Let’s take a moment out of our frantic con preparation to touch base on a few things.
First, we’ll get the basics out of the way. 4-2-1. Four hours of sleep, two meals, one shower. If you get those three things every day your con, and the con of everyone around you, will be better for it. Also, drink water. The hotels provide water in, outside or near every single programming room of Dragon Con, so there is no excuse. This goes double if you’ve decided to dress in heavy cosplay, for example: Chewbacca. It can get hot in there, and you will dehydrate, and you need water to keep from passing out and dying. Don’t die at Dragon Con. The con is much more fun if you aren’t dead. Especially if you hang around the Apocalypse Rising track room, shambling cosplayers are likely to be mistaken for zombies and put down for the greater good.
So, next, what should you do if something “bad” happens? It should go without saying but I’m going to say it anyway, find hotel staff and call the police/911 for any serious medical or security issue. If a volunteer of the con sees something “bad” this is what they will do, so you can speed things up by just doing it yourself directly. But in the event you can’t find hotel staff, finding a volunteer is almost as good. On the first day of con in the first panel you attend, look at the lanyards of the people running the room. Every volunteer will be wearing a lanyard that marks them as a volunteer and they’ll all be the same color – it’s a different color every year. When they are wearing the lanyard, they are on duty, if they are on duty they WILL help you (most of them will help you when off duty as well, but without the lanyard they’ll be harder to identify). If you have any questions, about the room you are in, about where to find something, or a problem, ask a volunteer for help. If the volunteer you ask can’t help you, they’ll find someone who can, either by directing you to another person or by finding their own track director or by calling the hotel for help.
You should familiarize yourself with Dragon Con’s policies. In particular, Policy 7. The rules of the con are few and simple. We want you to have a good time, as long as it isn’t at the expense of other people’s good time. And remember this: M102. This is the room in the Marriott, Marquis level, where Dragon Con security lives, and there is always someone from the APD there as well.
Now, in specific to the Video Gaming track, unless there are unforeseen changes, there will always be three volunteers around each of our rooms. One will be the room lead and two others generally running the room. You should be able to locate at least one of these people easily because someone is always “working the door”. We have to check badges as people enter the room and count for capacity, so someone is always there checking and counting. We are there to help you, so if you need help, please ask.
And now we return to our bunker for one final night of rest before the crazy starts tomorrow.