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    Hello! I was wondering if someone could answer these questions. I went to Tekko last year and that was the first and only anime convention I've been to. I guess I'm just wondering if I should skip Tekko and go to Otakon since its bigger and everyone seems to like it. So how big is Otakon exactly? And how many dealers are usually there. Is it better then other conventions (specifically Tekko.) Should I go to it? And if I did go and then for some reason couldn't attend could I get a refund for my tickets? -Thanks.
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    There is no refund policy. You buy a membership to Otakorp that in turn allows you to go to Otakon. You're out of luck.
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    Not sure where you got that link, but it's not the correct one. A government registration site is never going to have a .com domain. The correct one is: https://registermyuas.faa.gov/ and the registration fee is $5. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) between .55 pounds and 55 pounds have to be registered with the FAA. Basically, if your drone weighs less than a half pound you do not need to register the drone. If you only will be flying the drone indoors (usually only those drones that fit in the palm of your hand), then you do not need to register the drone with the FAA. If your UAS weighs more than 55 pounds, then it is not "small" and must be registered under the FAA's procedures for manned aircraft. This will give it an "N" number like you see on the tail of manned aircraft. If registered, the drone has to have the registration number somewhere on the aircraft that doesn't require tools to view. Some operators put the registration number inside the battery compartment. Mine is on a weatherproof label on the top of the sUAS. Additionally, you will need the registration certificate (sent to you via email as soon as you register) available for presentation on demand from law enforcement. I keep mine in the carry case for the drone. By the way, the odds of getting FAA permission to fly inside the FRZ are pretty much non-existent unless you are flying for a news organization, a movie shoot, or the Feds. Also, permission will never be given to non-registered devices.
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    I'd say go for something you like and/or can pull off with stuff you might have lying around. That's pretty much what my first real cosplay was, for the most part, supplemented with a trenchcoat from the thrift store, and a bucket hat from Wally World.(I should really revisit Narutaki someday, and do him better.)
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    It's close to a month until what I would consider to be the usual deadline of the Otakon AMV contest (i.e. the Monday after Anime Mid-Atlantic), and I've yet to see any news about it. I can understand some elements that could be holding things back (such as the move to DC and the coordinator probably busy with getting married). However, the lack of any announcement has me somewhat worried that there won't be a contest this year.
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    After two years of fun and success in Baltimore, it's time once again to plan how to fill our new halls of Otakon goodness with music, dance and good times! The mission stays the same: I want to build the best, crowd-sourced nerdy music playlist to keep as many people as possible singing, dancing and having the best time through the convention we love so much and this year, we're going even bigger! Gone are the days of the tiny cube Bluetooth speaker... say hello to the new music machine that'll be pumping out the tunes this year! 470 watts of power with built-in lighting effects. I'm also pondering investing in a computer-based DJ controller for some added fun, but that's still up in the air. Anyway, enough with the technical side of things, let's get to honing this playlist down some more. Here's the current version I used from last year's event. Ultimate Convention Sing/Dance Playlist (Otakon '16 Edition): I'll Make A Man Out Of You - Mulan soundtrack Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Let It Go - Idina Menzel Don't Stop Believing - Journey Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley Gangnam Style - PSY Pokemon Theme Sailor Moon Theme (dub) Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers Theme What Is Love - Haddaway Turn Down For What - Lil Jon/DJ Snake What's Up - 4 Non-Blondes (He-Man Version) Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger - Daft Punk One More Time - Daft Punk Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas Mahna Mahna - The Muppets The Final Countdown - Europe Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego Theme Ducktales Theme Day Man - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Seasons of Love - Cast of RENT Still Alive - Jonathan Coulton Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi Come and Get Your Love - Redbone Code Monkey - Jonathan Coulton Ikea - Jonathan Coulton Skullcrusher Mountain - Jonathan Coulton Space Unicorn - Parry Gripp Raining Tacos - Parry Gripp Try Everything - Shakira (Gazelle) Busy Earnin' - Jungle Chains of Love - Erasure Hero (One Punch Man Theme) - Jonathan Young City Escape (Sonic Adventure 2) - Jonathan Young Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins Stand Out (from A Goofy Movie) - Tevin Campbell I-2-I (from A Goofy Movie) - Tevin Campbell Don't Stop Me Now - Queen Cruel Angel's Thesis - NGE Theme Shoop - Salt-N-Pepa Pokemon Season 2 Theme (We All Live In A Pokemon World) White and Nerdy - Weird Al Yankovic Sandstorm - Darude Bobby Roode Entrance Theme (GLORIOUS) New Day Entrance theme Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Ninja Sex Party So that's where we stand right now. I already know that the first couple songs I want to add are from a more recent personal musical obsession, Heathers the Musical. I'm easily going to add Candy Store and Freeze Your Brain from that cast recording; the former because I think it's the best song from the musical overall and even though it may have some slight language in it, it's too catchy to leave out and the prospect of shouting out "SHUT UP, HEATHER" is too good, and the latter because I can actually sing that song comfortably, going on the previously established precedent of the Jonathan Coulton songs on the playlist. I also need to pour through the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack for quality tracks, since the original's soundtrack was good for some choice musical cuts. Of course, this is just my part of the contributions, the biggest part is coming from all of you out there, the faithful Otakon attendee! As I did the past two years, I'm taking suggestions on what to add to this list and could not fully make this idea what it is without the help of everyone, as my overall musical tastes skew oddly and i want to make sure I don't miss anything really catchy. Please note, that like in past years, this is a fully independent project, done through my own love of sharing music and singing for everyone. Even though I personally am a staff member of this convention, this is not an officially sponsored activity and I fully accept any responsibility if this is against any of our show's policies. In short, this is all me, if I'm doing something wrong, tell me and I'll cut it out. Also, since we're in a completely new space in DC starting this year, I'm not quite sure where I'm going to attempt to set up this time around. I'm going to try and do at least one scouting trip of the WEWCC, hopefully if I can attend AwesomeCon, to figure out what will work. Locations may be touch and go for a while, but I'm confident with the new equipment, we can fill up whatever space I can find with the extra power of that new speaker. So there you have it, Otakon faithful, hall singalong is definitely coming back, even better than before! Get cracking on those suggestions and if anyone has any existing insight on a space that would be a good spot for our little bit of fun that's highly appreciated too! (P.S. I'm bringing back my Kevin Owens cosplay from last year and improving on it with multiple variations. It got a positive reception like nothing I've done before, so why mess with a good thing?)
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    It's been said that panels are in the cards, but they'd be part of Otakon proper, so there surely wouldn't be any charge. Not staff, so maybe Matt or somebody might want to clear this up.
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    We are pleased to announce that the Otakon Matsuri will be running as a cultural track all weekend long. Deculture! What's that you say? Tracks at Otakon? Yep!. With the transition to Washington D.C. we figured it was time for something new.
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    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-bz-convention-center-study-20170504-story.html Story mentions Otakon move as an impetus.
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    Man, I've seen JAM at Ota, at Boston, at Rams Head, I've been to an Anime Japan Fes, but I try to go to as many of their shows as I can. There's a particularly fanatical bunch of American JAM fans, we get together on FB and a number of us are in and around the front row for this show.
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    It was a bit frustrating, but I still managed a front row seat, house left, for JAM Project. I've been *close* (second row in Boston) but never that close to what's basically a religious experience. I got a reasonably close GA seat for the other show.
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    It really is! I went back to look at the seats just to see what the situation looked like and saw that even a huge chunk of non-VIP seats were sold out in all sections including in the very back. And yeah, seeing those dots come and go had me going crazy. There were some occasions where I tried to select a colored dot and it told me it was sold out...
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    TM revolution is selling like hot cakes!!!! Managed to get mine but yeah I kept on seeing dots fade away which only added more to the purchasing stress lol.
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    Just got my tickets to both concerts!! I have to say though, that was a horrible mess trying to get these tickets. Not only were those tickets being eaten alive, there were many errors along the way. At one moment it gave me a meager 17 seconds to finish processing my order and I lost a seat because of that. I'm really hoping some people can still get what they want if they come on to purchase them later tonight. I'm not sure how much longer these tickets are going to last.
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    If you're not too busy with Matsuri stuff, the monuments are better to see at night. There's less tourists crowding the view, the monuments themselves have plenty of lighting, and the National Mall is safe to walk around.
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    Hey all, here's what is going on as of right now. Please note this information is subject to change, and if it does we will let you know. 1) Weapons checks will be at the door this year. If your prop is against our rules you will not be allowed into the building with it. 2) There will only be two entrances into the convention center: The main entrance and the tunnel from the Marriott. 3) As of right now, there are no plans for bag checks. 4) As of right now, there are no changes to the weapons policy, but enforcement will be stricter. We are still talking to DC, so this is subject to change at any time. If it does, there will be a notice on our website.
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    Yeah this has me pretty nervous too. Reading the previous posts on the thread here I remember seeing that there was supposed to be a limit placed on the tickets, but on the web page itself it says there is no limit as to how many tickets one can buy. What has me even more nervous is reading above on the thread here the fact that people that haven't registered for the con yet can purchase tickets.That worries me because there is the possibility of someone buying only tickets, selling said tickets, and then wanting nothing to do with the convention whatsoever after they've made their money. That just seems wrong to me. I believe that there are those who want tickets to the Matsuri but are waiting on registering for various reasons, but that lingering thought where someone can come in and ruin that for those people really scares me. Price wise, I was totally prepared for that after seeing what AX is currently charging for their tickets. In all though, I just hope sales go smoothly on Monday and that we all here can get what we want without too much hassle. Fingers crossed everyone and good luck.
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    The bag check and metal detectors at AB and PAX was something the convention center wanted. As said earlier if we need to make changes they will be posted ahead of time to our website.
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    You do not need to be registered to purchase concert passes. You do need a badge along with a concert pass to attend the AWM concerts. Feel free to purchase your concert pass now and wait to register till after you know if your panel has been approved.
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    Otakon's done nothing like that in the past, not even peace bonding. Either you could have the prop in the con or you couldn't. I'm not staff though.
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    Last time I was there for something, WonderCon a few years ago, I don't think there was a bag check. When I was at Anime Boston in 2013, there was a bag check.
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    I'm not sure what you mean by five year old policy, but it's spelled out in pretty big letters right on the registration terms and conditions:
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    Nah I'll still be attending for the few guest that do appeal to me, dealers' room, and industry panels. This is the 20th anniversary so I was just expecting a lot more.
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    (Sorry I've been absent from the boards for a while.) Those darn doors! But hey, that'd go perfectly into an anime scene -- hmmmm, which anime would be best? One Piece? Naruto? Fullmetal Alchemist? Hmmmm. I really like seeing vlogs on YouTube from cons. It probably takes a lot of effort to vlog though. I'd never have the patience -- would be too busy absorbing the things going on during the con, or would get my thumb on the lens by mistake. lol.
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    Hahaha nice visualization material there! I'm gonna have blast as I do every year (for the most part). This year though I won't try and kick a door open like a derp, ripping the crotch of my cosplay pants as a result... Yeah that was slightly embarrassing. lol. I've been wanting to vlog my cons, but I never get around to it for one reason or another. Maybe this year'll be the year I do it starting with ACen? Who knows.
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    Some more guest requests I have are: Rob McCollum, Damien Clarke, John DiMaggio, Ben Diskin, and Karen Strassman.
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    Cue sound of rocking chair... That reminds me of a story from back in the day. In 1995, they held the Origins game convention in Philadelphia, at the Convention Center. I still remember because it was the middle of July and the temperature was 95 - 100+ and humid the entire time. (I remember getting off the train at midnight and it was still 85 out.) The convention center was so cold that people were going outside to warm up. My glasses instantly fogged up the second I hit the outside air. I did regret wearing sandals that first day. This has nothing to do with the topic at hand, I just thought it might amuse fellow board members. (Though I'll mention this to someone I know going to the con - he doesn't handle cold as well as he previously could.)