You'll need a membership to attend ApolloCon. Pre-register online, with an ApolloCon representative. Or just show up and register at ApolloCon. It's a good idea to pre-register because that's a lot cheaper
Get a hotel room
Most official ApolloCon program items end at midnight, but filk, the dance, gaming, and a few others go on into the wee hours. Not to mention room parties. These go on till the cows come home. It's a good idea to have a place to crash so you don't have to figure out how to get home and back in time for your first panel the next morning. More information is available on the hotel page. Heck, you may want to have a room party.
Actually Get Your Badge
If you have preregistered, your badge will be waiting for you. Get in the pre-reg line and tell them who you are. You will be asked to sign a book acknowledging that you received your badge.
If you are registering at ApolloCon, you'll fill out aq form and pay. A badge will be printed for you. Standing in line can take a long time and it costs more. Are you sure you don't want to pre-register?
Terms What do all these words mean?
Where you get your membership. Prices vary so check out the Registration page for more info. Sometimes, you can purchase memberships at ApolloCon tables and/or room parties at other cons.
A souvenier guide to guests and programming descriptions. Cover art is usually done by the Artist Guest of Honor. It comes in the goodie bag. To buy an ad in the Program Book, go here.
This is the schedule of when what is happening where. It contains a map of where the program areas are, a grid of what is happeing when, as well as a list of panelists or presenters or whatever title is appropriate for the person(s) running that particular piece of programming. There is also a guide to the Media Festival and what will be shown when as well as hours for the Art Show and Dealer Room and other ApolloCon functions that don't quite fit the name "programming".
They show various kinds of multimedia. Fan videos, trailers for movies, actual movies, and other stuff.
The art show presents for viewing and sale, art from a number of artists in a variety of media and price range. For more information on the Art Show, check out the Art Show web page
These are special people invited to ApolloCon so you can meet and interact with them. They include Guests of Honor who are people you are unlikely to see at a conference or convention in the area except at ApolloCon
This is where gifties and goodies can be had for the right price. The mix of dealers varies from year to year, but generally there are t-shirt vendors, jewelers, costume accessorizers and sometimes costumers, purveyors of collectables and many other things.
Consuite (or Con Suite)
A place to hang out and just talk to people with snacks and beverages available. The Consuite is not open to the public.
Every year, ApolloCon tries to give back to the community by raising money through a combined silent/live auction. See the Charity Auction page to find out more.
LARP (Live Action Role Playing)
LARP is role-playing jumped off the table and into room spaces. If you are interested, check out the LARP page to find out more.
This could be you. Volunteers are needed to do various kinds of jobs. Some are lift/tote type things, others are fetch/carry type things and some are just keep-an-eye-on things. Volunteers have the opportuntiy to earn their ApolloCon 2014 membership badges. See the Volunteers page if you are interested.