8- If you are making a display board, make it light. Unless you are going for best display, just keep it light and simple. (see coverage part one to see what I mean).
|Actual photo I took :(|
5- If you can help it, bring a car. Driving means more time off work, yes, but it makes a giant difference while there. There is nothing immediately around the hotel, and you don't want to be wasting your precious hobby dollars on taxis/ubers. If at least one person in your gaming cohort can bring a car, do it. It will save you from eating ONLY over priced chicken fingers all weekend.
4- Make sure you have enough space to bring back all your swag. Seriously, our Swag bags had tons of stuff in them, plus everything we bought. Fitting it all for the return journey was a little tough. We all thought about it before hand, and it was still tough. SO REALLY REALLY Think about it.
2- Take Monday off. Seriously, if you are already taking work off to go, just Spring for that extra day on the back end. You are going to want it to get some sleep and calm down from a helluva weekend. You are non-stop all weekend, and it is intense. Plus, if you are playing in any Sunday events, you are likely flying out late, and as such getting in late. I got back to CA at midnight and had to drive 2 hours. Finally got to sleep at 3am only to get up at 6am. It sucked. Take the extra day. Speaking of flights....
So if you are planning on going to ANY major event, take these as food for thought.