Thank you for viewing Ramencon Rules! Welcome! ^_^ There are some rules for this year, so you'll want to take a look. These rules are designed to help people be safe and let everyone have a good time, and they apply to attendees, staff, vendors, artists, and guests alike.
~ Respect one another.
~ Keep it PG-13 unless you're in an 18+ area (such as a panel).
~ Anything that is illegal outside the convention is illegal inside the convention.
~ Don't do anything that risks the safety of yourself or other attendees.
~ Don't deface any hotel, convention center, or convention property. Anyone found to be responsible for defacing hotel, convention center, or convention property will be billed for the resulting damage and may be prosecuted for vandalism.
~ Only service animals are allowed to accompany human attendees.
For security reasons, we require anyone above the age of 16 to show a valid photo ID when you pick up your badge.
If you are under the age of 16, we understand that you may not have an ID and do not require it. Staff may ask to verify your ID and badge at any time during the convention, so it is wise to keep your ID on you.
We reserve the right to inspect the contents of bags, backpacks, and purses. You have the right to refuse this inspection; we have the right to deny you entry upon refusal.
Staff members are here to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience at Ramencon. If you need medical help or feel unsafe at any time, you can stop any Staff Member (easily recognizable by their tie-dye shirts) or call the Radisson front desk. Please feel free to come to the Staff Room for anything you need help with.
We know that cosplay is a big part of many attendees' experience, and we love to see the creative costumes attendees come up with. We're always trying to find the right balance between letting you show off your awesome costumes and keeping safety a priority. If you aren't sure whether your costume or prop is acceptable, stop by the Staff Room to find out for sure.
If your prop or costume is found to be unacceptable, you will be asked to take it back to your room or car. Being found with an unacceptable prop or costume multiple times may result in confiscation of the prop or revocation of your badge.
Confiscated props may be claimed from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday at the Staff Room unless required by police for evidence. You must bring a government-issued photo ID to claim your prop.
These rules apply to all convention spaces and hallways. For specific rules regarding the Masquerade, see the "Rules for Concerts, Dances, and the Masquerade" section below.
~ Costumes must conform to local laws concerning indecent exposure.
~ Do not handle or wave your props or wear your costume in an unsafe manner.
~ Staff has final say in the acceptability of any prop or costume, even despite these rules.
~ Costumes may not extend more than six inches (6") from your body. Protrusions that are soft and easily collapse upon pressure (such as those made of soft foam) must not be more than six inches (6") when collapsed.
Remember that you will be in many crowded hallways at Ramencon. Wear your costume accordingly.
General Prop Rules
~ Props must be approximately your height or less in length. (If you are under four feet (4') tall, your prop may be up to four feet (4') long.) If your prop is close to your height in length, please come to the Staff Room to get it checked.
~ Props that are longer than your height (or four feet (4'), if you are under four feet (4') tall) are permissible as long as they can be disassembled or collapsed into pieces of acceptable length for carrying. Keep such props disassembled or collapsed unless you are stationary (e.g., for a photo shoot).
~ If you are stopped by Staff after your prop has been marked as acceptable, simply show that it has already been checked.
Carrying a prop longer than your height (or four feet (4'), if you are under four feet (4') tall), that has not been tagged as acceptable will result in confiscation of that prop.
Live steel is any object crafted from metal with a blade-like or pointed edge, sharp or blunt.
~ No live steel props are allowed at Ramencon.
~ Props made of an otherwise acceptable material (such as wood or foam) that are wrapped in foil do not count as live steel and are acceptable.
Guns and Gun-like Props
No real firearms are allowed at Ramencon. Gun-like props are required to be sufficiently unrealistic that a person must be able to tell that the prop is not real from across a room while the prop is as you are normally carrying it. If you have a gun-like prop, please get it checked by Staff.
~ Acceptable ways of differentiating your prop from a real gun include but are not limited to having a transparent prop, having the prop be of an obviously different material, and having the gun incorporate futuristic, fantastic, or obviously unrealistic elements.
~ Gun replicas and airsoft weapons are required to have orange tips, but this alone is not enough to make them acceptable props.
~ Airsoft weapons must never be loaded, and you must not carry any airsoft clips or ammunition on your person.
~Airsoft weapons will be required to have a barrel plug in at all times.
~ Bright red and bright blue rubber training gun props are allowed.
* If you are law enforcement personnel or are otherwise required to carry a firearm on your person, please ask to see the Staff Department Head upon arriving at the convention to prevent any misunderstandings.
Projectile Weapons and Ammunition
~ Projectile weapons must be disabled and unloaded. For bows and crossbows, this means being unstrung or strung loosely with a flimsy material like yarn or twine. For water guns and similar props, this means having an empty reservoir at all times.
~ Any bolts, arrows, or other projectiles must either be rendered unusable or secured in a quiver or other container in such a way that they are not easily removable for the duration of the convention.
~ No smoking unless you are 18 or older. Smoking is also not allowed inside the hotel (even inside your room) or the convention center, or near the entrances to either building.
~ No alcohol unless you are 21 or older. No alcohol, open or unopened, is allowed in public areas (except the hotel bar). If you choose to drink, please do so in the hotel bar or in your own room, and do so safely.
~ If you are found providing alcohol to a minor, you and the minor will be held for Radisson Public Safety. Your badge will be revoked and you may be ejected from your hotel room or subject to prosecution.
~ If you have alcohol in your room, you are responsible for ensuring that everyone in the room is 21 or older.
~ No illegal drugs or related paraphernalia. If found with such materials, your badge will be revoked and you may be ejected from your room and subject to prosecution.
~ No horseplay, play-fighting, or running in crowded areas.
~ Do not climb on, vandalize, break, modify, or disable any structures or fixtures.
~ Please keep the noise in your hotel room down during evening hours or take your activities to a public part of the hotel. An excess of noise complaints may result in your ejection from your room
~ Do not drop anything from the interior or exterior balconies of the hotel.
~ Props should be no longer than one foot (1') long. (Walking sticks for physiological reasons are acceptable.)
~ No props or bags at all are allowed inside the concerts or dances. If you need your bag for medical reasons, please see Staff to obtain a card explaining your reasons.
~ You may not save spots in the line for your friends (or enemies).
~ If you need to use the washroom or get a drink of water while in line, let a Staff member know so that you do not seem to be cutting in line when you return.
~ If you are cutting in line, you forfeit your right to attend the event.
~ There is no coat or bag check, so make sure you have only what you need when you get in line.
~ No crowd-surfing, moshing, or other endangerment of your fellow attendees is allowed.
Please note, also, that no cameras or recording devices of any kind are allowed at concerts (though they are allowed at the Masquerade and in the dances). Cell phones with cameras are allowed, but if you are seen taking pictures or recordings, you will be asked to leave the concert and delete the offending images.
If you feel that any staff was unnecessarily rude, please approach another Staff member, or go to the Staff Room and ask for the department head, section chief, or one of the convention officers, and they will address your concerns.
We welcome your feedback. If you have questions, comments, compliments, or complaints, you can fill out the comments card in your convention bag. You can also e-mail us at the Contact Us page or post in the appropriate section of the forums.
Have a safe and fun convention, from all of the Staff.
Don't forget to come on back and check for updates! ^_^