For those of you who don't know, the Brotherhood Without Banners is a George R. R. Martin fan group. They have a forum that is 20,000 strong and an active and robust attendance at every WorldCon.
Also, they're SO MUCH FUN. So, back to our tips:
Tip # 11 - Read George R. R. Martin's (hereafter referred to as GRRM) A Song of Ice and Fire Series, starting with book 1: Game of Thrones (yes, the HBO series is based on this. Yes, these books are made of awesome). Really, this is a recommendation whether you go to WorldCon or not. And no, it is not a YA book and not really kid-friendly. Also, once you become a fan join their very cool forum and introduce yourself.
Tip #12 - Meet awesome people, introduce yourself, get pictures taken with them.
|Cool Chair, Cool Girls, Cool GRRM...Just Cool|
|The very cool Lev Grossman, winner of the |
Campbell Award with his Campbell Tiara...definitely the coolest part of winning.
|The awesome Claire Brialey and her Hugo. Isn't it pretty? *pets*|
Tip # 13 - Go to WorldCon and drool over the Game of Thrones' Throne of Swords.
Tip #14 - Go to every party the BWB throw because there is a very good chance these will be the funnest parties of the week. (Again, may I recommend wearing corsets? As I said, always a good choice.)
|Have someone else take your pic though, I'm not so good at it...|
Tip #15 - GRRM attends all the WorldCon BWB parties. He is beyond cool. At the public party, GRRM holds a vigil and quest for any who want to participate. Vigil = stay up until 2am or so. Quest = go and get some specific local food that GRRM requests for the Lords and Ladies of the BWB and bring it back. If you succeed, he knights you. I can't say this strongly enough...DO this quest. It includes ridiculous amounts of fun.
Tip #16 - Go with very cool people, and play very loud music the whole way there. Yes, this is necessary. No, you shouldn't question me.
|We were sent to find the "Awful, Awful Burger" |
at the Golden Nugget in downtown Reno.
Tip #17 - Driving across Reno at 3am with a van full of people singing "Tonight, Tonight" by Hot Chelle Rae at the top of their lungs on a quest to find the Awful, Awful Burger in a strange city, and then standing in line with 30 other people at a tiny dive diner and hoping against hope that none of the local patrons grope you or anyone in your group = priceless.
Tip #18 - Now, I'm officially an "Awful, Awful Knight". Or, you may call me Ser Curlz, Unseen Knight of the Shade. Or just Ser Jenn.... or Hey You!...Let's be honest, I respond to anything, really.
Last and Final WorldCon Tip: GO! It is in Chicago at the end of August, 2012. See you there!