~Things to be aware of and information about conventions in general~
Okay, your now packed and ready. Your on your way there, singing the Caramell dance song,making all the plans for the con. You want to have fun and go wild! Hold on there pal there are a few more things to discuss. We'll start with some of the common rules of the convention.
-General hotel/convention rules-Be respectful to the Hotel Staff
- They've got hundreds of people staying in their hotel and will be happier to serve a nice person instead of someone cussing up a storm, being crude and plain rude to them. Remember they are the ones who have to take care of you. If your nice, they may slip in a few extra towels, or not say a word if they catch a few more people than what is allowed in your room (Pass experience talking here!)
Wear something on your feet wandering outside your room
- Even if its stockings or socks wear something. The staff will say something is you aren't wearing anything. They say its for hygiene.
- If the room is a "No smoking room", don't smoke. They will charge a cleaning fee if you do smoke. This is a rule that protects people with breathing problems and allergies to the smoke.
Keep your Messes clean and do not destroy convention/hotel property
- I'm sure everyone knows about the Otakon price hike? That was supposedly triggered when Someone decided to draw their "artwork" on the convention center walls. Guess who had to pay for it? Yup that's right the convention goers at the next Otakon. Admission prices went up $10 to help cover the cost of the sand blasting to get the "art" off the wall. If you have to draw, Draw on yourself, or bring/Use paper that belongs to you. They do have people working in the Hotel/Convention to help keep it clean. Please do your part and throw your trash in the trash bin not on the floor.
No live weapons
- Term for personal weapon here
. You can get in MAJOR trouble for having a live weapon for a prop. Let is be a blade, gun, nun chucks (yes they are illegal in some states), Lets use Izaya Orihara from Durarara. He carries a blade on him at all times and flicks it out when ever he wants. Your cosplaying the "lovable" character and flick a blade out for fun .... bad idea. Depending where you are you can be removed from the convention and possibly arrested for doing that. You may of not had any bad intentions but the other people around you wouldn't know that. This is wear props comes into play! They aren't sharp and you can make a prop from just about anything! If you have a prop gun be sure to have a bit of orange on the tip and make sure there are NO moving parts. If you Disassemble a Live gun to the point where it doesn't work, you can still get into a lot of trouble. I can't say anything about Squirt guns due to the fact each convention have different rules.
Ask before glomping or touching
- You see someone decked out as your favorite character and you have the urge to jump and glomp them so you decide pounce them. "RIPPPPP" You freeze and part of their costume is laying on the floor and can't be reattached. Lets say your the one wearing that costume that you have spent hours upon hours, not to mention lots of money on. You wouldn't be very happy either and would want it fixed. This is where if you asked before you glomped you would be safe. People put a lot of money into their outfits and want to make sure it stays like they made it. This prevents Con-Drama. Some people also do not like being touched by strangers they do not know. Please respect others space and you'll be fine!
-Things to be aware of-
- Have a cellphone on you at all times while running around the convention and the convention areas. if helps with finding friends, emergency problems and your parents (if you live with them) can contact you to make sure your alive. Be sure to bring your charger as well. Also remember certain areas of some conventions do NOT
have Signal. If you are leaving at a certain time, watch your clock like a hawk and be there on time or you might risk being left in a city with no help.
Do not travel in the dark alone
- This can lead to a very dangerous situation. Travel in a group of people or with your friends.
- For the people 21+ who drink. Drinking is normally fine. If you do it modestly. It is my suggestion that you don't drink to the point were you can not speak, think or walk. I learned this rule years ago when Some random guy confessed his love to me with his girlfriend trying to get him back into his room. He fell and ended up having to be dragged into his Room. Public drunkenness is frowned upon by the police and the hotel/convention staff.
Stay Hydrated and Eat
- I cannot stress this enough. Lack of food and water is bad for your body and can ruin your convention when you hit the floor. It can make you feel ill if you don't eat. When you are in a Rave most of the times you will sweat. You need water to make up for what your body lost. Which brings me to my next piece of information.
- If you are sensitive to lights, especially flashing lights and loud noises, it is not a good idea to go into the rave. What I can think of off the top of my head right now is seizures. They are not fun and they WILL
Keep a Eye on your bank account
- To make sure your not missing any funds that can prohibit you from paying for that hotel room you were staying in. Some hotels do take some of the money for the rooms to cover charges. Do not worry if you are in the hotel and notice you are missing money from your account call the front desk and ask if they charged anything. Most of the time your missing money they have taken the night for a room out.
Forms of payment
- Cash, Credit, Debit, Money order, Check, and Travelers Check- Not all places accept all of these payment. The most popular choice is cash which is easy to pay things on the spot. Some Venders will Accept Debit/Credit and few will accept checks. Be sure to check before you leave.
Be nice when asking for photos
- There are photo shoots that are Usually Listed on Cosplay forums
under the convention that your attending. If you see one you like mark it down and you can catch all your favorite characters and take neat photos. If you happen to stop someone in the hallway move them and yourself to the side away from travel or ask them to follow you to a Less populated area so you can take you photos. Most people are nice and will follow. If they are sitting down/have parts of their costumes off and you want a photo, give them time to put on the parts that are off, stand up and let them get into the pose they want (or if you request a reasonable Pose) otherwise to take a photo of them putting their stuff on or trying to get up is rude.
Know your room mates
- Okay, I've myself roomed with total strangers that I've just met. But I've talked to them for months and left their numbers with house hold in case something happened. If something sounds odd to you about that and you get the creeps, you can always find someone else to room with. If you post on Cosplay forums
and the convention's forums looking for a room, you will probably get responses.
Do not camp out in the parking deck/ outside the con
- Those are some of the MOST
dangerous things you can do at a convention. You never know what can happen. You can be attacked, hurt, dragged off or even face being hit by a car, You can get into trouble at the Convention/Hotel for doing so.
Buying things in the dealers room/ artist alley
- Okay your at the con and see a art book you've wanted for bout 6 month and you want to buy it but its a whooping $50! Hold on, don't buy it just yet. There are specials that you can get on Sundays where things sometimes will be discounted. It's mainly because its the last day of the convention and the want to get as much as they can sold to give them a profit. They only get a profit if they can cover the Dealers Room table cost, any other cost that applies for the convention and the whole sale of that item they are selling. What ever is left over is their profit. They also are trying to lighten the load for what they have to pack back into their vehicle. Its not east to unpack and pack hundreds upon hundreds of Items. So they will try to make a quick deal. While I can't promise that that art book will be there Sunday. you may have to gamble. A $50 art book on Friday MAY only cost $35 on Sunday. Again that is a gamble you'd have to take but it could save you some money. I can't promise that every single vendor will have the sale but if you talk to them long enough and are extremely nice they just might lower the price. My sister had this happen when she talked to a kimono dealer and hung out with him asking him a few questions about the item, telling a few jokes and he was willing to knock off a entire 50 bucks off a kimono for her. His reason? Because she was polite and entertaining from what he told her. Sometimes people in the Dealers Room will recruit people to help out with their sale, though it is rare to happen they do run short once in a while. A lot of times they will give you deep discounts for helping them out as a way of payment. Most of the things said applies to the Artist Alleys. But sometimes if your friendly enough and they are in a really good mood they will give you a art piece for free and sometimes sign it. This is how I have gotten several piece's of artwork.