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MidAmeriCon II - The unexamined life
May 2nd, 2016
09:52 pm


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MidAmeriCon II
Is anyone else disappointed with the party rules for MidAmeriCon II?
"The MidAmeriCon II party complex will be located in the Kansas City Convention Center (KCCC) on the exhibit hall floor in the heart of the Fan Fair."
"As a reminder, all open parties will be held in the Fan Fair in the convention center"

But what about suites?
"Small closed parties can be held in the hotel. They must be private — that is, you cannot post party announcements in the hotel, in the newsletter, or publicly on social media. They must also be quiet — no loud music or other noisy activities. The hotel does not do party blocking so there could be general public in surrounding rooms and the hotel will close the party if there is a noise complaint.

If you want to have a larger party outside of convention space, several of the hotels have function areas that can be rented, but you will need to buy all supplies from the hotel."

So, that sounds like a real wild time.
"the KCCC requires that no food or beverage be served in the convention center without Aramark’s express permission."
"Come up with fun and creative ways to engage attendees beyond the typical room-decorations-and-snacks party."

Because you won't be having your party in a room, and you'll all have to serve only pre-approved snacks.
"Our corkage waiver for the Exhibit Hall allows parties to serve their own snacks, soft drinks, juices, and bottled water. However, substantial meal-like foods will need to be acquired through the convention center’s caterer at a cost."
"You cannot give away or sell your own alcohol."
"We anticipate the convention center hours to be as follows:
  • Wednesday, August 17th 12pm ‐ midnight
  • Thursday, August 18th 10am ‐ midnight
  • Friday, August 19th 10am ‐ 2am
  • Saturday, August 20th 10am ‐ 2am
  • Sunday, August 21st 10 am ‐ midnight"
"You should close your party at least 30 minutes before the KCCC shuts down for the night for clean‐up."

Any sort of 4am pulse check is going to be very disappointing.

Current Mood: disappointeddisappointed
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Date:May 3rd, 2016 03:32 am (UTC)


Oh my.
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Date:May 3rd, 2016 11:03 am (UTC)
LonCon had similar problems. It does seem that hotel contracts are getting more and more aggressive about insisting that their catering services be used, since that's such a profitable part of their business. Maybe the losers party and some of the corporate entities can afford to host parties, but probably not very many small non-profit groups.
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Date:May 3rd, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
I guess we need to start asking questions about this sort of thing at bid parties from now on.
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Date:May 4th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
I agree that we should start asking. However, we should also steel ourselves for being told that it won't be a problem (because they haven't negotiated that with the place yet) and then having it be a problem anyway.
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