Crazy-Big Update, 2011 Edition
Welcome to the third-annual Crazy-Big Update. Here we've collected the most important information that everyone needs to know about attending Nan Desu Kan 2011.
This year marks the 15th Nan Desu Kan and we've gone all-out. From inviting more guests than ever before to expanding our video game room to putting on special new events to our extraordinary badge art, this NDK will be our biggest and best convention yet.
This year we welcome two Japanese guests, 11 domestic voice actors, a fantastic new band, and the Robotech guys. It's our largest slate of guests yet, and we're excited to have more guest panels than ever.
- Ryusei Nakao and Yutaka Yamamoto
- Chris Cason, Clarine Harp, Jamie Marchi, Leah Clark, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Michael Sinterniklaas, Patrick Seitz, Stephanie Sheh, Todd Haberkorn, Tony Oliver, and Vic Mignogna
- Lemon Drop Kick
- Kevin McKeever, Steve Yun, and Tommy Yune
Hours of Operation
We're once again offering early pre-registration pickup from 7:00-10:00 PM on Thursday and at 11:00 AM on Friday. On-site registration opens at 1:00 PM on Friday. Check our our registration FAQ for more information.
Several of our other departments run on their own schedules, independent of the overall convention schedule. They are:
|Registration||1:00 PM – 8:00 PM||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM||9:00 AM – 2:00 PM|
|Dealers Room||2:30 PM – 7:00 PM||9:30 AM – 6:00 PM||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Artists Alley *||2:00 PM – Midnight||8:00 AM – Midnight||8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Art Show||3:00 PM – 9:00 PM||9:00 AM – 7:00 PM||8:00 AM – 10:00 AM|
|Model Show||10:00 AM – 7:00 PM||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|DDR Room||2:00 PM – Midnight||9:00 AM – Midnight||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
* Artists Alley hours are approximate; artists choose their own schedules.
Have a look at our completed Events Schedule [PDF], which lists virtually everything there is to do at NDK. Pair it up with our Program Guide [PDF], where you can find descriptions of all those activities (and then some), and you'll have a huge head start on figuring out how to spend your NDK weekend.
We've got three video rooms at NDK, two of which run nearly anime non-stop during the convention. Our third room—Asian Cinema—runs live-action TV shows and movies from Asia all weekend. To see what's playing throughout the weekend, have a look at the Video Schedule [PDF]. For a description of each title we're showing, grab the Video Synopses [PDF].
And we'll have paper copies of all of these available at the convention, of course.
The Video Game Room is now located in the private dining room, near the tower elevators, and it's now open 24 hours a day. We've also added more consoles to accommodate this massive new space, including a full-time Rock Band station.
The Art Show has moved to the Conifer Ballroom in the hallway behind the hotel registration desk and the Live Gaming room has moved to Humboldt Peak on the mezzanine.
Most autograph sessions are still held on the second floor on the atrium side of the hotel, but Vic Mignogna's autograph sessions will be held on the fifth floor of the atrium side of the hotel.
Parking and Transportation
Parking at the Marriott will cost $5 per day per car this year. They'll be collecting the first day's fee upfront, so have your money ready when you get to the hotel.
The lot across the street from the Marriott will once again be available for NDK attendees at the rate of $10 per day per car. We're still waiting on word for the weekend rate with overnight parking, but the daily rate should give you an idea of what it'll cost.
Even with the additional lot, however, you may still have trouble finding a parking space at or near the Marriott. We've compiled a list of suggestions for ways to avoid potential parking headaches as well as the public transportation options available in the area.
The Marriott has been completely booked for several months now, but if you still need a hotel room for NDK weekend, there are other hotels in the area that still have rooms available. We've also worked out special discounts for NDK attendees at several of these hotels, so there are plenty of affordable options to choose from.
Because of our limited space and expanding attendance, we've had to cap our attendance at 7,500 people per day. This also means we no longer have the room to allow anyone but NDK attendees or hotel guests to roam the convention floor.
As a result, all attendees will be required to wear their badges at all times and badges must be clearly visible. Our security staff will be stopping anyone they see without a badge. They'll ask to see a badge or hotel room key card. If none is presented, they'll be escorted to the registration desk or off hotel property. The hotel's security officers will help enforce this restriction.
Children under six are not required to wear badges, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with a badge at all times. Chaperones of underage attendees must also have badges if they wish to accompany their wards into panels and other events. If chaperones opt to not purchase a badge, they must be able to present hotel room keys from official NDK hotels—the Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Regency, and Motel 6—but they'll only be permitted in the hallways, The Lift, and Starbucks as guests of the Marriott. (Updated August 30. Please disregard the erroneous earlier text.)
There are no other exceptions to this rule, even for cosplayers with elaborate costumes.
NDK is now taking credit cards on-site for the first time! We'll accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover cards at the registration desk, the merchandise desk, and at the charity auction.
Our charity this year is the Japanese Red Cross Society, which is still hard at work helping the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan earlier this year.
As mentioned above, we're taking credit cards during our charity auction this year, so you can still win that one thing you really want even if you don't have enough cash on you.
We raised $13,440 for the Japanese Red Cross earlier this year at our Rave2Save event, and we're hoping to beat that amount and NDK. Help us set a new record by making a donation or buying one of our many awesome charity auction items.
Charity Poker Tournament
Our wildly successful charity poker tournament returns on Friday night. Seating is limited to 48 players total and it's first-come, first-served, so be sure to sign up early. Sign-ups open at 6:00 PM in Humboldt Peak. The event itself begins at 10:00 PM on Friday in the same room.
This Texas Hold'em tournament is free to play, though we'll be accepting donations at the door. All proceeds go to this year's charity, the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Dealers Room Changes
Because we'll have more pre-registered attendees than attendees who register at the door, we're nixing the early access for pre-registered attendees. To help speed things along, however, we're going to have two lines: one for those with large cosplay props, and one for those without. This way the line won't be held up by attendees needing to stop by the prop check table.
Balcony Decorating Contest
We're continuing the balcony decorating contest we started last year for attendees with rooms that have balconies overlooking the atrium. We're offering great prizes like a free hotel room, free passes to NDK 2012, and free passes to NDK New Year's Eve 2011 for the winners. If you've got an atrium balcony room reserved, be sure to check it out! (Staff members with atrium rooms are also welcome to participate.) Planning to participate? View the rules and print the signup sheet, which you'll turn in at the press desk.
Artists Alley Contest
We're also continuing from last year the contest for artists with tables in Artists Alley. After the convention is over, you'll be allowed to vote on which Artists Alley table from each category (Crafts, Art, and Mixed) you thought were the best. The tables with the most votes will be guaranteed a place in Artists Alley next year. Voting will take place on the forum and go until November 6.
Custom NDK Menu
Once again, the hotel will be offering a custom menu at The Lift, featuring both Asian-style dishes and anime-inspired alcoholic beverages.
Pre-registration for press outlets is now closed. Press outlets can still register on-site at our press check-in table, located between registration and the stairs to the mezzanine. All members of the press will need to check in at the press desk upon arrival. For more information, view the press policy.
New Year's Eve 2011
The NDK New Year's Eve Costume Ball returns this year, but the venue has changed. We'll be holding the ball at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, a 3.5-star hotel located just off I-70 between downtown Denver and DIA. The Renaissance has three restaurants, 24-hour room service, and posh sleeping rooms. Room rates are even lower than last year and parking will be free for all.
And most importantly, we have the whole hotel. We won't be sharing the hotel with any other group that night, so we can once again offer the kind of safe, fun atmosphere we're known for.
Right now, though, we're all focused on NDK so expect more news about NDK NYE shortly after the con. We'll post the hotel reservation link as soon as we can. Pre-registration for NDK NYE will open on the Sunday of the convention.
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