Rocket City FurMeet: All Systems GO!

Newsletter: April, 2008

RCFM FREE PRESS
Issue 7R2, Vol. I
April, 2008

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TIME'S RUNNING OUT. ONLY TWO MORE MONTHS!!
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MEWS FROM THE HEAD CAT:

Hey Y'all!

At the recent Online Staff meeting we were discussing how MANY things are
going to be going on at RCFM this year! We've improved the Food programs,
increased the size and scope of the Furry Variety Show, and expanded the
Fursuiter participation programs... and SO much more!

Keep in mind that the Radisson Suite hotel is accepting room reservations
from May 20th through the 28th at the RCFM room rate of $79 a night. Get a
couple roomies and keep your costs down! More information is available
here --> http://www.rcfm.net/hotel

The RCFM pre-reg will save you money! You have until mid-May to get that
pre-reg into our system, but don't wait until it's too late! Visit the
registration page of the RCFM website and see just how little you might spend
to have an entire weekend of FUN with 400 of your best friends this year!

All this information and more is available at this easy to remember website
--> http://www.rcfm.net

We're busy working to make this the BEST year of RCFM - EVAR!!! Look
forward to seeing you here in May.

;)

KO
Head Cat
Rocket City FurMeet

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REGISTRATION:

Do you know what the best way to start your Rocket City Furmeet experience is?
By ... not waiting in a registration line! Pre-registration for Rocket City
Furmeet is now available on the website. An Attending-level membership can be
had for $35, a Sponsoring level for $45, a Super-Sponsoring level for $75 and a
Booster-level membership for $140. Booster level members will receive a special
RCFM T-shirt, an exclusive 8 1/2" x 11" color print autographed by our Guest of
Honor, a Chinese buffet lunch with the Guests of Honor at the New China Buffet,
an invitation to the Head Cat's Booster Appreciation Room Party, front row
seating at all the popular events in the RCFM Event Room, a booster exclusive
8 1/2" x 11" color print autographed by the Guest of Honor, a special Boosters'
Sunday Brunch, and a private stock of selected beverages and snacks.

Visit us online at http://www.rcfm.net/registration and sign on our ship today!

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PROGRAMMING:

Submitted by - Camstone Fox & Commander Kitsune - Programming Co-Chairs

In the last issue you might remember me saying that the convention's programming
was looking AWESOME! Well, I was right - it's still AWESOME! About all we need
to do is trim the sails a little and catch the breeze into the RCFM Huntsville
Radisson Harbor, and dock at the pier!

What's that you say, you haven't put in your programming materials yet? Well,
we are definitely almost out of space, but if you submit your ideas now - and
I mean right now, we might be able to hook you up. But no promises! We're only
60 days away from the start of the con! And others are already asking for the
remaining spaces and time slots! So this is your last call for programming of
submitting any con events or panels! And anyone wishing to hold a panel at RCFM
Deep 6 should contact the programming chair at camstone.fox@gmail.com - NOW!

And did you know that we've gotten so big, that we are continuing the con - ALL
DAY Sunday? That's right, programming doesn't end until the dead dog is tossed
over the side, and saluted with the biggest burial at sea that the con can throw
and that he deserves! Drink up me hearties and drink to the Dead Dog at the
Dance on Sunday Night! More programming and more fun, right to the con's last
wee hours!

Also new this year - Video Gaming Competition! So bring your hottest, modded
GameCube and your rad DS system, and warm up those thumbs - because only the
best will win in the "Gamecube Super Smash Tourney!" Sign up and competition
starts with elimination rounds on Saturday, and only one will hold the coveted
"Grand Champion" trophy and RCFM title as "Most Awesome Gamer!" And at our DS
Fest, you'll get a chance to match your Nintendo DS skillz with others, or just
share your latest cheats and hard won codes!

And we've moved the Furry Variety Show from Sunday to Saturday! Yep you asked -
we listened! And we rolled back Opening Ceremonies to Friday at 5pm, because
you asked for it!

And here is a short a recap of the other con highlights and major programming
changes you should all be aware of:

* As you may have read that Second Life has its own dedicated track now, but
did you know we are actually going to have a panel about business on Second
Life?! Or that we are having a Second Life Scavenger Hunt? RCFM is the only
Furry Convention with its own Dedicated Second Life Track that is FULL of
Panels! RCFM on Second Life - 24/7 - the con that never ends! (Type Rocket
City in your search window on SL to find us!)
* And this year, All artists who show or contribute pieces for charity will be
invited to a special "Artist's Reception" to be given in their honor! That's
right; Boosters and Artists will be invited to a special reception Saturday
evening in the Artist show where some fine finger food and beverages will be
served!
* And still we have a few remaining panels in the Art Show! - But they are
filling up fast! This should be the best RCFM art show and auction - EVAR!
* And Speaking of which the Art Auction is a silent auction, and the bid pieces
will not be part of the charity auction. This means the price you bid, is the
price you pay (not including sales tax, unfortunately.) So bid high, bid often!
* Are you ready to rumble with the best? Think you're good enough with Microns
and Oil Paints? Well then, come to "Leg Iron Artist!" and chain yourself and
your creativity to our task at hand, from items provided at random. The winner
is given the title "RCFM Iron Artist" for the rest of the year, and other
snazzy bragging rights!
* And yet still more Art - as our Guest of Honor, WerePuppy has offered to
give an awesome panel on anatomy for beginners, and our Guest of Honor Lionel,
from the Lion of the Sun Studios will be giving three panels on constructing y
our own fursuit!
* And talking of fursuits... we have permission from the hotel to hold a fursuit
swim party- which includes our ever popular swimsuit competition! No one else
has this! But RCFM does - that's right, for some participants, fursuits will be
allowed in the hotel pool! Contact Santa Fox for the requirements/details, as
we have to ensure both your safety and that your suit is safe for the hotel's
filtration system! (And matted fur is sooooo passe')
* We still have 4, count them -FOUR-, bands with live performances every night
of the con!
o Critical Fail
o Crimson Mist
o Controlled Substance
o And while Wyldwood is not performing as planned Friday - due to other
commitments - they still will be performing in the Furry Variety Show, Saturday!
* 2 The Ranting Gryphon will be performing live, twice at RCFM6! That's two
time the fun from 2! And we've even made arrangements to have our last year's
winners in the comedy competition, to open for 2 this year! And maybe, just
maybe - we can even get 2 to do three shows... but he has to know you want that third one... so do yah?
* Dances are -still- scheduled every night of the con! We're polishing the list
of DJ's, and they are finalizing their sets as you read this!
* If you didn't hear, The Furry Variety Show is now on Saturday Afternoon!
That's right, it's moved up to a prime spot Saturday Afternoon with the rest
of the major prime time line up of the convention!

GAH! My typing hand can't take much more of this - it's just too much! Can you
believe it's all going to happen?! Well it will! So thanks again for reading
this update and we'll be updating you with even more next month! Now the
question I have for you is... have you registered yet for the most awesome of
RCFM's - EVAR?!!!

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SECOND LIFE @ RCFM:

Due to an great response at RCFM 5, Rocket City FurMeet has added an entire
track of programming dedicated to furriness in the Second Life virtual world!

Our Meet n' Greet has been moved to Friday night of RCFM6, giving you more time
to meet up with furs that you may have met in-world face-to-face and get to
know each other throughout the con weekend.

Eltee Statosky, one of the four founders of Luskwood, will be joining us as a
Guest of Honor and will be running a panel about business in SecondLife.
Luskwood is the largest PG furry area in the Second Life world, covering
several sims, and is one of the most widely-known furry avatar shops in-world.
Luskwood was the first vendor in Rocket City FurMeet's Second Life dealer's
den, and we are extremely happy to have Eltee join us for RCFM6!

The Second Life Team is also planning a Treasure Hunt for the con with plenty
of treasure to be found. If you're curious to know more about what we have
planned for the con, feel free to visit us in Second Life!

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DEALERS' PX REGISTRATION:
Greetings everyone!!!

We have finally managed to get the Dealer Registration site for RCFM online. I
am so sorry that it has taken this long. To register as a dealer, please go to
http://www.rcfm.net/barnyard and click on "Register Online Now." This will
allow you to register your tables and yourself at the same time.

EDITOR'S NOTE - The Dealer's Den is now full, but you can contact Shiro
directly to be put on the waiting list, should anyone happen to cancel.

If you have already registered yourself, please email me directly and I can
take care of your table registration personally.

I look forward to seeing you all and we are looking forward to yet another
banner year with record sales in the Dealers' Den!!!

Sincerely,
Shirokuma
Dealers' Den Commander
Member, RCFM Board of Directors

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CONBOOK SUBMISSIONS:

Do you have artwork, stories, or other content you'd like to submit for
possible inclusion in the RCFM Deep Six conbook? If so, then read on to learn
how to submit your creative works for consideration. While specific information
for each submission type is provided below, please remember our one main rule:
the general rating of the Meet is PG and all submissions for the conbook must
meet this requirement to be considered.

The other main requirement for submissions is that they must be received by our
Graphics Assistant, Kiwihunter, before the conbook deadline of April 2nd, 2008
to be considered for the conbook. Please note that the editor of the conbook
reserves the right to edit all submissions for content and space requirements.
Please also note that by submitting material for the RCFM conbook, you agree to
grant a limited license to Rocket City FurMeet to publish the material in our
conbook and to use it for RCFM advertising, though you retain all other rights
to your submitted material.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact Kiwihunter
and she will be happy to assist you.

How about advertising in the RCFM conbook? It's a great opportunity.
Advertisements are only:

o $25.00 for a full page ad
o $15.00 for a half-page ad
o $10.00 for a quarter-page ad
o $40.00 for the full page inside the front or back covers

Advertisement graphics should be black & white or grayscale. Acceptable formats
are Adobe Photoshop (.psd) and Adobe Illustrator (.ai) documents as well as
JPEG (.jpg) and TIFF files. JPEG and TIFF files should be 300 dpi (dots per
inch). Please zip files over 3 MB. Pre-printed ad pages may be sent via postal
mail.

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VOLUNTEERING AT RCFM:

With only a month left until Rocket City FurMeet, the Volunteer Department is
pleased to welcome Xanthe Equine as a member of the Rocket City FurMeet Staff.
Xanthe will be assisting Samii with duties for the con this year, so that means
double the wrangling power!

Do you want to help your side of the coup? Provide assistance to one of the
friendliest cons in the United States? Rocket City FurMeet is looking for
willing volunteers to help in such departments and events as Security (with
the approval of Alex "The Exalted" Katz), the Art Show, Hospitality, Critical
Fail concert set-up, and much more! If interested, e-mail Samii Tiger or
Xanthe Equine for more information.

Rocket City Volunteering is a neutral party in the struggle for control of
Rocket City FurMeet and supplies volunteers to both sides. Thusly, Rocket City
Volunteers are considered neutral parties by affiliation. However, Samii and
Xanthe make no attempts at enforcing this in an effort to promote an atmosphere
of free will.

Rewards for completing volunteer hour "landmarks" are as follows:
5 Hours of Volunteering -- RCFM Volunteer Mousepad
10 Hours of Volunteering -- RCFM Volunteer T-Shirt
15Hours of Volunteering -- Free Attending-Level Membership to RCFM 2009

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, e-mail Samii at
SamiiTiger@gmail.com or Xanthe at Xanthe_Equine@yahoo.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Memorial Day Weekend!

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WRITING; THE "OTHER" FURRY ART:

Are you a writer? Poet? Story teller? Fabulist? If so, then be sure to check
out the 2008 Writing Track at RCFM!

Track Head Phl Geusz is committed to presenting a series of panels that will
be both enjoyable and educational to authors of all skill levels, from beginners
still stringing their first words together to commercially-published novelists.
So far, topics will include the art of writing in story universes, how to
compose ultrashort works, and a special panel, in tribute to our c
on's theme, on nautical storytelling. Best of all, the whole shebang kicks off
with a low-key meet and greet where writers can let down their hair together
and complain about stingy publishers, slow royalty payments, and how in our
fandom graphic artists always get all the glory.

See you there!

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RESERVE YOUR ROOM NOW!

Some of you have been asking about the hotel room block. True, we've had delays
getting the room block ready - there is a change in hotel managers at the
Raddison this year, so it's like starting from scratch in some areas!

I would like to say that you are now able to reserve a hotel room at the
always-low RCFM room rate of $79 per night. You can either call reservations
at 256-882-9400 (and ask for the RCFM room block) or go to their website:
http://www.radisson.com/rcfm2008.

Another issue we have been having is the shortness of the room block. Our room
block will be extended! We're merely having issues with the hotel's online
reservation service, and we will announce when we get the block extended.

Some of you are asking what "STE 1", "STE 2", etc. are on the hotel reservation
page. Each one is a different type of suite available in the hotel. If you
choose one and go to the next page, you can see what amenities are included
with each suite. I forget exactly what is in each one, but I think the STE 1
option is a king or two queens Sleep Number bed(s), and STE 2 is 2 normal
double beds. I don't think STE 4 or 5 are available at this time.

Hope this clears some info up!

See you soon,
Brody Catsmouth
RCFM co-chair

Chair Insert:
Just as an update to what Brody was saying, the room reservations dates have
been changed to May 20th through the 28th at the RCFM room rate. Please note
that you MUST select "STE1" when reserving your room.

(The "STE2" has a data glitch, and as Brody said - the only difference is that
the "1" type is a sleep-number bed and the "2" type is a regular bed. Since you
can't reserve a bed-type in a room block such as ours anyway... I don't see
why Radisson left the "select rate" info on their website. But, whatever. Just
select "STE1" and all will be well. ;> )

All pertinent details have now been updated on the Hotel page of the RCFM
website, which you can find here: --> http://www.rcfm.net/hotel

KO

(P.S. In case you think $79 isn't very good, look at the prices outside the
RCFM room block on the Radisson site for this hotel. They're normally $134 a
night or higher! (!!!)

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