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International Fanworks Day

Sadly International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but there are plenty of things to remember and revisit!

1) There are over 500 fanworks in many fandoms recced here and elsewhere for Feedback Fest, so check out those comments!

Congratulations to our prize winners: Imandra_Pipkin, Tactile, Kangofu_CB and CaothicTinyPaws

We have signal boosted a number of #IFDShare and #IFDFest posts across our news outlets so see if yours is among them!

2) To those of you who contributed to our Short Fanworks Challenge it's been great seeing all the clever ways people have addressed the prompt! 234 works have been posted at AO3 as part of #IFDShare.

Congratulations to our prize winners: Pinkwebby, KiraH69, dragonofdispair and owls_and_horses

3) We only retweeted a few of the many contributions to #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter but it was great to see them all!

4) We had over 700 visitors to our chat and game room during our 29 hour party and it was great to talk with you. Our first session of Lyrics Round Robin players came up with a fun rewrite of "Shut Up and Dance":

I don't want to look back
At all those old OTPs
I said "This ship is crack.
Shut up and write with me!"
This pairing is my OTP
She said "Ooohhh!
Procrastinate with me!"

We stayed up all that night
The writing with our computer's light
Helpless to the angst, and the fluff so light!
We are bound for multichapter
Bound for multichapter!

She wrote it down
I don't know how it happened
We took the pen and she worooooote!

"Don't you dare rewrite
My old OTP!
I know the sky is black
But sleep is for the weak!
This grouping is my OT3!"
She said "Ooohhh!
Shut up and write with me!"

Some comfy sweats and my cozy sheets
Lying down listening to my MP3
Seeing the comments fills me with glee!
I knew we were soulbonded forever
Me and fic together

I'm on chapter 40
I don't know how it happened
I haven't slept and I knooooooow!

Oh dont you dare stop writing
Just look at your screen
I have so many ideas
I just can't stick to one theme
This AU is meant to be
She said "Ooohhh!
Shut up and write with me!"

I couldn't write
I don't know how it happened
Then writer's block set me freeeeeee!

I just passed out
I don't know how it happened
I woke up and yelled "NOOOOOOO"

Oh don't you dare flame me
Leave concrit only please!
I need a beta bad
So won't you come and write with me!
This fansite is my home now, see?
So I said "Ooohhh!
Won't you all come write with me?"

What's gonna happen next?
Oh, it's like 4:30
I should probably sleep
I can't! I have to keep reading
This fic makes all of my dreams come true
It's like whoooo
Even needs to sleep?!

And our second Round Robin session came up with a rewrite of Fooled Around and Fell in Love

I must have been through around a million vids,
I'd love 'em and I'd leave 'em alone,
I didn’t care how much they wrote, no sire/sirette/nonbinary si,
Their ships left me cold as a stone,

But then I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,

It used to be when I'd see a fandom I liked
I'd get out the Archive and type in the name,
I'd see a ton of OTP's, but none of them matched mine,
I just fall deeper in it,

But then I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense, since I wrote you, fanfic,
I fooled around with present tense,
I fooled around with present tense,

Read on my own, until the fandoms kick in,
But since I read you, the muse’s got a hold on me,
(Fooled around with present tense) whoo, fic's got a hold on me now, yeah
(Fooled around with present tense) I can’t let go of you fandom,
(Fooled around with present tense) I can’t stop reading you now,
(Fooled around with present tense) Update!
‘Cause I fooled around, I fooled around, I fooled around…
Fooled around with present tense...

What’s next?

We hope any of you who missed the event this year will join us next February 15th and help spread the word about International Fanworks Day!

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts soon. From February 26 to March 2, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the elements of copyright law that make transformative fanworks legal. The OTW will be taking part so keep an eye on OTW News.


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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2018-02-14 17:48:43 -0500
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As our previous post announced the Organization for Transformative Works is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

We're also hosting a 29-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February to 04:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone

 

February 14th

  • 23:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host
  • February 15th

  • 01:00 - Trivial Pursuit -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host
  • 02:45 - That's Life -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host
  • 04:00 - Lyrics Round Robin - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host

  • 05:15 - 20 Questions - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host

  • 07:00 - Poetry Round Robin -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host

  • 08:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host

  • 10:00 - That's Life -- Anhaita (OTW Translation), host

  • 11:30 - Linkee -- Anhaita (OTW Translation), host

  • 13:00 - 20 Questions -- Adi (OTW Translation), host

  • 14:45 - 5 Things -- Adi (OTW Translation), host

  • 16:00 - Trivial Pursuit -- Silarona (OTW Translation), host

  • 17:15 - That's Life -- Silarona (OTW Translation), host

  • 19:00 - 20 Questions -- Poro (OTW Translation), host

  • 20:15 - 5 Things -- Poro (OTW Translation), host

  • 22:00 - Lyrics Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host

  • 23:15 - Poetry Round Robin -- C. Ryan Smith (OTW Development & Membership), host
  • February 16th

  • 01:00 -- Linkee -- Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
  • 03:00 -- Countdown -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

  • To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.


    Details About the Games

    5 Things

    How to Play: During this game the host will name a topic and players in the room will call out examples from their favorite fandoms. This will repeat for at least 5 rounds. Be prepared to explain why your answer counts (maybe you'll recruit someone new to your fandom!)

    20 Questions

    How to Play: Host thinks of a person, place or thing. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that the host will answer with a YES or NO.

    As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it's correct so that the next person gets their turn.

    The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

    Countdown

    How to Play: The host has a list of 7 clues. After they type each clue into the chat room, people can guess what the answer is. If no one guesses, the host offers the next clue. The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing BUT the sooner someone guesses the answer, the more points they will get! After 3 rounds the person with the most points wins.

    Linkee

    How to Play: The host will read a clue and each player should guess (to themselves -- shhh!) what the answer is that fits into the [BLANK]. The host will then read 2 more clues. After each one players can call out a guess about what they think links the clues together.

    The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all 10 clue sets the person with the most points wins.

    Lyrics Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the song is finished.

    Poetry Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then those in the room will write the next lines until the poem is finished.

    That's Life

    How to Play: The host will offer two questions. Participants should each name a character that they know well and will then share how that character would answer the questions. For each round, participants will name a different character each time and answer questions for that character. We'll have 5 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions

    Trivial Pursuit

    How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we're online and you're free to do searches we're going to add another factor, which is time -- you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!

    We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    Feedback Fest 2018

    International Fanworks Day is nearly here! We're kicking off the celebrations early with Feedback Fest, one of our planned events!

    How does it work?

    We know you love fanworks, that's why you're here reading this! So get specific.

    Leave a comment here recommending at least three fanworks, and say something about why you love these works and think others should check them out. You can also link to a rec post you've made elsewhere and tagged with #IFDFest. Remember that fan communities, newsletters, archives, and other resources are fanworks too so there are a lot of possibilities.

    But there's more! We will be offering one prize each to 4 randomly selected participants. Those prizes are:

    1. A copy of the limited edition Ghosts of Albion anthology Initiation signed by co-authors Amber Benson and Christopher Golden (#569 of 750 copies)
    2. Copies of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series, issues #1-4
    3. Brazen by Penelope Bagieu
    4. The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

    Thank you to First Second Books and Akasha for donating the prizes. These prizes will be shipped internationally so everyone can take part. To be eligible for a prize make your rec comment/post no later than February 16th and include a "YES" in it so we'll know to include you. And for everyone checking out the recced fanworks, don't forget to leave comments, likes, kudos or other love to those fan creators to help spread the squee!


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    International Fanworks Day

    As we mentioned last month, the OTW will be hosting events for International Fanworks Day again this year.

    On February 15th we'll be celebrating International Fanworks Day across all timezones. Activities sponsored by the OTW are listed below, but we'd like you to let us know in the comments about other events and activities you're aware of so that we can signal boost them.

    1. Short fanworks challenge: Get out your tablet, your laptop, or your phone and create a short fanwork on the following topic:

      What does your favorite character—or your favorite pairing—get fannish over? For example:

      • What if Lena takes Kara to see a Josie and the Pussycats show?
      • Is Jessica Jones teaching Iron Fist how to knit porgs?
      • Do the Boku No Hero Academia characters get really competitive over Animal Crossing Pocket Camp?

      Post your haiku, drabble, drawble, short vid, audio work or other format no later than February 16th and tag it #IFDShare on Tumblr, Facebook, Dreamwidth, or wherever you fan. And if you post it on Archive of Our Own, tag it with the International Fanworks Day 2018 tag.

      We will also be offering one of these graphic novels to 4 random participants who meet the terms of the challenge. Thank you to First Second Books for the prizes! They are:

      • In Real Life, by Jen Wang
      • Shattered Warrior, by Sharon Shinn and Molly Ostertag
      • Little Robot, by Ben Hatke
      • Cici's Journal, by Joris Chamblain and Aurelie Neyret
      Plus if you keep it safe-for-work, we may give you a signal boost! First Second will ship the prizes internationally so all participants are eligible.
    2. What Fanworks Mean to Me: Last month, we sent out a call for essay contributions about what fanworks mean to you. Some of those submissions went out through OTW News on February 3. But if you missed your chance to participate, #IFDShare is also for meta! Let people know how you feel and help spread the International Fanworks Day celebrations.

    3. Fanlore Challenge: Fanlore is participating in IFD, too! Every day from 12 to 18 February, Fanlore will post different challenges across its social media channels and on the wiki for all editors to participate in. How well do you know your OTP? It’s time to put that knowledge to the test, and tell everyone about it!

    4. Feedback Fest: Everyone who creates and shares fanworks loves hearing from the people who enjoyed it, so we're hosting a Feedback Fest to celebrate the works that we love. Participate by leaving a comment to our Feedback Fest post between February 13-16 with either your recs or a link to your post elsewhere with your recs tagged with #IFDFest. We will also offer 4 prizes for randomly selected participants! So share what you love about fanworks while encouraging others to leave feedback to those creators!

    5. Games and Fan Chat: On February 15th itself we'll be hosting a chat in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom through all timezones. Join us between 23:00 UTC 14 February and 04:00 UTC 16 February to share fanworks, or play games such as trivia contests or 20 Questions! We'll post a detailed schedule as February 15 rolls around in our earliest timezones.

    Now that we've shown you ours, please show us your fandom's plans for IFD, either by commenting here or linking us to your post elsewhere!


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    International Fanworks Day

    Last month the OTW's Communications Committee sent out a call for essays on "What Fanworks Mean to Me" as part of celebrations for International Fanworks Day, coming February 15. A number of you responded, and we'd like to thank everyone who contributed! We share some of those submissions with you below, but for those of you who missed our challenge, we'd like to start a conversation on how fanworks are part of your life. For example:

    • Where do you go to find works or more information about your fandoms?
    • If you use the Archive of Our Own, what steps do you take to search it and find specific items?
    • What are your favorite fandoms or tags to browse, if you're not looking for something in particular?
    • How do you look at fanworks -- on your phone, eReaders, computers, in print?
    • When do you usually look for fanworks?
    • Do you tend to save them, bookmark them, rec them, delete them?
    • If you're trying to find a fanwork again, where do you go for help?
    • Have other fans shared with you the way they look for works, and what did you think were good tips?

    Leave your comments here, or keep the #WhatFanworksMeantoMe hashtag going elsewhere with your responses!

     

    Caliadne

    Freedom. To have ideas about someone elses's creation and do something about them. To borrow a creator's characters, things, universe, and use them myself. To write to my heart's content what makes me happy, without pressure.

    OMI_刹那未醒 / OMI_UnwakingMoment, China
    因为自己的冲动而产出的东西居然有人喜欢并且认识了人生以来最重要的一些朋友,知道了爱的单纯,在成年之后得到了最纯洁的热情。 这样吧。

    Sprinkles257, United States

    Fanworks mean, well, a lot to me! There are many amazing franchises run by amazing people (or one person), but unfortunately, some of those franchises run…short. It is completely understandable with how busy those people can be, and it is also bad if a franchise goes on for too long. How do we, everyday people, fix these issues? Fanworks, of course! We take something great and make theories. We take those theories, potential situations, or just things for fun and make them into something equally brilliant as the original!

    I love looking at, reading, drawing, and writing fanworks! I have so much fun with it. Sometimes we may disagree on concepts, but do you know one thing we all have in common? We want content, and so we make it! It is truly a beautiful thing with so many beautiful people.

    LastYearsModel09, England

    Video games are my passion. I adore playing them, collecting art and memorabilia of my favourite games, listening to their soundtracks and reading about them. About a year ago I discovered a new creative outlet for my love of gaming: fan fiction.

    I originally started by just reading other fans work but then I decided to try writing some of my own! While some writers produce long, multi-chaptered works I keep to short stories as due to having CFS I have a daily battle with fatigue, so I find it’s easier for me to produce smaller works and obtain a sense of achievement from actually being able to finish something!

    I love fan fiction as it's another way to interact with the games and characters I love so much. I also find writing to be therapeutic, as it helps me to work through some of my emotions.

    林小奶酪儿sweetie - CheeseLinStweetie, China
    对,同人是我在这个世界上为数不多的安慰!生命之光!

    Michael Langdon

    I've been reading fanfiction for about three years now, and I don't actually have any particular fandom. There are so many fics I have read (even though I got an account just a while ago) that made me wonder if the original works shouldn't just be written by fans, because oh my God they write so much better, and they write just so people will give them enough self-confidence to go on writing. One of my friends was in a pretty bad place a while ago, and I know for a fact that she didn't want to give up for the simple reason that she didn't want to disappoint her readers.

    Honestly, there's something amazing about reading something written on the other side of the world. Sometimes I've read fics on fandoms I've never even heard of, and the authors' decision to make it an AU makes it possible for me to read without question.

    I want to use this post to thank fanwork creators for all the stuff they do for us.

    Edited to Add: Thanks to the mods at WIP Big Bang Challenge for letting us know that they have launched an IFD event! You can read about it on Dreamwidth, Live Journal, or Tumblr and visit their AO3 Collections page.

    If you know of other communities planning IFD activities, let us know in comments!


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    International Fanworks Day

    International Fanworks Day is February 15, 2018. The OTW is making plans to celebrate, but we also want to know what you will be doing!

    What is International Fanworks Day?

    A day to promote fan creativity in all of its forms, all over the world. In text, image, audio, or multimedia, whatever their nation or language of origin, we use fanworks to express love for our fandoms and forge our own communities and traditions. On International Fanworks Day (IFD), we want fans everywhere to show how important fanworks are to them.

    Tell Us What Fanworks Mean to You

    We will be announcing OTW-sponsored activities next month, but in the meantime we'd like to hear your plans for celebrating. We'd also like you to tell us what fanworks mean to you. Do one of the following by January 31:

    • Hashtag your thoughts with #WhatFanworksMeantoMe on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr, and add a hashtag for your country if you like!
    • Send longer essays (up to 350 words) to Communications through our contact form

    We will be selecting up to six submissions for publication on OTW News on February 5 as part of our lead-up to International Fanworks Day. When submitting, please include the following:

    1. How you would like your name/pseudonym listed
    2. What country you call home

    Submissions are welcome in all languages, so start sharing your fanworks love!


    The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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    2017-02-16 11:58:17 -0500
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    International Fanworks Day

    Sadly, International Fanworks Day (IFD) has now come to an end, but here are a few details to share about the day's events.

    1) There are hundreds of fanworks in many fandoms recced here and elsewhere for Feedback Fest, so check out those comments. It's also not too late to add your own! Shoutout to the Daily Fandom for their IFD post reminding us of fanworks people don't often remember to rec.

    2) To those of you who contributed to our Short Fanworks Challenge, your work might have been signal boosted through our social media accounts! 123 works and counting were posted at AO3 as part of the #IFDShare.

    3) We had over 1000 visitors to our chat and game room in the past 30 hours. Congratulations to our prize winners: evansentranced, Ryro, A_Song_to_Say_Goodbye and Zhie.

    4) Our 2nd Poetry Round Robin session came up with a ghazal:

    Why must we always explain the things we read
    Why won't they just leave us alone to read.
    I am always looking for a time to read
    love the thrill when I get books to read.
    Every word written in ink
    Words proudly, boldly in ink.
    Emotions staunchly bleeding onto pages
    Stark against the cleanly cream pages.
    They make time go away oh that great page
    There is a brand new world on each page.

    Our first session of Lyrics Round Robin players came up with a fun rewrite of "All the Single Ladies":

    All the clever writers, All the clever writers
    All the clever writers, now pick your pens up

    Down on the page (page), you've hit writer's block (block), trying to write your own world
    Decided to read (read), and now you wanna cry (cry), 'cause another character just died (died)

    You up all night, reading that story
    Don't pay dawn any attention
    Have no fears, no angst nor tears
    The ending's almost here

    'Cause if you liked it then you should have left a comment
    If you liked it then you shoulda left a comment
    Don't be sad once you see that they've got a block
    Cause if you like it then you shoulda left a comment

    What’s next?

    Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week starts in a few days! From February 22-26, sites around the web will be talking about fair use and fair dealing, the elements of copyright law that make transformative works legal.

    This year for Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week, OTW's Legal Committee will be sharing some preliminary responses fans gave to their survey during January's Copyright Week. So keep an eye on OTW News for more.

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    2017-02-14 17:35:38 -0500
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    International Fanworks Day

    As our previous post announced the OTW is sponsoring a variety of activities celebrating International Fanworks Day (IFD) today. Please check that post for details!

    We're also hosting a 30-hour party in the OTW's Public Discussion chatroom from 23:00 UTC 14 February until 05:00 UTC 16 February. Join us to take part in games, or chat and share fanworks with fellow fans. All times below are in UTC. Click the link to see the time in your timezone February 14th

     

    • 23:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

     

    February 15th

     

    • 02:30 - Cards Against Humanity - Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
    • 03:00 - Poetry Round Robin - Angel Fang (OTW Translation), host
    • 05:15 - That's Life - Karen R. (OTW Communications), host
    • 07:00 - 20 Questions -- Karen R. (OTW Communications), host
    • 08:15 - Lyrics Round Robin -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
    • 09:45 - 20 Questions -- Pokestine (AO3 Tag Wrangling), host
    • 11:15 - That's Life -- Ian (OTW Translation), host
    • 12:45 - Trivial Pursuit -- Ian (OTW Translation), host
    • 14:15 - Lyrics Round Robin -- Sarah Loch (OTW Communications), host
    • 15:30 - That's Life -- Sarah Loch (OTW Communications), host
    • 17:15 - Cards Against Humanity -- Sandra Staunch (OTW Communications), host
    • 17:45 - Poetry Round Robin -- Neymat (AO3 Documentation), host
    • 20:15 - Trivial Pursuit -- Art (AO3 Accessibility, Design & Technology), host
    • 23:15 - Cards Against Humanity -- Janita Burgess (OTW Communications), host
    • 23:45 - 20 Questions -- Kirsten Korona (OTW Communications), host

     

    February 16th

     

    • 02:30 - Linkee -- Claudia Rebaza (OTW Communications), host

     

    Details About the Games

    20 Questions

    How to Play: Host thinks of a person, place or thing. The first person in the room roster (on the upper right side) gets to ask a question that host will only answer with a YES or NO.

    As soon as the host replies, the next person on the list can ask their question. Players can call out a guess at any time but the host will only answer if it's correct so that the next person gets their turn.

    The game will continue until someone has guessed the person, place or thing.

    Cards Against Humanity

    How to Play: Once the game starts, the computer will deal each player ten White (answer) Cards. Your host is the Czar, who will then play a Black (question) Card.

    Choose your 'best' White Card answer by clicking 'Select' on the card. Once everyone has submitted an answer the Czar picks the funniest play and the computer will award whoever submitted it an Awesome Point.

    After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and everyone draws back up to ten White Cards.

    * Note: The CAH room is limited to 30 players so other discussion and games will go on in the Public Discussion room in the meantime.

    Linkee

    How to Play: The host will read a clue and each player should guess (to themselves -- shhh!) what the answer is that fits into the [BLANK]. The host will then read 2 more clues. After each one players can call out a guess about what they think links the clues together.

    BUT if they guess wrong, they have to drop out of the game until we're done! The first person to guess correctly gets a point. When we have completed all 12 clue sets the person with the most points wins.

    Lyrics Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll collectively write FANDOM lyrics to replace those of a familiar song. The host will choose the song and type out an alternate first line. Then the next person in the room roster (on the upper right side of the chat window) will write the next line until the song is finished.

    Poetry Round Robin

    How to Play: During this game we'll write a FANDOM poem. The host will choose a style (limerick, haiku, sonnet, or ghazal) and post the first line. Then the next person in the room roster (on the upper right side of the chat window) will write the next line. Once the poem is complete, the next person on the roster list will start the round over again so everyone attending the chat is included.

    That's Life

    How to Play: The host will offer three questions. Participants should each name a character that they know well and will then share how that character would answer the three questions. For each round, participants will name a different character each time and answer three questions for that character. We'll have 10 minutes for you to come up with answers to each set of questions.

    Trivial Pursuit

    How to Play: Like most trivia games, the host will ask a question and the first person to answer correctly wins that round. Because we're online and you're free to do searches we're going to add another factor, which is time -- you must answer within 3 minutes. But you can call out your answer as soon as you think you know. If you have the correct answer the host will type your name and award you a point. At the end of the game, whoever has gotten the most points will be named the winner!


    There will be 4 games offering prizes of a ripstop nylon bag in red with a matching compact pouch. The bag is imprinted with the OTW logo in white.

    To keep things manageable the chat room has a 50-person limit at any one time, so if you're unable to get in for one event, do try another.


    We also want to hear from you about other celebrations taking place today. Leave us a comment here to tell us about what your fandom communities are hosting!

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