Anthrocon 2014 Registration is now open!
http://www.anthrocon.org/registration is the URL, that you all know and love so fondly by now. A few notes:
After keeping prices steady last year, we regretfully have to raise them across the board, due to a number of new expenses: shuttle costs, labor costs, increased convention space, new equipment. We've been able to keep the price rises low ($5) for Attending and Sponsor levels; Supersponsors are seeing a significant increase ($50). We had a 70% jump in Supersponsor numbers last year, driven in part by the new perk of advance hotel booking; we very much underestimated the response to that. We had to move the Supersponsor Luncheon to a different, more-expensive-to-reset room as well, which drove up our costs. Also rising is costs of the Artists and Dealers Social, which Supersponsors are invited to attend. We know that with the new pricing some attendees may decline to Supersponsor; we understand and quite frankly anticipate the Supersponsor numbers to decrease slightly (As they did the last time they were raised.)
Early bird prices are good through December 31st, so head over to http://www.anthrocon.org/registration!
*hides in bunker*
I'd say the $5 increase is more than acceptable but I seriously doubt I can afford to do the Supersponsor again after a price increase like that! It was very fun last year, but I don't think I can do it again.
We understand if you can't! We know some folks will decline to Supersponsor given the increase, and some will continue. All out attendees are appreciated, regardless of attendee level. (We might like the Supersponsors more thoguh. Maybe. we're not telling.)
Haha true true! And hey I can always upgrade if I get a raise at my job or something None the less... REGISTERED!
Whew! That price jump in Supersponsorship is pretty rough. I was planning on upgrading this year, but dang... I understand the need for covering additional expenses, but jeeeeez that's a lot more. Like Additional Membership more.
It's a steep increase, and we did a lot of careful consideration.. ultimately, we felt it was the correct amount.
My boyfriend and I supersponsered! We understand the price jump, and even if it's a little rough it's completely worth it!
Even though they just HAD to cut hours at my job, I'm gonna make sure I register early this time to avoid a repeat of last year.
EDIT: And at the same time, try to go for a Supersponsor membership, even with the $50 increase.
I learned my lesson from last year with the 4 hour line, so I just finished pre-registering. Now all that's left to do is figure out my hotel situation.
This is a good lesson to learn.
well Mr Saturday you have months to prepare for a hotel room so no rush. And even more months if youre willing to not stay at the 2 closest ones.
The supersponsor price bump I think is fair. Economics and stuff. When you WANT to decrease the customer count, you increase the price.
Won't stop me
We didn't necessarily want to decrease the count. We were starting to lose the economic advantage to having a supersponsor membership. A portion of what a supersponsor pays in membership fees is a donation; it's the part above the membership fee, the little gifts, the restaurant coupons, the T-shirt, the prints, etc. etc. The price of those things keeps going up (and with the move to the ballroom, the luncheon price jumped considerably), so we had to adjust, or else there'd be no real benefit to the convention to have people be supersponsors.
It sounds like the lunch is most of the cost; I'm curious as to how many Supersponsors would be willing to give it up for a reduction in the SS premium? Or is the lunch too traditional to give up, and/or would its loss make too little difference between this and regular Sponsors?
Thats a very good question.But there already is a level below Supersponsor.That makes some level between the 2 maybe overkill. I know Im willing to pay more to offset the costs of the artshow reception and luncheon.Im willing to pay .That theres good food they serve at the conventioncenter and I am willing to carry my weight financially to help the con and not make it neutral effect. The benfits over all are worth it to me to donate to the con
And while cutting the numbers isnt a bad or good thing.The fact so many are willing to pay means its probably underpriced.
Last year, given the eventual costs, Supersponsor was definitely underpriced. This year's price rises correct that.
We appreciate that you'll be willing to Supersponsor, Rick.
Pre registered, now i feel like the slow path to AC 2014 is really starting, or will once i get my confirmation email(Shakes fist at slow net). and this year i won't pussyfoot around and daly on my hotel either... learned last year there is a limit to how much my body could walk back and forth from the marriott
Actually, the confirmation email taking so long isn't the net's fault, it's mine.
Every so often, I see errors like this in our logs:
An error occured when attempting to send an email to email@domain
Yes, a completely useless error, I know.
At some point (hopefully this weekend), I'm going to build a separate VM with the same Puppet manifests as our webserver, reproduce the problem there, then roll out a fix. Stay tuned!
Excellent, looks like its working fine, thank you for the fast fix, just like to have some concrete confirmation of my status, piece of mind and all.
Remember that the amount you choose to invest go towards entertainment of all kinds of things for you and everyone else at the convention, and each and every dollar we get makes sure that Anthrocon can be the best experience possible during your time in Pittsburgh.
As much as we don't like increases in prices, it is necessary. We don't do this for profit, everything that goes toward Anthrocon is for everyone at Anthrocon, from every single member to every single volunteer and staff.
And we can't thank you enough.
I was a Volunteer that worked enough hours for a roll over. How do I register with my credit from last year? Do they take care of it for me or do I need to get a code or something? Also how do I upgrade a roll over to Supersponser?
Part two of your question is answered in the Registration FAQ (in FAQ under informtion) to your left. Although it hasn't been updated yet for 2014 (I don't think it has), the basic answer is that you can pay the difference between your current level of membership and the cost of the higher level you want to switch to. That's the way it's been done in previous years and I'm certain that it will remain that way in the future as well.
I upgraded from Attending to Supersponsor last year this way with no problems at all...
As you've turned in your volunteer sheet, we have you in the system as badge #266 already. Then. you can proceed to our con store at http://store.anthrocon.org/, select 'Upgrade to Supersponsor', input your information, and we'll upgrade you!
Alternatively, you can send us a mailed check or money order for the difference.
BIG HONKING NOTE: We have a report the con store (Which is on a new platform this year) wants to charge tax for upgrades for some people. Neither Anthrocon memberships nor upgrades are taxed. If it wants to charge you tax, don't buy the upgrade, and let us know it's doing it. We're looking into why this is occuring.
So those that turned in their papers this year are already registered? Will we get confirmation that it went thru? Sorry for the questions, Was the first time I voluenteered.. And thats nice that its so easy to upgrade in the con store, Was thinking about it...
A large batch of them have been done already; unfortunately we had an email glitch that prevented some email confirmations from being sent out.
If you want to check, send an email with your real name to registration(at)anthrocon.org, and we can check for you.
I mostly did the supersponser to donate and for the early hotel registration perks. Since I don't do the luncheon, or use the line jump/priority seating because all my friends are normally regular attending, I probably won't super again this year. I had inititally planned on it but the jump is a little much for me. If my job gets on the ball about giving me my training & promotion this coming year I may reconsider xD
We're sorry that you feel the jump is a bit much, but as I said, the price increases are for accommodating all of our Anthrocon attendees to try and make the best possible experience for everyone.
One little note here concerning Pre-Reg, and it's not a huge issue, but a few of you have inquired on it: We will not be reserving any specific badge numbers for anyone. With thousands of members attending, this is just virtually impossible to deal with, as there are many other aspects of Pre Reg that must be dealt with first for the benefit of everyone who is registering. We can't play favourites. I know we've done this before, but it's just not necessary.
Thanks to everyone who is Pre-Registering, and thank you very much for becoming a Sponsor or Supersponsor!
Psh, it's alright Sonic, we all know the price increases are because of Kage's wine addiction, and because Chef broke too many cooking utensils in frustration over registration ;3 LOL, just kidding! Or am I? <.< >.>
That's a justifiable business expense, that is! It saves me from breaking attendees instead.
Speaking of which - and totally unrelated to the topic of Registration - I had a consumer-grade kitchen knife fail on me this weekend, in an unexpected and somewhat dangerous manner. Looking at the pieces, it appears that the thing was practically designed to fail; I don't believe that I was misusing it, and I fear that other utinsels made by this company may have similar design flaws.
Is there an e-mail address where I could send you a picture of (what's left of) this knife? I should like the professional opinion of someone who uses these tools daily in a workplace environment.
Say, if there's that much demand for particular numbers, you could consider keeping track of the most-requested badge numbers, and offer them in the Charity Raffle or Auction!
I'd wager that one of the most popular numbers would be 666. At Anthrocon, The Number of the Beast would mean something entirely different...
The trouble is that our system is not coded to skip badge numbers. They are awarded sequentially after the number 250 (lower numbers are assigned by hand to staff and guests).
I was watching the site like a hawk because I wanted to see how low of a number I could get at registration (silly game, I know, but it amuses me). I didn't realize that 1-250 was blocked off for staff only.
It seems I was the first non-staff to register at badge #251. Well, I'm satisfied, then.
69 is always a popular number when the numbers go that low. Sometimes attendees will make up a batch of numbered "tags" to pass out to various attendees free of charge, but will donate a couple of the most popular numbers, including 69, to the charity auction, where they've been known to get bid up a fair bit.
In recent years, the number 366 has taken on a special meaning among furries.
Will supersponsors get advance hotel booking as well this year?
I've yet to have found a topic that necessarily covers this more accurately, though my question has nothing to do with what's been discussed in the thread thus far.
Having said that, I'm here to ask about method of payment for registration. I'm planning to register for a table, but obviously need to take care of my registration first. I was going to pay with an AMEX, but upon entering in all my info and despite seeing "American Express" in the dropdown option for credit card types, I got an error message that says, "At this time, we do not except American Express."
This is my best option for registering as it will still be a few days before any of my other cards free up after payments go through. Can someone help me with this?
Thanks in advance!
We'll look into that! American Express is added back into our accepted credit cards this year, but apparently our Registration software was not reminded. Giza will hit it with a hammer until it behaves. (Giza: Please hit it with a hammer until it behaves.)
As Chiaroscuro mentioned, we used to not accept American Express for registrations. I added it to our table of accepted card types but forgot that I specifically wrote some code to present a custom error message which is what you saw. My excuse is that the code is about 5 years old.
I just took out that code, so you should be able to purchase a membership using Amex.
Feel free to shoot me a DM if you run into any further problems.
No further problems. Reg went through. I appreciate all the help!
Hmmm... for the past four years i've done supersponser (still got the con badges with the supersponser stickers still attached to em) but $250?
That is a bit pricey for me if you add in the hotel cost, travel cost, and other costs.... last year i paid $100 just for parking! If I can find ways to earn some extra dough (Donating plasma in my local area seems to work well) or find a way to cut down on the standard cost of going (car-pool, etc), then I can do it... until then, might just go sponser.
Whilst we truly do appreciate the generosity of our Sponsors and Supersponsors, please don't feel obligated to go "all-out."
I get the travel cost thing. I fly in from Minnesota and take a taxi to the hotel. That alone will cost me about $600. I take about a year in advance to budget to make sure I've got money to eat and what not.
If you feel comfortable that you can purchase a Supersponsorship, that's great! Many, many thanks to you.
I just want to get a feel for people's thoughts, here.
Any reason for the downvote on the posts?
I've always wanted to be a super sponsor at least one. Always did just plain sponsor. This year I think I'll bump it up since I really want to make sure I get into the westin. I also want it for all the added bonuses. Now I sound selfish... X.x My last anthrocon was 2011.
Supersponsor Memberships aren't selfish. You're giving plentifully to Anthrocon, and helping it continue in grand style! Mind, we want to give you some good perks in return, of course.