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About MattTheMinion

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  1. Hate to ask again

    If we look back over the past 5 years, online registration has opened on: 02/17/2017 02/22/2016 03/24/2015 03/08/2014 02/18/2013 The average of those dates is March 1st and the standard deviation is about 2 weeks. So there is a reasonable probability of online registration opening sometime between now and 3/14/18.
  2. Registration question

    Odds are high that it will open in February.
  3. Hotels

    Well for what it's worth there were multiple times we really were on the verge of announcing and then something hiccuped and set it back. Unfortunately, I'm only privy to the portion of "we are close now" and not the details of exactly what's going on behind the scenes. Since I've got other areas to devote my cycle time to with the organization, I'm not following this particular issue every moment and then someone else brings it up and I think, 'yeah, why haven't we announced by now?' and come to find out that obstacle number 302 has shown up in the process. The comparison between what we did and Balitmore and DC is a bit off in that because we had been running in Baltimore for years and were not changing much year-to-year, it was easy to set up the block and loose it on the internet the week after Otakon. It was the same as the prior year after all. In DC where we are making some changes between this year and last year, the process is not as streamlined yet, and the lack of familiarity on both sides makes it more difficult.
  4. Posted on Otakon's Facebook Page, is this legit?

    Yes, it is a real promotion regarding theaters in the DC, Maryland, Virginia area. As for the text being vague, I can't say much about that since I didn't write the post. Perhaps it is a compromise between saying too much and too little?
  5. Hotels

    So I went to talk to the staff working on hotels, but their dog wouldn't let me ask anything: In all seriousness, yes we will absolutely announce the opening of hotels before we actually open them. It should be on our website, here, and on all the social media (facebook, twitter, etc).
  6. Hotels

    Well part of the problem is that we are also dealing with groups that are external to us. So while we think we are close, if the folks on the other side are taking their time, need to go through a supervisor, go on vacation, or if they come back with a proposed change; we now have to deal with an updated timeline, as we have to look and decide if we agree to the change, make a counter-proposal, etc. Believe me, it's probably more frustrating to us than it is to you as we have been back and forth internally on this process a number of times now.
  7. Hotels

    Oh crap, the secret is out!
  8. Hotels

    Last I heard we are closer to announcing, as most of the stuff on our side has been shifted the way we want it. I think we are just waiting on confirmations all around that we are good to go, and to make sure we give folks enough lead time to be ready for it.
  9. Otakon 2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    It may be simply the case that they were interpreting the rules we gave them in a more strict fashion than we had intended. At least now we know that it was happening..
  10. Hey Matt, Can you add my daughter's account to the staff web boards.  Her ID is ekusterer.  She's in publications, name Emily Kusterer.  Thanks!

  11. Matt, where was that statement you made with the numbers for pre-reg?  I can not remember at all, and couldn't find it when I went to quote it.  At least, I think it was you and not Nick?


  12. Hey Matt,

    Did you (and the rest of the Board) see Jen's post on Facebook which was also supposedly sent to the BoD?  It sounds like she has something huge in the works for today and wants Otakon's support in it. I like Flury's post in that Facebook thread.

  13. I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    If for some reason your badge is not listed with a tracking number by now please contact our help desk team through help.otakon.com We are tracking problems as they develop and plan to use this info to improve the process for next year. On the bright side I can say with some certainty that most of the badges were delivered without issue. However, I do acknowledge that most is not all.
  14. I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Confirmation Date: The day the badge was delivered Confirmation Code: Extra info on the delivery These will start filling in soon when we upload the next update
  15. I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    Please take a moment and log into the members area on the Otakon website and check your tracking number. If there is no tracking number or you find another issue, let us know through our help desk (help.otakon.com) and we will see what we can do.