The House of Clubs – Pandoracon 2013

The 2013 King and Queen of Clubs. Photo: Todd Martin.

Continuing this week’s introduction of the Houses of Pandoracon in more detail, we bring you the House of Clubs. For 2013 the diamond crowns are Queen Christina Rose and King Guy Dillon.

House Colors:         Red and Black  (Accent colors purple and white)

House Title:             West side

House Motto:         Perkele. Valm udossa xor el! (second section translates to “Join us or Die. “ in Drow. First Word untranslated)

House Animal:       Cathuhlu

House Song:           Lust for Life – Iggy Pop

 

Q&A with the Crowns:


 Christina Rose the Third Black, by the Grace of The flying spaghetti monster, of the United Kingdom of Pandora and Southern gate of the labyrinth and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Cathulu.

1. Amongst the other Houses, who do you feel represents your greatest competition?
I consider all the houses our greatest competition. But I also consider all the houses our friends, too. That is why I bought gifts for the crowns. Just because this is a competition does not mean I can’t be friendly. I love to buy gifts for people. We are survivors. We will preserver.

Design – Lala & Meep

2. What do you feel your House offers attendees who may not have been to Pandoracon before?
Our house offers acceptance and fun for everyone. Whether you want to stay out all night and party hard or have a nice, calm fancy dress tea party during the day; this is the house for you. We also love to talk and learn new things. Tell me about your D&D character and I will tell you about mine. Tell me what your doll is thinking and I will tell that my Gaara hates crowds. If you are a doll person that statement totally makes sense; trust me. Tell me about the book you are reading or writing, I want to know. Tell me about your costume that you are wearing or still in the process of making; maybe we can trade ideas on how to make something. This con is different than any other convention I have ever been to. I have been to many convention that have had a costume contests and maybe a scavenger hunts, but not a day full of all sorts of games. I love the idea of having conventions in Cincinnati. I want everyone to experience them and want to return to them year after year.

3. What three words do you feel best represent your House?
Survivors, friendship, and fun

4. As a Crown, what do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role?
I have had a troubling last few months. I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer(PMP) 6 months ago. I am still healing. I am now considered a survivor. I know what it is like to struggle and fight for what you want. To survive. This has given me a new way to look at things. Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do today. I want to experience everything that life has to offer and help others experience new things too. Who knows, the next new thing you try or learn about could be your life’s passion. I want to learn from my house and encourage my house to try new things. I want to be a good queen and support everyone, but especially my own house. It is most important to me that everyone have a good time and enjoy the weekend. I plan on attending as many games as I can to personally encourage my housemates. I love to play games and I hope my house will be will to play with me.

5. What interests or events does your House plan to promote during the convention? Interests?
I have lots of interests too many to count. Too many for my own good. My husband and I have divided our events in two; Day and Night. Because I am a Day person and he is a night person. This is not to say we won’t be attending the same things sometimes. This is not ladyhawk. We can exist in the same room at the same time. I am just more likely to be asleep at night, weather there is a party going on in the room or not. My husband will be having nightly parties, with his very own home brewed beer. Maybe we can talk him into making Apple pie everclear again. So good. But he can provide more details about his interests. Me, I plan on breaking the ice of the con and meeting as many people as I can as they arrive on Friday and inviting them to a tea party that afternoon. I plan on wearing my tentacle sweats Lolita outfit. Come dressed in Lolita, steampunk, cosplay, or whatever you are comfortable in. No pressure. I just love to have an excuse to dress up in costumes. I also plan on bring some of my Ball jointed dolls in their Lolita outfits. Also am dying to get pictures of them having high Tea. I have some tables and chairs I will bring for them too. Oh, and to be a total geek. I finally got in scale dice for my dolls D&D sets. They already have in scale books, maps, and miniatures. They need to play D&D. Oh, And I have a game I have been dying to play, ever since I saw it on kickstarter. I finally got it at Origins; Miskatonic school for girls. There will be food at the tea party and tea. My husband makes the best cucumber sandwiches, which he will make for my party. I will bring some sweets, teabags, and an electric teapot. I know I won’t bring every type everyone one will want to try so, please bring some tea, sweets, or food to share. And I know there will be a photo shoot of some sort can’t get doll people, Lolita, and steampunks together in one room without a camera popping up. I would love to host a trading post, where everyone can trade things: steampunk Lolita, goth, even doll stuff. I have lots of stuff I would like to trade. I even have some doll parts I was looking to let go to a new home. I have a few steampunk corsets that I wore once and would love to trade or sell. I discovered I really do not like brown very much. I would love to do this Sunday.

6. What, if any, are the guiding themes associated with your House? Themes?
Fun, acceptance, good times, homebrew, tentacles, sweets, tea…No, this is not hentai. (Although I do have some Yaoi, if you want me to bring it to show. You will never look at corn the same way again.) I just have a tentacle based outfit, a tentacle kitty plushy, a cthuhlu plushy and will have a tentacle wig that I decorated and to wear with my dyed wedding dress. What does that mean? You will have to wait and see. All hail Cathuhlu! Also I had to work two of my obsessions into our house motto. ‘Perkele’, is a Finnish curse word that is mostly used in frustration even though you are not willing to give up no matter the odds. I love the online comic, Scandinavia and the world. ‘Valm udossa xor el!’ – which means ‘Join us or die!’, in drow. I always play a Drow in D&D games. I even cosplayed one once. Ask me about getting dye out of my ears after that. No, I don’t mean the motto seriously. I just find the whole drow society fascinating and this was the least …wrong phrase I could find in my drow dictionary. Yep, I have a dictionary for a made up language for a made up race. Yep, call me a geek will you.

Guy
1. Amongst the other Houses, who do you feel represents your greatest competition?
It is the Goblin King, who we must defeat so within the other houses there is competition both strengths and weaknesses, but also room for alliances. Your strongest foe might in the turn of an eye become your greatest ally.

2. What do you feel your House offers attendees who may not have been to Pandoracon before?
A guide and helpful navigator to all aspects of geekery and fandom. Since the late 20th Century I have been going to conventions, grew up playing role playing games, watched or know of just about every aspect of this world. From Star Trek to Star Wars, RPGs to Tabletop and card games, Arcade Games to MMORPG. Whether this is your first PandoranCon or even your first convention ever we still remember that first time and we can always help out with an issues you might have. We hope to have a “Club House” where the House of Clubs will be holding court, a quiet place where you can pop in have a refreshing cold Homebrewed beer (If the legal age) and maybe watch a bit of some obscure video that will be playing. A nice quiet place where conversation is not need but is welcome. A respite from the crowds if you will.

3. What three words do you feel best represent your House?
Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity

4. As a Crown, what do you feel are the most important qualities you bring to the role?
Age and Wisdom combined with a new found lust for life after Tina battle with cancer. These qualities combined with my love of all things geeky and gaming, and my many years of study of Machiavelli, Voltaire, Alexis de Tocqueville and other masters of intrigue and politics will hopefully have given me at least a +1 in diplomacy, and sense motive. Then there is also my love of homebrewing beer and making sure everyone will have a great time and remember Pandoracon!

5. What interests or events does your House plan to promote during the convention?
Homebrewd beers; Evening galas in the court with libations and entertainment from exotic parts of the land. A bringing together of many different aspects of geekery under one house. Agents are currently hard at work bringing in the velopided champions for some jousting and chariot battles, if they survive the monumental journey to these lands

6. What, if any, are the guiding themes associated with your House?
Intellect and romance will defeat brute force and cynicism every time.

If you wish to pre-register for the House of Clubs use the discount code clubs2013 when buying your tickets HERE, and save 20% off the price.


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