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Unread 06-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #1
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T.W.O. dudes wandering if its worth the trip.

So me and my hetero life mate where wondering how far people actually travel to this Metrocon shindig and if its worth the bother. We live in South Miami so its like 4 hours by road trip, 3 by GTO. Hes been in Iraq for the last 8 months and just got back in time to hit Supercon in Miami and he went ape-shit crazy loving it. Im wondering if its worth the time off from work and the drive cause so far I havent really been wowed by thier website or itinerary. Is this a small local show for the die hards or is it to like supercon scale?
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Unread 06-27-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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It's bigger than SuperCon, for sure!

(Btw, I met you guys briefly at SuperCon. I was the chick with the cross-shaped staff) It's a great con--lots of fun, and really some top-notch costuming. If you have the time, you should go. =)
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Unread 06-27-2010, 09:54 PM   #3
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Oh you were the babe that asked if we went around punching each other, yeah ofcourse we remember you!
Well it certainly looks bigger on paper, I think the site said 75K square feet. I manage a hangar thats 80K sq. feet so ya thats huge. The event calendar just looks like its lacking.
But if you says its worth it then I guess its road trip time.
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Unread 06-28-2010, 12:28 AM   #4
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Well Metrocon is the largest anime convention in Florida.
Megacon being our largest everything (From Anime to Sci-Fi) convention.
Both that I recommend you two should go to.

But anyway, if you're into anime/manga/video games, then you'll have a lot of fun at Metrocon. I've been to that convention for the past 4 years now so...yea. Really depends what you guys are going to a convention for. Won't be in a convention that's connected to a hotel like Supercon was. It'll be in an actual convention center. So that should give you a better idea how big it is.

Main events and the Artist Alley are usually placed upstairs, while volunteer/guest run events are downstairs, along with the video game room and the dealers. It's been this setup for the past two years, but they could have changed it up this year.
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Unread 06-28-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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See you guys know how to sell it. I was thinking it was a small shindig in a huge convention room but you guys make it sound badass!
see Im a car guy so I go to all these car shows and tunner market trade fairs, sometimes they rent arenas and close off the main hall into sections. So you think "oh wow Airlines Arena! big"....no it can be decieving.
But Metrocon sounds like teh hoTtnesS more and more everyday.

Thanks for the info Taisa!
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Unread 06-28-2010, 01:59 AM   #6
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Yeah, it's a really fun place. And it's huge indoors and out1 Lots of fun things as well as panels to be in. The staffers are excellent and the tickets and people are really pleasant! ^^ It'd be awesome to see you guys there! I'd so spazz for a pic. xDD
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Unread 06-28-2010, 02:07 AM   #7
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You kidding? Do it! I drove 4 hours for Supercon.
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I am coming from Tallahassee (4hrs aswell the ride is pleasant I leave at 3am on thursday morning XD cause I always like to have a non con day in the beautiful Tampa) and this will be my fifth year attending Metrocon it is amazing! I just have to go every year the cosplayers rock the shows are awesome and the dealer room is pretty darn big the best thing about metro is the people! The staff is easy going and informative and the congoers are well behaved and peaceful. This has to be one of my all time favorite conventions <3 plus pre-reg and you can pic up your ticket THURSDAY! which is a big help trust me XD the chess match is a must!
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Unread 06-28-2010, 08:42 AM   #9
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This sound better and better everyday....I havent been to Tampa in a while I never even though about just hitting the town before the con.
Looks like we need some last minute mods since this thing is just about 4 weeks away.
thanks for all replies folks, and Prota-Girl we'll keep an eye out for ya.
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I hope to see you guys there; I shall keep an eye out.

Also, if some of the evening events aren't suited to you...Ybor City is a five minute drive away. Just sayin'. A few years ago, a few of us went to the Castle on Saturday evening and had a blast. It's also (IMO) a much easier convention to be socialable at, when compared to SuperCon. More space to meander around, etc.

One thing I would recommend though, is if you come up for the whole weekend, stop at a grocery store before hand and get some nonperishable food stuffs, snacks, and water. It is no secret that the drinks and restaurants at ANY convention center are pricey, but unlike SuperCon, the options are more limited at Metro, in terms of what is in walking distance.
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if some of the evening events aren't suited to you...Ybor City is a five minute drive away. Just sayin'. A few years ago, a few of us went to the Castle on Saturday evening and had a blast.
That sounds like a plan! Did you guys go to the mall dressed up? cause that would rock....except me and Saldana would probably be shot on site but still.
We might catch an early dinner nearby, I'm curious as to what happens at these things after midnight.
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Go, for sure! I'd recommend it even if you were out of state!! It's my all-time favorite con.
Two of the MetroCon guests, Jen and Kelly, are coming all the way from the UK for it, if that's any indication of how awesome it is.
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That sounds like a plan! Did you guys go to the mall dressed up? cause that would rock....except me and Saldana would probably be shot on site but still.
We might catch an early dinner nearby, I'm curious as to what happens at these things after midnight.
Hahah, for the mall thing, I don't do that, but I am certain there are people that do. If I go to the Castle, it's a whole different type of dressing up, lol.

Yeah, be careful with your prop weapons too. Make sure you get them checked upon entry, keep them in bags, etc.
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Hahah, for the mall thing, I don't do that, but I am certain there are people that do. If I go to the Castle, it's a whole different type of dressing up, lol.

Yeah, be careful with your prop weapons too. Make sure you get them checked upon entry, keep them in bags, etc.
Can I go with you??? That looks amazing!
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Unread 06-28-2010, 09:39 PM   #15
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if it makes you feel better, im from tennessee and i have been to metrocon every year except for two since it started ^^
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