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  1. Sometimes we do have departments who contact us with specific needs or special jobs, but they vary from year-to-year. When I receive them, I usually post them to the BBS or the FB group looking for volunteers. If you're interested in helping out with IT stuff, try to find me during the con and I'd be happy to talk more.
  2. Yeah, there was an initial issue getting everyone through the queue, but things were cleared in the first few minutes. If you had an issue please try again.
  3. There's still discussions of other surprises we might add, but as far as headlining acts, we're not expecting any more for AWM. Of course, the Guests for Otakon are ramping up and we expect they'll be able to start announcing more of those in the coming weeks!
  4. There will be limits on the number of tickets you can purchase in a single transaction. We're finalizing those settings now, but we're targeting 4 for VIP seats and 10 for general seats (which is a typical max for a con registration batch). We'll be monitoring things, so yeah, if we see something that's obviously not right like one person buy up large quantities, we'll look into it. The wording about being able to purchase for your friend/family is there because we didn't want to make it so everyone needed to purchase a ticket individually. Because the seating is assigned, we want to make sure people can sit together!
  5. Our Access Control team has been meeting regularly with the convention center staff and DC Police. If we need to make adjustments to our policies for DC we'll have them posted to the website. We've always done a weapons-check / peace bonding. In the past, you would have to go into the access control office. From what I've heard so far, that weapons check is likely to move to as you come into the convention center. Though details are still being finalized, so standard "subject to change" notices. But yeah, none of the conversations I've heard so far are in the realm of "airport grade" security like AB had.
  6. It varies. Sue tends to do them in batches every couple weeks.
  7. Good catch with the BBS link! It's been added. The bulk of our work tonight has been complete, so hopefully you'll all start seeing the new site as the www.otakon.com site as DNS changes make their way through the interwebs.
  8. Some of you may have noticed that some links on our website and some of our recent announcements have started linking to new website we've been working on (http://dc.otakon.com/). Well, we plan on doing the big switch this weekend to make that our new main landing for our website (http://www.otakon.com/). We've got over 10 years of history on the old site (looks like the first year we started using this version was 2004), so there's a lot to move over. Some areas may still link back to sections of the old server while we move things over, but we hope you all like the new format (and hopefully it's a little friendlier on mobile devices). Please expect our website to be unavailable on Saturday 2/4 at 9PM - Midnight. After the cutover, if you find broken links of other issues, you can let us know on this thread. Thanks! And for fun, here's what things looked like back in 2004.