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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MaloogaCon?

MaloogaCon is an interactive event focused on gaming, cosplay and pop culture with a focus on independent media and a hands-on approach that’s fun for people of all ages!

Where is this event taking place?

The first annual MaloogaCon will take place at the Tampa Bay Convention Center here in sunny Tampa, FL.

When is this event?

We will be up and running for April Fools weekend, April 1st-2nd, 2017

I’m registered for the event. How/When do I get my pass?

All tickets must be claimed via the designated ticket booth located outside of the West Hall at the Tampa Bay Convention Center prior to entering the convention. Purchaser will be required to provide a form of photo identification at the time of retrieval, failure to do so can result in refusal of any ticket/admittance to the event. If you have any other questions about ticket retrieval, feel free to contact us. Thanks!

What will my pass cover at the event?

Your pass allows access to all merchants, panels, guest appearances and events planned throughout the weekend. Food will be catered and is a separate cost in addition to the pass. Games, music, contests, crafts and other activities will be open to all pass holders.

How much will a pass cost?

We have several options for purchasing a day or weekend pass, outlined in the “pass preference” section before checkout. Those who pre-order their passes early will enjoy the most savings and get the greatest value out of their pass.

Costume/Cosplay Rules:

  • No costumes that hamper movement: Due to projected attendance being so high and general safety concerns, no costume worn may hamper the wearer’s movement (to a reasonable extent). This means nothing that could cause you to trip, fall, or stumble while making general movements.
  • No obscene costumes: No costumes depicting racist, religious, sexist or otherwise offensive content will be permitted.
  • No overly revealing costumes: MaloogaCon is a family focused event. Please keep this in mind and plan your costume accordingly. Excessive exposure of the chest, stomach, posterior or groin regions will be cause for immediate expulsion from the event.
  • No authentic weapons: Basically anything NOT made of foam rubber or cardboard with taped edges will be prohibited. There is NO exception to this rule, do not bring a real weapon unless you want to be ejected. From a plane, into the sun.
  • No skates/roller blades/skateboards etc.: Again, we anticipate a large turnout for this event and limited free space through peak hours. As such, any skates/skateboards/roller blades or scooters/hover-boards of any kind will be prohibited on site. Any personal belongings that fall in this category should be safely stored before the convention, as MaloogaCon will not be held responsible for damaged or missing goods.
  • General conduct: Overall keep in mind cosplay is more about the pageantry than anything else, it’s about creating excitement for those around you. Be respectful, be mindful of the others who have paid for this experience the same as you and help us make it a memorable event for everybody.
  • THE “PROXIMITY RULE” FOR COSTUMESAny part of your costume that extends more than four inches (4″) off of your body is officially considered a “prop” (wings, spikes, helmets, etc.) and should adhere to both the costume policies above and the props and weapons policies below.PROPS AND WEAPONS PREFACE

    MaloogaCon reserves the right to refuse entry of any prop/weapon it deems unfit for any reason. Any misuse of a prop/weapon (horseplay, dueling, fighting, running/swinging, firing, etc.) is grounds for removal and or ejection from convention premises without recourse, up to and including legal action depending on the severity of the offense. 

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “PROP” AND A “WEAPON”

    A “prop” is something that you carry around as part of your costume in your hands or on your person. We use the term “weapon” to describe any prop that is viewed as related to combat or violence regardless of how you may be acting (swords, knives, guns, spears, bows, whips and the like). The moment a prop of any kind is misused or brandished in such a fashion, it becomes a “weapon” and will be treated as such (baseball bats, paddles, pipes, tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers, up to and including the kitchen sink – ANYTHING can be considered a “weapon”, at the discretion of the MaloogaCon Staff). Anyone who has a prop or weapon for his or her costume will need to have it inspected and registered with Weapons Check, near Registration. Your convention guest badge and props will be marked with an indicator that you’re permitted to carry your prop or weapon. EVERY prop will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  You may be asked to take further measures to make the prop safe before it will be given approval. Be prepared for this contingency.

    Those who have their props and weapons approved at Weapons Check MUST keep them under their physical control at all times. We WILL be checking to make sure that the owner and the item are together. If you loan your prop to someone else, or you fail to register your prop/weapon with MaloogaCon, it may be confiscated, and you may be removed from the convention. Cardboard, paper mache, resin, fiberglass, wood and plastic weapons are preferred – we ask that ALL PROPS be constructed of light and flexible materials, and as little wood and metal as possible. As stated before, any “prop” may be considered a “weapon” in a certain situation, at the discretion of the staff. Props and weapons that are constructed of the preferred materials will certainly receive less hassle at Weapons Check and throughout the weekend by MaloogaCon staff, so save yourself some time that could be spent enjoying the weekend and follow our requests and policies regarding props and weapons.

    ADDITIONAL WEAPONS RULES

    IMPORTANT: DO NOT CARRY WEAPONS OUTSIDE THE CONVENTION CENTER IN PUBLIC! The Tampa Police Department will treat anyone carrying real looking guns or wearing tactical gear as a REAL THREAT AND WILL TAKE SERIOUS ACTON!

    MaloogaCon will not be held liable for any legal action, injury or death that may result from violation of this rule. If you have a costume that meets this description and you would like to wear it to MaloogaCon, please carry it to the convention center in a bag and then change into it. In this day and age you cannot be too careful. Again, PLEASE use common sense.

    BOWS/CROSSBOWS:
    Bows and crossbows will only be permitted if they’re absolutely prop in nature – no tension on the string beyond what it takes to keep it straight, and arrows should not have any form of tip.

    BLADED WEAPONS:
    NO EDGED STEEL!
     Swords, knives, and other bladed weapons MUST be of a prop nature: foil-wrapped cardboard, THIN painted wood, flexible plastic, etc. NO SHARP EDGES and/or POINTS are allowed. Bokken and other wooden weapons ARE permitted.

    GUNS:

    NO REAL GUNS may be used as props at MaloogaCon, regardless of being unloaded, stripped down, barrel filled, or any other precaution that could be taken. Prop or toy firearms – such as Airsoft and BB guns, NERF guns, etc. – will be permitted so long as they have an orange tip at the end of the barrel, and can be easily identified as such from a distance. Plastic prop or toy firearms are preferred – metal or wooden prop or toy firearms will inevitably receive more scrutiny from both Weapons Check and the MaloogaCon Staff throughout the weekend. In any case, Weapons Check will make sure it is unloaded of any ammunition, as well as zip tie the trigger so that the prop or toy gun is incapable of firing. Airsoft or BB guns that are electrically or gas powered, must be discharged – i.e. no CO2 canister, no charged battery or no battery at all, etc. If at any time you are caught with a prop or toy firearm not meeting any of these requirements, you will be instructed to have it checked at Weapons Check. Multiple infractions can result in your weapon being confiscated or you being ejected from the convention. MaloogaCon maintains a zero tolerance policy on discharging a projectile, even from an approved prop or weapon. Water pistol, NERF gun, airsoft – it does not matter – discharge it, and you will be removed. These rules apply to any prop or toy firearms purchased in the dealer’s room (see below). There will be police at the convention, so please act accordingly.

     

    A NOTE ON FLORIDA LAW AND FIREARMS

    All patrons must adhere to Florida State Law at all times during the weekend of MaloogaCon, including laws regarding firearms and weapons. If you can’t do it anywhere in Florida, don’t assume you can do it at MaloogaCon. We will also defer to Tampa Convention Center policies as we are required to do so as temporary lessors of the premises, so be sure to familiarize yourself with the building general policies on the Tampa Convention Center website.

     

    GENERAL CONDUCT

    It shouldn’t need to be said, but please use common sense when in public areas. A good general rule is: if you have to ask or think twice about whether or not you should do it in public, DON’T. Convention staff has the final authority on what is and is not acceptable in public areas, and may ask you to stop an activity, or take it elsewhere; compliance with these requests is mandatory. Repeat offenders may be required to hand over their badges and leave convention areas. Remember that you are a guest of both the convention center and the hotel you are staying in, and that there are other guests utilizing the same facilities – some of whom may not be in any way affiliated with the convention. Be courteous and do not disturb other guests with noise or activities inappropriate to the time and place. If the convention center staff request you to quiet down or stop a certain behavior, do so; if you do not, your badge will be confiscated. We’re all here to have a good time, so please act responsibly.

 Will outside food/beverage be allowed?

No. MaloogaCon is a catered event and no food and/or drinks from outside of the designated event area will be allowed.

Counterfeit badges:

We are well aware this has unfortunately become a habit for some at conventions. Rest assured all passes will have several unique identifying marks. Anybody found wearing or distributing counterfeit badges will be removed and persecuted to the fullest extent of the law for forgery and theft.

Underage attendees:

All minors under the age of 10 should be accompanied by an adult AT ALL TIMES. While we plan to be very diligent with security we cannot be everywhere at once, and do not assume responsibility for injury or damages incurred due to negligence.