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FARPOINT 2021 GATHER TOWN & DISCORD INSTRUCTIONS

Click here for a printable PDF of these instructions that includes details on the Gather icons you will be using.

Click here to check out our interactive schedule app that allows you to pre-register for events and set a personal schedule for the convention! Pre-registration is not necessary but expedites your entry into the individual activities.

What you need:
● A desktop/laptop with a mic and camera.
● A web browser (Chrome or Firefox recommended).
● We strongly recommend using headphones to help prevent feedback.
● That’s it! There’s nothing to install, no software to download.

To access Farpoint on GatherTown, click on this link:
https://gather.town/app/YRPETqgYG6KzZ5nF/FarpointCon
Enter the one-time password: StarTrek

GatherTown will ask to access your microphone and your camera. If you wish to interact with others on the virtual con floor, you will need to allow access to both.

Type your name in the block below “What Is Your Name?” and press the “Join the Gathering” button.

You’re now in the lobby of our virtual Farpoint! Use your arrow keys to move around. In the lobby you will see:

● A Tech Support area: move your character onto one of the chairs in this area and a tech guru will help you with any problems you may have
● A Schedule area: move your character onto one of the chairs and access the convention schedule
● An Info area: move your character onto one of the chairs and chat with staff at our information desk
● There are tables and chairs in the lobby; move your character onto one of the chairs, and you can talk with other folks at the table
● Cinnamon Tree Restaurant/Polo Bar & Lounge: two more areas where you can hang out and chat with other con goers.

How it works:
● Gather is a video chat platform that has avatars move around a map. As you get close to other avatars, your videos will pop up and you will be able to chat.
● Move around the space using the arrow keys.
● By moving your avatar around you can have spontaneous conversations with those around you. These can be either one-on-one or small groups depending on how many people are around your avatar.
● When your avatar moves closer to an interactable object, it will glow yellow and there will be a notification that shows up saying ‘Press x to interact with -object-’. This can range from informational flyers, playable arcade games, integrated Zoom meetings, and more!

Explore Virtual Farpoint!
Just like the Hunt Valley, we’ve set up an upper level and a lower level filled with convention fun! Wander the corridors of our virtual convention space to find:

Upper Level:
● the Pool – two hot tubs areas where you can hang out and chat
● the Art Show – with links to artists’ websites
● Gaming – walk up to a table and join a game!
● Green Room – for panelists to hang out (requires a password to enter)
● Staff Room – for staff members to hang out (requires a password to enter)
● Access points to the Lower Level

Lower Level:
● Panel Rooms – check the sign in front of the room to see the schedule of panels going on in that room. The sign will glow yellow and there will be a notification that shows up saying ‘Press x to interact with -object-’; press x on your keyboard to “attend” the panel!
● Dealers Area – with links to dealers’ websites
● Ballrooms – check out our virtual Ten-Forward happening in the Valley & Hunt Ballrooms – with a music playlist courtesy of Vic’s Place and the Pack Ratz!

The other tool we’ll be using is Discord.

The Farpoint discord server can be found under https://discord.gg/NVxrsSgd8M
This should bring you to either the web or if you already have it installed, the desktop application and straight to the Farpoint server.

When you join the server you will see 2 channels. The rest are hidden until you accept our Code of Conduct.
● The first channel is called Help! This is if you are having problems accepting the Code of Conduct or any other technical issues.
● The second is 01-START HERE! This is where you should start. In that channel you should see a message that has our Code of Conduct. To accept the code of conduct click the thumbs up directly below that message.
● Once you click this you should have more channels show up including Channel 02-Interests which should be your next place to go.
In this channel you’ll see the categories After Panel Discussion, Fan Tables, Dealers, and Gaming, each one with its own icon. Clicking on that icon below the message will turn on that category so you can see it in the sidebar. Clicking it again will turn it off. This is so that you can see only the content you are interested in. You can come back at any time to change these choices.

Once you have selected which categories you’re interested in please move on to the 03-Introductions channel. In here please post who you are and how people would know you in meetspace.
Now you’re on the server.

In front of the channels on the sidebar you’ll notice two different symbols. A # or a speaker symbol. The # marks a text channel, the speaker symbol an audio & video channel, which you can join to have discussions with up to 25 users in a single channel.

To join an audio channel, click the channel. At the bottom of the channel list a box will appear with a mute button, a deafen button to turn off your speakers temporarily, a video button to turn on and off your camera and a screen share to share things such as photos of your dogs, or costumes or whatever you’d like to share. You’ll also see a little phone icon with an ‘x’ as the way to leave an audio channel. You can be in only one audio channel at the same time but you can hop between text channels at the same time.

In the category General Discussions we have a channel called Announcements where you can go and see announcements including schedule postings.

Other channels in the General Discussions category are General, Lobby, Polo Lounge and Bar, and Frankie and Vinny’s. All these places are for general discussions of any topics which you would normally have in convention hallways.

Other categories you may have turned on are
● After Panel Discussions which is sorted by room, please keep the discussions to the rooms that correspond with the panel subject.
● Dealers and Fan Tables are places to chat with whichever dealers and fan table host might be around at the time
● Gaming where games such as horizons, jackbox games, and possibly table top rpg’s will be hosted.
Each category has a caret symbol next to it, clicking on that collapses the list of channels within or brings them back. When the category is collapsed, you will see channels that have unread messages only under that category.

By clicking on the caret next to the server name and going to Notification Settings you can change which notifications you get from this server.

While Discord has a large variety of other features these are the ones we feel should be highlighted. If you have further questions please feel free to message our Tech Crew. If you have any problems you can create a ticket in the Open Tickets Channel by typing -ticket open insert reason hear

Virtual Farpoint Convention UPDATE!

We are working to establish our online platform and schedule for #FarpointCon2021. Look for additional information on the schedule and links to connect in early February!

CALLING ALL COSTUMERS AND COSPLAYERS – here is your chance to be part of our virtual Farpoint 2021 convention. We will be premiering our virtual 2021 Masquerade Costume Contest on Sunday, 2/22/21 via a video compilation of your entries! We hope to be receiving your entries and enjoying your talent and creativity to help our community connect online as we spend this time physically apart. Additional information on participating in our Virtual Masquerade Costume Contest can be found here.

ATTENTION Vendors, Dealers, Authors, Artists, Clubs, Conventions, Community Organizations!!! Would you like to participate at our Virtual Farpoint Convention, coming next month on Saturday/Sunday 2/20 and 2/21? If yes, we are happy to offer you a complimentary table for the event. What we need from you – a graphic, description and website link for your table. We will set up the virtual table space in our online convention dashboard and it will go live during the weekend. Send us your info by 1/31/21 to Contact@FarpointCon.com! You will also be able to “man” your table live online during the event via our GatherTown event dashboard. Training on how to use GatherTown and manage your table will be held the weekend of Sat/Sun 2/6-7/21. Details on the offering times and link to join the training will be coming soon.

Virtual Convention announcement – Farpoint 2022 Date

With a heavy heart, we must announce that Farpoint Convention 2021 will be a virtual event on Saturday and Sunday, February 20-21, 2021. This decision was reached after considering every option available to hold a live event safely. Unfortunately, the recent resurgence of the COVID-19 virus has compelled Maryland to move back to Phase 2 of the reopening plan. Indoor gatherings under Phase 2 have a recommended cap of 25 people, making an event of Farpoint’s scale impossible to stage safely as the health and safety of our staff, guests, and attendees is our primary concern. We know that this decision may have seemed inevitable in the face of this global pandemic, but it is no less heartbreaking.

Our online Farpoint Convention 2021 will be free for all and will utilize the Gather.Town online application. We are excited to utilize Gather.Town as it allows us to personalize a convention dashboard into a series of “rooms” to enter and exit as you attend panels, visit vendors and artists, and attend meetings. A schedule of events is being prepared and will be published closer to the event along with the link to our event and instructions on how to utilize the application.

Farpoint Convention 2022 will be held at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD on February 25-27, 2022. Maisie Richardson-Sellers from “Legends of Tomorrow” has already confirmed that she will join us in 2022. We are waiting to hear from Sean Gunn from “Guardians of the Galaxy” but hope he will also be able to participate. Convention ticket sales and hotel room reservations for 2022 will be available in Spring 2021.

Everyone at Farpoint Convention and Farpoint Foundation send best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Please stay safe so we can see you all again in 2022.

  • ATTENDEES who have pre-registered for 2021 will be contacted for a decision on whether they wish to transfer their registration to 2022 or receive a refund
  • HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS will be cancelled by the hotel and you will receive a confirmation of the cancellation separately from Marriott
  • COSTUMERS/COSPLAYERS wishing to participate in our Virtual Masquerade should prepare to submit their entry video by late January 2021 with specific instructions posted to the Costuming/Cosplay page of our website and on social media as soon as possible
  • GUESTS from our program tracks will be contacted about participating in our 2021 virtual convention and invite them to return in 2022
  • ART SHOW pre-registrants for 2021 will be refunded their fees if already paid and receive information on participating in the 2021 online event
  • DEALERS / VENDORS who have pre-registered for 2021 will be contacted for a decision on whether they wish to transfer their registration to 2022 or receive a refund and receive information on participating in the 2021 online event
  • FAN CLUBS and CONVENTIONS interested in holding meetings or setting up a virtual table in the 2021 online event should contact us no later than January 15, 2021 to request space

#FarpointCon2021 Panels!

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Calling all #fans with opinions! If you would like to check out our list of #FarpointCon2021 panels and maybe volunteer as a panelist, send us an email to request a copy of the 2021 Panel Selection form. #FarpointCon2021 is still scheduled for February 19-21, 202. At the moment we are waiting to see what Maryland’s rules will be at the beginning of the year for gatherings to determine if it will be live or virtual. Bookmark this page and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to be the first to know the news!

10 things to do at #Farpointcon2020 – Young Adult edition

This is the third in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’re a fan between the ages of 12 and 20, we’re glad you’re here and want you to enjoy your time with us! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do during the convention. Places and times for these activities will be found on our convention schedule.

  1. Visit the Video Game Lounge in our Marty’s Place Con Suite. Grab a snack in the suite and pick up a controller from our array of video game consoles to challenge friends or family.
  2. Attend the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, or better yet join in as a contestant! Entrants of all ages and costuming experience levels are welcome.
  3. Visit our Dealer’s Room – there will be toys, books, games and more for fans of every age to find that perfect item.
  4. Check out the schedule of panels on favorite movies and television shows and attend the panel focusing on your favorite.
  5. Learn how to (safely) duel your parent or siblings with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.
  6. Attend talks on Saturday or Sunday (or both) by our celebrity guests Penny Johnson Jerald, Anthony Montgomery and Mary Chieffo.
  7. Visit the DC Anime Club in the Derby Room – they will be presenting a curated collection of anime movies and shows. You may find a new favorite to binge when you return home.
  8. Attend SciFi Jeopardy and see if you can answer more questions than the onstage contestants.
  9. Gamers can attend our panel discussing “Critical Role” and share your thoughts on the latest happenings in this streaming D&D game.
  10. Dance until you drop at our Ten Forward Party Saturday evening.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was. Maybe even suggest an activity for next year! Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

10 Things to do at #FarpointCon2020 – Young Fan Edition

This is the second in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’re a young fan age 12 and under, we’re glad you’re here and want you to enjoy playing and learning with us! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do during the convention. Places and times for these activities will be found on our convention schedule.

  1. Make a personalized Dice Bag when you visit Hal’s Gaming Oasis. It’s the perfect accessory for transporting your dice to and from gaming sessions.
  2. Visit the Video Game Lounge in our Marty’s Place Con Suite. Grab a snack in the suite and pick up a controller from our array of video game consoles to challenge friends or family.
  3. Create an original or learn to draw your favorite Pokemon with Art Way Alliance.
  4. Attend the Friday evening Movie Party – enjoy snacks, crafts, story time and a movie if that is more your speed than the convention Opening Ceremonies.
  5. Enjoy the Science Magic presentation where scientific principles come to life.
  6. Attend the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, or better yet join in as a contestant! There is a Young Fan category and all types of costumes are welcome.
  7. Visit our Dealer’s Room – there will be toys, books, games and more for fans of every age to find that perfect item.
  8. Check out the schedule of panels on favorite movies and television shows and attend the panel focusing on your favorite.
  9. Sing along with the Boogie Knights at their Saturday concert. Our favorite medieval troubadours return to raise their voices in merry melody.
  10. Learn how to (safely) duel your parent or siblings with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was. Maybe even suggest an activity for next year! Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

10 Things to do at #FarpointCon2020 – Returning visit edition

This is the first in a series of posts covering different things to do at #FarpointCon2020 for various attendee groups. If you’ve attended Farpoint Convention previously, thanks for coming again! Here are some suggestions for you on things to do as a regular Farpoint attendee. Places and times for some of these activities will be announced upon publication of the convention schedule, which will be happening very soon.

  1. Attend the Opening Ceremony on Friday evening. It starts with a Cocktail Party at 7:00 pm and there will be cash bars for drinks and food. The Food Bar wristband must be purchased before the program starts at our Registration desk. At 8:00 pm, our hosts will introduce the 2020 Volker/McChesney Award for Service to Fandom winner, leading to a short live auction for our charities and ending with a performance by cabaret performer D’Manda Martini. Many of our guests and attendees will be there and it is a great chance to relax and make new friends.
  2. Test your knowledge at the Geek Trivia Challenge
  3. Learn how to (safely) duel your friends with the Wizarding Association of Non-Lethal Duelists (W.A.N.D.S.) on Sunday morning.
  4. Instead of being an audience member at the Saturday evening Masquerade Costume Contest, how about celebrating 2020 as a contestant? Entrants of all ages and costuming experience levels are welcome.
  5. Grab a snack in our Marty’s Place Con Suite and try your hand at a game in the Video Game Lounge located in the suite.
  6. Talk with authors and other readers about the influence of Star Trek in books and media in the panel “Star Trek and Contemporary Science Fiction”.
  7. Play a game or make a craft in Hal’s Place Gaming Oasis.
  8. Enjoy karaoke with the Pack Ratz on Friday evening.
  9. Visit the Art Show and Silent Auction, where you can pick up an original work or find that missing piece for your collection.
  10. Visit the DC Anime Club in the Derby Room – they will be presenting a curated collection of anime movies and shows. You may find a new favorite to binge when you return home.

This is just a small selection of the many things to do at Farpoint Convention! Drop us a line after the convention and let us know what your favorite was and maybe even suggest an activity for next year. Details on submitting a Programming Application for #FarpointCon2021 will be published in spring 2020.

Farpoint Convention 2020 Reminders!

Here is a list of upcoming deadlines to help you prepare for #FarpointCon2020, February 21-23, 2020 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott, Hunt Valley, MD.

1. The deadline for hotel room reservations at the convention rate is January 10, 2020. You can book your hotel rooms through our dedicated link.

2. The deadline for pre-registration for the convention is January 31, 2020. You can register online here.

3. We will once again be offering our member perk of 1 complimentary signature from the celebrity guest of your choice – 1 signature on Saturday and 1 on Sunday, meaning 3-day weekend members will receive 2 signatures over the weekend. Our author guests will be available at the Book Fair Friday evening, as well as at various times throughout the weekend with our performer guests at tables in the signing area. It’s a good idea to make a list of items you wish to bring with you to be signed. Right now, guests are taking cash only. We will update this information and the pricing very soon on our website.

4. Questions and suggestions are welcome and can be sent to us online via email or through our social media channels on Facebook (Farpoint Convention), Twitter (@FarpointCon), and Instagram (@FarpointCon). You can use our Farpoint27 Facebook event page to ask about particular events and/or to look for ride and room shares. We hope to see all of you this February. Thank you for your support!

Introducing Farpoint Foundation!

We are proud and happy to announce the start up of the FARPOINT FOUNDATION as of January 1, 2020. Our mission to promote the cultural and educational advancement of literary, graphical, musical and theatrical art forms inspired by science fiction, fantasy, comics, anime, horror and all realms of the imagination in our community. Farpoint Foundation will continue to organize and stage the annual Farpoint Convention, with plans to expand our mission into year-round activities supporting creators and fans of these art forms. Please continue to follow our events here on our site and on our social media channels.

#FarpointCon2020 Welcomes The Orville’s Penny Johnson Jerald!

Penny Johnson Jerald was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained at the Juilliard School, where her classmates in 1982 included fellow actors Megan Gallagher, Jack Kenny, Jack Stehlin, and Lorraine Toussaint.

She currently portrays Dr. Claire Finn in the FOX show “The Orville”, with the character also hailing from Penny’s hometown of Baltimore, MD. Dr. Finn leads the ship’s staff of medical officers and has established herself as a source of strength for the rest of the senior staff.  Her presence both on the Orville’s bridge and in sick bay places her in the unique position to help the bridge officers and to communicate the needs of the rest of the ship.

Jerald began her career with small guest roles, appearing in The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986, General Hospital in 1986, and Do the Right Thing in 1989 before playing the title character’s unflappable personal assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s, Jerald guest starred in several television series, including Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grace Under Fire, Cosby and Family Law.

Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in the 1997 film Absolute Power and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine playing freighter captain Kasidy Yates, the love interest for the series’ main character Benjamin Sisko, a recurring role which she played from 1995 to the show’s end in 1999. She also had a recurring guest role on ER as Lynette Evans from 1998 to 1999. She then appeared as Roscoe Dellums in the Emmy Award winning TV movie The Color of Friendship. Jerald has also guest starred on Frasier, The Practice, Touched by an Angel, The X-Files and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne among her many credits.

Jerald’s arguably most-recognized role came in 2001 when she appeared in the pilot episode of the Kiefer Sutherland-led Fox series, 24, playing Sherry Palmer, the wife of Senator David Palmer. She appeared in all but two of the first season episodes and multiple episodes of the second and third seasons.

In 2003, Jerald played Condoleezza Rice in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, a TV movie about the September 11 attacks in 2001. She reprised the role in the miniseries The Path to 9/11, which aired September 10–11, 2006.

Jerald joined the cast of ABC’s Castle in its fourth season as the new captain of the 12th Precinct, Victoria “Iron” Gates, replacing Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s deceased character Roy Montgomery as captain of the precinct.

Jerald also teaches acting workshops and produces and directs for Outreach Christian Theater Company, which she and her musician husband Gralin Jerald founded in 1994. �