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ConGregate 5

Con Rules

  1. When you are in the convention areas, you must wear your badge. Lost badges will only be replaced once. The basic gist here is: yes, you have to wear your stinking badges.
  2. The staff of ConGregate reserves the right to toss anyone (members, guests, dealers, volunteers... anyone) out of the convention, without a refund, if they are behaving like a jerk. ConGregate’s management will be the sole arbiters of what constitutes behaving like a jerk. 
  3. Please be aware that harassment falls under rule number two (2) above.  Keep in mind that the determination of what is harassing  behavior is typically defined by the VICTIM.  We will only consider intent when determining the fate of anyone we feel is guilty of harassing their fellow con-goers. Please see our full harassment policy.
  4. ConGregate requires that you provide your real name when you register for the convention. An alias can be used on your badge, but our database must have your real name associated with it. Anyone who provides false information to the convention may be asked to leave the con, without a refund.
  5. Mother always said, “Don’t run in the house!” The same applies to the con site.
  6. Do not tear up the hotel! We like it here and want to come back at some point. If you have a lapse in judgment and we catch you wrecking the hotel... well,... go back and read rule number 2.
  7. You may only hang signs on the walls of the hotel with the hotel’s permission. Special materials, and possibly labor, will need to be provided by the hotel. Fees for those services will apply.
  8. Bladed weapons must be sheathed and peace-bonded at all times. All other actual weapons are prohibited in the con space (Ballrooms, Prefunction Space, Programming Suites, and Con Suite).  Blasters and fake weapons are permitted if you swing by the reg desk first and allow us to “peace-bond” it (which usually consists of tying orange ribbon around the barrel). 
  9. The staff of ConGregate cannot permit unauthorized vendors to sell anything at the convention. The dealers have paid good money to be here and it’s simply not fair to them otherwise.
  10. Please switch your cell phones, and other electronic devices, to silent ring while you are in the programming rooms.  If you do receive a call, we ask that you leave the room before you answer your phone.
  11. Please be aware of, and courteous to, your fellow conventioneers as you navigate the walk spaces in the convention. In particular, try not to block the aisles in the dealer room, the panel rooms, and especially the ramp leading from the lobby to the Prefunction area.
  12. As with most hotels, the Radisson makes a good chunk of its money from catering. It is one way they can help keep your convention costs low. You may not eat food in the con space unless it was purchased from the hotel. Your options this weekend are: you can eat what you buy from the hotel, go out to eat, or eat in your personal room.
  13. The hotel has requested that no “outside” alcohol be brought into the con areas. We encourage you to patronize the hotel bar or drink in your private hotel rooms & suites.
  14. ConGregate is not responsible for items lost during the convention. As each of us has lost stuff from time to time, we can sympathize with you. We’ll even try to help you find said items. We cannot, however, afford to replace them. Sorry.
  15. While the convention organizers encourage members to bring their children to ConGregate, we ask that parents take an active role in monitoring the events in which their children participate. Some events (and most parties) may not be suitable for all ages. Also, please be aware that ConGregate is not a daycare service. Children left unattended may be remanded to the care of Child Protective Services of Guilford County.
  16. ConGregate is offering a “kids area” on Saturday that has crafts and coloring books. Feel free to take your children there if they need a break from the con.  Please be aware, however, that this area is not designed as daycare.
  17. No smoking (or vaping) inside the hotel. Smoking areas are available outside of the hotel lobby and on the terrace outside the convention center.
  18. We believe in the “no costume is no costume” rule. Naked people are not quite appropriate for ConGregate’s common areas.
  19. There are specific rules regarding photography.  You can find them below.
  20. Since discussions of a political nature have a tendency to become incendiary, we ask that you limit those to your private hotel rooms or outside of the hotel.
  21. No rule listed here supercedes local law, state law, federal law or hotel policy. You still have to obey those strictures.
  22. And, finally, our most important rule during the convention is: HAVE FUN!