Clint discovered a Fan Video from AZ 2004 (link on the far left) that has video of the stage we'll be on, and some of the hotel :D Plus lots of random insanity. Yes, the con is that crazy. :D:D
Here is the scheduel from 2004, because they haven't put up 2005 YET!! But you can get a general feel of the times. On the last page is a map of the hotel. The cosplay/dances are in Track 1, Track 2, and Track 3 (the walls collapse), and the actual hotel is the big white space on the top left. The video game room is bottom-center - notice how small? That's why it's stinky! No windows.
We're leaving at "6:00" (because we all know we'll be running late) on friday. If we leave at or past 7, we'll probably hit Winston-Salem 9am traffic (we're going straight through downtown Winston-salem). Here's the Directions on Mapquest, we start on #5 (5: Merge onto I-40 E via the ramp on the LEFT. 221.5 miles). Barring traffic, we'll get there in 3 1/2 hours at the latest (Possibly 3 hours - I'm not speeding too much! Memorial Day Weekend!) We'll get there at 10 *at the latest*, we can stop for breakfast/lunch if we want! Yay!
Once we get there, Mike and I will go register us into the hotel (I THINK we can get a room at 10). If not, yay for changing into costumes in the bathroom! Convention Registration is better earlier, no lines :D Mike, Lisa, and the guy mike is bringing (Augh I forgot his name again!) Already have badges, the rest of us go get badges. For those who've never been to a con, you have to wear your badge at all times! Especially to get into the dealers room. The hotel isn't scary-big, and it's pretty easy to find everything. We're doing the 6-2-1 rule: 6 hours of sleep a night (in theory), 2 real meals a day (yay sammiches!), and 1 shower a day. I know everyone's thinking "I shower three times a day!" "I eat all the time, I won't forget to eat!" but with everything that goes on, you might forget. Stuff happens pretty much all the time until sunday, when checkout is at noon and the con is pretty much wound down by 3 or 4 (if we're exhausted, we'll leave earlier). Leaving at 4 at the latest, 3 1/2 hours to get home, back to my house at 7-8-ish.
Watch your money. Always hold your wallet in your hand in the dealers room. Don't leave it on a table. Leave some money in the hotel room for saturday / sunday! And FOOD MONEY!
Bring snackies. And a few of us should bring bread. And drinks. And sammich stuff. AND BRING GRANOLA BARS! Or something else snack-able. Eating sugar and snacks all weekend = crashing. Not drinking enough = dehydration. There's fast food nearby, and pizza delivers!
I am afraid of maids. I don't like them coming in. Our stuff will be everywhere, and I don't want to pre-clean for a maid to come in. Hide valueables anyway, in the closet or something.
Here's the Address and Phone # for the hotel:
4700 Emperor Boulevard (I-40 Exit 282 -- Page Road)
Durham, North Carolina, 27703. - (919) 941-5050
I used to know of a webpage that had a checklist, but I can't find it, so here's a checklist I made. Did I leave anything out? COSPLAYERS! BRING MAKEUP! I don't care if you never wear makeup ever, you need at least minimum makeup for pictures. It's like stage makeup, only normal makeup. You don't have to wear a lot, at least wear foundation! Boys are exempt from this if they don't want to. Make a list of all your costume pieces! AND SHOES! So you make sure you have everything! I forgot a shirt in 2003 and almost died ;_; Garment bags are nice, but not essential. Especially for costumes that aren't one-piece. I'm bringing mine for at least Nick's Roy costume and my Tekken.
Cosplayers, Expect People To Take Your Picture. Even if no one knows who you are, even if you don't think anyone will, *someone* will want your picture. Especially on Saturday in our big group. Work on some poses in your costumes, see what looks best on you and on the costume. No standing there looking like an idiot, at lease pose with your hands. SMILE DAMNIT, or at least look badass. No slight-frowns, facial expressions are a must. If you just stand there without moving, I will kill you. I am the cosplay Nazi after all. Be confident in yourself! You have an awesome costume! And confidence makes you look so much better in costume. Remember: You might be someone's favorite character! Don't be afraid to talk to them!
If you don't have any pockets in your costume, bring a bag of some sort, or get one of us to hold your stuff (Program, hotel keys, wallet, water, giant mech, whatever).
I have never experienced someone talking bad about my costume at the con, but it might happen. Don't worry about it, they are stupid. Any bad talking from us about costumes needs to wait until you get back to the hotel room, or at least in the hallway; It's a small con, their friends might be nearby! I've never experienced or seen any fanboys bothering or even touching the girls, just takeing lots of pictures or generally being annoying. Fangirls glomp. They are scary. You don't have to stay with someone walking around the hotel, but if *anyone* bothers you enough to make you uncomfortable, leave the situation, go hang out in a crowd or something.
The cosplay usually runs pretty long. We get good seats, they're reserved! I don't know when the cosplay stuff starts. Cosplayers had to be congragated at 5:30, I think. This is a lot of typing, and my brain hurts. We'll be in the first group to go in, since we're in the novice catagory, so we'll be able to watch a lot!
Don't *expect* us to win a prize in the cosplay, because no matter how good we are at our skit, we might not win anything. The groups that I always think deserved a prize don't get one ;-; PLUS! Gundams always win. Freaking gundams. Let's do the absolute best we can, and if we win, cool!
Here's some photoshoots I know of:
Cosplay.com shoot - 5pm Friday - outside in the grassy area (well, only me x.x)
EGL Tea Party - 9-9:30 Friday - Lobby
Here's the photoshoot thread on Cosplay.com No one is allowed to wear non-tekken costumes past 2pm! It's better if you're in that costume all day!!
My personal Costume Scheduel:
friday morning - EGL, Sailor Outfit
friday evening - EGL, new outfit (white shirt / black skirt / apron, if I get it done)
Saturday - Asuka from tekken
Saturday Night - Salt5 costume for the dance (it's a morning musume thing)
Sunday - White Mage from final fantasy
How's cosplay progress going? If you aren't 50% done on Tekken costumes by now, I will kill you, and comment to this post if you need / could use help!
I apologize for this INSANELY long entry. This is a lot of typing, and my brain hurts. Did I forget anything? Any questions?