Let’s play a game!
You’ve recently come into some money. So much money, that you don’t know what to do with it all.
So you decide that you’re going to run a convention, just because you can.
Since money is no object. What would you do for your dream con?
What type of convention are you running? (Anime, gaming, Scifi, a little bit of everything, etc.) -
Location/venue? (Try to keep it reasonably realistic. We don’t think a convention on the moon would work…) -
What guests would you have? (try to include a music guest, a cosplay guest and some sort of internet/Youtube guest) -
What would be the main events at your convention? (Masquerade, Live Concert, Omake, etc.) -
What time of year would you run your con? -
Any age limits in place? -
What would be in your con bags? -
Who would you have as the MC? (Someone famous? Your best mate? or would that be your job too?) -
Who would you ask to do art for your badges? -
Complete this sentence - "The first rule of [Dream Con] is…" -
Anything Else? -
Many people meet their partners at conventions, which is exactly what happened to XC and Zelly from Team Neko UK, as the duo combined their love for conventions and each other by tying the knot at Kitacon last month. I spoke to the pair about their big day and what was involved in planning a wedding at a convention!
So Team Neko’s own Zelly and XtremeCaffeine were interviewed regarding their wedding ceremony which was conducted at Kitacon - check it out for the inside story!
Convention Essentials you may not think of packing
The members of Team Neko have all been a part of the con scene for quite a long time, and over the years our list of packing essentials has grown in size. Items like deodorant and clean underwear are things we expect people to already KNOW to pack in their suitcase for the weekend.
This is a list of things that we take to every convention, that you might not think of right away as being ‘Convention Essentials’
A rather large meds bag - Zelly has this horrible habit of getting ill while at a convention. Couple this with her dodgy knees and you end up with a med bag that’s bigger than her make up case. Our med bag contains, at minimum, the following items
Chopsticks - XC has an unhealthy addiction to noodles. He always likes to carry his own chopsticks with him to every convention for his noodle consumption needs.
Bandana - These are for Monday Mornings. When you’ve got a banging hangover from the Sunday Night party, the last thing you want to do is even attempt to style your hair. Just throw on a bandana and voila! Bad hair be gone!
Travel sized loo roll - There is nothing worse than needing it, and not having it. There is nothing we hate more than having to sit around and wait while the other runs down to reception to beg for more. Also useful while travelling as trains have this nasty habit of running out.
Extra hair ties - Zelly always has about 3-4 of these in her handbag, but like many things that end up in her bag, they tend to go missing at a time when you need them the most. Having a couple spare stashed away in your suitcase is always handy.
Spare lens cap - These are very VERY easy to lose, and there is nothing worse than having to leave your camera lens unprotected for any extended length of time. We always make sure to have several spares in our suitcase.
Nice bath items - Go ahead, treat yourself, and have a nice long soak in a bubble bath before you head to bed.
Hot Sauce - For those times where the hotel food is a little bland for your liking. We’ve discovered that not many places actually have a bottle of hot sauce available for general use. So we just started to bring along one of our own.
Water Bottle - Essential to keep you hydrated throughout the day. Having your own bottle means fewer trips to the bar/local shop to buy overpriced bottles of mineral water.
Various types of tape - We always carry a couple of small rolls of electrical tape and one big massive roll of duct tape. You’d be surprised at how often we’ve had to use these items in the past.
Various types of Sharpies - Again, you would be surprised at how often we’ve had to use these in the past.
Breakfast bars - For when you can’t bring yourself to go downstairs in the morning in time for breakfast. These bars will see you through until lunch time, or are just a great snack for throughout the day.
Multi-tools - Just like the tape and sharpies, there have been more times that we’ve needed these than we can count. And when you forget to pack one, that’s when you’ll need it the most.
Little sewing kit - Most cosplayers will have these already, but it never hurts to have your own in case you have a little mishap and tear a hole in your favourite jeans.
Coat hanger - Not got space to pack a travel iron and can’t be bothered going to bug someone else to borrow theirs? Then just make sure to pack a coat hanger and hang up your t-shirt in the bathroom when you’re done having your shower. It’s not the best solution, but most of the creases will drop out of the garment after 5-10 minutes.
Torch - Because power cuts happen and can be a pain in the arse. Also allows you to search for things in your dark room without potentially waking your room mate up.
Multi-plug - Because hotel rooms never have enough flipping sockets for all your chargers.
Notepad and Pen - For noting down names, numbers, websites, changes to the con schedule, shopping lists, and for anything else you might need to refer back to.
Carrier bag - For putting all your dirty washing in at the end of the weekend. You don’t want all your other things in your suitcase to smell like that outfit you wore to the rave last night do you?
Ikea bag/bag for life - Handy for carrying all those oversized dealers room purchases back home. Cause you just KNOW you need that giant figure of Miku in a bunny outfit in your life.
If there is one thing that Kitacon is good at, It’s the evening parties that run each night of the convention.
As you can see from the lineup, you have everything from Jpop/Jrock to pure 90’s cheese. And even a set from the amazing Professor Elemental himself.
There is also the Kitacon ball to look forward to on the Sunday night. which will be followed by a live performance by the incredible Ellen Mclain and John Patrick Lowrie.
Got a song you’d like to request? then head on over to the Kitacon forum and check out the request threads for each night.
Guess That Game!
A joint production of DJ ThaChez and Ralaxcelm, Guess That Game is a quiz that will stretch your gaming knowledge to breaking point!
Bowties are cool right?
We’ve just finished filming our unboxing video for the February Loot Crate, and XtremeCaffeine is super happy with the Bow Tie that was included. He will be wearing this to the Kitacon Formal event next month.
The Bowtie was supplied by an upcoming company called Black Tie Geek. We look forward to seeing what other items they’ll have for sale when they launch.
*~The following is a Public Service Announcement from Team Neko~*
With only 5 weeks remaining until Kitacon, We feel it’s necessary to make a post regarding ID.
Every year, without fail, we see posts on the Kitacon forum/Facebook page from people because they’ve left it until the last minute to check their ID, only to discover that they actually have none.
YOU NEED VALID ID TO GAIN ENTRY TO KITACON!
IF YOU DON’T HAVE A VAILD FORM OF ID YOU WON’T GET INTO THE CONVENTION!
Valid forms of ID are:
These forms of ID must have your photograph and still be in date to be counted as valid.
If you have any issues regarding ID or are unsure if the one you hold is valid, then we suggest you get in contact with registrations ASAP so you’ll still have time to get any issues sorted out. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We can tell you right now that the following items will not be recognised as valid forms of ID:
You have all been warned!
We’re a good week and a bit into the New Year now and we hope all of our followers have suitably recovered from their Christmas and New Year shenanigans.
But a new year means only one thing!
A whole new year of conventions and events to attend!
y’all think this is a joke but I would legitimately buy this
For all your convention room rave needs!*
*Team Neko does not encourage room raves at conventions. In fact, we highly recommend that you DON’T have a room rave at a convention**
**See our ‘Guide to Con Etiquette' for more information.
Is the return of the indominable Ellen McLain! If you missed her last time, bow down and thank GLaDOS that you have the chance to catch her now!
And with that, the bell has rung and Registrations are now open!
Registrations for Kitacon open at 8pm on Friday evening.
There will be two types of memberships available to you this year.
A standard membership which will cost £48 - Standard membership will include:
A V.I.P membership which will cost £85 - V.I.P membership will include:
There will only be 100 V.I.P Memberships available, so you best be quick if you want to be in with a chance of getting one.