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AnnouncingSpecial Guest LOTRO Chief Lore Monkey Chris Pierson

Extrapolating from the Mythmoot II theme of Adapting Tolkien in Music and Art, Mythmoot III focuses its main agenda on Worldbuilding. We will be joined by the Senior Worldbuilder of The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO), a massive multiplayer online role playing game (MMO) that is very popular among a portion of the Tolkien fanbase as well as a portion of Mythgard students.

Pierson2014.Chris Pierson hails from Canada and now lives in Boston with his wife Rebekah and their two disturbingly articulate children, Chloe and Quentin. He moved to the States to work as a designer for Turbine Games, the originator of LOTRO. His tenure at Turbine goes back to the beginning of LOTRO, and he has many stories and insights to share about the challenges, joys and frustrations of aligning the game as accurately as possible with Tolkien’s legendarium. Not surprisingly, Chris’s task requires a deep knowledge of Middle-earth lore, and as self-described Chief Lore Monkey, among other things he has more than a passing acquaintance with Sindarin and the Black Speech.

Chris’s deeds include credits on other games including Asheron’s Call, Asheron’s Call 2, and Dungeons & Dragons Online but his accomplishments don’t end at the gaming screen  He has published eight novels and numerous short stories, and is currently finishing his first children’s book.

The conference agenda includes a presentation by Chris on Saturday as well as a question and answer session on Sunday. Whether you are a LOTRO aficionado or not, his stories about creating Tolkien’s world will be one of the most interesting parts of Mythmoot–guaranteed!

 

 

Paper Presentations

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Mythmoot III: Ever On will take place at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, Maryland (minutes away from Baltimore-Washington International Airport) on Saturday and Sunday, January 10 and 11, 2015.

Program details are being worked out and will be announced as they are confirmed, but we can tell you now that there will be familiar and new features, all geared to encourage participants to laugh while they learn. A short list of features includes:

    • Group sessions with Corey Olsen and special guests discussing Tolkien topics including the third Hobbit film and an overview of the whole Hobbit film trilogy
    • Paper presentations by conference participants covering a wide range of topics in speculative fiction

 

  • An expanded marketplace for your browsing and buying pleasure
  • A private reception and banquet Saturday night
  • A hospitality suite for relaxing, gaming, and chatting

 

Registration and Pricing

Sign up using the Register Now button above or by clicking this link. After registering, be sure to “Like” the Mythmoot Facebook page to stay current on all of the latest event news.

Two new feature of Mythmoot III relate to registration and pricing:

  • Early Bird Pricing: Anyone registering from opening through August 31st will get a discount on the price
  • Banquet Only Pricing: Taking the place of the former “Plus 1″ pricing, this ticket is available to anyone who wishes to attend only the banquet, and will also have discounted early bird pricing

Here is the conference pricing:

  • Early Bird Pricing (through August 31):
    • Day sessions: $99
    • Day sessions plus banquet: add $50
    • Banquet only (no day sessions): $65
  • Standard Pricing (from September 1):
    • Day sessions: $120
    • Day sessions plus banquet: add $50
    • Banquet only (no day sessions): $65

Accommodations at the conference hotel (BWI Marriott) need to be arranged directly with the hotel. Reserve here