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Wednesday Before Dragon*Con Cocktail Party
For those of us who want to have a "con" before the Con. Come join us as we celebrate another year of Dragon*Con and the "Quiet Before the Storm" on Wednesday night! Wed 8PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott).
All of us have lots we want to do Thursday night: meet-ups, parties, hang with friends at bars, etc. So come join us while we do them all and get a little taste of everything Thursday at Dragon*Con has to offer! We'll be giving away glow everything after-dark bead necklaces and other stuff! More info and RSVP.
- 6:00PM: Assemble (Pulse Bar, Marriott)
- 6:30PM: Girls of the Con (Pulse Bar, Marriott)
- 7:00PM: Bucket ‘O Rum Meet & Greet (Twenty-Two Storys Bar, Hyatt)
- 8:15ishPM: The Aether Lounge (Atlanta Ballroom, Westin)
- 9:00PM: Con Voluted ABC Party (costume change at 8:45) (Hyatt)
- 9:30PM: Some of us will be breaking away shortly to hit the Contourage Meet n'Greet to get our party passes (Hyatt)
- 10:00PM: Conslut Meet n'Greet to get passes to Friday's party
- 11:00PM: Return to ABC Party and/or storm the Marriott bar and wait for the Warchild concert (Atrium Ballroom, Marriott)
Twisted World and Kitty Kouture Costumes Bash
The sexiest party of the con. Must be 21+ for admission. ID will be checked at the door. No ID, no admission. Thu 6PM, Room TBD (Marriott).
Girls of the Con Meet n' Greet
Come meet some of the past, present, and future GOTC Calendar girls! Look for our banners. Thu 6:30PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott).
Dragon*Con's World Famous Bucket 'O Rum Meet & Greet
Stop by between parties and events for some shenanigans! We'll be taking pictures of revelers enjoying Buckets, aka Voodoo Juice. Hope to see y'all there! Thu 7PM, Twenty-Two Storys Bar (Hyatt).
Thursday Night Bachelorette Party
Valerie Hampton and Scarlet Steward are to be brides. What better time to have a Hen Night/Bachelorette Party than at Dragon*Con? We'll have a sorta British Theme. Lots of favors and prizes, and three fun games. For more info, see our Facebook event page. Thu 8:15PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott).
The Aether Lounge
Have a drink and relax before the revelry of Dragon*Con begins in earnest. Join your fellow fans as we christen what was once just an informal mix and mingle into a ballroom level event featuring DJs from within the Alternate History Track—Emmett Davenport of the Clockwork Cabaret Radio Show and Track Director DJ Doctor Q. Thu 8:30PM, Atlanta Ballroom (Westin).
3rd Annual Con Voluted ABC Party and Dragon*Con Kickoff Party
This party has grown exponentially every year, and this year we've secured one of the largest suites at the Hyatt. From 9-10PM: for VIP's only; from 10PM-midnight: you must be in an "ABC" outfit (Anything But Clothes) for admission; after midnight: open to general admission but ABC outfits will be given priority. Must be 21+ for admission. ID will be checked at the door. No ID, no admission. For more info, see our Facebook event page. Thu 9PM, Room TBD (Hyatt).
Bunny Hutch Dragon*Con Kick-off
It's that time again! Time for tails, laughter, and libations celebrating the most wonderful time of the year—Dragon*Con! Come in your finest Playboy bunny regalia—traditional or with a fun twist—and strut your stuff. The more bunnies, the merrier! Thu 9PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott).
Rock Before the Con with Warchild
Come rock with Warchild before the convention begins in earnest. Fronted by Steven Warchild, Warchild is an Atlanta based rock band with a sound that stays with you and a devoted cult following. Thu 11:30PM, Atrium Ballroom (Marriott).
G+ Hangout In Real Life
A Google+ Hangout in real life event. Fri 5PM, 10th Floor (Marriott) (The area with all the tables).
The Best Night Ever: A My Little Pony Party
Everypony at Dragon*Con is cordially invited to discuss all things My Little Pony and have a sing-along. Attendees are asked to please bring money to chip in for pizza. Also welcome are drinks and other snacks to share. Fri 7PM, Peachtree Center Food Court by Subway and Moe's (moved due to expected inclement weather).
Rock Star Photo Shoot
Hosted by the party group CON*tourage (infamous for their annual Heavy Metal Party), this annual group photo gathering is a great time for all genres of rockers and famous musician costumers to come together for one big Rock Star Photo Shoot! We'll meet in the Pulse Bar for mingling and photos, then near 8:30PM, we'll find an open area/wall for group photos. Groupies and star struck fans welcome, as well as photographers. See Facebook Event for more info. Fri 8PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott).
An Evening at Bree
Join the Tolkien Track for a great Dragon*Con tradition but with new flavor! Back are the incomparable Emerald Rose and the best Middle-earth costumes and contest around. Craig Parker will emcee the competition as we admire and award costumes from Middle-earth. Participants can register Friday at the Tolkien track room (L401-403, Marriott) or at TheOneRing.net fan table located in the Hyatt. Contest registration closes Friday at 7PM. Categories are "book inspired," "movie inspired," "comic," "group," and "children (age 13 and under). Fri 8:30PM, Centennial I (Hyatt).
Apocalypto Disco, Our Last Dance - Charity Ball
News flash: the world is ending...again. This time, it’s the ancient Mayans that have predicted our demise. Since the end is nigh, there's only one thing the members of Dragon*Con can do about it: party! And nothing says the end of the world like...disco. This is a charity event. All donations will benefit Dragon*Con's 2012 charity, The Georgia Chapter of the ALS Association. The Costuming Track will be donating some “Hot Stuff”! Cash bar available. Come boogie down like there's no tomorrow! Fri 10PM, Regency VI-VII (Hyatt).
Shamble the night away with the Apocalypse Rising Track amidst tacky decorations, cast your vote for Zombie King and Queen, and even get that longed-for portrait of a zombie biting your loved one. All that and more at the hottest shamble-fest at Dragon*Con, Zombie Prom! Fri 10PM, Grand Ballroom A-F (Sheraton).
Team Free Will: A Supernatural Photo Shoot
Calling all hunters, demons, angels, and other supernatural beings for our group photo shoot. For more information, please check out our page Team Free Will on Facebook. Fri 11PM, 10th Floor area (Marriott).
Legend of the Seeker/Goodkind Photo Shoot
Join the Seekers, Mord-Siths, Confessors, Sisters of the Dark, and more for a big group photo shoot. Additional events and contest information. Fri 11:30 PM, 10th Floor area (Marriott).
Truth presents Jordu Schell! Meet the mind behind the art for such films and TV shows as Avatar, 300, Hellboy, Babylon 5, and many more! He will be sculpting with wet clay 10AM-12PM at Ballroom Level (Hyatt) and at 1PM-4PM at Horror Track, Embassy Level (Hyatt). Jordu Schell will have two panels: Sat 7PM at Valdosta (Sheraton) and Sun 4PM at Embassy (Hyatt). Come and see him speak about his specialty!
Inviting all furries, fursuiters, nekos, otherkin, fur friendly fans, and Dragon*Con attendees for a meet-up and photo op at the hotel FWA will be at in March. Sat 6PM, Stairs out front on Peachtree St. (Westin).
An Evening at the Winespring Inn
The Wheel of Time Track’s annual party: an evening of music and merriment at everyone's favorite inn! Sat 10PM, Atlanta Ballroom (Westin).
Heroes and Villains Ball
Sponsored by Guild Launch
So last year at the Sheraton on Saturday night, Dragon*Con had a “Gathering of Heroes” party in one room and a “Villains Ball” in another. Since heroes cannot “be heroic” without villains, and villains cannot spout overly dramatic dialog without heroes, the MMORPG Track and the British Sci-Fi Track decided to join forces and throw one big bash. DJ Jennocide will be spinning tunes until the wee hours and we will have photo areas set up if you’d like to show off your favorite heroic (or villainous) costume. Sat 10PM, Grand Ballroom (Sheraton).
Mighty Fine Shindig
Join the Whedonverse Track and guests Pandora Celtica and Marc Gunn to dance the night away on Persephone and planets beyond! Sat 10PM, Peachtree Ballroom A-F (Westin).
The one meal at Dragon*Con you don't want to miss. CON*tourage will be hosting this annual event and have two types of pancakes available: plain and chocolate chip. In addition to being a great time to fill your bellies with sugary carbs, you’ll also be able to mingle with your fellow Dragon*Con 2012 attendees and swap Con stories. Show up anytime after 10AM on Sunday as long as it's before Noon. Please be patient if there's a slight wait on flapjacks. Facebook Event info. Sun 10AM, CON*tourage Suite TBA (Hyatt).
Princess Alethea's Traveling Sideshow
Free swag bags! Goodies! Prizes! Fun for all ages! Join Princess Alethea and her guests Leanna Renee Hieber, Gray Rinehart, and James Maxey for an exciting hour of stories, songs, and zombie haikus. Rubber duckies will be thrown. Come one, come all, and come early—you don't want to miss this! Sun 2:30PM, Edgewood (Hyatt).
Truth presents Jordu Schell! Meet the mind behind the art for such films and TV shows as Avatar, 300, Hellboy, Babylon 5, and many more! He will be having a panel on Sunday 4PM in Embassy (Hyatt).
Once Upon a Time Cosplayers Meetup and Photo Shoot
For cosplay characters from the ABC hit Once Upon a Time or just fans of the show. We will proceed from the Pulse Bar to Hardy Ivy Park for a 6PM photo shoot with a professional photographer. Alternate location in case of rain after meetup is the 5th Floor of the Hilton. Check out the list of costumes and more information on our Once Upon a Time Facebook page. Sun 5:30PM, Pulse Bar (Marriott)
World of Warcraft Trivia Contest/Meet and Greet/Fan Gathering
This year’s World of Warcraft Fan Gathering has something for every WoW fan. Do you enjoy watching your hosts and fellow fans make complete fools of themselves while trying to dance like Draenei? The DC*MMO crew has got you covered. Are you one of the legions of fans who have been asking for a WoW Trivia Contest? We’re doing one of those too! Unfortunately, the one thing we won't have this year is puntable gnomes. The Gnomes formed a union and have been picketing Grim’s house all year long. Sun 7PM, Grand Salon E (Hilton).
The Alternate History Track is proud to bring the Mechanical Masquerade, previously the annual Fall Celebration by the Artifice Club, to Dragon*Con. This fantastic event will feature some of the best and brightest from any time period. Costumes or formalwear with a mask are encouraged, but all are welcome. There will be live music, DJs, and a chance to waltz, swing, tango, and just move your feet to music from the past and the many possible futures that could have been and more! Sun 8:30PM, Peachtree Ballroom (Westin).
The pleasure of your company is requested at the Yule Ball where students of Hogwarts will socialize with their “foreign” guests! There will be well-mannered frivolity. Wear your Hogwarts finest or whatever! Sun 8:30PM, Grand Ballroom (Sheraton).
Pern and Game of Thrones Wedding
Joesph Hand will be marrying Valerie Hampton in the Pern track room. The wedding will have Pern and Game of Thrones themes. Light refreshments will be served, all reserved guests will get favors, and there will be prizes. Groom has requested pictures, so show up in medieval or GoT or Pern costumes and be photographed. Sun 10PM, Vinings (Hyatt).
Baen eBooks Scavenger Hunt
Win a coupon for a free eBook of your choice from baenebooks.com and planetbaen.com. Grand Prize for fastest completion is a signed hardcover and a blow-up poster of John Ringo’s Queen of Wands signed by the author and artist.
Scan the mobi tag in the Planet Baen advertisement from the Dragon*Con program book, or from a postcard, or from a poster at Dragon*Con, and then follow the instructions to sign in and register for the scavenger hunt. You’ll also need to go to planetbaen.com/account/register and register for Planet Baen, the revolutionary online game where you build a world and earn free eBooks. More details on the scavenger hunt (including pictures of the scavenger hunt items) can be found at planetbaen.com.
Good Luck, Scavenger Hunters!
Game of Thrones Meet-Ups and Photo Shoots
In one place, for your convenience:
- Meetup: Friday 4PM, Hyatt International Tower 22nd floor lounge
- Post-parade: Soda and water provided for parade GoT costumers. Saturday Noon, 5th Floor (Hilton)
- After AMSF panel: Saturday 8PM, A704 (Marriott)
- Post-panel photos with backdrops (Stargate Party): The Stargate group is providing GoT themed backdrops from 8:30 to midnight for pictures at the cost of $5-10, which will be donated to Dragon*Con's 2012 charity, the GA Chapter of the ALS Association. Saturday 8:30PM, Plaza Ballroom (W)
- ASOIAF/GoT themed wine and beer tasting: This event is at capacity but look forward to more interesting panels and tastings, etc. for 2013. Saturday 9:30 PM
- Meetup before Noon photo shoot: Sunday 11AM, Hilton Lobby
- Main Photoe Shoot: Sunday Noon, Sheraton Pool Area (if too crowded or too hot, our backup is the 3rd floor landing at the top of the grand staircase outside of the grand ballroom)
- Trivia (AMSF): Sunday 8PM, A704 (Marriott)
- GoT/Pern Wedding: Sunday 10PM, Vinings (Hyatt)
M/M Authors Meet and Greet
Join us for a meet and greet with authors of male/male romance, featuring Shae Connor, Jax Cordoba, Ellen Holiday, Kiernan Kelly, Pearl Love, Nessa Warin, and more! Autographs, free stuff, discounted books, and all the hot men you can shake a sword at! Sat & Sun 1–4PM, 10th Floor (Marriott).
Terry Goodkind Trivia Contest
Come by the Terry Goodkind/Seeker fan table on the Hyatt Exhibit Level to enter a super-geeky contest and win fabulous The First Confessor and Terry Goodkind goodies.
Fan table hours:
- Friday 2:00–7:00PM
- Saturday 10:00AM–7:00PM
- Sunday 10:00AM–7:00PM
- Monday 10:00AM–2:00PM
Additional Goodkind/Seeker meet-ups, including fan panels, on LiveJournal.
"Flavor Monsters" Mobile App Game
Truth presents their "Flavor Monsters" mobile app game on IOS and Android devises! Come visit our booth on the Ballroom level of the Hyatt (to the right at bottom of escalators) to get free Truth tees and your raffle ticket for a chance to win one free "Flavor Monster" vinyl toy.
- Friday 5PM
- Saturday 5PM
- Sunday 5PM
Happy First Dragon*Con, E'dee!
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
—Jaime, Kenny, & Jocelyn
To Ripper and Caypo who just got engaged at Dragon*Con after ten years!
Thanks to X Track Staff
For your amazing work. Beth & Deb, way to run a panel!
Jacob, Happy 12th B-Day!
Hope you enjoy your first Dragon*Con!
—Love, Mom, Dad, & Luha
Happy Birthday A.J. Scudiere
We look forward to many more Dragon*Con adventures with you. We love you!
—Eli & family
To all the Scotties at Dragon*Con this Weekend
Black Ring Mafia represent!
We met at Dragon*Con 22 yrs ago and have been together all these years. Thanks so much for sticking it out and making my life sweeter and so much brighter! You are the very best, and I will always love you.
Happy first D*Con, Hang Marquez!
To my lovely geeks, let's have another EPIC con! Shout out to the Peculiar Pretzelmen!! Miss you guys this year!
Thank you so much Erin and Brandon @balexander for a great time in ATL
Hope D*C 2012 is as awesome as last time!
Have fun at your very first Dragon*Con ever! I know this is a lifetime dream come true for you! Enjoy your weekend of true geekdom and don’t hold back! Be Yourself!
—Love, Tripper and Daddy-R
Happy Birthday Mac McDavid
This will be his first Dragon*Con, a true lifetime dream come true!
—From someone who loves him very much
To All of My Sweet Puppets
Can't wait to spend five fun-filled days with you at Dragon*Con! Cheers to another year of shenanigans, debauchery, and laughter!
Happy 17th Anniversary, Corn Federline!
I love you!
To My Dear Friend Karen Venn
Sorry I can't be with you again this year. So I'll take this opportunity to say "Happy Birthday!"
To JP and the Rest of the D*C Parade Staff
Thank you for making the parade such a great experience. This is our 3rd, and each one just gets better. "Everyone loves a parade"! Keep up the good work.
—Girls of the Con
Bindiya, Shelby, and Angie
I'm so glad we get another chance to do some damage. Let's make year two bigger, better, and shiny! We may just grab Leatrice, too! Happy Dragon*Con, ladies.
They say that love enables you to see the other person so clearly. I am glad that I have been in your sight for the past 9.5 years. Here's to two years of being smug marrieds! Thank you for showing me to the joys of Dragon*Con for the past five years. Here's to many more, especially with our little dragon (I should say snake, since it's the year of the snake but heck, he/she was conceived in the year of the dragon) making its debut next year!
Hey Erin! Welcome to Your First Dragon*Con!
We're very happy to have you join the festivities this year. Have a blast and enjoy! Rock on, Marvel Girl! Achievement Unlocked: Dragon*Con
—William & Jason
To My Knight in Slightly Dented Mandolorian Armor, Ray McCoy
Happy Anniversary! Dragon*Con brought us together, married us, and now is the best anniversary ever! I love you!
To the Colonial Fleet
It's frakkin' Dragon*Con! So drink we all!
Happy 20th Dragon*Con, John Troutman
To many more fun times!
Sarah, Melanie, Erika, Justine, and Gabby
A shout-out to all my nerdy girls at the con this year! I LOVE YOU GUYS!
Married on Thursday morning, then on to our Dragon*Con honeymoon. Geeky perfection! I love you.
Happy 13th Birthday, Elijah!
A Padawan no more, you're now a Jedi! I am so proud of you. Your joy of living, your determination to succeed, and your amazing imagination brings a smile to my heart.
Coming up fast! Can't wait!
It's been six years since I proposed and nearly puked on you 'cause of nerves in my stormtrooper armor in the Hyatt lobby! Love you.
This the first Dragon*Con for Crystle Rain. She is Sweet 16!
Lost & Found
[All 2012 Lost/Found items from the convention have now been taken to the Dragon*Con office. Email the office at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 770-909-0115 (M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST).]
Lost Lumix Camera
Silver Lumix lost in Marriott bathroom by skywalk. Sat it down next to sink, walked out, walked right back in and it was gone! Was a bday present and CANNOT afford to replace it! Email: email@example.com
Lost: Copy of The Graphic Canon book
It is a collection of excerpts from literary classics done in graphic novel form. If anyone finds it, please call 404-320-1957. Thanks, James Silver
Lost: iPod Touch 4g
Taken from bathroom beside Centennial ballroom right after Masquerade Ball. Aqua case with cherry sticker and mirror on screen. Email: Loodena@yahoo.com
Lost: Blue Verizon Droid Razr Cell Phone
With blue cover. Misplaced sometime Sunday night/Monday morning in the Sheraton or possibly Marriott hotel. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Found: Signed Zombie Nation posters
Found Tuesday morning on the Westin lobby couches - rolled up in plastic sleeve; signed Zombie Nation posters. Turned in to front desk. (Also check Dragon*Con office).
I lost my daughter's 4-day badge yesterday under the name of Amanda Boehlke. This is really important to her. Email: email@example.com
Lost Olympus XZ HD camera
On Friday evening, while sitting on the steps next to the Walk of Fame. Accidentally left camera. Means more to me than just a simple object. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lost: Green Kelty Backpack
Sunday Night/Monday morning. Also lost a Droid X smartphone. If anyone knows where they are please call 704-650-2090.
Lost: Robot Battles Arena Camera
Left in the Hyatt International South after Micro Battles on Saturday. Clear green Rubbermaid tub full of cables, and a GoPro camera in a custom built robot arm. Reward for return. 404-668-7376
Lost: Georgia Aquarium Volunteer Annual Pass and Access Card [Update: FOUND!]
In clear plastic sleeve on a blue 2011 Dragon*Con Staff lanyard. Annual pass has a photo of me on it as well as my name. Sleeve also contains a wallet-sized photo of me (wearing a blue shirt) holding my then 8-month old son (smiling showing off his two bottom teeth). Disappeared somewhere between Valet and 5th floor hotel room in International Tower of the Hyatt. Super-important.
At Dub Your Own Hentai Sunday AM at Hyatt around 1AM, Pictures from con & ebay - REWARD & GOOD KARMA for its return! Email: email@example.com
Lost Silver Canon Power Shoot Camera
Sunday AM Marriott or Hyatt women's bathroom. Pictures from convention and golf tournament. Reward. Email: Jesmburns@gmail.com
Lost iPhone 4
In black otter case with belt clip. Taken from the Whedonverse Costume Contest room on Sunday, Sept 2nd, in the Westin. It was next to a bottle of water which was not stolen. If found, or if you took it, please turn into con security and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org / 702-308-8228. The phone has been locked and wiped. Thanks!
On Sunday, Samsung Galaxy S2 in a black case with grey rubber sides and a pop-out kickstand. Please call 678-725-3325 or email email@example.com if found! Possibly left in Marriott or Hyatt, semi-possibly in a women's bathroom or at the Mall food court.
Lost Dark purple HTC Phone
Probably lost on Saturday in the food court. If found call 251-978-2825. Reward!
Lost Cell Phone and Digital Camera
Black LG Android Phone and Samsung ST66 Red/Silver camera. Lost Friday night in Marriott in either the bathroom or in the dance/rave area during DJ Spider. If found please email firstname.lastname@example.org REWARD
Lost iPod Touch
With black translucent case. Avengers and Princess Belle sticker on back. Lockscreen picture is Thor. If found, call: 727-686-0967
Lost Kindle [Update: FOUND!]
Lost Friday afternoon. The last time seen was in the Guild Q&A at the Sheraton. May have been left in the Peachtree Center or Hyatt. It has a green, leather case with a celtic design on the cover.
Kodak Easyshare digital camera, lost at late-night dance party Friday night/Saturday morning with DJ Spider. Reward! Email Brandy: email@example.com
Pink Olympus in faux leather pouch. Lost at the Hilton Saturday (9/1) around noon. Email Barbie Byrd firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 828-407-7216.
Lost: 4-day Badge
Terry Williams (TJ Will). Lost Friday night at Marriott, near Pulse. 972-977-2804
Lost: Harry Potter wand
Friday at around 10PM between Mama Ninfa's Mexican restaurant on Peachtree St NE and walk back to Convention. Wand is about a foot long and is an official Harry Potter Hermione Granger wand from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, grayish with leaves and vines trailing around it. Email Celestine Woodruff
[If you've lost or found something at the convention, stop by Dragon*Con Security in Room L404 (Lobby Level, Marriott). If that doesn't bring about a successful reunion, email the Daily Dragon and we'll announce it. And be sure to check out these helpful Lost & Found Hints and Tips from D*C Security.]