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  1. You can't play for life one year in advance, but you just reserve the room anyway which is what I did. You don't have to pay any money just to reserve the room and if something comes up you can always just cancel your reservation. It's best to get your reservation in as early as possible, so I would recommend that you do that. And even if you can't cancel the reservation, there will always be someone willing to take it off your hands as the con date approaches!
  2. I booked myself a room as well - best to plan ahead! How come the Days Inn con rate is so much lower this time? Not that I'm complaining, but I'm just curious
  3. Pain? What pain?!? Thanks for all your hard work, Vic - we all appreciate it! I can't wait to see the contest!
  4. Continuing this thought, I think a lot of it has to do with *why* people want to make AMVs. Hackercz touched on this in a previous thread - I think that some new editors decide that it sounds fun and cool to make an AMV. So they make one. But making something that people remember for years to come takes a LOT of time, effort, and creativity, and it can be an EXTREMELY frustrating process. If you make AMVs just for the sake of making them, you're not going to last long. The AMVs I personally enjoy the most are the ones that have a story to tell - and regardless of how "good" it was ove
  5. I wouldn't worry about it right now - in my experience, it can take a week or two for them to sort through everything.
  6. Skyebox

    Holiday Inn 2008

    I usually start a couple months before the con, but I know many people who start much earlier. The closer to the con you start looking, the less chance someone will back out on you - a lot of plans can change in the course of a year!
  7. Ah yes, those were the good old days! Back in 2000, I didn't decide to attend the con until about 2 weeks prior, and I still got a room at the Days Inn for about $125/night. Now you need to call a year in advance just to get a room anywhere! This is going to be my first year back at the Days Inn since then - every other year I've stayed at the Wyndham (now the Sheraton).
  8. From what I can tell, everyone is on that list. They said to expect a call anywhere from tomorrow to Saturday, but this information seems to change on a minute-to-minute basis. If they don't get in touch with you the first time they call, though, you've missed your chance. So I get the impression that a lot of people will be sitting by their phones tomorrow...
  9. It's the cheapest hotel of the bunch, so that's not surprising.
  10. I'm a big believer in the idea that you get what you pay for. But since I basically only use the room to store my swag and sleep for a couple of hours here and there, I don't need it to be a palace. No time for the pool or anything like that! BTW, did anyone else notice that the non-con rates at the Holiday Inn have skyrocketed in the past 24 hours? They jumped from $189 the last time I checked to $329 this afternoon. And if you book outside the con dates (for example, from the 4th to the 7th), the rates are back to $189. What's up with that?
  11. Maybe that's why there was such a big jump this year - if everyone's willing to pay the regular rate, there's no reason why the hotel should offer a discounted rate. I think that's part of the fun! I've had great roommates over the years. You just have to be careful about who you choose. I think I sleep a total of about 5 hours over the 3 days, so the sleeping conditions are not all that critical to me, as long as I'm not sleeping on a bench. As a graduate student who makes about two cents an hour, I can definitely relate to this - but that's one of the sad facts o
  12. When I looked, the $169/night rate was for single occupancy, ie one person. Add more people to the room and it goes up $10 per person. You can certainly try to sneak 6 people in at the $169 rate, but I'm willing to bet you'll all be sharing one key...
  13. The price has been inching up every year, but that's to be expected. With 22,000+ con-goers to house and only so many hotels in the area, I think it's cool that the hotels even give us con rates at all. Any hotel in the heart of a major city is going to be costly. So it doesn't bother me so much. Split between 6 people (which I think is the most that will fit comfortably in one room), that works out $75-$150 for the 3 days depending on where you stay. If you're willing to put in 14 gofer hours, you make back about 2/3 of that and have a lot of fun in the process! I also know that I have
  14. Yes, but depending on what kind of costume you're wearing, it can be a bit intimidating making that walk at 3 AM!
  15. I'll have to echo that one myself. I'm glad I watched them alone because I was near sobbing into my hankie. *blush* I was literally bawling at the end of those, and for a long time, too! Other anime that made me cry: Fruits Basket, Marmalade Boy, Dog Of Flanders, Sugar, Full Moon O Sagashite, Nurse Angel Ririka, and of course, Grave of the Fireflies - I was sobbing about two minutes into that movie
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