Security Questions

The Dorsai Irregulars Beret
  • How is security handled at Anthrocon?
  • How do I volunteer for security?
  • What does "Dorsai" mean?
  • How do I join the Dorsai Irregulars?
  • Can I carry a fake weapon at the con?
  • A (former boyfriend, disgruntled employee, Al Qaida terrorist, etc.) has threatened me. Can you keep him/her out of the convention?
  • How is security handled at Anthrocon?
  • Security is provided by the Dorsai Irregulars, a team of volunteers who collectively have more than thirty years of experience in providing security to conventions such as ours.

  • How do I volunteer for security?
  • Security at the con is a full-time job, and as such we are allowing the Dorsai to operate as full staff members. They will take care of maintaining order for us; however, there are still volunteer positions such as guarding doors to the art show, etc., that we could use help with. Check in with the Con Ops at the convention to find out what is needed. You may also want to check our volunteer page.

  • What does "Dorsai" mean?
  • This question is answered by the DI's own John Hall:

    The Dorsai is the name of a planet, and of the people and culture that lives on that planet. They were created by science fiction author Gordon R. Dickson. Colonists on a resource-poor planet, they survived by becoming super-competent warriors and hiring themselves out to other societies. There are a good dozen Dorsai books (more properly known as "The Childe Cycle"). "Dorsai", "The Tactics of Mistake", "Soldier, Ask Not", and "Lost Dorsai" are the best to start with.

    We, however, are the Dorsai Irregulars. Our story is that in every society there are misfits, and the Dorsai world is no exception. We're the guys who don't like getting up at dawn to drill and march in straight lines. We live in a swamp in a remote area of the planet. We like to sleep 'til noon, and win battles by stealth and trickery. The "regular" Dorsai soldiers think we're a disgrace, but grudgingly admit that we're effective. We often get the weirder off-plant contracts, like riding herd on 2500 furries for a weekend.

    The fact of the matter is that our founder, Robert Asprin, was a big fan of Dickson's work, and thought that "Dorsai Irregulars" was a good name for the security and operations group he was putting together.

  • How do I join the Dorsai Irregulars?
  • Membership to the Dorsai Irregulars is by invitation only. The membership selection process is somewhat complicated, but an attempt to explain it is over in this forum post.

  • Can I carry a fake weapon at the con?
  • To avoid alarming anyone and to avoid any unnecessary injuries, we have a strict policy regarding weapons. No real weapons, nor anything that can easily be mistaken for a weapon at a distance, can be carried at Anthrocon. In other words, if it looks like a weapon capable of harming someone, we don't want you carrying it. A bright yellow Mattel Ghostbusters Lazerblaster is obviously not a weapon, so it can be carried; a realistic replica of a Colt Model 1911 may not. The last thing we need is to have a frantic police report from a passerby that there's someone with a gun at the convention center. If you are uncertain about your costume prop, please contact security. 

  • A (former boyfriend, disgruntled employee, Al Qaida terrorist, etc.) has threatened me. Can you keep him/her out of the convention?
  • The safety and comfort of our members is of paramount importance to us; however, we have only limited options. The issue is covered in the appropriate section of our Standards of Conduct:

    Anthrocon is not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individual members prior to the convention. We can not pre-emptively bar a person from attending solely because another attendee does not want that person to be there. In general, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the convention unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the convention itself or if another individual can produce a legal restraining order.

    Of course, the safety and comfort of our attendees is of the utmost concern to us. If someone harasses you in any way, you need only tell the person, "Stay away from me." If the person does not comply with that singular request, you may report the person to any of our Security personnel, or to any staff member. It is important that any complaints of harassment be brought to our attention immediately. There is little we can do if a report is brought to us months, or even years after the fact.

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