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Unread 10-07-2012, 06:09 AM   #1
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Passing time at a Convention:

I'm curious what most people do to pass the time at a convention.I've only gone to two thus far, but there's always a certain time where nothing is going on really, or there is a lack of cosplays you want to take a picture of. My idea is that you have some con-related fun, like before I wanted to play a "Photo Scavenger" hunt with my room-mates to see who could take a picture of everything on the list. This coming convention I won't be able to do much, at least not with the fact I'll be going with my girlfriend so I think it'd be finished in no time if we actually did that. (only because we could take pictures of the same people and the contest would end flat like that). Anyone else have anything they would do to pass time? Like playing a game with room-mates, "Fear Factor" taste-testing, or touring the city?
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Unread 10-07-2012, 08:22 AM   #2
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Ooo the photo scavenger hunt sounds really cool actually!

Anyway, I usually just walk around the convention with people, that usually passes the time quickly. I also try to fill my time with doing other things such as a photoshoot or something. I mean if worse comes to worse, you could just walk around and check out what panels are going on
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:17 PM   #3
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I do dislike the Dead Spots in my schedule during cons. =_=;

I have exactly as much con experience as you but whenever we hit a Dead Spot my group and I usually grab a bite to eat at eateries overly crowded with fellow cosplayers, if not to eat than to just catch the looks on the faces of normal families eating there too! XD

That, or we check out the cosplay gatherings going on at the time. Those are always entertaining as a group of cosplayers put in one place always guarantees that shenanigans will ensue.
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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Oh my boyfriend and I usually talk to our friends about what's happened at the con so far or what is going to happen! We also like to point out awesome cosplays, especially ones we recognize, or even ones we don't we talk about to try and remember where we've seen it before. We also like to randomly wander the dealers room and the artist alley, checking wares even though after two or three times we know what they have. It's still nice to window shop sometimes! :3
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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If people-watching isn't what you had in mind, and you've already hit the Alley/Dealer's/Games room and done what you want there, play a game!

My con buddies always bring a deck of cards or two, and we've often made new friends by having others jump into the game!
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Unread 10-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #6
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When there's a space of time where there's nothing really going on (at least nothing I'm interested in), I'll take a breather in my hotel room and have a snack/watch some TV. At a convention I go to (Anime Crossroads), there's a courtyard where you can find people playing stuff like "extreme duck duck goose," which is fun, so maybe if there's an area like that, see what people are up to.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 12:58 AM   #7
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I usually hit artist alley or go look for my friends and hang out. Sometimes I make new friends along the way and I hang out with them for a bit. Really it's just talking story with people, talking shop, costumes, the con it self. Or if there is absolutely nothing to do go recuperate in the hotel for a few hours. Being on your feet for a day and a day and a half and in cosplay takes a lot of you. So rest is always good too and a nice shower.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 10:16 AM   #8
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The last con I went to, this was what I did to both rest, eat a few snacks, and still instigate a few photoshoots.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 10:25 AM   #9
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We usually get a snack, talk to people, or wander the con seeing what there is to be seen. Sometimes we'll pop into a random panel that we weren't planning just for the random. Sometimes we'll go outside and do a mini photoshoot. Lots of people at our con also play duck duck goose during quiet moments, or dance in out of the way spots.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 11:10 AM   #10
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Normally I would go back to my hotel room and rest up or eat. If I have friends (also with nothing to do) I would just hang out and people watch.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 11:39 AM   #11
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For the smaller con I attend, there are an awful lot of these times which are devoid of things my group wants to see. Usually we just flop down somewhere out of the way and pull out our DSs. This year we might also go hang out in the hot tub at our hotel for a bit.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 01:54 PM   #12
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I have this MP3 player that has an outside speaker on it, I just used that and listened to music without headphones (used it with the speaker so I could hear things around me as well)
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Unread 10-08-2012, 05:36 PM   #13
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If there's no panel I'm interested in at the moment and I don't feel a need for alone time, I tend to put on (or keep on) a costume and just hang out in a main area of the con, watching people (or not) in an in-character way, which tends to amuse people. Like at my last con, I spent some time dressed as Lunatic, hanging out by a balcony railing staring at the people coming up and down the escalators with my bowgun at the ready. I also spent some time as MakubeX, mostly ignoring people while I "programmed" (actually I was writing fanfic) on my laptop. Both made a few people do double-takes and come over to get a pic.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 08:22 PM   #14
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Wander the dealer's hall/artist's alley, people watch, pop into a random panel I wasn't planning on going to, check out the video/gaming rooms... there's honestly so much to do that even downtime is rarely boring for me at a con. A couple of my friends like to bring their DS's and sit off to the side when they have nothing to do.
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Unread 10-08-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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I might have to try that photo scavenger hunt! I'm going to a REALLY small convention this month, so we might need something to do during the down time.

Usually my friends and I will get some pop and snacks at the Con Suit, we also go to random panels, people watch, sit and talk, go to the dealers room/artist alley, or we some times bring a deck of cards and play a few games!
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