DuPage Science Fiction and Fantasy Society

January 2021

New Year, Another Virtual Party!

This party brought to you, as always, by Confuse-A-Cat, Ltd.

[dragon playing a guitar]

HOSTOIDS: Nick & Jan DiMasi (Virtual)
WHERE: On Discord, Server: DuPage SF&F Society
TO ATTEND: Use the General Voice Channel on server (Nick will email invite link to join)
DATE: Saturday, January 16
TIME: 8:00 PM until ??:??

Happy New Year, everyone! This month, since we still can't have in-person parties (at least not here in DuPage and some other areas of Illinois), we will once again have a virtual (video chat) party. Again we will be using Discord, because unlike Zoom, Webex, and Google Meet (etc.), there is no time limit on video chats (Discord doesn't call them "meetings") for free accounts. I think our virtual party on Discord last month worked out pretty well, once folks got the hang of using the server.

We will be using the same Discord server as last month, which is named "DuPage SF&F Society." When I send email with the party notice, I will send an invite link for you to use to join our server - which you only need to do once. This will be the same invite link that I sent last month. (If you are not on my party email list, just send me email and ask to be included - my email address is on the Contacts page of this website, see the link below.) If you joined our server last month using the Discord app, or the "app" in (at least some) web browsers, the server will be in your server list, so you are all set. If you didn't join our server last month, read on: You can join either using a web browser (click on the link in the email) or using the Discord app, which is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Android. I recommend using the app, especially if you want to be able to use video, as some people have reported video problems with some browsers (though some have no problem using a browser). The Discord app is free to download and is available here. When you start using Discord for the first time, it will lead you to create a Discord account; this is also free and optional, although again I have heard that people have better results with an account (there isn't much info that you need to supply; I never even entered my phone number).

If you haven't joined already, here is how to join our server in the app using the invite link (i.e. not by clicking on the link in the email): Click on Add a Server (on a computer at least, it's the green '+' on the upper left). A box will pop up labeled "Create a Server" - don't create one, instead look near the bottom where it says "Have an invite already?" Click on the Join a Server button. A new box will pop up; copy and paste or type the invite link in the gray text entry area, then click the Join Server button. You will only need to do this once in the app; after that, an icon for the server will appear on the upper left (just click that to access the server). However you use Discord, here is a handy Beginner's Guide. See especially these sections: How to Voice Chat and How to Video Chat. We hope to see (or at least hear) you at the virtual party!

Remember, please keep an eye on our Web site for future announcements: http://dupage-sf.club. We are sending a monthly email notice to those folks for whom we have current email addresses. If you're interested, send your up-to-date email address to Nick (see the contacts page).

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