When Tad and Craig ran the first TCEP, they didn’t want to have a rule-heavy event. On the other hand, having some simple reminders wouldn’t hurt, either. Thus were born the Gentle Suggestions. The original list had 10 suggestions; over time the Gentle Suggestions have evolved to meet the changing nature of conventions.
- Fun – We’re all here to have fun, and we want everyone to have fun. Given the limits of time, space, and money, that means that we’re all going to have to share. We want you to have fun, and if there’s something that we can improve, by all means let us know. Please remember that others want to have fun as well.
- Responsibility – We’re all adults here, and that means that each of us has the responsibilities of adults, both for ourselves and our actions. The convention staff have responsibilities to all of the attendees, but we are not your personal servants. Please clean up after yourselves. When you’re done using the games and space, leave them ready for the next event. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.
- Hygiene – It is your responsibility to take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough fluids, sleep (6 hours a day), meals (2 per day), and showers (one a day). While the con suite does provide a wide variety of snacks (both healthy and otherwise), it is not and can not be, a substitute for regular meals. If you need medicines, make sure that you bring enough for the weekend, and take them as prescribed. If you depend upon battery-powered devices, make sure you bring spare batteries and/or chargers. If you’re not feeling well, please take care of yourself and avoid spreading illness.
- Children – Barking Mad has always run family-friendly events. Unfortunately, Barking Mad can not provide child care or babysitting. If you have children with you, they are your responsibility, not ours. If you brought any children (yours or others) to the convention, then you have to watch them. Your children are welcome to join you in the function areas, but if they become disruptive, please control them or remove them. Your children are welcome to enjoy the Chaos Machine, but only with your supervision.
With all of that in mind, please go forth and have a great weekend!