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edited 4th Jul '12 10:40:20 PM by shimaspawn
All I got for you.
Lessee... cons near me: Gencon, Starbase Indy, In Con Junction, and Chicago TARDIS (and probably a lot of other Chicago cons).
Cons I have attended: ...
I want to change this.
Adding to the suggestions (serious or not) above:
The next few are if you're staying at a hotel for the con, and not just going back home at the end of the day.
That's all I can think of for now.
edited 5th Jul '12 7:23:44 AM by Nohbody
Oh, something else, statistically, you are not going to be robbed by con goes. Most con goers are surprisingly trustworthy people. The same can not be said of hotel staff, hall staff, or people who wander in off the street. If you need to trust someone, you're going to have better odds trusting someone with a badge.
In all my years going to cons, neither I nor the people I work with have had anything taken by fellow con goers. We have had things stolen by hotel staff, convention hall staff, and outsiders. That's not saying all con goers are perfect. Just pointing out the odds.
Wow, thanks for the advice, well yea, its a shorter con, and its in my town, so i will know were I am at and all. Also, its Alabama, and its hot as balls right now, so no heavy cosplay for me, i have a simple pink shirt BADMAN, yellow pants, Vegeta cosplay
So... is anyone going to Dragoncon this coming weekend besides me (and apparently Claudeng over on the Girl Genius forum here)?
Apparently the answer to is "no".
Either that or I'm a plague bearer to be avoided.
Anyway, heading out now for a friend's house near Atlanta, as a staging area (they're splitting the hotel room cost with me). I may pop in the forums at some point if the hotel has internet access (don't remember, offhand).
Kinda difficult to go to Georgia conventions from California. Also, expect the hotel internet to be retardedly slow, as everyone there will also be trying to upload photos/videos to facebook, continue their torrenting, maintain their World Of Warcraft/Lo L/Farmville accounts, etc.
Turns out they do have complementary WiFi here, so at least that's not an issue. All registered and badged-up, but nothing's really going on tonight as far as scheduled activities go.
So that's where you find a room party and start drinking.
Alas, no can do. Prescriptions for after dental work say no alcohol.
(Also mean I can't give blood at the donor drive LifeSouth runs every Dragoncon.)
You are at a con and you can't drink?? You have my sympathies, sir/madam.
FWIW I'm back. Got pix, but they'll wait until I can get some free time that doesn't have me wired from two Cokes, a cup of coffee, and a full sized can of Monster.
The morning is evil.
Sleep is for the weak, nohbody. The week after con.
Yet another round of Dragoncon, starting tomorrow. Multiple costumes standing by, though two may not get any airtime (so to speak).
Go go useless post...
edited 27th Aug '14 1:26:06 PM by Nohbody
Forgot this thread was a thing.
I went to InConJunction a couple of months back (Independence Day weekend IIRC) as my first con ever, and I was surprised at how intimate it was. At all the major cons I've seen things come out of, a "panel" is a handful of people talking on stage and maybe there's some Q&A afterward, but at InCon, the panels are two or three people leading a conversation with the handful of people who wandered in.
Also I wish I'd been brave enough to ask the senior woman crossplaying as the First Doctor for a photo, because that was awesome.
I learned the hard way going to Origins 2006 that White castle is not appropriate fare for long distance driving. It's also not cool for the round after lunch. We don't have that in our area, I was curious about the hype. . .nobody told me about the unfortunate side effects..
Chat with the folks at the booths. You don't just get swag, if you talk about the right things, sometimes you get full on games or books for free.
At Origins, there is a store in the convention center that sells the best peanut butter in the universe.
Ha ha HA. Allow me to tell the tale of the first Comic Con in Poland.
No, really, this time it's gonna work.
Last year, there was an idea to organize a Comic Con in the backwater town of Kielce, in November. November in Eastern Europe, as you can imagine, is far from pleasant, that's one thing, the people behind it got screwed over several times, there was no Comic Con Kielce.
This year, it seemed there are gonna be TWO Comic Cons in the capital, weekend after weekend. One was organized by an expo hall owners, planned to be four days long from June 1 to June 4, the other one - by some German company who apparently ran their posts through an automatic translator, providing some hilarious results like "the 7th physician" (The Seventh Doctor) or translating "Snake" as in Metal Gear Solid protagonist, literally, as the animal. Then, the Germans fell silent.
Turns out they fucked up spectacularly, their con was called off, and everyone who bought a ticket is entitled to convert it to a ticket to the last con standing.
And the last con standing will have Charles Dance and Carice Van Houten, the weird warlock guy from The Vikings and some chick from Teen Wolf. Sadly, I couldn't spare 25 bucks extra to get a photo, but if I did, I'd have to borrow a crossbow from someone and/or source a wolf medallion because it just wouldn't be me not to sneak a reference to Dance's two most recent roles.
Do tell us all about it come Monday (or Tuesday or Wednesday), Notso.
After the German con failed to invite Lindsey Morgan, the Last Con Standing announced they'll be inviting someone from the cast of The 100.
I'll piss myself laughing if it's Lindsey Morgan.
So in about 9 hours I'm going to be starting a five hour drive to Chattanooga for Libertycon (literary sci-fi con, kinda-sorta the official-unofficial "con home" for Baen Books authors, several of which live in the area including the 30th anniversary GoH John Ringo* Obligatory: OH JOHN RINGO NO). And I can't sleep, after getting all of about four hours of sleep total yesterday.
Boy this is going to be fun...
Should be interesting especially given how crazy the Baen crowd can be. Though given recent events like a certain president your likely to run into Trump fans and MAGA types among the usual odd balls that haunt the Baen scene. Especially Ringo and Correia fans.
Eh, nothing really new. This isn't my first LC trip, I've kinda adopted Barfly Central (suite reserved by a Baen contributor for a general hang-out and decompression zone) as my "home away from home" (so to speak) at Dragoncon, and I follow the FB feeds of several of those authors including Ringo, Correia, and Michael Z Williamson.
 Also, without getting into a political discussion, Ringo is the only one who's an outright Trump supporter, of the Baen authors I follow. The rest (and their fans) are a mixed bunch, from all-up #NeverTrump, to "better than the alternative", to "don't care for him but enjoy watching the freak-out from the left", and various other positions.
edited 29th Jun '17 7:14:17 AM by Nohbody
True but those two tend to be the worst. I have interacted with Correia in the online sphere and saying it is toxic would be an understatement. Well Ringo is Ringo so no real surprises. I like Weber and Drake well enough they don't wear it on their sleeve like those two do. The other authors are like you said a mixed bag.
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