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MEETUP: OCR @ Otakon 2007! - Panel was awesome!

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Otakon is the largest anime convention in the US. This year, it is taking place in Baltimore, Maryland at the Baltimore Convention Center near the harbor. The dates are July 20 through the 22nd (Fri-Sun). OCR will be going there officially to run a panel, and we will also be having meetups throughout the weekend.

www.otakon.com

PANEL INFO:

"OverClocked ReMix: Game Music Evolved"

Friday July 20 @ 10 AM to Noon

Location: Panel 4, Ballroom 2

REGISTRATION:

If you are coming, you should pre-register well in advance. Registration at the con itself is horrendous in terms of wait times. It's $50 per person. Also, don't forget to get your badge EARLY... the lines are really long and you don't want to arrive at 9:30AM Friday only to spend 2 hours waiting for your badge and miss the panel!

TRANSPORT:

* More info here as we figure out who is driving etc.

* For those in the Baltimore area, the lightrail travels right near the convention center.

* Greyhound and Amtrak run to locations that are within reach of a lightrail, which will in turn get you to the center.

ACCOMODATIONS:

No one in the area has offered housing, so you MUST FIND a hotel! Xerol noted that you can get one outside of Baltimore and take the light rail in daily, which will likely be much cheaper than getting one near the harbor. Might add a 30-45 minute commute every day, but it should be worth it.

STUFF TO DO:

For one thing, the panel itself :) It will be lots of fun with trivia, giveaways, live performances, exclusive debuts, etc. Otakon itself has lots of stuff to do as well, even for non-anime fans, and the general Baltimore area has a good amount of places to eat and shop. There's always hangin' out in the hotel rooms and playing games if someone wants to bring a Wii or something.

Meetup #1

Friday, July 20th - Directly following our panel, which ends at 12:00 noon

We will congregate outside of the panel room and make our way to the harbor. If there are any people like Xerol who can only come for an outside meetup, wait at the big fountain (it's a multi-level thing directly to the left of the harbor). We should be there by 12:30 or so, and then we'll all head off to lunch.

Meetup #2

Saturday, July 21st - 12:00 noon at the big fountain

Same fountain as described above. We'll all hang out and get lunch somewhere in the harborplace.

DEFINITE ATTENDEES:

zircon

pixietricks

djpretzel

Liontamer

Ninja-san

Kizyr

Dyne + Friend

Ferret

DJ Sammy G

starla

The Green Tentacle

Jiggles McPuff

tgfoo

Jose the Bronx Rican

Xerol

Arrowned

AMVTeknoBoy

Upthorn

Xaleph

Sindra

sgx

PosiBolt

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I'm really considering...but if this is anything like MAGfest, my wallet would get raped again, and I don't know if I could absorb this cost. We'll see what happens.

One of my friends might be able to help some of you people out though (with a place to stay).

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I will most likely not be coming unless there's something arranged OUTSIDE of the con (like a lunch downtown or something), I'll be living in Delaware by then and need all the cash I can get.

However, I can at least provide some advice. There's a Holiday Inn in Timonium (about 15 miles north of downtown) which is about a 5 minute walk from two Light Rail stations. The Light Rail goes directly to the convention center (well, across the street, but pretty much directly) so if you buy a weekly pass (for around $7) you can save at least $200/night on a room. The rooms at the Holiday Inn are around $130-150 a night during that period, so anyone doing room sharing might want to look into that. Even at 2 to a room it's cheaper than downtown.

Keep in mind that the Light Rail isn't a bullet train and makes lots of stops, so the only downside is you'll have to leave about an hour earlier than you normally would to get to things on time.

Yahoo Travel Link - The picture is of downtown, the hotel itself is about 15 miles north of where that picture was taken.

Plus you'll be a mile from my house so if I'm home that weekend we could have a cookout one evening.

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maybe analoq will host a panel or something iono
hahah, i could just imagine that:

You see kids, you listen to the J-POP which gives you the BRAIN DAMAGE. With the bippin' and a boppin'...

i may be going to AX again this year, because my sister hates me.

cheers.

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As I've said in #ocremix, I WILL be at Otakon. Oh yes...Dyne is coming to town...HIDE!

Just kidding.

I'm looking forward to a good time at Otakon. If you need any help setting up for your panel please, by all means, let me know what you need, I'd love to help you guys out Zircon. As far as what to talk about on the panel...good question. I'll get back to you on that.

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I'll definitely be attending again this year. And now that I have an OCR shirt I'll definitely be wearing it, too. :)

If I decide on going in costume, look for me in a green suit with blond hair and a raygun. ;)

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Dammit!

I got other commitments that weekend. :-(

Also, might I remind you that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" comes out on July 21st. For all of you that wanted to pick it up at midnight there might be a conflict of interests...

Either that or sheer pandemonium on Saturday morning.

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I look forward to it!

I missed it last year because I didn't check the schedule in advance (most of my concern was with partly hosting the Lunar panel that was on the prior night). I'm still kicking myself over it.

But anyway, I look forward to coming in this year. I'll just have to make sure to get up early if it's Saturday morning again.

EDIT: Some help if it's your first time going...

Regarding registration, the wait times are only awful at certain times of the convention. Friday afternoon it tends to taper down. Pre-reg (and early pickup) is strongly recommended if you're coming in from out of town, though. (Another edit: Saturday morning also tends to be a peak time with long lines for registration, so don't wait until then, especially if the panel is that morning).

If one of the Inner Harbor hotels isn't in your budget, then anything along I-95 between BWI (airport) and Baltimore will be significantly cheaper and, assuming you have a car or a rental, just as convenient.

On that note, if you're driving in, then the best place to park is a garage about two blocks north of the BCC (really, any of the garages along that street are good). If I remember right, they're only $5 or $10 a day, and I've never dealt with it being too full. (If the construction around Camden Yards is gone--beside the BCC--then that's another good place to park, but it fills up early). KF

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Bah, its times like these I'm bummed that I don't live in the US. I'd love to play some geetar at events like these. Nerdin' things up, rawk style.

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With no free lodging and no free entry, I doubt I'll be able to come this year.

Post pics/videos/recordings/tentacles! And if you run into the katamari damacy chick again, tell her my offer to wad her up into my life still stands.

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Well, I already put in my floating holiday allotment for this thing, so I'm comin'. I dunno enough Baltimore, so keep working out the lodging, folks: I'm willing to cover a good percentage for one group if we come up with the best balance between cost and convenience.

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So as of now, Otakon is looking pretty expensive for me, factoring in hotel costs, cost of travel, and food. I'm probably going to have to pass unless someone can come up with an awesome housing solution.

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*BUMP!*

Just wanted to remind everyone that Otakon is less than 2 and a half months from now. Anyone that's still interested in coming should make sure they have all their arrangements ironed out, becasue as people have told me, and as I'm telling you from said people, it's EXTREMELY difficult to find a hotel at the last minute.

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so apparently at ax my friend and i are going to sell stuff

we bought blank 3 dollar walmart shoes and drew animu stuff on them

so far we sold 5 pairs here in sac for 10 each

can anyone say $

ahh yeeaaa

animu fans are easy prey to anything animu

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BUMP - don't forget this!

Agreed! Come join in on the fun! You know you wanna!!! WAKKA WAKKA WAKKA!

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