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  1. I have to say, after a few hiccups it seemed to go pretty well overall. (Though the sound on at least one panel was...not good.) The panel mix was decent (which is what I really go for at the con), but the 30 minute limit felt kind of odd when I'm used to 45 minute - 1 hour panels. The biggest advantage was switching to another panel took a few seconds instead of schlepping across the WEWCC. This is the 1st time I can remember actually attending the opening and closing ceremonies. I'm usually at a panel for the former and on the way home for the latter. I bought a couple of tshirts and grabbed a pair of the large mugs for my brother and I (plus kicked in a little more to the CustomInk campaign, as was my intention). (Does anyone know how wide the 36 oz. mug is? I'm always looking for a mug for my tea and I'm curious if my strainer will fit it.) I probably spent more this year in the 'dealer's room' this year than in a long time. Speaking of the dealer's room, was Discover Teas going to have a booth this year? I would have probably dropped a good bit there, as I buy waaaay too much tea, but I just love trying new ones. I'm off to GenCon online. Ironically enough, they have a MAT3K tonight as well. Thanks once again to everyone at Otakon for their efforts.
  2. First of all, thanks to Otakon for doing this. It sucks that we can't be there together physically, but we are together in spirit. That being said, the schedule is here. Initial impressions: - I might actually catch a little bit of the opening ceremonies this year. I've been going since 1994 but don't think I've ever seen them, since I can't be in multiple places at once. Ditto Otaku no Video - haven't watched it this century IIRC. - MAT3K is back again! Haven't missed one yet. I wonder what they'll do this year. - Even now, with all this tech, I might still miss panels because they're scheduled against each other. (Would that all my problems were this trivial.) Good news is that I've seen a couple of them at previous cons, and there's nothing stopping me from 'flipping channels' to switch between them. Conclusion: Since the pandemic started and quarantining, I've been spending my Saturday nights with my family for dinner and a movie. (Supporting local restaurants, not 'too lazy to cook'.) Looks like I'm missing it this weekend. They'll just have to go on without me. That being said, there was mention that Otakon was looking into avenues to sell merchandise from this year's con. Was there any progress on that? Or a way to kick in via Paypal or the like?
  3. It was definitely a unique experience for me this time. Between 8:55 and 9:13 the list of available hotels kept jumping between a low of 8 and a high of (I think) 11 that changed every time I refreshed the page (cough*every few seconds*cough). I was already in the system (having booked originally at the Renaissance, then the Hampton when it became available), so I just had to click on the previously entered data to complete the process. (Whether that made a difference in booking speed, I can't say.) I was lucky after the fact, as less than 5 minutes after I got the confirmation, my boss came in the room to go over something with me. He probably wouldn't have dinged me for doing the booking, but I'm not going to test that hypothesis. I wonder if the Marriott is going to have the stuff available next year that was promised this year: Though obviously they wouldn't keep the snacks. (Mind you, if it was stored properly, and I were hungry enough... Let's just say it wouldn't be the first time I've had year old snack food. 🙂)
  4. FYI, the link to the Otakon Online takes you to the registration page. The actual link is: https://www.otakon.com/online/ I look forward to watching this on 8/1, presuming I won't have to go in to work that Saturday.
  5. I booked at the Renaissance early in the morning (partially as a fallback, partially to get my data into the system) because the Embassy didn't have 2 x double beds available. Imagine my disappointment when noon rolled around and the hotel list hadn't changed, and only half the hotels listed on the page were there. After about 10 minutes of reloading the page, I quit. I'll check in every so often just to see, but I'm not pinning my hopes on getting a hotel I wanted. What happened to the Marriott Marquis, Hampton Inn, etc.? Were they snapped up last week when the early announcement was made?
  6. I just got an email from experient about booking being open, and it looks like the following are available: -Marriott Metro Center -Renaissance -Moxy -Embassy Suites -Comfort Inn -Cambria Suites -Capitol Hilton -Comfort Inn Convention Center -Melrose A pre-pre registration? Given those options, I'll wait until Monday and see.
  7. I don't know if the '1 person / elevator' would be feasible in the long term. To compare, the Four Seasons Manhattan (from the article) has 368 rooms versus the 1175 at the Marriott Marquis in DC, so unless they speed up elevators or add more there's no way you could have someone get to their room in a reasonable length of time if it's limited to 1. Limiting it to 'One room's worth of guests / elevator' would be better, but still not good. (Having stayed in the Marriott for the con, getting to my room in a reasonable time with elevators filled to capacity is sometimes sketchy, depending on the time of day.) The potential shutdown of things like the complimentary breakfast buffet at the Hampton Inn would hurt as well. On a lighter note, I request low floors when I get the reservation so I can use stairs when viable, though it's more down than up. I do this because years ago I got put in a room near the top of the hotel and decided to walk down just to do it. I was fine then, but hours later the ankle I had sprained the year before decided to make its displeasure known and just stop working for a little while when I was at the Harborplace food court. (Standing there waiting for my order, and suddenly my leg just goes out from under me. Startled the heck out of me. 🙂)
  8. On the one hand, it's disappointing that it had to happen. On the other hand, it's good that this particular Sword of Damocles is no longer hanging over our collective heads. That being said, will there be any way to pick up Otakon 2020 merchandise (I'm presuming it's already been made.), or a way to kick in to support the con? Since I'm not getting hit with a hotel bill or Amtrak ticket, I have a couple hundred dollars available to spend.
  9. I mentioned this in another forum, and apparently there's already 2 names for them: - 'Coronials' - and in 14 years (factoring in the 9 months), 'Quaranteens'
  10. Pish tosh, another acceptable form is from Zman Games:
  11. I think part of the onus (there's your nickel word for the day) is on the attendee, with the focus on hygiene and health. The old Otakon handout had some of the following 'recommendations' (I don't remember full details, just the generalities.): - Get a good night's sleep - Eat at least one good meal a day - Shower I would add one that I've been guilty of: Go out for some fresh air. Last year on Saturday I went from around 8 AM to 6 PM without leaving the convention center and/or the hotel. (I got the Mariott, so I never had to leave.) I also have been taking things like Cold Eeze, etc. the past few years to help boost my chances of not getting the Con Plague. I'd say it's worked well enough, as I haven't caught it in several years. All told, we can only wait and see what Otakon does and go from there. I'll hold off getting my Amtrak tickets until I see something definite, however.
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