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  1. If you are worried about navigating, I would definitely avoid the mere thought of driving THROUGH the city, but the inner harbor is fairly close to I-95. As long as you come in from underneath then you should be fine. Not to say that obsessing over a map or (meaning and) having a GPS [you can trust to know about 1-way streets] will make life much less stressful.
  2. My main concern was what, if anything, would be going on next door in any of the adjoining rooms. As well intentioned as it may be, soundproofing something like the rave is bound to be a matter of degrees. Then again, if traffic flow would be more free and permit a less constricted bag check, that could be worth a little noise bleed-over.
  3. The prepayment part is important, as Passkey allows for drops. For comparable bookings, the price has usually been pretty consistent, and it's just a matter of whether the extra $30/night (interest really) is worth the right to back-out before con. Depending on how things go, I am still considering dropping my Passkey registration to get the lower rate, since that effective interest rate was 15% back in September and has nowhere to go but up as the term decreases.
  4. Bah! Is it possible for Otakon to be coming up too fast???? Nope, that's just propoganda spread by those worried about getting everything done in time.
  5. Conventionally (pnoi) it should start flipping in the next month, with registration in the 2-4 weeks thereafter. But since 2008 stats, 2009 banners, and the event calendar for 2009 haven't even been hit yet, and with life being the bear it is, we shall just have to be content to wait on the edge of our seats for the next 27 weeks till showtime ... chanting "are we there yet?" the whole way.
  6. Artists already have the option of placing a fixed price they are willing to accept when putting art up in the show (at least the last two years when I've had shifts down there.) Besides, not everything ends up in the Sunday auction. Only those pieces that fill the bid card or by staff selection move on to the formal auction. Are you asking if they can request the item be left up for the entire weekend, even if sold sooner, to drive post-con transactions? I say request because it would likely be up to the purchaser once paid (they may not be around the whole weekend.)
  7. No competition for food will also mean little incentive for the legitimate street vendors to make an appearance next year. Street vendors for Otakon must work on the Star Trek cycle.
  8. Technically, as an outside booking, it shouldn't be possible ... but I found (at least I found back in the days of Wyndham) that when you call to confirm, if they don't ask/point out that there is no account associated, just ask if it was put in at the same time, and they will include the account for tracking. I may just go this route for next year anyway, because going back in to Passkey with preference changes seemed to open a bit more of the reservation for editing than I am confortable with.
  9. I really hope more rooms are added to the Hilton block. The hotel itself still shows plenty of rooms available 7/16-19 directly @ $195 ... and Hotels.com is offering rooms @ $170/night with non-refundable pre-payment, which only sounds bad until you do the math to figure out that they are effectively charging over 15% interest for the right to back-out and pay later.
  10. Hi, my name is Bill, and I'm an Otakoholic. Aye, and the daily (or nearly) trips to the BBS are required just to keep up without drowning in all of us looking to hold on ... for the 47 weeks until Otakon 2009!
  11. Was tempted to vote for both (partially only because we could,) but my answer is two-fold: how big a difference? and all things being equal (or proportionate) I prefer a later start for a few reasons: It lets more hotels get signed. This gives a real option, rather than book now because it is open, book again later if cheaper, or closer, or the hotel I actually want, and then drop the extra room(s) .... eventually if I remember in time to dodge the cancelation penalty timeframe. It gets more people ready. I love competative shopping. Where is the fun of it if only a select few can qu
  12. No, as this year demonstrates, that's roughly what always happens. The only difference is now we don't have to wait for official word to come down from the hotel (it cuts into overbooking) and then Matt & Co. take the time to update the hotel page when they sell-out in under an hour. Fixed. Playing with the dates to get more than one hotel, the Hilton will bump you $15 for the 3rd person, but nothing additional for #2 or 4.
  13. Same here. I felt so bad throwing all my plastic water bottles away in the regular trash...... Otakon, go green in 09!! =D You seemed to skip the first two steps ... why didn't you just reuse them? I meant to bring one with me, but instead just used one of the complementary bottles put out by the hotel and carried it around the con the next day.
  14. I must agree with you here, these were highlights for me as well. However with #1, I'd have to say a true highlight was seeing that we had processed 8,994 attendees in less than 5 hours & knowing that I was a part of making that happen. Yeah ... setting the bar even higher for us next year and all the videos shown at closing ceremonies were definitely the highlights for me.
  15. Hotel: Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Number of People: 1 Walk to BCC: 5-10 minutes The Good: - 4 elevators that never required a long wait - Hotel restaurant was good, like what the former Wyndam used to be (my former server was around and fixed things up) - Advance/Early check-in online up-to a week in advance with the option for near/away elevators/ice and high/low floor preferences. The Bad: - Was able to just come in, grab my keys, and change for Thursday TCG orientation (before official check-in time.) The room was freezing on arrival (60 & fan on full blast,) w
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