[2022] PlushieCon at GalaCon 2022.
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The PlushieCon at GalaCon 2022.

For those in a hurry, here's the registration link:

Once again, for the 6th time at GalaCon already, there will be the meetup of the plushies, the PlushieCon, at the main stage on Saturday evening - and your plushie(s) can pariticpate, can be a part of a wonderful and huge whole thing! Twilight smile

In 2019, we had 800 plushies attending.

To be able to handle this huge amount with the necessary care yet fast enough, we have established a tested and proven system. I think it's best to just show you the whole PlushieCon weekend Twilight happy

General legal information.
PlushieCon is going to act on request of Pony Events Federation (organizer of GalaCon); accordingly, their Conditions of Participation and Exclusion of Liability apply and are bindingly accepted by the owner at latest by handing in a plushie.

Each plushie needs to be registered in our system - just for it to be known to us so it can't get lost. This registration will of course be available at GalaCon, but to keep the time you have to spend with the registration process as short as only possible, we urgently recommend the online registration at https://plushiecon.m-l-g.info/. If you're not sure how many plushies you're going to bring, better register too much than too few! Registering only on the spot will consume valuable GalaCon time.

For your kind consideration: In the feedback discussion of 2019 we got the input to allow only a certain number of plushies from each owner and/or ban industrial made plushies. We will NOT implement such rules in 2022. You see: we don't know how many visitors will be there at all (just think of two years of Corona and now the omnipresent inflation, so who's to say how many people can still afford the expensive GalaCon weekend...), how many plushies they will have with them (of the 800 plushies in 2019, about 130 were from one single owner; we don't know if he will take the logistical efforts upon himself once again), what the conditions that we find are in general... that's too many factors that make a useful prediction impossible. So we decided to NOT set up any limitations in advance, but rather "let things run" just like "in the good ol' times" and to decide what exactly to do depending on the actual situation on the spot.

In 2019, there were precisely 908 registrations (both pre-registrations and the ones only made at GalaCon), of which 800 have been "redeemed". If in advance of GalaCon 1000 plushies should be enregistered, we reserve the right to not enable a registration on spot of GalaCon so that all pre-registered plushies get the chance of actually participating, without us having to close the hand-in early because we're simply out of space.

Before you can choose the number of plushies and enter their data, we have to ask for your personal data - just because for us to be able to assign the plushies to their rightful owner if we need to do so. Galacon's ticket number, for that purpose, is of no use for us because this nr. can be assigned the buyer of the ticket, but that's not necessarily the real owner of the ticket - and the plushie.

When finished, you're offered a two-pages PDF file which you can print out. We recommend to use it. On the first page are important numbers, the second page contains a "sheet with 10 ready-for-use-numbered wristbands for self-cutting" (usage of 2022 GalaCon theme graphics image provided by and used with friendly permission of Pony Events Federation). You may find this pretty useful for the next step:

Numbers are attached to the plushies by their owners.
Before we can take your plushies, they need to have their number attached to them. Every owner is assigned a unique "Plushie Group Number" (PGNR), and each of his plushies (how many and exactly which ones we see in your registration) gets this very number.

Attaching the numbers to the plushies during the hand-in by PlushieCon staff turned out to be way too time-consuming in the past. Now, there's one directive: No plushie hand-in without the number at the plushie. So, owners need to attach their PGNR to their plushies on their own. It's entirely possible to do this in advance of GalaCon, still at home and without any hurry - this will, once again, save you valuable time during the convention Twilight happy Besides, one point to be critizised about out work in the past was that numbers were attached too firmly by us - now everyone can attach the numbers as he pleases as long as it's readable by us and attached in a way it won't fall off.

To help you with that, we have page 2 of the registration PDF file - as you remember: it's the one with the already filled-in PGNR numbers. You may now cut this page to 10 single wristbands and attach them without any hurry to your plushies at home Twilight happy

This time, owners are obliged to use the official wristbands (either the self-printed ones or those provided at the convention). The reason is that some plushies seem to be collecting their PlushieCon wristbands like festival admission badges RD wink - but for us, it is very hard if a plushie comes with several different wristbands and numbers to determine which one is the valid number for the actual PlushieCon. Therefore, we can only allow for wristbands with PGNR in the 2022 design, so we can determine on the first glance which band (and thus, which number) is the right one for this year. - Besides, almost no one made use of the possibility of creating own styles of number-attachments last year, so we decided to skip this. Please note: This does not apply if you're a member of the PlushieCon Club and therefore have your own personal PGNR number which doesn't consist of just numbers but also includes one letter. These PlushieCon Club numbers can be attached to the plushie in any way you want, we just have to be able to read it. So, as a PCC member, you can continue to use your number badges, wristbands or whatever, of course, just as we promised.

If a wristband is attached too loosely, we have to insist for you to fix that - for your own safety so it won't fall off the plushie accidentally.

Some plushies have accessoires like hats (Trixie, Daring Do...), plushie pets (e.g. Pinkie could have Gummy with her), attachable wings (Starlight Glimmer...) and so on. To make sure you get back everything that belongs to your plushies, we have to ask you to attach your PGNR number to all those parts, too. That counts for all things that somehow belong to a certain plushie but aren't permanently connected with the plushie - like accessoires, plushie pets, detachable wings, a pillow for huge plushies and so on - you get the idea.

Plushies just bought on the spot, of course, can't get a number in advance. For registrations only made during the Con (newly bought plushies or only just decided to participate), we'll have the already known wristbands with a self-adhesive spot (provided once again by GalaCon, with the appropriate Con-themed graphics Cheerilee ). You may get them at our hand-in desk, write your PGNR on it and attach them to your plushie on the spot, but just as before, it needs to be done by the owner.

Hand-in opens on Saturday after Opening Ceremony ends and will remain open until 19:00 straight. You'll find us at the "stone reception desk", next to the main entrance just on the right side. Just as in previous years, there will be orientation signs throughout the venue for both hand-in and hand-out, together with our opening hours.

For those who still need to register their plushies, we'll have terminals just opposite of our hand-in desk, under the stairs. To answer any questions and offer help if needed, a team member of PlushieCon will be there.
For technical reasons, we can't offer a pure "online-only" solution where you can use your own mobile devices like we had on Czequestria 2019 or HWCon 2020.

Once you have your numbers ready and your plushies labelled, hand-in will be rather quick for you even with a greater amount of plushies. On our computers, we have a list with all registered plushies. For hand-in, we estimate each plushie if the PGNR is attached, if there are any damages or dirt stains; we have a tickbox scale where we just mark the condition the plushie is in when we get it - and that's it, now your plushie will take part at PlushieCon in the evening!

Depending on how many and which kind and sizes of plushies we get and how much space is left on the stage, Team PlushieCon needs to reserve the right to close hand-in early.

PlushieCon itself...
... is a part of the evening program on its own and will take place on the main stage from 21:00 until 23:00.

Just as in the last three years, PushieCon won't be a "silent movie" or a "static and silent plushie museum". It's going to be sort of a panel again: I'll introduce some special plushies (the BIGGEST / tiniest / heaviest / most exotic / ...) and maybe, if they're present and willing to come on stage, their makers and/or owners (completely depending on the situation and plushies I'm going to find on the spot). I'm also offering the chance for a PlushieCon-related Q&A. Questions can be asked not only on the spot, but also here in this thread, on Twitter ( @PlushieCon ) or any other way, or during hand-in on Saturday at the Con.

"Guess I have to decide between gala, disco or PlushieCon", you're thinking now? Nope. We are well aware that PlushieCon is not the main event of the evening but more something to visit "in-between". But for those who are interested to have the chance to watch the "PlushieCon panel" in the afterwatch, I asked GalaCon for official recording of PlushieCon again (it was not only recorded but even streamed last year). This would mean PlushieCon gets recorded the same way as, say, the cosplay contest, with their technology - which takes the sound right from the microphones which makes it perfectly readable; if you just put a camera somewhere in the audience seats, it will record all kind of noise and the echoes of the big room, which makes the audio quite unreadable. If there actually will be an official recording by GalaCon again this time is, however, something that's not up to us to decide, as it is with what will be uploaded, and when - we'll have to wait'n'see for this as well, too.

... will be on Sunday from 12:30 until 16:30 at B├╝rgersaal I - that's the room where the disco party on Saturday evening will be raving RD deals with it
Hand-out of plushies on Saturday is not scheduled and not even really possible because before hand-out, we have to sort them after their big appearance on the main stage. That's why we can't start the hand-out sooner than 12:30. As we've proven in 2019, a complete hand-out will be possible during this four hours.

Please bring your number (page 1 of the PDF file or the data photographed from your screen - as you wish) for hand-out, we will need it there for one last time.

Each plushie owner needs to come to the hand-out and pick up his plushies in time on his own responsibility. Plushies not picked up in time will go, according to the Conditions of Participation and Exclusion of Liability, to the Lost&Found of GalaCon/PEF and may be shipped to the owner at his expense.

And now: let's get to the registration - and let's have another great GalaCon and PlushieCon!

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