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23 May 2010 - 21:3932625
I've not looked into or signed up to this Fringe thingy cos everything I do Expo weekend is completely unplanned and disorganised. >_<


However I got the combined saturday & sunday electronic early entry ticket...

....will I have to wear the same wrist band for the whole weekend? I don't really fancy wearing it to go into london at night or to sleep in.

....Or do you give me bands for both days on the saturday? It would save me queuing again on Sunday.

...Or do I have get the e-mailed ticket scanned again on Sunday? If on the sunday I don't join the tickets queue until later will it be okay if I have my e-mailed ticket while waiting outside? I guess not and I presume I need to join the queue early on sunday again and then not bother going in till later?


23 May 2010 - 22:2132633
Hi Dan

As you have a Valid Wristbands for both days, you can take part in organise meets and impromtu meets as long as they organised by Wristband holders and so on.

You will get a different wristband each day so once the Expo is over each day then you can take it off.

Basically if you have an E-TICKET for both days you have to go in and get your Wristband each day as it is put on your Wrist/Ankle.

Hope this helps

Quote Dan:
I've not looked into or signed up to this Fringe thingy cos everything I do Expo weekend is completely unplanned and disorganised. >_<


However I got the combined saturday & sunday electronic early entry ticket...

....will I have to wear the same wrist band for the whole weekend? I don't really fancy wearing it to go into london at night or to sleep in.

....Or do you give me bands for both days on the saturday? It would save me queuing again on Sunday.

...Or do I have get the e-mailed ticket scanned again on Sunday? If on the sunday I don't join the tickets queue until later will it be okay if I have my e-mailed ticket while waiting outside? I guess not and I presume I need to join the queue early on sunday again and then not bother going in till later?


23 May 2010 - 23:0632635
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Quote mcmexpo:
....you have to go in and get your Wristband each day...
damn, was trying to drop hints for give out both days wrist bands on saturday.


24 May 2010 - 08:1632639
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I can't understand why people are getting really angry with this.... Expo HAS to have crowd control. If you don't then Health and Safety goes. Remember the Liverpool Crush? The organisers didn't have crowd control and so many people died. Yes Expo is bigger, doesn't have a fence ect... but it's all to do with our safety and I completly agree with their new rules
So you have to spend 5 minutes in registering your meet...
with buying a ticket people who go to small cons like Kita and Minami... you spend £45 to GET INTO the event... it would only cost £25 for both days of expo and it's the same thing.
Yehh ^_^'

anyway yeh I agree with the new rule


26 May 2010 - 23:3332790
I'll be going to my first expo in something like 5 years this weekend. Depending on how these rules out will probably effect if I ever go again. From what I gather most of these rules seem to be silly and made by people who aren't really sure what's going on at these events first hand. As long as I can take photos of other cosplayers, I don't really care. I'll prbably just ignore the rules.


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27 May 2010 - 03:5132799
Rules are there for a reason.

We are fully aware of what they entail and how they will be enforced.

It is entirely up to you how you decide to deal with them if you dont follow them.


27 May 2010 - 13:2332811
TBH, I'll be interested in seeing how this turns out. I am hoping that this may lead to somewhat smaller crowds around the excel itself, as you always seem to get a huge amount of people sat along the excel centres halls, probably enough to fill up 2 or 3 of the show rooms. And I cant help but wonder sometimes how many of these folks are even there for the expo itself, or just there because there are cosplayers and such.


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27 May 2010 - 16:5932823
Quote MattDark:
TBH, I'll be interested in seeing how this turns out. I am hoping that this may lead to somewhat smaller crowds around the excel itself, as you always seem to get a huge amount of people sat along the excel centres halls, probably enough to fill up 2 or 3 of the show rooms. And I cant help but wonder sometimes how many of these folks are even there for the expo itself, or just there because there are cosplayers and such.


Sorta found this a bit offensive. I'm one of those "folks" that goes to expo pretty much only to see other cosplayers, but I don't sit inside much, and if I do it's cause we've gone and sat at the table. I view expo more as a cosplay even with market stalls, and that people who aren't really interest in the cosplay are only there for the market... Maybe cause I really really don't like shopping... And inside the expo hall it's really cramped and I am rather claustrophobic... Well, I'm people claustrophobic, I don't like being surrounded by people. Prolly one of the reason I don't sit inside much.

I don't think you meant to be offensive, it's just the way you said "And I cant help but wonder sometimes how many of these folks are even there for the expo itself, or just there because there are cosplayers and such" sounded as if you felt that the people who are only there for that shouldn't attend.


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27 May 2010 - 17:5932828
Yeah, I thought that may not come out right as I submitted it. Sorry, I didnt mean any offence, never too good at wording things over the net.

Its just that anyone who's been going to the excel centre over the last few years will know that the amount of people visiting the grounds has been increasing rapidly with each expo. The whole place has become more and more crowded, not just the expo show room, but the excel hallway and the entrance itself.

While I know alot of people wont like it, if its being pushed that people will have to wear wristbands, and the excel itself may well be checking, it may at least ease the crowds to a degree inside the centre itself.

Personally, I think it will be harder for them to deal with whats going on outside, as the crowds there are much bigger, and with all the open space, theres more places for people to go without having to worry about being bothered.


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27 May 2010 - 19:3432834
Considering the predicted weather for Saturday, enforcement of these new rules is going to be vital. Sheltered space is going to be rather contested, and really... where should the sheltered space go to? The people who are paying, or the people who aren't?


27 May 2010 - 20:4932841
Thats what im thinking about too. Plenty of people will be sitting along the sheltered hall, whether its to rest, eat or just chat. So its always choc-full. Hell, sometimes its difficult to get from the excel entrance to the expo hall due to the sheer flood of people amassed indoors.


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29 May 2010 - 20:5932899
Quote mcmexpo:
Rules are there for a reason.

We are fully aware of what they entail and how they will be enforced.

It is entirely up to you how you decide to deal with them if you dont follow them.


Just because rules are there for reasons doesn't mean they are well thought out, or in fact work out in reality. You can see several examples of this in companies and even in our own legal system.

TBH I didn't see this rule in practice. So it obviously wasn't really being enforced, or it wasn't as tight as it was made out to be, or I didn't notice, but then I spent alot of time actually in the expo itself.


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30 May 2010 - 02:1532908
I've just read through the entire thread (bored, can't sleep + heard all about it and wanted to read for myself).

I know its a but late in the day (she types on sat of may Expo XD) but I think the wristbands are a good idea.

While I can see the bad points (ruining photos and what not) I can see the pluses. I've only been to two Expos. While I enjoyed them there did seem to be a lot of crowds. Occasionally it was a bit a squeeze to get anywhere. I did actually see a couple of people outside that only seem to be there to 'mock the cosplayers'.

For a while back in the early 90's wristbands where the badge of choice for conventions (espeically large ones) as they were secure and where quick for the event staff to check. I quickly got used to how to hide them in costume photos. I still have them in my con badge collection. Which shows that they are made on strong stuff.

I will be intriged to see the feedback of how these changes worked.


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30 May 2010 - 13:5932912
I'll agree that the wrist band works well, better than a stamp (it's annoying that my friend had to wait an hour for me because she wasn't allowed to buy a ticket fot a friend though), but I think the main point of that people were concerned about was the group points and that's want seemed retarded to me.

But then maybe I just see it for a very cynical point of view.


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30 May 2010 - 16:0032914
I thought the wristband idea was great. It was hardly noticable, and made it a lot easier to get back in to the convention hall. all you had to do was raise up your arm and so there was no waiting to actually get back in like before when i went i had to scramble around in my bag looking for a ticket.

I prefered to have it. In the end it's no different to a concert.


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30 May 2010 - 20:3832919
I think most people agree that the wrist bands worked well, but what about that whole group thing they had going on? Was it really enforced because I didn't notice it happening. I'm just curious.


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31 May 2010 - 00:1332939
I had issues with the bands. They were in very bright neon colours (I had green and pink) which stood out a mile against my costumes. I luckily had a nice person putting my band on both days that allowed me to have on my costume where I could attempt to hide it. But on the Sunday I get attacked by the staff at the entrance because my band wasn't on my wrist. If their staff are letting people have them elsewhere how is that my fault? Also on the Sat I walked in and out of the hall loads with the band on the halter neck of my dress and not one staff member complained. On the Sun I end up in an arguement first thing =/

So I just cut it off and celotaped it to my wrist to keep them quiet. I cut it off again for photos. Shows the bands aren't as good as the stamps really as you can just wave your arm quickly and they won't check if they've been tampered with. Wouldn't be surprised if there was still free-loaders.

Just to note that I always pay for entry and do not encourage people to sneak in, just saying the bands won't necessarily stop people from doing so


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01 Jun 2010 - 03:2733028
If people want to sneak in, than they will, no matter what expo do. My band was only checked once, so I'm sure quite a few people could just look confidant, wearing a cosplay would help, and just walk in, esp. if the staff memeber's back is turned.


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01 Jun 2010 - 03:5433029
Wristbands imo, were much better than the handstamps although many people can still get in for free using the gaffer tape method. I know most of my friends all used the same two wristbands over the weekend.


01 Jun 2010 - 08:5933033
From a non-cosplay side, the wristbands were a definate improvement, it was much quicker getting back into the expo IMO.

That said, I did notice security werent lenient enough with the system. Despite the fact you need your wristband now in order to get into the expo, one of the times that I re-entered, a girl just ahead of me was able to get in without a wristband, just by flashing a piece of paper (I printed e-ticket im guessing) and this wasnt questioned at all.


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01 Jun 2010 - 09:3233035
Quote MattDark:
From a non-cosplay side, the wristbands were a definate improvement, it was much quicker getting back into the expo IMO.

That said, I did notice security werent lenient enough with the system. Despite the fact you need your wristband now in order to get into the expo, one of the times that I re-entered, a girl just ahead of me was able to get in without a wristband, just by flashing a piece of paper (I printed e-ticket im guessing) and this wasnt questioned at all.


That might have been an exhibitor/ vip pass (dont know for sure but just a thought, some of the guys helping at the cosplay desk had them)


01 Jun 2010 - 10:0433036
I didn't mind the wristbands at all, except the ones that were put on me and my girlfriend were actually loose, to the point that I had to periodically check that mine was still there. At the end of Saturday we managed to slip the wristbands off without cutting them.

I appreciate that the staff were very busy - in fact the ticket hall was severely understaffed. But if the whole wristband idea is going to be enforced then the bands need to be secure to start with.


01 Jun 2010 - 10:1433037
Quote agi:
That might have been an exhibitor/ vip pass (dont know for sure but just a thought, some of the guys helping at the cosplay desk had them)


Im not sure, usually, passes like that are attached to a lanyward, and are generally diplayed like the 'id cards' you get at a con, this was just a piece of paper she happened to have on her person.

I may be wrong though, but it was just something that caught my eye at the time.


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01 Jun 2010 - 10:2033038
Quote MattDark:
Im not sure, usually, passes like that are attached to a lanyward, and are generally diplayed like the 'id cards' you get at a con, this was just a piece of paper she happened to have on her person.


For the special passes you (are supposed to) print it off at home. Expo just give you a lanyard and wallet to slip it into for safekeeping, so it's quite possible that's what you saw.


01 Jun 2010 - 12:2233052
Quote Amy-Lou:
Quote MattDark:
Im not sure, usually, passes like that are attached to a lanyward, and are generally diplayed like the 'id cards' you get at a con, this was just a piece of paper she happened to have on her person.

For the special passes you (are supposed to) print it off at home. Expo just give you a lanyard and wallet to slip it into for safekeeping, so it's quite possible that's what you saw.

Ditto to what Amy-Lou said - although this time they had some plastic wallets but they ran out of lanyards, hence the person you saw probably simply didn't have a lanyard (like myself, I used string and a safety pin to hang the thing around my neck!)


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