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BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted

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Monday, January 23rd, 2012 9:52PM CST

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BotCon has posted a preliminary schedule of this year's events. The contest guidelines are also available by clicking here.


BOTCON SCHEDULE:

Please note that this is all preliminary and times and events are subject to change.
This is also not inclusive of all activities.
Wednesday, April 25th:

Dallas Tour 7:45am-4:30pm
Golden Ticket Pick-up 8:30pm
Early Reg Pick-up (class/tours) 9:00pm
Transformers Customizing Classes 9am-5pm

Thursday, April 26th:

Fort Worth Tour 7am-4:30pm
Transformers Customizing Classes 9am-5pm
Golden Ticket Pick-up 4pm-5pm
Golden Ticket Store Entry 5pm
Registration Pick-up & Club Store open 6pm-10pm
Exhibitor Drop-Off 8:00pm-9:30pm

Friday, April 27th:

Late Reg. Pick-up 9:30am
Dealer Setup 7:30am-2pm
Contest Setup 9:30am-Noon
Contest Judging Noon
Club Store Opens for Exhibitors only 8:30am-9:30pm
Club Store Opens-Reg. Guests 9:30am-11am
Private Sales Room Experience 2pm-5pm

Saturday, April 28th:

Early Entry-Registered Guests 8:30am-5pm
Early Bird Entry 9:00am
General Admission 10:00am-5pm

Sunday, April 29th:

Dealer Entry 9:00am
Registered Guest and General Admission 9:30am-3:30pm
Credit(s): BotCon
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Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337606)
Posted by Ronynus Prime on January 24th, 2012 @ 12:07am CST
I'll be entering both a custom Shattered Glass Bumblebee figure, and artwork depicting him. >:oP
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337630)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 3:46am CST
I'm liking the times for the Golden Ticket stuff. This will be awesome to get ahead on these for Seibertron.com this year. Thank you BotCon for offering this!
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337684)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 24th, 2012 @ 10:50am CST
Boy, when they say "preliminary," they sure do mean it. Bare bones with no panel times.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337818)
Posted by LiKwid on January 24th, 2012 @ 3:48pm CST
Sooo I guess that other block of rooms they were gonna open up..Never did... #-o
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337837)
Posted by Delicon on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:33pm CST
LiKwid wrote:Sooo I guess that other block of rooms they were gonna open up..Never did... #-o


There's 4 things you can do. 1) E-mail the club. 2) Check for other hotels within a mile or so. 3) Keep checking the Hyatt Regency for vacancies, if they have any cancellations you might get lucky. I missed the initial block but kept checking and eventually got in. 4) See if anyone wants a roomie. If you go for option #4, post something on the club forum if you are a member there because you are more likely to get responses.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337842)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:37pm CST
I might be game for a roomate or two of people that I have already met and know. Haven't decided yet. I've got a room reserved.

Speaking of which, did anyone get a charge on their credit card for their room reservation?
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337846)
Posted by Delicon on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:39pm CST
Seibertron wrote:I might be game for a roomate or two of people that I have already met and know. Haven't decided yet. I've got a room reserved.

Speaking of which, did anyone get a charge on their credit card for their room reservation?


My card was in fact charged for the first night, but only maybe a week or so ago (well after they said it would be)
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337850)
Posted by LiKwid on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:46pm CST
Seibertron wrote:I might be game for a roomate or two of people that I have already met and know. Haven't decided yet. I've got a room reserved.

Speaking of which, did anyone get a charge on their credit card for their room reservation?


Epic bossman! let me know :grin:

There are alot of hotels that are very close but one thing I regret from 2010 is not staying on site.. It was such a pain lugging everything around from con, to car, back etc etc etc. I have emailed the club and posted on there facebook..I'd be willing to pay a bit extra to have the ease of staying there especially since Im driving up :grin:
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337853)
Posted by Delicon on January 24th, 2012 @ 4:51pm CST
LiKwid wrote:There are alot of hotels that are very close but one thing I regret from 2010 is not staying on site.. It was such a pain lugging everything around from con, to car, back etc etc etc. I have emailed the club and posted on there facebook..I'd be willing to pay a bit extra to have the ease of staying there especially since Im driving up


The Hyatt Regency still has rooms available. The problem is they're over $200 a night, that's more than a "bit" extra.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337859)
Posted by LiKwid on January 24th, 2012 @ 5:00pm CST
Delicon wrote:
LiKwid wrote:There are alot of hotels that are very close but one thing I regret from 2010 is not staying on site.. It was such a pain lugging everything around from con, to car, back etc etc etc. I have emailed the club and posted on there facebook..I'd be willing to pay a bit extra to have the ease of staying there especially since Im driving up


The Hyatt Regency still has rooms available. The problem is they're over $200 a night, that's more than a "bit" extra.


When I was searching for rooms close by the Hyatt did pop up and they were that much. One hotel is close by(.7 miles) and is only 97 a night and Ive thought about it but they charge for extended parking not to mention parking at the con the cost would even out IMO...I'd rather pay up a couple of bucks( or $50LoL) and have the peace of mind that I dont have to get charged twice for parking my rental..
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337864)
Posted by Seibertron on January 24th, 2012 @ 5:15pm CST
LiKwid wrote:
Delicon wrote:
LiKwid wrote:There are alot of hotels that are very close but one thing I regret from 2010 is not staying on site.. It was such a pain lugging everything around from con, to car, back etc etc etc. I have emailed the club and posted on there facebook..I'd be willing to pay a bit extra to have the ease of staying there especially since Im driving up


The Hyatt Regency still has rooms available. The problem is they're over $200 a night, that's more than a "bit" extra.


When I was searching for rooms close by the Hyatt did pop up and they were that much. One hotel is close by(.7 miles) and is only 97 a night and Ive thought about it but they charge for extended parking not to mention parking at the con the cost would even out IMO...I'd rather pay up a couple of bucks( or $50LoL) and have the peace of mind that I dont have to get charged twice for parking my rental..


At Botcon 2006, I tried doing it cheap by staying at a Quality Inn in Lexington, KY about 2 miles away. After one night at that shit hole (complete with giant bugs, wolf spiders, broken down dirty toilets tossed outside, etc), I canceled the rest of my reservation there after that horrible experience and ended up paying the regular hotel rate to stay at the same hotel where BotCon was located. I'll never try to do that again. It's worth every penny being right where BotCon is.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337996)
Posted by LiKwid on January 25th, 2012 @ 12:14am CST
Seibertron wrote:
LiKwid wrote:
Delicon wrote:
LiKwid wrote:There are alot of hotels that are very close but one thing I regret from 2010 is not staying on site.. It was such a pain lugging everything around from con, to car, back etc etc etc. I have emailed the club and posted on there facebook..I'd be willing to pay a bit extra to have the ease of staying there especially since Im driving up


The Hyatt Regency still has rooms available. The problem is they're over $200 a night, that's more than a "bit" extra.


When I was searching for rooms close by the Hyatt did pop up and they were that much. One hotel is close by(.7 miles) and is only 97 a night and Ive thought about it but they charge for extended parking not to mention parking at the con the cost would even out IMO...I'd rather pay up a couple of bucks( or $50LoL) and have the peace of mind that I dont have to get charged twice for parking my rental..


At Botcon 2006, I tried doing it cheap by staying at a Quality Inn in Lexington, KY about 2 miles away. After one night at that shit hole (complete with giant bugs, wolf spiders, broken down dirty toilets tossed outside, etc), I canceled the rest of my reservation there after that horrible experience and ended up paying the regular hotel rate to stay at the same hotel where BotCon was located. I'll never try to do that again. It's worth every penny being right where BotCon is.


This is exactly why Im hoping something opens up..Horror stories of cheap hotels.. If you want a good example, Go to the expedia.com and search for hotels close to the Hyatt. Look for the Hotel Lawrence and read their reviews..Ive sent emails to both hotel and TFCC and I give the hotel a call once a day..~crosses fingers~
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1337998)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 25th, 2012 @ 12:37am CST
Ryan, I feel for ya about that one time you mentioned, but gotta say that that must have been a one-time misfortune. For the past several years, I (or rather, my dad, since he got us the hotel rooms) have been staying in such places as Quality Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, La Quinta Inn, and that like, for various vacations, and nearly every visit has been at least satisfactory. Not always excellent, but decent each time. I think the worst case that happened to us in recent years was when our suite in a Comfort Inn had one of the bathtub knobs break and the breakfast selection wasn't that great. But that was nowhere near as bad as that experience you've described.

As for this year, we're looking at an Econo Lodge that's not too far from the airport (and about 30 minutes from the convention, nothing else closer was affordable). While we'd love to stay at the Hyatt, it's simply well beyond our price range (as are most 5-star luxurious hotels). The only times we have ever stayed at that kind of hotel was if the occasion were so extra special it called for us to stay there. But $200 a night is a lot of money, and we don't have any spare limbs or kidneys to sell on Craigslist. :P

So, yeah, for us, staying at a decent non-rich hotel isn't so bad.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1338186)
Posted by Savage on January 25th, 2012 @ 3:04pm CST
For my first BotCon, back in 2007, I stayed in a La Quinta Inn located about 2 miles from the convention. No problems with the La Quinta, but I must say that being onsite for the entire convention is well-worth the extra expense when possible. Also, if you share the room with a few people, it brings the price down a good bit. Still, staying offsite can have the addded benefit of more money leftover to spend on Transformers! :)
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1339677)
Posted by LiKwid on January 28th, 2012 @ 6:30pm CST
Seibertron wrote:I might be game for a roomate or two of people that I have already met and know. Haven't decided yet. I've got a room reserved.

Speaking of which, did anyone get a charge on their credit card for their room reservation?


Offer still standing bossman? :P

I got a reply from the club and from the hotel..No other blocks are being reserved as of this time( friday)..The rate on expedia is 229 a night( OUCH) One hotel i was looking into , The Crowne plaza hotel dropped it's rate down to $87 bucks a night..I'd still rather pony up some more cash LoL..I will have a rental that whole weekend so if anyone wants to get out and pick up supplies ( wink wink) :-? I'll have Transpo :)
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1340165)
Posted by Delicon on January 30th, 2012 @ 11:13am CST
LiKwid wrote:I got a reply from the club and from the hotel..No other blocks are being reserved as of this time( friday)..The rate on expedia is 229 a night( OUCH) One hotel i was looking into , The Crowne plaza hotel dropped it's rate down to $87 bucks a night..I'd still rather pony up some more cash LoL..I will have a rental that whole weekend so if anyone wants to get out and pick up supplies ( wink wink) I'll have Transpo


This is the first year since I've been going (2007 in Providence, RI) that they've only had one hotel open. In fact, in 2007 they actually had FOUR. Hopefully the hotel situation will be easier next year.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1340405)
Posted by LiKwid on January 30th, 2012 @ 6:04pm CST
The disney situation worked out nice having both hotels directly across from each other. They picked a wierd location for it this year, i would have thought the dallas convention center was a better choice..

I'm still holding out for the Hyatt..anybody lookin for a roomate , I can pony up the cash right now ..
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1340612)
Posted by Delicon on January 31st, 2012 @ 7:47am CST
Assuming you're a member of the club, I'd go onto the Club Forums and look for a room mate there, there often are people posting there about it. Just be careful, the last thing you want is someone stiffing you.
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1344566)
Posted by LiKwid on February 8th, 2012 @ 6:58pm CST
Delicon wrote:Assuming you're a member of the club, I'd go onto the Club Forums and look for a room mate there, there often are people posting there about it. Just be careful, the last thing you want is someone stiffing you.


Thats what I was worried about. I went to the club forum and sure enough, a thread with the title "Roomates for botcon etc etc" and the first page was a few people sayin ," Stay away from so and so" " So and so will rip you off" etc etc.

While I know they are doing a good deed by warning others to crooks, it kind of makes mer stay away from the club forum. It's lookin like im gonna be off site :(
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1369865)
Posted by El Duque on April 16th, 2012 @ 7:34pm CDT
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The officaial 2012 BotCon website has been updated with the full schedule of events. Check it out below.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012
9 AM-5 PM Transformers Customizing Class Shawnee Trail
8:30 PM Golden Ticket Package Pick-Up Reunion Ballroom
9:30-10:30 Tour and Class Package Pick-Up Reunion Ballroom

Thursday, April 26, 2012
9 AM-5 PM Transformers Customizing Class Shawnee Trail
4:00 PM Golden Ticket Pick-up Reunion Ballroom
5:00 Golden Ticket Store Opens Marsalis Hall
6:00 Registration Pick-up Store Opens Reunion Ballroom
6:00 Store Opens Marsalis Hall
8:00-9:30 Exhibitor Unload and Drop Off Marsalis Hall

Friday, April 27, 2012
7:30AM -2PM Exhibitor Setup Marsalis Hall
8:30-9:30 Club Store opens for Exhibitors Only Marsalis Hall
9:30-11:30 Club Store opens for all Registered Guests Marsalis Hall
9:30 Walk-up Late Registration Marsalis Prefunction
9:00-12:00 Contest Setup Marsalis Hall
9:00-10:50 Panel: MSTF! Reunion Ballroom
11:00-11:50 Panel: Transformers Filmfest Reunion Ballroom
Noon Contest Judging Marsalis Hall
Noon-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:50 Panel: TCC Comic Panel Reunion Ballroom
2:00 Private Sales Room Experience Marsalis Hall
2:00-3:30 Autographs: David Kaye, Garry Chalk, Simon Furman
3:30-5:00 Autographs: Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones
5:00 PM Private Sales Room Experience ends
7:00 PM Golden Ticket Reception Reunion Ballroom

Saturday, April 28, 2012
7:30 AM Exhibitor Set-up Marsalis Hall
8:30 Registered Guests Private Preview Marsalis Hall
9:00 Early Bird Entry Marsalis Hall
10:00 General Admission Marsalis Hall
10:00-10:50 Panel: Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones Reunion Ballroom
10:00-11:30 Autographs: David Kaye, Garry Chalk
11:00-11:50 Panel: Transformers Comics: IDW Reunion Ballroom
Noon-12:50 Panel: Animated Talk with Derrick Wyatt Reunion Ballroom
Noon-1:30 Autographs: Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones, Simon Furman
1:00-1:50 Panel: David Kaye, Garry Chalk Reunion Ballroom
1:30-3:00 Autographs: Peter Cullen
2:00-2:50 Panel: Transformers Collectors’ Club Roundtable TCC Staff Reunion Ballroom
3:00-3:50 Panel: Hasbro Transformers Brand Team Reunion Ballroom
4:00-4:50 Panel: Peter Cullen Reunion Ballroom
5:00 PM Show Closes
6:30 PM Cocktail Reception Reunion Prefunction
7:00 PM Hall of Fame Party and Casino Night Dinner Reunion Ballroom

Sunday, April 29, 2012
9:00 AM Exhibitor Set-up Reunion Ballroom
9:30 Registered Guests and General Admission Marsalis Hall
10:00-10:50 Panel: Bee in the City 2! David Kaye,
Garry Chalk, Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones Reunion Ballroom
11:30-1:00 Autographs: David Kaye, Garry Chalk, Simon Furman
11:00-11:50 Panel: Activision: Fall of Cybertron Reunion Ballroom
Noon-12:50 Panel: Simon Furman Reunion Ballroom
1:00-2:30 Autographs: Dan Gilvezan, Buster Jones
1:00-1:50 Panel: JAGEX: Transformers Universe Reunion Ballroom
2:00-2:50 Panel: Transformers Costuming: Design Your
Own Costume! Rosemary Ward Reunion Ballroom
3:15 Draw for Trips to 2013 Convention Marsalis Hall
3:30 PM Show Closes
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1369876)
Posted by Traxus Prime on April 16th, 2012 @ 8:04pm CDT
I've never been to botcon before so I'm not sure how it works.
I'm going to try to be there if I get off. My question is if I can get there on saturday will I be able to just get in, or do I need to pre-purchase and admission ticket?
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1369880)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 16th, 2012 @ 8:31pm CDT
Not quite able to discern which of the panels will be the Hasbro Q&A, but if there is one, then I'm actually sorry I can't go this year, 'cause that should be even more entertaining than Botcon 2000's "Beast Machines: Seriously, WTF?!?!?" theme.

So will the costume class mostly be a lesson in which potential costumes look enough like 3rd Party products to get anyone wearing them escorted from the premises? Has anyone in years past gone as Mr. Hard Hat?
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1369898)
Posted by joevill on April 16th, 2012 @ 9:40pm CDT
Sweet! I just added this info to my calendar. Thanks!
Re: BotCon 2012 Preliminary Schedule and Contest Guidelines Posted (1369948)
Posted by Delicon on April 17th, 2012 @ 3:35am CDT
Traxus Prime wrote:I've never been to botcon before so I'm not sure how it works.
I'm going to try to be there if I get off. My question is if I can get there on saturday will I be able to just get in, or do I need to pre-purchase and admission ticket?


You need to purchase a ticket. If you're going for Saturday only, you should probably look at this.
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