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  1. What do the lonely people at ACen do?

    During ACen 2018, I might bring my Nintendo Switch and a couple of multiplayer / party games. They should be entertaining while waiting in lines. That said, my card games are inexpensive and durable. They're also easy to understand, and just about as fun during convention lines...
  2. Countdown Until ACen's Old Enough to Drink!

    32 days until ACen 2018 Friday.
  3. What Are You Currently Playing?

    I've been playing the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest 7 on and off. It improves on the Playstation version in almost every way. This remake makes it less tedious to look for shards in order to advance to the next section. The new translation gives the characters more personality. Visible encounters can be annoying, but I prefer them to invisible enemies. I'm ready to start the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest 8 soon.
  4. What do the lonely people at ACen do?

    I first went to ACen in the mid-2000s, and attended the con alone. The first time that I knew someone who was interested in going was 2014. (I wore a costume for the first time last year. Even though it was simple, I got three or four compliments.) That said, I make efforts to be social. I strive to start conversations. Sometimes they're brief. However, I aim to be polite and welcoming. Since I expect to end up in at least one lengthy line at ACen, I make sure to bring at least one card game. I talk with people in lines, and ask them if they're interested. Maybe this year I'll bring the Slash card game.
  5. My Visual Novel Can't Be This Fun

    I have attended and liked this panel in the recent past. If I have time and energy this year, I might attend it again. I began going to panels at fan conventions about a decade ago. At the time, visual novels were considered a dark corner of English speaking anime-manga fandom. It was a challenge at the time to find a title available in English that had genuine plot and characterization, or a consistent and coherent translation. I recall seeing articles published in well-regarded blogs and magazines that had a cynical attitude about VNs. As of 2016, not everything is wonderful. But there is now a larger variety of localized visual novels for computers, mobile devices, and even some consoles. Indie creators can publish their stories and games on iTunes, Google Play, Steam, and other stores. There has been a slow increase in diversity in art styles, especially for fans who are willing to look into the freeware VN scene.
  6. What Are You Currently Playing?

    I've been enjoying Justice Chronicles on 3DS. It's partly because the game has things I enjoy -- 2D sprite graphics, a low difficulty level, and characters who can be amusing. Sometimes it has thought-provoking story moments.
  7. Where to go at ACen?

    If you have a hotel near ACen, then I recommend bringing food that does not require refrigeration, and that can be prepared safely. Few hotels near the con will have microwaves, so call first to be safe. Also, when you leave your hotel, I recommend bringing at least a small amount of portable and easy-to-eat food. Granola bars and canned tuna / chicken (if you have a clean portable spoon) are decent choices. Over the last few years, food has been sold for reasonable prices inside the Hyatt lobby. From the late morning through early evening hours of Friday and Saturday, you can order some pretty good sandwiches for about $6 or $7 each. Any person can order there, and you do not need to have a hotel room. From what I recall, the Expoteria (inside the con center) and the convenience store in the Hyatt usually have higher prices. If possible, ask the staff first in order to understand how much a menu item will cost. There's a pretty good food court inside the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. Keep in mind that it's a several minute walk away from any con events. Also, the Chicago Fire Oven restaurant (inside the Crowne Plaza hotel) is not especially cheap or convenient, but I have enjoyed going there. Mariano's is a relatively upscale grocery store. The location closest to ACen is located at 1900 S Cumberland Ave, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068. If it helps, the store is just north of the Cumberland stop on the CTA Blue Line.
  8. Parking near the convention center.

    I searched for "Rosemont parking," and found a detailed guide at Parkopedia. It mentions the one which Magishine referred to, which is the MB Financial Park's garage. $13 for twenty four hours. Again, if you're staying at a hotel, that might be a better option. Contact them first. Rosemont Blue Line parking is between $5 and $12. They do not guarantee your car's safety, so do not leave anything valuable in sight! If you leave, you will not be able to reclaim your spot. Be sure to check CTA's site first for details.
  9. Buying a badge on Thursday

    I had to wait in the Thursday pre-registration line a couple years ago. Here's how it went: * I arrived as early as I could, which was about 4:30 PM. * Found a person on staff, and made absolutely sure that I was in the correct line. * Waited outside a while with several hundred people also planning to attend the con. * Tried to be patient as the line slowly moved indoors. It took at least two hours. That said, there have been good and bad years in regards to registration. Sometimes at-con reg is faster, and sometimes it isn't. Just be prepared! I recommend bringing things such as... 1. Weather appropriate clothes 2. An umbrella for shade and/or rain 3. A healthy snack and a water bottle 4. Patience and a good attitude 5. Something to talk about with other attendees 6. Durable portable entertainment -- perhaps a card game that doesn't require much time
  10. Private places to change into costume?

    I do not remember seeing family restrooms in the con center, nearby restaurants, or nearby hotels. That said, you might benefit by calling hotels and restaurants before Friday morning, and asking if they have a publicly accessible family restroom. If one says yes, then make sure that you know where it is, and how long it will be open. If you know people who will stay in a hotel near con events, then politely ask them if you can use their room for a few minutes.
  11. Feeling anxious/sick before ACen? Help!

    Right now I have a nagging headache, possibly due to congestion. I'll make every effort to deal with it before the con starts. The ACen weekend is a busy one. There will be crowds and lines almost everywhere. It can be stressful even if you're not in charge of anything. So be sure to rest, have healthy food, and drink water. Deliberately pace yourself in order to stay well.
  12. Hello Hello Hello

    Welcome! I've found it helpful to become look for groups in places such as... * Meetup.com. You can become a member for free, though if you want to start your own group, you'll need to pay. You can search the site by interest, or just look for activities within a few miles of where you live. * Facebook. * Local libraries and bookstores. * Your place of worship (if applicable). Start by attending one or two groups. Be polite and willing to contribute.
  13. Cosplaying and Public Transports

    Unless the weather is horrible, I'll take a single Pace Bus to ACen on Friday, and two at most on Saturday. My costume is just slightly offbeat. Also, it should not get in the way, since I will not carry a fake weapon, and since it will not have any large or obstructive parts. If you need to take a CTA train or a Chicago bus from late night through early morning, then be careful and travel with at least one other reliable person.
  14. What Are You Currently Playing?

    Ultimate NES Remix has been entertaining, especially during break times. Though it has reminded me that I'm not exactly good at playing about five of the games. I'm about to resume where I left off on Super Mario 3D Land. I like the isometric perspective. I also appreciate how it's easy to move around the world without having camera problems.
  15. Vegan food near convention?

    According to their site, there is one at 190 N Northwest Highway, Park Ridge IL 60068. It's store #698, and it's in an interesting suburban downtown area. Trader Joe's store #705 just opened just north of Woodfield Mall at 1426 E Golf Rd Schaumburg, IL 60173. You can get there by taking Pace Bus 606 from the Rosemont Blue Line station. Signal for the bus to stop at either the signpost next to Bank of America, or the signpost right before the Hooters restaurant.