Things No One Tells You About Jordancon

This is my third year attending Jordancon. It is an amazing experience (that I will attempt to write about in the next few days). And it is something that every Wheel of Time fan should attend.

But there are some things that no one tells first-timers (or even some people that have been multiple times) Not because they don’t want you to know, but because there is so much awesomeness they can’t keep track of it all.

As such, this is

The Official “Unofficial” Guide to the Things That No One Tells You About Jordancon.

First, we are going to cover some of the bigger things that need some explanation.

Con Suite 

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I will be honest, Jordancon is the only con I have ever attended. But it seems that the Con Suite is something rather unique to Jordancon. What is Con Suite, you ask?

In one word, it is food. In two words, it is FREE food.

Con Suite consist of meals, drinks and snacks generously provided by Jordancon.

The Schedule: Friday 4pm – 8pm, Saturday 8am – 8pm, and 8am – 1pm.

  • They provide vegetarian and gluten free options
  • They provide snacks and drinks
  • They provide sweets
  • They provide a place to sit and chat with other con goers.
  • They are amazing.

The Con Suite is run completely by volunteers (like all of Jordancon) and THEY.ARE.AMAZING.

Buffer Days

This is something not often discussed but after a few Jordancons we all figure out we need Buffer Days. Buffer days before and/or after the actual Con.

Pre-Con Buffer Day – If at all possible arrive in Atlanta on the Thursday prior to Con. It totally relieves the stress of travel, gives you a chance to get used to the hotel and there are always pre-con Shenanigans. And if you are an introvert like me that extra day might allow you relieve some anxiety.

Post-Con Buffer Day – It doesn’t matter if you leave right after Jordancon ends on Sunday or you wait until Monday to leave; a post-con buffer day is necessary (if you take nothing else away from this post, take this). A post-con buffer day is a day in between your arrival home and your first day back to “regular life”.

Example:

  • You leave Atlanta on Monday Morning.
  • You arrive home sometime on Monday.
  • Stay home all day Tuesday.
  • Return to regular activities on Wednesday.

Now I know some of you are saying “If I leave the day after Jordancon is over, surely I don’t need a buffer day”

You are wrong.

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You actually may need it more if you wait until Monday to leave. The reality is the Con really isn’t over until the last person leaves. After Jordancon there is “Couch Con”.

Couch Con

Jordancon officially ends on Sunday at 4 pm.

And then “Couch Con” begins. This is a giant hangout session (in the gaming hall and/ or consuite). Everyone is more relaxed (which is saying something, because we are all pretty chill already).

But at this point you can just visit with old and new friends. No panels to get to , no rushing to buy things at the Art Show, no changing in and out of costumes.

Just think of it as the giant sigh of relief that follows a successful Jordancon.

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There is a lot of hugging that goes on at Jordancon. There are a lot of people, there are a lot of germs. A good portion of us come down with “Con Crud” at least once. It is a head/chest/cold/sore throat with a stuffy nose & sneezing thing. I suggest bulking up your immune system before you go and keep hand sanitizer…..well….on hand.

Post Con Depression aka PCD aka #pcd

After an experience as amazing as Jordancon it is only natural to feel sad and a little empty upon returning to the “regular” world. For many of us this is the only time we see  each other in person.

You will long for con suite hotdogs…..you will expect kind strangers to give you ribbons…….you will be tempted to hug people…….you will randomly assign people to an Ajahs based on the color they are wearing.giphy5

You will hunt, aimlessly, for like minded people. Those who appreciate a good pun, who yearn to Channel, who would give their soul for a Shardblade.

WHERE IS YOUR TRIBE?!?!?!

No, worries, we are on Facebook

CaptureThe Jordancon Facebook Group

This is where the cool kids hangout. This is the best place to get your Jcon Family Fix throughout the year. It is also where all the pictures are and where epic shenanigans are planned If you haven’t joined you should.

 

Volunteering

Speaking Jcon Family, the best way to get to know people is by volunteering. There are quite a few volunteer opportunities and it is get to know people and for people to get to know you. More information about volunteering is posted in the Facebook group as Jordancon gets closer.

Safety

Jordancon is kid-friendly (I know it might not look that way from some of the pictures, but it is). Many congoers bring their kids. Of course there are some things that aren’t exactly “family activities” but those take place after the kiddos go to bed.

Ribbons

Speaking of Ribbons, be sure to get some while at Jordancon. Ribbons are fancy 20180421_172919accoutrements that are a must have at Jordancon….now there seems to be an unspoken competition between some in the Jcon Family to see who can collect the most ribbons *cough* Aubree *cough*.

There are two kinds of Ribbons.

Official Con Ribbons (vendor, director, program participant, eternal member, volunteer) and then there are ton of fun Ribbons you can get. From vendors to other Con-goers, Ribbons abound.

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Budget

You are going to want to buy everything in the vendor hall. Most things average $25 – $45. My rule of thumb is to take whatever amount you were going to budget for the vendor hall and increase it by half. (Of course, this is only if it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Remember you still have to pay for your hotel and travel). I do believe the Keepers of the Con are working on having more Vendor information available prior to the next Jordancon.

Nine Horse Hitch

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So those are the major things that no one tells you. But here is some sage words from the JconFamily on Facebook:

That it was highly addictive and that I would absolutely leave with an untreatable JordanCon problem. – Ashley Chappell-Peeples

If you don’t arrive Thursday and depart on Monday then you’re missing half the fun. – Jeffrey Daniel (of Ta’veren Tees)

It’s perfectly ok to attend and not go to any panels and still have an amazing time. –Phillip Calvin Edwards

(but totally come to my panels 😉 )

That person you are shy about approaching just might want to meet you and is too shy to say so. At least smile and say hello. (then leave them alone if they don’t seem interested) –Steve Waldrop


A few words of wisdom from me:

  • Drink plenty of water (just trust me)
  • Take plenty of selfies
  • Make space on your phone and/or camera for photos and videos
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the artists or authors or Harriet (My first year I was super shy, but she is SOOO nice)
  • VOLUNTEER
  • Book your hotel room as soon as the block becomes available
  • DOWNLOAD THE APP
  • You don’t have drink (alcohol) to have fun. But if you DO drink alcohol make sure you bring some.
  • Book you hotel as soon as the room block opens.

And lastly, we should all follow the Keepers of the Con 3,2,1 Rule:

3 hours of sleep every 24 hours

2 meals every 24 hours

1 shower every 24 hours

See y’all next time

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Robert Jordan’s Notes Panel – Jordancon 10(2018)

THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  

IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS.

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Well Jordancon is over and I, once again, attended the Robert Jordan’s notes panel. For those that don’t know, this panel consist of those lucky few fans that have seen Robert Jordan’s notes (this some of these notes are available for public viewing. I will have to look up where and add it to this post)

This year the panelist included Linda Taglieri (creator of The Thirteenth Depository blog), Matt Hatch (creator of Theoryland) and Terez Gray from numerous Wheel of Time Forums.

Below you will find the notes I took on the notes the talked about. Some things were mentioned last year, but I am including them because they are still super interesting.

Before we get started, a few things of note:

  1. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SPOILERS.  IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS DO NOT READ THIS. (this bears repeating)
  2. This is your last chance to turn back
  3. Ok then…
  4. Spoilers/notes start on the next page

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Several fans asked by to find out if Aviendha got pregnant before or after the Last Battle. No one on the panel recalled seeing notes on this, but Terez is going to look for it.

ON TO THE NOTES:

  • Birgitte knows what the oath rod was used for in the Age of Legends but she has never seen one.  
  • Binders (oath rods) came in other forms, not just rods
  • Originally Moiraine  was going to become Amyrlin
  • Moiraine was going to be rescued by Rand
  • Nyneave was going to be raped by Shadair Haran
  • Galad was going to be a dark friend (what!?!)
  • Nyneave was going to kill (or appear to kill) Moiraine after she (Moiraine) became Amyrlin.
  • Galad was supposed to be able to Channel. And really we don’t know if you can or not because he was never tested (and it does run in the family)
  • Ogier were supposed to be dwarf like
  • There is nothing about Shara in the Notes. River of Souls was 100% Brandon
  • Lan was going to flee, become a hermit and then return to fight (does that sound familiar??)
  • Sakan (I am not 100% on the spelling) was going to be the name of the Dark One
  • RJ toyed with the idea of 7 or 9 ages. He settled on 7.
  • The White Goddess  by Robert Graves was a big influence on Robert Jordan.
  • Cadsuane (spelled Kadsuane in the notes) was around from the beginning
  • Binders could be used on non-channelers.
  • The a’dam has a buffer to stop damane from being burned out. This buffer also lessened the shock of the Warder Bond being broken.
  • Life Spans During the Age of Legends – this was really interesting, but I didn’t manage to get all the information. What I did get is below:
    • Ordinary People lived 200 years on average
    • Aes Sedai could live up to 800 years
    • There was also some information on how Binding affected life span, but that is the part I missed
  • Memory of Light Outline:
    • Egwene was to be pregnant at the end of the series (by Gawyn). Gawyn still died and Galad would take of Egwene and the baby
    • Isam and Fain showed up in the Last Battle and maybe killed each other.
    • The Last Battle was supposed to take place near the ruins of Caemlyn

Humans were the real enemy, not the Dark One. Destroying choice is the real enemy. (many fans feel like this is a “Brandon” theme. However, the very early notes show that this was Robert Jordan’s overarching theme from the very beginning)

That is all for this year.  

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Jordancon season is here!!!🎉🎉

Hey….*tap,tap*…is this thing on??

Hey guys!! It has been a minute. But guess what….it is JORDANCON SEASON !!

That is right! Jordancon is coming in just 10 weeks.

And do you know what that means? It means that I have 10 (well, more like 9) weeks to gush about how awesome Jordancon is and maybe even convince some of y’all to come hang out with us in April.

The plan is for me to post something new, exciting and interesting every Friday.

Now, will that happen? Light only knows…

But let’s start with

Ebony’s Top 5 Reasons to go to Jordancon

5. Wheel of Time – Well, the obvious reason is because the Wheel of Time series is amazing and Jordancon involves all things WoT PLUS a ton of other Sci-fi and Fantasy things.

4. Brandon Sanderson – This year Brandon Sanderson will be there. Now, when I attended 2 years ago Brandon was there, but I hadn’t read any of his original work. (And by extension I was completely lost when it came to some cosplay I saw) This year I am much better prepared.

3. The Art Show – aside from all the incredible artwork that you get to see and is available for purchase you get to meet the artist!! (This was a huge deal for me my 1st year) Plus, over the past 7 years the Art Show has raised $6000 for the Mayo Clinic’s Amyloidsis Research.

2. The Dance Party – this year’s Dance party theme is homecoming (we will talk more about that later). The homecoming theme combined with the overall Seanchan theme and the tradition of Homecoming Mums will make for some amazing dance ensembles.

And the #1 reason to go to Jordancon…..

1. THE PEOPLE – Jordancon people are the weirdest, loudest, sweetest, talented, funny, welcoming, loving, most accepting introverts pretending to be extroverts you will ever meet.

It really is an amazing experience and I hope I am able to convey just how much I think everyone that is a fan of WoT and it’s genre should attend.

The Gray Ajah

The main thrust of the Gray Ajah was mediation and negotiation. The Ajah was ruled by a council of varying number, but always an odd number. The leader of the council was considered by Gray sisters to be the head of their Ajah and was known as the Head Clerk, but in fact she had less authority than most Ajah heads and had to depend on gaining consensus among the council members. At the time of the Last Battle, there were approximately 140 members of the Gray Ajah, making it the third largest.

Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

Gray Amyrlins

There have been nine Amyrlins raised from the Gray since the War of the Hundred Years.

  1. Dalaine Ndaye(36-64 NE)
  2. Medanor Eramandos(142-171 NE)
  3. Elise Strang(223-244 NE)
  4. Serenia Latar(276-306 NE)
  5. Cerilla Marodred(454-476 NE)
  6. Gerra Kishar(601-638 NE)
  7. Cemaile Sorenthaine(681-705 NE)
  8. Parenia Demalle(817-866 NE)
  9. Sierin Vayu(979-984 NE)

Gray Sitters

Other Notable Grays

Members of the Gray Ajah in positions of power or responsibility:

Black Ajah Grays

According to Verin’s List, thirty of the Grays were also Black Ajah. Known Blacks are:

Taken from: https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah

For a full Gray Ajah Character List – https://library.tarvalon.net/index.php?title=Gray_Ajah_Character_List

The White Ajah

THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT FINISHED THE SERIES
One of the seven legitimate Aes Sedai Ajahs. Sisters of this Ajah abstained from matters of the world and worldly knowledge, and instead devoted themselves to questions of philosophy and truth. Aside from the First Weaver, the head of the Ajah, there was no internal structure whatsoever. Her authority was very high, not much less than that of the Red Ajah head and roughly equal to the authority of the Green or Yellow Ajah heads. In Choosing Sitters, the support of ten Sisters was required to become a candidate. It was considered unseemingly to campaign in any way, either to become a candidate or to win selection as a Sitter. Voting was not by secret ballot, but by open show of hands.
It was believed by many sisters in other Ajahs that the White Ajah was the only one without an Ajah set of eyes-and-ears and that they had no real interest in the world. This was not true, though their Ajah network was indeed small. Even the Whites-as a group, anyway-wanted to try to manipulate world events, along strictly logical lines, of course.
Among Whites, being sent off from the Tower on a mission of some sort, even as part of an embassy, was looked upon as drudgery at best, and at worst, punishment. Most Whites never bonded a Warder.
Just prior to the Last Battle, there were approximately eighty members in the White Ajah, making it the smallest.
Taken from the Wheel of Time Companion

White Amyrlins

White Sitters

§ Velina Behar: Sitter before and during the split
§ Seaine Herimon: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Saroiya: Sitter before, during and after the split
§ Ferane Neheran: Sitter during and after the split
§ Aledrin: Sitter in Salidar
§ Berana: Sitter in Salidar

Other Notable Whites

White Ajah members with positions of power or responsibility:

§ Alviarin Freidhen: Elaida’s first Keeper of the Chronicles
§ Sereille Bagand: A Mistress of Novices before becoming Amyrlin

Black Ajah Whites

There were seventeen White Sisters on Verin’s list, approximately one third of the total. Known names are:
§ Fera

Reasons # 7- 16 Why you can’t miss Jordancon 9

Ok, I have been slacking….I admit it. Life and work keeps getting in the way of my Jordancon and Wheel of Time activities. But today I present to you reasons 7 – 16 why you just cannot miss #JordanCon 9 (Special thanks to Leslie Annis for all her hard work on this) :


Reason #7 

16997982_10155324960117697_758034367386437379_nExperience Stephen Hickman’s epic fantasy art in person http://www.stephenhickman.com/

 


Reason #8

Ta’veren Tees! Licensed Wheel of Time tees, prints, merchandise–and save on shipping! You’ll find even more geeky goodies in the Dealer’s Hall! https://www.taverentees.com/

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Reason #9:

Where else do you get the chance to mock Myrddraal behind their backs?

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Reason #10:

It’s not j17156208_10155348149762697_551063511773658097_nust WoT! The Swords and Sorcery Track has everything from Harry Potter, to the Dresden Files, to Star Wars movies, and even classic literature! Movies, graphic novels, and more!

 

 

 

 

 


Reason #11:

Our Workshop Track offers a variety of opportunities to learn new skills: dragon scale 17218666_10155360942962697_3747041662571166507_oembroidery, the art of traditional Japanese Temari ball making, or pick up costuming tips!

Some workshops require pre-registration, so check the website for details. http://www.jordancon.org/program/session-schedule/prereg

 

 


Reason #12

Photo Ops with Rand! Where else can you stand next to the Dragon Reborn?

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Reason #13

Learn the secrets of the Bird Whisperers, Melissa Gay and Amanda Makepeace, and draw your own masterpiece to be included in the Bird Whisperer project!

http://www.jordancon.org/…/2017-pre-registration-become-bir


Reason #14

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It’s the only place to get our awesome glow-in-the-dark Tel’aCon’Rhiod tee shirt! Preorder yours before March 26th!

http://jordancon.org/co…/jordancon-2017-telaconrhiod-t-shirt


Reason #15

Our Writer’s Track! Get feedback from pros on how to spiff up that pitch, workshop your words, and network, network, network! The Writer’s Workshop submission deadline is April 7th!

Submit your sample now at http://www.jordancon.org/c…/writers-workshop-submission-2017


Reason #16:

Speed Friending. Newbie? Do no be nervous! Our Speed Friending panel do be the place to meet new friends!

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Preregistration ends Sunday! Get your discounted membership now: http://jordancon.org/cont…/jordancon-9-three-day-membership…

#IsItAprilYet?