These are not really rules but just nuggets of wisdom accumulated from 22+ conventions and 8 years of cosplaying:
-Go to con aid if you need help. They're around for a reason! Try to not bother security with inquiries because they have other stuff to do.
-When getting your picture taken, put your bag INFRONT OF YOU! You can keep an eye on it, especially if there's a lot of people who want your picture at that moment.
-BE PATIENT. There's a lot of people at the con besides you and everyone is trying to have a good time. There may be a long line or a long wait for something, but just remember that everyone in that line has to wait too.
-Read the schedule and plan your days before you go. The con releases a PDF of the schedule two weeks before, so map it out. Ask friends what they're doing and schedule in time for food and breaks. Mark places on your maps and make sure you're prompt.
- PLAN YOUR SPENDING. A great way to do this is to total your money the days before you go and divide it up. Friday has the most selection, saturday has the biggest crowd and sunday has the most sales. Put the money into three envelopes marked with their days and put them in a safe place. Put extra money in an envelope called food and make sure it covers all three days.
-BROWSE BEFORE YOU BUY. Someone may have what you want for cheaper a few booths down. Someone might have a shirt you like better than that one just on the other side of the dealer's room. Yes, that my little pony plushy is home made but its $200. Will you be able to cover that?
-Do not try to cross the grassy area infront of the TCC by going through the ditch. Its a bayou and it eats children.
-Wear sunscreen, even if the sun isn't shining. It peeks out sometimes or the weather can change and a burn is the last thing you want.
-Try to sleep. Try to sleep a full 9-12 hours the day before the con, at least 6 hours on the friday night, 4 hours on the saturday night and another 9-12 when you go home on sunday.
-There is a pre-reg pickup on thursday. Try to get there early so you don't need to wait longer than usual. Bring any weapons that need to be checked, too. GROUP LEADERS can pick up for their whole group, or you can bring other people's confirmations and pick their badges up. NOTE: Once the badge has been claimed, it is your job to get it to whom it needs to go to. Con will not replace lost or unclaimed badges.
-Speaking of badges, make sure its visible. If its messing up your cosplay, find a pocket you can tuck it into when the picture's being taken. Also make sure its ready and faceup when passing into the dealer's room.
-Arrive early to all panels and events you want to go to. Some places, half an hour early will do. Others may require longer. Its all about the demand.
-Bring a seperate bag for art. Lots of vendors do not supply bags. Bring your own, either a plastic bag with cardboard in it, or a manilla envelope will work well.
-Make sure you have enough hands to carry your things. Drop bags off in your car or hotel room as you go.
-Take breaks. Rushing all day isn't good for longevity at conventions. You'll exhaust yourself. Sit down on the grass and talk, go to the hotel room for a twenty minute nap or a mid-day shower, sit down at a food place for a spell.
-If you're planning to eat out at a restaurant for dinner (Montana's, etc.), make sure to arrive early. Many eateries don't allow reservations on con weekend, so its really luck and chance.
-Bring energizing snacks! Granola bars, fruit, and nuts (beware of allergies), are rather hard to procure. It'll save you a lot of money/time to bring your own snacks, plus it gives you a boost that potato chips won't give!
-Beware of over indulgence with new treats. Some japanese/imported candy and food may taste delicious, but it can be a bit of a shock to the stomach if you've never eaten it before. Try it and eat it sparingly to avoid unwanted side effects.
Some places to eat
There are a lot more than just this, but some popular ones are:
-Grand's Chinese CUisine
Last edited by Rei-Azalia : 02-22-2013 at 03:59 AM.