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shadowspawn last won the day on December 7 2017

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  1. shadowspawn

    [Otakon News]Otakon 2019 Hotel Block Update

    I have a completely unrelated question about the Marriott Marquis. Almost 3 weeks ago I booked a two-bed room with an Atrium view at the Auto Club rate. Even with the special rate, the room is more expensive than the convention rate, so my intention was to just have it as an insurance policy, and then cancel it when I got a convention block room. Fortunately, I was able to be sitting with my finger over the button at 12:00 today. The button went live at exactly the second it was supposed to (I'd been spamming refresh). It worked perfectly (in Firefox, on Comcast internet), no 404. Instantly hit "Add Room". Instantly hit "Marriott Marquis". And... Two-bed rooms completely sold out. Not even Waitlisted. Within 3 or 4 seconds. How was this possible? Did lots of people have bots / scripts that all jumped in within milliseconds, like the ticket scalpers with Ticketmaster? Or did slimy scumbags (like myself) grab all the two bed rooms before the convention block was locked down? Or ????? I'm not upset, my insurance policy paid off (at a higher cost), but this just seemed really odd...
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    How was your hotel?

    Yes, the baggage check at the Marquis was a disaster. And I was not even a victim. It took about 15 minutes standing in line to check baggage. Not terrible, but longer than I have ever waited before, across 18 Otakons. But getting the bags back... I ducked out of the Final Fantasy concert at 3:00, during the applause before the encore, because we had to get to the airport. When I got to baggage check the line was about 15 feet long, 2 people wide. I had about a 15 minute wait, and it took about 10 minutes for me to help them find our five bags. Much longer than it's ever taken before, even at the Marquis last year. But when I got done and was ready to leave about 3:30, the baggage retrieval line was all the way back to the elevator (75 feet? 100 feet?), and about 8 people wide. Those poor people... I'm sure that some flights were missed.
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    Otakon 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

    I brought a family friend this year. It was his first Otakon. He is a professional bilingual Japanese localization expert, and Is friends with some of this year's guests because of localizing their anime or video games (so he was happy to see them again) . He has been to the other two big Anime conventions. Tonight, he is still raving about how fantastic Otakon was for him. Going in, his expectations were "meh" from attending the other two big Anime conventions. Now he is going on about how great the organization, variety, layout, pacing, and content was for the convention. I'm probably a little jaded, as I think that this was my 18th consecutive Otakon. But it's fun seeing how spun-up (in a good way) this industry insider is about his first Otakon. He is definitely coming back next year (me too).
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    I Have Not Received My Badge In the Mail!

    We got ours today. This might have already been discussed in this very long thread, but just in case it is useful or helpful to someone... We had two different shipments coming to one address. One arrived Friday, but no one was here to sign for it, so they left the card in the mailbox. Today, the second one arrived, and when the carrier had me sign for the one that arrived today, I showed him the card that was left Friday, and asked if he had that one. No, it was at the post office. BUT, he said, if I signed that card and gave it to him, or just signed it and left it in the mailbox for him to find, he could deliver the badge and just leave it in the mailbox on the strength of the signed card that he would then have in his possession. So, if you have no other alternative, you can sign the card that they left, put it back in the mailbox, and they'll deliver your priority mail package the next day. Note that I am NOT necessarily recommending this. If you do leave the signed card, and the carrier scans it, and your signature is registered into their system where it is visible that the delivery was signed for, and then (for some reason) you never find the envelope in the mailbox, then you will be Out Of Luck. No badge, no Otakon in that scenario. FWIW, I did NOT sign the Friday card and give it to the carrier. I told him it would be too complicated if the delivery somehow went wrong. He told me a secret, which was that (in this small northern New England town), even though the Post Office is closed on Saturday afternoon, someone is actually working in the back, and if you go to the Post Office and knock on the door or windows, they'll come out and take care of you. Sure enough, it was true, and I was able to pickup the Friday badge on this Saturday afternoon from the nice guy hiding inside the Post Office. But, if you have no other alternative, signing the card and putting it back in the mailbox is a way to solve the dilemma of how to get your badge delivered.