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  1. Anyone coming in early (i.e. Wednesday night) that wants another body to defray the cost at the HGI for one night? I plan to be there Wednesday evening, but the rest of my room doesn't arrive until Thursday and Friday. I hate to book a room for just myself for that first night.



  2. Well, depending on what you'd won.... :devil:


    Thus why I asked :lol:


    Not everyone has friends like I do at the convention…   :blink:


    With friends like us, who needs enemies, eh? :lol:


    Personally, I think it would be awesome if the raffle items were not a case of "you must be present to win", but I'm not so sure it's very practical. It does require a little forethought (so that any absentee winners can be easily notified), and some shipping logistics to work out. Based on that, I can see where, for the sake of convenience, the raffle might require folks to be present to win. It's the end of the show; sometimes the last thing you want to do is further complicate packing up with having to worry about tracking one more group of things that need to be shipped later.



  3. Don't you basically need a group pool to have a snowball's chance in hell of winning stuff...? That's what I gathered from last year


    Check out my post about last year's auction here.


    You did not need to have a lot to win something. However, as fanguard indicated, if you want something big/special, pooling with a group is going to give you a better chance to get it.



  4. This is probably something you might not think of as an additional benefit to staying on site - bumping into people at breakfast or in the elevator or so on


    These are my favorite times of the con. Catching up with folks over breakfast. Coming down to the lobby late at night and hanging out with the people furiously trying to finish contest entries. After-hours games of Cards Against Humanity in someone's room. Hard Cider and S'mores out by the fire while talking about nothing to do with the hobby.


    Sure, you can do most of that stuff even if you are staying somewhere else, but it is certainly a bit more accessible and... immersive, if you stay at the con hotel.



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  5. Here is the classic warning for ReaperCon. Don't overbook yourself on the classes.


    I either say this myself, or quote someone who does, every year, to make sure people understand just how serious we are about this.




    In case that wasn't clear...




    You will spend the next 361 days regretting not pacing yourself (as well as missing out on all the other cool stuff going on at the con), until you have the opportunity to do it right the next time around. While I know that many of you are spending plenty to attend this event (flights, car rental, hotels, meals, the classes themselves), Kris is 100% serious about burn-out from the classes. If you try to cram something into every event slot, you WILL overload your poor brain, and you'll not only waste your time spent in those additional classes, you'll also waste your money. This is one of those situations where you need to accept that sometimes, Quality is way more important than Quantity. Taking 4 or 5 classes that you are really able to process will be so much more valuable to you than a dozen that pass as a blur.


    And if you ignore this, all the veterans reserve the right to shake you out of your zombie-like stupor on Sunday and say, "we told you so."





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  6. In the past, the small-size classes that Mike is talking about were $20/seat. IIRC, the seminars were $5 (or less), and the panels were free. Some games had a cost associated with them, but the majority were free with your badge.


    I'd anticipate that the class cost won't change much, if at all. The seminars and panels were a new-ish thing the last couple years, so there's really not enough historical data to judge whether or not they will have the same pricing structure. I'm sure we'll all find out fairly soon when the full convention info is available on the ReaperCon site.



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  7. You know, it occurs to me with so many variances of plans floating about here for informal gatherings, instead of a bunch of posts it might be better for people willing to organize food outings to do something AT the 'con instead.  Like stick a little sign at your table "Sunday night Sushi people" or "Monday after-con party."


    Although these could easily be as hard to find as scattered posts across the forums. A centralized system to manage this might help the problem. So, with that in mind...


    Bryan/Cher: I don't ever recall having seen this in the past, but might it be possible to get some sort of a "LFG" cork board or something posted near the registration table? This could cover everything from meals to pick-up games to after-hours shenanigans. I'm guessing it might need to come with some sort of disclaimer that all content is fan-sponsored, and that Reaper is in no way involved, etc. 



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  8. I'm almost always down for sushi, especially if there's real crab involved, but I don't really want to miss out on any actual RCon stuff. I'd probably be keen for a Sunday dinner though.


    Pro Tip: ReaperCon isn't just about the official events.



    Just sayin'. ::):



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  9. Or if a secondary group is viable for Sunday Night (since I think I read everything wraps up around 5/6)? I know there's a few at least planning to leave Monday so not sure why that wouldn't be viable as well?


    Sounds like you just volunteered to start organizing a sushi group on another night. :;):




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  10. Shakandara is also speaking of the fact that the Sushi group misses the Painting Contest Awards Ceremony - in addition to the Banquet.  


    Correct. If I did not make this abundantly clear in my last post, please heed Bryan's. If you come to sushi with us, you *will* miss both the banquet that night, as well as ALL the awards stuff (painting, gaming, etc). I realize that is a deal-breaker for some.



    I just wonder if there's something in particular about Saturday night for sushi?


    Also I'm always jealous that it overlaps two major functions for me, so I can never go along :(


    Indeed, there is something in particular about that night, and Randy touches on it partly in his reply. There are some people (like my fiance) that don't come up to the con until late Friday night (too late for dinner, in fact), and many people begin their return home trips Sunday afternoon/early evening. This leaves Saturday night as the one and only time that the majority of the group that started this little tradition are available to have dinner together. I hate that it means that some people, especially Reaper staff like Bryan and Shannon, can't join us (sorry Bryan - when it's between Terri and you, I choose Terri. I'd expect no less from you with regard to Shannon :;):). Then again, during ReaperCon is always a difficult time to try to hang out socially with the Reaper staff, as they are all working so hard to make sure that all of us are having such a great time.



    And if you do buy a ticket for the banquet and go to Sushi instead, please give your ticket to someone else so that the food portion is not wasted.


    I do not advocate buying a ticket to the banquet (for the swag) and then not going. But if you are going to do so, please listen to Kris, and give your meal ticket away to someone that wants to be there. There are (or at least, were last year) a limited number of seats available. Give your ticket to someone that wants to be there, so that the seat gets filled, and the food gets eaten.



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