[2018] PlushieCon at GalaCon 2018.
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The PlushieCon at GalaCon 2018.

For those in a hurry, here's the registration link: https://plushiecon.m-l-g.info/

Once again, 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 2017, we had 665 plushies attending - let's see how much there will be this year!

To be able to handle this huge amount with the necessary care yet fast enough, we had to do some changes to our previous 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.


Registration.
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! There can't be a "too much" at the registration - if at GalaCon you bring less or no plushies at all, that won't be a problem! On the opposite, registering only on the spot will consume valuable GalaCon time.

Plushies just bought at GalaCon can (and need to, a registration is mandatory for each plushie to become a part of PlushieCon) only be registered on the spot, that's pretty obvious. But if there is a registration for at least one other plushie (maybe even a fictious!), newly bought plushies can be just added to this registration - which will accelerate things quite a lot.

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, fot 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 2018 GalaCon theme graphics image with friendly permission of Pony Events Federation). You may find this pretty useful for the next point:


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; generating numbers on the spot, getting them on the wirstbands and our system resulted in too many mistakes, that's why we changed to this new system. 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, back 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

Owners are not obliged to use this wristbands. The important thing for us is to have the PGNr at the plushie. If you want to make and use other signs, just go ahead; if you think you need to write your PGNr on your plushies' coat with a marker: we won't stop you; if you believe pinning a sign with the number onto your plushies' ear is best Fluttershy sad : well then... You see, every owner may attach the number to his plushie in any kind or size as he pleases, we just need to be able to read it without optical instruments. Besides, it needs to be attached in a way it won't fall off during normal handling - if it is attached too loosely, we have to insist for you to fix that.

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 (made available by GalaCon this year, 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.
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.

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 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 two years, PushieCon won't be a "silent movie" or a "static and silent plushie museum". It's going to be sort of a three-part panel: during the first part, 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). During the second part, I'll show the history of PlushieCon from the very beginnings until the present, and during the third part, I'm 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. 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 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.

Hand-out...
... will be on Sunday from 12:30 until 16:30 at Bürgersaal 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, but thanks to our new internal procedures, a complete hand-out will be possible during this four hours - we even made it last year with our old procedures.

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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