Anthrocon 2016 Dance Competition Rules, FAQ, and Signups

With another Anthrocon comes another exciting edition of one of the most exciting events of the convention - the Fursuit Dance Competition!

Join Anthrocon and all the amazingly talented dancers as they take to the stage for the 7th edition of Anthrocon's Fursuit Dance Competition. With new and familiar faces alike looking to show their tail-shaking skills and make the crowds of Anthrocon cheer, we can't wait to see the amount of talent that this year brings. 

Interested in joining the Dance Competition? Click this link to view the full Dance Competition rules!

Want to sign-up online for the Dance Competition as a SOLO PERFORMER? Click here!

Want to sign-up online for the Dance Competition as a GROUP PERFORMANCE? Click here!

FAQ:

Can I sign-up at the panel? Yes, but sign-up for the preliminaries on Friday evening will only take place 30 minutes prior to the scheduled panel start time to the time that the panel starts. Once the scheduled start time begins, sign-ups will be closed.

How long can I sign-up online? Through the links above, or found within the Anthrocon 2016 Fursuit Dance Competition rules (also found above). 

I'm a minor - can I still sign up? Yes! Our event welcomes all competitors aged 13 and older.

Are props allowed? Yes, but there are certain limitations. See the "Restrictions" in our Rules.

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When Does Hotel Booking Close?

The last day to book hotel rooms for Anthrocon 2016 will be June 5th, 2016. The last day to make any name changes or date modifications to existing reservations through the PassKey system will be June 15th, 2016.

After booking closes, any hotel rooms will have to be booked directly with our partner hotels.

Any questions? Feel free to send us a note or let us know in the comments!

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Panel submissions cut off date is soon

Hello everyone!

 

This is a reminder that if you are wanting to host a panel at Anthrocon 2016, you need to submit a panel request prior to our cutoff date of April 21.

As that date is fast approaching, we would encourage you to contact the programming department as soon as possible if you are wanting to host a panel or event at the 20th Anthrocon!  You can use the suggest a panel link in our website menu, or you can email the programming department at  programming (at) anthrocon (dot) org with questions or information.

 

Thanks everyone and we look forward to seeing you at Anthrocon 2016!

 

KP

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[Open Call] Video Game Tournament Hosts for 2016

Hi all, 

It's that time of year again! We have some of the old classics and some new offerings so far, but there's still plenty of space in the schedule for some more fun in the video Game Room. If you'd like to run a tournament in the video game room, drop me a line and we'll get the ball rolling. The deadline for submissions this year is 4/21, so the earlier I hear from you the better! So far, and in no particular order we have: Mario Kart 8, Smash Bros Melee, Mario Maker, Smash Bros WiiU, Stepmania and Pokemon X/Y. We'll also be featuring Rock Band 4 in the music corner and a choice of various DDR and Stepmania games in the pads corner. Keep your eyes peeled for Jousting, too!

We also always need you awesomely generous furs to bring some of your gear to help us have more diversity in the Video Game Room. Smaller CRTs or other screens with VGA inputs and any kind of party/fighter style games that you think people would like to play together are always welcome. Setup and drop off hours will liekly be our usual Thursday 4p-7p and Friday from 10a-12p or any time we're open. 

As always, open gaming runs from Noon-1a Friday, 10a-1a Saturday and 10a-4p Sunday. See you all there!

'Kiric

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Anthrocon 2016 Seeking Conbook Submissions!

Attention artists and writers! ANTHROCON 2016 is currently seeking submissions of artwork, stories, photography, poetry, and articles for its conbook!  

The conbook is available to all Anthrocon attendees and is a great way for artists and writers to show off their talents. To make contributing to the conbook easier, a file-uploading site is available. 

Anthrocon asks for non-exclusive print rights for submitted works. The artist or author may publish the submitted work in any other fashion; previously, at the same time, and after. 

While we welcome any submissions of most any nature, please be aware that priority may be given to those works that complements the theme of the convention, "ROARING TWENTY." All submissions should be in the 'G' to 'PG-13' rating.

Deadline for submissions is MAY 1, 2016.

For complete information and details, visit http://www.anthrocon.org/conbook

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Fandom Track Panel Call

Hey there!

Preparations for Anthrocon 2016 are already in full swing, but we've still got some programming space left!  Fandom Track is looking for YOUR ideas for interest group panels, species panels, geographic meetup panels...whatever you think might work, we can certainly see about making it real!

If you have an idea for a panel, please feel free to suggest them at https://www.anthrocon.org/suggest-a-panel and I'll get back to you within about a week.

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed!

As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people through exhibits, educational programs, and their many conservation projects. While cash donations made at the convention are great, the plurality of funds are raised via donations of artwork and merchandise to our Charity Auction and Raffle. We're looking for popular items and unique craftwork that will make people say, "I want that!"

While we must distribute items between the Raffle and Auction based on available space, time, and perceived and past value, here are some examples of donations that went big in past years...

Great examples from prior raffles: Crafts based on hot trends ("Toothless" Build-A-Bear plus - $381); Popular media (Sherlock Hound DVD set - $147); Art bought at prior convention art shows ("Wrath" art by Terrie Smith - $83); Giant, brand new plush of popular animals or characters (Border collie plush - $129); Merchandise based on popular fiction (Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver - $158)

Great examples from prior auctions: Fursuit costumes and commissions (Griffon fursuit head - $460); Rare convention memorabilia (Full set of all AC t-shirts since 1997 - $200); Professional sculpture (Softsculp poseable gryphon - $350); Unique opportunities (A speaking part in audio version of Diane Duane's "The Last Meow" - $500); Dorsai fursuit tags (Tag #1000 - $1600)

If you have an item you believe would be appropriate and would like to donate, please contact charity(at)anthrocon.org!

Helpful links:

Charity Auction/Raffle FAQ - anthrocon.org/charity

Charity Auction/Raffle Rules - anthrocon.org/rules-charity

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Announcing Tracy Butler as an Anthrocon 2016 Guest of Honor!

Originally from Massachusetts, illustrator and graphic designer Tracy Butler found herself living in a century-old house in St. Louis. Its history fascinated her, and as she delved into the stories that the old house had to tell, the world of Lackadaisy Cats began to grow in her imagination. Since 2006 she has been telling - and drawing - riveting tales of felines living and working (not always honestly) in the USA in the era of Prohibition. Her characters are masterfully developed: strong yet vulnerable, always endearing but sometimes downright scary. We hope that she will feel very much at home as Anthrocon itself takes a step back in time to celebrate "The Roaring Twenty."

Please join us in welcome Tracy Butler to Anthrocon 2016!

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Anthrocon 2016 Hotel Opening Wrapup

As expected, there was a big rush for the hotels at 11 AM, and the Courtyard sold out immediately with the Westin following just minutes later. As of this writing, The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is full on Sunday night (but we're working on adding rooms), and the Hampton Inn is almost full. All other hotels are open.

If you successfully reserved a hotel room, we'd appreciate it if you took 2 minutes to fill out our Anthrocon 2016 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey. I will read each response that is submitted.

If you didn't get the arrival or departure date you wanted, Don't Panic. Please email housing@visitpittsburgh.com and ask for assistance. They are working with our partner hotels to add more rooms on arrival and departure days.

Things are presently calming down, so feel free to hit us with any questions you might have.

-- Giza

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What Happens When Anthrocon 2016 Hotels Open on Tuesday?


"Say.. that's a nice webserver you have there..."

Hi everyone, this is your friendly webmaster leopard here!

I'm sure there are lots of questions about what will happen when hotels open on Tuesday morning, and I'd like to cover some of them in this post.

10 AM EST, Tuesday

Around this time, I will place the website into read-only mode. Any attempt to load a page from our website will instead show our hotel countdown page. The purpose behind the countdown page is to keep the website from falling over under the insane crush of traffic which is expected to hit at 11 AM. This level of traffic is greater than even during the convention itself.

11 AM EST, Tuesday

The hotel page goes live.

This is an automated process handled by PHP code on the server side and requires no manual intervention on my part. This is important because with thousands of inbound connections, my SSH connection may not be very responsive. Smiling In theory, this means everyone should be able to visit the website with no issues. In practice, a huge spike in traffic may make the site unresponsive for a few seconds.

That is why, instead of posting the hotel reservation link on only this website, we are also posting it on our major social media channels also at 11 AM EST on Tuesday:

I would strongly recommend bookmarking these links now, and checking them on Tuesday morning as an alternative to this website.

11:05 AM EST, Tuesday

If you plan on staying in The Westin, Doubles sell out within a few minutes, and all other rooms sell out of the Westin within the first 30 minutes of hotels opening.

If you plan on staying in The Courtyard, there are very few rooms available there, and they are in high demand; thus, they can be expected to sell out almost immediately. We must apologize in advance for this, but there is very little that we can do about it. The Courtyard has been extremely gracious with us and has allocated as many rooms to us as they are allowed to under their corporate policies. Having learned from previous years, we limited the number of rooms available to Supersponsors for their advance reservations, so we can assure you that there are as many rooms available at the Courtyard as is practical for us.

In short, if you do not see your preferred hotel listed, it means that it has probably sold out. The first thing you should do is try shortening your stay. Sometimes the hotels will sell out on the earlier or later days, but still have plenty of rooms available for the peak nights. If you shorten your stay to just Friday and Saturday, the hotel may re-appear. Book your room, then, and contact housing(at)visitpittsburgh.com to see about extending your stay afterward.

If you experience any issues or have questions or concerns about your reservation, please contact VisitPittsburgh Housing Services at housing(at)visitpittsburgh.com. Do not contact Anthrocon! This system is operated entirely by a third party and we have no access to it, and we will be able unable to help.

11:30 AM EST, Tuesday

Things usually calm down within 30 minutes. When that happens, I'll restore the regular version of the website and things will be back to normal here.

Now that I got a room, what do I do with it?

First, please visit our Anthrocon 2016 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey and let us know your thoughts on the reservation experience.

Next, make travel plans!

Finally, if you need roommates, we have room share forums for that.

You got questions? We got answers!

If this post didn't cover any outstanding questions, please let us know in the comments below or via email!

Best of luck to everyone on Tuesday, I hope you get the hotel room you want!

-- Giza

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