FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Terry Pratchett?

Seriously? You found this website and you don't know who he is? OK, OK... I'll keep it simple. Sir Terry Pratchett is the world-famous author of a huge number of novels, the most famous and popular being the Discworld series. Read this quick biography if you'd like to know more.

What does "Nullus Anxietas" mean?

As popularised in "The Last Continent", Nullus Anxietas is pseudo-latin for "No Worries", a very Australian Fourecksian thing to say.

Nullus Anxietas VI - The Discworld Grand Tour - is the next Australian Discworld Convention, held on 4-6 August 2017, in Adelaide, SA.

Check the Nullus Anxietas VI menu at left/above for more information - and join the mailing list to be notified when more is revealed!

I've never been to a Discworld Convention before, what's it all about?

It's an opportunity for fans of Sir Terry Pratchett to meet, and enjoy an intensive three (or four!) days of Discworld related activities (and fun).

We have several large rooms at the convention, and we will be running different events in each for most of the day. Events typically run for one or at most two hours. They can be talks about Discworld related subjects, workshops ranging from physical to cerebral and Discworld connected games. So you can pick and choose what interests you. The most important thing is that it is all fun!

Discworld Conventions are very different to large pop culture expos like Supanova or OzComicCon. Our convention is run by volunteer fans (so nobody is earning a wage), on a very low budget. We only have a few major VIP guests (some in person, some via video link), and they're all people who have worked closely with Terry Pratchett or are big within the fan community. It is far more intimate with only a few hundred attendees rather than thousands, and our activities run all day and most of the night (sometimes even all night, unofficially!) so you're encouraged to stay at the hotel (or nearby) to get the best experience. We also aren't out to bleed you dry of money - we'll have fewer than 10 vendors total, and the only time you're really encouraged to spend is at the auction - of which all proceeds go to charity!

For more information, why not read our Newbie's Guide to Discworld Conventions?

Where is it? How do I get there? Where will I stay?

The Discworld Grand Tour will take you to the fabulous Lakes Resort Hotel, West Lakes, Adelaide, South Australia.

Look at our venue page for information about the convention venue, how to get there and possible accommodation options. See this page for the room rates and how to book your room. Check your transport options here. And have a read here if you want to arrange a room share.

But I don't know any Discworld fans! Can I come on my own?

Not knowing any other Discworld fans should be the reason for coming on your own. You will get to meet LOTS - not just one, not just many, not just many many, but LOTS. When you leave you will probably leave with a host of new friends to keep in contact with (but we are not a dating service if that is what you are thinking).

To meet other fans in your home city, be sure to check out the various Australian fan clubs.

Do I have to have read all the Discworld books?

No, but it helps to have read a few. Everyone has their favourite books and characters, and it helps to recognise some of the unusual characters wandering the convention. When it comes to the quiz, if you haven't read all of the books, make sure you team up with other people who've read the books you haven't!

Do I have to wear costume?

No, but lots of attendees do. In the past we have had some fantastic costumes (and some very simple but effective ones too!)

For those who are keen to show off their costuming skills, there is the Maskerade (a costume/cosplay/talent competition).

You might prefer to run around in your favourite geeky t-shirt and jeans, or even one of our convention t-shirts. Casual clothes are fine. Formal clothes are fine. In fact, as long as you're actually wearing clothes, it'll be fine. Not wearing clothes might be a problem.

You can see photos from past conventions here.

Is there an advantage to registering early?

Early registration means you get early bird pricing. This can be a significant saving on the final ticket price.

More important than this is the warm fuzzy feeling you will get in your heart when you realise that by registering early you have given the volunteer committee the funds they need to bring out special guests, pay for the venue, pay for the technical requirements, print the convention programme and so much more.

Can I bring my whole family?

Definitely! We do try to be family friendly, but be aware that the occasional outburst of the Hedgehog song may not be suitable for sensitive young ears. Check out the family ticket in the shop to save that little extra bit of money. However, much as we all love children, you will be required to supervise them throughout the convention. If they were your children when you arrived, they are still your children for the duration of the convention. That is fair isn't it?

See more detail here.

Can I pay for multiple things at once?

Yes you can! You can buy tickets for yourself, your friends and family in our shop - just be sure to fill in the relevant information about each person when buying the tickets. As per other online stores, you can add multiple items to your cart (tickets, merchandise etc) and then go to the check out to pay.

Where do I book for the Gala Dinner? Or the Wine or Gourmet Tours?

Tickets for the Gala Dinner (Sat 5th Aug 2017), and the post-convention Wine and Gourmet Tours (Mon 7th Aug 2017) are available in the shop! Remember, you can only purchase tickets to these events if you have an attending membership to the convention, and places are limited!

What is Supporting Membership?

Taking out a supporting membership is a way of creating a placeholder and making the decision later to upgrade to attending membership. It costs $40 to ensure your place, and then you have until a few weeks before the convention to convert the supporting membership to a full membership.

Supporting Membership is non-refundable and non-transferable. Think of it as an administration fee to hold your place, or think of it as a donation to the convention if you want to support us but cannot attend.

Read more information about supporting membership here.

What's my membership number?

Your membership or badge number is assigned to you after you've purchased a membership (attending or supporting). This is the number that will be on your convention badge, and your auction voting paddle, and maybe used for other administrative things as well. After payment for your membership has been received, you should see your name next to your membership number appear on the membership list. This is done manually by our membership officer, so it might take a few weeks before it appears. The letter next to it just identifies the type: "A" for attending, "S" for supporting, "C" for committee, etc.
If you purchased a supporting membership, and then later upgrade to attending, your membership number stays the same, you'll just be changed from "S" to "A". If you chose not to have your name displayed on the membership list, it will be listed as redacted - in this case, if you want to find out your membership number, please contact us.

Can I help at all?

We are always looking for volunteers, to publicise the convention, to organise the event beforehand and to help at the convention. Please register to volunteer on this page!

Doesn't volunteering earn me a free ticket?

No, it doesn't. This is a fan convention, run by volunteers. The entire committee is volunteering their services for two and a half years to organise the convention, and they still pay for their own tickets!

However, Discworld conventions always need more volunteers, so if you would like to volunteer - for ANYTHING - we appreciate it. Please fill in this form after you have bought your convention membership.

I would love to meet other Discworld fans before the next convention!

Fan groups are popping up all over Australia and they all welcome new people. Take a look here to find one near you.

If none of those are near enough you could start your own group and we will help you publicise it. Contact us with more info!

Tell me about the previous conventions!

In Australia there have been Discworld conventions every 2 years since the first Nullus Anxietas in Melbourne in 2007.

Since then we have had Nullus Anxietas II (Melbourne, 2009), Nullus Anxietas III (Sydney, 2011), Unseen University Convivium (Adelaide, 2012), Nullus Anxietas IV (Melbourne, 2013) and Nullus Anxietas V (Sydney, 2015). See photos from previous conventions here.

I can't make this convention, when's the next one?

Australian Discworld Conventions are run every two years, so Nullus Anxietas VI will be in 2017. Nullus Anxietas VII has not yet been announced, but if it does happen, it will be in 2019 in one of a possible many Australian capital cities. If you want to know when more information is announced, sign up to our mailing list.

In the meantime, you might go far and wide and head to one of the many other Discworld Conventions around the world...


For any other questions, contact us.