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  1. There is no ice cold water for only one dollar.
    4 points
  2. Since the board will be gone soon, figured I would start my yearly thread one last time. An umbrella for when those wicked thunderstorms come through. Cell phone charger Your medications A wide brim hat to keep the Sun off your face. Sunscreen if you will be stuck outside for extended periods. Remember to reapply when needed and don't skip your ears. (Just saw a mini video from a cancer doctor who said ears are a frequent spot for melanoma) A debit card or credit card. (Convention center is cashless as are some local stores. Cashiers [
    3 points
  3. I have no idea who is managing the board these days, but obviously someone is since we still get a new year-specific board each year. Obviously not as many people use it compared to 15 years ago, but every year there's still some new people signing up to ask questions and such. So I had some suggestions to maybe improve the board and perhaps even get it a little more active again. For the current level of activity, there's way too many individual boards. I'd archive the convention topic specific ones (AMV, Artists Alley, Fan Parodies, Guests, etc.) and just use the yea
    3 points
  4. The annual tradition of applauding and complaining! Although I have more complaints than compliments listed, I want to start by saying how great this convention really is. I've been coming back for more than 20 years for a reason! I really appreciate the effort the volunteers are putting into it. The Good: Otakon did a really good job this year of managing crowds. I hardly ever encountered lines, especially since I didn't have a bag and could use the quick entrance. Only place I really encountered backups was the escalator in front of the gaming hall entrance. I re
    3 points
  5. * Well, not really. I just have Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in mind. In honor of Otakon 30, here's the message on the opening page from the original Otakon 1994 program guide. * History lesson: The original Stormtroopers, led the vanguard of assaults in the latter years of World War I. Juuuuust a bit bombastic, don't you think? 😀 Though I'd say that we're definitely much more in the Happy Lands nowadays than back then. Congrats on 30, Otakon! See you in July for our 30th anniversary!
    3 points
  6. I was just going through some of my old Otakon pix, and as I was looking at some of the ones taken on the outdoor terrace at the BCC it made me realize how much I missed it. There's no real spot in the WEWCC to just go outside and take pictures of cosplayers, or even just spend a few minutes enjoying the weather while still staying inside the convention center. With that in mind, I started to think about other things that I liked when Otakon was in Baltimore - places to go, things to do, etc. A short list off the top of my head (in no particular order): - The aforementioned terraces
    2 points
  7. It also might help if the link to the BBS was in a more prominent spot on the main website instead of under the Help/Contact drop down menu. Might also get more people interested in the BBS if it were promoted on the social media pages and discord. There's probably tons of people who have been attending Otakon for a little while now that don't know this board even exists, so there's no telling if they might prefer this over the other channels. Then again, all this could be wishful thinking on my part. At least it seems to be working fine as of this post.
    2 points
  8. After all these years, I had never thought of bringing binder clips to hold the blackout curtains tight. That's inspired. As well as what others have suggested, I also like to bring a cardboard shipping tube (One of the wider ones). That way if I buy art or posters from the Artist Alley or Dealers Room I can roll them and keep them in the tube and they won't get wrinkled or creased by accident.
    2 points
  9. Sorry about the test post above. I'd written the stuff below, then the "Submit Reply" button didn't work. I hope the board won't be gone soon! Even though it's not very active, I still really like visiting here! Excellent tips for bringing things to Otakon, Clutch! May I add, along with 2 pairs of shoes -- please have shoes that are comfortable. Lots of walking at Otakon. Binder clip, for hotel room curtains that don't close all the way and leave a gap. Just clip the curtains together. Bandaids and nail clipper (had a nail tear a little once at a show, and it got c
    2 points
  10. Definitely miss the fact that it was in my hometown. That made it way cheaper for me to attend the con (no hotel, no parking garage necessary; just a day pass for the subway and a little spending money for the weekend). I also miss the fountains which were a good place for photoshoots and a place to cool off (if you were willing to dip your feet/hands in) I also miss the Ice Cold Water Man. Apparently he's still on the grind and his water is still only $1. This update is from a year ago but it's the most recent update I've found in case anyone was wondering what happene
    2 points
  11. I would think you get into liability issues if you start putting down cigarettes or adult magazines in a place where kids could get to them. The other stuff seems safe.
    2 points
  12. I think they also had Priss from Bubblegum Crisis" as well. I can picture Anya Forger from "Spy x Family" pointing the entrance of the "Otachan". Lawrence and Holo from "Spice & Wolf" leading everyone to the Dealer's Room.
    2 points
  13. The Good: As many have said already, the crowd control was great this year. I do kind of miss the camaraderie that came with waiting in long lines and getting to play games while waiting, but it's really nice that things overall were moving at a good pace, especially when waiting outside in that heat. The new attendance record was great to see IMO. Large crowds wear me out, but it's nice to see Otakon growing and I really wasn't expecting it to go up that much this year. It's exciting to see. Even though I didn't get to go to all the guest panels this year, it was great to s
    2 points
  14. I thought most of the con went pretty well, but if I have one request for next year, PLEASE bring back at least a few official autograph sessions for dub VAs next year. I had to pay more for 2 autos and a pic with Justin Cook this year, than I did for 3 autos and a pic total from Steve Blum and Beau Billingslea last year. I get that a lot goes into determining how those sessions and prices work, such as appearance fee vs guarantee, and dealing with agencies etc. I just don't want Ota to turn into an expensive autograph show when it comes to dub VA signatures.
    2 points
  15. Since we had the "what do you miss from Baltimore" post, I thought I'd see what new traditions people have started in DC. Two I have off the top of my head: I've taken to having lunch on Friday at Delizique on 7th street about 2 blocks south of the convention center. It's a lunch place for office workers so it's only open until Friday afternoon and closed the rest of the weekend. But it's a decent price and they slice the meat when you order so you get a good sandwich. Sunday after the con, I stop at the National Arboretum since it's on the way out New York Ave. and I'll wal
    1 point
  16. I miss the staff at the Day's Inn as well. They really helped me out big time when one of the other "Otakon" hotels actually canceled my reservation just a few days away from the con.
    1 point
  17. There are some people I miss from Baltimore; the staff at the Days Inn was always friendly and helpful for me and my family. They watched our kid go to her first Otakon at a whole one year old. The Wharf Rat was also our spot. If I'm being honest . . . that might be it.
    1 point
  18. I'm incredibly jealous of people who have Amtrak in their area. I live at the VA/TN border where we barely have any public transit at all (like a few of those short busses in a limited area since it's really rural most places here). There's been talk for years of expanding Amtrak through VA down to TN, but at this rate if it ever happens I'll likely be an old man by then. We did get a bus line though called Virginia Breeze that runs from Bristol, VA, where I'm at, all the way to Washington, DC, but it leaves Bristol at 11am every day and takes about 7 1/2 hours to get to DC. I think it leaves
    1 point
  19. Well they'd better re-activate that page ASAP, given how we've got only a month left.
    1 point
  20. The USS Constellation was such a great photo op especially for naval or Pirate themed anime/games. The Inner Harbor was nice in that you could leave the BCC, get a bite to eat and visit some of the local hot spots. I feel like in DC you're basically tethered to the WEWCC all weekend although I do like that there are so many food options within the con itself. The BCC was so outdated in that regard. I remember them haphazardly setting up a meatball sub bar on the second floor of the Camden Yards side of the BCC in one of the later years.
    1 point
  21. I take the plastic zippable containers which bed sheets come in and use them for toiletries. The first time the toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, hand lotion, body wash, etc. pops open in your bag, you will wish there was something separating them. There are probably small, clear, makeup bags that zip up which serve the same purpose. Also helps keep the volume of what you bring down to a more manageable size. Travel size toiletries cost more than regular containers, but the space savings are worth it in the suitcase. Make a point of using up any extra travel size things you buy after getting hom
    1 point
  22. To be honest, I'm already on Discord somewhat (basically for the AnimeNEXT staff, (which leaves a lot to be desired). I prefer what we have here now. I know other cons has already ditched their forums, but I would think that Otakon would at least keep theirs. It's like one of the only "old-school" things that at least we still have.
    1 point
  23. Funny how some things stand out, a couple of those are things that really stuck with me. The outdoor terrace, especially before it was remodeled and they removed most of the seating. I especially liked the terrace at night. The warm air, the calm (from both the convention and street level noise); It was a very pleasant place to stop for 15 minutes. The con staff always tried to keep people from sitting on those big polished railings saying it was setting off security alarms in the BCC, which I'm not sure I bought (I'd guess it was a safety thing, worrying someone would fall over).
    1 point
  24. I used the help form on the regular Otakon page to report the problems here.
    1 point
  25. I second that suggestion, because it is a restriction which will affect those who are unaware of it at an inopportune moment. Someone will be pretty upset waiting in a line for a long time only to find out the food they have been wanting can't be purchased. Funny thing is that using card only forces higher prices because the extra charges are passed down.
    1 point
  26. Honestly, hotels are usually known to have more expensive parking, because their guests are largely a captive market. Not all DC hotels have their own parking, and those that do usually don't have enough parking for every room (knowing that many guests will arrive via Metro or Uber). If you want cheaper parking, watch Spot Hero and other parking reservation sites. More parking will become available as we get closer to the con, for some reason a lot of garages don't like to reserve overnight parking 5-6 months out. In general though, I'd expect $25-$30 per night.
    1 point
  27. I don't recall any parking discounts when we were in Baltimore. More that you were guaranteed a space in the lot, and they would fold the daily parking charges into your bill.
    1 point
  28. I see a bunch of shows, but no stars. Could you fix that, please?
    1 point
  29. Another thing to watch out for is that some cards lose value if they're not used for a certain period of time. I picked up a few from my credit union (the activation fees were slightly cheaper than one from a store) for a vacation in the southwest and they had a rule that if you didn't use them for 12 months straight they lost some of their value. (Good thing I did bring them, as the Desert Botanical Garden didn't take cash for admission.) I don't know if I've seen a gift card with a chip, but I haven't really looked for them either. I started taking them along after a trip to Citizens Ba
    1 point
  30. Before you purchase a pre-paid card, read the fine print on the back. The one I bought could not be recharged, but it did say the funds would never expire. Not all cards had that last bit. Also, the one I had did not have a chip in it, and only the stripe on the back. Some sale terminals which only have a chip/tap method, so the cashier has to swipe the stripe on their register instead. Going to keep the used card around to use as a dummy.
    1 point
  31. A few years ago I went into a D.C. coffee shop for a cup. Place my order and dug out my cash and they told me they don't take it. Had to cancel the order. I suspect you will find fewer places down there who will accept it. The Safeway in D.C. is probably one of the few places that will be cash all the time. Even the home centers are starting to make it difficult to use cash. 1 register takes cash, the rest use credit card or electronic payment, so I wave people through until I can get to it. I picked up a pre-paid card and used that where cash was a no-go around the convention last year.
    1 point
  32. It is now December and the photo booth photos from Lyra's Formal Ball still have not surfaced. People who got their pictures taken there get excited to see them and keep asking about them various places online. Can we get those up please?
    1 point
  33. Zeno Robinson, Ricco Fajardo, Stephen Fu, Molly Searcy, Dani Chambers, Daman Mills, Alejandro Saab, Max Mittelman, Allegra Clark, Robbie Daymond, and Ray Chase
    1 point
  34. I'd say the merchandise selection being lower is because shopping online has become more prevalent over the years, especially with the lockdown in the past few years. Then again, I've seen anime T-shirts at department stores, the local Barnes & Noble has a section for manga that's the same size, if not larger, than their science fiction section, and there's stuff like Pokemon merchandise in grocery stores and places like Target. There is still stuff out there, but it's not as concentrated in big displays in stores as much as little things here and there. (I was just at a gem show over the
    1 point
  35. There's only a few of us (probably less than a handful), left who were there at the time.
    1 point
  36. A little before Otakon, I gave up seeing the boards, after many times of waiting 4 minutes each, and it never loaded. A little after Otakon happened, I tried again and it worked great, saw lots of people's comments about attending Otakon, hotels, etc. But after that, the boards sometimes load right away, sometimes not. I hope people don't give up coming here, since loading has been so moody. 🙁
    1 point
  37. When i write these, I try not to ding the presentations as they are contributing more than I am to the con. I wish I could find the paper where I had some notes, but it's somewhere in the vacation stuff I haven't sorted yet. That being said... Anime Reboots, Understanding the Brotherhood Effect - Looked at reasons why series are being rebooted years, even decades after the original run, for better and for worse. Some of them being the same reasons why Hollywood keeps constantly bringing back properties. Demon Slayer Traditions: Exploring the translation of traditional art and music i
    1 point
  38. It's funny you mention that. I actually bought a Hampton pillow earlier this year after finding out how forgiving they were to my neck.
    1 point
  39. If you're able to pull it together for the con, I'm sure I'd be in attendance. For an anniversary year, it might be good to show the changes in some of the details in demographics and costs and such over three decades. I know many details are confidential, but it'd be amusing to see what certain types of costs were in 1994 vs 2024.
    1 point
  40. On an Otakon FB group I'm already seeing people reporting positive covid results. I did come wearing a mask, while I get they can't require masks forever I agree it was a mistake to drop vax requirements.
    1 point
  41. The Good - I want to give a massive shout out to everyone running the photo suite this year. I know they were short staffed on photographers but they all worked really hard to make the experience good anyway, and were super transparent about how long things would likely take. Hats off to them. - Programming variety was much better this year (as was the panelist experience). There was a lot of variety in general, honestly, since the artist's alley and dealer's room also had good variety and weren't dominated by merch for the same 2-3 shows as it has been in some years. - Moving p
    1 point
  42. Just wanted to say thank you to all the staff, gophers, and everyone whom helped put together another Otakon for us. You do great work and deserve appreciation! 😀
    1 point
  43. There's a CVS across from the WEWCC and a Giant and Safeway each a few blocks away.
    1 point
  44. I just noticed that you can view the schedule (sans the Video room schedules) from the main page. I did my usual thing of making a list of panels that could be of interest to me, with alternates in case the room is full. Now I just have to figure out the gaps to go to the dealers room and artists alley, as well as returning to my hotel room to restock my supplies. (Usually this is related to which session of the AMV contest I attend.) So many panels, so little time... Notes: I noticed there's not RWBY photoshoot this year - not enough people? Did they go the way of most fandoms and s
    1 point
  45. I have noticed a lot of places are aggressively doing things to not accept cash. The local Lowes has 2 self check-out booths that are listed as "cash or card", but they are never turned on. The local Whole Foods used to take case in self-checkout, but stopped that as well. They want you to wait in the long lines with full carts when you only have 1 item, because you want to use cash. I was saying to @Revan that I'm getting a pre-paid card to take down there, because I expect it will be very difficult to pay in cash in a lot of places. One coffee shop near the convention center told me the
    1 point
  46. There is (or was) guest Wi-Fi at the convention center, but it will be slow. No data plan on my phone, so I would load the schedule page on the hotel Wi-Fi and keep the tab open to hook up again to the convention Wi-Fi. It was easiest if you only loaded the page for the day of the schedule, so there were fewer mistakes in finding content. They also had digital screens with the schedule grid and a marker showing the current time. Used that a bunch of times when the Wi-Fi was acting up. Not sure if you can access the schedule on a Nintendo 3DS. Meant to try that, but Nintendo shut down the
    1 point
  47. Last few years, it has been slow throughout the convention. Never understood why, because the old guard are the ones who post for the most part. We do appreciate having the announcements on the board. I happened upon the hotel block release notice by accident. Logged in and saw a post that said it was opening the next day. Would have missed it completely otherwise. If they ditch the board, can we signup for an email blast of announcements? Good old Majordomo.
    1 point
  48. I do hope there is a program book and offline schedule. Not everyone has a phone. Not everyone with a phone has mobile data. Not every phone is compatible with apps. If there is no offline schedule or reliable public wifi at the convention center, I won't have any access to any online based schedule. The assumption that everyone always has access to a working online capable mobile device is problematic at best.
    1 point
  49. I like the lenticular badges but I miss the old mascots and the good 'ol days where you could pick your badge design from a variety of anime and game titles.
    1 point
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