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Hello, TNG! This is a thread to coordinate "TNG Con" (thanks for the name, Kate!) as bandied about and now becoming a reality. There have been more than a few awesome community get-togethers over the years, such as the first TNG get-together, the traditional Grim camping trip, the annual TECon, and my epic birthday party awhile back (bonus: Keraph in pigtails), not to mention smaller groups meeting up all the time, and I can tell you it's always fantastic to meet in person all these people we spend so much time with and share so much with. For this gathering, we're meeting up in Las Vegas! We have a local expert, Nikaa, who is able to give us expertise on where to go, or not go more often than not. She's also a good authority on when to go to avoid crowds and the heat (so much as they can be avoided). We also have several people who'd be able to make the trip by car, giving us transportation if needed (such as to pick up folks from the airport). We also still have a lot of time to plan and make it work for as many people as possible. The date is May 5th through 7th, 2017. This weekend was chosen as it's before summer, doesn't have a convention of more than 1,000 people going on, and the gathering/party room we wanted is available (see more below). COSTS Here is a breakdown of costs you can expect for the trip: travel: avg 20mi/gallon, $2.5/gallon, so $0.125/mi; don't forget the return trip -or- $300-500/person airfare roundtrip transportation: There should be enough folks with cars coming to ferry folks around, and most things will be within walking distance, but if you might need a ride, it's about $15 to or from the airport, and $8 and up to go up or down the strip. there are ferry buses from the airport for most hotels and a tram and a monorail that go up and down the strip at the cost of $5-6. room: $80-150/person/night, depending on how crammed you want to be -- less if you want to "guild hall" it as Keraph suggested and go over the room limit, at your own risk! (Air beds are a thing) food: $40/person/day and up, but varies extremely according to how much you brown-bag it recreation: gambling money, show tickets (David Copperfield, Blue Man Group, comedy shows, Chippendales, Cirque... whatever floats your boat) $50-120/person, booze, souvenirs, $30-40/person for a nice dinner emergency money: I suggest having an extra $50-100 in hand just in case. Total: $500-$1500/person The $500/person total is if you live only a state or two away and don't spend a dime you don't have to, so don't expect to be able to beat or even meet that unless you're Nikaa. Realistically, expect to spend $700-900/person all told. HOTEL The Party Suite The communal room is the 6-person Hospitality Suite in the Mirage. There are two queen beds in one bedroom, one king in the other bedroom, and 2.5 bathrooms in total. Here is a video walkthrough of the suite (thanks Nikaa). There is also a large sectional couch, a table, and a bar to sit at, as well as a sink and a small refrigerator (which sounds like it comes stocked with stuff you get charged if you move, but I might see if we can have that stuff removed so we have fridge space; also, Nikaa might bring coolers). It's over 1700 square feet in total, so more than enough room for folks to hang out. I've gone ahead and booked the suite for May 5-7 but we can change it if need be. The total for two nights is $1,924.16. The deposit was $799.68, but it's fully refundable up to three days before check-in, so we have time to solidify our plans before I start asking people to fork up. With 6 people it will be $320.70/person for both nights. With 8 (one airbed or taking the couch), it will be $240.52. With 10 (one airbed and the couch taken), $192.42. With 12 (two airbeds and the couch taken), $160.35. We're aiming for 9-10 people at least to keep costs down. Let me know if you want on the list. Party suite guest list: Xara Fhenrir Keraph Tirien Yatokth Sam (Yat's wifey) Lupinum Feorn Zhu Cobrak Other Arrangements People who don't want to stay in the party suite, or who can't commit at this point, are completely welcome to book their own rooms at their own leisure. Additional regular rooms in the Mirage run $650-800 for both nights after taxes and fees (depending on if you say 2 or 4 people -- there are additional charges for more people in a room) and you can also find another hotel somewhere if you want to try to find someplace cheaper, though then you'll need to figure out transportation to come hang out. Note that many hotels on the strip require guests to be 21 to check in (literally check in; not just to be a guest in the suite) and those below age 21 won't be allowed to even enter casinos or other adult areas. ACTIVITIES The party suite is going to be the central gathering & hanging out point for everyone on the trip, regardless of where they're staying. There is lots of living space there to just hang out, drink, play games, and enjoy one another's company! Other than that, folks are free to make their own plans for excursions and activities. Being that it's Vegas, some people will want to do some things, and some, others. Nikaa is going to find us a bunch of things we can do and folks are encouraged to make their own plans as well. Here are the group activities being set up so far: Sushi lunch at Japonais (in-hotel restaurant) on Friday (probably 1pm) It's a little pricey but should be very very delicious! For those getting there early enough who want to splurge a bit. Group dinner on Friday night (probably 7pm) Depending on how many folks we have, we can find someplace that'll take a large group that is in everyone's price range. 53X -- Co-ed revue show on Saturday night (8:30pm) I'm not going to Vegas and not seeing a revue! This one looks really fun. I'd like to get a table ($60/ticket, 4 seats per table) but if enough folks want to go who want to spend less, a second group could get general admission seats together ($40). Wine tasting Saturday morning/afternoon (before revue) This place looks nice! http://palazzo.doublehelixwine.com/ Folks are welcome to arrange other activities here in this thread and invite others along. I'll update this section as activities get planned, and in more detail as things get firmed up. Activity planning sites: http://www.travelvegas.com/ http://www.tix4tonight.com/ https://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/North_America/United_States_of_America/Nevada/Las_Vegas-836630/TravelGuide-Las_Vegas.html (thanks Nikaa) RULES A few ground rules you can expect off the bat: No in-room charges (rooms will likely be booked on someone else's credit card!) No breaking hotel rules (except sardining) No recreational drug use or possession except in agreed-upon areas (and no smoking in non-smoking hotels) No underage drinking or gambling (sorry Konro) MORE PLANNING We have many people definitely down for this, so the question now is how many more people can we reel in! If you can get a group together, you can make a roadtrip out of it and/or share a room to save costs. Please use this thread to post any questions, pose any ideas, and organize your trips. People are welcome to bring non-TNG friends so long as said friends don't mind hanging out with a bunch of roleplayers and the conversation that will ensue! We will nail down more details about arrangements as time progresses. Feel free to chip in with your thoughts and proposals. Hoping to have a great time this May! ATTENDEES Xara Fhenrir Keraph Nikaa Tirien Yatokth Sam Lupinum Leyujin Syreena Grainger Feorn Vilmah Nojinbu Zhu Arahe Baern Sinlanna Seguul Cobrak Kexti POSSIBLE ATTENDEES Breygrah/Aaren Inzema Nanori Swerto Celucia Nadea Celethorn Sabachthan Malorii Alekander/Zustekai Diomedes Grimal Canai Mortica Chingaso Orugasa Maralah Let me know if your name should be added to either list (or if I misunderstood and it shouldn't be).