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  1. .taro.

    The 2018 Washington Area Travelers Advisory Thread

    Thanks @CocoFaerie, https://www.otakon.com/info/location/all-roads/ has been updated.
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    My Event Planner feature

    Yeah..... That's a feature that was worked on many (many) years ago, but then things like Guidebook came out and did it a lot better. I would recommend you wait for the Guidebook version to come out.
  3. There's a lot more to Otakon than what's just on the schedule! While the schedule shows the Panels / Workshops /Video rooms, there are still lots of rooms like Video Games, Ota Cafe, Maid Cafe, Manga Library, Lolita Garden, OtaChan, I could go on... that have room hours, but not as structured content. When Guidebook is out, all those room will be listed with their hours.
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    [Otakon News]Otakon 2018 Schedule is Live!

    I don't have a date for Guidebook yet, but I do know they're hard at work on it. There's a lot more that goes into Guidebook than just the schedule (like maps and stuff), that take a little while longer to get all the images and what not for. But the schedule was ready early so we wanted to get it out to you as early as we could!
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    Mailed Badges

    Nope, you can do it any time.
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    Mailed Badges

    So yeah, last word I got things are on track for badges to *start* getting mailed on July 18th with everything hopefully in the mail by the 23rd. I'll post something if any of that changes. There will be a new activation step this year. Instructions will be in the mailer. Just go to a website and enter the badge number and your name.
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    Mailed Badges

    Badges have not been mailed yet. I've heard that people online have been saying they've started to receive them. I guess don't believe everything you read online. I'm anticipating they'll start going out around the middle of next week, but we'll have someone post to the BBS when we get word that starts to happen. All badges should be in the mail over the next two weeks. We're about a week behind what we originally targeted, but as you say, we have a new registration vendor this year so we did have some padding in there.
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    Are GoPros allowed?

    as with any camera, make sure you're following the "Cameras at Otakon" policy - https://www.otakon.com/info/general-policies/
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    Where is Parking?

    And Thursday has been added to the SpotHero pricing! https://www.otakon.com/info/special-deals/
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    When should the badges be mailed out?

    Not for a few more weeks. We have a target date, when I know a little more for sure we're going to hit that date we'll let ya'll know.
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    Rally thoughts and concerns

    I phrased it that way as I found it to be the most accurate. Yes, from what I've heard, once the request is approved, it's typically a formality to issue the permit. But I think it's best not to speculate. As this is higher-profile then the typical request, anything is possible. Likewise with @Yukimi Kazari's mention that maybe it won't be approved. Let's try to avoid the rumor until we get an official word. A tweet is probably not going to be an official word on the matter.
  12. I really didn't want to lock this thread as it's important people have a place to discuss their thoughts and concerns about the rally. That being said, if that's what it takes to get things back on track, locking this thread and a new one has been created here: https://board.otakon.com/index.php?/topic/28989-rally-thoughts-and-concerns/
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    Rally thoughts and concerns

    I'm starting this new thread as a place for people to post their thoughts and concerns regarding the "white civil rights rally" that is proposed to be held in DC, about 1 mile away, overlapping with the Saturday and Sunday of Otakon. From what is currently known, the National Park Service has approved the initial request, but I have not heard that the permit has actually been issued. https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/622144455/white-civil-rights-rally-approved-for-d-c-in-august That staff at Otakon a very aware of the existence of the rally and are working very closely with the convention center and Events DC to make sure they provide an environment where all our members can have a safe and enjoyable time at Otakon. I'm not on the Otakorp BoD, I'm not speaking for them, please see the official statement here: https://www.otakon.com/news/2018/06/22/otakon-s-official-statement-regarding-proposed-rally-near-the-convention/ We've posted some safety tips here: https://www.otakon.com/info/attend/safety/ Otakon is a crazy, amazing, wondrous time where our incredibly diverse (sometimes dysfunctional) ota-family comes together so celebrate all the things we love. This rally goes against almost all of that, and with how things went last year, it's right for people to be concerned. Please keep the topics on the thread related to concerns as they relate to the convention itself, not on the ideology of the rally.
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    Hype Thread!

    Yes! All the hype! As for cosplay, I'm hoping to find the time to finish Syaoran Li's new battle costume from CCS: Clear Card. We'll see... Otherwise I'll probably bring Tai again and hang around the Registration area for a repeat of: http://conventionalwisdom.smackjeeves.com/comics/2503310/otakon-2017-page-2/
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    Where is Parking?

    I sent the person who handles the Spot Hero arrangement for us a question seeing if we could get Thursday added to our rates. (not that you can't just go directly to them, but it'd be nice to have it all in one search).