Your First Convention

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve decided to make Furry Takeover your first convention. You’re in for an exciting and wonderful weekend, full of fun-filled activities and memories to last a lifetime. We all remember our first con, and soon you will too! However, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive or even afraid.

At Furry Takeover, we are dedicated to Southern Hospitality – this con is all about you!

Getting Over The Worries:

One of the best reasons to go to conventions is to “get out from behind the computer” and meet the people behind the names. This is your chance to get to meet, in person, the people you’ve chatted with for years or even a few minutes. The thing to remember, when you walk in the front door of the hotel, is that all these people at the hotel with you – they share the same interest in anthropomorphics as you do.

Packing For The Con:

One of the most common questions new attendees think about is what they should pack for the convention. Of course, you should be sure you have enough clean clothes for each day plus an extra in case you get stranded, and plenty of toiletries to last you through the weekend.

At The Con:

From the moment you step into the hotel, you will probably feel a little overloaded. Relax!

The first thing is get checked into your room/cabin. Following check-in at the resort, please go get registered. If you have pre-registered, you can pick up your badge at registration. If you didn’t pre-register, you can also get registered on site for the convention and have a badge printed on the spot. 

There are two golden rules to surviving and having fun at a convention:

  • The “6-2-1” Rule: Get six good hours of sleep each night, eat two good meals each day, and take one good shower each morning.
  • Drink Lots of Water!

The most important thing, though, is to have fun! Go out of your way to talk to others. Attend events you hadn’t planned on attending. Patronize the artists set up in the Dealers Den.

Stay Healthy:

We can’t stress enough the importance of getting enough sleep, eating good meals and drinking lots of water. Failure to do these things will weaken your immune system, leaving you susceptible to illnesses.

We also recommend that you take vitamin C tablets. These will help to boost your immune system to help fight off the various germs you can come into contact with over the weekend. 

Furry Takeover has attendees from all over and each could potentially be bringing a cough or cold unique to their area. Vitamin C will help protect you from becoming infected with these illnesses, often simply called “con crud”.

Staying Safe:

While the chances of something happening to you are exceedingly remote, it is always best to play it safe, especially when in a strange place.

If you drive to the con, take all the valuables out of your car into the hotel/cabin with you. If you don’t want to bring them in with you, put them in the trunk so that they are out of sight.

If you have any problems while at the convention, find the nearest staffer! They can get you in contact with the right people to help you resolve the situation.

Party Safely:

We’re not dumb – we know a lot of partying goes on at the convention. We just ask that our attendees play it safe when it comes to alcohol. 

Don’t drink excessively, don’t drink and drive, and be safe while partying. Any party with alcohol should have at least one responsible person checking the IDs of attendees to be sure that alcohol does not find its way into the “paws” of minors.

Remember, alcohol is prohibited on the convention floor. If you are found with alcohol in convention space, you will be asked to leave. Please act responsibly. 

Fursuiter Etiquette for Non-Fursuiters:

There’s no need to feel uncomfortable around all the big costume animal characters, known as fursuiters, who will be wandering around the convention. Feel free to go up to them and say “Hi”, and you might even want to get a hug and a picture with them.

Of course, if you are a fursuiter, then please check out the Fursuiting Section of our website for complete information on all the amenities and activities that we’ll have waiting for you.

Treat The Staff Well:

Furry Takeover is an all-volunteer effort. No staff member, from the CEO down, earns any income from the convention and in fact many spend their own money to be there working during the weekend. Be nice to them, and they will return the favor! Have a sense of humor during the weekend!

Treat the hotel, restaurant, and con staff well. Try also to keep your room reasonably clean – the housekeeping staff will love you!

Giving Feedback:

Furry Takeover values and appreciates the feedback of our attendees. Look at the ‘contact us’ page to see where your comment might best go. There is also a year-end survey that will be e-mailed to all attendees.

Have questions?

Take a look over at the F&Q and Policies pages. 

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