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Fark Party
Host: Alpha Sierra Foxtrot
Description: The 50th Annual Dragon*Con Fark Party - Saturday, August 31, 1pm at Big Kahuna, Atlanta, GA
Date/Time: August 31, 2013 - 01:00 PM (local time)
Party Info: Come one, come all, to the annual Dragon*Con Fark Party, this year conveniently located NOT in a host hotel so that Non-Con-Goers can have a chance to attend.

Finding the Farkers: Look for the blonde nerd with the very embarrassed looking fiancée. Or, I'll have my above-average-intelligence phone complete with e-mail with me, so I'm sure you can figure something out.

Parking: Might be tight, but the garage in the Suntrust Plaza building validates parking, so I'd suggest parking there. If you can't find parking there, NYAH NYAH NYAH I CAN'T HEAR YOU.

The Parade: I know it's right after the parade, but seriously, man up, nancy. I'm marching in the parade and making this happen; the least you can do is show up.

Other Info: I apologize in advance for not having a Leeloo-in-bandages costume, but I might be wearing Dr Horrible? That's sexy, right? RIGHT?!

Let me know if you have any questions! I have e-mail and if you know who I am on Facebook, you can message me there, too.
 
Location: Big Kahuna
303 Peachtree Center Avenue Suite PCA-01
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 343-0409
(view map)
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2013-07-15 12:02:20 PM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: Bleck: Kyro: Bleck: My costume last year:
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I didnt realize I made it onto pastemagazine website!

...wait a minute.  Were you at the Kevin J Anderson book signing in Decatur?

Nope - I dont live in Georgia.

Thank goodness. That guy was an ass.


Really? I met him at D*Con a couple years ago and we talked for a good 15 minutes about his books. He even recommended a couple other authors I might like.
/have followed him on twitter since then, have even tweeted back and forth.
//I also didn't have him sign anything, just waited in line to tell him I enjoyed his work
 
2013-07-15 12:06:30 PM  

Trade Secret: Really? I met him at D*Con a couple years ago and we talked for a good 15 minutes about his books. He even recommended a couple other authors I might like.


She meant the other Bender.  Alpha Sierra Foxtrot and I are 501st members.  We were Kevin J Anderson's 'security' at a book signing a few months back when some dude in a Bender costume crashed the party wanting photos with Stormtroopers that he could put on Reddit.

He spent 40 minutes telling us about all the costume contest money he's won with his Bender.  It got to the point where the people we were there for - the book crowd - was suffering from us tolerating him so we did a 180 and left his ass outside to struggle with climbing out of Bender by himself.  He was an ass.  Kevin J Anderson is rad.
 
2013-07-15 12:21:13 PM  
Yes, this. Mr Anderson is awesome.
 
2013-07-15 12:26:20 PM  

Kyro: Churchill92: Bleck:

Nothing to do there? Really? For me there is too much to do! So many panels, so many awesome costumes, concerts, etc. I am not much of a gamer- I think they still have it in the basement LOL. I just wish I had more time!

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Hey man, you were the one that came into the Dragon*Con thread to cropdust Farkers with your displeased critique that nobody asked for.


It's a joke, take a chair, sit down, have some Happy Cake and an IPA.
 
2013-07-15 12:30:11 PM  
We need a Fark Party for those not attending DragonCon.... like Animefest?
 
2013-07-15 01:00:30 PM  
Map link sez:

"We were not able to locate the address:
303 Peachtree Center Avenue Suite PCA-01, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Big Kahuna)"

I live here so I'm sure I can figure it out. Just wanted to apprise you of that.  Hope to see y'all there!
 
2013-07-15 01:00:49 PM  
i'll be there.  tried to go the last minute fark party last year but it seemed to fall apart.
 
2013-07-15 04:52:59 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: i'll be there.  tried to go the last minute fark party last year but it seemed to fall apart.


I tried to get in as well, but got Con*Blocked. (no badge)
 
2013-07-15 05:00:46 PM  
"Parking: Might be tight, but the garage in the Suntrust Plaza building validates parking, so I'd suggest parking there. If you can't find parking there, NYAH NYAH NYAH I CAN'T HEAR YOU. "


One thing I wanted to point out about parking:

Last year I drove down Peachtree Center Ave, and it was fairly clear of traffic around 7:00 PM. The trick is to stay off Courtland Ave, which leads into the Hilton. However, things can change from year to year. So, if you know your way around downtown, stick to Peachtree Center Ave, as best you can. Once you get to the Suntrust Garden Plaza (the last modern building on the right) you can make an immediate right into the parking garage with no problem. I don't think the garage will be anywhere near full. They have 8 or 9 levels below ground, you just have to be willing to drive down. Some people be lazy. As mentioned, parking is validated so don't be afraid to park. However, if you are getting sloshed...take the MARTA. If you are taking the MARTA, bring a friend for that comfort feeling. MARTA is safe, but never hurts to have a buddy in those dark underground places.
 
2013-07-15 06:25:04 PM  
The spousal unit and I should be there. Participation will depend upon whether or not Laurell K. Hamilton has a leaf blower at that particular time.
 
2013-07-15 07:27:49 PM  
Making my yearly "I plan to go this year, I say this every year and never go but this time I'm going to go" post
 
2013-07-15 07:31:47 PM  
I will officially lose my Fark Party cherry at this one.  Imma be there!
 
vpc
2013-07-15 07:36:06 PM  

Kyro: Dragon*Con is a nerd party where the inmates run the asylum.


ooyah... NTTAWWT. From yesterday's staff mtg sounds like there's some fan-farking-tastic stuff in this year's lineup!
 
2013-07-15 08:04:23 PM  

y0sh1: Lurk sober post drunk: i'll be there.  tried to go the last minute fark party last year but it seemed to fall apart.

I tried to get in as well, but got Con*Blocked. (no badge)


i had a badge, but from following the thread it was basically
 "i'm here, over by the window.  anyone else here?"
"oh, um, i might swing by, maybe."
"k, i'm here, where's everyone else?"  etc etc.
and the supermassive data shield dome thing they apparently put over all the host hotels made it incredibly frustrating to use a smartphone.
 
2013-07-16 07:29:53 AM  

Alpha Sierra Foxtrot: Churchill92: I went last year after missing out for the past 10 years+ and found that this is a Movie+Anime+TV Series festival.  Do not go there and expect gaming to be front and center like it once used to be. This is a straight up ComicCon of the South and although geek stuff is present it is by no means out in the open like it once was. I remember when Video Games, Role Playing games, gaming auctions were all over the place.  I went scouring for RPG gear and found a handful of booths (1 run by Steve Jackson Games) buried in a hall room off to the side.  Beyond that it was all Big Bang Theory, Hercules, BSG, and other tropes of the industry.

The Indie movie reviews were fun, the amateur wrestling a blast, and the robotics stuff (homemade R2 units) were enjoyable to see but DC is not for me anymore. Too many people, too damn hot, and nothing I want to see or do there. If it wasn't for my local friends who were LEO and knew the backroads in and out of places (it's amazing how flashing a badge even in an outfit opens doors for you)I would have had an even worse time.

It must be really taxing to remain so depressed all the time, Marvin.


He's kinda right though.
First year I went, mid-90's, best friend an I played so much Warhammer and just slept under the tablecloths (to young to get a hotel room), video gaming was just breaking in the following year. Now TT gaming is sequestered away to a basement, video gaming is expensive, and ffs do we really need 248,972,349,872,894,729,834,702 tshirt vendors in the dealer rooms? The leadership hasn't really gotten any better either, which is why I quit volunteering as staff.
Still go every year though, it's like a relaxing vacation for me, and getting to see friends from all over the country is worth nearly anything.. Might have to miss it this time around, which makes me sad. Despite my complaints I still love it.
 
2013-07-16 11:47:09 AM  

ChaosStar: He's kinda right though.
First year I went, mid-90's, best friend an I played so much Warhammer and just slept under the tablecloths (to young to get a hotel room), video gaming was just breaking in the following year. Now TT gaming is sequestered away to a basement, video gaming is expensive, and ffs do we really need 248,972,349,872,894,729,834,702 tshirt vendors in the dealer rooms? The leadership hasn't really gotten any better either, which is why I quit volunteering as staff.
Still go every year though, it's like a relaxing vacation for me, and getting to see friends from all over the country is worth nearly anything.. Might have to miss it this time around, which makes me sad. Despite my complaints I still love it.


Yeah, I didn't object so much to his complaints so much as his tone.

Well, except the thing about Hercules and BSG...maybe I'm not paying attention, but I didn't really see those two taking over.
 
2013-07-16 10:30:50 PM  
In before "Corner of Peachtree and Peachtree behind the Waffle House".
 
2013-07-22 10:45:23 AM  

Kyro: atlfarkette: I think it changed. I went three/four years ago and we could wander the hotels freely without a badge. That's not the case anymore right?

It did change.  The highschool jock/nerd war continued on, as word has it some roving crowds of football fans snuck into the con in 2010 and sexually assaulted some of the convention girls.  Since then they locked it down: you show a hotel card or a convention badge to get in.  No exceptions.


That was the same year as the fire, the hotel staff person getting hospitalized from overexhaustion, and a massive surge in thefts (my wife was targeted three times, twice successfully, and found out from security that it was much worse than previous years).
 
2013-07-31 02:00:45 PM  
Put the damned date in the headline please, admins.
 
2013-07-31 02:00:46 PM  
I might be able to be there.
Depends on if I have anything better to do, like downloading pornography or making prank phone calls on the Internet using Hank Hill's voice.
 
2013-07-31 02:06:06 PM  
Hmm...if I'm there, I'll be dressed as a janitor.
 
2013-07-31 02:08:03 PM  
My friend will be there, but I couldn't make it.

Look for the 6'2" Catwoman hanging out with a life-size Totoro.
 
2013-07-31 02:14:57 PM  
Going to DragonCon this year, I'll try to make the party. It depends on what my bros want to do. They demand a buddy system. If I show up I'll either be a Sith Lord or Harley Quinn.
 
2013-07-31 02:19:57 PM  

demonfaerie: It depends on what my bros want to do. They demand a buddy system.


Are you underage and/or mentally deficient in some way where your brothers are concerned about your well being in a crowded hotel during the day?

"I'm going to [place].  Text me."
 
2013-07-31 02:22:15 PM  
I wonder if Adam Shadowchild will be signing autographs.
 
2013-07-31 02:25:42 PM  
Who knows yet. I'll try.
 
2013-07-31 02:26:26 PM  

vpc: From yesterday's staff mtg


...oh MEETING ok...
 
2013-07-31 02:29:27 PM  
Will Daenerys Targaryen  and her dragon be there.

/if so I'm in
//wowzer
 
2013-07-31 02:29:42 PM  

Kyro: demonfaerie: It depends on what my bros want to do. They demand a buddy system.

Are you underage and/or mentally deficient in some way where your brothers are concerned about your well being in a crowded hotel during the day?

"I'm going to [place].  Text me."


I am way over age, but I have never been to DragonCon. My bros insist that I can't be alone during the con, because it's dangerous or some shiat. I have been to Cons before, but yeah not like DragonCon. It probably has something to do with so many people you will get lost or something. They also demanded for me to bring a chick friend, so I can buddy up with her to go to the bathroom. I said why can't I just bring a guy friend or what not, they said we can't in the bathroom with you. I wish I wasn't make this shiat up, and my friends are odd.
 
2013-07-31 02:36:46 PM  
And they say Americans have an excess of leisure time and disposable income...
 
2013-07-31 02:40:19 PM  

demonfaerie: I am way over age, but I have never been to DragonCon. My bros insist that I can't be alone during the con, because it's dangerous or some shiat. I have been to Cons before, but yeah not like DragonCon. It probably has something to do with so many people you will get lost or something. They also demanded for me to bring a chick friend, so I can buddy up with her to go to the bathroom. I said why can't I just bring a guy friend or what not, they said we can't in the bathroom with you. I wish I wasn't make this shiat up, and my friends are odd.


Your bros are helicoptering something fierce.  Have they even been to Dragon*Con before?  I've been going to it for years.  It's enormously safe.  Over the top safe.  There's security everywhere, nobody enters the grounds without a badge and the people going there are generally white collar 30-somethings.  Were I you I would be deeply insulted at the complete lack of confidence they have in you being left alone.  Are they going to be childproofing your hotel room too?

Seriously the only danger you're in is seeing a few underdressed fat guys or spending too much money in the vendor rooms.
 
2013-07-31 02:42:28 PM  
I'm almost certainly going to be out of town.
But thanks for telling me about this Big Kahuna place.
 
2013-07-31 02:42:54 PM  

demonfaerie: Kyro: demonfaerie: It depends on what my bros want to do. They demand a buddy system.

Are you underage and/or mentally deficient in some way where your brothers are concerned about your well being in a crowded hotel during the day?

"I'm going to [place].  Text me."

I am way over age, but I have never been to DragonCon. My bros insist that I can't be alone during the con, because it's dangerous or some shiat. I have been to Cons before, but yeah not like DragonCon. It probably has something to do with so many people you will get lost or something. They also demanded for me to bring a chick friend, so I can buddy up with her to go to the bathroom. I said why can't I just bring a guy friend or what not, they said we can't in the bathroom with you. I wish I wasn't make this shiat up, and my friends are odd.


This is beyond paranoid for the average congoer during the daytime.  Yes, you might get separated in a crowd.  You agree on where you're going, and if you get separated on the way, you meet back up when you get there.

For a woman congoer late at night, it's only slightly paranoid.  Fairly reasonable, actually; I have women friends who've been going to D*C for 20 years and won't go anywhere there along after dark. But the bathroom thing?  That's definitely odd.
 
2013-07-31 02:45:16 PM  

ChaosStar: First year I went, mid-90's, best friend an I played so much Warhammer and just slept under the tablecloths (to young to get a hotel room)


This, boys and girls, is what hard core looks like. (Mine was early 90s, and my parents knew I was there so we could get a hotel room all legal like.)
 
2013-07-31 02:48:46 PM  

TheEndIsNigh: For a woman congoer late at night, it's only slightly paranoid.  Fairly reasonable, actually; I have women friends who've been going to D*C for 20 years and won't go anywhere there along after dark.


I think this needs some additional qualification.  Because I feel you're implying that DragonCon is a dangerous place for women.  And to date I can find no records of any police reports filed for attacks or assault.  Now granted I'm sure every year sees its share of crowd-born inappropriate actions that are in no way okay, but you'd run that same risk at a concert, bar or dance club.  And having your girlfriend with you isn't going to stop some drunken asshole from trying to cop a feel.

Not walking around downtown Atlanta's strees alone at 3am?  That's smart.

Being alone among 2,000 other people inside the con at midnight?  Don't be silly.
 
2013-07-31 02:54:12 PM  

Kyro: demonfaerie: I am way over age, but I have never been to DragonCon. My bros insist that I can't be alone during the con, because it's dangerous or some shiat. I have been to Cons before, but yeah not like DragonCon. It probably has something to do with so many people you will get lost or something. They also demanded for me to bring a chick friend, so I can buddy up with her to go to the bathroom. I said why can't I just bring a guy friend or what not, they said we can't in the bathroom with you. I wish I wasn't make this shiat up, and my friends are odd.

Your bros are helicoptering something fierce.  Have they even been to Dragon*Con before?  I've been going to it for years.  It's enormously safe.  Over the top safe.  There's security everywhere, nobody enters the grounds without a badge and the people going there are generally white collar 30-somethings.  Were I you I would be deeply insulted at the complete lack of confidence they have in you being left alone.  Are they going to be childproofing your hotel room too?

Seriously the only danger you're in is seeing a few underdressed fat guys or spending too much money in the vendor rooms.


Yeah they have been going for like the past 5 years I think. It is annoying as hell when they keep telling me buddy system. The bathroom thing is odd, because I was like can't you wait outside after I go? They were like no to many people by the bathrooms. Their logic makes no sense, and they get shiat faced drunk there too. Which is what you are suppose to do, but they have gotten kicked out of Rush concert for being to drunk. Also one of them ended up in detox after getting kicked out. So I probably could handle myself better than they could.

TheEndIsNigh: This is beyond paranoid for the average congoer during the daytime. Yes, you might get separated in a crowd. You agree on where you're going, and if you get separated on the way, you meet back up when you get there.

For a woman congoer late at night, it's only slightly paranoid. Fairly reasonable, actually; I have women friends who've been going to D*C for 20 years and won't go anywhere there along after dark. But the bathroom thing? That's definitely odd.


Yeah I can see that, but all the late night stuff we kind of planned on doing together, so I don't think it be an issue. They kind of forget that I am the friend that has gotten them out of being arrested for being drunk dumbasses.

The sad thing is, that I am bringing a friend who parties out way to early. I took her to Chicago Comic Con, and she was already in bed by 10. She spent most of her time outside the con walking to gas stations to get cigs, and hang all over her boyfriend. I have a feeling she will be by herself a lot in the hotel room, while the guys and I are having fun.
 
2013-07-31 02:56:46 PM  

demonfaerie: Yeah they have been going for like the past 5 years I think. It is annoying as hell when they keep telling me buddy system. The bathroom thing is odd, because I was like can't you wait outside after I go? They were like no to many people by the bathrooms. Their logic makes no sense, and they get shiat faced drunk there too. Which is what you are suppose to do, but they have gotten kicked out of Rush concert for being to drunk. Also one of them ended up in detox after getting kicked out. So I probably could handle myself better than they could.


Might be time to tell your brothers that you're a grown damn woman that can successfully handle crowds on your own.  Cell phones are a wonderful thing.
 
2013-07-31 03:00:43 PM  

Kyro: demonfaerie: Yeah they have been going for like the past 5 years I think. It is annoying as hell when they keep telling me buddy system. The bathroom thing is odd, because I was like can't you wait outside after I go? They were like no to many people by the bathrooms. Their logic makes no sense, and they get shiat faced drunk there too. Which is what you are suppose to do, but they have gotten kicked out of Rush concert for being to drunk. Also one of them ended up in detox after getting kicked out. So I probably could handle myself better than they could.

Might be time to tell your brothers that you're a grown damn woman that can successfully handle crowds on your own.  Cell phones are a wonderful thing.


I told them that a lot, believe me. My friends are idiots, loveable idiots. We have the same shiat in common too, so we probably are going to end doing the same shiat anyways. We already plan on going to see Cruxshadows, and Voltaire. They also keep telling me DragonCon is brutal.
 
2013-07-31 03:07:03 PM  

demonfaerie: They also keep telling me DragonCon is brutal.


Sure.  It's exhausting and expensive and you eat garbage and there's booze everywhere.  But it's not dangerous.
 
2013-07-31 03:28:43 PM  

Kyro: TheEndIsNigh: For a woman congoer late at night, it's only slightly paranoid.  Fairly reasonable, actually; I have women friends who've been going to D*C for 20 years and won't go anywhere there along after dark.

I think this needs some additional qualification.  Because I feel you're implying that DragonCon is a dangerous place for women.  And to date I can find no records of any police reports filed for attacks or assault.  Now granted I'm sure every year sees its share of crowd-born inappropriate actions that are in no way okay, but you'd run that same risk at a concert, bar or dance club.  And having your girlfriend with you isn't going to stop some drunken asshole from trying to cop a feel.

Not walking around downtown Atlanta's strees alone at 3am?  That's smart.

Being alone among 2,000 other people inside the con at midnight?  Don't be silly.


I'm assuming you're in the Hyatt or Marriott at midnight?  Except for the bar off the main lobby, the Hilton (where my group's activities are based) is pretty quiet by then, and the non-congoers are on their way back in after the football game or the Nascar race. <br /><br />One of the many great things about D*C is that the crowd usually won't let the drunken assholes take things far enough to require police involvement.  And that's gotten easier with the recent crackdown on badge policy.  But there are plenty of places "inside the con" that don't have a crowd at that hour.<br /><br />demonfaerie's additional information makes it clear that her friends are pretty thoroughly in the wrong, though, unless they're secretly clever enough to be insisting on the buddy system so that <i>she</i> keeps <i>them</i> out of trouble (which doesn't look likely).
 
2013-07-31 03:31:22 PM  
As always, my attendance is secondary to Tech's football schedule.

For those on the fence : It's worth a badge just for the night time parties. If you can't have fun in one of the ballrooms at Dragon*con you are not a enjoyable person to be around so stay home.
 
2013-07-31 03:40:52 PM  
I think I am going to be the only person at Dragon*Con who is taking Saturday afternoon off to go to a college football game. Sure, it's Georgia Tech, so basically the same crowd, but still.

::Looks at post above:: OK, I am going to be one of only TWO people...
 
2013-07-31 03:47:52 PM  
I might have to make this, unless it conflicts with a panel or something. Otherwise, I'll be lurking around the con all weekend.
 
2013-07-31 03:47:53 PM  

HAMMERTOE: Great. A white nerd party in a city busy protesting. Hope you've charged up your "hit points" to maximum.


Wut? Two problems with that. Atlanta is protesting? Also, the nerd community is a lot more diverse than it used to be.

Never mind, go ahead with your ignorant paranoia.
 
2013-07-31 03:48:24 PM  
I have a couple of questions for the Fark DragonCon veterans.  I will be attending for the first time in about 15 years with my teenage kids and want to let them see what a con is like.  We can go only for Saturday (son has a ball game Friday night he has to march in).  I'm preordering badges online to pick up there.

First, when picking up the badges it says to have photo ID, so I'm guessing that's just needed for me only since I bought them.  The online ordering has a comments box where I think you can put in the name you want on your badges.  Is there a format that should be followed to ensure the names get on there right (I'd hate to walk around with "Badge #1" on all day because they didn't realize it was just to indicate that's what I wanted on the first one.  I'd put "Bizarro #1" on it if I that was the case)?

Any hints about getting thru the badge pickup line faster?  I know it'll be crazy, and if they start processing badges at 8 AM I don't know what time to try and get there.

Is there reasonable parking around the con in the lots nearby or should we find a MARTA station as has been suggested?

Thanks!
 
2013-07-31 03:53:23 PM  

fyrewede: Map link sez:

"We were not able to locate the address:
303 Peachtree Center Avenue Suite PCA-01, Atlanta, GA 30303 (Big Kahuna)"

I live here so I'm sure I can figure it out. Just wanted to apprise you of that.  Hope to see y'all there!


Just strip out the extraneous info that isn't the street address, and it shows up. It's on Peachtree Center Ave., just north of Baker Street.
 
2013-07-31 03:57:10 PM  
Cell phones are a wonderful thing.

And completely useless at Dragon Con.
 
2013-07-31 04:01:18 PM  

JoeJitsu: I have a couple of questions for the Fark DragonCon veterans.  I will be attending for the first time in about 15 years with my teenage kids and want to let them see what a con is like.  We can go only for Saturday (son has a ball game Friday night he has to march in).  I'm preordering badges online to pick up there.

First, when picking up the badges it says to have photo ID, so I'm guessing that's just needed for me only since I bought them.  The online ordering has a comments box where I think you can put in the name you want on your badges.  Is there a format that should be followed to ensure the names get on there right (I'd hate to walk around with "Badge #1" on all day because they didn't realize it was just to indicate that's what I wanted on the first one.  I'd put "Bizarro #1" on it if I that was the case)?

Any hints about getting thru the badge pickup line faster?  I know it'll be crazy, and if they start processing badges at 8 AM I don't know what time to try and get there.

Is there reasonable parking around the con in the lots nearby or should we find a MARTA station as has been suggested?

Thanks!


Badge pickup is infinitely better than it used to be.  You'll get a barcoded postcard in the mail a few days after you sign up.  DO NOT LOSE THAT POSTCARD.

I haven't ever done Saturday pickup, but if the line works the way it has on Fridays since they implemented the barcode system, there will be a lot of people queued up before the line opens.  They'll take about an hour to drain, and then it's about ten minutes to get through at any other time.  If I only had one day, I'd probably brave the early morning line, but that's just me.

If you're planning to leave while MARTA is running (and you presumably are), you absolutely want to go with a MARTA station rather than deal with trying to find walkable parking.
 
2013-07-31 04:08:13 PM  

TheEndIsNigh: JoeJitsu: I have a couple of questions for the Fark DragonCon veterans.  I will be attending for the first time in about 15 years with my teenage kids and want to let them see what a con is like.  We can go only for Saturday (son has a ball game Friday night he has to march in).  I'm preordering badges online to pick up there.

First, when picking up the badges it says to have photo ID, so I'm guessing that's just needed for me only since I bought them.  The online ordering has a comments box where I think you can put in the name you want on your badges.  Is there a format that should be followed to ensure the names get on there right (I'd hate to walk around with "Badge #1" on all day because they didn't realize it was just to indicate that's what I wanted on the first one.  I'd put "Bizarro #1" on it if I that was the case)?

Any hints about getting thru the badge pickup line faster?  I know it'll be crazy, and if they start processing badges at 8 AM I don't know what time to try and get there.

Is there reasonable parking around the con in the lots nearby or should we find a MARTA station as has been suggested?

Thanks!

Badge pickup is infinitely better than it used to be.  You'll get a barcoded postcard in the mail a few days after you sign up.  DO NOT LOSE THAT POSTCARD.

I haven't ever done Saturday pickup, but if the line works the way it has on Fridays since they implemented the barcode system, there will be a lot of people queued up before the line opens.  They'll take about an hour to drain, and then it's about ten minutes to get through at any other time.  If I only had one day, I'd probably brave the early morning line, but that's just me.

If you're planning to leave while MARTA is running (and you presumably are), you absolutely want to go with a MARTA station rather than deal with trying to find walkable parking.


Protip on badging: Don't pre-purchase. Do the day-of walkup, and bring cash. No line at all. Both pre-purchase and credit-card lines are really long.
 
2013-07-31 04:23:57 PM  

mbillips: TheEndIsNigh: JoeJitsu: I have a couple of questions for the Fark DragonCon veterans.  I will be attending for the first time in about 15 years with my teenage kids and want to let them see what a con is like.  We can go only for Saturday (son has a ball game Friday night he has to march in).  I'm preordering badges online to pick up there.

First, when picking up the badges it says to have photo ID, so I'm guessing that's just needed for me only since I bought them.  The online ordering has a comments box where I think you can put in the name you want on your badges.  Is there a format that should be followed to ensure the names get on there right (I'd hate to walk around with "Badge #1" on all day because they didn't realize it was just to indicate that's what I wanted on the first one.  I'd put "Bizarro #1" on it if I that was the case)?

Any hints about getting thru the badge pickup line faster?  I know it'll be crazy, and if they start processing badges at 8 AM I don't know what time to try and get there.

Is there reasonable parking around the con in the lots nearby or should we find a MARTA station as has been suggested?

Thanks!

Badge pickup is infinitely better than it used to be.  You'll get a barcoded postcard in the mail a few days after you sign up.  DO NOT LOSE THAT POSTCARD.

I haven't ever done Saturday pickup, but if the line works the way it has on Fridays since they implemented the barcode system, there will be a lot of people queued up before the line opens.  They'll take about an hour to drain, and then it's about ten minutes to get through at any other time.  If I only had one day, I'd probably brave the early morning line, but that's just me.

If you're planning to leave while MARTA is running (and you presumably are), you absolutely want to go with a MARTA station rather than deal with trying to find walkable parking.

Protip on badging: Don't pre-purchase. Do the day-of walkup, and bring cash. No line at all. Both pre-purchase and credit-ca ...


I've heard this protip before.  Is it still valid in the barcode era?  And for Saturday-only folks like mbillips?

I think I've heard rumors of Saturday badges selling out a couple of times, so I don't know that I'd risk it, even so.  But clearly I'm the risk-adverse side of all the current conversations here.
 
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