NOVEMBER 27-29, 2009


Regular memberships are $45.00 each until November 1, 2009. After that, and at the door they will be $50.00. Make checks payable to Armida Council (PO Box 7203, Silver Spring, MD 20907). If you wish membership confirmation, please include a Self Addressed Stamped Postcard [not an envelope].


The Crowne Plaza Baltimore in Timonium, Maryland. It has 250 rooms on five floors with four elevators. Room rates are $96.00 a night (plus a 13% room tax). There is no additional charge for up to four people in a room. You can reserve on line by using the link from our web site, by using the hotel form or by calling (410) 252-7373. Be sure to say you are part of the Darkovercon convention to get the group rate. NOTE: you have to reach the hotel directly - this may not work if it rolls over to the call center. This is especially important right before the convention. Therefore, right before the convention, you need to call Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM to make sure you get the hotel directly. Otherwise, you may be told that the block is full, when there are rooms available. If you are told the block is full, try calling back during normal working hours. See Directions for directions to the hotel.

Note: The hotel does an all you can eat Thanksgiving Buffet on Thanksgiving. Many Darkovercon attendees come in early and go to it. If you are interested in joining the group email Jaelle at jaelle @ darkovercon.org for further info. We will be eating circa 3PM. If you wish to book your own (for instance to eat earlier) contact the hotel directly.


Our Guests of Honor are: EMMA BULL and WILL SHETTERLY. Our Special Guest is: KATHERINE KURTZ. Our Musical Guests of Honor are: CLAM CHOWDER. Other author/artist guests include: C. S. Friedman, Nancy Janda, Heather Rose Jones, Tim Liebe, Scott MacMillan, Alanna Morland, Tamora Pierce, Don Sakers, and Hannah Shapiro. Musical guests include: Bob and Sue Esty, John Huff, Myfanwy, and Ed and Kathy Sobansky.

The Atrium

It will open for business Friday 4PM to 8:30PM, Saturday 10AM to 6PM and Sunday 10AM to 4PM. Dealers may start setting up Friday at 11AM.


Besides main programming (Greenspring Ballroom 3-6), alternate programming (Chesapeake Room 3-6), videos (Timonium Room), workshops (Greenspring Ballroom 2) and esoteric programming (Ridgley Room 2), there will be a Huckster's Room (The Atrium), Art Show (Chesapeake Room 1-2) and Con Suite . We also have gaming (Boardroom), filking, a Costume (Optional) Ball, a Regency Ball, and an art auction. There will be a track of musical performances Friday (Greenspring Ballroom 1), and Saturday and Sunday (Dulaney Valley Ballroom), including a performance by Clam Chowder on Saturday evening. Note: you must have a convention membership to attend the concert.

Steampunk Programming

By request, Darkovercon will be presenting a number of pieces of Steampunk programming. These include a panel introducing people to what Steampunk is, a guide to Steampunk costuming, a Steampunk costume show and tell, and more. See our programming list for further information and times and places of all our Steampunk programming.


There will be an art auction, on Sunday at 1PM. There is no hanging fee for art at the con, and we take a 15% commission on all sold pieces. For more information about the art show or art auction, contact our art show director c/o the Darkovercon PO Box, or email us at jaelle @ darkovercon.org, or check here for the art show rules including mail-in rules.


For further information, contact us at jaelle @ darkovercon.org or at the PO Box (address below)

Greenspring Ballroom 3-6

Friday night dance to the music of the Homespun Ceilidh Band! People are strongly encouraged, though not required, to wear a costume of whatever time or place they wish. Our favorite vampire will be there and picking out some of the best costumes.

Greenspring Ballroom 3-6

There will be a Regency Ball Saturday afternoon. Regency dress is strongly encouraged, but not required. There will be Regency era dances and classes (including waltzes) Saturday.

Timonium Room

We will have a video room running Friday evening/night, Saturday late afternoon through early Sunday morning, and Sunday during the day.


Gaming will be happening in the Boardroom from 2pm Friday to 3pm Sunday (with perhaps occasional breaks for staff to sleep, but our goal is to be open continuously). In addition, we will have open gaming in Greenspring Ballroom #2 from 8PM Friday to 9 AM Saturday and 7PM Saturday to 9AM Sunday.

Come by the Boardroom for a schedule, and stop by throughout the weekend for changes and impromptu games. Meanwhile, join us at http://community.livejournal.com/darkovergaming for updates/suggestions/discussion or email gaming @ darkovercon.org


The only weapon allowed to be worn publicly during the convention, except as part of the costume competition, will be knives. All knives (and weapons used for the costume competition) must be sheathed and peace strapped at all times. We will enforce this policy, and will ask people who do not obey it to leave the convention.


Darkovercon, like all SF cons, runs on volunteer labor. We need you. We are always in great need of people to help out by guarding doors, setting up art show hangings, work at registration, etc. If you are willing to help out, either contact me, Jaelle, in advance, or at the con. Jaelle can be reached by E-mail at jaelle @ darkovercon.org Note: if you do not get a response in two weeks, email again, as the first email did not get through.

Win a Free Membership To Darkovercon XXXIII and Other Prizes

For each hour anyone puts in helping at Darkovercon, they will receive from the Department Head of the area that they help with, or Jaelle, a raffle slip. These slips need to be turned into registration no later than Sunday noon. Then, Sunday, at 12:30 we will pull slips out of the box. Prizes to date include one membership to Darkovercon XXXIII, two 50% off memberships, glass beads necklaces, books and games,. More prizes will be added at Darkovercon. Slips will be drawn until either all prizes are awarded or all slips are used up, whichever comes first.

Since volunteers get one slip for each hour worked, it is possible for someone to win more than one prize. People who are part of Darkovercon staff are not eligible to win a prize. All decisions of the ChairAlton regarding eligibility and prizes are final. So, to win these prizes, vote, I mean volunteer early and often!


The con suite is looking for volunteers, and staff is best gathered in advance. For more information or to volunteer contact Alexsandr Poryshkin at consuitelizard @ darkovercon.org


Registration will open Friday morning at 10AM and continue until 9PM Friday night. It will reopen Saturday at 10AM.


Once again Clam Chowder will be performing (Saturday evening), and there will be the annual fund raiser for Children’s Hospital.


We are posting the programming schedule here as we finalize the items. Check back often!


Due to problems in the past, all returned checks will be charged a $25.00 returned check fee.

Armida Council
PO Box 7203
Silver Spring, MD 20907


Handmade necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more made by Darkovercon's own Jaelle! Come take a look at: http://jaellesjewels.com/

Previously happened at Darkover® Grand Council:

2008, Darkovercon XXXI

2007, Darkovercon XXX

2006, Darkovercon XXIX

jaelle @ darkovercon.org

Latest update 8 November 2009
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