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Gaming and LARPs

If you would like to run a LARP, the signup page is now open.

If you would like to run a game at-con, the signup page is now open.

LARPs at Arisia

Once again, Arisia welcomes LARPers of all styles and experience levels to come play at any of the fabulous games running at the con this year. Please enjoy any of the following:

8-11 PM, Vampire the Masquerade: Written in Blood, Grand Ballroom C


The Masquerade is a costume contest and display of creativity by your fellow convention members. Entrants may dress in anything interesting and fun so long as they can motor themselves across the stage and back. You'll find a variety of BEMs (Bug Eyed Monsters!), Transformers, faeries, royals, dragons, cosplayers (anime-inspired costumes), movie and TV characters, and just plain silly people in costume. This is a judged event and is a highlight of Arisia. If you're not competing, come see the fabulous display of creativity by your fellow fen.

Guests of Honor activities

Information about the exciting things our Guests of Honor will be doing at the con. Please check back for updates.


One of the foundations of Arisia programming are panels. These led discussions cover a wide spectrum of topics including everything including Anime, Art, Comics, Costuming, Fan Culture, Fan Interest, Fandom 2.0, Gaming, Health, Literature, Media, Music, Science, Victorian/Steampunk, and Writing. (Wow, say that all in one breath.)

Other Items

Arisia congratulates the winners of the 2008 and 2009 Carl Brandon Awards. See for full information about the awards.

>For 2008, the Parallax award goes to Distances by Vandana Singh and the Kindred award goes to "Ghost Summer" by Tananarive Due.

For 2009, the Parallax award goes to Half World by Hiromi Goto and the Kindred award goes to Kindred by Justine Larbalestier.

Keep up with Arisia!

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Arisia 2011 Brainstorming List is Open Until July 15th, 2010 at midnight

From Mike, the Brainstorm list moderator:

The deadline for getting your ideas to the Arisia Brainstorm email list has been extended. The final deadline for submitting ideas to Brainstorm for the Arisia 2011 convention is midnight July 15th, 2010. The list will be closed at that point however, emails to proposals AT and program AT will still be received and items will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Programming staff for possible inclusion in the schedule.

For those who haven't joined the list yet and wish to submit ideas

Westin Hotel Food

The Westin hotel operates Sauciety Restaurant, Starbucks (behind the escalator to the Mezzanine level), and their Birch bar (in the lobby).

During Arisia:

Sauciety will be open from 7am-9pm
Birch Bar will be open 4pm-2am
Starbucks will be open 24-hours (from Friday Morning until Monday evening).


Access Services

Arisia is in a new hotel this year. We hope to alleviate the problems we have had with elevators and hallway congestion. An increase in space means that events are more spread out than they have been in previous years, and much more walking will be required. There are a number of places to sit and rest in the hallways in large corridor in front of the ballrooms, outside the panel rooms and in the main lobby of the hotel, but we recommend that if you use mobility aids, bring them to the convention.


Please consider carpooling, or taking public transit.  The hotel is not far from the World Trade Center station on the Silver Line (change at South Station or Logan Airport) or a 3/4 mile walk from South Station (Amtrak, Commuter Rail, and Red Line).

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