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Hotaru's Sister
05-14-2003, 07:50 PM
There's a bunch of stuff I wish we'd known before going to otakon the first time. i figured if all us "regulars" gave some tips, it might help some of the new attendees ^_^

1-Don't plan on eating in the convention center, it's way to expensive. You can cross the street for Burger King and Applebees. Or, follow the skywalk past two hotels for a huge food court(which is actually open past midnight).

2-Parking on the street isn't an option. If there aren't any games at the baseball stadium(across the street from the con) you can park there. There's also an open parking lot across the street and slightly closer to the con entrance which has cheap unlimited parking on the weekend.

3-Get to MAT3K at least an hour early. We were 1/2 an hour early last year and could barely see. Same applies to the masquerade.

Anyone else have tips?

Tora
05-14-2003, 09:42 PM
4. (as said above) The Cosplay : It's kill or be killed. Get in line EARLY (we're talkin' hours) or at least have a 'scout' keep an eye on the area Saturday afternoon/evening. The cosplay is one of the hugest events, and it's worth the wait, but there IS a wait x_X

5. Let the schedule be your bible that weekend @_@. Take time to read over the immense LIST of things going on at Otakon. Hell, take the first hour after you get in to flip through the thing. Get an idea of what you want to do/see beforehand.

6. Always keep in touch with your group! Splitting up seems ok at first, but the BCC is huge!! And it is really easy to lose people in that place. Walky talkies are a fav, but there's only so many channels! Before you split, talk meeting times and synchronize your watches (no matter how nerdy it sounds ^_^).

7. KEEP ALL OF YOUR THINGS SAFE WITH YOU. They will get taken otherwise, whether it be midday or 2am at the rave. Do not set your bags down unless they're still attatched to you by something. Several found out the hard way last year...

Sorry! I'm a fanatic! Hope that helps!!!

((great idea btw))

Eclipse180
05-14-2003, 09:54 PM
Very good idea indeed^_^ Even though I've never had trouble getting a ticket to get in the con. Of course I look like I'm only like 5 and tend to look lost too. Play on their sympathies BWAHAHAHAHA *cough* Opps.

And DON'T DEFINATLY EAT AT THE FOOD COURT IN THE CON!!! You have to sell your SOUL just to get a slice of pizza!!

Be careful in the dealer's room 'cause it's usually crowded. Stay by your friends.^_^

Sami
05-14-2003, 10:02 PM
My advice (two cents):

- EAT HEALTHY. Sadly, Coca-Cola and peanut butter will not fuel you very well for a weekend. Check ahead to see if your hotel room will have a microwave or something for heating up food. Bringing non-perishable things like sandwiches is always a good idea, and it saves on money. ^_^

- Stay hydrated. Plenty of water!

- Get some sleep. I know it's fun to stay up all night at cons but I don't understand why some people do because the con is the big event, and you don't want to be half asleep and totally grouchy and have dark circles under your eyes and look all scruffy when you're wearing your costume that you slaved away on for weeks/months/etc. ^___^

- Don't get overwhelmed by the.. err.. large-ness (?) of it all. Otakon was my very first con and I was VERY overwhelmed because I had no idea it would be that huge of a thing!

Oh, and HAVE FUN! ^__________^ Duh.. LOL.

JacksUsername
05-14-2003, 10:05 PM
wow, cool thread idea. this will be my first time at Otakon, and the major thing that I'll have to try and keep to is the schedule...i always somehow lose grasp of time and get things last minute....and i know thats recipe for disaster at a con this big.

KuroBara
05-14-2003, 10:30 PM
13. Make sure everyone in your party knows how to get to & from the hotel, don't rely on one person always being there.

14. Don't be shy! Ask people for pictures, e-mail addresses, etc.

15. Budget! Pencil boards are cool, but being hungry to the point of fainting, dehydrated, and out of money for the ride home is not.

16. (for all cons, really) Bring a costume repair kit. I had to hunt high and low for a safety pin last year. Pins, glue, thread & needles are all essentials for cosplayers.

Hotaru's Sister
05-14-2003, 10:59 PM
Originally posted by JacksUsername
wow, cool thread idea. this will be my first time at Otakon, and the major thing that I'll have to try and keep to is the schedule...i always somehow lose grasp of time and get things last minute....and i know thats recipe for disaster at a con this big.

17-Bring a pencil AND a pen or highlighter. Major events that you KNOW you have to go to (say, showing of a series you're dieing to see, or the masquerade) mark off with ink. then use the pencil to circle the rest of your schedule, that way you can alter it as you change plans and still be able to read it *was majorly happy we had three schedules since I ruined mine last year*

Also, schedule lunch! You really forget that you'll need a good half hour for this (10,000 people, 1 lunch court, you get the idea). There's been more than one time that we made a perfect schedule and missed one of the things we REALLY wanted to see/do because we suddenly realized we were starving.

18- Unless there's a certain item you're desperate for, wait till the dealers room has been open for at least an hour before going down. There may be a few items that sell out in that time (like the Inu-Yasha plushies last year) but chances are availability won't go down much. Last year we schedules dealer room time for one hour at opening. We got in after 1 1/2 hours of waiting and missed one of the signings.

19- Another dealers room tip! Shop around. Last year we bought a sword for $125, then found it at a booth 10 feet away for $50! The first place didn't want to give us our money back, but after we made a fuss they reluctantly took a return. I really wish I remembered the names of the two groups. The place with the $125 sword were extremely rude and sarcastic, while the cheaper place was VERY nice and I'd love to be able to recommend them.

Raine
05-14-2003, 11:12 PM
I praise you people o.o;;

minako chan
05-14-2003, 11:13 PM
>Parking costs like $7 a day if you park underground(don't spend every last penny like my group did and then have no money for the ride home....)
>Don't forget that hotels will rape you with the tax, its like %12 or something
>Don't feed the hobos or else they will learn beg
>The line to get your con badge is ridiculous.....go really early,or really late. Bring stuff to do.
>Beware the sewer rats, they will chase you. Don't believe me? Try to mess with one...
>And lastly,don't get drunk and sprain your ankle. This will make the con suck badly.

Lady
05-14-2003, 11:14 PM
20. Store extra money and valuables in a safety deposit box at your hotel. This way you should have some money left over even if you splurge in the Dealer's Room, and you won't have to worry about who's cleaning your room(not all maids are bad, of course, but better safe than sorry). Also, this will prevent you from losing your keys, plane ticket, ID cards, etc.

21. If you'd like to have an item but it's not essential and it's a bit pricey, wait till Sunday morning/afternoon. Dealers want to get rid of as much junk as they can before they pack up and hit the road, so you can find some fantastic deals on Sunday. But if you absolutely have to have it, then don't wait. I missed out on a gorgeous Belldandy figurine because I hemmed and hawed, then wasn't able to get back into the dealer's room till after someone else had bought it.

22. Delivery is your friend. You can order food from Pizza and Chinese food places to be delivered to your hotel room. This can be great for the evening if you're not in the mood to walk some place in the dark to get some food.

23. Never walk around Baltimore by yourself after dark. It should go without saying, but always go with a group. There are places in one of the lobbies where groups of people can meet up before heading back to their hotels - take advantage of it.

MrWonderfulToji
05-14-2003, 11:28 PM
24. Lunchables make an excellent during con snack. feel free to bring them with you while you wait in line or something to that effect.

25. bring one more camera/roll then you think you'll need. I can't even count the times I saw some awesome cosplayer.. and had already taken my last picture.

26. Don't stalk people. if you are impressed with someone's costume *or just think they are attractive* don't follow them around the con getting "candid" shots.. this is a really assy thing to do

thats all I can think of off the top of my head.
sean

KuroBara
05-14-2003, 11:33 PM
>>Don't forget that hotels will rape you with the tax, its like %12 or something

If I remember correctly, more like 18%.

moonclarinet
05-14-2003, 11:34 PM
this might be too late for some...but i would recommend (if you're going in costume) to choose a costume that is comfortable to walk in for 3 days. this includes sitting down as well. i spent a big portion of last year both rubbing the blisters my shoes caused and going nuts b/c my costume kept exposing more of me than it was supposed to -_-;

dizzylizzy
05-15-2003, 12:45 AM
~~~did we mention the fanboys and girls?lol

~~~also..... SHOWER!!!!!!! freshen up!

~~~and gals..... pack "them" just in case. i don't care if you have a set schedule.... excitement and stress can change "it"..... yeah.... just trust me on that. ^^

~~~~ DO NOT go to anyone's hotel room alone. BUDDY SYSTEM!

~~~~ cell phones HATE the bcc.... :::looks at celesdragon::: how many times did we get cut off???

that's all i can think of this second

DigitalCactus
05-15-2003, 02:17 AM
Dont forget if you cosplay as someone popular or just do a great job in general, be prepared to get "paparazzi'd" I remember I was just standing around taking a break and I had taken my wig off cuz i was all sweaty and I had like 40 people ask to take my picture. I know a few of them got me without my wig. Im sure those shots came out retarded.

CelesDragon
05-15-2003, 04:52 PM
33. Back to the Buddy System, even if it's daylight. Downtown Baltimore = Lots of homeless. Will follow you, will harass you until you give them money. Don't. It may seem uncharitable, but after the first time one of them sees you handing a dollar bill off to get one to leave you alone, you're marked. *stares at member of her group from last year* Also, if you are staying for late night events (say.. Late Night with Megatokyo), and get out in the am, beware of the drunk homeless. I came back to our hotel with another member of my crew, and we still got harassed by drunks looking for more kitty girls. The SkyWalk is your friend!

34. "cell phones HATE the bcc.... :::looks at celesdragon::: how many times did we get cut off???" - Too many times to count. Remember your chargers!! *pokes the lizzy* Go outside if you really need to make a call to someone, there's a nice area on the second floor of the BCC that's open air and you can get to only from inside the con.

35. If you're taking pics of cosplayers, try to get out of the way of the flow of congoers trying to get across the BCC. Nothing is more annoying than trying to get to a place to meet your group or an event, and having to stop every two seconds because the guy in front of you is taking pics at every cosplayer he sees.

36. Pre-REG! Saves you from waiting 3 hours in regular line, and in worst case scenario.. *points to Anime Boston selling out* Though I think it's highly unlikely.

37. Back to #19 - Walk around the dealer's room first and get a feel for what areas are hot. I missed a whole section last year because I spent too much time hovering over the same 15 tables.

Studmaster
05-15-2003, 05:27 PM
Gets the Sticky. Its too useful. And if its okay to all the contributors. Can I take this information and gather it together for a Convention Survival Article? Everyone will get full credit for their contributions.

rayechu
05-15-2003, 06:32 PM
I've only been to 4 conventions but here are my thoughts:

38. Ramen is your con friend. You can use the coffepots in the hotel to make it (I like the $0.25 "instant" kind because there are no bowls.)
39. Take bottled water with you. I don't know if everyone else can live on Mountain Dew and Coke but I can't. After a day I was dying for water.
40. Plan ahead if you are taking dinner or buying it. After too many cons packing food then wanting "real" food for dinnner, I have found it better to buy dinner and take snacks (like ramen). As said above pizza can be bought and is not horribly expensive. Leftovers make good breakfast.

Addition to #17- Also bring a notbook for email addresses and aim names.

Hotaru's Sister
05-15-2003, 07:10 PM
Originally posted by Studmaster
Gets the Sticky. Its too useful. And if its okay to all the contributors. Can I take this information and gather it together for a Convention Survival Article? Everyone will get full credit for their contributions.

I made a sticky :D

Seriously though, I'm glad so much helpful information has been gathered here. I for one have no problem with it being used elsewhere.

MrWonderfulToji
05-15-2003, 07:26 PM
*high fives Hotaru's Sister for making a sticky thread*
here's another food tip I've found handy..
an extension to 38. Kraft EZ mac can also be made in coffee makers, as long as you bring a little bit of soap to clean it. easy, filling, cheap. all the things I look for in a meal.
also, bring 20 bucks more than you budget, just so you have some "INCASEOF" money. its useful. Bring a pillow and a blanket too.
at AB I slept on a towel and a shirt... don't be me!
sean

CelesDragon
05-15-2003, 07:50 PM
And another extension to #38, check to see if you get complimentary breakfast at your hotel. We didn't bother to check one year, and found out afterwards. Free breakfast is good when you are living on ramen, mac&cheese and BK. Bring a cooler, if you want. Most hotels have free ice, and there's a cvs down the street near the Aquarium if you feel like stocking up on stuff when you get there.

42. Don't sit on the slanted walls. *quotes in nasal voice from security guy last year* "You can damage the structural intregity of the building." :rolleyes:

Woo, stickiness. All's fine with me.

Hikaruchan
05-15-2003, 09:33 PM
Second bring the cooler. Besides cooling off drinks in it - I like cold fruit so had apples and oranges stuck in mine too. I also bring triscuits to munch on.

DigitalCactus
05-16-2003, 02:30 AM
mmm.... triscuits....

Ya know what I've also found to be useful, aside from the schedule of events? Those Message Boards at the convention itself... They're kind of scattered throught the Centre but if you're looking to meet up with a group/looking for that special cosplayer, it might not be a bad idea to check those..

Nikol
05-16-2003, 09:47 AM
This can go for anytime you're in a hotel but I had issues with these two last year:

~ Know where the ice machine is in the hotel. Nothingis worse than bringing some of your own drinks and having to have them warm. Also always good to know where it is just because it's usually by an emergency exit.

~ Decide on your stance about the mini-bar/movies before you go. This is more for the sake of the person who is using the credit card on the room but it's nice to let everone know where they stand. I didn't do that last year and got into a little fight with a roomie and we were kind of on non-speaking terms the rest of the trip (wasn't a friend of mine so I wasn't too upset about not talking to him)

Eclipse180
05-16-2003, 12:12 PM
Did anyone mention to wear the most comfortable shoes possible? *remembers last year*;_; The Convention Center is huge and you'll have to do alot of walking if you want to see everything.

Schala
05-16-2003, 08:54 PM
Wow, this thread is really useful! I'm a big newbie and Otakon is going to be my very first con (I know, I'm kinda jumping off the deep end here ^_^; ) Luckily I have some friends to help me, but all of this advice should be really useful. Thanks! :)

Sakon
05-16-2003, 10:30 PM
All these different cosplayers are meeting in groups...we should have a group photo of the first-timers!

Thank you everyone for your advice. >^-^<

Selphie_fairy
05-18-2003, 11:17 AM
this is great! first con ever and first time to otakon too ^-^ wow this really helps you guys thanks a lot! so the masquerade is the biggest event? what time does it start?? O.o

LadyXenie
05-18-2003, 01:43 PM
Thanks for all this advice because this is my first Otakon. ^_^ And I'm a sucker for homeless people..So I'm glad I've heard everyones stories..

Hotaru's Sister
05-18-2003, 03:37 PM
You'll find out when you pick up the schedule Selphie. i think it's normally around 8 or 9. We didn't go last year so I can't remember.

Selphie_fairy
05-18-2003, 04:43 PM
schedule? they give us a schedule? O.o

Silly_Kitsune
05-18-2003, 05:56 PM
Just a warning....there are rats on the balcony at night. Big ones. Scary ones. And they are not shy, they will run right under your table. And you look like an idiot to the people inside as they watch you jumping on your chair outside in a costume, screaming.

Eclipse180
05-18-2003, 06:37 PM
The schedules come in the Otakon Booklets and around the time of the con, the Otakon website will most likely put one up along with a layout of the convention center^_^

Selphie_fairy
05-18-2003, 07:05 PM
oh ok thankies eww rats O.o

LadyXenie
05-18-2003, 08:32 PM
Rats!! ^_^;; Yikes...

Hotaru
05-18-2003, 08:44 PM
well, i thought of a general costumeing thing...

wear your shoes every day (for like...20 mins at a time) so you get used to them so your feet won't hurt as much at the con.

or get inserts

Hotaru's Sister
05-18-2003, 11:16 PM
Thought of one yesterday after a mishap at our dad's wedding reception. If you have a digital camera, make sure the baterry and a backup are fully charged, and bring the charger too. Nothing like seeing an awesome costume and not being able to get a picture.

DigitalCactus
05-19-2003, 01:40 AM
holy crap Ive gone since 99 why have I not noticed the rats???

Silly_Kitsune
05-19-2003, 03:37 PM
The rats will eat you XD

DigitalCactus
05-19-2003, 10:32 PM
or how bout vice versa!! XD mmm

Romann
05-20-2003, 12:58 AM
Yeah...let's go survivor style on the rats! lol

Some of my tips (if they havent been mentioned already)

-make a budget! even if you feel you might not stick to it...just make one.
-keep an eye on your stuff...a buddy of mine got a $300 camera stolen because he left his bag unattended...instead of with me.

-Baltimore is a city...cities have lots of people...cities become dangerous when the street lights come on... use common sense. Lexington Market is yay far from the Con center... be careful.

-Carry a small backpack or something to keep belongings in... unless you parked nearby or staying in a nearby hotel, when you buy stuff..it accumilates. It's good to have somewhere to put them.

-practice your bargaining skills now. Vendors, especially on Sundays are willing to reduce prices sometimes... but you have to ask to know, right?

-ladies! If you will be wearing a revealing costume and walking to/from the con/hotel at night, make a cover-up that matches your costume or something. I'm not saying stuff will happen...but better safe than sorry.

I know I'll think of more later...hope these help though...I know reading some of these will help me ^__^

Lady
05-20-2003, 10:19 AM
~If you're wearing an outfit that is tight, or reveals the belly area, go light on your meals and water throughout the day, and avoid anything gassy. The more gassy (this includes carbonation) the items you put into your body, the bigger your stomach will look. So even if you have a tiny tiny waist, it may look twice as big as it is, simply because it has expanded from all the gasses. Last year I skipped breakfast, had a light lunch, and limited my liquid intake until about 5 PM and I was totally fine. It's ok to do this one day of the con, but not all of the days. Catch up on missed hydration and eating when you're done taking photos for the day.

~ Pantyhose can be your friend! They have brands out now that aren't super shiny, and that help to shape and firm up certain 'trouble zones'. Even if your legs will be covered, this can help to produce a nicer sillhouette. (You can also buy bodyshapers, but I've found those to be too tight and restrictive for my tastes).

~ Have pantyhose on and it's causing static cling? Spray it lightly with some hairspray. It sounds ridiculous, but I can vouch for it working.

~ Try on your outfit and look at it from all angles before you go to the con. This will ensure that any potential embarassment can be prevented (no one wants to discover that their bottom was showing when they bent over, or their top was see-through via photos on the internet)

~ When you get a chance to sit, SIT. There are cushions on two floors that I remember, as well as a little fountain area in one of the lobbies. Just taking a few minutes to sit down and give your feet a rest can really help out (even if you don't feel tired at the moment), especially since the con center is so large and you'll be spending alot of time just walking across it.

~ If you're doing the Art Show, do not go by the times they give you as the truth. Last year I waited to pick up my unsold pieces and was shuffled from line to line for over an hour while my ride waited for me back at the hotel. I only got my pieces when I did because I knew where they were located and begged someone to run and grab them for me. Needless to say there was quite a dash made to get back to the hotel. Either pay to have your pieces mailed back to you, or plan for extra time to pick up your work.

StormTroop#12
05-20-2003, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by Silly_Kitsune
Just a warning....there are rats on the balcony at night.

I never saw any rats??? I saw lots of spiders with dots on their backs in one of the bathrooms, but that was it.

One tip for the ladys, bring mace just in case.

- Bob

Eclipse180
05-20-2003, 02:15 PM
Spiders with dots on their backs? You mean Black Widows?!

Koumori
05-20-2003, 02:33 PM
No, no. Black widows have hourglasses, not spots.

DigitalCactus
05-21-2003, 03:30 AM
XD Sounds like someone's "Spidey" Sence ain't tingling so well...

LadyXenie
05-21-2003, 09:24 AM
Well too me a spider is a spider...no matter what kind it is...I'll run far far away...^_^;;

Selphie_fairy
05-21-2003, 05:33 PM
oh to be on the safe side, how much money do you reccomend bringing?

Lady Ava
05-21-2003, 06:08 PM
My Mini Survivor Guide to a good Otakon experience
(even though some might have been mentioned)

~ If you're costume has a trane of any sorts, be careful! People will step on it and it can ruin your pretty outfit.

~ Water= God of the con. Balitmore gets HOT. Even in the BCC. Stay hydrated at all times and lay off the soda (unless you want it with dinner. But not 24/7)

~Conseal your cash. Guys (or girls)- Put it in your shoe. NEVER in your pockets (I lost $20 2001 that way) Girls- I know it sounds weird, but put the cash in your bra. No one will go after it there. ;D Any other valuables, store in the hotel safe. They will gladly lock it up for you ^^

~ If asking for a picture of a cosplayer, stay out of the way of con traffic. The halls get very crowed in some parts. So, move to a spot where there aren't alot of people and then snap away.

~Get to the masqurade EARLY! The line starts forming extremely quickly and if you wait till the last minute, you might not get in.

~ Baltimore has alot of strange people out at night. Always travel IN A GROUP! We don't wanna have any missing people, cuz that would be sad ;_;

~Bring as much money as you see fit. But not $2000 or some crazy amount like that. Be sensible about cash and how you spend it.

~Remember- shower and freshen up. You will get all gross if ya don't.

And finally.....

~Don't be afraid to ask the staff for directions to someplace or for help with something. They are there to help. Everyone is EXTREMELY nice and they want you to have the best possible con experience.

I hope I could help some of you ^-^
79 more days till Otakon! See ya all there!

Selphie_fairy
05-21-2003, 10:17 PM
WHOA! 79 more days?! mama-mia!!!so do you think about 150 is a good amount?for the dealer rooms that is ^^;

Caryn
05-21-2003, 10:59 PM
I'm not sure how much money to bring, either. $150 is what I brought to AXNY last year, and Otakon's much bigger X_X It's so freakin easy to rip through cash in the dealers room...

79 days?? w00t!! I'm already psyched!!

DigitalCactus
05-22-2003, 12:01 AM
Originally posted by Selphie_fairy
oh to be on the safe side, how much money do you reccomend bringing?

If you've already reserved a hotel/accomedations then I would probably say $50 per day should be good. Ya never know when you want to order a pizza or hit up the Hard Rock Café

StormTroop#12
05-22-2003, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by Selphie_fairy
WHOA! 79 more days?! mama-mia!!!so do you think about 150 is a good amount?for the dealer rooms that is ^^;

$150? No! I brought that one year and ended up needing 120 of it for one day. Boy was that fun. :rolleyes:

- David

DigitalCactus
05-22-2003, 01:56 AM
ah yes how the hell did I forget teh dealer's room??

$300 a day should be good

MY BAD! I forgot to factor that in

Koumori
05-22-2003, 06:26 AM
Originally posted by Anya
#...whatever number were on) Absoloutely positively DO NOT walk around Baltimore in a revealing costume. wear a coat or shirt over it. I was actualy "spoken to" by a police officer on my way back from the BCC around 11 in the evening because he mistook me for a hooker. I was also propositioned by a car full of men.


What were you wearing??

Hotaru's Sister
05-22-2003, 09:11 AM
It's not actually a garage, just a huge parking lot. If you've ever been to the con, it's across from both the BCC and the baseball stadium. Bare in mind this following is crudely done, and not to scale:

dernit, nevermind. I drew it out but the board removes extra spaces so it won't work. poot.

Hotaru's Sister
05-22-2003, 09:14 AM
Okay! Here we go:

http://www.otakon.com/images_content/location_map.jpg

The lot is at the intersecion of Camden St. and I-395. It's across from both the Baseball Stadium(Camden Yards) and the BCC.

BabiiYunie
05-22-2003, 02:29 PM
ack this is a stupid one, but bring some sorta reference, I mean, not everyone has seen every kind of anime there is, some may wanna know who you are cosplaying ^_^;

jamuko
05-22-2003, 05:21 PM
Good point... I was Leon (my avatar) at Katsucon, and I had to pull out the manga book with him on the front constantly... ^^;

DigitalCactus
05-23-2003, 02:08 AM
Oh man when I cosplayed as Juraquille Mihawk from One Piece,, almost NO ONE knew who I was and kept getting me confused with D from Vampire Hunter D... I WISH I had a copy of the manga with me or the DVD where he appears in...

Isaldur
05-23-2003, 07:58 PM
How come 99% of this sounds redundant?

Hotaru's Sister
05-24-2003, 01:16 AM
Originally posted by Isaldur
How come 99% of this sounds redundant?

1-No one really wants to read through 5 pages to see if something was already mentioned.

2-Some people add on comments to other tips to make them more complete (ie: don't forget lunch....bring triscuits....get food at BK)

3-Only like 10 or maybe 20% is redundant.

Hotaru
05-25-2003, 08:26 PM
*hisses like conan* That's funny, Anya. What'd the cop say? "Ah...excuse me miss...? You really aught to be gettin' home now. These streets are dangerous for ah...women of your occupation..."

*crotch kick* "I'm cosplaying you idiot!"

Koumori
05-25-2003, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Isaldur
How come 99% of this sounds redundant?

Then by all means add something that isn't!

DigitalCactus
05-26-2003, 02:10 AM
Anya your costumes ROCK!

Hotaru
05-26-2003, 04:02 PM
i would probably have cried too!

my advice, is to stay at an inexpensive hotel. you'll have lots more money to spend at the dealers room if you don't spend a couple hundred bucks a night on a hotel room. the place we go to...best inn or something, it has a cheap breakfast, but hell...we can find a dunkin donuts, get like..twelve muffins and save them...

book the hotel, sis!!

DigitalCactus
05-27-2003, 01:34 AM
hehe me being the whore that I am if a cop thought I was a prostitue I'd laugh and say "Why thank you for the compliment, oficer, but I'm sorry I dont go for men!" XD

*makes mental note not to visit any sandwich shops in the general vicinity*

Romann
05-28-2003, 01:02 AM
Anya, I would've started to cry if that happened to me as well.... I had a bunch of thugs from Lexington Market start to harrass me in my Kasumi costume, which was scary. After that, I've always made a matching cover up to go with skimpy costumes...

LOL, DC I would love to see the look on a cops face if someone said that...

Oshi
05-28-2003, 01:52 AM
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to have complete control of your money at the con. 2002 was my first con, I brought $200. I couldn't get my car out of the parking garage by the end of the day, thanks to the dealers room... Calculate how much you need to get there and get home, set aside money for food, and THEN allow dealers room money. And if you have a credit card, bring it with you, but use it only for emergencies! I brought TWO, but ended up not being able to use them since they were my parents. So make sure you're able to use them as well.

Now... Yes, Baltimore can be a scary place at night.
Guys, be gentlemen and escort the ladies back to their hotels or wherever. And for good measure, bring a bokken or some sort of weapon. I for one am going to be carrying a dagger on me at all times...
...oh, but, although it may look intimidating, it helps if you know how to USE it >.>

Get a good idea of your surroundings while in Baltimore. Know where to get food and other supplies. Map out the nearest drug store and/or supermarket.

And... I didn't know anything about rats and stuff... but... uh... yeah... sword... kill... dinner... only if desperate... otherwise just kill... >.>;;;;l

DigitalCactus
05-28-2003, 03:30 AM
They'd be heart broken Noir! LoL

Ohh I should also make sure I bring a cover up that matches my skimpy outfits... XD

I have a tip I dont think anyone has mentioned...

HAVE FUN! MEET NEW PEOPLE!

Selphie_fairy
05-28-2003, 06:17 AM
Originally posted by Oshi
I can't emphasize enough how important it is to have complete control of your money at the con. 2002 was my first con, I brought $200. I couldn't get my car out of the parking garage by the end of the day, thanks to the dealers room... Calculate how much you need to get there and get home, set aside money for food, and THEN allow dealers room money. And if you have a credit card, bring it with you, but use it only for emergencies! I brought TWO, but ended up not being able to use them since they were my parents. So make sure you're able to use them as well.

Now... Yes, Baltimore can be a scary place at night.
Guys, be gentlemen and escort the ladies back to their hotels or wherever. And for good measure, bring a bokken or some sort of weapon. I for one am going to be carrying a dagger on me at all times...
...oh, but, although it may look intimidating, it helps if you know how to USE it >.>

Get a good idea of your surroundings while in Baltimore. Know where to get food and other supplies. Map out the nearest drug store and/or supermarket.

And... I didn't know anything about rats and stuff... but... uh... yeah... sword... kill... dinner... only if desperate... otherwise just kill... >.>;;;;l

thankies so much! hehehehe and yes all guys be man and escort newbies back to their hitel ^.~ lol j/k so you had $200 for the entire trip?

Hotaru's Sister
05-28-2003, 09:40 AM
*spent $700 in dealers room last year* ATMs are very useful. Make sure you bring your bank card.

Avatrix
05-28-2003, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by Hotaru's Sister
*spent $700 in dealers room last year* ATMs are very useful. Make sure you bring your bank card.

Hmm, I don't think I could afford spending $700 and still cover rent. *Note to self: do NOT bring bank card* ^.^;;

Koumori
05-28-2003, 11:33 AM
Sounds like a good argument for *not* bringing your bank card...

Hotaru
05-28-2003, 07:38 PM
well...i say to bring it JUST in case. leave it at the hotel or something, so it's not right there for an impulse buy. cause if you run out of money, and find something you REALLY really wanted, and have no money left, you'll be pissed.

Hotaru's Sister
05-28-2003, 09:48 PM
Well, moreso for having access to money just in case. I agree with Hotaru on keeping it in your hotel(preferably in a safe). Then if you forget about an expense who *kami forbid* get robbed, you won't be stranded.

Oh. I thought of another tip. Bring medicine etc to the con with you. Some pain killers, any prescriptions etc. Last thing you want is to walk around the con with a killer headache or something.

Nikol
05-28-2003, 09:58 PM
Originally posted by Hotaru's Sister
Oh. I thought of another tip. Bring medicine etc to the con with you. Some pain killers, any prescriptions etc. Last thing you want is to walk around the con with a killer headache or something.

I second this! Actually happened to me last year. My friend had posion ivy and forgot her perscription anit-itch stuff... luckly I had solar caine and all was well but it would have been a bad 3 days for her...

Now I don't go on any trip with meds and some solar caine just in case

DigitalCactus
05-29-2003, 03:12 AM
<--Willing to escort free of charge... (so long as he has his giant sword to defend against Baltimore locals)

Hotaru
05-29-2003, 03:39 PM
Oh god, i would DIE if i didn't take my migraine medicine! water, bring bottled water...to take the medicine. also like..asprin or ibuprofin, cause if your legs are sore after a day, you'd wanna get rid of that hurting.

also meds for the random sicknesses like vomiting or dia...reah...sis, you're a nurse, spell that right for me!

CelesDragon
05-29-2003, 08:17 PM
I second that. I always take migraine meds the friday and saturdays of conventions. I learned that after my first Otakon and the massive headache I had after staying for the MAT3K and music vids. Between the noise, people, and general excitement, I'm always prone to huge headaches at cons as the day goes on.

Hotaru's Sister
05-31-2003, 12:20 AM
ooh, I got one. *still can't remember the tip that came to me while at work this week >.>*

While I don't recommend falling asleep at the con(especially not whit your things in reach of others) I have done it while waiting for a pick up ride from my Dad before I had my car. So, my just in case tip is to have a watch or phone etc with a loud alarm. So if you really MUST sleep, you can set an alarm for yourself.

White Ninja
06-02-2003, 10:30 PM
White Ninja's Tips for Newbies! @_@
(sorry if some of these were already said)

1. Don't spend all your money before you leave. It sucks when you're driving home and hungry....

2. Never, ever, EVER stay up all night the day before or on Friday. I missed most of Saturday cause I had to stay up all night finishing my costume at Otakon '01. I got really delirious and had to go back to the room twice to take a nap. It's bad.

3. Don't be shy. I didn't talk to anyone cept my friends for the first few cons and found you don't meet anyone just sittin around waiting for them to talk to you. You got to be out-going and even sometimes persistent to get someone's attention since most people are very shy. I learned it's even better to just be loud and yell at people, in a nice way, to get their attention. (If anyone remembers The White Ninja from Katsucon you know what I mean)

4. Always bring food...food is good and keeps you going.

5. Bring a blanket and pillow. I have spent many cons on the floor with absolutely nothing, but I have no problem with that. I just stay up till I crash and I can sleep anywhere anyway.

6. Never let anything go wrong in the room when you have more people then you're supposed to in the room and you have to call the front desk for help. It results in people having to leave the room and running into bums who talk to you for an hour, it was fun but annoying. (If interested ask me about the whole story at the con)

7. Stay with people you can hang out with for 3 days. Never go with people you can't stand, it sucks.

8. Always make sure you can get into your room if you need to. Ask for extra keys at the desk or just make sure you stay with somebody who has a key.

9. Avoid scary people. There are alot of scary fan-boys and fan-girls at the cons, avoid if possible cause they will waste your time if they want to.

10. Don't pay money to see girls kiss, etc. It just means your a prude and a big pervert, this will not help you meet girls, they just want your money.

11. Wearing a mask can be fun, it hides who you really are and lets you act really retarded cause later you can take it off and change your clothes and no one is the wiser. (the motto of the White Ninja)

12. I'm just rambling at this point...drink lots of water, take alot of pictures, bring extra money, get your freak on, rock on, and other on type stuff.

KuroBara
06-03-2003, 01:39 AM
>7. Stay with people you can hang out with for 3 days. Never go with people you can't stand, it sucks.

Of course, sometimes you don't know this about a person until you've spent 3 days with them, lol!

White Ninja
06-03-2003, 04:53 AM
>Of course, sometimes you don't know this about a person until you've spent 3 days with them, lol!

This is also true...

Radical Urd
06-04-2003, 11:48 PM
Anya! I had the same experience, went to Otakon 01 in my Arakune outfit and some pimp asked me what corner I was working!!! My BF was there and he asked him how much we has paying >o< It was GREAT! We ran back to the Wyndym and nearly died laughing. He said he thought he was going to be killed. Another reason why you should never be alone on the streets of Baltimore

DigitalCactus
06-07-2003, 03:34 AM
wearing a mask to act perverted! Good idea Whitey!! XD

*note to self wear mask if possible*

hmm I wonder if I can get people to pay ME to get hugs... XD

Ginnychan
06-07-2003, 10:29 AM
Alright, since everyone's seemed to have covered all the "must knows" I'm just going to add one thing I've learned from personal experience with Otakon.

If you're a first time goer, try to attend a couple of panels, get some autographs...DO stuff. Even if you're not into the series now, you may be into it later!

This may seem really ridiculous, but I remember for my first couple Ota's (my first being 98), I became really caught up finding people I knew, and hanging out with people as much as possible. This was because I was young at the time, and I had to meet curfews and stuff with the rents. It was also one of the few times a year I could see my otaku buddies (Didn't have any in my all girl catholic highschool :( ) Now that I'm legal and goin' by myself, I realize how much I missed out by just jumping from meeting place to meeting place, only seeing the cosplay, a movie or two, the dealers room, and maybe one or two other things (Kareoke or what not). Before last year, I never bothered to wait for an autograph, which is REALLY sad, and I REALLY regret it now.

I'm sure most of you won't be as silly as I was, but I figured I'd add this to the list ^_^

hanyou
06-07-2003, 02:09 PM
Wow, this is a really helpful thread. Otakon this year is gonna be only my second con, and I'll try to keep all the tips in mind. Thanks, all!

Dont forget if you cosplay as someone popular or just do a great job in general, be prepared to get "paparazzi'd"

Yeah, unfortunately that happened a LOT to me at A-kon, I had fangirls jumping on my back and all sorts of scary stuff. Pretty overwhelming for my first costume, but I guess I'll just have to deal. Thanks for the warning for that, especially.

ChibiToon
06-08-2003, 03:36 AM
As a newbie to Otakon AND anime cons, I find this thread VERY helpful. ^_^

For costume troubles, I don't have to worry one bit about my costume shoes. Why? Because the company that made them is Dr. Scholl's! They are extremely comfortable to walk in! I got them at the Goodwill and they have never been worn once. Now that's what I call luck! ;D

Concerning the homeless people, I know what you're talking about. One of my friends went to Baltimore last month for a religious convention/concert. Being a big church person and all, she felt really sorry for the homeless (who wouldn't?) and started to give them money and some food. Well, let's just say, not only was she low on money by the time she left, but she also had people coming up to her asking for money when they looked like they had just come from a business meeting!



CT

Oshi
06-08-2003, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by Selphie_fairy
so you had $200 for the entire trip? No. just ONE day. I only went Saturday. You can imagine my drive home; 2AM, after being at the dance, all tired and shit... I had to stop like, 3 times for coffee...

But yeah... I only brought $200. Now, with most cons, that will easily last me the weekend. But I was a fool and went nuts in the dealers room, sicne it was my first con and all... I'm gonna bring a good... well, $200, and then I have my credit cards and debit card for ATMs. >.>; heheh

Selphie_fairy
06-08-2003, 12:41 PM
OHHHHH hehe well my parents are willing to give me money because going to otakon is a gift and buying stuff is another present for me hehe ^^ wow driving at 2 am O.O have loud music and LOTS of cofee (or cofee candy ^^)

so do not give money what so ever right? ok i gotta keep that in mind ^^;

Malon
06-08-2003, 07:47 PM
You all mention that you guys go with friends. Did you ever have to go with parents? I'm curious about going, but unsure whether to make this a actual thing. (it'd be my first con ever). I hope to actually get past the "begging for mercy" part and be able to go and use these tips.

Luna Selene
06-08-2003, 08:21 PM
I actually went to Otakon '02 and Anime Central '03 with my mother, and it wasn't that bad at all. In fact, she was much more comfortable with Otakon's setup then ACen's, and found it very professionally run. I say if your parents aren't usually overprotective, they should find it okay to let you wander the con by yourself. I was fifteen last year when I went to Otakon, and after the first few hours on that Friday my mother was comfortable with staying in the hotel room while I was at the con. I'll be nearing seventeen when Otakon rolls around this year, and honestly the only time I'll really need her is walking back to the hotel from the con at night. I'd rather not do that alone ^_^;;

And in terms of suggestions, I'm sorry if this has already been said...but if you know something you really must see or do, look through the program book as soon as you get it, circle it, highlight it, make sure you won't forget it! Planning at least a small schedule will help you get to everything you want to do while still having fun ^_^ This was my flaw last year, for there were many more things I was interested in but never kept track of.

Also, don't stand in the masq line, if you want to go to the masq, too early (You'll get bored. trust me. I was an AUDIENCE JUDGE and I had to sit in there for countless hours ._. the sixth row seats weren't worth it), or too late (you will not get seats. period). Just budget your time!

KnuxieChan
06-09-2003, 08:23 PM
Sounds tough.. hope I'm ok @o.. Do people like.. attack you with photos even if you're a little kid?

sailor-moon
06-09-2003, 11:19 PM
Originally posted by Malon
You all mention that you guys go with friends. Did you ever have to go with parents? I'm curious about going, but unsure whether to make this a actual thing. (it'd be my first con ever). I hope to actually get past the "begging for mercy" part and be able to go and use these tips.

my parents took me to to katsu7,otakon2001,and katsu8, they also took me to BAAF and cons around the NY area. ^__^ of course i was like 15-16 at the time so its understandable why they wouldnt want me going bymyself^_^ they were always way over protective XD

otakon tips: eat at least 2 good meals, take a SHOWER! at LEAST once a day...and drink lots of water.

hanyou
06-11-2003, 12:22 AM
Sounds tough.. hope I'm ok @o.. Do people like.. attack you with photos even if you're a little kid?

If you have a good costume, people will ask you for photos, regardless.

neoangelwink
06-11-2003, 01:36 AM
(too lazy to ready very thread on this post)
1. con really big alway have a bud with u all time.
2. stay way from periveds.
#. alway keep other peep number with u that have cells.
4. alway keep a snack and wather with u.
5. make a meetting place and what time to meet.
6.dont wounder to for from the con when looking for food.
7.rest whne u are tired.
8. have a great time.
9. dont fight for really alway keep your cool.

Romann
06-11-2003, 02:01 AM
I'm not sure if anyone has stated this yet... but make a list of things you really want to buy in the dealers room. At least you can get the necessities out of the way before going for other stuff...it usually helps me.

CelesDragon
06-11-2003, 11:33 AM
Thought of something else..

Always pack an extra empty bag! Whether it's just a backpack or a gym bag, roll it up and throw it in with the stuff you are taking to the con, you never know how much more stuff you'll be coming back with. I generally go for the extra backpack, so any art books or posters don't get bent in traveling home again.

Malon
06-11-2003, 04:25 PM
Originally posted by sailor-moon
my parents took me to to katsu7,otakon2001,and katsu8, they also took me to BAAF and cons around the NY area. ^__^ of course i was like 15-16 at the time so its understandable why they wouldnt want me going bymyself^_^ they were always way over protective XD


*blink*


I WANT YOUR PARENTS!!! lol!

hm.... I'll still have to see... hopefully I'll have a job and enough money to make the trip and both parent permissions.... oy.. @_@

cyankirby
06-16-2003, 01:31 PM
Originally posted by CelesDragon
Always pack an extra empty bag! Whether it's just a backpack or a gym bag, roll it up and throw it in with the stuff you are taking to the con, you never know how much more stuff you'll be coming back with. I generally go for the extra backpack, so any art books or posters don't get bent in traveling home again.
There are travel backpacks and bags that fold up into a small rectangle and take up little to no space. I brought one last year and it seemed to work great for all that extra stuff!

DigitalCactus
06-16-2003, 06:51 PM
for those of us staying in hotels where there isnt a kitchen.. a mini fridge of even a mini microwave would be nice for those meals...

MistressChi
06-21-2003, 09:31 PM
What about the dance? Does anyone have any thoughts/suggestions about that? I have never been to Otakon, or any other convention, but my friend and I have boyfriends that want to go to the dance with us. I need a little help please.

Romann
06-21-2003, 11:40 PM
Wear something comfy...it can get hell hot and stank and sweaty. I don't see what would be wrong going to the dance with your bf's. Wear closed toe shoes as well...seeing as how open toes can handle the pressure of a boot/spiked heel... that's all I can think of ^^

Radical Urd
06-22-2003, 12:20 AM
Oh man it gets hot in there, in some of the rooms they give you some water from this little fountain but it doesn't help much. I would advice to wear something you don't mind getting sweaty in. the OtakuRave is just that a Rave. its like a normal club atmosphere. If you've been to a club you know what to expect at a dance

MistressChi
06-22-2003, 01:26 PM
is there an age limit? I was lookiing at some pictures and the people in them seemed older. I'm 14, is that old enough?

Selphie_fairy
06-22-2003, 05:03 PM
im 14 too ^-^ the rave sounds interesting so second that question for me!

Inamichan
06-23-2003, 01:44 AM
hehe, This is EXTREMELY helpful, thanks everyone!! *writes stuff down* It won't be my first con, but my first time at Otakon, and my first time cosplaying, so I'm extremely nervous. ^^;;;

Nikol
06-23-2003, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by MistressChi
is there an age limit? I was lookiing at some pictures and the people in them seemed older. I'm 14, is that old enough?

There is an Age Thread here somewhere but there is no limit for entry. For some things like the Masqurade there is a sepreated between childen and adult but you'd need to check the site for the exact ages.

kuro_nezumi
06-25-2003, 10:01 PM
A lot of people have mentioned pain killers and other such non-prescriction kinds of medication's. But if you do take a prescription medication REMEBER TO BRING IT. I know it sounds stupid to forget you own medication. But with all the excitement about going the con it happens. My friend has forgotten once. I've forgotten it once and I truly reget it I had a horrible time and I ruined my friends' time too. And it does make all the difference if it's something like anti-despressants.

I know this next part clashs with what everbody says about the heat. But some of the theaters can get extremly cold. Bring a coat, sweater, or something of the like. I hope this helps someone.

lunasreincarnat
06-26-2003, 11:29 PM
hehe my bigest prob with the con is food. my group found that snacks are very good. not only can you make ramen with a coffee pot! but you can make cous couse and that mac and cheese you microwave! @_@ when the con is closed or if its really early in the morning tis good to have that dear coffee pot...
otakon 2000 (1st con ever for me ^.^) me and my friend made the mistake of eating at the BCC food court... we didnt know the inner harbor food court was so close till saturday.... i ended up spending like 5 dollars for a salad and 2 for a soda.
and dont give into the hotels crap eaiter. i know the hyatt sets out bottles of water for you. and your like cool free water and then you notice the 4.00 price tag on it. dont use the mini bar or anything else thats in the room unless u wanna pay 4.00 for a candy bar. the snack machines in days in were insane! 1.75 for a freaking can of giner ale! ugh! @_@
if u need to use a phone and dont have a cell phone... dont use the hotel phone (i know its obvious not to use one) my friend used it last year for like 30 sec and they charged us 8.00. sigh
and stick close to a friend the con is much more fun with some one else then by your self! ^.^
and beware of the scam artists and ho bos.... they hang out right across the street from the convention center....waiting... last year a man called for me and come over to me to hand me a card that said he was blind and def... but he could speak,see,and hear me! @_@ and dont give money to anyone...some guy last year said he worked for the sound crew at otakon and that he needed money for a cab. my friend ofcorse gave in... sigh
weeeeeeeeeeee hope to see everyone at otakon ^.^

Pretty_Kitty
06-29-2003, 10:45 AM
Also be careful when walking back to your hotel room at night. The Inner Harbor is safe, but sometimes it can get crazy down there.

As for food, your best bet is to read up about food places around the Inner Harbor. Don't count on the Burger King across the street from the BCC all the time, it gets crowded FAST and when you're hungry you just don't want to wait 20 min in line for a Whooper. You also don't want to spend $8.00 for salad like Luna did. Reaserch is your best friend, if you research you can find some great food places for not a lot of money.

lunasreincarnat
06-30-2003, 09:45 PM
ya down the street is little italy and there is a hotdog stand lol right out side the convnetion center at night time... weee ^.^

Radical Urd
07-01-2003, 12:16 AM
Oh! Beware the prostitutes!!! They are EVERYWHERE at Baltimore! And the street bums!! They like to harrass people in costumes!! And the McDonalds isn't safe either!!

lunasreincarnat
07-01-2003, 12:33 AM
lol the bums are funny and there is a few scam artists who say they are with otakon! DONT LISTEN TO THEM!!!! they just want your money for drugs!

Hotaru
07-01-2003, 11:10 AM
don't all bums want money for drugs? or alcohol? :p

how about bringing along some sammiches? peanut butter should last thru the day, so if you don't have time to stop for a meal, you could always eat that. but then again, all your stuff might smell like peanut butter when you're done. ^_^

i'm sure there are sites online that list the different restaurants and such around, so maybe you can find one that isn't too far out of the way, and make a plan to go there. just don't eat in the center. i'd rather bring frozen pizza than pay $4 a slice!

CelesDragon
07-01-2003, 01:50 PM
http://www.cybcity.com/otakuchow/

They've got almost all the food places listed, as well as hotel reviews.

lunasreincarnat
07-01-2003, 01:55 PM
its good to always carry a drink with you! ^.^

rpd_girl
07-01-2003, 02:01 PM
Take a bookity bag with you....

it's going to be HOT AS HELL... so don't wear your costume there if you have to walk a bit to the BCC.

Drink LOTS OF WATER... you will be sweating, and your body needs to water down the toxins... and freshen your body.

TAKE A BATH OFTEN. WEAR DEODERANT, or at least lots of body spray... otherwise I will spray some febreeze or something on you. and you don't want that.

Bring enough clothes and more.

Go the the Baltimore Aquarium.. it's so awesome. There are tons of other cultural and such things in the area... expand yourself. :)

Hotaru
07-01-2003, 05:47 PM
oh god, rpd_girl..we were waiting for an anime to start...and this guy sitting a few seats from my boyfriend...ugh, it was so disgusting. he stuck his finger in his ear...looked at it, then put it in his mouth. *vomit*

yeah...i don't sweat that much, thankfully but...somepeople is just nasty.

Chun Li
07-01-2003, 06:05 PM
I just have one thing to say.

"There is no Running! Only Walking! All Runners will be moved to the back of the line!"

lunasreincarnat
07-01-2003, 11:30 PM
some times its fun to run ^.^ even though its stupid sometimes to run...ehh i was sitting next to this guy in artist alley... he was so sweaty he would turn his head and sweat would land on me... ugh.....

caelestis
07-03-2003, 12:43 PM
Best con advice I can give (for cons in general, seeing as I can't afford Otakon this year *sniffles*), if you're bringing a friend, make sure they know what they're in for. If you're a very active person who needs 3 hours max of sleep and intends to do all one can at a con, make sure they know that. I took a friend with me to Akon and after *1* day at the con she really was dragging me down-- to the point that on Sunday I was very cranky (the night before she complained she was tired and drug me away from a really cute guy I was talking to >_<* ).

Oh, and bring buttloads of film/disposable cameras. They screw you over royally when you buy them around the hotel/in the hotel shop. Seriously.

lunasreincarnat
07-04-2003, 02:49 AM
the con is very dark so be careful and make sure you have flash hehe... and get those cool cameras where they put the pics online for you.

Hotaru
07-06-2003, 01:41 PM
Take your time with pics, and DON'T, under ANY circumstances, say "I'll get a pic of them later". Because that's practically impossible. You see a kick ass costume, you get a pic asap. We...I learned that the hard way. Get online for the guests and MAT3K mad early, and...i guess that's all.

CHAOS
07-06-2003, 04:59 PM
This is my first Otakon and second con over all. All of your ideas are great! Thank you, you kind people. :D
Originally posted by Sami
- Stay hydrated. Plenty of water!
Is it that hot?!?! *paniks and runs around room screaming* It was major hot in one viewing room this year at Katsucon and I almost died. X_X
Originally posted by kuro_nezumi
I know this next part clashs with what everbody says about the heat. But some of the theaters can get extremly cold. Bring a coat, sweater, or something of the like. I hope this helps someone.
Freezing temps is what I call home. :E
Originally posted by KuroBara
14. Don't be shy! Ask people for pictures, e-mail addresses, etc.
Originally posted by White Ninja
3. Don't be shy. I didn't talk to anyone cept my friends for the first few cons and found you don't meet anyone just sittin around waiting for them to talk to you. You got to be out-going and even sometimes persistent to get someone's attention since most people are very shy. I learned it's even better to just be loud and yell at people, in a nice way, to get their attention. (If anyone remembers The White Ninja from Katsucon you know what I mean)
I am really shy. I am screwed aren't I? :( I would love to meet new people there but being shy kills that dream.
Originally posted by Eclipse180
Did anyone mention to wear the most comfortable shoes possible? *remembers last year*;_; The Convention Center is huge and you'll have to do alot of walking if you want to see everything.
I love walking. Best excercise ever! ^_^
And sorry if this is too long of a post. :(

Luna Selene
07-06-2003, 05:44 PM
Yes. It is _that_ hot. Bring water. Multiply how much water you bring times ten if you wear any sort of costume with pants/long skirts, long sleeves, or mascot costumes. I'll be in a catsuit most of the day (if not all) on Saturday and you can bet I'll have a water bottle and possibly a fan with me at all times. Don't trust on just drinking soda or juice either, you'll only be dehydrated more. Stick with water, or even better, just plain ice, all the way.

Also, if you see someone who looks interesting, or even is just wearing a costume you like or is dressing from one of your favorite series, you really don't have to be afraid to go up and talk to them! Especially for us people who are going without a group of friends ( aka. me ^^; ), we LOVE people who come up to chat.

*expects all Bebop fanatics to saunter over...>D*

CHAOS
07-06-2003, 05:49 PM
Thnaks. :P I plan to go with my best friends.

Chun Li
07-06-2003, 10:17 PM
Oh one more bit of advice, if you are going with a parent that dosent like or understand anime. ask them to drop you off and pick you up later, they will do nothing but bitch about that costumes that are slightly revileing.

Soratakun
07-06-2003, 10:51 PM
Ehehe... my parents are strange. o_o My mom will only watch Cardcaptor Sakura, but makes these really unusual happy squeaking noises! I swear! My dad, on the other hand, will watch almost all anime. And doesn't complain about it being too skanky or anything. He usually just concludes that it's cultural. XD

AS FOR WATER! Drink drink drink! And if you run on caffeine at home? Drink COFFEE! Or tea! Or be strange and special, pack a bento! ^_^ With ocha and everything. I plan to do that this year. :B

Don't become a cave dweller. Keep walking around and don't just stay and watch anime ALL day. The joy about cons is that you have all the fans right there to socialize with! :D And DON'T BE SHY! BEING SHY SUCKS! >.<

Well, see ya'll there! And uh, one last question, what time do the parking lots fill up at?

Chun Li
07-07-2003, 01:01 PM
Parking is no easy task, You have to get there early to get a good space. with that said, If this is your first con it will be the time of your otaku life, the inner harbor becomes anime land for a weekend. its not uncommon to see vash and sailor saturn sitting out side a starbucks. On otakon the people that are "normal" feel like the out casts walking the streets. so if you are ever lost. Just Fallow the Cloud of cosplayers.

CHAOS
07-07-2003, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by Chun Li
Oh one more bit of advice, if you are going with a parent that dosent like or understand anime. ask them to drop you off and pick you up later, they will do nothing but bitch about that costumes that are slightly revileing.
At Katsucon, my dad came in, even though I told him to drive somewhere else while my and my friend were there, without and badge thing. He walked around the whole place and nobody told him to get out. At the end, he told me about all the "funny/scary" people he saw and we all laughed about it. He doesn't care at all. He just laughs or talks to them. :eek:

Schu
07-07-2003, 01:47 PM
If you have a digital camera bring your charger in your bag... you can always camp it out on a sofa or something and charge up so you don't have to walk back to your hotel and miss whats going on.

Can't think of much else... except... remember time zone changes.... if you're driving from central time zone (or any of the others) you may forget to set a watch or cell phone time and not remember it when quickly checking your watch...

blueNINE
07-09-2003, 09:30 AM
I've not been to Otakon, but a general con strategy is to choose a meeting place and a time to meet there for your group. That way everyone can do their thing and not be lost when it's time to group up for food or a particular event.

AndroidOrion
07-09-2003, 11:06 AM
I love that feeling, of wandering around Baltimore and just seeing anime come to life. I remember the first time I went to Otakon ('99), I was 16, and begged my dad to take me. As we were driving into the city I saw some cosplayers from Kenshin walking around (I think... it was a while ago) and just got this giant grin on my face, bouncing in my seat saying "Look, dad! Otaku! We're getting close!" Ever year since then when I've gone I always get that same happy feeling the first time I see cosplayers wandering around ^_^

Don't be afraid to bring your parents if they want to come and "supervise". My grandmother even stayed with us for a while, that first year, and she had a lot of fun watching all the costumers, asking me what kind of character they were. I think most parents, if they're the sort to actually bring you to an anime con in the first place, will relax once they see you enjoying yourself and not in any danger, and may even start *gasp* enjoying themselves as well. Spending time with your parents is not always a bad thing... Who knows, maybe you will grow closer over Card Captor Sakura ^_^ To this day my dad will still buy Sunday passes to cons, if he's in the area, and hit up the art show ^_^

And for another piece of con advice that I haven't seen mentioned yet... If you can afford it, get the hotel room for Thursday night as well as Friday and Saturday (tho it may be a little late for that now). I have lost track of the amount of times I've gone to a con (not just Otakon, but any con) and missed TONS of stuff on Friday because I was stuck in traffic (Baltimore Beltway traffic is hideous on Friday afternoons), people were late getting ready when I've carpooled, something's wrong with the hotel, etc... It just gives you some time to SLEEP before the con, and still have plenty of time to put on your costume and get registered before most of the con activities really kick into high gear.

Sorry if this was a bit long ^_^;;

-Cassie (first post here, btw... I love this board!)

Sciguy
07-09-2003, 03:03 PM
Welsome aboard Cassie! It's great to have you! See you at Otakon!

Now, just to keep from being completely offtopic and superfluous, here's my advice: I realize that this has already been mentioned, but I can't stress the importance of eating and drinking plenty of water enough! Bring at least 2 bottles of water PER DAY. Chill one and freeze the other to keep the first cold. trust me, this con is so big and there is so to do that you won't notice hunger and thirst.

NeoLunaAngel
07-10-2003, 10:15 AM
Originally posted by Chun Li
Oh one more bit of advice, if you are going with a parent that dosent like or understand anime. ask them to drop you off and pick you up later, they will do nothing but bitch about that costumes that are slightly revileing.

My mom helps with most of the costumes we make. And when I mean helps, I mean she is god's gift to our cosplay group. She goes to otakon to be proud of her children and her work, if she sees skanky cosplay she laughs at it and tells me to be nicer to the catgirls wearing nothing ^_^;; She isn't into anime, except cowboy bebop, and really doesn't understand it or care about it.

Moral of the story, if your parents can handle the level of dorkdom that settles in B-more for a weekend, and you can handle them being around you, then bring them...it is quality time spent with people who love you!!

Chun Li
07-10-2003, 01:25 PM
yeah, i guess my dad is just nuts and a jerk

Hotaru's Sister
07-10-2003, 03:41 PM
My Dad used to be uptight about anime. I still remember the time I was watching Devil Hunter Yohko and he walked in at the end of an episode The enemy's shirt was cut and yu could see part of her breast. His response: "Wow, there's alot of nudity in this one." Little did he know it was like straight up hentai 20 minutes prior. Now he's pretty much cool with whatever we watch.

For those bringing parents, there are plenty of things for them to do during the day. The inner harbor has many little shops and stuff, there were free concerts last year. There's the water taxi. For a couple of bucks you get an all day pass so you can get on and off as much as you want to see the city without driving arround.

Last year my father brought his fianceé and her daughter with us. Since the daughter(now our step-sister) loves Sailor Moon(we call her an otaku in training) they decided to walk around the con a bit. As long as they just walk the halls, they won't really be stopped for not having badges and they can see all the costumes etc. I told them if security does say something, they just have to say they saw all the costumes and came to see what was going on, hense they didnt know about needing badges.

Icetigris
07-12-2003, 03:52 AM
This Otakon will be my second Otakon and my 4th anime con. My dad took me to Katsucon 7 (my first con) and he thought it was interesting. He actually bought an Astro Boy tape (cuz he liked it when he was a kid) and said that he might even cosplay as Astro Boy! How kewl is that?

And now: fun fact!:)
-Baltimore is the STD capital of the US. There is a reason for this. Take a wrong turn in Baltimore and you will see a streetfull of strip clubs. My Human Development teacher told us of his experience with this. He took a wrong turn and suddenly every two feet someone would stick their head out of the door of a strip club and ask him if he was looking for some fun.

So, to reiterate: travel in packs, cover yourself if you're wearing something questionable, and look scary yourself! The reason some ppl harrass other ppl is because they don't look foreboding and dangerous themselves. Now, granted, that could be difficult when cosplaying as, say...Rabi~en~Rose or something, but there are ways to solve this problem. It's called pepper spray. Tazers are nice too.

But seriously, just change into something else before leaving for your hotel. My suggestion to fellow females is wear a somewhat baggy t-shirt (like those that guys typically wear) with something weird or obnoxious written on it ("I don't suffer from insanity-I enjoy every minute of it" or "I'm only wearing black until they make something darker" are good examples) and don't wear girly looking pants, such as tight jeans or short shorts. I personally like those pants with the zip-off bottoms (so you can change them into shorts for the hideously hot weather in MD) or bondage pants with lots of chains or zippers of generally interesting notions on them. Then you can look much creepier and repel the scary ppl a lot easier.

paulzerz
07-12-2003, 04:45 AM
LOL this thread is great. This is my first ever anime con.

But not my first time in Baltimore. Whenever I go to a big city, I carry some sort of something to protect myself. A stick, a knife, bokken, whatever. I plan on taking a bokken with me when I walk around Baltimore, since my hotel's a mile-and-a-half from the bcc. :rolleyes:

But, seriously, I have this huge list of tips and stuff, most of which came from here. Thanks a lot, guys! :D

Chun Li
07-12-2003, 11:13 AM
Originally posted by Icetigris
This Otakon will be my second Otakon and my 4th anime con. My dad took me to Katsucon 7 (my first con) and he thought it was interesting. He actually bought an Astro Boy tape (cuz he liked it when he was a kid) and said that he might even cosplay as Astro Boy! How kewl is that?

And now: fun fact!:)
-Baltimore is the STD capital of the US. There is a reason for this. Take a wrong turn in Baltimore and you will see a streetfull of strip clubs. My Human Development teacher told us of his experience with this. He took a wrong turn and suddenly every two feet someone would stick their head out of the door of a strip club and ask him if he was looking for some fun.

So, to reiterate: travel in packs, cover yourself if you're wearing something questionable, and look scary yourself! The reason some ppl harrass other ppl is because they don't look foreboding and dangerous themselves. Now, granted, that could be difficult when cosplaying as, say...Rabi~en~Rose or something, but there are ways to solve this problem. It's called pepper spray. Tazers are nice too.

But seriously, just change into something else before leaving for your hotel. My suggestion to fellow females is wear a somewhat baggy t-shirt (like those that guys typically wear) with something weird or obnoxious written on it ("I don't suffer from insanity-I enjoy every minute of it" or "I'm only wearing black until they make something darker" are good examples) and don't wear girly looking pants, such as tight jeans or short shorts. I personally like those pants with the zip-off bottoms (so you can change them into shorts for the hideously hot weather in MD) or bondage pants with lots of chains or zippers of generally interesting notions on them. Then you can look much creepier and repel the scary ppl a lot easier.


Lol. when i was gonna crossplay as chun li i was gonna Where a cloak and carry a Can o mace with me. but since i`m going as inu-yasha now i just have to watch out for stepping on things barefoot. This is my 3rd time at otakon, and my 3rd con in general.

Hotaru's Sister
07-12-2003, 02:13 PM
Yes, the red light district of Baltimore is like 3 blocks from the BCC. We drove through it the first time we went while trying to find the way back to our hotel.


-Print up a variety of different directions. Baltimore is a city of one-way streets and pretzel shaped expressways. We've gotten lost many many times there. If you have to drive to and from your hotel make sure have have directions for both trips. For added measure get directions from two different places, so if you can't follow one, you have a backup.

That's not to say you can't find your way around. Last year my directions had me go through a toll to get from my hotel to the BBC, but not on the way back. The next day I figured out how to work the second route backwards to avoid the toll.

Wolfwood6
07-13-2003, 10:17 PM
This will be my third year at otakon and here's what i've learned

1: If you wanna do Karaoke GET THERE EARLY! i wasnt able to do it last year because of a 2 hour wait

2: EAT! The bible sayeth "A man cannot live on pocky alone" Although fun and refreshing, Pocky cannot be used as breakfast lunch and dinner...

3: Keep close contact with your friends, it takes forever to find someone, especially in the dealer's room

4: HAVE FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Soratakun
07-14-2003, 07:06 PM
My instance of bad Baltimore... hmm... this is it.

My mom and I are walking to see the Alka-Seltzer tower, bottle, thing. We walk two blocks from the Days Inn. See the tower. Then...

Me : Uhm... lets go mom...
Mom : *Clueless* But we're so close to the building! Maybe we can go up!
Me : Look at the doorway mom...
*Bum sleeping in doorway that's been blocked off*
Mom : ... *Turns and walks*

Giant Alucard
07-14-2003, 10:29 PM
I'm not sure if this will apply to everyone, but it may apply to some newbies with friends who like to play pranks:

Don't fall asleep first!!!

Giant Alucard
07-14-2003, 10:29 PM
I'm not sure if this will apply to everyone, but it may apply to some newbies with friends who like to play pranks:

Don't fall asleep first!!!

Lady Ava
07-14-2003, 10:46 PM
My Con Survival Guide (part two) ^_^

~There is so much going on at once when it comes to this con. Try to sceduale everything so that you're not rushing around. This is very important for cosplayers, so that you can plan out when to switch outfits. Remember: Cons are suppost to be fun ^_^

~ If you want, carry a two way walkie talkie. They can be better then Cell phones. Plus you save money

~Study the map of the con when you get there and get your stuff. Find out where everything is so you don't end up getting lost or separated from your group. If it does happen, then find the staff and they can help.

~Cosplayers with open-winged costumes be careful. People passing by you might run into and damage you wings and possibly more of your outfit.

~If you are over the age of 21, drink responibly. We don't want anything happening to you older Otakus.

And finally.....

~ Have fun! You there to hang around, meet friends and whatnot. Its a great con, so enjoy it ^_^

Wolfwood6
07-15-2003, 10:45 AM
Originally posted by NeoLunaAngel
My mom helps with most of the costumes we make. And when I mean helps, I mean she is god's gift to our cosplay group. She goes to otakon to be proud of her children and her work, if she sees skanky cosplay she laughs at it and tells me to be nicer to the catgirls wearing nothing ^_^;; She isn't into anime, except cowboy bebop, and really doesn't understand it or care about it.

Moral of the story, if your parents can handle the level of dorkdom that settles in B-more for a weekend, and you can handle them being around you, then bring them...it is quality time spent with people who love you!!




heh.....::remembers when his dad saw the bondage fairies::

ignats69
07-15-2003, 06:48 PM
Not only should you pack food for the con, but if you are like me and have to drive for 6 hours, bring a lot of food for the trip. I went to Anime Boston this year and brought a bunch of food with me. It helped me out the ride there and saving money at the con! I even had food left over for the ride back.
A big bag of food and cooler is a life saver!
Plus, have a map ready if you don't know the area. Nothing worse than getting lost in a big city and ending up in a scary place!

Icetigris
07-15-2003, 11:39 PM
Also, GET TO THE VIDEO GAME TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION VERY EARLY!!!!!!!!! I missed the SSBM tournament last year because I was screwing around in the dealers room too long. I was pissed, to say the least.

Ramanji
07-18-2003, 01:04 PM
this is gonna be my 3rd year going to otakon. alot of safety tips have already been said, and there isn't too much more to add. but, if you have a friend the Artist room, and you know them good enough, you can always ask them if you can leave your stuff under their table. Me and my friend had so much stuff last year it got annoying to carry arround and we ended up leaving it with an artist friend. If worse comes to worse and you have nowhere else to put it, just run it back to your hotel room during lunch if you have the time, if you don't have the time to run back, find the time somewhere, don't carry all that stuff around, it makes you an easy target to get stuff stolen and it gets tiring after a while. As for the not eating at the center, don't. One night i spent like...6 bucks on a bunch of soda and a hotdog. it wasn't too much, but you could sit in a BK and spend less and have unlimited soda. Then there was the saturday night where we got cans of soda and food from the vending machines at the hotel...lol...so, make sure you eat good..i got home and i was starving. Oh, and one more thing. If you're really sick, it's not a good idea to go to the con, no matter how much you wanna go. People don't wanna go to the con and go back home sick. I went last year with an ear infection. Nothing contagious but it hurt like hell most of the weekend.

Selphie_fairy
07-18-2003, 01:20 PM
what video game tournament? O.o theres a video game tournement?!

boiya
07-18-2003, 01:30 PM
It'll be my first time at Otakon this year and I was wondering if anyone would recommend some nice spots in the area that would be good for taking cosplay pics?

Selphie_fairy
07-18-2003, 01:38 PM
i second that question but where is the video ame tournament being held? O.o

Hotaru's Sister
07-18-2003, 01:54 PM
Check the events section at www.otakon.com

As for pics, there are two fountains in the BCC, can get nice skyline shots on the walkways. Other than that, I'm not sure.

AniMajor
07-19-2003, 03:10 AM
I know, I'm not going to Otakon, but I do have some advice.

Water is your friend, but Gatoraid/Poweraid will do better if you are really hot, and tired, but not the red kind, it will spill on your costume and everwhere, and the last thing you want is a big red spot on your white costume. There is clear Gatoraid.

Leave food in your hotel room. At one con, a girl was carrying box of Cheez-its around. It was not attractive, and the last thing you want it to wipe your hand on your pants after eating. (We all do it, admit it.)

Make sure you know where everyone is, all the time. If you are with a group, use walkie-talkies or something to keep in touch. The last thing you want is to realize a groupmate is missing and you have no clue where they are, or if you are missing and have no clue where you group is.

Don't eat, drink, touch anything that can wreck your costume. Watch where you sit, stand, what any tails. trains, etc. are dragging in.

And, if for some reason you are having a bad time due to sickness, or otherwise, tell your groupmates, but don't jump at them.

Be nice. Treat others with respect, even if they are being a complete jerk. Don't jump on things, people, animals, without them knowing you are going to.

If you are uinsure about something, ask. If you don't know, it's better to ask a stupid question, then be lost and confused.

I'm sure all of this is redundant, but I hope it's helpful.

Hotaru's Sister
07-19-2003, 10:36 AM
Those of you with cell phones, check what affect being in anoher state will have. I use Cingular and I can change my plan without breaking my contract so I'm gonna switch to their national plan. Most phone plans are local and if you go outside a certain area you get charged roaming fees that are .50-.90 per minute.

Also, ALOT of people will bring walkie talkies. Don't be suprised if you hear other people coming through on yours. I was using mine as I went up the escalator and heard my voice coming from some guy next to me :p

Try adjusting the channel whenever that happens. Just make sure you tell anyone you're with to set theirs as well.

Selphie_fairy
07-19-2003, 12:33 PM
question, if a parent is coming with you do they have to pay as well?

Luna Selene
07-19-2003, 12:55 PM
Are they actually going into the con center with you, Selphie? My mom bought a registration last year and found it very convenient, for when I'd leave to change costumes and come back they'd be checking badges at the entrances.

If your parent is intending to not attend the con at ALL, (as in, stay out of the BCC completely and just do activities around Baltimore), then they don't need to pay and register. But if you're going alone otherwise, you might want them to be there at certain times. Such as, walking back to the hotel at night ^-^; as dorky as it might sound, it's really very helpful.

So really, it's yours and their decision. But another reg really wouldn't hurt anything.

Selphie_fairy
07-19-2003, 05:38 PM
oh icic my parents are going to be walking around with me so they have to pay as well im guessing right? ^^; first con i dont know what to do hehe ^^;

Ramanji
07-19-2003, 06:04 PM
yeah, they'll have to pay as well

CHAOS
07-19-2003, 06:22 PM
My dad walked around Katsucon without paying. HE was lucky he didn't try to go in the dealers room. ^_^;;

Selphie_fairy
07-19-2003, 06:28 PM
lucky!!!!! i wish that would happen with me -- lol but my parents are going to leave me with a cellphone and dropping us off XD i just feel nervous its a big area ya know ^^;

CHAOS
07-19-2003, 06:39 PM
Don't be nervous! I will be the most nervous. But, I am going with my friends.

Selphie_fairy
07-19-2003, 06:59 PM
i only have my cousin lol how is a year older than me and shes a girl ^^;

CHAOS
07-19-2003, 07:03 PM
Well, you may meet other you know there and new people too! :D

Ramanji
07-19-2003, 10:19 PM
i'd totally think it would be cool to meet some new people at Otakon, people from this site. that'd just be cool

Selphie_fairy
07-19-2003, 10:38 PM
i am going to see manu of you guys! so excited XDDD remeber purple ribbon and avatar! XDD

Wolfwood6
07-19-2003, 11:18 PM
Purple ribbon and avatar? you got it ^_^

AndroidOrion
07-20-2003, 01:07 AM
I randomly thought of something that hasn't been put up here yet. At least two weeks before the con, start making a list of the things you need/want to bring, and stick it somewhere where you can easily write stuff down on it. In all the excitement (especially if you're a last-minute packer like me) it's easy to forget things, like, say, underwear. ^_^;; Or your purple ribbon & avatar. Or an address book/notepad & pen (for writing down e-mails of people you meet). Even if you think you won't have any trouble remembering to bring something, write it down. And it always helps to start packing things a few days early, so you won't be trying to stuff three pairs of shoes into a ShopRite bag because you didn't realize you didn't have enough room in your bag until you're ready to leave ^_^ Someone you know will always have a bag you can borrow, but you may not be able to get it the Friday morning of the con ^_^;;

Chun Li
07-20-2003, 01:23 AM
whats the purple ribbon and avatar for. what avatar?

Luna Selene
07-20-2003, 02:57 AM
Heh..I was nervous last year too. First Otakon, and I was fifteen. For the first two hours or so my mom was with me...but otherwise...she pretty much brought me food and then walked me back to the Hotel.

I gotta admit, there were some creepy fanboys there last year (my friend had a lick me sign up as a joke, as Schuldig from Weiss Kreuz, and had 30 something year old men trying to lick her neck e.e; ), but you just have to know how to avoid them, especially if you're in a skimpy and/or tight costume. On average though, a lot of the people (especially those bearing the purple ribbon!), are quite friendly and approachable. Otakon is very well run and supervised, so I think most minors going around without parents in the con center should generally be okay.

And Chun Li, the purple ribbon is for recognizing cosplay.com members, especially for the Saturday shoot. Just wear a strand of purple ribbon to symbolize your cosplay.com membership, and it'll be easier for us other members to spot you there! The avatar is the picture you have under your name on the left hand side of the screen. Some people are choosing to print out their current Avatar as well, and wear it along with the ribbon for more recognition.

Hope this helps?

Wolfwood6
07-20-2003, 07:55 AM
I am the official Bodyguard for otakon this year so if anyone needs help just remember my motto "Fanboy's tossed in 30 seconds or your pocky back"

NeoLunaAngel
07-20-2003, 11:50 AM
Originally posted by Wolfwood6
heh.....::remembers when his dad saw the bondage fairies::

::remembers her dad's first response to sailor mars, god rest his soul :) ::

Selphie_fairy
07-20-2003, 11:56 AM
is there an age limit to be walking around the con by yourself?? O.o

Luna Selene
07-20-2003, 12:34 PM
I don't really think so. But obviously, if you look like you're seven or eight, they might ask where your parents are. I saw plenty of fourteen-fifteen year olds walking around the con by themselves last year, and I was even one of them. It's just convenient to have your parents check in with you every so often, and possibly bring you meals (heh...I loved California Pizza Kitchen for those three days!). And if they actually want to stay, Otakon usually screens classics like My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke which might be good introductory anime for parents, as well as the panel 'Parents' guide to anime' which answers a lot of their questions. My mom attended that last year and found it very helpful and informative!

Chosuke
07-20-2003, 01:18 PM
I never went to Otakon, but here is an over-all con-going tip!

When you decide to room with people you know online,make sure you meet up and get to know them well first!
I know it sounds really easy to just talk to a bunch of people through AIM for a while and decide to get a room, but its much better if you have actual *contact*.

Just because you get along well online,or have met for a few seconds at the local anime club does not mean you will be able to stand each other for three days living in the same room! And if you are planning on doing it anyway, be a champ and make a few rules first that all of you can follow and agree on.

There is nothing worse then upsetting the peple you'll be with all through a con and being miffed the whole weekend. Not worth it.
It can totally ruin your weekend and maybe even a friendship!
heres a little list of things you should think about, just pulled from the top of my head ^^;;

1. State of the hotel room- Does your roomie have a problem with mess? Are they total slobs/clean freaks? Because if you are a messy person like msyelf .. Chances are you will piss off your neat and tidy roomie,and it isn't fair to aggravate people like that.
It's much easier to have a bunch of neat people together and a bunch of messy people together then one neat person going insane over three messy persons ..mess.

2. Keys- If you guys are just planning on sharing a room,then buggering off to wherever and not seeing each other most of the con. Here is a tip. GET EXTRA KEYS. Chasing people down to get into your room after stumbling around tired during the evening is not fun.It is much easier to each have your own key so you can go as you please.

3. Trust - Make sure you know your roomy well enough to feel safe around them. It is also better to know your roomy well enough so that if things get tough <i.e something goes missing,money disapears> there won't be any blame!It is much easier to target strangers then friends for these things.

And lastly..

Limits - Its nice to have someone wild and fun to hang around. But not TOO wild. Be realistic when choosing roomies,as it can make or break your weekend. No one likes to come to a room 3am sunday morning to discover it filled with 11 strange men playing strip poker with your roomy!


and allt his I DID gain from real life experience. Yes. Even walking in on the strange men playing strip poker.

Chun Li
07-20-2003, 04:33 PM
And Chun Li, the purple ribbon is for recognizing cosplay.com members, especially for the Saturday shoot. Just wear a strand of purple ribbon to symbolize your cosplay.com membership, and it'll be easier for us other members to spot you there! The avatar is the picture you have under your name on the left hand side of the screen. Some people are choosing to print out their current Avatar as well, and wear it along with the ribbon for more recognition.

Well its lucky that i have purple Ribbon left over from the Beltane Maypole. How convient. I`ll change my Avatar to a chun li one. BTW for those og you that don`t know i`m a guy

Shinobu
07-23-2003, 12:10 PM
Ah, another tip for new con-goers!
Don't start any trouble inside the convention center... You'll be kicked out for fighting or for harassment.

Inuyahsha
07-24-2003, 10:59 AM
what is the con anyway...? I thought it was just the convention...pfft. yep. Im a true blue n0Ob

Sciguy
07-24-2003, 12:18 PM
oh, Anime Conventions aren't like most other convention. Most Star Trek conventions, for instance, only include a few panals, maybe a costume contest, and most of the time is spent in the dealer's rooms. At an anime convention, there's anime running all day, panals running all day, opening and closing ceremonies, two costume contests, two hall cosplay contests, masquerades with multiple divisions and categories, there's karaoke, there's everything! saying that Otakon is a convention is a gross understatement.

Shinobu
07-24-2003, 12:56 PM
To find out more info go to http://www.otakon.com/
And Otakon is just one of the many conventions out there! Different cons in the country do different events than others! You'll have the time of your life. @_@

Inuyahsha
07-24-2003, 01:59 PM
X_X....wow.......I hope I can go.........

CHAOS
07-24-2003, 03:43 PM
Would it be an understatement to clasify it as one of the wonders of the world? :p

Shinobu
07-24-2003, 10:33 PM
lol, for a hardcore fan it probably is! ^_^ But, I think if I went to too many it might eventually get old ._. But... I havnt gone to that many, so that's not possible right now! hahaha!!!

Ramanji
07-24-2003, 11:29 PM
i don't think going to otakon or any con would get old..there is always new anime and all, and new games, and new rising stars and animators and all...it changes enough to make it fun every time.

Caryn
07-27-2003, 02:07 PM
Heheh I have the opposite problem as some of you. I desperately want my parents to let me wander around the con with my friends, but they're so overprotective that they tag along with me everywhere I go and get all upset if I get like 10 feet away from them. -_- At least that's what happened at AXNY last year. Maybe this year, since I'm going to be meeting online friends, they'll let me hang out with them alone once they get to know them..maybe...hopefully.

Anyway, I have a question that might have already been answered, but I'll ask anyway. Is there an age limit for the dances? Do you have to be over 18 to attend?

Sciguy
07-27-2003, 03:02 PM
no, there is no age limit on any activity at Otakon. The only exception is buying hentai, which oddly enough, shouldn't be restricted because a supreme court ruling states that rendered or drawn images of a sexual nature cannot be labeled as pornography, which is why they card people =Ţ

CHAOS
07-27-2003, 06:09 PM
Originally posted by Caryn
Heheh I have the opposite problem as some of you. I desperately want my parents to let me wander around the con with my friends, but they're so overprotective that they tag along with me everywhere I go and get all upset if I get like 10 feet away from them. -_- At least that's what happened at AXNY last year. Maybe this year, since I'm going to be meeting online friends, they'll let me hang out with them alone once they get to know them..maybe...hopefully.

Anyway, I have a question that might have already been answered, but I'll ask anyway. Is there an age limit for the dances? Do you have to be over 18 to attend?
My dad doen't care as long as I don't get lost in Baltimore, then I am fine. :)

Radical Urd
07-27-2003, 10:57 PM
My first year my mother called my celly every five minutes, so I understand, but over the years she has understood that i'm a very responsible person. But meeting your online friends is another thing, i can understand why your dad (or diddy) is nervous. If I told my mother that, she'd want their SNs. But your young! So live it up! And be happy that your parents are so concerned and care so much, cause one day you'll be all on your own, with no parents to...... pay your bills.
:/ -> ^_^

Shinobu
07-28-2003, 12:09 AM
My mom wanted someone to go with me around the convention so my older brother is coming with me. Since he likes anime and has gone on a couple forums before, he understands how I feel and how cool it is to meet online friends! I'm happy I have him, and... I dont think I'd ever want to roam a convention entirely alone >_<

Misa-chan
07-29-2003, 07:37 PM
Well, I'm a lone Otakon newbie this year. -_- None of my family members really understand anime or cosplay, so it's for the better. ^^ BTW, around what time does the Masqurade usually start on Friday? That's when I have to go home, since there are limited Amtrak trains in the late hours.

*edit*: I just noticed the schedule is now up, and Sunday is added to my con time so now I haw now schedule worries. :)

Ramanji
07-29-2003, 10:38 PM
my first year at con was great, but i was only there for a day..then last year i was there the entire weekend. I didn't have to worry bout parents calling all the time, but i had to worry bout an annoying friend calling in the middle of Akira on the 35mm. This year i'm going with even more friends. It seems the group i go with every year increases with size. I hope i see some of you there, not the jersey people, i know i'll see them, but the other cool people. I'll be dressed as DDR so if anyone sees me just say hi or something...i'll probably have an orange AND a purple ribbon..just cause i love orange.

Radical Urd
07-29-2003, 10:57 PM
The Masquerade starts on Saturday and its usually at night like around 8 or so i think we usually get in line at 6 or 7 sooo.... put that in accord

Lainish Kuma
07-31-2003, 05:41 AM
Wow what a helpful thread... Im flying from Seattle so this is my first Otakon (but my 6th con). Hm... Im only going to have about 100$ with me for the dealers room.. sad I know XD I hope things arent overpriced *sigh* I never buy much anyways XD

[Edit] Theres.... rats...? ;_; Oi..

Aer
07-31-2003, 12:08 PM
There are rats in every city =P

Don't worry, Baltimore isn't like SWARMING with them lol. I go there a lot (live 20 mins away) and really haven't seen any that I remember.

Lady Ava
07-31-2003, 05:52 PM
I remember going to Otakon for the first time. It was my first con. I went with my dad, and a friend of mine, his brother, and their dad. It sucked that I was the only girl and we only went for one day for the past two years.

Now, its all three days with my friends. I'm excited.

lumichan
07-31-2003, 06:06 PM
Geez, I must be missing out on all the good stuff...in my two years of going to Otakon I've never seen rats nor have I been harassed by any money-grubbing hobos and I walked back to my hotel past the inner harbor with my mother after dark. O_o;

So if this is your first Otakon...don't feel too intimidated by rat warnings or anything, they can't be too abundant. XD

Lainish Kuma
07-31-2003, 10:03 PM
Well I guess thats good n_n; I have to walk 1/2 mile to the hotel everynight- yikes!! Especiialy when I wear gambler Paine O_O;

Aer
07-31-2003, 10:13 PM
LOL! I just hope you are walking with someone else at least!

Selphie_fairy
07-31-2003, 10:16 PM
i have a100 bucks as well lol

Ramanji
07-31-2003, 11:11 PM
i'm gonna be loaded for the con with cash. And those rats man..last year i was sitting around and one of them bit my leg...it sucked..i had to seek medical attention asap. good thing it didn't get inffected...as for money frubbing hobos...we ran across one on saturday last year....had bloodshot eyes and all..said he needed money cause he got mugged the night before.

also..i was joking bout the rat bite...it was a pidgeon that did it.

Lainish Kuma
08-01-2003, 02:12 AM
Originally posted by Aer
LOL! I just hope you are walking with someone else at least!

XD Yeah. Me and my friend Collie have our own personal body guard :D Well sorta.


But yeah... 100 bucks = suckiness :/ But Im just exited I get to go n_n this is the first convention I get to fly to!

(A pigeon bit you? O_o )

Ramanji
08-01-2003, 08:34 AM
no. a pidgeon didn't bite me. i was kidding about that. The animals in the city are generally nice. Don't bother them and they don't bother you. gotta watch out for cars and crackheads though. those are the things that bite.

ChibiRydia
08-01-2003, 01:26 PM
I have written a lot of this down. I will keep this in mind, as it is my first con. Thank you all very much for the advice!!!

I've been so petrified nd nervous about this, and feel a lot better now.

kuro_nezumi
08-01-2003, 01:39 PM
no. a pidgeon didn't bite me

O_o I was about to say most of the should be harmless because they are mostly used to humans. But I'm glad nothing bit you. I goose bit me once I was not a happy camper, ok sorry that was off topic.

Kasai
08-01-2003, 03:47 PM
Waaaii!! I just want to say thank you to all you guys, this is going to be my first EVER con and cosplays, and I'm very grateful.

Look for a girl in a Koga or Lain or Team Aqua (from Pokemon, ha ha) costume and just yell "KASAI!!!" That will be me. =)

Thanks again!!

CHAOS
08-01-2003, 06:13 PM
Originally posted by kuro_nezumi
no. a pidgeon didn't bite me

O_o I was about to say most of the should be harmless because they are mostly used to humans. But I'm glad nothing bit you. I goose bit me once I was not a happy camper, ok sorry that was off topic.
Geese chased me when i was young. My dad picked me up and then the geese bit his feet. :p

kuro_nezumi
08-01-2003, 10:08 PM
[Q]Geese chased me when i was young. My dad picked me up and then the geese bit his feet[q/]

Ouch! I was just feeding the stupid goose. Ungreatful little b*st*rds.

Archelon
08-01-2003, 10:44 PM
Feed it an Alka Seltzer for revenge.

Ramanji
08-01-2003, 11:24 PM
or give it a nice handful of rice. As for this thread being useful, so far it seems useful to the first time goers. Only thing i can really stress though is the fact that the con center food is expensive, so the best bet is the BK across the way or just bring your own food. i'm stocking on Cereal, Cup noodles and Pop Tarts for the time i am there, with may one real meal at the BK. i am also bring a case of Bawls, maybe even 2. gotta get energy somehow.

Oburi_Shima
08-02-2003, 01:42 AM
Ramanji really likes his Bawls....but on a serious note I would like to thank everyone whose posted on here..because this will be my first con and I feel I am better prepared for it...so THANKS

Aer
08-03-2003, 01:09 AM
This may have been answered already...but I was thinking of carrying my Kenshin messenger style bag around with me to carry my digital camera, cell phone, snacks, water bottle, etc. Would that be a good idea? I'm gonna be in costume for a majority of the time and could always get my friend to watch the bag while I'm in photoshoots and such. I'll keep a good watch over it and everything but was wondering, what do other cosplayers do for carrying all their stuff during a con?

trigunvash
08-03-2003, 01:41 AM
I Carry around a backpack, and what you said, I have a friend of mine hold on/watch it when I need to take photos (or be in photos) etc.

kuro_nezumi
08-03-2003, 01:07 PM
/Feed it an Alka Seltzer for revenge/
/or give it a nice handful of rice/

O_o...I know what rice does but what will Alka Seltzer do? Oh well I don't live in that area anymore anyway. Then if my work found out I hurt a animal I'll probably get fired. OK Must stay on topic!

/con center food is expensive, so the best bet is the BK/

For the past two of going to otakon that's all we ate

/THANKS/

^-^ Your welcome

/Would that be a good idea?/

Sounds good to me

Selphie_fairy
08-03-2003, 03:01 PM
i just printed out the schedule of events at otakon. I saw that on the site the para para workshop is stated to start at 8:30 but in the schedule says it satrs at 7:30. Does anyone know the appropiate timing?

Archelon
08-03-2003, 03:04 PM
Alka Seltzer will make it explode. Mwuhahahahaha!!! .......erm, sorry.

CHAOS
08-03-2003, 03:08 PM
I don't know when para para is. And please dont explode geese :( BTW, that schedule was so big, I had to ask my dad for legal size paper [8.5x14]. I didn't wanna think about trying to find the way to resize it to make it smaller.

Archelon
08-03-2003, 03:13 PM
I would never blow up a goose. I am against the killing of innocent beings in any way, shape, or form. I just know what various things like Alka Seltzer do to them. Wait, that just makes it sound like I -do- kill innocent animals for fun. Oy vey.

orfos
08-03-2003, 03:28 PM
Ah! I have a tip for food!!

Go to the store and buy a couple meal bars. They don't cost much and they fill you up!! I ate one or two last Otakon weekend and was good to go! (Arigato to mom who forced me to buy them..)
Balance bars are very good ones. Just don't put them in a place where they'll get smushed .. put them in the otakon bag you get when you get your badges and all.. that works :D

And if you can.. try to get a digital camera from a friend if you don't have one!!!! there are way too many pictures to be taken there!! And last year I bought a disposible camera and half of my pictures didn't even come out!! T_T It was so mean!

Shinobu
08-03-2003, 07:26 PM
CHAOS and Selfie-Faire: You dont need to print out the schedual, Otakon will give you one at the door.

CHAOS
08-03-2003, 09:19 PM
Originally posted by Shinobu
CHAOS and Selfie-Faire: You dont need to print out the schedual, Otakon will give you one at the door.
I want to plan now tho. :D I don't wanna miss anything good.

dizzylizzy
08-03-2003, 10:47 PM
:::lizzy enters strange mood:::

good tip:
bring haribo gummi bears to appease me. O.o

and with that.... i've lost it for the nite

Ramanji
08-03-2003, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by CHAOS
I want to plan now tho. :D I don't wanna miss anything good.

the schedule you get at the door will have even more stuff on it. You can do a base plan of action, but then you'll find out that something you realy wanna see runs through something else you really wanna see. I find it best not to plan. I don't like having a set plan. I just go to whatever looks good at the time.

Alexia Ikyu
08-04-2003, 04:54 AM
Tip number:
#25 - #25 because this is how much I lost to a swindler. If anyone EVER comes up to you on the streets and asks for an obsurd amount of money, just IGNORE them and say no. They will probably have some oddball story to go along with it. I feel like an ass and I really wish I could have kicked the guy in the nuts once I realized what happened. >_< They prey on convention goers! They WILL promise you something that they will NOT give you. I was promised a press badge for Otakon because guy was with the New York times and he would meet me here and there blah blah blah etc. THEY ARE EVIL AND LIE OUT THEIR ASSES! They will also prey on what knowledge you give. I plain out said I wish I could have got a press badge for convention.

:mad:

CHAOS
08-04-2003, 08:30 AM
Originally posted by Ramanji
the schedule you get at the door will have even more stuff on it. You can do a base plan of action, but then you'll find out that something you realy wanna see runs through something else you really wanna see. I find it best not to plan. I don't like having a set plan. I just go to whatever looks good at the time.
True. :p That's means I have to figure out what I want to see Thursday night.

orfos
08-04-2003, 01:30 PM
*pats Alexia* that's so mean!!! *gives you a cookie* i'd be affraid to talk to them anyway and they aren't gonna lay a finger on my money unless they have what they are gonna give me right in their other hand and they give it to me same time i give them the money. XD;; i'm always like that.

ki kuru kitty
08-04-2003, 11:09 PM
If anyone tried a stunt like that around me I'd go old school delinquent on his ass. OORRRAAA! -_- yeah there are assholes and clueless people on the streets that are like... "What is going on, what is that some sort of freak show' that or the money making scheme and who can't forget the lame ass jokes some jerks also give too. But the resteraunt people love us. (from what I've seen) Its common for them to get 1 or 2 cons a year about anime so some people are familiar with it and are nice.

Alexia Ikyu
08-05-2003, 02:14 PM
It might have already been said, but if have to wait in line for a badge, BRING something to do for about three hours of wait before the doors open. That should get you at the front of the line. Otherwise it's still about three hours... two hours standing in line before doors open, then one hour standing in line till you get to the badge area.

Chun Li
08-05-2003, 03:59 PM
Tip #26: Alwasy keep track of your stuff. i would have lost a 230$ camera if the con gofers werent so nice! and the Baggy they give you is your friend! it will help you so much!


PS> look for me when not in costume i'`ll be carrying my cosplay.com staff "Bow staff with purple Bow on the top and ribbon running down from the bow"

PsychoShinji
08-06-2003, 08:17 AM
Wow, this WAS a great idea. I read through page 3 and I don't wanna repeat anything. I think I'm safe.
Here goes:

-BEFORE you leave the Dealer's Room, make sure everything that you bought is in your bags and can be carried without you having to pause and look at the things. (ie. I had to take off my plugsuit gloves to look at stuff, and I kept dropping them on my way out) If you keep stopping after you come out, or don't look up at the security, they will YELL at you and make you move out of the way. It's kinda violent. ^^

-The weather for the past three or four years at Otakon has been muggy, humid, and HOT. If you are carrying a lot of costumes with you and you don't have a hotel room (like moi), make sure that you time your trips to the car! Otherwise, you'll have to keep going out there and you will lose about 18 gallons of water just from the heat. (maybe not 18...but it seems pretty close)

-on the same note, POSTERS from the dealer's room and anything else made of paper will shrivel and get all wrinkly unless you keep your plastic bags wrapped tightly around them. If you're not careful, a good poster or book can be ruined within a walk outside on a humid night. ^^;;;;

Hope that helped...

Ramanji
08-06-2003, 08:29 AM
it'll always be humid in the summer cause its right by the Bay. Its not so bad at night cause its generally a little cooler at night time. But the humidity is a killer. Drink enough water to keep hydrated, don't wanna end up in a hospital for the weekend.

CHAOS
08-06-2003, 09:08 AM
It would be horrible if there was a severe T-storm during the storm and the lights went out. But, that couldn't happen.

PsychoShinji
08-06-2003, 01:53 PM
Kyaaa! I sure hope the con has good backup lighting systems....they'd better have at least 100 for the con. ^^;;; No way I'm going to be caught in the dark during a Dealer's room run!

Ramanji
08-06-2003, 01:55 PM
man, if power went out, there'd be a riot in the dealer's room. By the time anything got back up mass ammounts of items would be gone..

Allia
08-06-2003, 02:12 PM
I think it would be fun for the lights to go out at least for only a few minutes. Any longer would just plain suck. I think it would be exciting though.

Sciguy
08-06-2003, 05:21 PM
I think that the power going out would be awesome! The moon will be a few days off full so it'd cast an eerie glow through the skylights (assuming the cloud cover isn't too thick). That'd be so cool! *loves the dark*

CHAOS
08-06-2003, 07:02 PM
Wouldn't you all be afraid your stuff would get stolen? I would.

Allia
08-06-2003, 08:14 PM
My answer to that-
Anyone who bumps into me, touches me, hits me will be face down on the floor before they knew what hit them. So those idiots would just add to the excitement and fun.

CHAOS
08-07-2003, 09:27 AM
I would like to see that. :p

blu within blu
08-07-2003, 01:25 PM
Wow this thread has been really helpful! Thanks to everyone who posted tips! You're all life savers!

Wolfwood6
08-07-2003, 01:29 PM
blu are you cosplaying chihiro for otakon? cause my brother is cosplaying no-face lol

orfos
08-07-2003, 02:23 PM
*hopes she dun bump into Allia if the power goes out* meep! if you here an 'Orooooooooo' sound after beating the crap outa the person.. then you'll know it's me XD;;;

Allia
08-07-2003, 10:07 PM
If I see a Kenshin next to me before the lights go out I'll make sure I don't hit you. Of course you could hurt me with your reversed blade sword ( I think thats what it is. I saw a few episodes on Toonami on CN, but I know they have been know to screw things up). I'm really just looking out for the Miroku type. Hope to see you there.

Kamui32
08-11-2003, 12:02 AM
Well This was my First Otakon. Although I did happen to attend Katsucon Earlier this year. One of the first things I noticed. Hobos! Lots and lots of em especially when You try and walk to a place to eat. Just Ignore them when They ask for things or Try and sell swords for 5 bucks to you. On the Advice of my friend I got in line for the Cosplay right at 5 or so. I also saw TMR which I got in line a good hour before and still got a semi Crappy seat Fortunatly since Both things happened in the same room I just got in line for the cosplay right After TMR. I spent a good part of the morning Watching AMV's which is great thing to start the con off with since There were a descent amount of seats and The majority of the AMV's were Medium to good. I never went to any of the panels although I was tempted to go the AMV creation one(Me and AMV's ^^; ) Groups are a good Idea but can be very troublesome at times. By troublesome I mean some people Go off in completely opposite Direction than you and turn off their cell phones. This can get people extremely pissed. Especially when 1 friends Your with wants to Do something with everyone and you don't want to leave him hanging. And when You want to do something and he wants to do something else along with about a good 85% of your group and they force you to tag along. As far as making a schedule I really Don't see a need for one. Although It is an Excellent Idea to plan a time to eat as this took me roughly 1 hour in line and a good 10 minutes to get my food at BK which I yelled at the people to give me. Grrrr......People must work faster. I managed to work my way through Otakon with my Program guide! Muhahaha! This is probably the single most important thing they give you. Like people have stated before. You can see what is happening and Where.

I took a good 200 photos at the Con. Good amount although I had to delete a couple. I found just like at Katsucon people at Otakon Love to have their photo taken. After all thats one of the reasons they dress up! Don't be afraid to ask anyone for their photo. I wish I had gotten E-mail addresses of a couple of ppl though T_T.


Well Theres lots more to say but Me so tired from Long lines so Ja Ne!

neoangelwink
08-11-2003, 09:46 AM
^_^ i was fun, one thing i didnt like was being tacked my this homeless guy on line at the pr-reg.

Hotaru's Sister
01-22-2004, 11:07 PM
Bringing this back up, since some threads similar to it are starting to pop up.

Hotaru's Sister
05-14-2004, 06:00 PM
http://board.otakon.com/viewtopic.php?t=2448.

Mr. Czernobog
05-14-2004, 11:12 PM
One thing I can't stress enough; if you're taking pictures with a disposable camera, always have the flash charged. Bewteen my sister and I, we used about 4 cameras, and only 75% of the pictures were clear and visible. Either BCC is populated by the ghosts from Fatal Frame, or the lighting is just not friendly for a cheap camera.