suits with a five-day life support system, others consist of lots of jewelry, lots of
body paint, and not much else. Whatever, the outfit is probably being worn for you
to look at. So look... but don't touch. Touching someone with whom you are not
on touching terms is a fannish faux pas (or paw). Besides, fingerprints really mess
up body paint. A costume might give you a good excuse to strike up a conversation
with the wearer, but comments like "Wow! I really like the way your glornen
glomz4 hang out!" are not likely to win you friends.
On the other hand, if you are one of those fen who like to wear the above-
mentioned strange garb, funny clothes, or weird costumes, you should expect
some people to notice. Even if your motive for your outfit is simple comfort, if it's
out of the ordinary, and especially if it's attractive or skimpy, you will collect some
eyetracks. Accept that attention as the compliment it is, or go change into something less noticeable.
Some of those fennish costumes include weapons, real or prop, Because of
problems which have arisen at the interface between the mundane world and
fandom, many convention committees have established a "weapons policy".
(Westerchron's is clearly stated elsewhere in this program book.) Whatever that
policy is (and however silly or unnecessary you may think it is) respect it while at
that con. We've all got to play by the same rules, especially where potentially or
apparently dangerous artifacts are concerned.
Even if you are at a. con that doesn't have a weapons policy, common sense
should tell you not to swing swords around wildly, play mumbletypeg in crowded
rooms, or point blasters at innocent bystanders (who may not know that they are
"only toys"). Likewise, a little reflection should show that grabbing a weapon from
someone's belt is likely to be considered by that person as a hostile move.
NAME TAGS/MEMBERSHIP BADGES
Some fen think name tags are neat. They wear several dozen pinned about their
persons. Some fen think name badges are a drag (they stick you; they get in the
way of hugging old friends; they don't match your costume). Whichever kind of
fan you become, wear your membership badge!
Badges allow the convention to limit access to convention activities to members
of the convention. It is an unfortunate fact of modern life that cons are expensive to
run, what with renting the space, stocking the con suite with soda and beer,
putting up the guest(s) of honor and all. You paid for your membership, and it
wouldn't be fair if others snuck in without doing so, would it? A membership
badge helps the gofer (see glossary) at the door of the Dealers' Room, art show,
programming, con suite, movies or whatever know that you are One Of Us.
Another important reason to wear you membership badge is that it helps
perpetuate the feeling that fandom is all one big family/clan/tribe. A readable name
tag lets other fen know who you are, and this helps them overlook little details like
the fact that you may never have met before, or that you last met at 3 am in a
smoke-filled party room, and you're all a little hazy about names.
4. A fannish term I just invented. Substitute whatever body part(s) your gender, orientation and grossness level suggests.