Another update on the Charity Auction side of things for us. I've just mailed Transworld and Stephen Player for permission to put some of the playing decks into the Charity Auction (Orangutang Foundation and Shelter Box) at the convention. Copy of grovelling request for info Further to our last contact, plans for the Cripple Mr. Onion workshop are now in an advanced stage and it will be hosted by fans from the Terry Pratchett Forum in 'The Dice Box' room at the convention at the end of August (attachment of the back design for the card decks as already agreed with you all).
The reason I'm contacting you again is to ask if you (Transworld and Steven Player), would agree to us putting some of the decks we'll using in the workshop into the charity auction if the event proves popular with the convention goers. I realise this was not the plan originally, which is why I'm again seeking permissions from you to allow this one time sale, purely as a fundraiser for the convention charities (for the Orangutang Foundation, Shelterbox and Tall Ships Youth Trust), which of course will include Stephen's Great A'tuin image and a section of the old forum livery from the Transworld Terry Pratchett forum. Obviously if permission cannot be given, then we'll not proceed any further with this.
We're all looking forward to the convention - to be taking part in one of the day attractions is a big buzz for many of us of course, and to be able to fund raise as well would be wonderful. Many thanks in anticipation and also for all the help you've given us to get this far.
on behalf of the fans on the Terry Pratchett Forum
Have already had the green light from Stephen Player (for Great A'tuin) and hopefully Lynsey Dalladay will follow suit for Transworld (for the background on the convention back design) although she's away at some Crime Writers beano just now.
On the subject of Ms. Dalladay, a few weeks back (after Long Earth was out) I've also asked her if Transworld would be up for contributing to the production of a presentation pack to give to Terry at the convention but haven't heard back from her yet on that so far. Hopefully this'll jog her memory and we may get some joy but if we don't...
... this is the extortion bit I was talking about.
I've found an online maker who'll professionally print the full 108-card deck for us at an approx cost of £55 a go (the quote I got was for 2 full decks). If Transworld don't come back soon/don't want to help then would you lovely people be prepared to donate to the costs to get one deck especially made for Terry?
The company I'll be using is HERE
and as you can see they make bespoke playing cards for performing magicians and for corporate events. I'm already getting my tarot deck made up by them anyway, so will be seeing what the quality's like before I go ahead with this and, if Transworld do agree to contribute perhaps we might even get a proper deck made in the convention livery for the Charity Auction instead of using the home made cards?
Here's the 2 liveries I'm talking about -
For Terry -
For the Auction -
What do you think in principle?