July 17, 2010

Tips when going to a (larping) convention

GlareCon is still going on, although right now it is 8:20 eastern time and the first game isn't until 11:00 a.m.    I figured I'd share some tips on how to effectively enjoy a con.  Some I've learned while I was here, some I've learned before.

-Realize people not part of the Convention exist in your hotel.  Be polite and don't scare the children.

-Make sure you do know when your continental breakfast ends.

-Make sure you're decent enough for continental breakfast, though pajamas are acceptable.

-Pack snacks and even lunch items to enjoy so you can money on restaurants.

-Don't get to worked up about the hotel room, because if it's a good con you won't spend much time there.

-If sharing a room with friends figure out sleeping arrangements BEFORE the first time you sleep.

-Figure out if people snore or if they're light sleepers, giving people ample time to buy earplugs.

-Respect that you showering isn't for you, it's for everyone else.

-The pool/hot tub is not a bath.  Seriously, use the shower in your room.*

-Do your best to practice manners

-Socialize with new people, if not why would you spend all this money to go out of town to only hang out with your friends at home?

*This is stolen from the advice given at the beginning of GlareCon

1 comment:

  1. If I might add:

    -More than 4 people per hotel room saves a little bit of money, but causes a lot more hassle and a less pleasant stay.

    -You can save a lot of money if you find cheap public parking in the vicinity of the Con or your hotel.

    -Tired, cranky gamers are no fun to be around, so take care of yourself; Get enough rest, carry a water bottle to stay hydrated, and spend some money to get decent food instead of convention hall junk.

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