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Unread 04-30-2013, 10:39 PM   #16
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When I was in charge of the room booking, I had two simple rules:

1) Money from roommates BEFORE con
2) No Minors, period.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 11:42 PM   #17
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Discuss things before the con.

Our cardinal rule is the person who booked the room is god. If s/he tells you not to do something, don't fucking do it. You take that person seriously. They were nice enough to put down their credit card for the reservation, which means they will be held responsible for what happens in the room.
I'm so glad you agree! I've been totally disrespected as a room-booker, as has a friend (whole other con, whole other year), and I've met some rather immature people who thought we were being bitches for flying off the handle.

What happened to my friend is that one 16 year old brought up some strangers (I don't recall if we had a rule about this or not) and ordered a porno on the TV. The friend was PISSED and the 16 year old couldn't understand why what they did was wrong and was so upset that saying "I was gonna pay you back" didn't make it all better. Sorry, kid, using someone else's credit card to buy porn is pretty illegal and drags the card holder into that mess.

And this one time I was stumbling back drunk to my hotel room at 2 or 3am, and I was sexiled from the room that I booked. Now, I personally have no problems with sexing at cons, I just expect a bit of protocol to be followed. Send a text asking for privacy, put a tie on the doorknob, something. This person had a roomate in college, and she had a lot of sex in college too, so I don't even know why she did not know these rules. All I know is I was damn pissed to walk in on that and have to wait in the damn hallway when I was very tired and have been out very late.

Learn from this. It takes a lot of generosity to open up your hotel room to people, even if they are friends who are paying you back, it's still a pretty generous thing to do. Respect this kind person, and if you are that person, demand respect. Set guidelines, lay them and lay them out in advance so that they have no excuse and can't just go "How was I supposed to know that bringing in a goat/urinating on your stuff/punching holes in the wall was going to bother you so much?" Also, don't room with minors unless their parents or a responsible adult relative are with them. I want to believe that most 16 year olds have a bit better judgement, but even the best behaved minors can still be a liability. It's not something I want to mess with.
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Unread 04-30-2013, 11:47 PM   #18
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I was 20 when I started having the funds for all-weekend, hotel-using or long-distance cons, and so far it's mostly just boyfriend and I who actually plan to do things together. He books hotel rooms, since he's got a good long-distance plan on his phone and I don't (and he lives closer to the cities where we go to), uses my or his father's credit card for the reservation, and the bill is split equally between us. We discuss what we're bringing beforehand (food/snacks, toiletries, etc.) and if any's to be shared or we want the other to chip in with the cost, and since it's only us two, we don't really have "room rules" like for large groups. And I buy my own badge (duh) and book my train after making sure the schedule works with him too (since we meet at the station).
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Unread 05-01-2013, 09:06 AM   #19
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My rules for rooms I've booked:
1. No minors (not that I don't like teens, but they can't legally enter contracts)
2. No one in the room who isn't paying without express permission from the entire group.
3. No booze if anyone in the room is under 21. Sorry, not dealing with the consequences if the room is in my name.
4. You break it, you pay for it.
5. Lack of planning on your part is not an emergency on my part. You want to stay in the room, you give me the money up front. If you didn't bring enough for gas, food, whatever, that's not my problem.
6. Common freaking courtesy. You behave like an asshat and I will give you the money back for the remaining days and you can find someplace else to stay.
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Unread 05-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #20
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I generally do not do the whole "let's fit as many people in this room as possible" thing just because if I am going to be in a hotel... I want the living space to be comfortable. Hotel rooms are for 4 people, maybe 5... but generally the 8+ people thing just doesn't work well (also doesn't help with any con drama that may arise).

Also, I understand that some people book rooms and have people who they don't know very well in their rooms and I just would not be able to do that... how do you trust those people to bring their part of the hotel money? Or that they are even going to show up for that matter? So when going to cons, I only get rooms with people that I have been friends with for a while. I am not going to include someone in my room who I just met at a convention once or twice, or whatever (or met online for that matter). Not that I am an unfriendly person, I just don't trust strangers, nor do I want to live with strangers, especially if they have the potential to cause all kinds of trouble.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 03:09 AM   #21
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We have some room rules, definitely:

1.) No drinking/smoking/anything that will get us thrown out of the hotel. We're all of age, but we don't like the drama that almost always pops up when people get drunk out of their minds. We also paid for this hotel and we'd like to stay in it. (This ties into what DizzyMonochrome said, too - someone was nice to put their name on the room so we could all have a good time. Don't fuck them over and get them in trouble with the hotel!!!) If you don't like it, you can find somewhere else to stay.

2.) No naughty stuff (and no bringing strange people back to the room if no one else is there) If you absolutely cannot control your hormones, go and relieve them in your partner's room - NOT ours. A lot of us also bring laptops, ipods and other expensive stuff with us so we can watch anime or play games during the night, so inviting strangers in is a big no-no.

3.) Don't touch other people's stuff, and if you must, let them know and BE RESPECTFUL about it. Throwing somebody's wig across the room because you happen to need that particular space is a dick move. Ask first.

Usually, nobody even has to be reminded of these rules, but they are there because sometimes we'll have a new person staying with us and whatnot.



Unfortunately, my friends and I are scattered across NY and NJ so coordinating rides isn't really an option for a lot of us. Those who can carpool do so, and the rest of us usually opt for Amtrak or BoltBus. (Last year, we caught the 9:30 bus from NYC to Baltimore for Otakon and nearly everyone on it was going to the con...It was like a party bus!)

My group tends to stay as close as possible to the con, because we're all cosplayers and the conventions we go to all take place in the dead of summer. Minimizing the amount of time one has to walk outside in layers of clothing and a wig is always a good thing.

As for cosplay and the convention itself we tend to do our own thing most of the time. We'll split up at the con but always try to get in touch with each other every few hours or so to grab food or to just go back to the room and chill. Group cosplays rarely happen due to people dropping out/losing interest/not being able to afford another costume, so most often, we're a gaggle of random characters.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 03:26 AM   #22
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And this one time I was stumbling back drunk to my hotel room at 2 or 3am, and I was sexiled from the room that I booked. Now, I personally have no problems with sexing at cons, I just expect a bit of protocol to be followed. Send a text asking for privacy, put a tie on the doorknob, something. This person had a roomate in college, and she had a lot of sex in college too, so I don't even know why she did not know these rules. All I know is I was damn pissed to walk in on that and have to wait in the damn hallway when I was very tired and have been out very late.
Ugh, I dealt with this one year at Anime Boston - except a little differently. I went to the con with my college's anime club, and we booked 3 or 4 rooms to accommodate everyone, and room assignments were made. I got stuck with two couples, one girl and one random dude (who were totally cool.) When we got there on Thursday, they basically told us "well we've been in the club the longest and we want to sleep with our hunnies so we're taking the beds for the entire weekend and not rotating." Gee, thanks?

On top of that, both couples attempted some touchyfeely business at different times on Friday night while the rest of us were in the room and trying to sleep. One pair stopped on their own, but I had to get up and pretend to go to the bathroom because the other two wouldn't stop. It was extremely awkward and I was PISSED. The four of them did several other shitty things over the course of the weekend (basically disregarding every rule that was put in place by the club adviser and generally acting like dicks) so needless to say, I've never roomed with them again.
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Unread 05-02-2013, 11:35 PM   #23
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A good friend of mine had to deal with the nightmare roommate from hell (who she thought to be a friend) at AX 2009. On the first night of con, we all went out to drink and I heard the next day that said roommate brought up a total stranger both of whom were drunk as heck and proceeded to wake up my friends at 5:30 in the morning without warning. Then after con, this person evaded my friend for two weeks before FINALLY paying for her end of the room. The last one is partly on my friend as far as not making sure the money was paid up front...lesson learned there though: if money can't be produced for the room either before con or at con when everyone meets up, then no room for you
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Unread 05-02-2013, 11:54 PM   #24
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Unread 05-04-2013, 05:57 PM   #25
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Unread 05-05-2013, 09:55 AM   #26
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My biggest thing has always been with common courtesy, which has been a reoccurring issue with two people I've roomed with before.
I don't enjoy coming back to the room and seeing strangers. Especially when everyone else in that room has expressed a dislike for having strangers.
Also, if you're going to spend most of your time in the actual hotel room instead of the con, pick up after yourself. I don't want to come back when my day is done and I'm tired and have to step over your crap and repeatedly ask you if I can move your stuff so I can get to mine.

A few years ago I'd probably put a ban on alcohol, but seeing as I'm almost of legal drinking age and I like to drink, I'd probably change it to no alcohol if anyone is under 21. Or if I booked the room myself I'd probably ban alcohol, only because that's not a responsibility I'd be willing to take if I had some dummies in my room.

Generally, I just want manners and common sense. Be polite to everyone else, be tidy, make sure everyone in the room knows if something is going on with you, have your money ready before the con or make special arrangements, etc.
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So far I have only once had to share accommodation with 4 other cosplayers. NEVER AGAIN. Get five cosplayers in two small room, each with 3 costumes, and the place was just chaos. No issues with money or bad behaviour or anything like that thankfully. Now depending on the con I'm going to I get my own room or share with one other person (i.e. someone I know I can coexist with happily for a few days) if convenient.

Room rules? Nothing really formalised as I've never had issues to warrant making rules. Though generally my room is my home away from home...so it's pretty much my sanctuary where I can rest and relax at the end of a busy con day.

Accommodation and transport (usually flights) are booked well in advance usually. As I tend organise my own it's all pretty straight forward and hassle free. Being an adult and having a good job just makes everything so much easier ^^;

So I can just rock up to the con and enjoy it
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Unread 02-15-2014, 11:27 PM   #28
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Discuss things before the con.

Our cardinal rule is the person who booked the room is god. If s/he tells you not to do something, don't fucking do it. You take that person seriously. They were nice enough to put down their credit card for the reservation, which means they will be held responsible for what happens in the room.
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Unread 02-16-2014, 12:20 AM   #29
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So travelling to conventions is always a fun time. Long car rides, roommates, sometimes even the occasional airplane trip.
How do you guys manage hotels, transportation, cosplays and conventions? What are some room rules you guys have? And how far is too far to walk from a convention to the hotel? How do you arrange rest time from walking-around-the-convention-in-your-craft-foam-armor-cosplay time? Any crazy plane stories?

Rules that I like to have around in the hotel room are no drugs, coitus, or any tom foolery towards other's possessions. I always got permission if I had to move someone's stuff to get to mine, because for all I know there could be some ultra fragile prop in his/her bag.
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I end up doing a lot of research. The weather, cost, where to eat, is the con big enough that I will be satisfied?

Transportation: Flying or train. I also check buses or train schedules to get to the convention/hotel after I arrive. I arrive a day early and leave a day after for the con it makes it so much chill and less rushing and being exhausted.

Hotel: I book the room for myself. So there aren't any rules besides common sense don't trash the room and keep it nice. Which is easy when it's just yourself. I take pictures when I arrive and another set before I leave. Just in case someone wants to say the place was a mess when I got proof it wasn't.

Cosplay/rest: Every few hours I set aside meal and relax time. Find breaks in the panel schedules and say that will be my _______ time.
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