With ten days to go, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of a few things before our first official ‘Unofficial DC-MMO Gathering’ scheduled for April 17th at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.
Weather: weather in and around the Atlanta area is notoriously unpredictable. The current forecast calls for a high in the mid-to-upper 70s with a small (10%) chance of rain. This can (and probably will) change drastically before the event so it would be wise to consult the local forecast regularly. There will be pollen and likely a lot of dust so if you have allergies, plan ahead. Bring a bottle of sunscreen! This cannot be stressed enough! You’re about to spend a day in the sun so if you forget everything else, don’t forget this.
Driving and Parking The highways in Atlanta are generally well paved. As in many other areas, the police will have a strong presence so keep your speeds reasonable. If you don’t have a designated driver, get one if you plan on drinking. The festival grounds have plenty of !free! parking but if you can, carpool.
Money: Opening weekend features two-for-one admission, $19.95 for an adult ticket (see the pricing page for more details). You can expect to pay “baseball stadium” prices for food and drinks inside but the variety is good and spread fairly evenly around the grounds. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking while there so breakfast beforehand is highly recommended.
Attire: It’s the Renaissance Festival and we’re with Dragon*Con so it should go without saying but do remember the walking part mentioned above. If you don’t have a comfortable pair of walking shoes/boots/sandals, go get some and check the weather before you go. Don’t wear clothing that would ordinary get you arrested…
Weapons Policy: All weapons must be sheathed and peace-tied. No broad axes or spears (yes, this includes pole-arms, spears, etc). They typically have plastic cable ties at the gate but are usually a bright color. If you bring your own, more appropriately-colored tie, they may allow it instead but don’t quote me on that.
Other Fun Stuff: There are kissing wenches. There are several pubs. Live shows are scheduled across the festival throughout the day. Clothing, weapon, and gift shops abound. It’s going to be a fun-filled day so get plenty of sleep Friday night!
Other updates to follow so stay tuned!