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  1. For all we know, the people who tested positive were exposed prior to the convention.

    I waited a few days and did a rapid test, then did another one on the weekend after before visiting people. Otakon had pretty strict policies in place (COVID bands had to be visible when entering the convention), and the crowd was more likely to be vaccinated.

  2. 40 minutes ago, Michael said:

    Cons: I had a horrible view of another building. Many non-Otakon guests who must of thought we were crazy. Elevator was slow/broken/overcrowded and no stairs. Nothing for white noise, it was too silent for me. Bar, lounge and lobby were tiny. I didn't see much fraternizing among Otakon guests. Coffee machine was poor.

    Out of all the years I have been to Otakon, only one time was there a white noise machine in the room. I don't know if it was left by a guest, in the room for a specific reason (e.g. close to the elevator, vending room, etc.), or supplied by the hotel for the previous guest. For a while I needed one to sleep and brought my own unit.

    The coffee machines are usually just ones to make a single cup of coffee from a disposable packet (giant tea bag equivalent). Not really top tier coffee, but a basic cup. My roommate complains about the water coming out tasting like coffee, but in all fairness it is not a 'tea' machine.

  3. Pardon my ignorance, but what defines slapping?

     

    Ranma 1/2 had some very catchy opening and closing themes.

    Tank! from Cowboy Bebop.

    Just Think of Tomorrow from Irresponsible Captain Tylor.

    Card Captor Sakura had some good opening themes.

     

  4. 2 hours ago, LittleHobbit13 said:

    If there's going to be a single funnel going up and down, then that space needs extra staffing attention. Ideally staffing with loud voices. Groups of people (regular attendees, from what I could see of badges) also kept getting gestured to enter Dealers at Hall B instead of going all the way down to Hall C, and then seconds later other people who tried to enter there would get shouted at that they couldn't enter there. It was confusing. Otakon has been pretty good about trying to stay on top of lines in past years, which is why Saturday this year felt so atypically and excessively bad.

    The staffers in that morass on Saturday were shouting, but getting muffled out in the throng of people. Great way to burn out their voices too. Megaphones might help, but more electronic message boards throughout would be better. If you could read a sign instead of shouting the information you could get a better response.

    quick edit: Better signage at the security check-in would help get people through more quickly. Put up 3-4 static signs in the line path saying to put your electronics on a specific side, to make a gap when approaching the scanner, to hold your arms apart at the scan, and to approach the guard check if you get a red light. That would make the security check people a lot happier than having to repeat the information over and over and over.

  5. Unfortunately, we are all at the mercy of the other guests in the hotels.

    I think it was pre-pandemic where the couple in the next room decided to have a fight. Screaming and throwing things at 2 in the morning. Another time, I was stuck next to a party room where they were making noise until about 3 AM. Other times you have people talking full volume, or yelling in the hallways. The doors and walls don't muffle that much.

    The Marriott Marquis has a couch and table located in a space near the elevators. A few years back some group decided to have a party there and you could hear the noise down the hallway. If I was the person in the room that adjoined it, there would have been words. This year it looks like moved the couch to the wall so nobody could sit there. It is a shame there are so many selfish individuals who don't respect their fellow guests.  🤬

    • The Good: The red jacket guy and Otakon Staff handling the lined to the Marriott Connector. They were doing the best they could in a bad situation.
       
    • The Bad: Overcrowding. I waited in a line to get to the Dealer's Hall, only to not get much of a look at any of the merchandise. There were a solid wall of people near any table. The top of the escalator's near the Game Hall was a mad mess, as was the bottom end of the escalators. The stairs had been closed off to go down to the Connector level and a giant mass was trying to fill 2 elevators to go down. That was when the police had things blocked off. Surprised Otakon did not get shut down by the Fire Marshall at that point. Felt sorry for all the people waiting outside in lines all weekend. As others have said, it was a long line to go through security, but I ended up going outside to get back to the hotel some times. The main fault is with the venue. They need more connectors between the buildings. Instead you only have the bottom floor to access either side of the upper levels. Very short sighted on their part.
       
    • The Ugly: The escalators. Moving death traps. I deliberately held the top for 2-3 seconds before getting on in case something bad happened, so I would have time to react. They were packed solid the entire weekend. The down escalator at the Marriott Connector, closest to the convention center, was making a screeching noise mid way down. If you have ever seen a video of an escalator collapsing, that screech would make you shudder. Took the stairs as much as possible, even though my feet were killing me.
      😮
  6. I have said this before, but I will not be joining any social media sites for Otakon content. They will need to post all updates on Otakon.com for me to see them.

    Otakon does not promote the forum that I have seen, so there is no new blood. Kids now are all Tik Tok.

    The old/popular posters are not posting any more. Nothing from Alabaster, Cousin Sue, Fadamoore (apologies for any misspellings)?

  7. I almost thought about taking a Raspberry Pi, but did not want to pack the keyboard. Staples had a folding keyboard on clearance, but it was still priced pretty high. Who remembers WebTV?

  8. On 7/18/2022 at 10:14 PM, TnAdct1 said:

    Adding to the list:

    • Food
    • Change of clothes
    • Soap
    • Wild Bill mug

    There is (or at least was) a grocery store near the convention center. Rather than pack food for the trip, we just stop in there and take things back to the hotel. The rooms usually have a refrigerator so we are golden.

  9. I don't remember if it was last year or the year before, but I went into one of the local coffee shops and placed and order. When I pulled out cash they said "we don't accept cash". I told them to cancel the order. However, I wondered if this is a trend down there. Was thinking about getting one of those pre-paid Visa cards to take with me for the trip.

    • Last year's Metro card

    I saw an article a while back which said hotels are dropping the free lotion, shampoo, etc., so I would not count on them being there. If you call the desk for them they may charge a premium. Those little tooth care bags my dentist provides come in handy.

    Usually bring an extra day's clothes in case of spill or something.

  10. Yearly reminder on things to bring with you.

    • An umbrella
    • Cell phone charger
    • Your medications
    • Your vaccine card (if not using the applet)
    • Masks
    • 2 pairs of shoes (let one pair air out between days 🤣)
    • small water bottle
    • ear plugs (personal preference based on volume levels these days)
    • hoodie and/or pants (if you are prone to getting cold in air conditioning) [can't tell you how many ladies in their light Summer dresses folding their arms over tightly to try and keep warm in the grocery store]

    No spelling or grammar errors this time, I hope!  🥴

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  11. Back in the day, there would be pages of posts on the forum this close to Otakon. Only a few of us still use it. Won't be surprised if it just disappears one day. I'm not joining any Zuckerbook, et al, just to get information on the convention. If it is not posted on the Otakon web side, I will miss out.  😢

  12. 23 hours ago, Revan said:

    Got mine yesterday as well. I like holograph(?) effect as you move the badge - the mascots go from normal appearance to more of an... isekai(?) look. (One dresses in a fuku with a Crabby topped wand. Who's the blond character on the badge? I don't recall seeing that one before.

    I also like how you have the hours* listed for the Convention Center as a whole, Dealer's Hall, Artist Alley, and Gaming Hall. I still wouldn't bet against multiple people asking what time the Dealer's Hall closes on Saturday.

    * Interesting that the WEWCC will close at 1:30 AM Friday and Saturday. I guess the overnight cleaning may not be as stringent as last year when they closed at midnight. Also interesting is that Artist's Alley closes at 10 on Friday and 9 on Saturday. To the best of my recollection they were open pretty much all night previously, but then again I'm sure the artists would like to have time to do things besides sit there with their wares.

    Didn't Otakon Vegas have a mascot with long blonde hair? https://vegas.otakon.com/

  13. 19 hours ago, Daniel Perales said:

    Have anyone read this article at ANN?

     

    The Irresponsible Management of This Year's Artist Alley - Anime Expo 2022 - Anime News Network

     

    Hopefully, Otakon will not be that bad.

    If the venue is skimping on the air conditioning, they are just asking for problems. My office cuts off the AC at night and it it always hot when you arrive in the office. My guess is that it would cost less to maintain the temperature than having to kick into high gear to cool the room again. One of the reasons I am avoiding the office in the Summer.

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