little reminder how it all goes down.  You can read this, and additional policies, here.


What is a party? Any event held in hotel space where:

  • Fliers are posted
  • Public invitations are given out (verbally or written)
  • If Convention Committee or Hotel Security deems it to be a party.


  • A member of Orycon must register the party with Orycon Hotel Liason. This person will be responsible to see that the rest of the rules are followed in their party.
  • NEW: The hotel policies on signage have changed. Do not post fliers on walls or doors. You must use the OryCon-provided easel or signpost to display your flier. Info Desk is available to also advertise room parties.
  • The list of parties will be handed off to the OryCon Party Coordinator at con.
  • Responsible individual must not be under the influence of alcohol.
  • A contact list for individuals responsible for each party must be given to the Orycon Party Coordinator prior to the event.
  • If alcoholic drinks are served ALL members must show valid identification.
  • Responsible individual must attend their party during party hours, or if needed, leave someone connected with them in charge with a way to be contacted if they are required to be somewhere else.
  • No alcoholic drinks in other hotel or convention space. All alcohol must remain in the party room.
  • Comply with all hotel rules and Oregon state law. If you do something that gains the attention of the hotel (noise complaints, smoking, etc.) then the person or persons responsible for the room and party are responsible for any fines or legal problems that may arise.

Last Meeting!

The last meeting before the convention is Saturday! 1PM at the hotel in the St. Helens room. Hope to see everyone there!

Children’s Programming

Would you like to help to improve children’s programs at Orycon? First, come to any and all of the programs that interest you. We won’t know what you like unless you show up! Second, let us know what you think and/or volunteer for next year by putting your comments in our suggestion box (located in the Broadway room.)

The Wet Your Whistle Roundup (21+)

Writer’s Rest Hospitality Bar, the buck-a-bottle bar, will be taking credit cards this year.  Come wet your whistle without having to worry about having cash.

Have cash and don’t want to miss the Seelie Ball on Friday or the Unseelie Ball on Saturday?  There will be a cash bar in the ballroom for your thirst-quenching needs.  Relax with your favorite adult beverage at the dance.

Looking for something a little stronger?  The DoubleTree’s own Gather Food & Drink offers seasonal liquor infusions, as well as small plates and entrees to prevent drinking on an empty stomach.

Opening Ceremonies

Will you recognize our Guests of Honor if you are too far away to read their badges? Would you like to see them all in one place? Come to Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. Anne Bishop agreed to let us play in her world of Ephemera! She, Larry Elmore, Matt Vancil, and Debs & Errol have all agreed to participate in this year’s Opening Ceremony play. Debs & Errol will be performing a number. Liz Gorinsky and Jay Lake will be introduced from the audience.

So, come have some laughs, see our GoHs, and recognize them when you see them around the con.

Opening Ceremonies are held on Friday night, 7:00 -7:30pm, in Multnomah/Holladay

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!

What’s going on at OryCon?

OryCon’s Writers’ Workshop is a great way to get your writing in front of local professional editors and authors for helpful critique feedback. Have you ever thought about what a professional in the writing field might think of your short story or novel? Have you ever sent out a manuscript and wondered if the editor is thrilled, bored or something in between? Wonder no more! Our popular workshop sessions provide the opportunity to listen to friendly, but frank feedback of your manuscript in small, private group settings. Look for our 2014 manuscript submission window early next summer!

GMs, we need you!

Do you run games? Would you like to run games at OryCon? Email gaming@orycon.org to get started!

Policy Reminder

We want to make sure that all our members are able to attend and enjoy the convention, and to that end, we have adopted a formal child policy. You can view this, and additional policies, here.


  • All children must be registered with the convention, and all children purchasing memberships must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children ages 5 and under are admitted to the convention without charge and will be issued a badge that must be kept with the child (or a nearby diaper bag, for example) rather than with one of the parents. The child must be under the supervision of an adult, or in the official Child Care Area, at all times. If a young child is found unattended, he or she will be delivered to the Child Care Area and the responsible adult(s) will be billed.
  • Children ages 6-12 are admitted at half the adult price and may operate independently as long as they cause no problems. Those not capable of operating responsibly on their own must be kept under adult supervision or taken to the official Child Care Area.
  • All children 12 or under must be under direct adult supervision after 8 PM. Children 8 and over may work as convention volunteers, but those ages 8-11 may do so for no more than 4 hours per day. Those ages 12-16 may do so for no more than 6 hours per day.
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