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Unique Advice?
« on: August 03, 2015, 07:15:35 PM »
What bits of unusual or unexpected advice can you share to help enjoy or navigate D*C and Atlanta better?  Aside from the usual convention practices about staying hydrated, getting rest, having 3 choices of panels, or breaking in your shoes long before the con, etc etc. 

What is unique or unusual about this convention or city that would be helpful to know, especially for a tourist to the city or region?

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 07:20:05 PM »
Every street is named peachtree. (No, i'm serious.)
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 07:33:01 PM »
Every street is named peachtree. (No, i'm serious.)

Oh, I ran into that problem already when trying to use the MARTA website to find the right bus.  And what's with the NE - NW designations?  Where's the center of that compass?  Peachtree Center, probably.  OK, maybe Five Points, wherever that is.

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2015, 08:14:21 PM »
don't try and structure ANYTHING. just enjoy the con, the people and the 10 billion things to do. go with the flow, catch what you can and talk to EVERYBODY.

Last year was the most fun i have had in the 6 or so years i have been going and it was the first year i didn't stress about trying to go see everything.
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2015, 08:20:20 PM »
And aren't there two five points? There's Little Five and i guess a big five somewhere... ???

Go see the armory; even if you're not into guns they have some really cool historic stuff down there.
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2015, 09:51:54 PM »
What bits of unusual or unexpected advice can you share to help enjoy or navigate D*C and Atlanta better?  Aside from the usual convention practices about staying hydrated, getting rest, having 3 choices of panels, or breaking in your shoes long before the con, etc etc. 

What is unique or unusual about this convention or city that would be helpful to know, especially for a tourist to the city or region?

Are you flying in or driving?

Are you staying at a host hotel?

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2015, 12:38:19 AM »
don't try and structure ANYTHING. just enjoy the con, the people and the 10 billion things to do. go with the flow, catch what you can and talk to EVERYBODY.

Last year was the most fun i have had in the 6 or so years i have been going and it was the first year i didn't stress about trying to go see everything.

This is excellent advice.

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2015, 05:27:39 AM »
don't try and structure ANYTHING. just enjoy the con, the people and the 10 billion things to do. go with the flow, catch what you can and talk to EVERYBODY.

Last year was the most fun i have had in the 6 or so years i have been going and it was the first year i didn't stress about trying to go see everything.

I'd modify this a little bit to say be open to the possibility that even the best laid plans may not come to pass. That said, if there is something you MUST see, base your day around that event and be willing to sacrifice other plans.

There was also a thread on Reddit a few days back about similar content, with 40 response posts:

https://www.reddit.com/r/dragoncon/comments/3fewkg/dragon_con_tips_and_tricks/

Other things off the top of my head:

- I don't know how many other conventions are 24 hours, but DragonCon is pretty much going from Thursday evening until Monday at 5pm. And some of us linger around on Wednesday before, and Tuesday afterwards  ;D
- You'll probably walk more than you do at other conventions because the programming is spread out over 5 hotels that make up a 3x3 city block area.
- Since you'll walk outside, be mindful of the homeless population in downtown Atlanta. Just politely say no and go about your way.
- If you're not staying at a hotel within walking distance, consider taking MARTA for a cheap and convenient way to get there. Get off at station N1-Peachtree Center. Look for the signs for the food court. The food court is directly linked to both the Hyatt and Marriott.
- In recent years, Uber and Lyft have become popular and I would use in the wee hours of the night when MARTA is closed.
- It's very hot and humid (if you're not from the south), and you'll eventually have to step outside in costume. So be prepared.
- The 3 panels plan might not be enough because DC has 30+ fan tracks, so that's 30+ panels running every hour-- plus special contests, performances, and games going on.
« Last Edit: August 04, 2015, 05:38:55 AM by ne0ven0m »
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2015, 05:29:56 AM »
Familiarize yourself with the hotel maps, at least the key places such as the main ballrooms, artist alley, walk of fame, vendor area and so on. For the most part the different fan tracks have all their programming in the same hotel. Example: Almost all Star Trek programming is in the Sheraton unless it's a big featured panel. Most steampunk stuff is in the Westin. The Hilton is mostly the gaming track.

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2015, 03:46:32 PM »
Thanks, I think the most unusual aspect I've found so far is the multi-hotel layout, everything else is helpful as well.  I got my standing and waiting in line practice in during Comic-Con in San Diego (insert smack-talk here), part of my training routine.  Plenty of walking to do there as well. 

I generally find when I look at the hotel maps and try to walk around, the maps are somehow flipped to how I see the buildings in reality.  Maybe I'll try flipping them horizontally and vertically in photoshop and see if that matches my tired brain any better.  I also use a compass to orient myself.

Making or finding a short list of what tracks are in which hotels will help, I have pretty wide interests and so will be constantly walking back and forth.

How do people here connect during the con?  This forum or a specific facebook page?  The app doesn't help with that if you don't already know the person you want to connect to, I'm talking about people who want to specifically meet and/or socialize at some panel or event, whether or not they've met before. 

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2015, 04:32:45 PM »

How do people here connect during the con?  This forum or a specific facebook page?  The app doesn't help with that if you don't already know the person you want to connect to, I'm talking about people who want to specifically meet and/or socialize at some panel or event, whether or not they've met before.

Well, the app will still be useful for meeting up with people at con(at certain panels or events).  Yes, you'll have connect via friend codes first in order to do so.   But, generally here on the forums, people will post their friend codes a week or so before con.
I think last year, you'd post your friend code, and what fandoms you enjoy, and people would add your friend codes(pretty neat idea).

Other than that..., yes, you can keep an eye on this board during con.   It does seem to go dead during con though(as people are busy doing con things..., plus your mobile signal will probably be complete crap while inside any of the hotels).
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2015, 04:54:25 PM »

I generally find when I look at the hotel maps and try to walk around, the maps are somehow flipped to how I see the buildings in reality.  Maybe I'll try flipping them horizontally and vertically in photoshop and see if that matches my tired brain any better.  I also use a compass to orient myself.


it took me at least a couple of years to be able to reliably come out of one hotel and turn in the correct direction to go to the hotel i was heading for.  i absolutely have it in my head that the hyatt-marriott-hilton line is north-south, when it's actually east-west. one year i stuck a post-it note on my window in the hilton with "N" on it to remind myself which way i was looking.

as for the floor plans, i turn myself around until i'm pointed in the direction in reality that's depicted on the plan. if you see a middle aged woman with a DCon messenger bag turning around in circles in the lower levels of the hyatt, that'll be me. :)
« Last Edit: August 04, 2015, 04:57:33 PM by Charismaryllis »
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2015, 08:30:26 PM »
5 cons in and without fail I still turn the wrong direction when trying to get to the Sheraton coming out of the Marriott. 

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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2015, 02:07:12 PM »
5 cons in and without fail I still turn the wrong direction when trying to get to the Sheraton coming out of the Marriott.

This is my eleventh year and I still go the wrong direction to get to the Hard Rock, so I can't say much.  I feel your pain.
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Re: Unique Advice?
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2015, 07:13:22 PM »
5 cons in and without fail I still turn the wrong direction when trying to get to the Sheraton coming out of the Marriott.

This is my eleventh year and I still go the wrong direction to get to the Hard Rock, so I can't say much.  I feel your pain.

I still have to point her in the right direction :)