Convention Policies

NADWCon General Attendance Policies

Badge holders release the convention from all liability in the event of accident, damage, or theft while on convention premises. They further consent to the use of their images or likenesses incidental or primary to any display, transmission, or reproduction of this event.

The convention reserves the right to refuse admission or eject any person whose conduct is deemed by the convention to be disorderly.

Persons under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Badge remains the property of the convention until the close of the convention and must be surrendered on demand.

Commercial, photo, video, and audio rights reserved.

NADWCon Security Policy

Safety, as well as cooperating fully with the hotel’s security personnel, are our overriding considerations.

Most people know what kind of behavior is appropriate at a convention, but sometimes they don’t realize that what they are doing is an issue. Sometimes they forget that standards are different inside a hotel with over 1000 people in it. If any inappropriate behavior is observed by convention security, the attendee will be gently reminded, and asked to terminate the behavior. If they refuse to do so, actions may be taken up to and including being ejected from the convention, with no refund.

The committee realizes that most people who would like to carry and wear weapons are sensible and careful individuals. However, because of the risk of weapons contributing to accident or distress, and the necessity for observance of the present liability laws and the hotel policies, we have no choice but to put rules in place to ensure the safety of convention members, as well as hotel and convention staff (See weapons policy below).

The convention security office will be registering all convention-sanctioned and private room parties. This is to ensure that everyone is on the same page, and helps if there are noise complaints or other issues. If something happens, the convention staff can act as a buffer between attendees and the hotel, and try to moderate the issue before something rash is done, such as kicking people out of the hotel, closing down the party, or calling the police. The more information security has, the better it can plan its operations and stay out of people’s way.

NADWCon Weapons Policy

Carrying and/or wearing of weapons of any kind will not be permitted, except as part of a Masquerade contestant's costume during the Masquerade, or part of a hall costume, if peace-bonded by the security director.

No real or realistic looking firearms are allowed. Any kind of projectile weapon must be permanently unloaded and peace-bonded by the security director before being carried.

"Nerf" weapons that shoot foam-ball or disk projectiles are not allowed.

All metal-bladed weapons must be sheathed. All metal-bladed weapons will be inspected and peace bonded into the sheath by the security director before being carried.

Any wood-bladed or other wooden weapon must be examined and peace bonded before being carried.

Very sharp blades, such as real daggers, switchblades or samurai-type weapons will not be allowed at all, even if carried in a sheath.

Weapons with any kind of exposed point that would pierce the skin in the judgement of the security director, regardless of the material, will not be allowed.

Weapons such as throwing stars, multiblades, brass knuckles, num-chucks, nails, spikes, meathooks, batons, truncheons, hammers, hatchets, saws, icepicks, fireplace tools, metal balls, or heavy metal chains are not allowed.

Fake blades, such as foam rubber, soft plastic or cardboard are allowed. These must be demonstrated as harmless to the security director.

Appropriateness of any element of any costume or any weapon is solely at the judgemnt of the convention security director. If an element is deemend inappropriate, the attendee will be asked to remove that element from their costume, and take it back to their room. If they refuse to do so, actions may be taken up to and including being ejected from the convention, with no refund.

No weapons, such as (but not limited to) swords, knives, staffs, walking sticks, canes, wands, or scythes, may be brandished about or swung around by the attendee. The security director will admonish against these activities when the weapon is inspected. If the attendee is observed in doing such activity, the item will be confiscated until the end of the convention.

Laser gunsights or pointers are not allowed. There will be no flames, chemicals, or water involved in a costume element. Any kind of electrical or electronic costume element must be inspected by the security director.

Any weapons purchased in the Dealers Room must be securely wrapped before they are taken out of the room. If such an item is unwrapped and becomes part of a costume, the rules governing all such items must be follwed.

For specific questions about Convention Security and our Weapons Policy, please contact our Security Coordinator.