We will begin today’s lesson with the basics. Four, Two, One. 4, 2, 1.
Four hours of sleep. Two meals. One shower. If you can do that every day of the con, you will be much happier for it.
Some people always try to power through the sleep part. They stay up all Friday night and then again for Saturday, but by late Sunday it is always catching up with them and they crash.
Some people try to skimp on meals, mostly because of the cost, but at the very least bring a box of granola bars with you and have one of those when you don’t have the time or cash to get a full meal. And don’t forget the Con Suite. Don’t forget to also drink some water. The hotels helpfully put water in or outside nearly every room used for Dragon Con programming.
And, believe it or not, some people try to skimp on showers to. Look, you’ve paid (at least in part) for a room at a hotel, and that room has a shower. Turn the water on, take off your clothes, step in, rub the soap around a bit, rinse, get out, dry, get dressed. The entire process takes about 15 minutes. When it comes to packed room panels, you don’t want to be sitting next to a guy who smells and neither does anyone else. Don’t be the guy who smells.
Now that that is out of the way, let’s move on to… moving on.
Dragon Con is in five hotels. Before con, you should take a moment with the programming guide (when the release it) and get familiar with where the tracks you enjoy are. For example, the MMO Track is primarily in the Hilton, the Grand Salon E for most panels, the Grand Ballroom East or West for bigger things, and our party is in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Notice, two Grand Ballrooms, two different hotels.