Naka-Kon Rules

General Rules | Dress CodeWeapons Policy
Gaming Room Rules | Room Party Rules

General Rules

  1. Disruptive behavior is not allowed. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to:
    • Fighting (real or fake)
    • Heckling; blocking hallways or walkways
    • Throwing or brandishing weapons, props, or other items
    • Offensive behavior
    • Sleeping or camping in the convention area or public hotel area
    • Loitering on the elevator (elevator parties)
    • Public intoxication (real or fake)
    • Failure to observe basic hygiene practices
    • Failure to adhere to the posted weapons policy or specific event rules
    • Acts in a manner that is unsafe to themselves or others
    • Failure to adhere to hotel policies or federal, state, or local laws
  2. No advertising or soliciting is allowed without written permission from the Convention Committee. To obtain permission to advertise at the convention, please visit the Information Desk in the pre-function area for more information. Anyone found posting materials on convention or hotel property without permission will be removed from the convention and we and/or the host site may remove and discard the same. This includes, but is not limited to: hanging posters, handing out flyers, and wearing or holding signs (e.g. “Hugs for a Quarter”).
  3. No alcohol is permitted in the convention area or hotel common areas. Smoking is prohibited in all areas, unless otherwise expressly marked as a smoking area.
  4. No pets or animals except official working animals are allowed in the convention area. Working animals should be registered with the convention. Please contact convention staff for more information.
  5. You must wear your convention badge at all times to be admitted to any convention event or area. A badge does not guarantee entry to an event or autographs at any event. The convention is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen badges and will not issue refunds for any badge. State or Federal photo identification may be required for entrance into events and must be provided in addition to the issued convention badge upon request.
  6. By attending the Naka-Kon Anime Convention attendees are granting their permission to be photographed or recorded by individuals authorized by Naka- Kon Anime Convention and grant their permission for Naka-Kon to use such videos and images or footage for archival or promotional purposes.  Further, we do not represent, warrant, or guarantee that other attendees or other individuals will not take photos or record video or audio of you while you are attending the Convention and you attend the convention at your own risk with regards to such photos, videos, and audio, being taken by a third party.
  7. Naka-Kon reserves the right to refuse sale of a badge(s), entry to any convention event or area, and/or revoke the badge(s) of anyone who refuses to abide by these rules. Attendees who are refused entry or whose badges are revoked by the Convention Committee are not entitled to a refund of the attendance fee.
  8. Recording of any event (other than those specifically marked) is prohibited and grounds for removal.

If you have questions about general rules, please contact info@naka-kon.com.

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Dress Code

  1. All attendees must wear shirts, shoes, and pants or skirts.
    • Men: shirts include vests, tank tops and open coats.
    • Women: shirts must cover the sides and bottoms of the breasts. Cleavage from the top is ok; tiny bikini tops are not.
  2. Underwear, or the fact that no underwear is present, should not be visible.
  3. No lingerie costumes allowed.
  4. Nudity, or the illusion of such, is strictly forbidden both in the halls and Cosplay Competition.
  5. All costumes must follow weapons policy.
  6. Full body paint is only allowed in the adult area. Painted attendees must wear pasties and bikini bottoms (no thongs). Painted attendees must cover up before leaving the adult area.
  7. Costumes should not extend far enough from the wearer to impede foot traffic or present an impact risk to other attendees. Hazardous costume pieces include, but are not limited to, wings, fake appendages, tails and tentacles. The costume may be broken and may cause injury to attendees.
  8. Rules may not be broken for photographs or for the Cosplay Competition.

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Weapons Policy

  1. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
    • Real weapons of any kind (any reference in these rules to a weapon which you may bring into the convention are references to fake weapons)
    • Sharp metal implements (including sharp points)
    • Firearms (including Airsoft rifles, even modded)
    • Explosives (even tiny things like firecrackers or poppers)
    • Devices that emit fire
    • Devices that shoot projectiles (including water and foam darts)
    • Devices that generate smoke or confetti
    • Devices that emit excessive noise or light
  2. Remember that police and security may treat anything that looks like a real gun like a real gun. Don’t put yourself in that situation!  Further, although this is an anime convention, local laws and rules still apply to the convention grounds and any action which you take (including carrying a fake weapon) may subject you to review by local, state, or federal law enforcement.  These convention rules do not negate or later the laws of any jurisdiction.
  3. All large props such as wings, staffs, weapons, and other bulky objects must not be hazardous or disruptive to attendees, especially in the hallways. These props must not block hallway traffic, hit other con-goers in passing, or present a hazard to normal foot-traffic. Exceptions will only be made for people specifically on their way to and from the Cosplay Contest. If possible, put on the large props or wings when you arrive in the Cosplay Contest staging area so that you are not walking through the hallways with them.
  4. Throwing, pointing, swinging, brandishing, or mock fighting with weapons or props is prohibited unless attendees are posing for photographs in a designated photography area. No real metal blades may be exposed at any time, even for posing for photography. Consider this restriction ahead of time for your cosplay photos!
  5. Naka-Kon reserves the right to check any and all weapons or equipment, or require that weapons or equipment be removed from the convention area.
  6. All metal blades, regardless of how dull they are, must be brought to the Security Office for approval before being carried around the convention. All realistic looking weapons must also be brought to the Security Office for approval. Here is the approval process:
    • Bring your weapon to the Security Office at the beginning of the convention, or if you are directed to do so by any staff member. A security staff member will be present in the Security Office at all times.
    • If your weapon is not approved, then you must remove it from the Convention area immediately (we recommend you place the weapon in your room or your car for the remainder of the convention. Your name, badge number, and weapon’s description will be recorded. Yes, we keep track so that we can be fair.
    • If your weapon is approved, we will probably tag it with a bright plastic zip-tie, which you must keep on the weapon for the duration of the convention and may not remove. Your name, badge number, and weapon’s description will be recorded. Do not remove the zip-tie! Again, yes, we are keeping track. A weapon caught with a removed zip-tie will be taken from you. If the zip-tie breaks or falls off, come back to the Security Office immediately, and we’ll replace it for you.
    • All decisions by security staff are final. If they are uncertain whether or not to approve a weapon, they will contact the Director of Security or the Head of Operations. Please do not argue with our decisions. We need to keep the policies and restrictions both fair and safe for everyone.
  7. We want to approve your props for you! However, we do need to check them before you take them into convention space. Better to check them early, rather than have us take them away from you later.
  8. We will confiscate weapons for violations of the weapons policy, intentional removal of zip-ties, or if a weapon that we have already rejected is found being carried in convention space. If a weapon is confiscated from you during the convention, it will be returned to you on the last day of the convention, after the last officially scheduled event is over. Do not ask for it back sooner, even if you promise to keep it in your room. If you are leaving convention early, you may retrieve your weapon by turning over your registration badge at the Security Office immediately before you leave.  If a weapon is removed from your possession as a result of your violation of these rules, then we may also remove you from the convention, take your badge, and ban you from re-entering the convention.

If your weapon is not approved for convention space, but you do not have a room in which to store it, and we have not actually confiscated your weapon, you may “check” your weapon in the security office. The security office will be staffed at all times.

We all love realistic props and amazing costumes. At the same time, please remember that we’re working with multiple types of security concerns. If something CAN really hurt someone, we have to account for the fact that it MIGHT be used to hurt someone. If something looks real enough to scare or intimidate another person, no matter how innocent your intent is, we have to treat it as though it MIGHT actually be used to scare or intimidate another person.

Remember that the convention center is public space. Naka-Kon is a large convention with thousands of attendees. We want to let everyone have as much fun as possible, and to do this, we must ensure that safety rules are applied fairly and equally to all attendees.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, or any other provisions of the rules, Naka-Kon and its agents, staff, volunteers, and other representatives, disclaim all liability for the actions of attendees and vendors with respect to their possession and use of fake or real weapons at the convention and do not assume any responsibility for any of such actions.

If you have questions about the weapons policy, please contact security@naka-kon.com.

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Gaming Room Rules

  1. No hardware or software will be allowed within the gaming room unless it has been expressly loaned to the convention. Those attendees wishing to use their personal arcade joystick controllers may do so; however, Naka-Kon will assume no responsibility for any loss, theft, or damage to said controllers if they are not explicitly loaned to the convention.
  2. All attendees shall have equal opportunities to use gaming room equipment. Attendees who spend excessive time at any game which other attendees wish to play may be temporarily removed from the specific station or the game room in general to allow for equal use of the equipment. Further abuse may result in further actions being taken.
  3. Naka-Kon reserves the right to remove attendees from the gaming room or the convention if they mistreat gaming room equipment, attempt theft, exhibit poor hygiene, or exhibit any other type of disruptive behavior.
  4. Makeshift tournaments (console, CCG, or tabletop) are expressly prohibited.

If you have questions about the Gaming Room Rules, please contact info@naka-kon.com.

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Room Party Rules

  1. All Room Parties must have pre-registered with the convention no later than March 3, 2014 with the following information:
    • Room party title (if there is one)
    • Host’s name
    • Night you plan to hold party, and tentative times party will start and shut down
    • Person’s name the hotel room is booked under
    • Hotel room confirmation number
  2. All parties agree to follow all the laws, regulations, and rules of the United States, all local and state jurisdictions, and the hotel. This includes checking a government issued ID (not kon badge only) for all alcohol consumption, refusing to serve alcohol to the obviously intoxicated, no selling items without the proper license (liquor for selling alcohol, catering or other license for selling non-packaged food, etc). You cannot “require” a donation or charge “admission” to get around laws for selling items.
  3. Party rooms may show hentai or other age-restricted material provided they check state-issued IDs of all people before allowing entrance into the room and only allow people legal to view the material into the party.
  4. Party host agrees to follow hotel rules concerning smoking and non-smoking rooms. Host will not remove furniture from room. Hotel reserves the right to charge for rearranging furniture, smoking damage to non-smoking rooms, cleaning fees, and damages (so put things back where you found them in the condition you found them in). It is highly recommended you invest in a box of heavy-duty trash bags and ensure they are used. Trash bags may not be placed in the hallway or anywhere else outside the room. Call the front desk if you need trash collected from your room (and please tip the bellhop for taking it away).
  5. Party Hosts are allowed to advertise their parties via flyers. Flyers must be PG in both words and graphics and must contain the basic information of the party (where, when). All flyers must state the name of the host of the party.  Flyers must be approved by the information desk before they can be placed on flyer posting boards. Any flyers found taped to elevators or walls will be removed and the party host will be held responsible. Additionally, if you post flyers for your party then your party must be open to all convention attendees that are legally allowed to attend the event. Don’t use the flyer boards to advertise your private party.

Decisions regarding room parties are at the sole discretion of the Convention Committee and the Hotel. Failure to register a party or abide by the rules may result in the room party being shut down, removal of party hosts from convention and/or hotel property, and/or notification of authorities. All alcohol consumption is the responsibility of the registered party host; Naka-Kon Anime Convention and the convention host site/hotel accept no responsibility or liability on this subject.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, or any other provisions of our rules, Naka-Kon and its agents, staff, volunteers, and other representatives, and also the convention host site/hotel disclaim all liability for the actions of attendees and vendors with respect to room parties  and do not assume any responsibility for any of the same.

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