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Travel Tips from the CEO of Marriott

I recently listened to an interview with Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International. During the interview Mr. Sorenson said he travels over 200 days a year. He was then asked what were his top travel tips. I wanted to share them with you, to use on your next long distance convention trip (or any future travel). “Always be on local …

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Prepare for San Diego Comic Con’s Open Registration

The announcement for San Diego Comic Con Open Registration will be soon. Open Registration is for new attendees, or any attendee who didn’t attend in 2017. Those who attended in 2017 have already had their Returning Registration. Exactly when badges go on sale isn’t important right now. What is important is preparing for the registration now, as it will be too …

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Getting To the Pennsylvania Convention Center & PAX Unplugged

There are several options for commuting to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. What will work best for you will depend on where you’re staying and what days you’re going. Driving If you’re driving then parking is going to be your biggest hurtle. Here is a list several parking lots and garages in the Convention Center District. Plan to arrive early in the morning …

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What Should I Bring To My First D&D Game?

You’re joining your first Dungeons and Dragons game and you want to know what to bring so you show up prepared. Your dungeon master (DM) will appreciate that, and you always want to be on the DM’s good side. As a new player you don’t need much, the DM handles most of the game materials. Veteran players often bring nice …

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PAX Unplugged 2017 Enhanced Exhibitors List

The Enhanced Exhibitors List gives you more details on exhibitors to better plan your weekend at PAX. Browse by category and find links and booth number for each exhibitor. If you know the link to any missing exhibitors, or want to suggest a different category for an exhibitor, feel free to use the contact form on the Contact Me page. Sign up for …

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Con Crud

Con crud is a universal bane for all conventions. Typically a cold, flu, or other non-threatening (but nonetheless quite annoying) illness which strikes during or immediately after the con, it can dampen the memory of an otherwise great convention. Conventions are a prime place for disease to spread due to a number of factors: Large number of people in a …

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Convention Lines

One thing all fandom conventions have in common is lines. How bad the lines get scales with the size of the convention. Smaller, local/regional conventions will likely have shorter lines, and those will be limited to things like registration, dealer’s room, and seating for the keynote or costume contest. Your national conventions with 60,000+ attendees will have longer lines and …