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01 Jun 2010 - 12:4733069
Ah, that explains it then. Did seem odd that she was just carrying that around.


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01 Jun 2010 - 14:0933075
I didnt enjoy wristbands at all.

Though I do think they are a good idea, it was just badly done.

Apparntly wasnt allowed it on my ankle, and they were too small to have at the top of my arm, and even after suggesting sticking two of them together, which was for some reason not allowed, apparently HAD to have it on my wrist anyway. This meant I had to take off all the arm bits from Big Sister, just to get back in. Would have been fine, cept it was really hard to get on and off by myself.

But the rest of the weekend went ok. Saturday was stupidly crowded. Probably due to the rain and the fact that the centre was double booked. And Im sure I saw a million people without wristbands anyway.

And I think fabric weekend ones would have been a good idea. Since it would have saved queueing on the sunday aswell. And fabric ones are nicer. And harder to tape back together if people do tamper with them. And they dont go all shit and wrinkly after a shower, lol.


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02 Jun 2010 - 15:3433206
I didn't particulary enjoy the luminous green one on Sunday... My costume was white and gold, so luminous green didn't particulary go with it.

I understand why it's needed and such, but I do feel they ruined costumes a fair bit.


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02 Jun 2010 - 16:0233207
I liked the wristbands. I think it made the system a whole lot easier and stuff and it didn't seem like a problem at all. Kind of like when you go to a swimming pool and you have to wear them. Mine was put on quickly and effectively.

I saw people with them all over their outfits where their wrists weren't available - like on bits of armour and stuff, and even if people complained that they were there they seemed okay about it - what a few moments photoshop to get rid of it? If people complained that much about them I'm sure they can do that if they feel their photos are ruined by them.

On my zidane day I could hide mine under my wrist cuffs so that was nice and easy and the other day I just put on a bracelet to cover it, but I didn't mind all that much. COME ON PEOPLE! CALM DOWN! XD

But yeah, didn't mind at all! Everything seemed much better this year! Then again it might just be because we arrived about an hour later than everyone else... maybe we should do that every year? Haha. Either way approval!


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02 Jun 2010 - 16:1533209
Quote Chikinpoo:


Apparntly wasnt allowed it on my ankle, and they were too small to have at the top of my arm, and even after suggesting sticking two of them together, which was for some reason not allowed, apparently HAD to have it on my wrist anyway. This meant I had to take off all the arm bits from Big Sister, just to get back in. Would have been fine, cept it was really hard to get on and off by myself.


Oh really? I had mine on my ankle on saturday no problem. o.o (It only JUST fitted though ^^; )



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02 Jun 2010 - 16:2633212
Concerning wristband placement, I think a lot of people were told different things depending on who they got to put the band on and what day. I know Leonie had no problem having it on her costume on the Saturday but then was told no the next day and had to have it on her wrist. Although he didn't seem pleased about it the guy on Saturday let me have mine on my ankle without any trouble.

Overall I personally liked the wrist bands, the colour was going to clash with some costumes but they made a nice momento. It definitely sped up getting in and out of the hall though I think they might have done with some extra people just so they didn't feel so rushed.

Like others have said though, I think fabric ones for the weekend tickets would be nice. The line was already split for posted tickets and e-tickets so splitting the wristband line for day and weekend tickets should only take a little more effort.


03 Jun 2010 - 15:1633289
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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!)
Sounds like that might have been me haha. I didn't get a wallet for it and I didn't want to put it around my neck like Leena (cos I was paranoid someone would nick it/rip it off me), and I only ever went out of the expo once to get drinks for people on the desk. I expected to get a wristband with it too, like I did in October...! But yeah I don't think they'd let someone in with just a printed e-ticket.


04 Jun 2010 - 02:2833369
We decided that as it was such a short lead time for all of us that it would be lacks to an extent.

There were a number of times over the weekend that people without wristbands were approached and given the choice to either go and purchase one be escorted off site by security.

As the next Expo is 5 months away there will be little to no reason for a ajority of people to not know about the new terms.

So they will be enforced more from October.

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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.


04 Jun 2010 - 02:3133370
Thanks for highlightinh this, as we have already out measures in place for October regarding other issues and they will be lookig out for this also now.

Quote Leonie Heartilly:
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


04 Jun 2010 - 02:3233371
Nothing is 100% but as more people highlight things we can put measures into place which we have going forward.

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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.


04 Jun 2010 - 09:3033379
The wristbands were a good idea, they did work well but i did see a few ppl cut theres of to give it to a friend who stuck it on with tape, but i guess that still means only one person can get in per ticket.

but would it be possable for expo to change one thing......... the course you had to walk up and down before you got in was a bugger, esp if u have a disability and cannot walk far/for long periods of time.
i had trouble walking it (as i have arthritic knees) and was in soooo much pain even before i got into the expo, i did ask if i could sit to the side, wait for my friend (who was in the line with me) who was walking the whole thing, then rejoin the line in the place that i was in in the first place, but was told that i could only do that if i was in a weelchair (i also saw ppl in them having to walk the whole thing)...
next expo (if i go) i will def bring my walking stick (i didnt want to bring it if i didnt have to because i know how crowded expo gets and i didnt want to tread on anyone toes/cosplay, or have it kicked out from under me as i have other expos)


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04 Jun 2010 - 10:3033387
Quote Rwylin:
The wristbands were a good idea, they did work well but i did see a few ppl cut theres of to give it to a friend who stuck it on with tape, but i guess that still means only one person can get in per ticket.

but would it be possable for expo to change one thing......... the course you had to walk up and down before you got in was a bugger, esp if u have a disability and cannot walk far/for long periods of time.
i had trouble walking it (as i have arthritic knees) and was in soooo much pain even before i got into the expo, i did ask if i could sit to the side, wait for my friend (who was in the line with me) who was walking the whole thing, then rejoin the line in the place that i was in in the first place, but was told that i could only do that if i was in a weelchair (i also saw ppl in them having to walk the whole thing)...
next expo (if i go) i will def bring my walking stick (i didnt want to bring it if i didnt have to because i know how crowded expo gets and i didnt want to tread on anyone toes/cosplay, or have it kicked out from under me as i have other expos)


I have to agree with this point...I have had problems with walking since I was little, and to top that off,was wearing high heels on one of the days for a costume. I had to stop halfway through the queue to take off my shoes, and also had to stop a second time as my feet ached so much- The thing that kind of got me really was that one of the stewards came over, but they didn't come over to check if I was ok or anything, but to move along my friends who were helping me to get through the queue >> I physically couldn't go any faster guys, sorry for anyone I was holding up in the queue line. As soon as I got through the queue I had to go straight back to the hotel and didn't come back to the expo hall for about an hour :/


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04 Jun 2010 - 17:2733445
Although I don't have walking issues, I do feel it's ridiculous. My friend has a number of conditions that cause her to be in pain when she walks (she needs a double hip replacement, and she's 18, has super flat feet, and has a condition called fibromyalgia - basically she's in pain all the time), so before expo she's in utter agony. Also, people with bulky/difficult to walk in costumes find it really difficult and eneergy draining to go back and forward (such as me on Sunday - I shuffled my way to and fro).

Also, the way it's laid out makes it easy to queue jump. Which was really annoying. So many people did it, and I only saw two girls get told off for it.


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