Hey Scorsese! I got your video contest right here!

For the first time in the history of ARGFest-o-Con, we are hosting a video contest. Here are the details, for all of those aspiring filmmakers out there:

Concept: Create a video based on an alternate reality game. Really.

(1) The video should be no more than six minutes in length. Any more and it’d be a stretch to get in.
(2) The content should be related to alternate reality gaming. This includes (but is not limited to) a depiction of an in-game development, a re-imagining of an existing video from an ARG, or a summary of a live event. Please, no documentaries. Mockumentaries are cool, though.
(3) Keep it clean — we will be featuring the videos on our web site and through our YouTube channel, and we have a few kids who may or may not want to watch.
(4) Nothing illegal in the video, please.
(5) Keep it creative! The more awesome your video, the better your chances of being shown at ARGFest!

Read all about the fabulous prizes and how you can submit your video after the jump.

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Notes on Sponsorship

Some of you out there may be thinking to yourselves, “You know, I would like to be a sponsor of ARGFest-o-Con, thereby getting my business’ name out to a large audience of people who are generally very brand-loyal when it comes to companies that support alternate reality gaming, but I don’t know how!” And for those of you who are saying this, we offer you the 2009 ARGFest-o-Con Media Kit. The kit was developed by the Directing Committee in an attempt to showcase the many positive aspects of ARGFest while also detailing the many ways people can sponsor and support the conference. Because, let’s face it, money doesn’t grow on trees, and even with an army of volunteers, stuff needs to get paid for.

So, just how easy is it to get involved as a sponsor? Super easy! We have many tiers of sponsorship available from as low as $100, which gets your name in the program and your information in the registration handouts. If you’re more of the “I want it all!” kind of person (or company), we offer a $5000 sponsorship package which includes (among other things) your logo on all printed materials and a display table at the conference. And, with three other tiers in between to suit your needs, now is an ideal time to get active by sponsoring the conference.

We have recently announced confirmed speakers (we are thisclose to adding two more dynamic, must-see speakers to our list) and are currently nailing down a robust and action-packed schedule. People are really starting to get jazzed about the conference, which is only 38 days away, and if you are at all interested in having eyeballs on your logo and having people taking about your company and its support of the genre, now is the time to contact us about sponsorship opportunities. If you are curious about how sponsorship has taken shape in years past, head over to our media section for a look back at the 2007 and 2008 conferences, as well as a downloadable copy of our aforementioned Press Kit.

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Update: Speakers announced, events too!

Update: Soon after this post was published, we received unexpected news that impacts our speaker lineup. We have revised the post with relevant information.

NonchalanceWe’ve got a lot of news for you this week, and there’s no better place to start than our illustrious group of speakers! This year, we will have another strong group of panelists and presentations, including a tribute to Dave Szulborski by Dee Cook and Michelle Senderhauf. We have a growing list of confirmed speakers on our Speakers page, and we are adding to the line-up regularly. We have quite a few exciting, “unconfirmed” speakers lined up and are going to be making many more announcements about more super awesome guests in the next few weeks, as those details become more clear.

Speaking of events, we’re starting to release details (vague, yes, but we’re still fitting the pieces together) on our busy weekend on the Events page and will have many more to announce in the coming days. We’ve seen many interesting events and surprise appearances take place during ARGFests of the past, including the now-infamous Banana Hammock Man incident of 2008. Incidentally, if you are part of a game design team or company that wishes to make a splash at ARGFest-o-Con with a live event, there’s an easy way to guarantee that your event goes off without a hitch (and without involving security) — contact us! Our directing committee is busy making elaborate, to-the-minute schedules, so now is the time to ensure that your event is a part of this year’s conference!

As always, your best source for information about this year’s conference is right here at argfestocon.com. We have archives from previous events and the most up-to-date information on this year’s festivities, including a brand new media section. If you’re still thinking about attending but aren’t 100% sure, our web site has all of the details you need to get you registered, your hotel booked and your schedule filled for the weekend. You just gotta be there!

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What are you waiting for?

With only four days remaining for early bird registration, it’s time to get yourself set up for ARGFest-o-Con 2009 at a significant discount! Remember, after May 24, the registration rates for the event go up, so now is the time to save yourself some dough, you frugal, responsible person you!

Oh, speaking of frugality in Portland, check out this New York Times article for information on how you can do Portland on the cheap. Do the words “pretty good free beer” mean anything to you? How about no sales tax?

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ARGFest-o-Con on Facebook, Twitter!

Are you an avid user of Twitter? Do you use Facebook? If your answer for both is an empathic “No!” then… seriously? Neither? Was your ox cart ride over here bumpy and lengthy? Do your arms ache from churning your own butter?


For those that found themselves answering “Yes!” for either (or both) of those questions, then you’re one step closer to ARGFest-o-Con, because we have set up our own Twitter profile, and have had a Facebook event group set up for us!

At http://twitter.com/argfestocon http://twitter.com/argfest, we’ve been sending out the occasional tweet, particularly when updates happen on the site. Those of you who follow us on Twitter will have yet another way of keeping tabs on our progress as we move ever closer to July, and anyone who was at ARGFest-o-Con 2008 in Boston can tell you how helpful Twitter was in organizing meet-ups and social engagements.

Meanwhile, the ever-so-helpful Martin Aggett has created an event page for ARGFest-o-Con at Facebook. The page allows you to RSVP and provides a space for Facebook users to share photos, send messages to one another, and other fun social networking stuff.

There are only 64 days until the event launches, and we can tell you that major announcements are coming sooner than later, so get on board with our social connections and make us a part of your lives! Let us complete you!

(Oh, by the way, here’s a gentle reminder that our early bird registration rate is good from now through May 23rd. Register early, save money! It’s a win-win!)

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Announcing the Official ARGFest-O-Con T-Shirt Design Contest

How it Works in Five Easy Steps:

1. Create your T-Shirt design – see the bits on Design Guidelines for more details.
2. Send us your designs for review.
3. Hope that your design makes it through the next round
3.a (optional) Send bribes to the ARGFest committee so they fight extra hard for your design. We hear SpaceBass likes pie, but he also fights like a girl. Choose wisely.
4. Vote on your favorite of the top three designs when they are posted to the ARGFest website.
5. Go to ARGFest where you will see your design printed on official ARGFest materials including the always popular Official ARGFest-o-Con T-Shirt which will be available for purchase and pickup at ARGFest.

There are rewards, too! Just click here to find out more

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Early Bird Registration Begins

Ready to throw caution to the wind and embrace your faith in ARGFest-o-Con? Early Bird registrations are now open at a discounted rate until midnight, May 23, 2009. Check out the registration page for more details and a link to the signup form!

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In Memoriam: Dave Szulborski

In Memoriam: David S. “Dave” Szulborski
1958 - 2009

dave_sIt is with great sadness that we share the news that Dave Szulborski, a long time ARG community member and game designer, has passed away at the age of 51. He is survived by his wife Marianne and his son Tyler. Dave has attended many of the ARGFest-o-Con conferences over the years, and was the keynote speaker at last year’s event in Boston. Dave was in Las Vegas in 2003 for the first meet-up, complete with T-shirts and other giveaways for those in attendance. In total, he attended five of the eight events and was a featured panel speaker in New York, San Francisco and Boston. As we mourn for our friend, we are reminded of his involvement and support of this festival over the years, and we feel that the best way to recognize Dave for his contributions is to dedicate ARGFest-o-Con 2009 to his memory.

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On the trail!


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The first update of 2009!

Welcome to April, folks. This means we are within four months of ARGFest-o-Con 2009, and things are heating up behind the scenes for us on the Directing Committee. In the past two weeks, we’ve been working hard on securing locations and accommodations for the event, and we’re ready to announce that the Courtyard by Marriott Portland City Center‎ will be the host for this year’s conference. We’ve updated the Location and Booking sections of the web site, and will be focusing on sponsorships and speakers for the next little while.

Many of you out there have been hard at work as well, making plans and arranging for time away from work and such. Some of you are even planning a massive trip that includes ARGFest-o-Con and ComicCon! For those spending some extra time in Portland before and/or after the conference, be sure to check out some of the links we’ve added to the Location section.

We’ve got news about this year’s Speech Blitz coming soon, and have information about this year’s Order of the Trout sponsorship package. So, remember to check back often for the latest updates on the conference, and to find out how you can get involved!

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