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A.O. Rules

General Convention Rules

  1. Convention Staff, Guests, and Attendees may not engage in any activities that are prohibited by law. This includes, but is not limited to: harassment, substance abuse, public intoxication, etc.
  2. Treat the Hotel and Convention Staff with respect.
  3. Convention Staff, Guests, and Attendees may not be in possession of any item defined as a weapon, Illegal or not. (See Weapons Policy for more detail)
  4. Convention Staff and Attendees may not bring any animals onto the convention premises, with the exception of ADA working Animals.
  5. Badges must be worn and visible at all times.
  6. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  7. No sleeping in any Convention area at anytime.
  8. Badges must be purchased in order to be allowed into the Convention space, if you do not have a badge you will be asked to leave until you purchase one.
  9. Do not run in the Convention space.
  10. Be mindful of those around you at all times.

Weapons and Props Policy

  1. All props/weapons must be checked into the safety desk upon entering the convention, or (in the case of a Dealer=92s Room purchase) right after you finish your transaction.
  2. Any and all LIVE Weapons are NOT allowed. This includes individuals who possess a weapons permit, or a concealed weapons permit.
  3. Live Steel is not allowed in Convention Space. This includes blades, blunt, etc.
  4. If Safety decides a prop/weapon is too dangerous you will be asked to return the item to your room/car. If you take this as a mere suggestion, you will be expelled from the convention without refund.
  5. No swinging, play fighting (unarmed included), or throwing of props/weapons will be permitted.

Dance/Rave Policy

  1. No bags larger than a hand bag are allowed. This includes, but is not limited to: Laptop Bags, Backpacks, Duffle Bags, and messenger bags.
  2. The Safety Staff will not watch bags/items for you.
  3. The Safety Staff reserves the right to bar entry.
  4. The Safety Staff may initiate a voluntary bag/pocket check for contraband.
  5. Nothing attached to a string/chain that can be swung will be permitted.
  6. No cosplay props or weapons are allowed into the Dance/Rave area, this includes lightsabers.
  7. No fighting or dance fighting.
  8. If you have a history of seizures, asthma, or heart attack, please avoid the Dance/Rave. The heat and flashing lights may trigger attacks.
  9. Harassment will not be tolerated.

Dealers Area Policy

  1. Keep your hands visible and above the tables. Theft is no small charge, and the dealers WILL press charges.
  2. If the room enters a lock down, please remain calm and slowly make your way to the door.
  3. If Safety Personnel request that you open your bags please be polite and open them.

Events/Lines Policy

  1. To avoid fire hazards, keep lines single file and stay close to the walls.
  2. Please wait your turn in line.
  3. Don't argue with the staff if they attempt to correct you.
  4. Keep in mind that the staff is not yelling at you, they have to speak loudly enough for the entire line to hear which can be difficult at times.
  5. Completely fill in seats, try not to leave empty spaces.
  6. Any event specific rules will be announced at the start of the event, please listen while they are being announced.
  7. ID will be required for any 18+ panels, and recording devices therein will also be prohibited.

Addendum Rules for Cosplay

  1. Cosplayers may wear lyricals in place of shoes.
  2. The Convention reserves the right to deem a costume as unacceptable and request that the wearer make modifications or change entirely.
  3. Weapons must be checked by the Safety Staff. Review Weapons Policy for in-depth information regarding weapons.
  4. Please be mindful of your costumes.


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