Well I'm not going, but several of my friends from work are going to Fanime. Damn now I wish I was going. I debated whether or not I wanted to hurrily register and all that but decide to pass it up given the short notice. I didn't go with my mates because at the time they had a full roster, then everyone dropped out.
If you really wanna be able to meet some people there, I can get you in touch with my friends.
I've been to San Diego Comic Con(2006), a local comic Con called Stockton Con(first two years) and a Lego convention called Bricks By the Bay. I have a little experience with major events. Travel lightly
. You might buy a bunch of stuff, don't carry a ton of stuff then pile it on what you already have. An empty backpack or tote bag is a good thing to carry. You never know what you might end up acquiring. Always carry cash.
A lot of booths and sellers don't do cards so always keep a good amount of cash, but not too much, cons can be hectic and you might end up giving someone a hundred instead of a 10 or something. I had that happen, but luckily they caught it and were honest about it. Smaller bills are good to since they often time give change with what ever they've got wadded up in their hands. Personal space is not a thing
. Big cons are crowded, you might find yourself in a wall to wall sweaty nerd pit. It happens just shuffle along as best you can. Con food is expensive.
I subsisted on Taco Bell and what ever was in my hotel room for the four days at BBTB. For SDCC our derpy little motel was in the same parking lot as a Denny's. If you're not opposed to eating fast food just for those days, it can be a quick cheap way to get something to eat. But like the others said, bringing food is good to. I did this with BBTB and it really helped. Its cheaper to buy food at the grocery store and take it with you to your hotel and just keep it there or in the fridge in your room. You can eat when you get up(early), grab something for lunch), and have another bite to eat when you get back(late at night) Sleep isn't a thing either
. I know from looking at the itinerary that events go on way late and start way early. I barely slept for BBTB cause we were up and going by 7AM and done by 2am the next day. You just don't really get sleep if you attending multiple days because Cons tend to try and squeeze every last bit of fun and debauchery out of those days. Even if the official con is done for the night, there's often things happening with participants outside of the official festivities. That depends on you though. I know Sac Anime does things till like 2 AM officially to. Its nuts. That's why they say Rest up before the con.
You're going to need to in order to fully enjoy your time there. Always bring protection
. This is for the more promiscuous people. Some people view Cons as a great opportunity to get laid, if that is even remotely within the realm of possibility, be prepared for that to. Shit happens late at night when you get a lot of lonely sexually frustrated and horny nerds in one place.
I think that's the main stuff. Its what I can think of off the top of my head. I hope you enjoy the con. I'm probably gonna try and go next year with my buddies. Maybe you can go then to and we could actually meet. That'd be cool.