The idea of a "Survival Guide" for going to Armada was brought up and I typed this up. People seemed to agree with it and it was suggested that we start a new thread about it. So, here you go;
My survival guide for Armada would be very similar to my survival guide for any con. I try to cut costs, so my list reflects that.
-Bring food. Con/ Hotel food is expensive; bring food for snacks, lunch and maybe some breakfast. I generally plan to have one meal out a day. This helps bring the food bill way down.
-Bring drinks, at least some in a bottle. Sodas and other favorite beverages are also expensive, bring your own to save, bonus if at least a few of them are bottles, because then you can put water in them.
-Booze. Armada is low key friendly to alcohol. If your not being crazy, you will get along fine with all the other nerds getting tipsy. Bonus if you bring some to share. ****People have been pretty cool about this in past years, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE continue to be cool about this. Playing Artemis while drinking is awesome and I want to keep doing it. One bad time and Im feeling like its going to get axed quicker than a lone Krelian ship.***
-Share (if you can). This community loves to share knowledge, but sharing awesome food and beverages will make you a lot of friends as well.
-A thumb drive!!!!. There will be mods and new versions a plenty at Armada, bring a thumb drive to help transfer them/keep them till you get home.
-Laptop, or other favored method of playing Artemis (not a tablet, you will have a tough time if you can only connect to the game via WiFi). As Mike stated, there are a lot of people that bring bridges, but don't have full crews, so you don't really NEED to do this, buuuuut, if you have a preferred way to play your favorite station, having your gear with you will make the event more fun (A favorite joystick is a good option as well).
-Don't plan on doing "other stuff". For some reason the notion of "I need to have something to do when Im bored of Artemis" is prevalent; Abandon that notion. You wont get bored of playing Artemis in a room with a dozen bridges, even if you don't want to actually play Artemis, the panels and cool people will keep you occupied.
-Have a willingness to try new things. Try to play on at least a couple of other bridges. Getting another perspective is great, you will meet cool new people and playing on tricked out bridges is a blast!
-Wear comfortable clothing. Sweet Scifi uniforms are great, but less so if you don't want to wear them after an hour or so.
-Comfortable footwear. See above.
-Go to bed. The Ballroom hours tend to be 8am-midnight. Its tempting to stay up and party after the ballroom closes, but your really robbing yourself of the next day. Maybe chat with your new buddies for a bit, but do yourself a favor and head to bed at a reasonable hour.
-Hydrate. Makes it to almost every list, but still bears repeating; Even if your not drinking, you will go through a surprising amount of fluids during the weekend. Drink water so you can keep having fun.
-Keep honest people honest. I have never been worried about my stuff getting stolen from Armada, but I also dont tempt people. Basically, keep an eye on your stuff. Keep honest people honest.
-DON'T change your bridge last minute. I am THE worst about this of anyone at Armada; Don't make any major changes to your bridge closer than a month to Armada. It just doesn't go well, I had to learn that lesson twice now. *shudder*