Need Help? Last Stop Before Anthrocon!

In just a few days, many of our staff will be on their way to Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, PA!  That means we won't be able to answer emails like we could during any other time of the year.  Instead, we've put together some resources you might find helpful while on the road or at the convention

Need help during the convention? 

Here is how to get in touch with us:

  • Visit Operations in Room 309 in the DLCC

  • Visit Security in the Crawford Room in the Westin or Room 312 in the DLCC.

  • Call the Anthrocon Operations Hotline at 832-FUR-OPS-1 (832-387-6771) Hours are:

    • Thursday: 10 AM to 10 PM

    • Friday: 9 AM to 10 PM

    • Saturday: 9 AM to 10 PM

    • Sunday: 9 AM to 5 PM

  • DM @Anthrocon or @AnthroconHelp on Twitter

After the convention, please consider sharing your photos on either:

Finally, we like to hear how we're doing, what you liked, and how we can do better.  Please consider taking our post-con survey after the convention.

Journalists/Members of the Press

Looking for photos?  Check out our Fursuit Group Photo.  Please credit the photo to "Andy Oxenreider of Dragonscales".  We also have thousands of photos from past Anthrocon conventions in our Flickr group.  Please credit those photos to their individual authors.

See you in Pittsburgh,

The Anthrocon Staff

 

 

 

 

Anthrocon 2018 Fursuit Badges, Photo, and Guidelines

Are you interested in a Fursuit Badge, being in the Group Photo, the Annual Anthrocon Fursuit Parade, or in a Meet-And-Greet after the convention?

Please find below a copy of the fursuit parade map, as well as a copy of the guidelines for each event.

Fursuit Badges will be handed out in the following locations/times:

  • In front of DLCC 309:

    • Friday: 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM to 6 PM

    • Saturday: 10 AM to Noon, 3:30 to 5 PM

    • Sunday: Noon to 5 PM

  • Overflow location: Con Store: During Normal Open Hours (While supplies last)

  • Overflow location: Programming (Crawford West in Westin): When the office door is open (While supplies last)

Anthrocon 2018 Shuttle Schedules and Routes

This year, we will be running two separate shuttles, each with its own route.

The Red Route will cover the following hotels: Wyndham, Renaissance, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and the DLCC.

The Blue Route will cover the following hotels, Omni, Marriott, Doubletree, Drury, and the DLCC.

We recommend saving copies of the map and schedule below to your phone:

Hotel Room Reservations Close on June 12th!

Need a hotel room for Anthrocon?  All double rooms are sold out except for Marriott and Wyndham Grand.  Room blocks close on June 12th, reserve your hotel room now! 

Head on over to our hotel page to get started!

Just as we did last year, we will also have a shuttle service running between overflow hotels and the DLCC this year every half hour.  Schedules will be finalized and posted closer to the con.

 

Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed For 2018 Fundraising!

As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is South Hills Pet Rescue. 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!"

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); Gift cards (Amazon $100 gift card - $305).

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); Contemporary culture ("Zootropolis" movie poster - $300).

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

Helpful links:

* Donations are distributed between the Raffle and Auction based on available space, time, and perceived and past value.

Anthrocon 2018 Fursuit-Friendly Cruises

Anthrocon 2018 Fursuit-Friendly Cruises

In conjunction with the Gateway Clipper Fleet, Anthrocon is once again offering two Fursuit-Friendly Cruises.

  • An Afternoon cruise will be offered on Thursday, July 5th.
  • A Sunset cruise will be offered on Friday, Jul 6th.
  • Boarding will take place at the Convention Center Riverfront Plaza.
  •  Ticket prices will be $19.99 each and space will be limited.
  • A complimentary bottle of water will be offered to all passengers and long straws will be supplied for use by fursuiters.
  • The boats have both open decks and closed air conditioned decks so the cruises will be sailing rain or shine.
  • You do not need a con badge to board the cruise. However, you will need your cruise tickets for boarding, whether it be in hard copy or electronic format.

Thursday, July 5th Afternoon Fursuit-Friendly Cruise

  • Sailing on the Gateway Clipper Fleet Duchess
  • Boarding begins at 2:30 PM EDT Thursday July 5th
  • Ship sails at 3:00 PM EDT
  •  Returns to the dock at 4:00 PM EDT
  • Capacity: 175

Friday, July 6th Sunset Fursuit-Friendly Cruise

  • The Friday Sunset Cruise is currently sold out.  Tickets will be made available if there are any cancellations.
  • Sailing on the Gateway Clipper Fleet Duchess
  • Boarding begins at 7:30 PM EDT Friday July 6th
  • Ship sails at 8:00 PM EDT
  •  Sunset at 8:54 PM EDT
  • Returns to the dock at 9:00 PM EDT
  • Capacity: 175

The sunset cruise will be sailing past PNC Park during the Pirates game.  Perhaps we can get noticed and put up on the Jumbotron!!!

Don't wait, click here to buy your tickets today!

Fursuit-Friendly Cruise Refund Policy

  • The deadline to request a refund for the Fursuit-Friendly cruise is June 17th, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT. Refund requests after this time will not be granted.
  • The cruises will set sail rain or shine. If conditions on the river itself prevent a safe departure and the cruise is cancelled, refunds will be issued for that cruise.
  • Refunds will not be issued if you miss the boarding time for your cruise.
  •  Refund requests must made by email to refunds@anthrocon.org.  We need your LEGAL NAME, EMAIL USED FOR PURCHASE, CRUISE THAT TICKETS WERE PURCHASED FOR and NUMBER OF TICKETS PURCHASED to properly identify you for a refund. We cannot accept refund requests made by PM on the website, by Twitter, by Facebook/G+ posts, or other methods.
  • Refunds must be approved/requested by the person who purchased the tickets.

 

Introducing our Second Guest of Honor: Ursula Vernon

Our next Guest of Honor is a two-time Hugo Award Winner, and a Nebula Award Winner: Ursula Vernon!  Her credits improve Mythopoeic Award (2013) winning webcomic Digger and her book series “Dragonbreath” which won the Sequoyah Book Award for Children’s Literature. Her short story “Jackalope Wives” won the Nebula Award for Best Short Story,

You can read more about her on our Guest of Honor page.

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What to Expect When Hotels Open

On Friday, February 2nd, 2018 general hotel reservations will open at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time (GMT -0500).  If we were to post the link on this website at 11 AM, the website would quickly become overwhelmed with all the requests.  So instead, we will once again post the link on our various social media channels.

Shortly after 11 AM (as shown by the service at https://time.is/), the link to reserve hotel rooms will be posted in the following social media channels, in order:

...in the event that one service is down or otherwise unreachable, we will move onto the next service.   The first 3 services (Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus) do not require accounts on those services to view--the page may simply be loaded (and refreshed) in your web browser.

As room types and hotels sell out, we will post updates to our Twitter feed.

After about an hour or two, once things have calmed down, we will then update our hotel page with details on each hotel's remaining inventory.

Tips For Booking A Room

  •  From VisitPittsburgh Housing Services:  "If you know the legal names of your roommates when you make your booking, of course you can enter them, and if you have your roommates’ email addresses, enter them in the email field and your roommates will receive a copy of the reservation acknowledgment. If you do not know the true names of your roommates at the time of booking, please do not add fake names or generic names such as Guest #2, Guest #3.  Instead, leave those names blank and then reach out to Visit Pittsburgh as described in the next step...
  • If you need assistance after your reservation is made or need to add/change guests, please email housing(at)visitpittsburgh.com for assistance.  Replies may be delayed for a day or two after reservations open due to volume.
  • From PassKey: "We recommend that you only have one browser window open. Using multiple browsers/multiple windows at the same time may cause problems."
  • While we will try to post updates when a particular hotel sells out, your best bet is the PassKey website itself.  If a hotel is not listed, then it is very likely not available.

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

First, please visit our Anthrocon 2018 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey and let us know your thoughts on the reservation experience.

Next, make travel plans!

Finally, if you need roommates, you could ask on our Facebook Room Share Group or perhaps on #roomshare on our Discord server.

 

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Announcing Our 2018 Charity: South Hills Pet Rescue

Anthrocon is pleased to announce that South Hills Pet Rescue will be our beneficiary for 2018's charity efforts. The following is a summary from South Hills Pet Rescue that summarizes their mission and efforts:

Nick Ferraro ran South Hills Pet Resort, a boarding and training facility, and purchased it in 2012. Ashley Rittle was having a hard time with her dog, and called Nick to request his training services. Little did they know the adventure ahead; they were married in June 2013, and that August, they were asked to help a local animal rescue that had been overwhelmed with dogs pulled from high-kill shelters set to be euthanized for behavioral issues. They agreed to take 13 dogs, but 62 dogs were dropped off at their door filling all of the Resort’s boarding kennels. Nick and Ashley cared for all 62 of these dogs in need, rehabilitating them before finding each dog a forever home. Ashley will tell you this is the moment they knew what they had to do. The plan was to dedicate ten of the Resort’s boarding kennels to dog rescue, but as we all know, plans often change.

Today, South Hills Pet Rescue (SHPR), an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, houses an average of 50 rescue dogs at all times. Apart from three part-time staff members who care for the dogs onsite, SHPR is run by volunteers. Your support of SHPR directly helps dogs in need!

South Hills Pet Rescue will be at the Charity Auction and will have a table in the Dealers' Room where you can meet them and peruse information about their organization.

More information about South Hills Pet Rescue can be found at their website, southhillspetrescue.org.  If you have any questions regarding South Hills Pet Rescue, they can be reached at shpr88(at)yahoo.com.